A fine was not enough. The Nashville Predators' Shea Weber should have been suspended for a game for his assault on the Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg on Wednesday night. That simple.
Brendan Shanahan has done a remarkable job in his first season as the NHL's disciplinarian, communicating his decisions clearly via video and remaining relatively consistent. You've got to respect that he sticks to his principles and does what he thinks is right, even when he's well aware so many others will think he's wrong. But he was wrong on this one.
It was opening night of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Predators were protecting a 3-2 lead over the Red Wings. There were 5.1 seconds left. The Preds won a faceoff in their zone, and the puck went back into the corner. Zetterberg bumped Weber from behind as he fought for the puck. Weber's head hit the glass.
Weber retaliated by swinging at Zetterberg. His punch missed, just grazing Zetterberg's head. So the 6-foot-4, 232-pound defensemanRead More »from Nashville Predators defender Shea Weber deserved suspension for head slam