Last night, Montreal Canadiens forward and well-known antagonist Andrew Shaw was assessed a match penalty against Johan Larsson for slew-footing the fellow forward.
The next morning, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety confirmed they wouldn’t be holding a hearing with Shaw to determine a need for supplemental discipline, meaning he’ll avoid a fine or suspension for the incident.
What he won’t avoid, though, is a solid slap on the wrist and a stern talking to.
Shaw, who is no stranger to getting chastised by the league for crossing the line between pesky and illegal, will have a meeting with NHL Player Safety Senior Vice President Stephane Quintal following the slew-foot. According to Shaw, via Dan Robertson of Sportsnet 690, the meeting will be ‘educational’ for the forward.
Shaw, drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by Chicago, finds himself in the penalty box more often than not. Despite putting up a 20-goal NHL season and consistently earning middle-six range ice time, the forward boasts 310 penalty minutes through just 323 career NHL games. He’s been suspended for everything from abuse of officials to leaving the bench to join a brawl (something that earned him a hefty time-out during the lockout-shortened season at the AHL level), and has already sat out games earlier this fall for an illegal check to the head of an opponent.
A meeting with Player Safety may not be the same as a suspension in terms of punishment, but the fact that Quintal is making Shaw sit down with him certainly suggests that bigger punishments are on their way if the skater doesn’t straighten up.