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Morning Line- Rick Tocchet

“I’m kind of embarrassed for the fans, you don’t want to babysit players but it’s just got to get harder around here. Whether it’s harder practices, whether you want to put curfews, all that baby stuff. I hate doing that stuff but if that’s what it takes, we might have to do it.

“Some coaches in the NHL, they skate the hell out of their guys and for whatever reason they come back the next night and they play well so maybe I’ve got to do that. Some guys want more than they’re giving right now and that’s something we’ve got to try to figure out quickly because we don’t want this thing to spiral out of control.”

-Rick Tocchet, head coach of the Arizona Coyotes after losing 6-2 to the Boston Bruins.  Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports has more.

Game highlights are below...

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Video- If You Missed The NHL Action On Saturday

Just south of five minutes of action from the NHL games played on Saturday.


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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 2, Carolina 1
Toronto 4, MONTREAL 3 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 2, St. Louis 1
New Jersey 3, NY RANGERS 2
PHILADELPHIA 8, Washington 2
PITTSBURGH 4, Florida 3 
DALLAS 3, Colorado 1
Columbus 5, MINNESOTA 4 (OT)
CHICAGO 2, Nashville 1 (OT)
Boston 6, ARIZONA 2
Calgary 5, VANCOUVER 2
Ottawa 6, EDMONTON 1
LOS ANGELES 4, Buffalo 2
NY Islanders 3, SAN JOSE 1

Claude Giroux 
(2-2—4), Sean Couturier (2-1—3) and Scott Laughton (2-0—2) each scored twice and Jakub Voracek and Shane Gostisbehere collected three assists apiece to power the Flyers past the Capitals in their home opener. Philadelphia scored at least eight goals in its home opener for just the second time in franchise history (also Oct. 7, 1982: 9-5 W vs. QUE). It also marked the team’s highest goal output in any regular-season game since Nov. 5, 2011 vs. CBJ (9-2 W).

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Video- Saturday Headlines

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

The Hockey Night in Canada panel discuss the NHL and NHLPA possibly getting rid of the All-Star Game, Jarome Iginla getting an invitation from Hockey Canada and Zdeno Chara.


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Don Cherry isn't happy with Todd McLellan calling out his star players in public.

More topics too.

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Hockey Notes On A Saturday

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- There are two basic problems with the construction of the Montreal Canadiens. 1) No natural centremen; 2) Not enough quickness for today’s NHL.

- How is it that nhl.com, the league’s website, can’t seem to get player positions right? This isn’t new. I’ve chided about this before. There are five mistakes on the Maple Leafs roster, which lists 10 centres for a team that only plays five. If there are that many errors on one roster, how many in total are there for the other 30 teams?

- The early bet here: the Arizona Coyotes will finish with the worst record in the NHL, behind the Vegas Golden Knights.

- Before the lockout of 2004, and before there was a salary cap, Peter Forsberg and Jaromir Jagr were the highest paid players in the NHL, both earning $11 million a season.

And the reported value of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the time was $280 million US.

Twelve years later, as NHL payrolls have risen by 91% - and the value of NHL franchises have risen by 200-300% - the salary of the superstar players has remained relatively flat by comparison and the Maple Leafs are apparently worth more than $1 billion.

The simple way of looking at this: Owners have won, superstars, who sell the game, have lost, and have been taken for granted....

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The Mind Of NHL Coaches

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Years of torturing had gotten to Vincent Lecavalier. During a team meeting in Carolina, Tampa Bay’s No. 1 center turned to his tormentor and blew out what been bubbling inside. It did not matter that Lecavalier was addressing his boss in front of every teammate.

He had to say it.

“[Expletive] you, Torts!”

John Tortorella, one of Concord’s most flammable products since the Revolutionary War, had been wondering when Lecavalier would fire back. Tortorella loved it.

“It was a three- or four-year process of battling with these guys,” said author Craig Custance. “There’d be times he’d create conflict when it wasn’t there. He thought it was good to have it out there. With Vinny, they’d have private meetings. It wasn’t until they started publicly battling in front of the team that they made progress.”

Tortorella’s button-pushing and Lecavalier’s boil-over moment is one of the anecdotes Custance chronicles in “Behind the Bench: Inside the Minds of Hockey’s Greatest Coaches.”

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Time To Stop Fighting In the NHL

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There is not another team sport in the world in which the fistfight between John Hayden and Marcus Foligno in Chicago on Thursday would be tolerated as part of the game.

It is well past time that the NHL legislates it out of hockey, too.

Taking a haymaker to the jaw, as Foligno did in suffering a facial fracture on the punch from Hayden—a 22-year-old American who came through the U.S. National Development Program and played four years at Yale—should not be part of anyone’s job description.

Not with what we know about the danger of taking shots to the head. And perhaps more to the point, not with what the medical profession still does not know about it.

What once passed for entertainment is now merely disturbing.

It is impossible for the NHL to present itself as being serious about eliminating intentional blows to the head when fighting—in which landing blows to the head is pretty much the objective—is still countenanced.

more topics including the talk about the Islanders' possible new arena...

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Matt Niskanen Placed On LTIR

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen has been placed on long-term injured reserve after he seemed to injure his left hand in Friday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils. On long-term injured reserve, Niskanen will miss at least the next 10 games and 24 days, but Washington was able to clear enough salary cap space to recall right-shot defenseman Madison Bowey Saturday morning.

In the second period of Washington’s game on Friday night, Niskanen was slashed on the stick by Devils forward Jimmy Hayes. Niskanen returned to the bench in pain, taking the glove off his left hand to examine it.


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It’s Simple - No Hits To The Head

from Ken Dryden at the Globe and Mail,

Yes, concussions, life-transformng brain injuries, can happen anywhere, any time, to anyone. They will always occur. But they can be reduced immensely. That is the point. What we have today in hockey is not necessary. It doesn't have to be. There are steps we can take. This is what makes taking action on this, doing what needs to be done, exciting, and inaction inexcusable.

It begins with a simple ripple – no hits to the head. This ripple then runs backward, getting bigger, until it becomes a wave. In today's NHL, a stick to an opponent's face is a penalty – automatic – no excuses. A puck shot into the crowd in a team's defensive zone is the same, a penalty – automatic – no excuses. No big deal. Players adapt. The game goes on.

It can be the same with head hits. The result: a game that is just as exciting and challenging and compelling to play and to watch, and a game that is safer. If you have any doubts about this, just turn on any NHL game on TV and watch.

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