Andrew Shaw’s debut was eventful to say the least. After playing only 12 minutes for the Canadiens, Shaw was kicked out of the game due to a nasty boarding penalty. It will cost him three pre-season games.
Montreal’s Andrew Shaw suspended three preseason games for boarding Washington’s Connor Hobbs. Video: https://t.co/r8Aeb02WNi— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) September 29, 2016
He was clearly seeing red after a trip/slewfoot by Jay Beagle, and followed it up by hitting Capitals defenceman Connor Hobbs from behind.
This isn’t Shaw’s first rodeo. He’s had his fair share of antics in the past. Most recently, he was suspended in the playoffs last year for using a homophobic slur, he allegedly bit Victor Hedman, and was thrown out of a game for headbutting Brock Nelson.
This is his second suspension in the last four games played, and seeing as the Canadiens have invested almost $24M in the pesky player, he’ll have to contain his emotions going forward as to provide a positive example to his teammates.
Ideally, this would just be a case of Shaw losing his cool as he tried to impress his new hometown fans, but his history seems to indicate there’s a clear pattern of erratic behavior. Shaw can be a positive factor on the team, there’s no doubt about it. He’s at his best when he drives opponents insane, but the key is to avoid going over the line.
On the bright side, several Habs hopefuls can take advantage of Shaw’s suspension and the opportunity it provides them. Players like Artturi Lehkonen, Daniel Carr, and Sven Andrighetto should be counted upon to play a larger role throughout the suspension.