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 NHL.com. “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.