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Protect The Players

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

‘People die every day. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t play the game.’ - Mike Milbury

It’s only been a week since I forever swore off the idea of addressing the National Hockey League’s unfathomable stance on hits from behind, blows to the head, running players into the boards and the kind of verbal tributes to the malicious nonsense that makes Mike Milbury a growing legend across Canada.

But given the fact that sarcasm is wasted on the young and, it would appear, the former general manager and coach of the New York Islanders, I’ll make this simple and straightforward:

Yes Mike, people do die every day - though fortunately for you the people beaten with their own shoes have a remarkable survival rate. Still the ultimate goal of a society and even most professional sports leagues is to try and keep as many people alive and relatively safe as humanly possible.

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Valuable Teams

from Peter J. Schwartz of Forbes,

The San Jose Sharks have yet to hoist the Stanley Cup, but when it comes to building teams that deliver bang for the buck, they’re the closest thing the National Hockey League has to a dynasty.

By the metric of player costs to wins, in the four seasons since the NHL introduced a salary cap, the Sharks are the only team to finish each season in the top eight among the league’s 30 teams. The Sharks rank third overall in the salary cap era, behind Detroit and Pittsburgh (the last two Stanley Cup winners top our list because playoff success counts more in our scoring than regular season victories).

continue and all kinds of lists, charts, etc….

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Talking Goalie Equipment

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Kay Whitmore, manager, hockey operations for the NHL, took center stage at Wednesday’s meeting and updated the League’s GMs on the status of size-specific goaltending equipment being instituted next season.

“Kay briefed us on the formulas they use when they are sizing the pads and it’s a pretty detailed formula,” Boston GM Peter Chiarelli told NHL.com. “We are satisfied with what we saw. It’s trending in the right way because it takes measurement of specific body parts.”

According to Whitmore, the ability to have unified measurements of various body parts for every goalie in the NHL is what finally moved the much-discussed plan of height-specific leg pads from the discussion stage to the action stage. In fact, the plan will be in place for the start of next season.

read on

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Rule Change For Head Shots Is Likely

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s general managers agreed Wednesday they will make a rule change dealing with hits to the head at their major annual meeting in March.

But at this point they have not agreed on how the change will be made, other than the goal is to eliminate blindside hits and perhaps contact between a shoulder and a player’s head.

What the league’s GMs did agree to do when their meetings in Toronto ended Wednesday was to establish a committee that will study the issue and make a report to the GMs at the March meeting. At that point, all of the GMs surveyed at the end of Wednesday’s meeting agreed there will likely be a rule change after further discussion.

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Can The NHL Get The Coyotes A New Lease?

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL is thinking about trying to renegotiate the contentions lease agreement between the Phoenix Coyotes and the city of Glendale.

The league recently paid US$140 million to purchase the team out of bankruptcy and is currently looking for a new buyer. The Coyotes have a 30-year lease with Glendale—the suburban city where Jobing.com Arena is located—that potential bidders will likely find troubling.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the league is considering trying to negotiate a better lease to make the team more attractive.

“It’s one possibility of moving toward resolution whereas now all of the potential purchasers have this big elephant in the room,” said Daly. “What’s the lease going to look like?”

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Day One Of The GM Meetings

from the CP via TSN,

The group sits down together four times a year and examines several issues around the sport. A variety of items are put on the agenda for discussion.

“Some of them take literally 30 seconds,” said Maloney.

One discussion that is sure to take much longer than that is headshots, which will be examined at length on Wednesday. It’s the current hot-button issue around the league and there are a variety of opinions about what could be done to curb blows to the head.

While some are in favour of the status quo, others are anxious for change.

“I’m more concerned long-term about what’s going on,” said Tampa Bay Lightning GM Brian Lawton, who recently lost rookie Viktor Hedman to injury after a big hit from Ottawa’s Chris Neil.

“I had raised some of the concerns long before Viktor got hurt. So I think it’s very timely and I don’t want to deviate from that (issue). I’m more interested in the long term, what are we going to do, because it costs the teams a tremendous amount when players are injured. That’s the bottom line.”

much more from the GM meetings including some Chelios and Forsberg talk…

added 8:49pm, Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN also report on Day 1 on the meetings.

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Not The Place For A Winter Classic

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

I have no problem with the fact the Toronto Maple Leafs want to play host to the NHL All-Star Game, as much of a fraudulent cash grab disguised as an afternoon skate as it is anyhow. But, honestly: by what stretch does BMO Field deserve to be the site of the annual outdoor game, an event that has had a surprising shelf life and if nothing else seems to be about the only time during the year anybody in the U.S. watches the game? Putting the game in as non-descript a facility as BMO Field would cheapen the event – although I’m sure that’s the only way the word “cheap” would be associated with it, since the mind boggles at how much Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment will charge for the game.

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Get Rid Of The Trapezoid?

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is among those hoping the NHL general managers decide at their meetings over the next two days to remove the trapezoid behind the nets.

The trapezoid was implemented in the NHL following the 2004-05 lockout to limit the goaltenders from handling the puck in the corners behind the net. It begins at the goal line with angled lines six feet from each goal post and widens to 28 feet at the end boards.

Former Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke was one of the leaders in getting the trapezoid implemented. It was commonly known as the “Martin Brodeur rule” because it was clearly aimed at the Devils netiminder, who was one of the best at getting behind the net to handle the puck.

But, now general managers are looking for ways to cut down on the number of injuries on defensemen who are being hit hard by forechecking fowards.

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added 5:01pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

NHL gm’s discussed removal of the trapezoid, but have decided to leave it in.

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Life Goes On For Wayne

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

For Gretzky, Monday night was not about the fallout from the sale of the Phoenix franchise, but rather a celebration of the career achievements of the Hall of Fame inductees—Luc Robitaille, Brian Leetch, Steve Yzerman and Brett Hull.

“It is what it is right now,” Gretzky said. “Right now, it’s just my time to sit back and enjoy my kids. You know what? The game is bigger than any individual or any person. Right now, it is just not a part of my life. It’s as simple as that.”

And, contrary to the speculation, he says he harbors no bitterness.

“No, not at all,” Gretzky said. “What’s there to be upset by? It’s the greatest game in the world. There’s nothing better than our sport. I’m very proud of it. Life goes on.”

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Gretzky Will Attend HHOF Induction Ceremony

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Lou Lamoriello’s 67-year-old eyes did not deceive him. He did see Wayne Gretzky in his downtown Toronto hotel lobby on Monday morning, and the Great One will attend the Hockey Hall of Fame formal proceedings in the evening, according to Gretzky’s agent, Darren Blake.

Whether Gretzky will grace the induction ceremony with his presence in the Great Hall has been a talking point surrounding this year’s festivities.

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