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CBA Related Snafus

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According to Murphy’s Law it was bound to happen someday.  The Montreal Canadiens used an ineligible player Tuesday night versus the Ottawa Senators.  Ryan White was in the line-up for the Habs, but they had failed to notify the league by the 5 PM league deadline that White had been recalled from the AHL.  When this was noticed, White was pulled from the game and the Habs completed it one forward short.  This is being treated as a big deal.  Bob McKenzie reports that the Habs could face a fine in the six figure range.  He also says that had it not been noticed that White was ineligible and he was pulled from the game, Montreal may have had to forfeit their 4-1 victory.

Many questions are raised by the incident.  Why was this news story not widely reported until more than 36 hours after the game (Bob McKenzie’s story is dated at almost 10 AM ET the Thursday after the game - and I haven’t seen anything reported earlier)?  Did the NHL attempt to suppress the story?  This is an example of how the CBA has an unwieldy amount of regulation.  What is the harm really?  Montreal called up a player that they have called up before and failed to tell big brother about it.  Why does big brother even care?  Because they keep a complex salary calculation going all season and this kind of minutia is needed to be kept correct to keep the salary calculation correct.

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Put An End To The Violence In Our Game

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from Jeff Maguire of EMC,

This is an issue which, as a sports fan, has troubled me for a long time. It’s a situation which needs to be addressed and fixed once and for all.

I am talking about violence in hockey and particularly in professional leagues such as the National Hockey League (NHL), the so-called ‘No. 1 hockey league in the world.’

The number of incidents related to fighting and other acts of violent conduct in the sport are repetitive and frankly, disgraceful. It is hard to take the sport seriously, especially when leagues such as the NHL do so little to police such pointless on-ice behaviour by their own athletes.

Like most Canadian kids I played the sport when I was younger and it is hard not to have a soft spot for our winter national sport. It’s a great game. But it could be so much better if the powers-that-be, especially NHL management, would finally do the right thing and end fighting and other violent conduct in the game.


thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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All These Shutouts

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from Brian Duff of the NHL Network at NHL.com,

Don’t look now but a dirty word—for some—has sprung back into the game.


And we’re not just talking Martin Brodeur’s milestone Monday night.

We’ve had eight of them in the 23 games played the past three nights. Plus, we’ve also had some very low-scoring games this week.

The scoring average for this week—4.43 goals per game. For the season it’s between 5.7 and 5.8 goals a game.

Possible explanations?


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Canadiens Looking At Heavy Fine

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It’s a good bet the Montreal Canadiens will receive a significant (six figure) fine for playing an ineligible player on Tuesday night.

Ryan White was pulled from the game in the first period when the NHL noticed he was playing, but that the Canadiens had neglected to notify the league of his recall before the daily 5 p.m. deadline.

The Canadiens finished the game minus one forward. And now there is every reason to believe the Canadiens will be slapped with a hefty fine.


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The NHL Equipment Manager

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Mike Rucki of On Frozen Blog tells all we want to know about the Sports Jobs with Junior Seau…

Tonight is the premier of the NHL Equipment Manager episode of Sports Jobs with Junior Seau on Versus (11:30 p.m., again at 2:00 a.m.). Seau accompanied the Capitals for their trip up to Boston to open the season.

This first clip shows Seau struggling to pronounce “Leonsis” before he joins Ted in the box for the game. Note the inadvertent cameo by Kurt Kehl, the Caps’ VP of Communications.


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Morning Line

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They’re first in the division, and divisional games are always important. Too bad we gave them a point, but we’re not going to get greedy. We got two, and that’s the most important thing for us. I think we’re right on their heels now, and we’ve got to push.”

-Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings after they defeated the San Jose Sharks in OT last night.  More from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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Preparing Fenway For Hockey

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This was pretty popular on KK last season so I am adding it again, which allows people to check the progress as the NHL prepares Fenway Park in Boston for the Winter Classic 2010.

The webcam is on 15 minute delay and not much happening right now, but when the boards and ice start going in, it is fun to take a look at what is going on.

See the webcam video below…

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A New Idea For UFA Day

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I suggest we gather all 30 NHL front office staffs, player agents and media in a hotel June 29-July 3 and let the fireworks go off baby. Buzz city!

“I think it’s a great idea,” veteran Don Meehan of Newport Sports told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Anything to provide exposure for our game is beneficial. It’s progressive. Lord knows we need everything we can to generate interest in our game.”

The start of NHL free agency is July 1, but there is a lot of chatter on June 29-30 as teams try to re-sign players before the market opens.

Somebody please tell me how this is isn’t a great idea?

“I think anything that puts some buzz in our sport, I’m all for it,” Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com on Wednesday when asked about the concept.


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Goal Of The Night

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Dustin Byfuglien with the OT goal last night.

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Rangers Lacking In Many Areas

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If anyone is searching for a reason why the Rangers have the NHL’s 29th overall record since Oct. 17, their 2-1 overtime loss last night in which they were overwhelmed by the Blackhawks stands as Exhibit A.

Despite getting a point on the strength of Henrik Lundqvist’s brilliance—in the match in which Chicago not only had 41 shots to the Blueshirts’ 18, but an overwhelming 75-32 advantage in attempts—the Rangers lacked the size, strength, speed and commitment to handle one of the NHL’s most powerful teams.


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