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Zero Tolerance Must Continue

Great article by Kevin Allen. Should be mandatory reading for every fan, player, coach and official. from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

One player said to me recently that we really don't want "zero tolerance" because we want the referees to have some leeway in determining whether the foul is justified. No, we want "zero tolerance." We don't want officiating based on the score. We want the skilled players to have as many rights in the 59th minute or overtime as they had in the first minute. For years, it has been acceptable for referees to "swallow their whistles" in the third period in the name of "letting the boys play." The theory: Players should decide the outcome, not referees. But my argument is that the new rules are actually "letting the boys play" for the first time in many years. If the rules are enforced, talent and skill should determine the outcome. Isn't that the idea?

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More To The Latest Avery Story

via the CP,

Saying it doesn't have any concrete evidence, the NHL doesn't plan any action over an alleged derogatory remark in Tuesday night's NHL game between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings.
An interesting side note to this- Scotty Bowman was on Detroit radio today and said he was told a few of the Edmonton players went after Avery when they ran into him after the game while boarding the team bus. This issue will be handled on the ice and is not over. Bowman also mentioned Avery has painted a big bullseye on his back and someone should put a big roll of tape over his mouth. Note to Detroit fans, the interview of Bowman was done by the self-appointed Wing hockey guru, and he had no clue what happened. He could not understand why the Oilers went after Avery for making the "French-Canadian" remark. update, Friday 3:22pm, via TSN,
Kings winger Sean Avery denies ever directing a racial slur at Oilers tough guy Georges Laraque in a game this week. Laraque, who is black, told reporters in Edmonton on Thursday that Avery called him a ''monkey'' during Tuesday's game in Los Angeles. ''(He) fabricated the whole thing,'' Avery said in Friday's edition of the Los Angeles Times. ''I have no idea why he would do that,'' he added. ''I heard about it after the game and was surprised.''

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“Open Season” On Goalies Has Started

More from Marty Brodeur, and I agree with him. The last week I have been keeping an eye on forwards attacking the net, and many "goalie crashing" attempts have gone uncalled by the refs. from the CP via TSN,

Saying it's "open season" on goalies, Martin Brodeur is asking the NHL for protection for the league's netminders. The New Jersey Devils star fears somebody will soon get seriously hurt if players are allowed to crash the net or stand in the crease without inhibition, since new rules limit what defencemen can do to take them out.

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The Captain Returns

Love or hate the Detroit Red Wings, all hockey fans should be aware that one of the all-time greats of the game returns tonight. Although Steve Yzerman has stated he will not decide on his future until the end of the season, this may well be his last year in the NHL. Whatever is ahead for Yzerman, he will always be known as a player with a never ending will to succeed and should be remembered as a player who gave his all every night.

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Q & A With Pierre McGuire

from the Minnesota Wild,

Pierre McGuire, a former NHL head coach and long-time hockey analyst, was in town on Wednesday, serving as color analyst for the TSN broadcast of the Wild vs. the Canucks. In addition to TSN, McGuire provides insight for NBC NHL broadcasts, Outdoor Life Network NHL broadcasts, and serves as a Sports Illustrated Insider. He will also be covering the NHLers in Italy during the 2006 Winter Olympics for NBC Sports. After just one week of regular season play, what has jumped out at you most about the “New NHL?” The two-line passes and the odd-man rushes. The infrequency of whistles. The ability for teams to come back, especially in the third period. The ebb and flow of the game is tremendous. I think the speed is what impresses me the most.

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Lawsuit Against Bertuzzi Dismissed In Colorado

from the AP via TSN,

A lawsuit filed against Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi over his brutal hit on former Avalanche forward Steve Moore was tossed out Thursday by a judge who said the case has no standing in Colorado. Judge Shelley Gilman agreed with lawyers for Bertuzzi and others that any case would be better handled in Canada, where the hit occurred last year. "It is highly likely that Colorado law will not apply to most, if not all, of Moore's claims," Gilman wrote. "British Columbia bears the most significant relationship to Moore's claims."

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Peterson Battles Parkinson’s Disease

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

Dripping with sweat, Brent Peterson came off the ice after the Nashville Predators' morning skate in Denver, looking like what he is -- a longtime NHL player-turned-assistant coach who luxuriates in the daily routines of his job. He can't get enough of it, including both the instruction and the playfulness on game morning, when coaches can linger and be like little boys fooling around on the pond. At age 47, the Predators' associate coach by all rights should be one of the NHL's prime candidates to move up into a head coaching position.

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The Changing NHL

A very in-depth look at the changing NHL. from the Globe and Mail,

National Hockey League players are making longer passes, scoring more goals and trying to adjust to zero tolerance in the calling of hooking, holding and interference infractions, although not everyone's happy about it a week into the season. "It's frustrating at times," said Jamie Langenbrunner, a forward with the New Jersey Devils. "You grow up playing hockey and doing certain things, but now you don't know what you're allowed to do."

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OLN Shuts Down Forum

We at OLN would like to thank you all for your spirited and persistant messages on our board. We have provided this forum as a service to those who enjoy our programming and would like to discuss these shows among themselves. But it seems as if the discord felt (either rightfully or otherwise) has become to dominate this forum. This forum has been transformed into something that it was not intended for. It is for this reason that at 12:00 a.m. eastern we will discontinue to offer this forum to the general public. All log-ins will be de-activated and all posts deleted. If you happen to be a Comcast customer you can relog-in by entering your Comcast account number wheen prompted to do so. Thank you all for your cooperation. -OLN
Vulgar and childish remarks have been the norm at the OLN forum for the last few days, but you would think there would be a better way to resolve this issue than basically making it available to Comcast only subscribers. update 1:03pm, Thanks to a reader for pointing out the above post at the OLN forum is indeed a hoax. One thing that is true, though, is that OLN needs to moderate that forum in order to maintain some sort of order.

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Bad Ice

from the Arizona Republic,

Mike Comrie called the surface "terrible." Brett Hull called it "disgusting." Even coach Wayne Gretzky acknowledged the ice in the state-of-the-art facility needed some extra TLC. "We're checking into it," Gretzky said. "We're trying to figure out the best way to rectify the problem. I do know that the guys here that make the ice are doing the best job they can working with the players and the league, and doing everything possible to get it to the best condition it can be in." Goalie Curtis Joseph echoed recent comments by backup David LeNeveu, who said he thinks the soft ice at Glendale Arena has contributed, at least in part, to the numerous groin injuries among the Coyotes players. Goalie Brian Boucher, like Joseph, injured a groin during a preseason game at Glendale Arena. "I'm no ice expert, but it's an awful coincidence that it's so hard to push around in there," Joseph said.

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