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FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
COLUMBUS 2, NY Rangers 0
DETROIT 3, Buffalo 1

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On The Automatic 10-Game Suspension

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

So, if 10 games is the standard based on a rule introduced years ago – perhaps in response to an era when brawls were commonplace – its time the National Hockey League considered either standardizing automatic suspensions for other malicious acts or removing automatic suspensions altogether. 

Witkowski’s actions didn’t warrant a 10-game suspension and it’s likely his punishment will be introduced as evidence at a future competition committee meeting or during CBA discussions that the rule needs to be revisited.

One suggestion is to lift the term “automatic” or allow the Department of Player Safety to overrule when applicable.

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Recap Of The General Managers Meeting

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

As the NHL’s general managers gathered at Montreal’s historic le Windsor hotel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the league, the post-meeting talk was more about recent rule changes and an unexpected uptick in goal scoring.

“I think it’s without question the game is going in the right direction,” said Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello. “How much more has to be done is an unknown because right now I think we’ve got a great game.”

There was little trade chatter emanating from the GMs’ meetings, who were gathering primarily to begin the process of reviewing the latest changes to the game.

That includes the crackdowns on slashing and interference, as well as the new tweak to the offside challenge rule that costs a team a delay-of-game penalty if it fails to win an offside challenge.

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Below, watch a few GMs discuss the meeting....

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The Portrait Painter

from Stephen Smith of the New York Times,

A hundred years after the National Hockey League was born in Montreal’s grandest hotel, the Windsor, the league is back where it all began this weekend.

The hotel is gone, but the nearby train station is still there, next door to the Montreal Canadiens’ home rink at the Bell Centre.

Gathering there — on paper, at least — are the 100 players deemed to be the best to have played in the N.H.L.

For the past year, the artist Tony Harris has been at his easel trying to translate the speed and color and glory of hockey into oil paint.

Last week, he finished the final two 11-inch-by-14-inch portraits, depicting the Canadiens speedy winger Yvan Cournoyer and Wayne Gretzky in the Edmonton Oilers’ blue and orange. On Saturday, all 100 paintings will be shown together in public for the first time.

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Radko Gudas Offered An In-Person Hearing

 

Watch the slash below if you missed it last night.

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General Managers Meeting In Session

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On The Agenda For Today’s GM Meetings

Besides the slashing calls....

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

FACEOFF VIOLATIONS

The GMs will discuss how to better get the officials and the players on the same page as to what is and what is not allowed....

COACHES CHALLENGE

When the NHL allowed coaches to challenge potential offsides when a goal was scored, a Pandora’s box opened up. Suddenly, everything was being challenged with no consequences. This year, a failed challenge results in a penalty....

ONE-MINUTE PENALTIES IN OT

This one is interesting and it sort of makes a lot of sense. When a penalty is called in overtime, play becomes 4-on-3. That’s a massive difference than 5-on-4 play during regulation time....

PUCK OVER GLASS

Don’t expect this one to get solved anytime soon, but there is talk again of whether officials should determine a player’s intent when a puck goes out of play....

more on each of the above plus the slashing calls and goalie interference...

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

How serious is Rockets' owner Tilman Fertitta's interest in bringing an NHL team to Houston? Are teams targeting the Golden Knights' top players? Why are GM's still questioning Marián Hossa and Joffrey Lupul's injuries? The Insiders discuss these and more.

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NHL Hockey In Houston?

from Sportsnet,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had preliminary discussions about the potential viability of a team in Houston, according to a report by Katie Strang of The Athletic.

Bettman recently met with Tilman Fertitta, owner of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, at NHL headquarters in New York, according to Strang.

“We’re not relocating any clubs right now,” Bettman said, while declining to comment on the meeting. But when asked about the future potential of the city, he responded: “If Houston were to express an interest in having an NHL franchise, under the right circumstances, it’s something we might want to consider.”

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Down To The Top 4 Greatest Moments In The NHL

NEW YORK / TORONTO (November 15, 2017) – The National Hockey League today announced the remaining 4 moments – as selected by fans – in the Greatest NHL® Moments Presented by Coors Light and Pepsi Zero Sugar. Starting now, fans can visit NHL.com/GreatestMoments to begin voting in the semifinals of the bracket-style, interactive, digital and mobile program, and continue the quest of selecting the Greatest NHL Moment of all time -- spanning from the League’s inaugural season in 1917-18 to present day.

The remaining four Greatest NHL Moments going head-to-head in the semifinals include:

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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