In the first discipline case ever heard before a neutral arbitrator the team has accepted the decision and is ready to move on. General Manager Brian Burke chose not to express frustration or anger. Instead he is accepting of the decision, adding that it was “a learning experience for all involved….This is uncharted waters for everybody. It’s a new process. It’s the first time a neutral discipline arbitrator has been involved so to throw rocks at anyone about the length of time it took I think is counter-productive.”
He even agreed with the arbitrator that the contact was not intended to injure the official. “We are grateful that the finding was made that the contact was not made with any intent to injure the official involved. We believe that’s the case,” said Burke.