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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
It’s just so funny to watch the folks at Hockey Night in Canada passionately call for changes to the instigator rule every week when nobody else is really debating the topic. They insist this is what the majority of NHL players want, and dismiss out-of-hand the fact the players on the league’s competition committee voted down the minor change to the instigator rule forced through by Brian Burke last winter.
The reality is most players mindlessly mouth what they believe to be the company line. Players on the competition committee - Rob Blake, Jarome Iginla etc. - are individual thinkers, less likely to be swayed by the mob mentality.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
David Perron got a tardy slip Wednesday, and as a result he didn’t play against Detroit.
Perron went home to Sherbrooke, Quebec, for Christmas and missed his return flight Tuesday night to St. Louis. He flew back Wednesday morning and was late for the morning skate.
Blues President John Davidson said that a car accident near the Montreal airport, in part, caused Perron to miss his flight.
Larry Brooks of the NY Post on the penalty call against Orr last night…
They overcame an obscene display of officiating from a four-man unit that had no control of the match at all, and simply invented a major penalty against Colton Orr midway through the second period when he caught Matt Cullen carrying the puck with his head down cutting from right to left in the offensive zone and sent him to the ice face-first in a collision that could not be avoided.
In case you missed the video on KK, you can see it here...
added 10:15am, via the News & Observer,
“It was scary,” Stillman said. “First I’m playing the puck, and then I see him laying there. I was just asking if he was OK. He was talking by the time I got there. Just, ‘Stay there, are you OK?’ and ‘No, I don’t feel good.’ “
Cullen, who was unavailable for comment after the game, suffered a broken nose and was being examined for a possible concussion.
“It’s hard to say,” Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. “A mild one, maybe. I’m not sure.”
from the National Post,
Enforcers have become about as essential to hockey as spittoons are to hotel lobbies.
The National Hockey League long ago removed from the players the ability to police themselves. And, despite the vastly overrated debate, the instigator rule has less to do with that than the blanket monitoring of every game that makes it impossible to goon with impunity.
The instigator penalty is two minutes. The suspension for someone like Boogaard, say, speed-bagging Naslund would be several games. Players don’t have to fight. And they wouldn’t have to if the instigator rule was rescinded.
The Wings victory tonight over the Blues locked-in Mike Babcock as the coach of the Western Conference in the NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta.
One other note from the game, Lidstrom played roughly 14:50 tonight, which has to be one of the lowest TOI stats for him. No injury, just rested as the Wings cruised to a victory and should help him when he takes the ice in Colorado Thursday night.
Trade rumors update: We’ve been told that no trade between the Blue Jackets and Rangers is in the works. The two teams have talked, but nothing has been agreed upon and nothing will be announced when the roster freeze is lifted.
About the roster freeze: turns out the freeze is in effect until midnight Thursday night, not tonight (Wednesday).
via the AP,
DiPietro made the start for New York, but lasted only one period. He didn’t come out of the dressing room after the first intermission because of an undisclosed knee injury. The Islanders said the franchise goalie wouldn’t return and would be re-evaluated on Thursday.
via Empty Netters,
Mark Eaton is out indefinitely with a torn ACL.
As we’ve illustrated before, Eaton is one of the most valuable members of this team.
via Sports Network,
Carolina Hurricanes center Matt Cullen left Wednesday’s contest against the New York Rangers in the second period after an open-ice hit by Colton Orr.
Cullen quickly carried the puck into New York’s zone and with his head down after losing possession of the disc, was recklessly ran into by Orr with his helmet smacking him in the face.
Cullen, who had a cut on his nose, stayed down on the ice for several minutes before being helped to his skates and was eventually escorted to the locker room.
Orr was penalized for interference on the play and was handed a game misconduct.
update 10:46pm, Swapped out the video for one that shows more angles of the hit.
added 6:20pm on 12/27/07, KK member just pointed out in the comments that there will be no suspension for Orr.
from the Rocky Mountain News,
“Oh, I know all about it,” said Smyth, who skated at practice Wednesday with his usual linemates, Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk. “I know that some things went on in the past, but I think the game has changed quite a bit since then.”
Most of the antagonists responsible for violent episodes have either retired or are playing for other teams.
“But this game has always been a fans’ favorite to go to,” defenseman John-Michael Liles said. “The emotions are always revved up. I think some of these games in the past got a lot of people into hockey.
more & it sounds like Sakic is not making any improvement and will not play tomorrow.
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