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Winnipeg Playing the NHL Game

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

In some ways, if the Coyotes do stay in Phoenix — and that’s still an if when you’re dealing with politicians and lease concessions until the transaction between the NHL and either Ice Edge or Jerry Reinsdorf is signed, sealed and delivered — it will only help Winnipeg’s chances in the long run.

How can it help Winnipeg’s chances, you rightfully ask?

That’s simple. Chipman and company are playing the game the way the NHL want it to be played.

That means no outlandish quotes in the press and no season ticket deposits being accepted before the NHL has rubber stamped a move.

Chipman has succeeded on that front, to the point the NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly went on record saying discussions have been held with Chipman and billionaire David Thomson for quite some time and that Winnipeg could be a viable market, should the need arise down the road.


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Morning Line

Believe it or not, the NHL needs to make sure the KHL continues to move forward, especially now that it is trying to fund junior teams as well. But, the Russians must be more reasonable in their demands.

-Elliotte Friedman of CBC/HNIC.  Read on th find out why Elliotte feels that way.

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How About A Home Grown Exception In The Next CBA

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Assuming the salary cap is engraved in stone, should the NHL and NHLPA consider a version of the Larry Bird Exception in the next CBA?

From our perspective, the answer is yes. While a Bird Exception would soften what is, basically, the NHL’s hard cap, it also would mitigate the single worst consequence of the post-lockout cap: the inability of good teams to stay together. (The Larry Bird Exception allows NBA teams to re-sign their own free agents; to be eligible, a player cannot have changed teams as a free agent in three seasons.)...

Chicago reached elite status through bumbling—high draft choices allowed it to pick Captain Serious and Killer Kane—but Detroit did it on sheer brainpower. Still, GM Ken Holland has been forced to lose important players because of the cap, including Marian Hossa to the Hawks. Hossa would not have qualified as a Larry Bird Exception because he had jumped to the Red Wings as a free agent from Pittsburgh, but that’s beside the point. The point is: some kind of exemption for a homegrown player might allow a Pittsburgh or Washington to become a true circus team, one of those must-see squads of an earlier era that can dominate for half a decade.

more questions and answers…

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The “Bear Hug” Proposal

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke is convinced a good hug may go a long way to curbing a constant safety issue in the NHL - hitting from behind.

Burke is lobbying the league to allow what he calls a “bear hug,” where a player, usually a defenseman, is allowed to wrap his arms around the targeted player, for a fleeting moment, while he takes him into the boards.

Burke says this change would avoid the “billiard-ball” force hits that exist now where all of the force is transferred directly from the “hitter” to the “hittee.”



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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.

more plus additional hockey topics…

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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?


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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