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from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Two years ago, (former) Philadelphia Flyer Steve Downie hit (former) Ottawa Senator Dean McAmmond with a viscious headshot as he circled the net. Downie left his feet, led with his elbow, and went for the head. He received, rightfully, a 20-game suspension.
Tuesday night, St. Louis Blues scrapper Cam Janssen hit Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek with an equally vicious headshot in the exact same area. Janssen, a repeat offender, left his feet, led with his elbow, and went for the head. Janssen received a $2500 fine.
There are only two major differences between the two plays.
First, the Downie hit happened in Canada, the victim was a player on a Canadian team, and it was replayed endlessly, becoming a catalyst for the headshot debate. The Janssen hit happened in a Blues-Coyotes game. Nuff said.
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Listening to Susan Ashton, you get the impression that there’s a book in her somewhere.
Given that her husband Brent was traded eight times in his 14-year NHL career, you know she could write the definitive guide for hockey wives on how to deal with having your life turned upside down thanks to a phone call.
“It can be stressful, dealing with everything,” Susan Ashton replies when it’s suggested that hockey wives are the unsung heroes of the NHL’s trading marketplace. She obviously speaks from experience.
It has been a pretty slow news day so I am heading out for a relaxing dinner and will be unplugged from any hockey news until 7:30pm or so.
Feel free to bring up any hockey topics in the comments if it so pleases you!
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Among the things I don’t like about covering the NHL are the minimal standards for vetting trade rumors before they’re tossed out into print, on the air or into cyberspace.
It has been like that since I can remember, and relatively speaking seems worse compared to other sports, even in reputable journalism circles.
For some reason, “sources” in hockey newspaper coverage range from agents, general managers and other team officials (even if they had axes to grind) to the assistant trainer, a player’s wife’s hairdresser, a Ouija board or a dartboard.
And in this age, thanks to the Internet and, in some cases, to reputable print and broadcast journalism’s unfortunate willingness to abdicate its position of higher-standard authority, the standards have gotten even lower.
Hey, toss anything out and see what sticks!
from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,
Game No. 793 of the 1,230-game N.H.L. schedule included a first-period fight between Devils right wing David Clarkson and Rangers defenseman Erik Reitz, who shed their helmets and wrestled each other before finding the leverage to throw several hard punches. Clarkson fell atop Reitz, ending the fight.
Two officials, Tony Sericolo and Derek Nansen, swooped in to separate Clarkson and Reitz, and just as important, keep them apart. Each player received a five-minute penalty for fighting, and the fans of both teams at the Prudential Center in Newark cheered the fighters. Sericolo and Nansen later had to break up another fight, between the Devils’ Mike Rupp and the Rangers’ Colton Orr. Their job went almost entirely unnoticed.
That is the way it goes with linesmen, the most anonymous men on the ice.
New York/Toronto/Stockholm/Helsinki (February 19, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), in cooperation with Live Nation Sweden, IMG Sweden and Harry Harkimo/Jokerit HC Oy in Finland, announced today that the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers will open the 2009-2010 NHL regular season in Europe. The Blackhawks and Panthers will play home-and-home games Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, in Helsinki, Finland, at Hartwall Areena. On those same dates, the Red Wings and Blues will play a home-and-home series at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Finland and Sweden are the top ranked countries in terms of overseas visitors to NHL.com.
Supplied by the NHL…
TRADE DEADLINE DAY STATISTICS SINCE 1980
Number of trades: 374
Number of players traded: 676
Number of draft picks traded: 225
MOST-TRADED PLAYERS ON DEADLINE DAY SINCE 1980
4 - Alan May (1988, 1989, 1994, 1995)
3 - Dan McGillis (1996, 1998, 2003)
3 - Mark Janssens (1992, 1997, 1998)
3 - Mike Gartner (1989, 1990, 1994)
3 - Steve Konroyd (1986, 1993, 1994)
As the trade deadline of 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 4 approaches, the National Hockey League has prepared the following:
How is a trade made?
After two clubs have come to an agreement on a trade, the clubs must advise the League office, either by telephone or by FAX, of the terms of the trade. The League office then schedules a conference call with the two teams to review the transaction and give final approval for the deal. Prior to the trade call, the League office will ensure that the team has the appropriate salary cap space to make the deal; if draft choices are involved, that the club has the available choices; and that the team has available space on its reserve list to add the player (s). It should be noted that the 23-man roster restriction is no longer in force from February 27 on.
Today on the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll, their guests today are: Asst. GM and NHL Hall of Famer Michel Goulet; Dave Bidini of the Rheostatics and author of “Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica”; Michael Whalen of TSN; Pat Kelleher of USA Hockey to discuss “Hockey Weekend In America” taking place this weekend; Bob Snow of NHL.com who will give us the Campus Buzz, presented by Suffolk University’s Department of Communications and Journalism; and former NHLer Jim Cummins.
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