By Danny Picard
BOSTON -- Mike Murphy didnt want to be speaking to the media onTuesday afternoon. He even said so.
But since the NHLs senior vice president is also theinterim disciplinarian for the league during this years Stanley Cup Finalbetween the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks, the ruling to suspend Canucksdefenseman Aaron Rome for the rest of the series was a decision that had to bemade.
The NHLs previous disciplinarian Colin Campbell steppeddown just before the Finals began, as his son Gregory Campbell is a forwardfor the Bruins.
Murphy let it be known on Tuesday that, while he didreceive advice from others, he did not speak with Colin Campbell, and thefour-game suspension handed down to Rome was a decision made by him, and himalone.
This is my standard, said Murphy on Tuesday at WalterBrown Arena in Boston. I was given the responsibility to deal with thisseries. Brendan Shanahan will take over next year. And hell have a group ofpeople that are in his confidence.
I was told, You have to take care of this series. Ifsomething like this happened, its your responsibility. I have to look atmyself, and make sure Im doing the right thing. Because I know the severity ofwhat weve just done here. I know the severity with Nathan in the hospital, andAaron Rome not being able to play in the Finals.
Ive learned a lot of this from Colin Campbell, addedMurphy. Ive learned some it from talking with Brian Burke over the years,when weve had issues that Ive had to deal with. But, this is mine.
Gregory Campbell was one of several Bruins players availableto the media as well on Tuesday. He said his father was happy to not have tomake those kinds of decisions anymore.
I think hes relieved, said Campbell. You see situationsand decisions like the one that was just made. Its not an easy decision tomake, and its a tough spot to be in. So I think he put in his time, and heworked hard. I think hes happy to move on.
Its not an easy job. Youre dealing with injuriessometimes. But youre also dealing with taking a player out of a series, thattheyve worked their whole lives to get to that point. So its a no-win job.
I try to separate myself from that, because its not reallymy place, and its not my job, added Campbell. Ive dealt with it in mycareer, because thats the nature of it. Its my dad. Having been up front, andseen some of the decisions he had to make, its not an easy decision, butthats the job that they do.
With the ruling now in his hands, Murphy said on Tuesdaythat he took the decision very seriously, knowing that Horton and Rome may neverbe able to play in the Stanley Cup Final again.
And while he assured everyone that Campbell was not part ofany discussion or decision with Romes suspension, Murphy did acknowledge thatdealing with Campbell in the past, helped him handle the tough situation he wasdealt.
Most of what I know and what I decided on today, Ivelearned a lot from Colin Campbell, said Murphy. And I know he learned a lotfrom Brian Burke. This has to do with what we talk about almost on a nightlybasis, in the Toronto video room, when we have multiple clips.
Not to this severity, but we have a group of people thatshare ideas and share thoughts. And we often get asked about panels. We have apanel of people that I discussed this with, and a lot of people outside thepanel.
As difficult as this was, this was the right thing to do.
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