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Drop The Five Minute Rule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,

Boogaard said he thinks it’s time the NHL eliminates the last-five-minute instigating rule because it gives opponents license to go after star players during that time.
“The players should decide the game, not other people,” Boogaard said. “Some guys say that rule’s not in the back of their heads, but it is. It’s probably never good to cost your coach 10,000 bucks.”
No kidding. Just ask Kyle Wanvig, whose career with the Wild effectively ended when Lemaire wrote that $10,000 check for Wanvig instigating a fight with Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik late in a December game last season.
Boogaard’s contention that the rule should be eliminated comes on the heels of NHL general managers recommending that players should draw an automatic two-game suspension for their fifth instigator penalty, rather than their third.

read on

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Weak Response

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein & Karl-Eric Reif at the New York Times (Sunday edition),

Despite a number of injuries in the past few years as a result of illegal or malicious play by fellow union members, the union’s only action — in marked contrast to similar bodies in soccer and football — has been to represent the assailants at disciplinary hearings.
“The N.H.L.P.A. will be reviewing and checking hits to the head with our membership at our annual player meetings this summer,” the union’s director of hockey affairs, Mike Gartner, said Friday in an e-mail message. “The issue of head shots will likely be an item of discussion for the competition committee as well,” he added, referring to a league committee.

much more on the NHL, inlcuding a nice feature on Paul Stastny…

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Hockey & Fights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via Metro News,

The Colisee Cardin in this town about 65 kilometres northeast of Montreal on the shores of the St-Lawrence River was packed on Friday for a North American Hockey League game between the hometown Sorel-Tracy Mission and the rival St-Jean Summum Chiefs.
But more important than the game itself for the crowd of 2,115 was the highly anticipated fourth instalment in a season-long series of fights between the league’s undisputed heavyweight Steve (The Crash) Bosse of the Chiefs and Jon (Nasty) Mirasty of the Mission.
While the NHL tries to clean up its public image in the wake of the Chris Simon stick-swinging and Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore incidents, the North American Hockey League - not to be confused with the U.S. junior league that goes by the same name - brings in fans with the promise of rough hockey and lots of fights.

read on

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The 4th Period:  Trotz Is Your Boy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Greg Wyshynksi ranks the coaches today.  Mike Babcock? A respectable 8th, with this caveat.

Even Dave Lewis never lost back-to-back one vs. eight conference quarterfinals; will Babcock?

Not very nice Greg.  Not very nice at all.  That made me sad.  Who’s number 1?  Well, I gave it away with the headline, but read on.

 

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Our Viewing Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from BRANDWEEK,

For all their promises, however, these tech-enabled gambits have also raised some 21st-century problems. Greater access to fans is indeed great, but how can a league guard against high-tech cannibalization of its core business? If fans can watch highlights, entire games and even customized telecasts online, how can owners make sure enough fans are still forking over cash for the wooden seats? What effect will Web-enabled access have on a team’s media partners? Are there tech opportunities now in play for sponsors, too? And as tech advances and allows fans to choose where, when and how they’ll view their favorite teams and events, how much control are the teams and leagues themselves willing to relinquish?

read on… not NHL specific, but a good read on where this is headed…

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It’s a Luongo Love Fest

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Our DD’s are all over the jock of one R. Luongo this morning.

Detnews/Kulfan

There’s a different feel these days around Vancouver, and it’s easy to see why.

The acquisition of goaltender Roberto Luongo last summer has transformed the Canucks. Now, instead of trying to outscore opponents, the Canucks know they can win the close games with Luongo in net.

 

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Old School- The Richard Riot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On St. Patty’s day, 1955, this took place…

On March 17, 1955, thousands of crazed hockey fans in the Montreal Forum went on a seven-hour rampage of destruction and looting that ended in many injuries and the arrest of 100 fans. In later years, the free-for-all euphemistically became known as “The Richard Riot.” The other team on the ice happened to be the Detroit Red Wings.

I posted this a year ago today and thought some old school KK readers may enjoy it again. 
Note: the video link doesn’t appear to be working…

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Note To Canucks Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We know tossing a bra onto the ice has become the “in” thing to do after Jeff Cowan scores a goal, but I must ask- Why are men tossing bras onto the ice?  I just don’t get it.
And make sure not to toss the bra onto the ice unless your team is winning- Don’t be like the Nashvill fans who toss catfish onto the ice when they are down 3-1.

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Shootouts Count

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

But as playoff and divisional races become so tight that one point will likely mean the difference between making and missing, or clinching home ice and opening on the road, a lot of teams in the tourniquet are only now beginning to appreciate the value of those shootout spoils.
“I don’t know if our team really realizes how many points we have lost,” said Teemu Selanne, whose Anaheim Ducks have seven shootout losses this season, most in the Western Conference and second most in the NHL.
“We don’t really practise it. Maybe three, four times in the whole season, and I don’t think that’s enough.”

more

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The Latest One

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

Still 27 months from his NHL draft day, John Tavares already had the hockey world abuzz.
The volume was just cranked up a little louder last night at the Civic Centre.
The Oshawa Generals star broke Wayne Gretzky’s record for most goals by a 16-year-old when he notched his second of the night and 71st of the season at 14:05 of the second period in an eventual 7-4 loss to the 67’s.
“I’m only 16 and to accomplish something like this, I’m pretty proud of myself,” said Tavares. “It’s pretty exciting, it was nice to get it.”

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