LIVE: Brendan Shanahan on WFAN

Brendan Shanahan joined WFAN at 8:15 this morning to talk about Carl Hagelin’s suspension.

  • Shanny says that the biggest difference between the two incidents, Hagelin and Carkner, is that there is a head injury and concussion on one but no injury on the other.
  • Shanny says that he would not have fought back against Carkner either. Carkner’s punches were to the arms and back and not the head.
  • Again, Shanny mentions that the biggest difference is that Alfredsson was injured and Boyle was not.
  • Shanny was told that it could be one day or one year for Alfredsson and that the issue is the concussion that Alfredsson suffered.
  • Shanny says that he won’t throw the referees under the bus because of the incident with Dubinsky. Shanny says that the refs probably wouldn’t make the call again.
  • Shanny says that the issue is that it’s an altercation between two players and that it is the referees job to break it up. It doesn’t have to be a fight.

  • Shanny says that he would have done the exact same thing as Dubinsky
  • On handing out discipline based on the result and not the action, Shanny says that the injury is a contributing factor, but not the whole thing.
  • Shanny says that he compares the Hagelin suspension to the Byron Bitz suspension which was a shoulder to the head. Bitz was suspended two games.
  • On the Phillips elbow, Shanny says that it isn’t the same thing situation. “it isn’t black and white it is to the degree. It’s a shoulder check to the body that has some subsequent contact to the head. I don’t think that Callahan was hurt because of the nature of the hit. I don’t think those two hits are in the same degree.”
  • On Shea Weber, Shanny says that he isn’t happy with the play and that
  • Shanny says that he has to evolve as the playoffs happen and that depending on the situation the suspension would change. Shanny says that he was close to a one-game suspension for Weber.
  • On the appeal process, Shanny says that the appeal would go to Gary Bettman.
  • “I don’t like what Carkner did, I don’t like it at all.”
  • Shanny says that his decisions aren’t personal and he tries to put himself into the players shoes. He again notes that the injury has to be a big factor in the decision.
  • Shanny says that he made the decision thinking that Alfredsson wouldn’t be out for the whole series and that he very well could be back tonight.
  • On previous injury history to a player, Shanny says that a player with a history who is hit cleanly and suffers a concussion there is no suspension.
  • Shanny says that Hagelin was honest, sorry and a perfect gentleman on the hearing.
  • The people on the call were Glen Sather, Hagelin, Hagelin’s agent and an NHLPA representative along with Shanny.
  • Shanny says that if Hagelin had a history the suspension would be more than three games.
  • The appeal would have to be before tonight and Shanny says that Alfie is doubtful for tonight and that Ottawa didn’t lead him on with false information.