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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
I don’t think I’m alone, but I do have a few concerns about officiating in the NHL. I certainly think (or maybe hope) that others inside the NHL have the same concerns. I am even more concerned about the future of the two-man refereeing system. Someone (read the league) has to invest in more two-man development in the minor leagues. On-the-job-training at this level is not satisfactory, there has to be more two-man officiating well before the young officials get to the NHL. I am also waiting for the announcement soon that Bill McCreary will be asked to delay his retirement for at least one more year.
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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
In his early days, the legendary New York Islanders coach Al Arbour got so mad at him, his false teeth fell out.
“I went over to the bench to face the man, and he started to say ‘Jesus Christ,’ and as he’s saying it, the spit comes out of his mouth and lands on my face. Then his teeth flew out. He caught them just before they fell. I said to Al, ‘If you’re going to be spitting at me, I can’t be talking to you.’ “
Unfortunately, the league said nothing about disciplining referees Paul Devorski and Ian Walsh for their gross mistake of giving Wisniewski only a two-minute minor penalty for charging Seabrook.
Maybe this will keep Devorski and Walsh from working the playoffs. We can only hope.
Devorski and Walsh also failed to penalize Corey Perry late in Wednesday’s game for that shove to Brent Sopel’s back that helped lead to the Ducks’ winning goal.
-Tim Sasson of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-HYerald.
NHL referee Brad Watson sits down with Heidi Androl to discuss the adjustments on-ice officials need to make while working the Olympic Games.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),
Before next season begins, the National Hockey League wants to crack down on headshots that leave unsuspecting players exposed to serious injury, commissioner Gary Bettman says.
“We want to develop a standard that is clear; that the players know what to expect; that the officials know exactly what to call,” Mr. Bettman said in a telephone interview yesterday.
According to Mr. Bettman, an NHL game averages 40 to 42 hits, or roughly 50,000 total in the regular season. He believes egregious headshots amount to about a dozen over the course of an entire season. The challenge, he says, is to develop a standard in order to impose discipline – without fundamentally changing the physical aspect of the game.
from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
What he wasn’t happy with were some of the calls that went against his club, including a high-sticking penalty on Simon Gagne, wiping out a Mike Richards goal that would have made it a 2-0 game in the first period.
“Going back and looking at that game, there are just too many penalties that never happened,” said the head coach. “On that play in particular, Simon Gagne didn’t high stick anybody. So, it turns around and goes the other way.
“Scott Hartnell did not, in my opinion, interfere with the goaltender (at 7:44 of the first period). I don’t know if it’s a reputation from the past, but you know we want to play tough, physical…we don’t need to go to the box. But, we’re still going there, and our players aren’t taking penalties.”
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Best job in the country last week? Unquestionably, it had to be a Vancouver sports radio host.
Stephane Auger and Alain Vigneault (who was accused of putting Darcy Hordichuk and Alex Bolduc out to fight in a Jan. 13 game against Minnesota) were acquitted in separate incidents by the NHL, because there wasn’t enough evidence to convict.
There was no trouble filling airtime. For all the talk, however, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. For me, the biggest: How can the NHL make sure this doesn’t happen again?
The easy answer: Put microphones on the zebras and record all conversations.
This has been considered before.
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This is a two part video, the 2nd part can be watched below. The 2nd part also includes a conversation with Mike Murphy regarding the FSN Pittsburgh video issue.
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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...For practical purposes, the Canucks may also opt for the path of least resistance. Already now there are fears that Burrows’s public excoriation of a member in good standing of the NHL Officials’ Association will haunt the organization in the weeks and months to come – and is that good for business?
In the end, they may decide that building bridges, rather than burning them, is the way to go. If that turns out to be the case; and if Burrows clams up under orders, then the league will have swept the matter, cleanly and efficiently, under the rug.
Of course, by leaving so many questions frustratingly unanswered, the NHL risks alienating the ticket-buying public, some of whom have wondered – on chat boards all across the Internet these past 48 hours - that the trust they previously held in the game has been replaced by suspicion. That’s the sort of damage that cannot easily be repaired, no matter how bright a spin the NHL puts on the matter. Thank Alex Burrows for that.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),
After Monday’s game, in which Burrows was given a questionable penalty that resulted in the game-winning goal for the Nashville Predators, the Canucks’ forward made his accusation to the media.
And that, according to Stewart, violated one of hockey’s unofficial rules.
“It’s like that old expression, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” Stewart said. “You got an issue? Don’t take it to the press.”
Calgary Flames centre Craig Conroy agreed.
“It’s like a tattletale. No one likes a tattletale,” Conroy said of Burrows. “That’s kind of what it looked like to me.”
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