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NHL VP explains Boyes suspension

New NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan is posting videos on NHL.com to explain his decisions on suspensions and his latest one explains the two-game preseason ban handed to Sabres winger Brad Boyes for his hit early in Saturday's game in First Niagara Center. Shanahan's explanations are interesting and a terrific public service. In just a few weeks on the job, he's shown more transparency than Colin Campbell ever showed. Here's Shanahan's explanation:

The hit on Boyes, clearly to the head, was definitely suspendable. But I've got a key question: Are we getting videos on plays reviewed that will not be deemed suspensions? And how was Colby Armstrong's push from behind on Paul Gaustad, a dangerous hit into the boards, later in Saturday's game not worth a suspension?

The Sabres are off today so it will be interesting to get the takes of Gaustad, Boyes and Lindy Ruff after practice Tuesday.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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