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Head Shot Proposal May Only Be A Short-Term Fix

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

...And so the five player representatives on the committee – Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators, Jeff Halpern of the L.A. Kings, Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Brian Campbell of the Chicago Blackhawks and Mathieu Schneider of the Phoenix Coyotes – are making a counter-proposal to the rule change put forward by the league last week.

“We’ve talked about some things, but we need to bounce it off the league. Whatever we do this year is only going to be a band-aid, we’ve been trying for two years to get something in and the league has said there’s already the rules in place that protect head shots and now they want to make a change,” Spezza said after a team skate at the Bell Centre. “But we have to be careful though, there’s what, 10 games left in the season, you don’t want to make a change and put the refs in a bad position.”

Spezza added that the short-term fix the players are advocating is “very similar” to the language in the league’s proposed rule, but that there is no question that it is only a short-term fix.

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Talking Refs

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

I don’t think I’m alone, but I do have a few concerns about officiating in the NHL. I certainly think (or maybe hope) that others inside the NHL have the same concerns. I am even more concerned about the future of the two-man refereeing system. Someone (read the league) has to invest in more two-man development in the minor leagues. On-the-job-training at this level is not satisfactory, there has to be more two-man officiating well before the young officials get to the NHL. I am also waiting for the announcement soon that Bill McCreary will be asked to delay his retirement for at least one more year.

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Referee Dan Marouelli Reminisces As He Nears Retirement

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

In his early days, the legendary New York Islanders coach Al Arbour got so mad at him, his false teeth fell out.

“I went over to the bench to face the man, and he started to say ‘Jesus Christ,’ and as he’s saying it, the spit comes out of his mouth and lands on my face. Then his teeth flew out. He caught them just before they fell. I said to Al, ‘If you’re going to be spitting at me, I can’t be talking to you.’ “

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Can A Team Or Two Step Up?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Seriously, even one of the best advertisements the NHL has had going for it since the lockout—the Sidney Crosby-Alex Ovechkin rivalry—has been tainted by the introduction of jingoism into the mix by outside forces who have sought to superimpose a Cold War environment into the equation, as if this were 1972 with cheers greeting Bobby Clarke for slashing Valeri Kharlamov across the ankle.

The Blackhawks and Sharks seem to have peaked months ago. The Coyotes are an interesting little success story as wards of the state. The Lightning were sold again. Pierre McGuire still is talking, and there are five teams in the East—count them, five out of 15—who have scored more goals than they have allowed.

It’s parity as parody, and everyone most certainly does not have a chance to win despite the Sixth Avenue politicians’ promises coming out of the lockout of two chickens in every pot. In the last four years before the imposition of the imposition of the hard cap, 14 different teams played in the conference finals. In the four years since the lockout, 10 different teams made it that far.

more plus the NHLPA may be getting closer to Donald Fehr as executive director…

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Talking College Free Agents

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

A new season within the NHL is upon us, one that does not get the same kind of media attention as that other free-agent season that starts July 1.

Unfortunately, thanks to changes in the last collective agreement that are only now being felt, the U.S. college free-agent signing season, which starts in early March as the college season ends, is expected to get progressively less important in the next few years.

While teams are still hoping to sign the next Andy McDonald or Chris Kunitz or Mason Raymond or Tyler Bozak, there will be fewer college free agents because more and more Canadian and U.S. 18-year-olds, headed for the National Collegiate Athletic Association instead of the Canadian junior ranks, are being taken in the NHL entry draft.

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History Will Be Made

NEW YORK (March 19, 2010) – The National Hockey League (NHL) will unveil its new Stanley Cup Playoffs campaign tomorrow, March 20 during the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. The campaign reminds viewers that “History will be made” during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Not Easy To Get Rid Of The ‘Rats’

from Rosie DiManno of the Torotnt Star,

Now that the league, in its belated wisdom – as future tense corrective, pending reports of hurry-up application – has addressed the havoc wrought by blind-side head hits, the next matter on the to-do list should be addressing pest control for the infestation of hockey by dirty vermin.

“The rat,” says Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke bluntly, when asked where league executives should next tilt their pointy heads. “The guy that won’t fight, or only picks the fights he thinks he can win. The rat will run a player from behind because he knows he won’t have to pay for it by somebody else retaliating.

“The instigator penalty, which I still support, has kept some of those rats out of the game, but not eliminated them entirely. And because of it, teams can’t self-regulate anymore when it does happen. So, for now I guess we’re stuck with the rat because I have no idea how to fix it.”

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Evening Line

Unfortunately, the league said nothing about disciplining referees Paul Devorski and Ian Walsh for their gross mistake of giving Wisniewski only a two-minute minor penalty for charging Seabrook.

Maybe this will keep Devorski and Walsh from working the playoffs. We can only hope.

Devorski and Walsh also failed to penalize Corey Perry late in Wednesday’s game for that shove to Brent Sopel’s back that helped lead to the Ducks’ winning goal.

-Tim Sasson of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-HYerald.

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The NHL Needs To Come Up With Some Answers

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Here we are, heading into one of the most anticipated games of this NHL season, for all the wrong reasons. In today’s meeting, Wolf Blitzer’s producers are saying, “Don’t forget to record that hockey thing tonight. Someone might get killed.”

Fact is, you don’t need a grudge match between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins to find a clip of someone getting clobbered. Right now, we’re averaging one spectacularly dirty play per night. The GMs maintain there are only about six hits per year the league must eliminate, but the players appear determined to prove them wrong.

The latest offender is Anaheim’s James Wisniewski, who ran Brent Seabrook late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning.

“He’s one of my really close friends,” Wisniewski told The Orange County Register after the game. As the old saying goes, who needs enemies?

“When did it become legal to hammer guys without the puck?” one player asked, about 10 hours before this incident. It’s a good question, but, then again, there are a lot of good questions going unanswered right now.

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Talking About The New Head Shot Proposal

from Bob Condor of NHL.com,

The NHL is looking to establish a new rule against blind-side hits to the head as soon as possible, but any change for the rest of the regular season or playoffs would involve possible supplemental discipline but would not involve on-ice officials calling a minor or major penalty.

“A penalty call on the ice [based on any new rule] would be a difficult thing to consistently administer at this time,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, during an appearance on NHL Live! radio.

The alternative measure would be for any potential violation to be reviewed by Campbell and his Hockey Operations staff. Any questionable play would involve “a lateral, back pressure or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact is not permitted.”

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