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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...There are, however, signs, that the NHL is trying to change that mindset, one suspension at a time — the Boulerice suspension ties with Chris Simon for the longest in history, relating to an on-ice incident.
But the league could fast-track the process by extending the discipline to the respective teams as well. Fines to the club, suspensions for the coach - those sorts of penalties might encourage teams to think twice about employing players who haven’t yet figured out that the culture of head-hunting is going the way of the dodo.
The simplest solution might even be the least complicated — simply prevent a team from replacing a suspended player in the line-up.
more and other NHL bits too in Eric’s weekly NHL roundup…
from the AP via the West Central Tribune,
The mothers of 17 Wild players proudly accompanied their sons as the group left Minnesota on Friday for three games on the West Coast. Last season, the team invited the fathers on a trip.
“She’s very excited. Last year, when the dads got to go, she was very jealous right from the get-go,” said right wing Mark Parrish of his mom, Barb.
The mothers gathered for photos at the arena in the morning before the plane left for Phoenix, where the Wild face the Coyotes on Saturday night.
Jim Balsillie is back in the running to buy the Nashville Predators.
The Research In Motion co-CEO is the owner of a group that has approached the NHL team with an offer to buy it if the deal with the current bidders fails.
According to a letter sent to Nashville’s Metro Sports Authority, Balsillie is now committed to keeping the team in Nashville and winning a Stanley Cup there.
a little more...
from the AP via the Globe and Mail,
Philadelphia forward Jesse Boulerice was suspended 25 games by the NHL on Friday for cross-checking Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler across the face, the second Flyer in three weeks to receive a ban of at least 20 games.
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
Two weeks after the debut of Hockey Night In Canada Radio on Sirius, the Hardcore Sports Radio channel on Sirius is set to launch a new prime time hockey talk show with Steve Kouleas as host.
The Kouleas show, which will debut Monday at 10 p.m. EDT, will feature analysts Al Strachan, the hockey writer, and Steve Ludzik, the former NHL player.
Kouleas, Strachan and Ludzik work for The Score Television Network, which owns and operates Hardcore Sports Radio.
From Scott Burnside at ESPN,
If greatness has a footman, a manservant, a chambermaid, then surely Martin Gerber is that person.
For the past two years, when hockey has been played on its grandest stage, the Swiss-born goaltender has been there. Sort of. Far from the spotlight, Gerber has existed in the shadows of that greatness while others have basked in the glory.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
After considering and interviewing more than a dozen candidates, the NHLPA’s five-man search committee has whittled its list down to three finalists.
While the identity of the three remains a well-kept secret, there is speculation former U.S. prosecutor Paul Kelly is a prime candidate. He was an important participant in bringing former NHLPA executive director Alan Eagleson to trial for fraud and embezzlement.
Neither of the other two candidates are hockey agents (as Eagleson and his successor Bob Goodenow were) while one is a Canadian.
from The Pilot,
...Some hope there could be some nice irony at work here. The theory goes that if the Bruins go further into the tank, Owner Jeremy Jacobs and his clan will at last become exasperated and dump the team. Nice theory but it completely misreads Jacobs and his unpleasant brood.
If the Bruins no longer reap huge profits, the building does and they own the building. Much more to the point, Jacobs is a heavyweight in the highest councils of the league and he delights in being a genuine NHL poobah. Maybe this tells you as much as you need to know about the state of the National Hockey League.
If the boys from Buffalo were sensitive chaps they might recognize that the party is over for them in this town. Trust is gone
from Bob McKenzie at TSN,
Jordin Tootoo of the Nasvhille Predators takes a run at Phoenix rookie Daniel Winnik – and it says here Tootoo was targeting Winnik’s head – and it’s Coyote rookie Craig Weller who gets the match penalty for intent to injure on the play, because Weller clotheslined Tootoo after the hit….
But it’s the Tootoo hit that should be the real concern.
If ever there were a hit where it looked like a player was intentionally trying to hit someone in the head, this was it.
more... I haven’t seen the video of the play from last night, if anyone has a link, feel free to post it.
update 12:14pm, Thanks to KK member bcrt2000, we have a link…
from the Rocky Mountain News,
Six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, Avalanche goalie Jose Theodore will make his regular- season debut tonight.
He will start against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in a game that could set the tone for the kind of season it will be for him and for the Avalanche.
“It’s good to be back in,” he said Thursday. “It was a long rehab, but it’s fun to get the start. I’m anxious to get out there and help the team.”
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