Former Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw has a bone to pick with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Shaw recently fired off a tweet calling out the league’s lack of response to Jacob Trouba’s massive hit on Jujhar Khaira in Tuesday’s Rangers vs. Blackhawks game.
It was an extremely scary situation as Trouba knocked Khaira out cold. The Hawks forward exited the ice on a stretcher and had to be hospitalized for an upper-body blow.
Luckily, Khaira was released from the hospital Wednesday morning and the Blackhawks expect him to make a complete recovery.
Andrew Shaw is no stranger to run-ins with NHL Player Safety on both sides of the coin. The rugged forward received his share of fines and suspensions as a result of his hard-nosed style during his playing days.
But even more significant, Shaw was on the receiving end of several hits that resulted in head trauma. In fact, that’s why he had to hang up the skates at just 29 years of age.
“After several concussions, the doctors strongly recommend that I stop playing the game I love,” Shaw said in his retirement announcement video.
Now, “The Mutt” clearly wants things to be different for current NHL players. He may have some Blackhawks bias, but his assertion that the league is “point[ing] the finger” at the recipient of an injury-inducing hit could have some merit.
It was an unfortunate situation as a slightly hunched-over Khaira attempted to collect the puck at his skates while Trouba closed in. The Rangers defenseman finished his check with full force and appeared to contact Khaira’s chin with his shoulder.
The officials on the ice did not dole out any penalties following the hit. The NHL Department of Player Safety has not announced a hearing for Trouba. I’m not attempting to make a ruling on the hit; these are just the facts.
But Shaw obviously thinks the league should have taken action.
“You gunna just point the finger at Jujhar saying he put himself in the position like you told me on many occasions?” he wrote in his tweet.
Clearly, Shaw believes the league didn’t sufficiently respond to several hits he absorbed throughout his career. And that’s what he sees unfolding for Khaira right now.
As things currently stand, Jacob Trouba will not face discipline for his hit on Jujhar Khaira. It’s unlikely Andrew Shaw mentioning the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on social media will change that. However, his statement certainly sparks further discussion on the matter amongst hockey fans and media.
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