2012 NHL Playoffs: Claude Giroux Suspension Undeserved, Flyers Have to Deal

May 8th, 2012 by Joshua Moeschl Leave a reply »
Philadelphia Flyers fans are upset today with chief NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. On Monday, he suspended Flyers star forward Claude Giroux for what he described as a reckless hit to the head of Devils' player Dainius Zubrus. 

Zubrus was fine, and returned to play rather quickly. No blood, no concussion. I have long thought that the result of a dirty play should never factor into the level of discipline issued. If a play or hit is illegal as defined by the rules of that sport, then it is dirty. 

In this case, I might be wrong. 

I was shocked that Giroux was suspended at all for this hit. It was only called a minor penalty on the ice, so the officials must not have thought the hit was quite as nasty as Mr. Shanahan clearly did. He cited several reasons for the suspension in a short video. 

He says he looked at Giroux's entire shift when deciding his fate, and states that Giroux was clearly upset at a referee just before slashing and hitting Zubrus. If he is serious, then he is telling fans that his rulings are going to be extremely subjective.

I can't help but wonder why Nashville's Shea Weber was ...

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