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New Year Wishes

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Since it’s nearly the end of the year and no newspaper columnist can ever resist the lure of an easy “A look back” or “A look ahead” column, here’s my New Year’s wishes for various people, places and things of the NHL:

To commissioner Gary Bettman: May you be granted a single one-minute uninterrupted stretch of nobody booing you when you grab a microphone at an NHL arena.

To Peter Forsberg: May your one last uninjured body part stay that way.

To hockey rumor blogs: May you increase the accuracy rate of your trade rumors from the current 1/2 percent to 1 percent.

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Enough Of The Lists

Anyone else tired of all the NHL related lists that have hit the web in a big way?

I don’t want to see another list, read about it at my NHL.com blog.

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Bingo

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some emails,

I hate this NHL scheduling. The Devils always get screwed over. They had such a big break before Christmas and then had a game on the 26th. They barely practiced, so obviously they would come out flat against the Caps. They also get less games at the beginning of the season and, at the end, they get games piled up back to back and so they get tired and lose games and momentum before the playoffs. BS!

Dude, I almost fell off my chair when I read this. Are you kidding me? The Devils get to sleep in their beds almost every night. Try on San Jose’s travel schedule for a month and let me know how your back feels after spending half your time in an airplane. New Jersey, the two New York teams (Rangers and Isles) and Philadelphia have the cushiest schedules in the NHL.

read on for moe emails and responses…

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New Year’s Day Belongs To The NHL

from Dan Shaughnessy at Sports Illustrated,

The NHL rarely gets it right. Professional hockey is a consensus Number Four (and we don’t mean Bobby Orr 4) whenever we get around to ranking sports that grip the American mind. Like Ringo, hockey is always the caboose, rarely taken seriously and unable to compete with John, Paul and George.

But now hockey owns New Year’s Day the way baseball owns the Fourth of July and football owns Thanksgiving. Sure, there’s still plenty of college grid action on the first day of the year, but many big bowls have been pushed back in the name of ratings and rankings. The NHL has stepped in with the Winter Classic which will be held this year at Fenway Park, featuring the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Outdoor hockey brings the sport to its roots. Most of the players who make it to the NHL spent time skating on ponds, rivers, or open-air rinks. Putting the world’s best players outdoors is decidedly old school and makes for great television. It’s the Currier & Ives effect. Even the neutral zone trap looks good inside a snow globe.

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Concussions Need To Stop

from Dr. Charles Tator at the Toronto Star,

Recently, at the Regina workshop, I indicated that the “rock ‘em, sock ‘em” type of hockey espoused by commentators such as Don Cherry can no longer be the culture that dictates our game. We need to depart from the “win at all costs” mentality and return to the game when players had respect for their own bodies and respect for their opponents.

This message has been given by many others, such as the McMurtry report on amateur hockey violence in Ontario in 1974. In my book on sports and recreational injuries published last year, the cost of all sports and recreational injuries in Ontario was estimated at about $3 billion.

However, the costs in terms of grieving families and suffering athletes is much more important and of even greater magnitude than we had imagined, as demonstrated by the work from Boston University reported recently in the Star. This report included the case of former NHL player Reggie Fleming whose brain had major damage after repeated concussions.

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Christmas Break Perfect For The NHL

from Chris Kerber of HockeyChats,

The NHL takes Christmas Eve and Christmas off.  Good for them.  Even that makes it difficult for most of the athletes to get home for Christmas but it better than nothing at all.  They can also do better by making sure each team is playing on the 23rd or 26th fairly close to home but let’s not be beggars here.

The importance and strength of family needs to remain the biggest foundation in our lives.  The health and growth of our children far outweighs the outcome of an NBA, NHL or NFL game just trying to capitalize on ratings.  Sure ratings are good. So what?  Ignore them and do what is right. Let the players spend that time with their families.  The NHL players prove it is effective and refreshing.  The time is greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

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Hockey Moments Of The Decade

CBC style…

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Ring In The New Year

NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 28, 2009)-VERSUS will drop the puck on 2010 with a 90-minute program on New Year’s Eve, titled NHL Winter Classic Eve Special on VERSUS Presented by Bridgestone.  The show, which begins at 11 p.m. ET, will be hosted by VERSUS’ Hockey Central studio team-Bill Patrick, Keith Jones and Brian Engblom-and will air live from a remote studio atop Fenway Park, the location for the third annual NHL Winter Classic game on New Year’s Day featuring an outdoor game between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.

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Hockey On The Center Stage

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

Please note, this is not about hockey in Canada. But that is not to say that we can’t learn any lessons from our friends down south…

Well, hockey season has finally started!

You read it right. For most NHL cities, particularly those south of the border, fans will start to gravitate towards the local arena and pay much more attention to the local team. There are lots of reasons for the season starting now. Firstly, for the most part, college and high school football are over. Secondly, the NFL season is winding down, and most of the playoff races are close to being settled. Thirdly, winter just started on December 21st, and hockey is a winter sport. Fourthly, NBC’s coverage in the US, will help raise the game’s profile. And finally, there is quite simply some pretty good hockey being played.

continued and John, what is that game you call football?  Here in Detroit, football is non-existent.

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Taking The Blame Off The Players

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There was a time, back when the National Hockey League was more of a mom and pop shop, when Bryan Murray, Cory Clouston and their Ottawa Senators would have paid a heavy price for coming out and questioning the integrity of the NHL’s officials.

“Back in the old days when we didn’t have TV?” began veteran referee Paul Devorski, “We could show up in Winnipeg, and if I really wanted to shove it up yer hoop, I could. Nowadays, you can’t call a phantom hook or you’re on the carpet the next day with (NHL director of officiating) Terry Gregson. If it becomes habitual, now you’re not working playoffs.”

So today, referees blow off the carping that came from Ottawa this week as more excuse-making by a GM, this time the Senators’ Murray. Clouston, his head coach, was cast in a rather embarrassing supporting role.

“It strikes me as something where (Murray) is not having as much success as he wants, so maybe it’s not his fault. Maybe it’s our fault,” referee Mike Leggo said. “Take the blame off his players. Try and shift the focus, try and get the next break.”

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