Initially I was going to work on a post for Sidney Crosby. I have been working my way through the main crew and it was time for Sid, however, one night, I got a little curious about Mike Sullivan. Who was this guy? How was he able to take this dysfunctional group of talent and prevent them from free falling into hockey oblivion? In my last post, I accidentally called Mike Sullivan, Steve, because we’ll A) I always call him Sully B) I suck at remembering names and C) He’s in the background; the coach makes the plans but it is the players who execute it and get the glory. In writing this, I have gained a new level of respect for Mike Sullivan, but I am not alone in this regards. The whole hockey world ignored him.
This post is drier than your mom’s Fun Dip.
Looking at suspensions during the regular season vs. suspensions in the playoffs, the conventional wisdom is that players just don’t get suspended in the playoffs.
Its not particularly easy to pull suspension stats. Its almost like the league doesn’t want fans to pay attention to who gets suspended, and why. The Department of Player Safety (DoPS – DoPes) announces suspensions via twitter, and in the Shanahan era it released explanatory video. Here is a chart which shows suspensions by month for the last three seasons, with April split into regular season and playoffs. Continue reading