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Apart from constant roster talk, the topic of the day in Jets quarters and around the NHL was yet another suspension -- this time five games to Detroit rookie Brendan Smith -- handed out by NHL vice-president of player safety Brendan Shanahan.

So far this pre-season, hits to the head and dangerous checks near the boards have incurred Shanahan's discipline.

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"I think if you haven't taken notice by now you're an idiot, or you're blind to the world," Jets forward Tanner Glass said. "All of these suspensions have been warranted. I think he's done a really good job. I think his videos are huge, too. He's going through it word-for-word and referring to the written rule and I think it's good. It's good as players to know what the standard is."

Jets centre Jim Slater, who lost half of last season to a concussion, said he's completely on board with the crackdown but understands it's not as easy to stay out of trouble as one might think.

"It's such a fast game," Slater said. "You can slow everything down and rewind it 100 times but it's tough when you're out there and you're in the moment and you're fighting for your job.

"I just hope some guys are getting the message and I think they are."

Glass said things will change quickly among NHL players.

"I think there are going to be incidents but I think you'll see this calm down as soon as we get going here (in the regular season)."

Jets coach Claude Noel said the crackdown is welcomed in his world.

"I think he's doing a really good job," Noel said. "We don't need to get to the stop sign like in minor hockey on the back of the jerseys in the NHL, but it's almost to that point."

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White Noise, a documentary produced by Jeff Newman and directed by Randy Frykas, will debut today at 8 p.m. on the outdoor Creswin Media Panel at Portage and Main.

After today's "opening," the documentary telling the stories surrounding the return of the NHL to Winnipeg, will be available free of charge on MTS TV's Winnipeg on Demand.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 1, 2011 0

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