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NHL Network Coverage- HHOF & GM Meeting

A quick update to let you know NHL Network (U.S.) will be broadcasting the 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, November 9th beginning at 7:00pm ET.

They will also be covering the NHL GM Meeting in Toronto with a special on-site edition of NHL Live! broadcast at noon – 2:00pm ET on Tuesday, November 10th.  NHL Network Canada & U.S. will also carry a special 30-minute show from 6:00 – 6:30pm. ET, repeated from 6:30 – 7:00pm ET.

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Forseberg- Clear Waivers Or Not

Even if Peter Forsberg plays in the Karjala Cup as he plans to and then decides to sign with a team in the NHL, there will be no waiver requirements on him per Bill Daly who was kind enough to respond to an email inquiry from me.

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Will Gretzky Show Up For HHOF Weekend?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place in Toronto beginning this weekend and the question that’s got everybody abuzz in hockey circles right now is, will he or won’t he? Will Wayne Gretzky attend with his wife Janet when the careers of five of his closest friends in hockey are honoured? Or will he sit it out, part of his lingering discontent with the NHL over how shabbily he was treated during the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy hearings by an organization that he helped put on the map in the first place?


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What Happened To The Instigator Penalty?

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Before the start of the regular season, the NHL said the instigator penalty would be called more vigilantly this season than in the recent past. So far, that hasn’t been the case.

Heading in to Tuesday’s games, an instigator penalty had been called in 8 of 117 fights. That’s one for every 14 fights or 6.8%. Although slightly higher than last season’s 5.9% rate, the calling of instigator penalties has declined significantly from the first two post-lockout seasons.

NHL officials were sent memos at the beginning of the season, reinforcing the importance of identifying instigators when the occasion calls for it. One of the most blatant circumstances is fights following clean hits. NHL Director of Officiating Terry Gregson says, “if a player seeks to hand out his own form of justice and his actions meet the criteria, it must be called.”


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The Dominating Goalie

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

From 1998 to 2004, (Dave) Dryden served as the NHL’s goaltending “watchdog,” checking to ensure equipment was kept to size limitations and advising the league on what might be done to improve safety as well as increase goal scoring.

He may himself be a former goaltender, but he is also one who has come to believe the position has reached a point where it is overly dominant for the good of a team sport.

“It’s spun out of control,” he says….

The NHL’s solution to dominant goaltending has been to allow, for the most part, the oversized padding in order to offer the greatest protection but then to adjust the rules in a manner in which the padding is somewhat cancelled out.

This has created a game in which, as Dryden puts it, “We’ve got to have ways to get to the goalie.” It has created the era of the ugly goal. It has made “crashing the goaltender” a legitimate tactic when, at one time, it was forbidden.


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Coach Wilson Believes Head Shots Should Be Banned

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Ron Wilson feels head shots should be banned, even if contact is made with the shoulder.

And that goes for the hit delivered by Andrew Ladd of the Chicago Blackhawks, who flattened an unaware Matt D’Agostini of the Montreal Canadiens during the Hawks’ 3-2 victory Friday.

“(Ladd) was trying to rip his head off,” Wilson, the Maple Leafs coach, said yesterday.

“You should not be allowed to target the head. That’s not a clean hit.”


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30 Notes

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

1. Steve Yzerman meets with his Olympic selection committee – Holland, Doug Armstrong, Kevin Lowe – this week. I don’t understand how anyone not named Marc-Andre Fleury could be Canada’s starting goaltender. He deserves the first chance to play.

2. Ken Holland told The Calgary Herald he will propose banning hits to the head from the blind side. But, if the player is coming head-on, responsibility is on the puck carrier. Basically, Mike Richards gets a penalty (David Booth), while Willie Mitchell doesn’t (Jonathan Toews).

3. This is an interesting idea, and I’d love to hear the debate. But let me remind you once again, there are a lot of players and executives who agreed that Richards deserved no penalty and blamed Booth for having his head down.

read on plus other topics too…

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Is Interference Making A Comeback?

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Speaking of justice, no one has it tougher than the NHL officials when it comes to sorting and meting it out. The game is fast. The players are big. They now cluster and bunch together like never before. Maintaining clear sightlines is harder than ever—even with two sets of eyeballs. Yet, while taking all that into consideration, it seems to me that the referees are tolerating more contact away from the puck. Defensemen are sticking and pinning players on the boards once the puck has moved a beat or two longer than was the case when the league declared the new standard of enforcement in 2005-06.

In open ice, I’ve seen more moving and subtle picks than I can ever remember. The focus on such face-off infractions seems intact, but defensemen screening off for their partners, wingers taking a route to the boards that impedes a forechecker’s progress and proximity, picks at the blueline that open up lanes for zone entry, all appear to be more prevalent. Part of it is certainly coaches and players coming up with ways to be as successful as possible now that they’ve operated under these conditions for the past four seasons. Maybe it is just part of the natural cycle whereby it is now back on the officials to adjust to the adjustments made by the teams.

more plus other NHL topics…

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NHL Using The Power Of Twitter

from Jennifer Van Grove of Mashable,

Earlier this morning, the NHL had a brilliant idea to tap NHL fans on TwitterTin order to crowdsource Twitter Lists of NHL fans by their favorite teams. They tweeted, “Hey guys–we want to create lists of #NHL fans by team! Please Tweet @NHL your favorite team or teams w/ the hashtag #myfavoriteNHLteam.”

That tweet proved to be more successful in mobilizing fans than originally anticipated, with tweets flooding in from fans affiliating themselves with their favorite teams. The collection is currently being pulled together…


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After One Month

NEW YORK (November 1, 2009)—The first month of the 2009-10 NHL regular season ended Saturday with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins serving notice they will be tough to dethrone, the upstart Colorado Avalanche at the top of the Western Conference standings, reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on pace for a career year and a talented rookie class making their mark.

  The Penguins shrugged off any suggestion of a ‘Stanley Cup hangover’ by tying the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers and 1992-93 Penguins for the most points after 10 games by a defending champion (18, 9-1-0) and finishing the month with the Eastern Conference’s top record (11-3-0). Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury went 9-2-0 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .918 save percentage, while captain Sidney Crosby led the club with nine goals and 16 points.

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