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from Craig Custance of EPN,
WHAT WOULD NHL LOOK LIKE IF FIGHTING DISAPPEARED?
I'm not sure I can even envision the premise. I'm not sure, regardless of what rule changes may over time be made, I'm not sure if fighting is ever eliminated from the game. I think fighting will continue to be part of the game regardless of what your rules are and it is parts of other games as well.
I really can't envision it from that perspective but I'm also not in a position [to] really hypothesize it. It's something that's been part of the game for a long time. Regardless of what our rules are, it's going to remain part of the game in some form or fashion. It's not a question that's easy to answer.
HOW WOULD FANS RESPOND? DO YOU POLL?
CROSBY LEADS COMEBACK OVER ISLANDERS
Sidney Crosby scored the tying goal midway through the third period and then netted the game-winner on a spectacular individual effort in overtime to lead the Penguins to a come-from-behind victory over the Islanders. With the win, the Penguins (19-9-1, 39 points) overtook the idle Bruins (18-7-2, 38 points) for first place in the Eastern Conference.
* Crosby’s overtime winner marked the sixth of his NHL career and first since Nov. 23, 2009.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it also marked the first time that Crosby has tied and then won a game in the third period or later.
added 11:20am, Larry Brooks on the contract extension.
added 12:41pm, Official release of the signing is below...
Yesterday I was under the weather and missed posting this in a timely manner, today I am feeling much better...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Last summer, NHL general managers wanted to eliminate the spin-o-rama from shootouts. But the NHLPA blocked it. If you can't get agreement on that, you certainly aren't going to get agreement on Pavelski's move. So we get mass confusion and a prominent player ripping the game.
How, exactly, does the sport benefit from that?
The NHL and NHLPA fought over goaltending equipment. The union was annoyed that several GMs thought the league could unilaterally change the playoff system at a November meeting (they were reminded there is a three-year commitment to the setup). The NHL was furious at the players for waiting until the last possible minute to approve hybrid icing.
I get that there's a lot of mistrust between the two sides. It's deep-rooted and it's not going away any time soon. But the owners, league office, franchises and players will never have an opportunity to make more money for themselves than they will in the next decade.
Last summer, they worked together to clarify Rule 48, a smart move that ended confusion. But too often, it becomes, "If we do this, what will you give us?"
If the NHL and NHLPA maximize the on-ice product, they will maximize wallet fatness.
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from the Windsor Spitfires,
General Manager Warren Rychel has announced team captain Kerby Rychel and veteran defenceman Nick Ebert have been dealt to the Guelph Storm.
In return, the Spitfires receive winger Brody Milne and eight draft picks: Guelph's 2nd in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Kitchener's 3rd in 2016, Guelph's 4th in 2015 and Windsor's 4th in 2014.
Also included in the deal is a conditional 15th round pick in 2017.
"Obviously it's a tough trade to make with two impact players on our team." Rychel said, moments after the deal was approved. "But with an exceptionally tough Western Conference, we think it was important to take a step back now in order to take a big step ahead down the road."
I work in the KHL and see that we have the level of arbitration is growing every year. So I can not be happy by the fact that the main tournament four years, which - whether we like it or not - will be considered not only as a sport, but also as a political, my league is not represented.
This past century at the Olympics in leading teams 99 percent of the seats given to NHL players. Now the situation has changed dramatically. I think between the NHL and KHL in Sochi will be parity. That's just in the game, and not in the judicial matters.
-Andrei Nazarov, head coach of the HC Donbass in the KHL on the number of on-ice officials working the Olympics from the NHL. Read more (translated) at Sport-Express.
from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,
In the wake of a lawsuit, by which 10 former NHL-ers claimed the league hid information that would have prevented ongoing head trauma, (Scott) Parker said in a recent interview with the Denver Post that he was the subject to bullying by coaches who threatened his roster spot if he stopped sacrificing his body.
He directed his harshest criticism at Hartley.
“He was a junior B goalie trying to tell me how to fight,” Parker told the Denver Post. “He was always just degrading me. Not to be a (wimp), but he was a bully. And he could be because he was in a position of authority. What was I supposed to do as a rookie? Go tell him ‘(expletive) you’? I did that stuff at the end of my career, but at the beginning of my career I was just a chess piece to him.”
Hartley was quick to defend himself when asked about Parker’s comments Tuesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“I was made aware of that report long ago,” said Hartley who won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche and spent nearly five seasons at the helm from 1998-99 to 2002-03. “All coaches, but I’ll speak for myself because my name is there, we set expectations. We create standards. There’s not a player I’ve coached that I didn’t try to make better. I’ve never bullied anyone.
“I can be a demanding coach. But I want the best for my players. For me, that’s the end of the story.”
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Friends and business associates of former Vancouver Canuck Gino Odjick say they were worried about his mental health in the days leading up to Pavel Bure’s jersey retirement ceremony on Nov. 2 at Rogers Arena.
Odjick, who has spent the past five days in a psychiatric unit at a Gatineau, Que., hospital, was not in a good state prior to Bure’s ceremony, his business manager Kumi Kimura said Tuesday.
Odjick and close friends blame his health problems on concussions suffered while playing hockey and serving as an enforcer who frequently got involved in on-ice fights.
“He was way gone at Pavel’s thing,” Kimura said. “We were walking on eggshells.”
Odjick was admitted to the psychiatric unit at UBC Hospital in early September, but was released after only a few days.
“We wanted him in the hospital until two or three days before Pavel’s event so he would be calm, be rested and get on the regular meds that control his brain,” Kimura said. “Our goal was to get him to Pavel’s retirement. He got there, but he walked out in sneakers and a hat when he should be wearing a suit. He knows better. That just wasn’t him.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Edmonton Oilers may be moving to Rogers Place in 2016, but for now, they still call Rexall Place home — and there is no over-the-counter medicine available for what ails drugstore billionaire Daryl Katz’s sad-sack defensive team.
The worst home team in the National Hockey League was crushed 6-2 by the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night, giving them a meagre three wins (over the New Jersey Devils, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers) in 12 games as hosts.
If you’re going to be bad, be bad on the road, not at home, and while another Rexall sellout was announced, there were scores of empty seats, so it appears the fans are voting to stay away even if they’ve paid for the tickets — never a good thing.
When asked how he’d feel if he was an Oilers fan leaving the building this season, Ryan Jones took the fifth.
“It’s a question I don’t want to answer, to be honest,” he said.
continued and watch Coach Eakins below as he talks post-game, Eakins now looks like a coach searching for answers.
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