Another Day In The Life Of The Mind-Boggling NHL

NHL suspension giver-outer Brendan Shanahan didn’t suspend Milan Lucic for barrelling into Sabres’ goalie Ryan Miller, saying there was lack of intent on Lucic’s part.

Shanahan said he asked Milan about his intent, and surprise, surprise, Lucic said he didn’t mean to hurt the goalie, so Shanahan said fine, go home and have a nice day. What was Shanahan expecting to hear? “Yes Brendan, I intended to hit him hard, hurt him as much as possible, and hopefully knock him out of the game?”

Of course Lucic is going to plead innocent. That shouldn’t sway a hearing at all. it’s all on video.

“I had the hearing because I did make an initial assessment of the play as I do with all plays, but I did have some questions for Milan and I wanted to hear directly from him,” Shanahan told “They were regarding his intent; at what point did he know there was going to be a collision; and whether or not he felt he had the time to avoid the collision. I was satisfied with his answers.”

So there’s the answer on how to cut down on suspensions. Just tell Brendan Shanahan that you didn’t mean it.


6 thoughts on “Another Day In The Life Of The Mind-Boggling NHL”

  1. this is a useless waste of time. let’s restore old time hockey, get rid of the instigator rule, let the players TCB, respect will be restored and we can all enjoy the odd necessary fight, and if u r 2 politically correct u don’t have to watch. at least it will be honest and up front instead of the bullshit lip service being promoted…………… hey nhl, the usa loves violence

  2. I would never wish upon anyone to get hurt. But this bodes well for the Habs ’cause Miller won’t be in nets tonight. And if we haven’t learned anything. Miller is an absolute rock against them.

  3. Phil, while it’s true Miller has been a Habs killer, Enroth is in nets for the Sabres tonight and he’s been hot this season.

  4. Lack of intent? Are you kidding me? How can he watch that video and not think it was intentional? I know Lucic also said he didn’t “see” Miller until it was too late. Give me a break.

    Even the most casual hockey viewer who watches a game a year, if even, could see there was intent to hit Miller.

    I like Hobo’s idea of getting rid of the instigator rule but remember, the NHL doesn’t want to ‘ruin’ their image. Yeah, like this helps.

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