I can't say a whole lot about Shank's latest effort, mainly because he writes so infrequently about hockey, he's probably wrong when he writes anything about it. I saw the hit about ten times, and I thought it was marginal, because the hit was right at 90 degrees, or to Sawada's right side, not in the back like a boarding call. I don't think it was worth a four game suspension, but that's the sort of thing you argue about.
I will, however, steal this comment from the Globe's comment thread:
Who would know more about cheap shots than Dan "They Call Me Character Assassin" Shaughnessy?