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NHLPA Remains Silent On Head Shots

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Does anyone believe the NHLPA would stand for the lenient sentences leveled by the league against headhunting concussion-inducing miscreants if a player whose career was destroyed by a series of brain injuries was there to present a case for victims’ rights and safety in the workplace on a daily basis?

Instead there is silence, the silence of the lambs of the NHLPA.

There is no other issue at the moment for the union other than this one. Why can’t advisor Donald Fehr actually advise the players on the critical nature of safety in the workplace? Or maybe the former executive director of the MLBPA thinks the long-terms effects of concussions are as benign as the long-terms effects of taking steroids.

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Staying In Arizona

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Ice Edge, headed by a couple of Canadian businessmen, has always said it wants to keep the team where it is, but also wanted to hedge its bets by playing a few games in a hockey-mad Canadian market. Last summer, the group secured five dates at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon for specific games this season, dates that obviously won’t be required.

That curious plan, which would need the approval of the NHL, is apparently still part of Ice Edge’s vision. Saskatoon, which is hosting the IIHF world junior hockey championships later this month, almost landed the Blues in 1983 until the NHL blocked the sale from Ralston-Purina to a group headed by Wild Bill Hunter.

Wouldn’t that be strange indeed if a sale blocked by the NHL back then denied a team for Saskatoon, but a sale of the Coyotes this year to Jim Balsillie that was blocked by the NHL ultimately brings NHL hockey to the province?

Given that Ice Edge originally bid $150 million (all figures U.S.) for the Coyotes and the NHL bought the team out of bankruptcy for $140 million, it’s pretty clear where the final sale price is going to end

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Head Shots Have To Stop

from John Allemang of the Globe and Mail,

If sport has its origins in combat, if hockey is just a commercialized version of war with better sightlines, then, yes, maybe brain damage is an essential component of our national game.

How else to explain the cult of the concussion that prevails in the National Hockey League? Brutality-loving general managers rule the professional game, and they have consistently refused to banish the head shots that compromise players’ lives and livelihood. In the NHL, where celebrated players such as Eric Lindros, Pat Lafontaine and Keith Primeau have had their careers cut short by attacks to the head, it’s still considered acceptable, even desirable, to drive your body armour into an opponent’s skull at high speed in order to hasten his postretirement dementia. Big, hard hits are praised for creating “momentum,” hockey’s proud euphemism for the energy boost that comes from watching a fast-skating opponent knocked senseless by a blow to the head.

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Dreger Talks BOG Meeting

The BOG meets next Tuesday and Wednesday and Darren discusses the agenda.

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Refs Try To Stay On The Same Page

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

We’ve touched on the importance of communication between referee and player and referee and coach, but perhaps the most important part of the communication game comes between the on-ice officials themselves.

Like the two foes they are out there to moderate, the four officials in a game are their own team. They’ve got each other’s backs, they constantly try to stay on the same page in terms of positioning and interpreting the flow of the game, and part of that is the preparation that comes in the dressing room before the puck drops.

Before each game, the officials have an informal meeting to discuss trends of the two teams, tendencies of some of the players and even their own positioning to make sure all areas of the ice are covered off.

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Put An End To The Violence In Our Game

from Jeff Maguire of EMC,

This is an issue which, as a sports fan, has troubled me for a long time. It’s a situation which needs to be addressed and fixed once and for all.

I am talking about violence in hockey and particularly in professional leagues such as the National Hockey League (NHL), the so-called ‘No. 1 hockey league in the world.’

The number of incidents related to fighting and other acts of violent conduct in the sport are repetitive and frankly, disgraceful. It is hard to take the sport seriously, especially when leagues such as the NHL do so little to police such pointless on-ice behaviour by their own athletes.

Like most Canadian kids I played the sport when I was younger and it is hard not to have a soft spot for our winter national sport. It’s a great game. But it could be so much better if the powers-that-be, especially NHL management, would finally do the right thing and end fighting and other violent conduct in the game.

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thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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A New Idea For UFA Day

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I suggest we gather all 30 NHL front office staffs, player agents and media in a hotel June 29-July 3 and let the fireworks go off baby. Buzz city!

“I think it’s a great idea,” veteran Don Meehan of Newport Sports told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Anything to provide exposure for our game is beneficial. It’s progressive. Lord knows we need everything we can to generate interest in our game.”

The start of NHL free agency is July 1, but there is a lot of chatter on June 29-30 as teams try to re-sign players before the market opens.

Somebody please tell me how this is isn’t a great idea?

“I think anything that puts some buzz in our sport, I’m all for it,” Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com on Wednesday when asked about the concept.

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Encouraging Talk For Quebec City

from Michel Hebert of QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,

After a long discussion with National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman last Friday, Quebec premier Jean Charest says he believes the NHL will return to Quebec City.

According to the premier, Bettman is “sincere” and wants to see a franchise return to the former home of the Nordiques. Charest noted that the “planets are aligned” in such a way that the profitability of a new professional team is no longer a question for him

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Winter Classic Truck Stops By ESPN

Basically Barry Melrose talking about the Winter Classic.

The truck is there to shoot a spot with ESPN.

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Afternoon Line

Call us old-fashioned, but we thought the game was better when each team had its own salary cap: it was called a budget.

-Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated.  More from Michael plus additional hockey topics…

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