Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic had a hearing with Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations, this afternoon.
After almost two hours, the word has come across the Milan Lucic will not be suspended or fined.
After the hearing, Brendan Shanahan spoke and had many things to say about the questionable hit.
“I had the hearing because I did make an initial assessment of the play as I do with all the plays, but I did have some questions for Milan and I wanted to hear directly from him.”
Shanahan went on to cite the NHL Rule Book, stating that the referees were correct in giving Lucic a minor penalty for the hit on Miller, citing Rule 42.1. This rule reads that “a goalkeeper is not fair game just because he is outside the goal crease area.”
Shanahan also stated the questions were “regarding his intent; at what point did he know there was going to be a collision; and whether or not he felt he had the time to avoid the collision. I was satisified with his answers.”
Shanahan stated that Miller’s concussion was “unfortunate.” He is out “indefinitely,” according to Sabres GM Darcy Regier.