By Allan Muir
I’ve heard it said that the best deal is the one from which neither side walks away completely happy. If that’s the case, then Brendan Shanahan probably came up with the perfect punishment for Jannik Hansen.
Sheriff Shanny handed the Vancouver forward a one-game suspension today for the elbow he threw to the back of Marian Hossa’s head on Tuesday night. He’ll miss Thursday’s meeting with the Stars in Dallas as a result.
It’s an interesting verdict. I was expecting something more severe, maybe in the range of three games. Intentional or not, it was undeniably a head shot delivered against a completely defenseless victim … pretty much the exact element the league says it’s trying to get out of the game.
But I talked to a few people around the league, and most thought there would be no suspension. Former referee Kerry Fraser does a nice job summing up that viewpoint over at TSN.
So this clearly isn’t as cut-and-dry as most situations the Department of Player Safety addresses. But after weighing the evidence, the DOPS ultimately decided Hansen was reckless and handed out the suspension, which means he also forfeits $7,297.30 in salary.
Here’s my problem: the suspension doesn’t seem to match the crime Shanny describes in the video: