I'm suddenly a Rangers fan.
Maybe they want those fancy MMA fans?It's amazing to me that the NHL thinks this Tom Wilson "physical brand" attracts fans. To be frank, it makes me want to abandon the sport and i suspect it's a major deterrent in acquiring new fans to the sport.
Imagine trying to explain to someone just getting into hockey why what Tom Wilson did, was not that bad?
There is actually a bunch of leadership things about how important the second person is.Yeah, I'd really love to see the Leafs as an organization step up to the plate on this one.
Though the pessimist in me says every other organization will stay quiet.
**** Eric FrancisSmall group of GMs unhappy with Shanahan: Hotstove | CBC Sports
While NHL vice-president of player safety Brendan Shanahan has handed out stiffer suspensions in an effort to curb headshots, a small group of general managers are not pleased with the length of the banishments, according to Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove panelist Eric Francis.
Shanahan, who was given a mandate to deliver stiffer penalties for those players targeting the head, has dished out 31 games in suspensions, totalling $701,682.56 US in salary.
"I spoke to almost a third of the general managers today and I was a little bit surprised to find out that there is a group of them that has gone to [NHL commissioner] Gary Bettman and [deputy commissioner] Bill Daly and made it very clear that they are very unhappy with the way that Brendan Shanahan has handled [the length] of the suspensions," Francis said.
"The [suspensions] are pretty harsh and a lot of people agree with that — fans and media are definitely on board — but there’s a group of GMs that have gone and complained. They wanted the bar set high — they made that clear in their agenda in the summer. However, they didn’t want it 'doubled and tripled' in the words of one general manager who really teed off on Brendan today."
Bet we can guess some of the names in that small group of GMs.
Ya. This.Pierre Lebrun pointed out that the last time a team did anything like this was back in 2013, where the Sharks merely put out a statement politely disagreeing with a suspension the league handed out to one of their players in the playoffs, and they got hit with a $100K fine.
The Rangers statement is obviously on quite a different level than that.
He is Steve Simmons. Probably worse.Seems kinda irrelevant to the point of the article but... did I miss something about Francis?
This one seems relevant today....Seems kinda irrelevant to the point of the article but... did I miss something about Francis?