Monday afternoon, the Montreal Canadiens’ practice at Scotiabank Saddledome got huffy and you’ll never believe who was in the middle of it.
During a drill, forward Andrew Shaw got in a wrestling match with defenseman Joe Morrow and ripped his helmet off.
Here’s another angle.
— Jermain Franklin (@TSNJFranklin) December 21, 2017
“There’s nothing wrong with it,” Candiens head coach Claude Julien said after practice, according to TSN’s Jermain Franklin. “It’s players showing emotion and that happens every year, whereever you been it happens.
“At the end the end of the day, like I said, there’s a professional side to the game, there’s a personal side to the game,” Julien continued. “What happened on the ice was professional and they’re going to be in the room on a personal side and they’ll probably be hugging each other and buying each other a Gatorade and move on.”
Shaw has at times been a violent player and suspended multiple times in his career, including three games for boarding Capitals defense prospect Connor Hobbs and uttering a homophobic slur. The Canadiens were questioned last June for giving Shaw a six-year contract despite his checkered past.
“As I mentioned last Friday following his acquisition, we are adding a solid character player to our team, a reliable player who plays with grit and a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks over the past five seasons,” general manager Marc Bergevin said then. “Andrew will add more leadership to our team. I had the opportunity to discuss with him over the past few days, and I sense his determination and excitement in joining the Canadiens’ organization for many years to come.”
Scuffles and shouting matches happen among friends and teammates. I see one fracas a month in my beer league. But it’s hard to believe this is another example of Shaw’s “leadership” and “character.” Perhaps this is just another example of him being an unhinged human being.
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