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from Sports Illustrared wire service,
The NHL is testing virtual advertising technology on dasherboards, Sports Business Daily reports.
Seventeen teams already use virtual advertising above the dasherboards in broadcasts, but the league is exploring options to expand the technology to create “dynamic dasherboards.”
The new digital billboard replacement, which is being tested by European company Supponor, would allow for broadcasters to sell dasherboard inventory even when a team is playing at an away venue.
The in-venue signage would also generate more revenue, though problems arise when deciding how to split it (the $$$).
from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,
Today, the NHL draft lasts for a quick and tidy seven rounds. Through much of the 1980s, it lasted for 12. But for most of the 1970s, the draft lasted … well, pretty much as long as the teams wanted it to. Back then, there was no set number of rounds; teams could keep picking players until they chose to pass. Once every team had passed, they were all allowed to hang up and go home.
Some teams took this as an opportunity to add a handful of prospects who their scouts liked. Others saw it as a chance to draft everybody. It wasn’t unusual for the number of rounds to drift well into the late teens, often with just a few teams still participating. You know that guy in the front row who keeps putting his hand up even though everyone else has already packed away their stuff and just wants to go home? He was an NHL GM in the 1970s.
The most extreme example of this phenomenon came in 1974. The league featured 18 teams, all of which stuck around for the first seven rounds. That’s when teams started to pass. By Round 12, a dozen teams were left. By Round 14, it was down to eight. After 15 rounds, all but five were done.
McIndoe also brings up the Wheel (picture here) the NHL used to spin for the draft order...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Up until (John) Scott went predictably postal, the NHL had played 105 exhibition games and 119 regular-season games without a suspension for supplementary discipline, the longest stretch in the player-safety-department era.
Consider that last year there were seven suspensions in the exhibition season alone (totalling 38 games) and nine more for another 42 games up to and including Nov. 1. Some of the offences were particularly memorable and egregious.
Scott, for example, received seven games for a brutal elbow to the head of the Boston Bruins’ Loui Eriksson; the Buffalo Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta got 10 for a dangerous hit to the head of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson. It was nasty stuff – and didn’t even include a trio of five-game sentences handed out to Maxim Lapierre for boarding Dan Boyle, Ryan Garbutt for charging Dustin Penner and Cody McLeod for boarding Niklas Kronwall. None of those was pretty either.
In short, a year-over-year comparison shows that suspensions are way down – 16 handed out by Nov. 1 of last year compared to just three this year (to Scott, the New York Rangers’ John Moore and the Vancouver Canucks’ Alex Burrows). Of course, there have been three more since the start of the month – Ference, plus two games for the Los Angeles Kings’ Jordan Nolan and four for the Nashville Predators’ Anton Volchenkov.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
There is a collection of "hammers" forming atop the DPS, but couldn’t they use some perspective from a few former "nails" like a Paul Kariya or a Dean McAmmond, another Pronger victim. Brian Leetch used to be part of the DPS equation, but has since moved on. Pat Lafontaine has a working role with the NHL and is consulted, but he is closer to deputy commissioner Bill Daly’s department than Quintal’s.
The issue that many of us have with the DPS is that it always seems busier protecting the rights of the perpetrators than the victims (same with the NHLPA, which defends the rights of the hitter far more vociferously than the victim, in our opinion). Like, who exactly is protecting the Daniel Sedins, these days?
"I don’t know," Daniel admits.
Cross the dressing room to Kevin Bieksa’s stall, and you get a perspective that fairly represents the vast majority of those non-Sedin types.
"You see all of Scott Stevens’ highlight-reel hits. Today they’d all be five- or 10-game suspensions. But, that’s the way the game was played back then," begins Bieksa, who has never been suspended. "I think you want those guys in those positions. If you had people who’d never played the game, or skill guys who never really walked the line in those capacities, maybe we’d question whether or not they had the experience for it? The mind for it?"
“He can still play; his skills haven’t eroded that much. When you’re healthy, it’s harder because you know you can still play. But now you’ve got to get a team to buy into that. And when you can’t find somebody, it’s a blow to your ego.
“Guys that get to 40 and are healthy and can still play at a high level … I know guys in different sports that have gone through that. They still think they can play, but suddenly there’s not offers. It’s a really hard thing to accept. I got lucky — my body was falling apart.”
-Grant Fuhr on Martin Brodeur. More on this topic from Luke Fox of Sportsnet.
from erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
The league did take a step in that direction during the summer when it opted to use a more liberal interpretation on pucks that are directed in by a skate with officials looking for a more defined “distinct kicking motion” when plays are reviewed in the NHL Situation Room.
Perhaps it is time to start looking at another rule that needs to go — the intent to blow the whistle.
According to Rule 78.5, apparent goals shall be disallowed “when the referee deems the play has been stopped, even if he had not physically had the opportunity to stop play by blowing his whistle.”
This just seems defeatist to take a potentially legitimate goal off the board because the official was about to blow the play dead, but never actually followed through with the act.
It happened twice this week on goals that were negated on plays that would have been quick whistles, let alone quick “intent” to blow a whistle.
Featuring George Parros and a surprise goaltender (the logo he is wearing may give it away)...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So Braden Holtby trips over his own skates after attempting to move the puck against a Luke Glendenning forecheck, the puck is shot into what becomes an empty net by the Red Wings in D.C. on Wednesday, referee Mike Leggo is watching the entire sequence from the right wing circle, doesn’t have his arm in the air signifying a penalty, and as soon as the puck goes in, he begins with the washout “no goal” signal.
Why? Why, even if the absurd goaltender interference call were made initially by referee Ghislain Hebert, out by the blue line, why didn’t Leggo correct him? Why wouldn’t he have told his partner he got it wrong? What was Leggo doing?
The NHL doesn’t need a coaches’ challenge. It needs referees who are unafraid to communicate with one another in order to make the correct call. It needs referees who don’t make calls — or reinforce them — based on things they never saw.
And the NHL needs a policy in which these referees actually have the responsibility to meet with the media — in the form of a designated pool reporter — after games to explain themselves, the way major league umpires do when there’s a controversial play.
more topics include Gordie Howe and some escrow talk...
added 4:22pm, Jim Matheson agrees with Brooks via tweets,
Agree whole-heartedly with @NYP_Brooskie that NHL is totally wrong not allowing refs to talk after games to pool reporter to discuss calls.
Mind you, NHL doesn't ever want us knowing who the zebras either by taking their name bars off.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen felt a stick blade jab him in the face during a game last week against the San Jose Sharks. Vatanen fell and lifted his hand to his mouth, either to draw attention to the foul or simply as a reaction to being stabbed by a stick.
The referee Tim Peel blew his whistle for a high-sticking penalty against the Sharks — but he also penalized Vatanen for embellishment. Anaheim Coach Bruce Boudreau protested, but to no avail.
Peel judged Vatanen to be exaggerating, a violation of N.H.L. Rule 64, which calls for a two-minute penalty against “any player who blatantly dives” or “embellishes a fall or a reaction” to influence a referee. The call against Vatanen was part of a crackdown on what the league sees as rampant fakery among players.
“Embellishment in the game is a real problem today,” Colin Campbell, the N.H.L.’s senior executive vice president for hockey operations, said in June. “We understand players are trying to draw penalties. We feel it’s out of control.”
Or, as the bombastic hockey traditionalist Don Cherry once observed, “We’ve got to watch that we don’t start acting like those goofy soccer guys.”
continued and below, watch the Vatanen embellishment...
from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report at TSN,
- As our video shows (click here to watch the video), L.A. Kings forward Jarret Stoll was tagged for tripping as Pittsburgh's Brandon Sutter went down inside the blue line. Stoll argued the call, but was swiftly directed to the penalty box by Greg Kimmerley who eventually waived Stoll out of the box after consulting with fellow referee Steve Kozari.
It's clear a mistake was made and this isn't the first time on-ice officials have rescinded a penalty. However, a similar scenario almost always includes a high-sticking infraction when a teammate has caused the foul, as recognized by one of the game's four officials.
This wasn't that case. This was a tripping call the Penguins might argue shouldn't have been called back.
As it turns out, Pittsburgh won the game and this isolated play had no impact on the outcome. However, while NHL officials shouldn't be beaten down for getting it right, some around the league worry about the precedent of this overturned call from now on. ...
- We're just over four months until the NHL trade deadline, so there's plenty of time for the Washington Capitals and veteran defenceman Mike Green to work on a contract extension. However, with the offseason signings of blueliners Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, many believe Green may be viewed as the odd man out given the $6.08 million cap space he takes up.
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