NHL's Brendan Shanahan gets Leafs, Sabres penalties right

Leafs forward David Clarkson battles with Senators forward Jim O'Brien in Toronto Tuesday night....

Leafs forward David Clarkson battles with Senators forward Jim O'Brien in Toronto Tuesday night. Clarkson will serve a 10-game suspension for leaving the bench during a brawl with the Sabres on Sunday. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:23 PM ET

TORONTO - Brendan Shanahan chose logic over law, common hockey sense over stubborn convenience in ruling creatively and appropriately on the great pre-season embarrassment between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It isn’t often the National Hockey League’s department of safety has been so sensible, so-safety and open-minded with its actions, despite its name: There will be no argument here with the rulings from Judge Shanahan and that by itself is rare.

There will be no argument with the rulings, and maybe a touch of congratulation for taking a difficult hockey situation and bringing sound interpretive perspective to it.

The sad part of the Sabres-Leafs affair is that the main perpetrator, the giant bush leaguer without talent named John Scott came away, for a lack of a better term, scot-free.


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