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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
In an attempt to curb “cheating,” instead of a center being kicked out of the circle and replaced by a teammate if a violation is committed before a faceoff, a linesman would make that same booted player take the second faceoff attempt, only that player would be forced to move back 12 to 18 inches. The exact measurement hasn’t been decided.
“I don’t like it at all,” Wild captain Mikko Koivu said. “All it does is create more of a gray area. Faceoffs are quick reactions, both from the center and the linesman. Things happen so quick. Mistakes happen. So you’re going to maybe lose a tight game because a linesman gives the other team a free puck?”
But managers have noticed that 1) Players know linesmen avoid calling penalties (two violations on one faceoff), so they tend to cheat and 2) after icings, a winger will take the draw and intentionally commit a violation to get kicked out for a center just to buy more rest for trapped teammates.
Wild center Kyle Brodziak said: “This seems like a drastic rule change and gimmicky. It’s a linesman’s job to make sure players don’t cheat. I mean, is this that much of an issue? I think it’ll lead to more cheating because linesmen are not going to want to be backing guys up.”
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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- Anybody else think the NHL needs to get rid of the trapezoid? The GMs asked that question of the NHLPA’s Mathieu Schneider during meetings last week in Boca Raton, Fla. Schneider didn’t deny that the players would also like to see it go. But, the union is worried about the safety of defencemen. Like everything else in the NHL, the trapezoid won’t go away any time quickly.
- Calgary’s Brian Burke will resume his search for a GM after the season. The popular thinking is he is waiting to see if former Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk has any interest. If he doesn’t — and it’s believed he has already told the Flames no thanks — then a possible candidate is Washington GM George McPhee. His contract is up on July 1 and the club is in a tough position to make the post-season.
- Goalie Roberto Luongo will face his former Canucks’ teammates Sunday in Florida for the first time since being dealt. Asked by a reporter Saturday if he missed the Canadian media, he replied: “Is that a trick question?”
The group discussed the recent IOC decision on Nicklas Backstrom, talks about Markus Nalsand joining the Canucks' management group and the recent recommendations from the GM meetings.
Also discussed the NHL Draft Lottery odds and making it simple on some goal calls.
added 8:40pm, Here is more from Friedman on Naslund,
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- Yes, everyone wants to get the correct calls on the ice. But instead of expanding video review that would undoubtedly add 10-15 minutes of standing around during games waiting for officials to get it right (or, as is obvious with the current kicked-in rule, get it right a little bit more of the time) the NHL’s priority should be improving the standard of officiating around the league so the referees actually get it right the first time.
- This idea hatched at the GM’s meeting of essentially giving teams free faceoff victories by moving a violator at the dots back 12-18 inches rather than removing him from the draw is about as absurd as it gets, given the often arbitrary nature of the way certain linesmen drop the puck.
- Henrik Lundqvist was very good in the playoffs two years ago in taking the Rangers to the conference finals, and he has been the backbone of the team from the moment his salary started to be paid in U.S. dollars rather than Swedish krona. But until he has a tournament equal to the ones fashioned by Mike Richter in 1994 and 1997, the King doesn’t get to wear the franchise’s goaltending crown.
more including Ryan Haggerty,recently signed by the Rangers, receiving a guaranteed roster spot this season...
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
Sometimes it seems like an unstoppable NHL cycle. As players get bigger and faster, time and space shrinks.
As skill levels edge higher, scoring stagnates. The game’s craftiest players often can’t find enough room to showcase their talents. Meanwhile, the punishing grind keeps injury rates high, even though training and treatment get ever better.
The solution is simple to name and far harder to implement: Expand the ice surface. But given that an arena building boom came and went in the 1990s and 2000s with the league sticking to its standard 200-by-85-foot footprint, it’s been said the moment for that discussion passed many years ago.
Or maybe it hasn’t. There’ve been whispers of late that there’s an appetite in some NHL circles for a move to larger ice surfaces. With at least a couple of franchises planning the construction of new rinks, bigger ice is again being brainstormed.
“There are a couple of teams that are building new arenas that want to do it,” Mathieu Schneider, the NHLPA executive, was saying this week. “I know the Red Wings are really in favour of it. They would love it. I imagine there are a few other (teams that are interested).”
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Who cares about making a rule that encompasses every single, possible bad goal that 30 GMs can dream up at a tony resort? Fix the obvious bad goals — like in Detroit; like when Colorado’s Matt Duchene is six feet offside — and the percentage of truly bad goal could be cut in half.
And don’t give me the old, “Yeah, but what about if it happened in a Game 7?”
If you’re a GM, and you don’t have enough pride to throw a goal back that stands as an embarrassment to the league should it be allowed, then you should look in the mirror.
Stop thinking about your team. Start thinking about the game.
Use some common sense.
It's a 3 1/2 minute video...
from Dave McCarthy of TSN,
NHL GMs took part of the final day of meetings in Boca Raton, Florida to discuss the annual combine that runs in late May prior to the NHL entry draft in June. The event puts invited prospects through a serious of fitness tests and allows teams to interview targeted prospects to gain a further understanding into their psychological makeup.
But some teams have run team specific combines in the past to further evaluate prospects, which has been seen by several teams as an unfair competitive advantage. As a result, the NHL is contemplating placing limits and restrictions on the amount of players that teams can assemble for further testing.
"There was a discussion about that," said Commissioner Gary Bettman. "A change like that would require Board of Governor approval but I think that there was a sense in the room that it might be a good idea."
continued with basically a wrap from Gary Bettman...
Gary Bettman met with the media to discuss the GM meetings...
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
Most of hockey dealt with the Peverley situation perfectly. The NHL postponed the game, as it should have; other teams expressed support, as did players; the medical staff and medical policies of the NHL were both lauded. Perfect. It could have been so much worse.
But there’s this strange strain of hockey fandom that demands something else. It happens every time; people will say, “basketball players, on the other hand …” and then we’re off, again. Lazy, soft, selfish, whatever. It raced all over Twitter again Tuesday; pictures of LeBron James and Peverley side by side, a variation on an old theme: LeBron is soft, unlike hockey players. Some hockey fans have this need to denigrate other sports — basketball, mostly — when it comes to loving their favourite sport.
Remember the Jonathan Toews-LeBron James meme that arose after their respective championships last season? It was a Twitter picture of a handwritten sheet that claimed Toews said “we” 14 times and never said “I” in his post-championship-winning press conference, while LeBron said “I” 18 times and never said “we.” It was gleefully re-tweeted by hockey fans, by hockey broadcasters, by hockey players, by thousands and thousands.
Funny thing: in LeBron’s post-game transcript he said “we” 16 times, by my count; in his on-ice interview on the CBC right after winning Toews said “I” five times. And neither number meant anything.
So why do hockey fans do this? Why does basketball, a sport in which Canada is surging, need to be torn down to lift up hockey? There’s a racial component underlying some of it, which is sad and ignorant, but why? Is it insecurity? A need to create and fend off an other?
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