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Embrace The Changes

from Brian Duff of the NHL Network,

As noted in many past ramblings, I don’t lose an ounce of sleep over overtime, the shootout or the three-point games.

Is it perfect? No, but tell me a sport that is.

Coin toss for overtime in football, extra inning baseball games that end at 1 a.m. in front of 300 fans, or basketball games where a foul is defined as ... ? Right, just what I thought.

And those are admittedly very easy shots to take, but no different than the ones hockey fans aim at their own game on a daily basis.

What piqued my curiosity most in the midst of all this public griping is this notion that still exists that trades are necessary to generate a “buzz” around the game.


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Talking Donations

from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

With the horrors in Haiti since the devastating earthquake last week, aid has been pouring in from all over the world to help survivors who have lost everything. From the sports world, it was no different.

The NFL gave $2.5 million. The MLB gave an initial $1 million donation. Lance Armstrong and his Livestrong Foundation gave $250,000.

The NHL? It gave $100,000, or roughly the same amount that the 76ers’ Samuel Dalembert took out of his own pocket….

There’s an inherent problem with the NHL — the people that run it think they are doing a good job of marketing their product in a positive light, when in fact they frequently make the league look foolish.


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Bettman Talks Head Shots

from the CP at CBC,

“This issue for us is what can we do about what is otherwise a legal check resulting in a shoulder going into a head,” he said. “We have studied it very carefully and extensively.

“We want to get it right. We average 40 hits a game. That’s somewhere in excess of 50,000 a year.

“It’s an essential element to our game. We want to get those hits that make us uncomfortable out of the game. But we want to do this in a very judicious, professional way.”

Bettman cautioned that finding a solution could take time.

“We need to take the time and create a very precise standard, something that’s easily understood and something the players know what to expect,” he said. “Something that the officials know what to call and if necessary Colin Campbell knows how he’s going to discipline.

“We’re looking for precision, not over-legislation. We will have ample time in March and, hopefully, we can come to some sort of consensus.”

more topics discussed…

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John Halligan Passes Away

from NHL.com,

John Halligan, the longtime hockey publicist, historian and author passed away Wednesday morning. The genial Halligan received the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2007 for his longstanding service to hockey in the United States.

“The thing that always stood out for me was the fun,” said NHL Group Vice President of Communications Frank Brown, who sold his first story—a piece that ran in the Rangers’ program—to Halligan nearly 40 years ago. “You get so bogged down in the work of it sometimes. I don’t think anyone who puts on a jersey is called a ‘hockey laborer.’ He’s a ‘hockey player.’ John always kept the ‘play’ in the game.”

Halligan was the New York Rangers’ publicist and historian for more than 40 years, working tirelessly to spread the gospel of hockey in New York and beyond.

He also worked in a similar capacity with the NHL.


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Record The Refs?

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Best job in the country last week? Unquestionably, it had to be a Vancouver sports radio host.

Stephane Auger and Alain Vigneault (who was accused of putting Darcy Hordichuk and Alex Bolduc out to fight in a Jan. 13 game against Minnesota) were acquitted in separate incidents by the NHL, because there wasn’t enough evidence to convict.

There was no trouble filling airtime. For all the talk, however, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. For me, the biggest: How can the NHL make sure this doesn’t happen again?

The easy answer: Put microphones on the zebras and record all conversations.

This has been considered before.

continued plus Elliotte’s popular 30 Thoughts…

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Drop The Shootout For Just About Anything Goes

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“I’m not sure how everyone feels, but I can’t stand the shootout,’’ said (Mike) O’Connell, who these days works in pro development and special assignments for the Los Angeles Kings. “I haven’t liked it from Day One. The games are being settled, but in a way that really has nothing to do with how hockey is played. I mean, look at [Wayne] Gretzky - the best player ever and he couldn’t score on a breakaway.’’

O’Connell’s vision of overtime, with the clubs skating four a side, would still have penalties being whistled and served. Otherwise, the full sheet would be in play, with no offsides, icings, trapezoids, or, it goes without saying, dreaded neutral-zone traps. If we all agree the world would be a better place with no lawyers, the ice would have to be a better place with no lines, right?

“All the talk we keep hearing about the game going back to its roots, how much everyone liked the outdoor game at Fenway,’’ mused O’Connell, “well, what’s more in keeping with the spirit of true hockey: something like this, or the shootout?’’

read on plust other hockey topics…

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Unfair Decisions

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

How does the Wild’s Derek Boogaard get five games on a first-offense elbow last season but Phoenix’s Ed Jovanovski gets two on a third blow to the head in two years—and second in a month—just a week ago?

How does one man arbitrarily render discipline based seemingly on no criteria?

Critics joke that (Colin) Campbell must have a dartboard in his office, although as a blog commenter said on “Russo’s Rants” the other day, it’s more like “Wheel of Fortune” because eventually Campbell would get good at throwing darts.

By dodging transparency and then showing zero candor, Campbell leaves the league open to criticism.

But after hearing Campbell on the radio Thursday justify why he didn’t suspend Pittsburgh’s Sergei Gonchar for his blow to the head of the Wild’s Cal Clutterbuck, it’s probably best he keeps muzzling himself.


added 8:01am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

His official title in the league directory no longer is operative. This was the week in which Colin Campbell first and foremost became the NHL’s Cleaner, in charge of dust-busting every single potential scandal under the rug, never to be seen or dealt with again.

Let’s face it. Five years into its proclaimed “partnership” with the players, the NHL has become a monolithic power, unopposed and unchallenged (except by a foolhardy litigant named Jim Balsillie), dictated on the business side by Gary Bettman and Bill Daly, ruled on the hockey side by Campbell, whose decisions become more personal, more quixotic, less credible and thus less worthy of respect by the day.


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Ron MacLean/Colin Campbell Talk Burrows/Auger

This is a two part video, the 2nd part can be watched below.  The 2nd part also includes a conversation with Mike Murphy regarding the FSN Pittsburgh video issue.

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  Tags: alexandre+burrows, colin+campbell, mike+murphy, stephane+auger

Talking The Game Today

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A Night In the Video Review Room

from Rich Hofmann of he Philadelphia Daily News,

It doesn’t take long, less than a minute. They all have settled into their chairs in a dark room that glows from the light of about 30 television and laptop screens, settled in for a long night that will feature a dozen NHL games and the potential for at least a few controversies. The easy conversation of co-workers combines with three play-by-play announcers droning on simultaneously in two languages.

Then the Leafs’ Jay Rosehill appears to score a goal behind the Flyers’ Michael Leighton, and one voice raises above the others.

“Murph, that one went in a little funny,” says Mark Barbetta, from one of the workstations arrayed around the room. At which point, you can feel the adrenaline build.


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