September 22, 2011
Calgary Flames forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond(notes) was suspended five games — four in the preseason and one regular-season game — for his hit on Matt Clackson(notes) of the Vancouver Canucks in the third period on Wednesday night. He earned a minor penalty for boarding under the league's revamped rules, and then was handed supplemental discipline by the NHL on Thursday.
(As reader Matt Foy notes: This is also the first suspension of a former teammate by Shanahan, as he played with PL3 in New Jersey during his last NHL season.)
"Letourneau-Leblond took a direct route toward Clackson, hit him squarely from behind into the boards and drove through the check high and hard," Shanahan said. "Clackson's back was turned toward Letourneau-Leblond well before the contract, requiring that Letourneau-Leblond avoid or minimize the check completely. He did neither."
Letourneau-Leblond is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement because he was suspended for one game on Oct. 9, 2010. Under the terms of the CBA, Letourneau-Leblond has to forfeit his salary based on the number of games in the season (82) instead of the number of days in the season (185).
He will forfeit $6,402.44 in salary and the money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. Letourneau-Leblond is eligible to return on Oct. 10 at St. Louis, Calgary's second game of the 2011-12 regular season.
All of this is very "Colin Campbell"; you want to see the new hotness, right? Here's Shanahan explaining the suspension via an NHL released video clip, a vital part of his new take on the job.
Pitch-perfect start for Shanahan.You get the rule, the context, the action, the repercussions. They're not always going to be this easy, though.
This whole "communicating your point in a clear and concise manner" thing is going to take some getting used to. For years, we just assumed the NHL VP would email his buddy about the guy getting hit being a little faker and then throw a dart.