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Max Pacioretty receives three-game Shanaban

Matt Cooke;  Kris Letang;

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kris Letang, left, is tended to by teammate Matt Cooke after being hit by Montreal Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty during third period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press - Graham Hughes)


For the most part, the debate regarding Max Pacioretty’s hit on Kris Letang wasn’t about whether or not he should be suspended, but for how long. The NHL handed down its verdict today: three games. That will cost Pacioretty $26,351.34 in salary while Letang’s nose will be less pretty. Here’s Brendan Shanahan’s explanation video:

So what do you think? Did Shanahan & Co. give him an appropriate punishment? Did he suspend him for too long or an insufficient amount of time? Was a suspension unnecessary in general? Let us know in the comments.