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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
Among the 30-plus head coaches who have worked behind the Canadiens’ bench during the past century, none approaches those who joined the franchise’s Builders Row last night at the Bell Centre. Not even close.
It starts with the numbers for Dick Irvin Sr., Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman, who won a combined 16 Stanley Cups during the 36 seasons they wore the CH on their hearts. I’m talking about coaches who posted a 1,350-678-416 record in 2,444 regular-season games. It’s about their dedication to winning. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s in the admiration they earned for winning as often as they did.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Jim Rutherford was right; so, for that matter, were Guy Carbonneau and Brent Sutter and everyone else who, in the past 48 hours, raised alarm bells about blows to the head — and the fact that the NHL really, truly has a problem on its hands.
What makes their voices more likely to be heard is that all are old-school hockey men — and thus immune from the criticism that changing the rule book (and the mindset) about how to police shots to the head will leech contact out of the game.
from Sean Gordon and Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“The league has to do something,” Carbonneau said after practice yesterday. “This makes no sense to me. Blows to the head shouldn’t be part of hockey.”...
But whether the hits were clean according to the rulebook isn’t the issue for Carbonneau; the risk of serious injury is.
“People said [Sutter] had his head down, but he didn’t have the puck,” Carbonneau said. “I think there’s a lack of respect out there.
“I’ve held a gun in my hands before, but I’ve never used it to shoot anyone. It’s the same thing on the ice.”
from Greatest Hockey Legends,
Here’s a look at the top ten weird hockey injuries.
While with the Maple Leafs Renberg acquired a blister on his hand from tying his skate laces.
No big deal, right? Well later the blister became infected and soon Renberg was seriously ill and hospitalized with a dangerously high fever. Doctors were able to treat the infection and normailize his temperature. Doctors later revealed that if the treatments were unsuccessful they were seriously considering amputating his hand in order to save his life.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
6:24pm—I call my cable company to order NHL Centre Ice. I know, kids. The host of the NHL on TSN should already have NHL Centre Ice when we’re three weeks into the season. Except that he just moved and is starting over in life. Cable life, anyway.
6:48pm—In the worst television development since The View, the cable lady tells me they do not offer NHL Centre Ice. I laugh out loud at this, because it is clearly a new form of telemarketing where they joke with customers to gain their confidence, then steal all their money. After all, this is freakin’ 2008.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Can you imagine what kind of response guys such as Mike Gillis or Brian Lawton would have received last week if they had proposed what Bob Gainey did at the GM meetings in Chicago?
They would have been laughed out of the room and would have been vilified in the media for suggesting the league look at the possibility of penalizing players who leave their feet to block shots. But because the notion came from Gainey, one of the most levelheaded and respected executives in the NHL, the idea is gaining some traction.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Through the first 119 games played this season, an average of 1.47 fighting majors have been called per game. That’s up from just over one fighting major per game at the same point last season.
So is the NHL concerned? Nope.
“We haven’t really discussed fighting internally for quite some time,” said NHL vice-president Mike Murphy. “When we do talk about it we generally talk about the magnitude of today’s fighters; the size of them and how much power they have. We don’t really worry about the knockout punch; more about the fact a player could hit his head on the ice if he gets punched hard.”
• The Detroit Red Wings have scored 30 goals this season, 27 have come from European players.
• Players have seemed to get the message this season, a lot less hitting from behind and driving the player into the boards.
• Do you like the boarderline hooking calls this season? In my mind, they are being made to get more offense into the game, but some calls need to be overlooked. The call that gets me is the one handed stick on the gloves penalty, players should be able to fight through that.
• The ‘no commercial’ after an icing is good for the game. But I am not sure if it has turned into more goals scored because of it.
• Is there any team(s) out of the playoff race yet?
• Who is your early candidate for MVP?
• Isn’t it about time Gary Bettman had some hockey bloggers on the NHL Hour?
from Gary Loewen of Sun Media,
Empty-net goals are for wimps - at least they are when they come in the waning seconds with the outcome of the game no longer in doubt….
The goal against isn’t charged to the goalie, it’s charged against the team. So why credit goals and assists for scoring into open nets? Simply award a team goal.
On the other hand, the NHL could use a fresh gimmick now that we’ve all become accustomed to the shootout. To challenge the shooter, put a cardboard cutout into the net after the real goalie vacates.
Or hang a cow bell from the crossbar. Ring it off the bell and collect a goal!
from Bud Barth of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
The NHL is laboring under the delusion that more goals mean better hockey. The beauty of a close-checking, well-played 1-0 hockey game cannot be appreciated by everyone, to be sure, but if you’re going to replace those with 8-7 games, you’ll maybe add a few new fans, but in the process you’ll also lose a certain segment of your existing fan base. And the net result might not be good for hockey.
Let’s face it: The NHL will never be able to compete with fall Sunday afternoons in the NFL, or lazy summer evenings with the national pastime, or even slam-dunking athletes on the hardwood. Hockey has its little fourth-place niche in the sports world, and it should be content with that.
The idea of bastardizing the sport to try and bring in peripheral fans who don’t even know the definition of icing or boarding is outrageous, especially to hockey purists who are still the backbone of the NHL’s support.
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