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from Rick Westhead of TSN,
National Hockey League linesman Don Henderson has filed a $10.25 million lawsuit against Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman more than a year after Wideman hit Henderson from behind during a game against the Nashville Predators.
CTV News and TSN have learned that Henderson filed his lawsuit against Wideman on Apr. 18 in a Calgary court.
Henderson seeks general damages of $200,000, special damages to pay for housekeeping, yard work and hospital expenses of $50,000, and damages for loss of income and future loss of income of $10 million.
The Flames are also listed as a defendant.
According to his lawsuit, Henderson suffered injuries to his head, neck back, shoulder, and right knee. He also allegedly suffered a concussion, pain, numbness and tingling in his right arm and hand, shock anxiety and depression, headaches and permanent and partial disability.
If you need a refresher, watch the incident below...
from Scouting The Refs,
The National Hockey League has announced the 20 referees and 20 linesmen who will work the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Francis Charron, Gord Dwyer, Eric Furlatt, Trevor Hanson, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Steve Kozari, Chris Lee, Wes McCauley, Brad Meier, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Chris Rooney, Francois St.Laurent, Kelly Sutherland, Ian Walsh, and Brad Watson.
Standby referees are Kyle Rehman and Graham Skilliter.
In: Trevor Hanson, Brian Pochmara
Out: Dave Jackson, Frederick L’Ecuyer,
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
Talking to a number of NHL types over the last week about Crosby’s unpenalized slash brought mixed reaction. From, “That’s a penalty and we don’t call it often enough,” to “It’s always been in the game and we shouldn’t take it out,” there has been all manner of comment.
The fact there is no consensus suggests nothing will change soon. A movement from the GMs is the best way for the NHL’s hockey people to get behind an issue and enact change. That hasn’t happened.
Just because a critical mass of GMs haven’t spoken up on the subject, however, doesn’t diminish the reality.
They were slow to come around on obstruction as well and for good reason. They get paid to win games and defence is easier to acquire than offence. So the lowest common denominator wins out.
So regardless of a lack of outcry from many of the game’s stewards, it’s clear from watching NHL games that the threshold for calls to be made on slashes to the gloves is too high.
When a player puts his stick on an opponent’s gloves, it’s a penalty. But, as often happens in the NHL, players push the boundaries of a rule and the standard shifts. Watch an NHL game today and you’ll see a lot of stick-on-glove work.
from Mike Sawatzky of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Chris Schlenker’s welcome to the big time was a bolt of lightning — totally unexpected.
Following the play up ice during a Nov. 18 game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the 32-year-old first-year NHL referee from Medicine Hat, Alta., suddenly felt himself swept off his feet before coming down hard and painfully on his back.
What he didn’t know was the NHL’s biggest star and captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins had roared past, too closely in fact, and one of his skates took Schlenker’s feet out from under him.
"I got slew-footed by Sidney Crosby — accidentally," says Schlenker. "I popped back up. My partners were looking at me to see if I was OK. I got quickly back in the play like nothing happened. I got up, didn’t know who it was or what even happened. I didn’t see him coming. The next whistle, the guys came to check on me, I said, ‘Let’s keep going, I’m fine.’
"The next TV timeout, Sid comes across the ice and says, ‘Sorry about the slew-foot.’ I said, ‘No problem.’ He said, ‘I didn’t mean to do it.’ I said, ‘I know you didn’t.’"
Maintaining your cool is important in the officiating business and Schlenker, one of the rising stars on the NHL scene, is very good at it.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
For what it’s worth, and it’s not much, I didn't like the Malkin hit on Wheeler. I like to think I like hitting in hockey as much as anyone, but Malkin's hit struck me as unnecessary. The puck was gone. Outside of fulfilling the time-worn “finish your check” mantra or protecting the sky-is-falling chorus of “there's going to be no hitting in the game,” I'm not sure what purpose Malkin's hit served, especially weighed against the contact to Wheeler's head.
But I have also come to realize everyone's threshold for this type of hit is different, and if the GMs on opposite sides of the debate haven't figured it out yet, I don't like our chances for resolving it here today.
I get that Jets fans are angry, and I wouldn't want to be dismissive of them, though let's be honest: How many of them would be outraged if it had been Wheeler who hit Malkin in that fashion?
much more and also discussed the Trouba hit on Stone...
Watch the Malkin hit below...
Yes it was.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
I was curious the morning after if the NHL would share everyone else's enthusiasm with McCauley's emotional call, complete with his "put up your dukes" gesture. I mean, the days of NHL on-ice officials showing a lot of flair or personality or individualism appear to be long gone. No one is suggesting the guys in stripes should become the show, but there's no reason they can't genuinely contribute to it either.
So it was gratifying to hear NHL director of officiating Stephen Walkom say he had no issue with it, since McCauley's call was an accurate and true reflection of who he is and how he officiates a game. He has a passion and a feel for it; that's who Wes McCauley is.
More importantly, at least in terms of the "put up your dukes" fight signal, McCauley was actually following a directive from his superior.
"I loved that part because I used to do that and I've been telling the guys if they're signalling a fight, use it," Walkom said. "The funny thing is there has never been an actual signal for fighting in the NHL. We have always had an official signal for every other infraction but we have never had one for fighting.
If you haven't seen it, you can watch McCauley's call below...
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
With 17 seconds left in regulation on Tuesday, Blue Jackets left wing Scott Hartnell and Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith traded stick swings before taking off their gloves and squaring to fight.
That's when linesman Scott Driscoll stepped in to pull the two players apart, drawing boos from the crowd and curious expressions from the players.
"It's too bad the refs went in there," said Hartnell, who was trying to get Smith to answer for a blow to the head of Jackets forward Josh Anderson late in the second period. "I really wanted a piece of him."
Scenes like this have played out across the NHL this season. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said he's been told of a directive from the league to officials "that if they can stop the fight, stop the fight."
"The way I look at it, I think it has to do with concussions and all the talk about that, the scrutiny on it," Tortorella said. "That's just speculation on my part, but I know I've been told one time, when I asked, 'Why don't you just let them fight?' ...; they've been directed a little bit to stop that."
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, in an email exchange with The Dispatch, said there has been no directive to the league's linesmen, that they've always been "instructed to pre-empt fights if they can do it safely."
continue for more on the Blue Jackets...
Recent tweets from Elliotte Friedman covers the bases on this call...
Sorry for the lack of posts the last two days, was feelig ill but feeling much better now.
added 10:21pm, Below is the NHL explanation and a longer video...
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