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Elliotte Friedman of CBC spoke with Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy today regarding the missed goal in San Jose last night.
The league views this under the prism of Rule 78.5 -- the world-famous "Intent to Blow." If the referee intends to blow his whistle to stop the play, that supersedes everything.
Here is what Murphy said:
"We have in a week two, three or four plays when the puck goes in the net as the whistle goes. What we look for is how strong a referee's signal is, how committed he is to his call.
"We don't want to undermine the referee... have people watching saying, 'See, see, see, they don't agree,' so before we put him on the headset we're looking to see how strong he is on his call."
The one thing that drives the NHL crazy about these things is people judging it in slow motion. You'd be better off sword-fighting a swarm of gnats, because technology makes that too simple, but Murphy and his co-workers do try to work through this stuff at real speed.
Watch it here if you missed it...
I am sure the Buffalo Sabres are happy to get ouf of San Jose with a shootout win, but they may want to work on their defensivezone coverage...
View a screenshot of the same play below...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
A few years ago I was in a press box in Los Angeles, kibitzing with an executive from a team that employed Daniel Carcillo. He, like Kaleta (and you can insert Raffi Torres in here as well), is 10 times more dangerous than any fighter—at least you know when the fighter is coming. The exec said, and I paraphrase because it was not a conversation to be written down, “I’d be happy if Carcillo wasn’t in the league. But if he is going to be, I want him on my team instead of having to play against him.”
Over the weekend, 29 GMs had a chance to snap up Patrick Kaleta under those same pretenses. Vancouver GM Mike Gillis could have replaced Tom Sestito with a swifter, harder-to-play-against Kaleta; any number of soft, push-over teams could have seen him as an inoculation against being too easy to play against; Ottawa, in need of a spark, could have found one in the rambunctious, totally unpredictable winger. But 29 GMs looked at the waiver wire, and passed. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the biggest sign of progress against on-ice violence that we have seen in some time.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Too many players on the Sabres’ roster haven’t earned anything, which makes me wonder if they’ve learned anything. Regier has insisted that they’re getting better, and he’s probably right. Young players are bound to improve whether they’re in Buffalo or somewhere else.
The Sabres have several players, based on performance and NHL readiness, who should have packed their bags long before Kaleta did. He could adjust his style without going to the minors. But they’re allowed to stick around while he’s shipped out of town? What does that say to the kids, that poor play is acceptable because they’re young?
By their own admission, the Sabres have lacked effort. It’s one reason they’re getting bombed in the first period. Solid goaltending, absent Saturday, covered up for a mountain of mistakes. It provided a false sense of hope that the learning process can be accelerated. It’s equally possible their growth will be stunted.
We might not know for several years what they’re taking from this season. They’re adjusting to the speed of the game. They’re gaining an understanding of the importance of positioning in the NHL, particularly in the defensive zone. They’re getting a PhD in playing from behind. All are positives.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 2, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier today announced that forward Patrick Kaleta has been placed on waivers.
“This was a move we thought was necessary to help Pat change his game and preserve his career in this league,” Regier said. “We believe in Pat as a person and we hope he will continue his career in our organization and, if the circumstances are right, with the Buffalo Sabres.”
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
It’s interesting listening to scouts and media members in the press box who are seeing the Sabres play for the first time. They’ve seen the dismal record and know Buffalo isn’t good, but as their comments show, they’re never quite prepared for how bad the Sabres really are....
The Sabres extended their disturbing trend of looking like a peewee team, and only the goaltending of Ryan Miller prevented a 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers from being much worse. The Rangers opened with a 31-10 shot advantage, and the combination of New York taking its foot off the gas and Buffalo trying harder led to a 46-29 finish.
The Sabres closed the opening month of the season at 2-12-1.
“When everyone wants this to stop, it’ll stop,” Miller said. “We seem to be making more situations for ourselves than even the other team can create. It’s on us to dig out of it and start having the right attitude and right approach. It’s been a lot of games searching, trying to figure it out. Enough’s enough.”
Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension,
NHL release is below...
The Buffalo Sabres will pick up part of forward Thomas Vanek's salary as part of the deal they made with the New York Islanders in Sunday's trade.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the Sabres will retain approximately $1.4 million - or roughly 20 per cent - of what's left of the $6.4 million Vanek is still owed in the final year of his contract.
The Islanders acquired Vanek from the Sabres in exchange for forward Matt Moulson, a first round draft pick in 2014 and a 2015 second round pick.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reported Tuesday that if the first round pick ends up a top-10 player in the June Entry Draft, the Islanders would have the option to defer the pick to 2015. LeBrun said that it would be the Islanders' option to either have the Sabres pick this year or next if it's a top-10 selection.
Nice tribute to Lindy Ruff, who spent 16 years behind the Sabres' bench.
via Pierre LeBrun tweet,
Patrick Kaleta has decided not to appeal to independent arbitrator
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