Originally Posted by ryoneo
^ I agree, Shanny and the league needs to set the tone early to send a message to all the players. I just hope they remain consistent during the regular season.
I thought hockey fans (who are not, admittedly, the sharpest tools in the shed as a group) gave Campbell way too much credit for how difficult his job as a disciplinarian was. Disciplining players for dangerous hits it's pretty goddamn easy. If a hit is reckless or illegal, you suspend the guy. The problem with Campbell is that he treated every hit like he was a prosecutor trying to establish jurisprudence to bring a case to trial. As such, he started getting into stuff like previous offences and legalistic interpretations of the rule book. In the worst cases this "discipline" turned into a comedy if errors such as Chara not being suspended because he had "no previous offenses" (which, following this logic, he will never be suspended at all because he will never have committed an offense) and Matt Cooke not being suspended for his hit on Savard because Mike Richards wasn't for his hit on David Booth. This guy was an idiot and he made a mockery of his position. I can't state that more emphatically.
What Shanny is doing is right
. If your hit doesn't pass the smell test, you're suspended. Period.