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Wisniewski, Staubitz suspended indefinitely

Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:31 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

Brendan Shanahan is enterting his new role in charge of discipline with a bang. After handing out two suspensions -- that combined for 15 games -- on Thursday, Shanahan announced two more suspensions on Saturday morning, suspending Columbus' James Wisniewski and Minnesota's Brad Staubitz indefinitely pending a hearing with the league.

Both incidents occurred at different times during their exhibition game on Friday night, which Minnesota won 4-3 in overtime on a goal from Dany Heatley.

Staubitz received a five-minute major for checking from behind -- along with a game misconduct -- at the 4:24 mark of the third period, while Wisniewski was penalized for an illegal hit to the head on Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck late in the third period.

Wisniewski was acquired by the Blue Jackets this summer after a career-year in 2010-11 that he split with the Islanders and Canadiens, and signed a six-year, $33 million deal.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:25 pm
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Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:08 pm
 

Wisniewski, Staubitz suspended indefinitely

Shannahan sure wasn't known for being the cleanest player in the league when he played.  I watched worse hits in the las Oilers game than those. 



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Wisniewski, Staubitz suspended indefinitely

haven't seen the hits.  Would have been nice for cbs to add some video



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Wisniewski, Staubitz suspended indefinitely

Wonder how Shanny feels on Biting ? Lol



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Wisniewski, Staubitz suspended indefinitely

IMO, as long as Shanny's discipline remains consistent and he continues to offer explanations using video and cites to league rules, the owners won't have a leg to stand on if they don't want to appear hypocritical. As owners, they approved the rules and give the commissioner's office the authority to enforce the rules. This is much better than colin's wheel of discipline that resulted in questionable results as well as inconsistency. If Shanny takes his role as seriously as he did when he played the game, he won't back down. I believe that if he is forced out, he will name names and embarrass ownership and management.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 8:21 am
 

Wisniewski, Staubitz suspended indefinitely

this will get outta hand with the suspensions within weeks of the start of the season. Shanny will go over the top just to make an impression
I hope so, because the owners are eventually going to take exception when they feel a suspension has an impact on their bottom line.   When that happens he'll have to tone it down, he'll probably lose his prestigious position with Gary's crew if he throws down with the BOG.
I don't think Shanahan will fold, I believe things are beginning to change for the better in the NHL.  The concussion issues to key players are backing the NHL into a corner.
Every owner hates concussions until one of their impact players is suspended because of one.   Their idealistic stance about what's best for the game long term stops when their lawyers and accountants tell most of these owners that they'll lose some money because of a suspension, especially if it's questionable.   Playoff tickets worth a too much money to many of the franchises, they don't want to lose points.   Bottom line in the short term rules in most franchises, even if it there is greater risk long term.   We've seen owners make these decisions with the strike, lockout, tv deals, expansion, who's allowed in as owners, relocation, etc.    Playoff games are worth more than ever to most of the franchises.
The NFL is already being sued by retirees for injuries they occurred while playing the game, I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility if concussions keep coming from bad hits that NHL players could follow suit down the road.
This in one area I think Gary has done okay in compared to the other sports.    He's a weasel and a lawyer, he's been out in front of some of the health issues already.  He seems to be out in front of this one too, and I think the next CBA will address some of these related issues specifically to protect the league and Gary's sparkling reputation.




Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 7:56 am
 

Wisniewski, Staubitz suspended indefinitely

this will get outta hand with the suspensions within weeks of the start of the season. Shanny will go over the top just to make an impression



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2011 3:57 am
 

Wisniewski, Staubitz suspended indefinitely

OMG - did I see trhat correctly???? Wiz makes how much????  hahahahaha!!!!   BLACKHAWKS KICK YOUR ASS! 2012!!!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Wisniewski, Staubitz suspended indefinitely

I absolutely agree, he's a league suit now, he'll fold when they lean on him at some point.    

I don't think Shanahan will fold, I believe things are beginning to change for the better in the NHL.  The concussion issues to key players are backing the NHL into a corner.  Either they take care of this beginning immediately or they face the risk of losing more then they can dream of losing in the future. The NFL is already being sued by retirees for injuries they occurred while playing the game, I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility if concussions keep coming from bad hits that NHL players could follow suit down the road.  When you consider the NHL doesn't bring in anywhere near the revenue the NFL brings in that could become a problem down the road.  The NHL needs to cover their butts, that's all there is to it.  



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: September 24, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Wisniewski, Staubitz suspended indefinitely

Brendan will turn into Coly alot sooner then you think, when GMs start comfronting him own phone/on-line calls.
I absolutely agree, he's a league suit now, he'll fold when they lean on him at some point.   

That's the beauty of Wiz' timing on this one.  Shanahan gets to tack on 3 games for "free" (no gripe from McConnell who would probably love to save preseason money) onto the suspension to set the precedent for further suspensions later.   No matter what Wiz gets, Shanahan gets to start with 3 freebies, and that's going to help the baseline standard for suspensions from headshots later, assuming Shanahan stays aggressive.   The pressure isn't on him yet, and McConnell doesn't have a ton of pull, probably less than his father, so this couldn't set up any better for him if he really wants to eliminate cheap shots, particularly head shots.   Wiz is a relatively high-value player, so this will make it easier to go after skilled players that make head hits with a longer suspension than they may have had otherwise imo.

Of course this is only an opportunity imo, Shanahan has to still make the call.


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