Some big news in the NHL's front office today as it looks like Brendan Shanahan will be taking over Colin Campbell's duties as the league's disciplinarian.
Darren Drager tweeted the following:
Sources tell TSN Colin Campbell is giving up role as NHL disciplinarian. Brendan Shanahan will likely take over.
and Bob McKenzie followed up with this:
Campbell is not relinquishing duties as VP, Hockey Ops, he is only stepping away from the disciplinary aspect of the job.
What does it mean? Follow the jump and chip in your own 2 cents.
Shanahan's new position is kind of odd for a player so recently retired (2009) as a lot of the players still in the league played alongside or against him. Will that affect how he conducts investigations into illegal hits and suspensions? I say no. Shanahan is a guy with a good head on his shoulders and I would be surprised if he let any bias show through in his actions. Shanahan has served the league as VP of Hockey and Business Development and has maintained visibility through twitter (@NHLShanny).
Shanahan's recent retirement from the league will also help him conduct his job better though as he is more in-tune with how the game is played today. Shanahan has a lot more on his plate now with this new position and it will be interesting to see how it plays out down the road.
As for Campbell's legacy, it was tainted by some leaked e-mails and a very inconsistent suspension list. Campbell will retain his other positions within the league, but the disciplinary role is gone.
What do you think of this new change in the NHL?