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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The executive board of the NHL Players’ Association held an emergency conference call Sunday night, sources told ESPN.com, feeling the need to quickly convene after a turbulent weekend.

In the wake of Ian Penny’s departure Friday as general counsel and interim executive director as well as the resignation of outside counsel and advisory board members through the course of the weekend, the players’ union got the board together, or the player reps, on Sunday night to take the pulse of the situation.


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Is Interference Making A Comeback?

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Speaking of justice, no one has it tougher than the NHL officials when it comes to sorting and meting it out. The game is fast. The players are big. They now cluster and bunch together like never before. Maintaining clear sightlines is harder than ever—even with two sets of eyeballs. Yet, while taking all that into consideration, it seems to me that the referees are tolerating more contact away from the puck. Defensemen are sticking and pinning players on the boards once the puck has moved a beat or two longer than was the case when the league declared the new standard of enforcement in 2005-06.

In open ice, I’ve seen more moving and subtle picks than I can ever remember. The focus on such face-off infractions seems intact, but defensemen screening off for their partners, wingers taking a route to the boards that impedes a forechecker’s progress and proximity, picks at the blueline that open up lanes for zone entry, all appear to be more prevalent. Part of it is certainly coaches and players coming up with ways to be as successful as possible now that they’ve operated under these conditions for the past four seasons. Maybe it is just part of the natural cycle whereby it is now back on the officials to adjust to the adjustments made by the teams.

more plus other NHL topics…

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Datsyuk: Scrawny No Longer

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He may be “past his prime”, according to John Buccigross and any idiot Pens blogger with access to a computer in between PE and the day’s first recess, but as the Boston Globe found out…his conditioning is as good as any player’s in the league.

The Wings’ workout room is located next to the main dressing room. Several of the Bruins have remarked on Pavel Datsyuk’s strength, so I took a peek at part of the center’s workout. First, while lying on the reverse incline bench, Datsyuk ripped off a string of situps while gripping a 45-pound plate to his chest. Minutes later, Datsyuk took two 45-pound plates, held them over his head, and swung his torso in circles. It’s all about core strength, and given the glimpse at his workout, it’s not surprising that Datsyuk is one of the league’s strongest players on the puck.

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Vancouver Signs Matt Pettinger

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the team has signed free agent forward Matt Pettinger. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pettinger, 29, recorded 15 points (8-7-15) and 24 penalty minutes in 59 games played with the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2008.09 season. The 6’1”, 205 lbs. forward has played 413 career NHL games (64-56-120) recording 120 penalty minutes. Pettinger played 20 games with Vancouver in the 2007.08 season after being acquired at the NHL trade deadline from Washington and recorded six points (4-2-6) and 11 penalty minutes with the Canucks.

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Ovechkin Injury Doesn’t Appear Serious

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from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Alex Ovechkin managed to sneak out through a back door at Ketter Capitals Iceplex this afternoon after receiving treatment on what is believed to be a left arm or shoulder injury, and thus avoided a handful of reporters who were camped outside of the Arlington practice facility.

But Slava Malamud of Moscow-based Sport-Express told me he caught up with Ovechkin on the phone. According to Malamud, Ovechkin declined to divulge the precise location or nature of his injury but said that “tests” taken came back negative and that the injury is not believed to be serious. Malamud also said that Ovechkin does not expect to play Wednesday in New Jersey.


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Re-signing Carey Price

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Guy Carbonneau of CBC answers some email questions,

The Bruins re-signed [Milan] Lucic to a three-year extension and avoided free agency. Should YOUR Montreal Canadiens do the same with [Carey] Price now?

I thought it was a good move on the part of the Bruins to re-sign Lucic before he had a chance to become a restricted free agent next year. With the new economics in the NHL I can see more teams go after young players in their prime that would only cost draft picks in a restricted free agency system. So I am sure that the Canadiens are looking at Carey Price very closely to make sure he can keep improving and become the goalie they expect. If that happens, then they will probably try to sign him to an extension also.

more Q & A…

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All The Injuries

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail writing about all the injuries in the NHL,

...maybe the league’s power brokers need to take a long hard look at where the NHL is at, some four years and change after the lockout ended - and see if there hasn’t been a law of unintended consequences unfolding in front of their very eyes, as a result of all the rule changes they made to bring speed back in the game.

more and Patrick Hoffman of the Goal Line Report at KK took a look at this topic today too…

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NHL Using The Power Of Twitter

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from Jennifer Van Grove of Mashable,

Earlier this morning, the NHL had a brilliant idea to tap NHL fans on TwitterTin order to crowdsource Twitter Lists of NHL fans by their favorite teams. They tweeted, “Hey guys–we want to create lists of #NHL fans by team! Please Tweet @NHL your favorite team or teams w/ the hashtag #myfavoriteNHLteam.”

That tweet proved to be more successful in mobilizing fans than originally anticipated, with tweets flooding in from fans affiliating themselves with their favorite teams. The collection is currently being pulled together…


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Glue Or Stitches?

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from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The Thrashers forward had been hit with a stick during an early season game against Ottawa, opening a gash in his left eyebrow.

Armstrong had one question for the team’s trainer.

“Can you glue it?” he asked.

In some cases, glue can be used to close cuts that once would have required stitches. Depending on the location and depth of the cut, hockey players are often opting for a more elementary form of treatment.

“I didn’t want to have stitches because I really don’t like needles that much,” Armstrong said. “I saved myself a bunch of pain and anxiety.”

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Stars Of The Month

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NEW YORK (November 2, 2009) —Colorado Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for October.

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