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Hockey Has No Borders

From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com,

Hockey fans are everywhere.  They can live in Key West, Florida, they may live in any European country or could be following the game from a remote island in the Caribbean.

Wherever they are, they have a common bond with all of us; they are hockey fans.  Fans who love the game, a certain team and no matter what it is, they are hockey fans, just like us.

Now I must ask, why do certain hockey scribes continue to play the “south of the border” card when writing about the state, both current and future, of the NHL?  According to those who write these types of rants, the only place hockey should be played is in Canada and if it is being played elsewhere, well, then it is a problem until it gets fixed.

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How To Increase Scoring

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

It’s a problem that has existed almost as long as Gary Bettman’s tenure as commissioner: There isn’t enough scoring in the National Hockey League.

There’s no need to go overboard on this. The league doesn’t need to see teams hitting double figures every game. But on the other hand, there are too many 2-1 games, and even games that are scoreless after 65 minutes.

As a result, the league’s movers and shakers are looking at some rule changes that can lead to a few more goals.

1. Limit freezing the puck by goaltenders (a 90% chance of implementation)...

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Setting The Tone

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Twilight of the Goons? Requiem for the Heavyweights? Guess again. In case you missed the memo, fighting is officially back in the NHL. Saturday’s tilt with Minnesota featured a card of three, count ‘em, three staged scraps (at least IDLM was spared Mark Smith or Eric Nystrom risking life, limb and incisors for the cause).

The NHL mantra of having your tough guy and my tough guy square off in ritual fashion is that it “sets a tone” for a big game. Funnily enough, none of the NCAA games in March Madness featured a punchup at the opening tipoff to “set a tone.”

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The Element Of Surprise

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

Having never coached at any level of hockey, the chances of me getting an NHL job running the bench and stunning the world with these unorthodox strategies is diminishing every day….

...I’d have all my players constantly switch from graphite sticks back to wood – shift to shift - over the course of the game. The opposing goalie wouldn’t know what’s coming.

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Power Struggle

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It is obvious the NHL cannot be trusted to dispense equitable justice. It is now up to the NHLPA, through the vehicle of the standing competition committee, to flex its influence. When the competition committee meets this season, it should recommend mandatory minimum sentences for blows to the head and checks from behind, and any other applicable dangerous fouls.

It is clear the NHL has abandoned its responsibility. It would be a disaster if Burke and his ilk are allowed to assume power in this vacuum. This is a league of and by the players. It’s about time that discipline is enacted for the players.

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NHL Must Institute No-Touch Icing

from CBC Sports,

Cherry said the National Hockey League must institute no-touch icing precisely because Foster was forced to do what he did.

“Look, if you want to wear a visor, you can wear a visor, that’s your choice,” Cherry said to host Ron MacLean. “If you want to fight, you can fight, that’s your choice.

“[Foster] had no choice…. If he doesn’t go in, he’s chicken, and it’s too bad, what was he going to do? Hold up and let the guy go in? He has to go in, and that’s too bad.”

Update 10:07pm ET: Foster is currently healing, post-surgery.  Below, we’ve added Youtube footage of Don Cherry’s complete comments on the matter:

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  Tags: don+cherry, icing, injuries, kurtis+foster, nhl+rules

One Tired Goalie

from Joe Pelletier’s Greatest Hockey Legends,

March 21st, 1991. Quebec’s Ron Tugnutt stopped 70 Bruins shots, including 12 in overtime, to give the Nordiques a 3-3 tie at Boston.

The Bruins’ 73 shots were 10 short of the NHL record set by Boston in a 1941 game against Chicago. Ray Bourque set a NHL single game record with 19 shots himself!

Tugnutt’s performance was so impressive even some of the Bruins’ players skated over to congratulate him.

Watch the video highlights…

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NHL Disciplinarian Suggestion

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Once Campbell moves on to take a GM or coaching job with a team, the establishment of a three-year term limit for all future NHL disciplinarians. And in addition, hiring practices that only bring aboard candidates who possess not even the slightest interest in eventually working as coach, GM or a high-level management type for one of the league’s 30 teams.

If you followed those guidelines, you’d wind up hiring a chief policeman unconcerned about burning bridges with future employers. Instead, he or she would be able to concentrate on one job only: doling out the proper deterrents to ensure the NHL’s rules are followed to the letter.

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Grapes On No-Touch Icing

Don Cherry was on the Fan590 in Toronto this morning, talking about no-touch icing. Listen to the conversation.

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Orr Turns 60

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

You read correctly: the boyish Bobby Orr turns 60 today, but the brilliant defenceman of yesteryear will not be in attendance at the TD Banknorth Garden. Instead, Orr will remain at his winter home in Jupiter, Fla., and quietly celebrate his milestone birthday with his wife, Peggy, and his family and friends.

“He probably doesn’t want to acknowledge it,” Harry Sinden, Orr’s first coach with the Bruins and later his general manager, said jokingly.

Even though Orr hasn’t lived in Canada for more than 40 years, since he first suited up for the Bruins in 1966, he remains as visible as any hockey player in this country, including Wayne Gretzky, because of his commercials for General Motors and MasterCard and work for Chevrolet’s Safe & Fun Hockey program to help young players develop positive values while learning the game’s fundamentals.

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