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Shanahan has his supporters

Senators general manager Bryan Murray answers questions from the media during the opening of...

Senators general manager Bryan Murray answers questions from the media during the opening of training camp at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ont., Sep. 16,2011. (ERROL McGIHON/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:54 PM ET

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is supporting new NHL vice-president of player safety Brendan Shanahan.

While there have been grumblings that a small number of GMs don't like the length of suspensions and the crackdown on headshots initiated by Shanahan, who has taken over supplemental discipline from Colin Campbell, Murray endorsed Shanahan's standard so far.

"We talk all the time that we want standards and some of the nonsense to be taken out of the game, whether it be high-sticking or hitting from behind or hitting to the head. Then we do something and he reacts to it and then we complain," said Murray. "Maybe it's easy for me at this point because we haven't had anybody affected, but I think if we're going to do what we say we want to do, then his bar is where it should be."

Murray, whose teams have played some tough hockey, said he's not worried about the NHL becoming the No Hitting League. He pointed to the hit by Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf on Senators winger Stephane Da Costa Saturday as evidence there will still be some ferocious hits.

"I think the hit by Phaneuf on Da Costa, that's Phaneuf typically hitting a smaller player, but it was a good hit," said Murray. "It was a big hockey hit and it was a legal hit. I have no problem with hit. There are going to be hits along the wall that are real good hits and if we can identify that a person targets the head, we've got to be tough on that."

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