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Anything On Your Mind?

I have an appointment and will not have web access until 5:30pm ET or so today.

So with that, anything on your mind you wish to make public, of course, only hockey related.

Leave a comment below and I shall return in a few hours.

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Why Not Winnipeg?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

“Yes, under the right circumstances and should there be a need or an opportunity, we would love to return to Winnipeg,” wrote NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in an email.

“Love,” he said.

Well, in the immortal words of Junior Soprano, I’d love to, er, be intimate with Angie Dickinson, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

“We would have to take a closer look and do some due diligence to make a determination on the Winnipeg market before making a conclusion one way or the other,” Daly continued. “That’s not something we have the need or reason to do at this point.”

Maybe not. But the day seems to be drawing closer.

While it’s hard to separate the myth from the reality when it comes to this subject, the least you can say is the circumstances surrounding Winnipeg have changed dramatically over the last couple of years, just as the circumstances in the NHL have changed.

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Do You Like The Tie-Breaker Proposal?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL’s tiebreak formula may be getting a facelift next season.

Currently, the first tiebreaker for teams tied in the standings at the conclusion of the regular season is total wins. At the conclusion of their meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., the NHL’s 30 GMs voted unanimously to change the first tiebreaker to count regulation and overtime wins only.

“So you exclude the shootout wins, which we all think is a fair way of doing it,” Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, the author of the proposal, told ESPN.com after the meetings wrapped up. “If some team wins 10 games in a shootout and only two of your 10 wins are in the shootout, you’ve won eight more games that are more legitimate. ...

“The shootout is great and it’s added excitement to our game, but you get concerned about its impact,” added Howson. “And this is one way where you can take away some of that impact.”

The proposal will now be considered by the competition committee in June. If the committee OKs it, it will then need a final stamp of approval from the board of governors.

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NHL Could Not Find A Rule That Matt Cooke Broke

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

For the last three days at the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., Chiarelli lobbied Campbell to discipline Cooke. Chiarelli said that Cooke, who has a pair of two-game suspensions on his résumé (questionable hits to Artem Anisimov and Scott Walker), qualified as a repeat offender.

Chiarelli’s efforts were for naught.

“What I tried to convince the hockey ops staff was to take it outside of the current rule,’’ Chiarelli said. “Use the repeat offender criteria and implement an infraction on an intent to injure. That infraction and the repeat offender should distinguish it from the Richards hit. They didn’t want to.’’

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More Needed When It Comes To The Head Shot Proposal

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Here’s hoping the competition committee—which will assess the proposal at its next meeting in June and decide whether to send it to the board of governors for approval for next season—takes this proposal and puts some teeth into it. For example: If you are subject to supplementary discipline for violating this rule, the suspensions start at five games and go up for each transgression. Or 10 games. Or whatever the level of deterrent is that’s needed to stop people such as Matt Cooke or Mike Richards from leaving the trail of carnage they have left in just this season alone.

It’s not that we don’t trust Campbell, the league’s top disciplinarian, to do the right thing. He could start handing out suspensions that will give this new rule some meaning and make it an agent of change in eliminating the kinds of sickening hits like Cooke’s, which may have cost Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins the rest of the NHL regular season.

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Human Being First, Then A Hockey Player

from Kevin Weekes of CBC,

As a league we’ve evolved from the days where breaking an opponent’s leg with a slash to beat their team was the norm. But in today’s game, we still face the challenge of blind-side hits. The mentality of that type of hockey is simply antiquated. It’s time for clear definition of those types of plays and severe consequences in the result of 10-15 game suspensions and HEAVY fines….

I’m always a player first, and players are the product, but now players need the GMs to protect them from themselves.

At the end of the day, you’re a human being longer than you’ll ever be a player. And your ability to be just that must be protected.

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Afternoon Line

The only person who seems to understand Colin Campbell’s pattern of punishment is Campbell himself. The suspensions he hands down are arbitrary and erratic—swayed by non-evidence, hunch, gut feelings, anecdotes and back-channel influence peddlers—and they are almost never clearly explained. He establishes precedent and contradicts it. He makes exceptions based on flawed premises and then concludes his arguments illogically and capriciously. No one, no one, knows what is allowed and what is not allowed. It is Dartboard Justice.

-Jack Edwards of NESN.  More from Jack…

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Now The Players Must Decide

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Mark it down: March 10, 2010.

It was on this day that the National Hockey League took its foot off the macho gas pedal of all-out combat, and told its players that it’s OK to tap on the brakes once in a while, when a hit starts looking like it might be a little too dangerous.

Now, how long until we see the first Matt Cooke or Colby Armstrong bear down on a first-liner from the other team, then suddenly pass the hit up?

That’s one we’ll have to see to believe, because culture shifts don’t happen over night. And this is a major culture change inside the National Hockey League.

“Yes,” confirmed the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brian Burke. “Now, if you’re the hitter you have to make a choice. You can still hit that guy, but you can’t target his head. And sometimes, you’re just going to have to avoid the hit altogether.”

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Can You Drink Champagne Out Of A Chocolate Stanley Cup?

March 10, 2010, Toronto, ON – Today, Hershey Canada Inc. and the National Hockey League (NHL), unwrapped the details of their new agreement - an exclusive three year partnership in Canada. In celebration of this new partnership, Hershey Canada and the NHL® unveiled the one-of-a-kind Hershey’s Chocolate Stanley Cup®, a milk chocolate replica of the Stanley Cup®.

“Hershey Canada and all our Canadian employees are so excited to be teaming up with the NHL here in Canada,” says Matt Lindsay, Vice President and General Manager of Hershey Canada.  “We’re looking forward to working with the NHL to bring great promotions and experiences to our Canadian hockey fans through this new partnership. The introduction of the Hershey’s Chocolate Stanley Cup® is only the beginning, there is so much more to come.”

“Hershey, like other leading consumer brands, is strategically investing in the NHL because we have a relevant and robust fan demographic, and large scale traditional and digital activation platforms on which to showcase its leadership brand portfolio,” said Laurel Walzak, NHL Director of Integrated Sales. “This partnership brings together two things Canadians love – hockey and Hershey’s chocolate and candy.”

The new multi-year partnership will begin with a consumer promotion to support the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. The promotion, which will be in stores August 2010 through February 2011, will feature prizing including a trip to the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, to attend a team practice and to skate on the official NHL ice.


Watch the folks make a chocolate Stanley Cup below…

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Media Brought Attention To The Head Shots Issue

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

My sense of this is that neither the general managers, certainly not the NHL and most certainly not vice-president Colin Campbell, the guy who suspends players, wanted anything to do with this.

  Some NHL players are beginning to speak out now, but for months they’ve parroted the league’s line: We don’t want to take the physicality out of the game (Ottawa’s Jason Spezza this week). Or, you have to be aware of who’s on the ice. Or, well, it was a tough hit, but it was a good hockey play, too.

  No, what was needed to bring a degree of sanity to the NHL’s thought process was the media, or at least some in the media. Stu Hackel, who blogs for The New York Times, has been writing about head hits for a long time. Damien Cox of The Toronto Star has as well. TSN’s Bob McKenzie has done some good work on it.

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