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Follow The Rule Book

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

Very little of what Mike Milbury says makes sense to me, but he was right about one thing on Saturday night.

  The NHL does not need new rules to address the worst of the head shots – the predatory, blindside attacks.

  “The rules are already in place,” he said on Hockey Night In Canada. “There’s enough power for Colin Campbell to make a change.”

  Not said by Milbury is that Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice-president in charge of discipline, won’t do anything.


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NHL Dragging Their Feet Regarding Head Shots

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, a member of the competition committee and a proponent of taking action on head shots, wasn’t too hopeful when the league announced it would create a study group on the issue to report back in March.

“It’s been the slowest reaction I’ve ever seen to anything,” Miller said. “This was brought up years ago. We asked for something, and we asked for their respect in looking into it. Players have asked for it to be taken seriously every year, and there’s no appetite for it. It’s never going to go through on a vote.”

Miller is good friends with David Booth of the Florida Panthers, who was concussed as a result of a hit delivered by Mike Richards last month.

more hockey notes…

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Early Credit

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

With teams starting to sort out in the NHL standings, there are folks in the hockey world that deserve more recognition for what they are doing:

5. NHL fans: Considering the uncertainty of the economy, the league’s attendance seems strong. Seventeen teams are playing to 97% or better capacity, and only four teams (Phoenix, Florida, Atlanta and the New York Islanders)

    6. Detroit Red Wings coach Mke Babcock:  GM Ken Holland usually, and rightfully, receives plenty of credit for keeping this franchise on to. However,  Babcock’s coaching plays a big role. We can see that this season as the team has overcome defections to stay in the mix as one of the league’s best teams….


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Keep Battling Mike Murphy

via the CP,

Mike Murphy, the NHL’s vice-president of operations, revealed Friday he has cancer.

The 59-year-old told a Toronto sports radio station he was diagnosed six weeks ago with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Murphy, who coached the Maple Leafs and the Kings, said he is undergoing chemotherapy to be followed by radiation treatment.

“If I’m blessed, I will be cancer-free come playoff time,” said Murphy.

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Here Comes The Respect Word Again

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

“There are unwritten rules among the players,” Toews said, after the Blackhawks morning skate…

”It’s not a perfect world. Some guys do respect each other, and some guys don’t. You want to play hard within the rules of the game – and a lot of guys have that attitude,” Toews continued.

“But then you look at … some of these hits … and they (players) are going in at an unnecessary speed.”

And what if a player does that and then sits in the dressing room and says he didn’t mean to injure an opponent?

“If you’re going to sit there and answer questions after you hit somebody like that and say you didn’t want to hurt them - you’re lying through your teeth,” Toews said.


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Gm’s Will Be Watching Their Money

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Scotty Bowman, the legendary former coach and now an adviser for the Chicago Blackhawks, believes next year’s NHL salary cap could drop about $2-million, a reasonable prediction given how little box-office revenue is being generated in Phoenix, Tampa and Atlanta. Even the rising Canadian dollar won’t offset those black holes. If that cap forecast is ultimately how it plays out, you’d have to think most general managers will get even more gun shy about adding high-priced help (such as Giguere) unless they’re on expiring contracts. Cheaper options (such as Martin Biron of the Islanders) will become far more attractive.

more hockey talk including some Ilya Kovalchuk talk…

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KHL/NHL Looking For Common Ground

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I’ll believe it when I see it.

But for what’s it’s worth, Bettman, Daly and Medvedev did meet in a quiet room at Verizon Center in Washington before Wednesday night’s Islanders-Capitals game, and they even watched the first period together.

“It was constructive,” Bettman told ESPN.com on the phone from New York on Thursday. “It was good to see Alex again. Last time we had seen each other was in Rome a little over a year ago. We agreed that it would be good if we could find some areas of cooperation where we could work together, and we were going to see if we could begin that process by trying to find some common ground.”


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Saying Sorry Isn’t Enough

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“It was a freaky play.” - Jarome Iginla.

“Obviously, I didn’t mean to hurt him.” - Mike Richards.

“Oh my God.” - Sabres forward Clarke MacArthur.


The former two players I know to be good guys and honest players. I don’t know MacArthur, but people I trust say he is a solid, decent guy.

All of which means nothing to their victims. Because let’s face it: a concussion is a concussion, whether it comes one of the best people in the game in Iginla, or from Jordin Tootoo or Sean Avery.


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All Those Numbers

James Mirtle of From The Rink breaks-down the numbers from the Forbes report that came out yesterday….

The average NHL team has increased its revenues by $20-million since 2003-04, but those on the low end of the scale have only marginally improved their bottom lines, getting a $9-million boost on average (including revenue sharing). Toronto, Montreal and the Rangers, meanwhile, have increased their revenues by an average of about $40-million the past five seasons.


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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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