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.