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Do You Want To Hear From Bettman?

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Perhaps it’s time for the NHL to look at a new way of doing things when it comes to supplementary discipline.

Perhaps the time is right for Gary Bettman to take centre stage, to become the man who makes these tough hockey decisions and puts his reputation on the line.

David Stern does it in the NBA. Roger Goodell was the one who banned Michael Vick and has to deal with trouble in the NFL when suspensions are required. Heck, Mark Cohon, every once in a while, at least tries to look like he’s running the CFL show when something bad happens on the field.

But not Bettman. Whether it was Brian Burke or Colin Campbell, Bettman has preferred to stay in the background, just as was the case when Brian O’Neill dealt with supplementary discipline under John Ziegler.

But it wasn’t always this way.


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Not A Good Way To Expose The Game

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

So, you’re the NHL. Your sport just had the most watched hockey game in three decades in the United States.

You follow up that golden Olympic Sunday on Feb. 28 with an opening fortnight in March that would make the world’s best PR person want to run for the hills.

To recap:

March 7: Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke levels Boston star Marc Savard with a devastating hit, reigniting the talk of head shots, etc. The hit just happens to occur on the eve of the NHL’s GM meetings where head shots are the headlining topic.


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A Little Bit About Me

Chris of The Goal Crease was kind enough to think about me and asked a few hockey/blogging questions that I responded to.

You can read the full interview here.

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Can The Head Shot Rule Be Implemented Quickly?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...there are clearly forces within the league and union advocating urgency to get this new rule on the books fast. The league is obviously worried about optics and the gap of vulnerability that now exists between now and next fall, with so many important and intense matches to be played.

Last week, the Bettman administration was arguing that due process wouldn’t allow the rule to be implemented before this season ended. Today, they’re looking at ways to make just that happen.

But they need the players, specifically the five on the competition committee – Ryan Miller, Jeff Halpern, Jason Spezza, Mathieu Schneider and Brian Campbell – to agree to the new regulation. The committee isn’t set to convene again until June, by which time the league will have replaced two members from the management side, Kevin Lowe and Bob Gainey.

If the competition committee were somehow able to gather and give its thumbs up to the new legislation, the league’s board of governors would then have to give its final stamp of approval.

You’d think that in an era of email and video conference calls, this could all be done in a matter of days, and maybe it can be.

Then again, the union has no leadership at the moment, having decapitated itself in a spectacular episode of internal bloodletting last fall.


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Instead Of An All-Star Game

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

One idea floating around in the NHL head office is to somehow give an international hockey feel to feed off the Vancouver experience, possibly staging some form of a mini-World Cup. I stress this is very conceptual at this point, but still interesting nonetheless.

Speaking on international hockey, I’m told the Russians have recently approached Hockey Canada about staging a Summit Series in 2012 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ‘72 classic. The Russians also want it to be best on best, so it would be Sidney Crosby & Co. versus Alex Ovechkin & Co. Of course, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association would have to sign off on it, and I’m not sure there’s an appetite for it at this point.

What about USA Hockey and Hockey Canada getting together with the NHL and NHLPA to do some form of series with top players? Given the recent gold-medal game in Vancouver, why not capitalize on the burgeoning rivalry between Team USA and Team Canada? Food for thought.

more hockey discussion…

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Sunday Hockey Points

from Steve Simmons of the Toronton Sun,

• Love to know what the head of the NHL Players’ Association thinks about the head-shot controversy, but alas, there is no head of the NHLPA and thus no one to speak on behalf of the players for or against.

• Can’t envision a Stanley Cup final that doesn’t have Pittsburgh or Washington in it. The West can offer up a deeper field with Chicago, Vancouver, San Jose and Los Angeles all capable of doing some playoff business.

• For as much as Dion Phaneuf has contributed to the Leafs, he has yet to bring much offence. As of Saturday night, he had no goals, just two assists with the Leafs and the Toronto power play has been mostly dismal since he was traded for.

more points…

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Reminder Canada- It’s Only A Game

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

Hockey is Freudian for Canadians – it puts the id in our collective identity.

The father of psychoanalysis would have had a wet dream dissecting the thumb-sucking relationship between a game and a people. Not that there’s been a shortage of behavioural experts to probe this particular symbiosis, from pinhead academics to press-box philosophers…

Canada is one coast-to-coast Hot Stove League. Put another way, hockey for Canadians is chronic masturbation: Can’t keep our hands off it. Hence the perpetual kneading and modifying and mutating, not always as justifiable as deterring hits to the head.

Whether talking hockey at Tim Horton’s or hand-wringing hockey at “stakeholder” symposiums, weighing opinion polls or dispatching delegations to study how the game is conducted elsewhere, romanticizing in prose and mythologizing in culture, even occasionally bleeding over into political debate and courtroom pseudo-defendant, this, our national sport and obsession, is the common denominator.


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It’s Not All Doom And Gloom For Ice Edge Holdings

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

The CEO of Ice Edge Holdings, emphasizing that financing is not a problem, is optimistic that the purchase of the Coyotes can be finalized by the close of the NHL season.

Anthony LeBlanc said the “whole deal” is contingent on renegotiating a new lease with the city of Glendale.

“We indicated it was going to take us three to six months, and best case, we have this closed before the playoffs start,” he said. “We certainly expect that this will be closed by the time that the Stanley Cup is awarded this year. That’s our plan, but it will require the city and us working together to get the lease ratified.”

The process took on a new urgency for Coyotes fans in the past few days when gloom-and-doom reports surfaced in the Canadian media. An article in the Toronto Globe & Mail riled fans and prompted LeBlanc to post a letter of reassurance on a Web site.

LeBlanc said most of the time he and his colleagues just laugh off stories such as those - “Here we go again,” he said.


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Don Cherry Rips Matt Cooke

Both Don and Ron MacLean said the head shot proposal needs to be changed now, not next year.

The Cooke segment starts at the 2:00 minute mark.

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Thankfully Wang’s Idea Was Shot Down

from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

The general managers got at least one thing right during their meetings last week. They shot down a proposal from New York Islanders owner Charles Wang to have a mini-tournament for the eighth and final playoff spot in each conference.

I know—huh?

His proposal was to have the teams that finish eight through 15 in each conference play a week-long tournament to decide the eighth-place finisher. Never mind that 82-game regular season—that was just a prelim.

The No. 8 team, the team that actually earned a playoff spot, would have to win it again, starting with the No. 15 seed and working back through the field—No. 9 vs. No. 14, No. 10 vs. No. 13 and the always intriguing No. 11 vs. No. 12.

Come on. Is this the NHL or some youth league? Might as well not even keep score and let everybody have cake and ice cream after the games, right? Everybody’s a winner in the new NHL.


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