Brendan Shanahan was spared a fine from the NHL for his tirade against officials on Wednesday night.
“We don’t muzzle our players,” NHL vice president Colin Campbell told TSN of Canada. “We’re not happy that Brendan Shanahan chose to be critical of our officials but he is, within limits, free to say what he wants.
“Brendan is a veteran player and has been in our league a long time. If he feels this criticism will help him or his teammates or his team, that it might give them an edge or that it just needed to be said, that’s up to him. But I can say that our referees aren’t going to change the way they call the game because of criticism from anyone. Our referees have a great deal of integrity and they call the game as they see it,” Campbell said.
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