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The NHL Sales Pitch

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman painted a picture of hundreds of millions of dollars in new U.S. television revenue and an expansion fee for a second team in southern Ontario as part of his pitch to prospective team owners, including Jerry Reinsdorf, according to two sources.

In recent months, the commissioner has had a remarkable streak of success in finding new owners for ailing franchises, from Jeffrey Vinik (Tampa Bay Lightning) to Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel (Florida Panthers) to Reinsdorf, the Chicago White Sox owner who has been enticed to at least take a second look at buying the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Names You’ll Be Hearing About

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

The regular season winding down also means 14 teams will be missing out on the Stanley Cup playoffs. As a result, some owners will start wondering if they have the right people at the helm of their franchises. Rather than pointing fingers at who is out, it’s probably fair to look at who will be in or back in the NHL. We’ve already talked about Steve Yzerman here, so add Doug Risebrough, Craig MacTavish, Greg Gilbert to the list. As well, Bob Boughner from Windsor in the OHL and Mike Johnston of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks have to be given some consideration. And while he’s a valuable member of the Oilers coaching staff, Tom Renney might just get another head coaching opportunity.

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Evening Line

My mother calls me one day and is upset because Matt has supposedly taken off from the Sault with a midway that had been playing for a week or so.  She says she wants me to track him down and bring him back to the Sault, so I pick up the trail and I track him down. I can’t remember which town in Northern Ontario I found him in, but he was living a dream of joining a circus and was working putting up the rides and such.”

-Red Wing great Marty Pavelich on his brother and retired NHL linesman Matt Pavelich.  A great read on Matt from Tom Keenan of the Sault Star.

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Afternoon Line

“I know my life is nearing the end and I accept that.  I probably won’t be here when (the arena) is finished, but I’ll be looking down on it.”

-Pat Burns who attended the announcement of a rink being built with his namee attached to it.  More from the CP at TSN.

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Legal Head Shots

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

No one will accuse Spacek of a dirty, reckless or even illegal play. The question is, however, how long can the NHL continue to allow this kind of hit?

It’s part of the game’s DNA, it seems, to demand that players “keep their head” up, and when they don’t, it’s their fault whatever happens to them. Advocates of this position reckon it’s a personal safety issue, like wearing a seatbelt. They argue it’s absolutely integral to the fabric and integrity of the game to maintain the ability of players to punish opponents for being foolish enough to carry the puck with their head down.

But when bright young stars like Booth are being injured on these types of hits, is it really worth keeping those hits in the game?

Moreover, given that blindside and so-called “lateral” hits are now suspendable offences and by next season will earn a player an on-ice penalty as well, isn’t the next logical step to say you just cannot bodycheck an opponent in the head under any circumstances because the danger is just too real given the size and strength of the modern player and the fragility of the brain?

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If you missed the Spacek hit on David Booth last night, watch it here...

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Defining The Hits- Legal And Illegal

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Head Hit Rule Starts Tonight

NEW YORK—Beginning with tonight’s games, the National Hockey League will implement a new rule prohibiting “a lateral, back-pressure or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact.”

Under the new rule, the NHL Hockey Operations Department is empowered to review any such hit for the purpose of Supplemental Discipline.

“We believe this is the right thing to do for the game and for the safety of our players,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said after receiving unanimous approval from the Board of Governors as well as the endorsement of the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee and the NHLPA Executive Board. “The elimination of these types of hits should significantly reduce the number of injuries, including concussions, without adversely affecting the level of physicality in the game.”

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NHLPA Supports Endorsement Of Hits To The Head Rule

Toronto (March 25, 2010): Statement from NHLPA Executive Board regarding the League’s blindside hits to the head proposal: “We fully support our Competition Committee Members’ endorsement of the League’s proposal to implement supplemental discipline this season for blindside hits to the head.

Our agreement applies to the remainder of the 2009-10 NHL Regular Season, as well as the 2010 Playoffs. This temporary implementation will ensure that the joint NHLPA/NHL Competition Committee will have time to develop and consider a proper and full-time rule, one that includes an on-ice penalty component, this summer. We are encouraged by the League’s recent willingness to explore on-ice rule changes as a means of reducing Player injuries and have no doubt that by working together, a safer working environment can be established for all NHLPA Members.”

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One More Day NHLPA

from TSN,

The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association are continuing to negotiate on the details surrounding an implementation of a rule to prohibit blind-side hits to the head. It was thought at one point that an agreement and implementation might have taken place in time for Wednesday’s games, but that is no longer the case.

Sources tell TSN there will be no decision on Wednesday night. The players have asked the NHL for time to get approval from their Executive Board. The league has given the NHLPA until Thursday to get that approval.

The NHLPA released a statement early Wednesday evening, saying “We have deliberated and endorsed to the NHLPA Executive Board the League’s proposal to implement supplemental discipline this season for blindside hits to the head. Our Executive Board will vote on this recommendation and we will respond back to the League with a decision in the next 24-48 hours.”

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Afternoon Line

If (Donald) Fehr assumes a significant leadership role within the NHLPA, the union will immediately regain some of the creditability it has lost in recent years. The NHLPA will also be in a stronger bargaining position with NHL leadership if Fehr is at the helm.

Jeff Levine of the Biz of Hockey.  More on Fehr…

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