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What Next?

There’s been much discussion this week about adding bans on motorcycles to NHL contracts. Some thoughts from Hugh Adami via Canwest News:

And, if a motorcycling ban was put into place, where does the NHL draw the line the next time something bad happens to a player involved in an activity that isn’t prohibited?

What if avid golfer Daniel Alfredsson is bopped in the head by an errant golf ball and misses half the season or is forced to retire?

And what about professional athletes and fast cars? Dany Heatley’s horrific accident in Atlanta almost five years ago resulted in the death of passenger and teammate Dan Snyder. Excessive speed led Heatley to lose control of his Ferrari. How could the Atlanta Thrashers protect themselves in the future against young players not using common sense in hot cars? Ban them from driving anything over 125 horsepower?

Regular readers will recall that I missed work around here for a week or so a few months ago due to a fairly serious concussion.  If I ever decide to make a total fool of myself and confess exactly how I got that concussion, it would support Adami’s point well—you really can’t protect people from everything.

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The Price of Octopus

From Ben Schmitt at the Free Press,

Splat!  The octopus hit the ice of Mellon Arena to a chorus of boos just after the national anthem Saturday.

But the tentacled toss didn’t come from a Michigander. Zach Smith, 19, of Cleveland, an avid Red Wings fan and adrenaline junkie, hurled the slimy creature. Then he got tossed. Security guards threw him out.

“You’re outta here,” Smith said they told him. “Come back in and you get arrested.”

But Smith and his two friends from metro Detroit, who asked not to be identified, had a plan. They had bought an extra ticket in anticipation of his booting. That’s an extra $300 from a scalper


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  Tags: hockey+fans, mellon+arena

Modano’s Past & Future

From Tim Cowlishaw the Dallas Morning News,

“I came into the league and saw guys that were 32 and I said, “That’s not me. I’ll be done before then,’ ” he said. “Then 32 felt like it came and got here overnight. Now I hear young guys talking about not wanting to put in the work and I think, “Are you kidding me?’ “

Modano said he considered announcing his retirement at different points during the regular season when he was frustrated with his play.

“The first quarter of the season was really rough on me,” he said, recalling his struggles to surpass Phil Housley as the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in league history. “There were probably more times I didn’t feel I was as competitive as I wanted to be than there had been in the past.”

more including his current plans

*hat-tip Spector

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How to Pick a Coach

From Erin Nicks at The Universal Cynic,

Anyway, back to Burns. The Senators need someone who can crack the whip and get this franchise back to a defensive mindset. It may only be a short-term solution for a couple of years (Burns’ act can wear thin), but it’s better than watching Bryan Murray wear two hats. He’s currently the right choice, which obviously means the Senators won’t get him. And don’t talk to me about Bob Hartley, okay? I want a coach who knows about building a foundation—I don’t want a guy behind the bench who wears it. (Combine the over-gelled hair and the eerily smooth skin tone, and you’ve got a walking corpse running the team.)

more… including thoughts on Bob Cole, Jim Hughson, the playoffs, etc

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Weighing Major-Junior vs NCAA

From Terry Frei at the Denver Post,

But major-junior players not making the NHL often end up educationally short-changed, or at least behind their contemporaries. The education-on-the-fly aspects of major junior and then major-junior’s scholarship program — roughly a year of college money for each year of playing — aren’t enough. (The major-junior scholarship program, let’s just say, doesn’t match a Harvard scholarship.)

Except for the absolute elite (and [Drayson] Bowman appears to be among that group) or players who would have little interest in a college education under any circumstances, I still believe the best route, for most U.S.-born players especially, remains NCAA hockey.


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  Tags: major-junior+hockey, ncaa

A Look At Bob Probert

Elliotte Freidman did a great piece on Bob Probert duing the HNIC pre-game last night.

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Don & Barry Breakdown Game 4

Cherry can’t believe the ice time for Malkin and feels Wings wrap up the series on Monday.

Watch below…

Continue Reading »

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Trade Talk

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

When NHL GMs gather tomorrow in Detroit for their Stanley Cup get-together, they’ll start planting the deal-making seeds for the entry draft at Scotiabank Place June 20-21.

While not all the brass showed up at the prospects’ combine that was completed yesterday at the Westin Bristol Place, there were enough executives in the hotel lobby to fan the trade winds that have already started to blow.

Here’s a few players to keep an eye on:

Senators C Jason Spezza: His name will come up a lot in the next few weeks with his salary jumping $3 million (all terms US) to $8 million next season. Hard to believe the Senators would deal him; they’d have to get another front-line centre in return and Spezza has good chemistry with RW Dany Heatley.

read on

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A Team Of Destiny

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Red Wings—a terrific club in just about every way—seem destined to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup.

“Obviously, we’re in a tough situation,” Penguins winger Marian Hossa said. “But they still have to win one more game. We’re going to make it really miserable for them.”

That was the general theme in a disappointed Penguins dressing room. No one wanted to talk about having to win three consecutive games, two on the road. “We just have to win one,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “If you worry about winning three games, it can get a little overwhelming.”

A little?


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Officiating Needs Work

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The NHL no longer is about referees who call games by feel and on instinct and who recognize that an elastic clause must be part of any rulebook, even if written in invisible ink.

Instead, it’s about referees who color by number, who are working not to please the participants but rather their supervisor who deducts points for every incident in which some player raises his stick parallel to an opponent’s and is not whistled for a penalty.

Missing significant and blatant penalties? That apparently doesn’t count for as much in this administration.

read on

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