Mike Gillis, Ray Shero and Lessons in NHL Injustice

April 9th, 2011 by James Conley Leave a reply »
Ray Shero and Mike Gillis have plenty in common.

The General Managers of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks, respectively, their teams are among the best in the game. Each commands a front office which performs some of the most masterful managerial work in the NHL salary cap era, and their clubs are among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup.

They've also endured this season's most severe penalties handed down by the NHL's directionless disciplinary system.

Should they share a beer at next season's GM meetings, Shero might have some advice for Gillis.

"Just let it go."

Raffi Torres was recently suspended four games—two in the postseason—for his hit to the head of Edmonton's Jordan Eberle. Torres was issued a major penalty and game misconduct following the hit, and Eberle returned to the game.

The league's decision came down several days later.

As inconsistent as the ruling was in light of similar incidents—and there has been nothing but inconsistency from the league on the issue—Mike Gillis would have been right to publicly agree with the ruling.

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