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Why The Iginla/Phaneuf Fight Was Stopped Before It Started

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

Given the climate within the game that has evolved over the past number of seasons there is heightened awareness and sensitivity to player safety issues. Ongoing studies conducted by both NHL and independent medical experts provide scientific evidence and newfound knowledge that is slowly changing attitudes and redefining acceptable practices and behavior. 

This is being addressed in part, with the addition of new rules relative to protective equipment. Last season visors became mandatory for any player with fewer than 25 games of NHL experience (rule 9.7). In addition, no player is allowed to remove his helmet prior to engaging in a fight. If he does so, a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct will be assessed under rule 46.6. 

You witnessed a continuation of the player safety theme on Tuesday night when Linesmen Scott Driscoll and Greg Devorski demonstrated their good judgment and quick response to intervene in an altercation before it escalated to full-blown fisticuffs. 

more and you can watch the incident below...

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, jarome+iginla

Video- Spend An Hour With Al Strachan Talking Hockey

Granted, a little long for a hockey show, bur I have been listening to the show for about 45 minutes and it is entertaining, just like Al Strachan is.

 

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Which Rule To Follow?

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

Assuming the on-ice officials determined O'Reilly contacted the puck above the crossbar but below his shoulders the puck is eligible to be played by any player. We know that the puck did not enter the net directly off the stick of Ryan O'Reilly but instead glanced off Bruins goalie, Niklas Svedberg and then deflected into the net off the leg and skate of Dennis Everberg.  Since there was no distinct kicking motion by Everberg, logic and common sense would indicate that this should be a good hockey goal.

Bill, this is where your question has exposed the contradiction!

Rule 80.3: When an attacking player causes the puck to enter the opponent's goal by contacting the puck above the height of the crossbar, either directly or deflected off any player or official, the goal shall not be allowed (This translates that the subsequent deflection of the puck off the leg and/or skate of Everberg should still result in no goal).

Only to be contradicted by Rule 78.4: If an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed. The player who deflected the puck shall be credited with the goal...

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The Buffalo Sabres Will Host The 2016 NHL Draft

NEW YORK (Oct. 13, 2014) – The Buffalo Sabres® will host the 2016 NHL Draft™ at First Niagara Center, the Buffalo Sabres and National Hockey League announced today. The Draft will be held over two days – Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, 2016. NHL® club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while more than 15,000 fans and hundreds of print, television and radio media are expected to attend.

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Auio/Video- Chris Pronger On His New Job With The NHL

Chris Pronger joined Hockey Central at Noon to discuss his new position with the NHL.

 

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Should The NHL Respond To The Chris Pronger Hiring?

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

What's the best way to bury embarrassing news in the hockey world?

Send out a press release at 6:46 p.m. on a Friday, before a long, holiday weekend, that completely skirts the issues at hand.

That's what the NHL attempted to do last week, with today being Thanksgiving in Canada, to complete their icky hiring of Chris Pronger in the Department of Player Safety.

Conveniently, the press release failed to mention that Pronger is still on the Flyers' roster. Or that he is still owed another $5.15 million from the Flyers, payable through April 2017....

The league did nothing - and nothing to quell the clamoring from fan bases who know this situation reeks. In fact, they decided to overlook their own Collective Bargaining Agreement, specifically Article 26, which states that no player paid by a team may also work for the league.

In hiring for a position designed to uphold the rules, the NHL broke one of its own - and then skated away like nothing ever happened.

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Raising The Stick After A Goal

from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,

In 1947-48 the NHL, at the advice of Frank Patrick, legislated a policy that players were to raise their sticks when they scored. This allowed fans in the audience to realize a goal had been scored. After all there was no such thing as jumbotrons and light shows back then.

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Evening Line - Larry Brooks

... just because Pronger is recusing himself from incidents involving the Flyers (not that there are ever any of those), that does not mean his opinions won’t have dramatic impact on the Flyers. Every time he weighs in on an incident involving a conference rival, it has a direct impact on the Flyers’ playoff situation. Every time a player in the East is suspended (or not), it impacts the Flyers.

This hiring is so riddled with conflicts it would be beyond belief if it were happening anywhere else but the NHL. But this is the same league that allowed Brian Burke to work for two teams at the same time a couple of years ago. It is the same league that gave its exclusive United States television rights for 10 years to the company owned by — wait for it — Mr. Snider.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on this plus some escrow talk too.

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Afternoon Line - Brad Marchand

“I think the new rule is a little absurd. It's all a judgment call by the referee. How do you judge how guys are on their balance, how they’re on their skates? What if they’re on one foot and on their turn a guy gets pushed? Does that mean that he has embellished?

“The fact that guys are going to start getting fined for it, I don't agree with that. It’s all the discretion of the referee and you’ve got to try to play within the rules. We’re going to try to find that line, but at end of the day, it’s up to the referees with what they want to call, and you’ve got to live with it.”

-Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins on the diving/embellisment rule.  More from DJ Bean of WEEI.

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Morning Line - Helene Elliott And Kevin Allen

Pronger is bright and has credibility because of his achievements as a Cup winner, five-time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, but allowing him to work for the NHL while still being paid by the Flyers is too big a conflict of interest to be ignored. The NHL should be commended for bringing former players into the disciplinary process. But not this former player while he’s still on a team’s payroll.

-Helene Elliott of the LA Times where you can read more on this topic.

Pronger is a well-spoken, insightful athlete and he has the same commanding presence off the ice as he had on. A rugged player his entire career, Pronger clearly will be able to understand what the accused players were thinking when they committed the act that got them in trouble. This is someone who will bring plenty of experience and wisdom to the office.

Anyone who thinks that hiring Pronger to work in this department is a bad decision simply doesn't know him well enough.

-Kevin Allen of USA TODAY where again you can read more on this controversial hiring.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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