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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The intriguing concept of Brendan Shanahan joining the Maple Leafs has been rattling around the restless mind of Tim Leiweke for months.
But after an explosion of speculation from a variety of media outlets in the past 48 hours forced the idea to be fast-tracked, that concept is about to turn into reality.
Shanahan, according to multiple sources, will resign his position as the NHL’s director of player safety as early as Friday and immediately join the Leafs this weekend as the team closes out a disappointing season.
While his precise job could not be confirmed, sources suggest the Hall of Fame winger will likely be named president of the Leafs hockey club, not only president of hockey operations.
The NHL is now facing a second concussion lawsuit.
See the Gordie Howe error below...
Bruce Bennett is celebrating his 5000th hockey game by looking back at his career and picking his Top 10 images. Here's the story behind them as told by Bruce...
Mark Messier was a leader throughout his career. His stare alone would send shivers down competitors’ spines. As a photographic subject, he was always one of the best. Captured here in 2002, he appears as a throwback to another time in hockey’s history; a gladiator whose win at all costs attitude made him an asset to all teams he was a part of.
continue to InFocus by Getty Images for more including great hockey pictures..
And probably my favorite, Wayne Gretzky at age 18, see it below...
Zac Rinaldo wanted to make sure the NHL understood he had no intent to injure Buffalo Sabres defenceman Chad Ruhwedel.
And I have never heard a player say yes, "my intent was to injure him."
Until players understand hits like Rinaldo made can injure someone and need to be avoided, we will continue to see more suspensions down the line.
from Nate Rau of The Tennessean,
The state legislature on Monday abolished the special tax professional hockey and basketball players pay when they play in Tennessee.
For NHL players, the so-called jock tax would end once it is signed by Gov. Bill Haslam and becomes law. For NBA players, it will continue for two more years. The House vote was 66-25 and the Senate vote was 30-2.
The bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. David Alexander, R-Winchester, said his goal was to end a constitutionally suspect law. Alexander said the jock tax likely would fail to pass legal challenges because professional hockey and basketball players have been subject to the tax since 2009, but professional football players are exempt.
Under the current law, players pay $2,500 per game when they play in Tennessee up to $7,500. The revenue has ultimately been forwarded to the owners of the Nashville Predators and Memphis Grizzlies for the purpose of bringing more events to their arenas.
Longtime NHL referee Don Van Massenhoven will officiate his final game Friday when the Buffalo Sabres visit the Detroit Red Wings.
The game will draw to a close a career that includes 1,278 regular-season games; 87 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including six Stanley Cup Finals; the 2006 Torino Olympics; the 2008 NHL Winter Classic in Buffalo; the 2004 World Cup of Hockey; and the 2002 NHL All-Star Game.
Given the choice where to officiate his final game after more than 20 years in the NHL, Van Massenhoven didn't have to think long before selecting Joe Louis Arena.
"Detroit is close to my home, which makes it easier for family and friends," Van Massenhoven said. "A lot of the teams have great buildings, but it's cool to go to the Joe."
Below, watch Van Massenhoven talk with NHL Live from "The Joe Louie"...
from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,
It’s a niggling flaw in the system that when a team takes a penalty with fewer than two minutes remaining, it’s no longer a two-minute minor. It’s a 1:45 minor. Or 0:37 minor. Or 0:03 minor.
Bear in mind that referees are already less likely to call a penalty late in close games (last night’s contest notwithstanding). When they do, it’s usually something they absolutely can’t ignore.
To minimize the punishment gives the offending team an advantage. It would be like taking away a free throw from a basketball team late in a game when they should be shooting two. Or only penalizing a holding call in football seven yards instead of 10. Or moving a penalty kick back a few yards on the soccer pitch. It’s not logical.
The solution? Add on the time after 60 minutes. If the penalty occurs with 57 seconds remaining, play an additional 1:03. They add “stoppage time” in soccer in part to dissuade players from milking the clock. In football, a half cannot end on a defensive foul; the offense gets another play.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
There has been a push to eliminate the shootout by a band of crab apples who just never seem to be happy. That includes some of the NHL's general managers, who discussed alternatives for deciding games tied after regulation at their most recent golf outing, er, league meetings in Florida.
Gosh, it's just the worst thing in the world, isn't it, having NHL players take turns trying to score against goalies on breakaways to decide a game? My goodness, what about the integrity of the sport?
Give it a rest. Fans, in poll after poll, like the shootout. It's just a "skills competition," the purists snicker. To quote Sports Illustrated hockey writer Michael Farber in his 2010 defense of the shootout: "Darn right it is."
Seeing great offensive players show off some of their best moves while the league's best goaltenders try to stop them — what a monstrosity that is, eh? To echo Farber, what's truly laughable are some of the purists' solutions to the dreaded shootout gimmick, such as extended four-on-four overtimes or even three-on-three. Three-on-three wouldn't be a gimmick too?
You want to play 10 minutes of four-on-four overtime because five aren't enough? Fine, and when your team's best players get hurt from being overly tired, don't come whining to me.
a bit more plus why Patrick Roy deserves the Jack Adams Award over Jon Cooper....
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
If attendance is the most obvious measurement of fan interest, the decline in post-Olympic business feared by many NHL ownership types — who somehow believe it is in their best interests to continue to play games rather than in the Games — has not materialized.
The league generates revenue apart from gate receipts, but even as TV and sponsorship money increases, ticket sales remain the NHL’s lifeblood and, as such, the best analytical device with which to analyze the impact of the winter hiatus.
We did our own study of six teams out of the playoff picture, five of whom had their fate sealed before the schedule was interrupted Feb. 8. If fans were inclined to turn away after a three-week break from their routine, it stands to reason they would stay away from teams presenting deficient products.
But no, not so. The Islanders, whose ship was sinking even before John Tavares went down with a season-ending injury in Sochi, averaged 14,265 at the Coliseum for their first seven games after the Olympics, an increase of 318 poor souls a game who apparently weren’t looking to get reimbursed the same way Charles Wang has in all the years he has owned the team.
continued pus a few more quick topics...
At twenty-five minutes past two this morning, a bushy-haired blonde veteran of hockey, Hector Kilrea, a sturdy, scarlet-clad form wearing the white emblem of Detroit Red Wings, went pounding tirelessly down the battle-scarred, deep-cut Forum ice, trying to pilot a puck that was bobbling crazily over the rough trail, almost out of control.
It looked like another of the endless unfinished plays – when suddenly, in shot the slim form of a player, who through this long, weary tide of battle that ebbed and flowed had been almost unnoticed. He swung his stick at the bobbling puck, the little black disc straightened away, shot over the foot of Lorne Chabot, bit deeply into the twine of the Montreal Maroon cage.
And so Modere Bruneteau, clerk in a Winnipeg grain office, leaped to fame as the player who ended the longest game on professional hockey record.
-Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette & Hockey Inside/Out. Stubbs re-created the longest game in NHL history, which went into 6 overtime periods.
The game 'started' 78 years ago tonight.
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