Letang has been suspended 2 games for his boarding hit to Burmistrov during last night’s loss in Winnipeg. Here’s Shanaban explaining the call [link].
He will miss tonight’s game vs. Minnesota and Thursday against Montreal. That’s sad – it’s his hometown team. Letang will be back in the lineup on Saturday when the Penguins host the Devils.
So… fair? Unfair? It’s Shanahan’s first suspension of the regular season, but he proved in pre-season that he’s not shy about sending guys to the suite. It certainly achieves his goal of sending a strong message. I do agree that Kris could have mitigated the contact and not finished the check on Burmistrov so hard – he doesn’t try to slow down or stop. So if that’s the rule, if that’s what it takes to keep guys safe then so be it. It’s going to be a long season.