Shanahan's on the record
Eric McErlain from Off Wing Opinion had this question on Monday: 'Where in the world is Brendan Shanahan?'
Eric was asking in response to Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman's recent criticisms of 'the new NHL.' I didn't respond at the time because I hadn't yet read Globe columnist Eric Duhatschek's Saturday piece — an article that is nearly all Shanahan tromping on those critical of the revamped league:
"You can bodycheck. There hasn't been a change in the rule of hitting. If anything, we've encouraged hitting by taking away other options. Some clowns like to call this the no-hit league. I've seen lots of games when the collisions are great. And you know what else? Some of these [players], who've never hit before, are now saying, 'Oh, I can't hit any more.' My question is: 'When did you ever hit before? Who are you trying to kid?' But you can't please everybody."Do these guys really play on the same team?