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Coach Wilson Believes Head Shots Should Be Banned

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Ron Wilson feels head shots should be banned, even if contact is made with the shoulder.

And that goes for the hit delivered by Andrew Ladd of the Chicago Blackhawks, who flattened an unaware Matt D’Agostini of the Montreal Canadiens during the Hawks’ 3-2 victory Friday.

“(Ladd) was trying to rip his head off,” Wilson, the Maple Leafs coach, said yesterday.

“You should not be allowed to target the head. That’s not a clean hit.”

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30 Notes

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

1. Steve Yzerman meets with his Olympic selection committee – Holland, Doug Armstrong, Kevin Lowe – this week. I don’t understand how anyone not named Marc-Andre Fleury could be Canada’s starting goaltender. He deserves the first chance to play.

2. Ken Holland told The Calgary Herald he will propose banning hits to the head from the blind side. But, if the player is coming head-on, responsibility is on the puck carrier. Basically, Mike Richards gets a penalty (David Booth), while Willie Mitchell doesn’t (Jonathan Toews).

3. This is an interesting idea, and I’d love to hear the debate. But let me remind you once again, there are a lot of players and executives who agreed that Richards deserved no penalty and blamed Booth for having his head down.

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Is Interference Making A Comeback?

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Speaking of justice, no one has it tougher than the NHL officials when it comes to sorting and meting it out. The game is fast. The players are big. They now cluster and bunch together like never before. Maintaining clear sightlines is harder than ever—even with two sets of eyeballs. Yet, while taking all that into consideration, it seems to me that the referees are tolerating more contact away from the puck. Defensemen are sticking and pinning players on the boards once the puck has moved a beat or two longer than was the case when the league declared the new standard of enforcement in 2005-06.

In open ice, I’ve seen more moving and subtle picks than I can ever remember. The focus on such face-off infractions seems intact, but defensemen screening off for their partners, wingers taking a route to the boards that impedes a forechecker’s progress and proximity, picks at the blueline that open up lanes for zone entry, all appear to be more prevalent. Part of it is certainly coaches and players coming up with ways to be as successful as possible now that they’ve operated under these conditions for the past four seasons. Maybe it is just part of the natural cycle whereby it is now back on the officials to adjust to the adjustments made by the teams.

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NHL Using The Power Of Twitter

from Jennifer Van Grove of Mashable,

Earlier this morning, the NHL had a brilliant idea to tap NHL fans on TwitterTin order to crowdsource Twitter Lists of NHL fans by their favorite teams. They tweeted, “Hey guys–we want to create lists of #NHL fans by team! Please Tweet @NHL your favorite team or teams w/ the hashtag #myfavoriteNHLteam.”

That tweet proved to be more successful in mobilizing fans than originally anticipated, with tweets flooding in from fans affiliating themselves with their favorite teams. The collection is currently being pulled together…

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After One Month

NEW YORK (November 1, 2009)—The first month of the 2009-10 NHL regular season ended Saturday with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins serving notice they will be tough to dethrone, the upstart Colorado Avalanche at the top of the Western Conference standings, reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on pace for a career year and a talented rookie class making their mark.

  The Penguins shrugged off any suggestion of a ‘Stanley Cup hangover’ by tying the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers and 1992-93 Penguins for the most points after 10 games by a defending champion (18, 9-1-0) and finishing the month with the Eastern Conference’s top record (11-3-0). Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury went 9-2-0 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .918 save percentage, while captain Sidney Crosby led the club with nine goals and 16 points.

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Renting & Skating On Ice

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

That one-hour ice rental at a local rink in and around Boston typically would cost upward of $300. At Fenway, the going rate will be $7,500 or $10,000 for each one-hour session. That is not a typo. The going rate will be as high as 33 times more than what a prime-time hour would cost at one of the area’s better rinks. And according to Sam Kennedy, executive vice president and COO of the Red Sox as well as president of Fenway Sports Group, there has been no shortage of folks lining up to reserve the time.

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(Paul) Kelly, meanwhile, has been advising on the casting and production of a movie, “Overtime,’’ to be shot early next year in New Mexico and Toronto. “It’s a sort of ‘Field of Dreams’ drama that puts hockey in a good light,’’ explained Kelly, who attended Thursday’s Devils-Bruins game at the Garden. Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, and Don Cherry have agreed to cameos. Kelly invited Mike Emrick to fill a key “play-by-play’’ role. The story centers on mine workers in New Mexico who play the game each night on pools that freeze in and around the mine.

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Pay Wayne

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...the NHL does seem to be offering words in support of Gretzky, even if action speaks louder. The league at this point appears to be offering talk, which obviously is much cheaper than $8.2 million.

“The decision was made this summer when the League decided to make a bid to purchase that it couldn’t assume Wayne’s contract. That was discussed with Wayne and his people before we filed our bid and they understood the rationale,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an e-mail to Slap Shots on Friday night.

“That doesn’t mean he has to go it alone. We committed to him that we would do everything possible to get him paid outside the bankruptcy process,” Daly added. “We have suggested our willingness to pursue claims on his behalf and assist him in pursuing his own claims. And he remains able to seek recovery out of the pot of money that will be paid to the bankrupt estate.”

So the NHL claims it will assist the greatest assist man who ever has laced up a pair of skates but it will not guarantee he will get his money even after all of the untold revenue he produced for the league both directly and indirectly in the form of expansion fees from warm-weather markets made possible by Gretzky’s success in Los Angeles.

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Paying Gretzky

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Right now, the NHL’s bid provides for between $11-$12 million to three potential creditors – Gretzky, Moyes and the city of Glendale. Gretzky isn’t thrilled that there is no certainty of collecting. Apparently, he is not asking for all of the money up front or in some lump payment, but an acknowledgement that, at some point, he will collect.

One league source says that will happen.

“We recognize that a lot of us have jobs because of what he’s done for a long time. What has happened this summer has been totally unfair to him, but, because he’s Wayne Gretzky, it all ends up on him ...This is important, and we realize it is important.”

That is 100 per cent the proper philosophy. But, there is one concern.

At this time, it was not possible to get the board of governors to vote on raising the purchase price from $140 million to $148 million. And, there may be slight resistance to doing so. Some of the governors are apparently unhappy with Gretzky’s public disappointment, and could let that affect their decision.

That is a ridiculous attitude.

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Talking Shots To The Head

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

TSN’s Bob McMcKenzie is truly unique among hockey commentators. That’s because he is pretty much alone in believing the NHL should crack down on predatory head shots.

  In the world of NHL commentary, this represents radical, even revolutionary thinking. We know this, because when an incident occurs, such as the Mike Richards hit on David Booth last weekend, the knuckleheads and Neanderthals come out of the woodwork to remind us that hockey TV commentary is over-populated by a fringe group of loons, most of them ex-jocks who have taken too many hits to the head themselves, and seem to believe that anything that doesn’t kill you is “a good hockey hit.”

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Head Shots Need To Stop

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

How many players must be taken off the ice via stretcher before the NHL changes its way?

Will it take a body bag before the league finally clamps down on head shots?

Sure looks that way.

After years of believing the biggest cure of the headshot problem was players not skating with their head up, I’ve converted.

The onus has to be put on the players making the hit.

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