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from Mark Spector of the National Post,
It was some brilliant work by Gary Bettman and his boys to avoid banning fighting altogether, and instead change the rules so that fighting would simply die a death of attrition over time. Honestly -- the game hasn't been this good in years. What has happened as a result however, is that the rivalries we've grown up on have become a casualty of the new NHL. Why are players and fans bored of seeing the same divisional opponent eight times per season? It's simple: familiarity no longer breeds contempt the way it used to. Teams used to brawl, which carried the excitement into the next game, and the next one. And, in the old divisional playoff system, rivals met each other every other spring like clockwork, intensifying the relationship.more
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail:
Support among the media for the obstruction-free National Hockey League game appears to be slipping, at least among some commentators. Greeted with enthusiasm a year ago, the league's zero tolerance for hooking, holding and interference is now raising questions and producing critics. "It's a myth that today's hockey is entertaining," co-host Bill Watters said on AM640 Toronto's Leafs Lunch program yesterday. Most of the complaints are over what are called phantom calls, or, as Ron MacLean of Hockey Night In Canada describes them, "chintzy calls."continued
The Philadelphia Flyers have targeted NHL executive vice president Colin Campbell as their next general manager, but now it remains to be seen whether Campbell is going to take the job. Sources in Philadelphia have told TSN that Flyers' chairman Ed Snider has offered the Philadelphia GM's job to Campbell, the former New York Rangers head coach. When contacted by TSN, Campbell refused comment. But sources tell TSN the Flyer job, currently held by interim GM Paul Holmgren, is Campbell's if he wants it.continued
via the NY Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Darius Kasparaitis has been assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a 10-day conditioning assignment.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
There's talk about how long it is between visits by Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin or even the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Western Conference. The matter is likely to come up for discussion at the NHL's General Managers' meeting on Nov. 7. That being said, here are a few possible solutions to the problem: The challenge here is to fix the schedule so everyone plays everyone at least once each season while still maintaining a heavy emphasis on divisional games. There is really only one simple way to do that.read on
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Metro News,
The NHL now has two Octobers under its belt since the lockout ended and the game is better even if fewer fans are watching. Through Monday night's games, 166 in total, compared to the same period last season, the NHL has had slightly fewer goals, power plays and fans - and a few more fights. "I think the game is much better to watch than it was last year at the beginning," Buffalo Sabres centre Daniel Briere said Tuesday. Players, coaches and referees alike were feeling their way through a crash course in the NHL's new rules last October, the biggest change being the league's crackdown on obstruction and interference. This season's opening month wasn't so confusing.continued
from the CP via TSN,
Rock star or rocket launcher? If you had to choose between flashy Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin and the hard-driving Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who would you pick? Flames winger Jeff Friesen, who was a teammate of Ovechkin's last season, sidesteps the question. "I would take them both," he declared. "You could flip a coin with either one if you had to pick one." Ovechkin and Phaneuf, along with Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby, were the NHL's best freshmen last season in the most competitive rookie class in years.continued
Is this really Alanah of VCOE? She claims it is!
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News via ESPN,
The NHL is chock-full of surprises already this season. Here are my top five: 5. Alexander Semin, goal machine. Most prognosticators expected a Russian-born sophomore NHLer to lead the Washington Capitals in scoring all season. But it wasn't Semin, whose best goal output came in 2004-05 with Lada Togliatti.more
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
It just seemed like everything about the Penguins' future had to be decided this week when, in reality, only one issue was at stake: Staal's immediate future as an NHLer. And given how well Staal has played, how hard a decision was it really? "I mean, the kid has three shorthanded goals," one NHL general manager said. "And they don't even have a rink." The point the GM was making, of course, was that in these ever-changing times, the present matters most and the future is too tough to contemplate because it may be drastically different. Particularly when it comes to the NHL, a league that has turned itself inside out and upside down over the past 15 years.more
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