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Too Much Wear And Tear On The Players Plus Waiting On The Anaheim Ducks

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

If the owners considered the long-term benefits, they would lop off a dozen games to promote better player health and more competitive action, both in the regular season and the playoffs. Of course, given the dough involved, the chances of that happening are slimmer than the MBTA running on time.

So it is up to the coaches to take action. They are the ones, after all, who have to deal with the consequences of their best players coming to work on crutches. Most of them did a good job this season scrubbing practices and morning skates because of the absurdity of the compressed schedule, thanks to the World Cup and the five-day breaks required of each team.

They can do better.

If a player has guaranteed himself a roster spot, he should play no more than once in the preseason. These are meaningless games, meant more for evaluation than to simulate in-season play.

During the regular season, the coaches should study their NBA counterparts and consider giving star players entire games off. Leaguewide parity makes this a tough job. No coach wants to be responsible for missing the playoffs by one point because of a loss in which a go-to player was granted a break. The length of the season, however, demands that such nontraditional personnel moves be considered. 

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With less than one month before the expansion draft, teams are waiting on Anaheim’s decisions before making their own. Nashville, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay are among the clubs that are projected to lose good players. But no team has as many pieces to protect as the Ducks.

If Anaheim chooses the 7-3-1 model, general manager Bob Murray will have to leave at least one good forward and desirable defenseman unprotected. The first issue Murray has to figure out is Kevin Bieksa, the aging stay-at-home defenseman with a no-movement clause. If Bieksa declines to waive his clause, it would leave Murray with two protected slots to divide between four defensemen: Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, and Josh Manson.

The outlook doesn’t look much better for Anaheim using the eight-skater protection format. 

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Video- On-Ice Chatter

On-ice officials and players interact in the Conference Finals.


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Video- Ring The Bell Mr. Bettman

The Nasdaq this morning.


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Kerry Fraser On The Officiating During The Playoffs

from CBS Pittsburgh,

“The Fan Morning Show” caught up with former NHL referee Kerry Fraser on Thursday to talk about some of these controversial plays. Kerry said that the officials acknowledge a difference between how they call things in the postseason as compared to the regular season, but that it can’t go too far.

“What concerns me, and I don’t blame the officials so much as the people that are responsible for coaching them, for holding them accountable,” said Fraser. “Going into the playoffs, they need to be told, ‘Listen guys, we’re not changing the rule books. We need you to call a standard.’ And they have to be held accountable throughout every game during the season, the players need to know what they can do and what they can’t do.”

“Consequently, there have been very loose standards and it’s called playoff hockey refereeing. It’s not acceptable.”

“There’s always a debate, what’s the difference between regular season and playoffs? Well, I think a rule is a rule and should be called from the start of the season to the very last game of the Stanley Cup Final. But that’s not the way it’s been. We’ve seen an awful lot of stuff that’s been let go.”

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Wrong Decision On Ryan Getzlaf

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Hey, NHL. Rainbow tape isn’t enough.

Anyone can tape up a stick with pinks and reds and purples, use it at a skills competition, and then fall right back into our black-and-white hockey culture the next day. What’s hard is to look in the mirror and ask, “Why?”

Why have the other sports’ experienced players come out, but not the National Hockey League? Or Canadian Major Junior Hockey?

Why do the NHL, the NHL Players’ Association, the Anaheim Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf look at the “C” word spoken in the heat of the moment by Getzlaf in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final and not hear the word the way a gay man would hear that word?...

When terms hurt people, common decency dictates we stop using them.

And so it is time for the hockey world to examine the word Getztlaf used, one that has been accepted inside its dressing rooms for decades, and decide if it is acceptable anymore. It is a Top 10 swear word in the hockey vernacular. Maybe Top 5.

Getzlaf is a product of the Western Canadian hockey culture, as am I. He grew up in Regina and played his junior hockey in Calgary. I’m an Edmonton guy. We have both been desensitized to the word, the same way a doctor does not get squeamish at the sight of blood.

That is why the NHL, the Ducks, the NHLPA and Getzlaf all missed a golden opportunity this weekend to actually walk the gay rights walk. To not just tape a hockey stick for the LGBTQ community, but to identify and admit to a metaphor for homophobia that exists inside hockey’s DNA, and start down the path to removing it.

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Afternoon Lines- Bill Daly

via Liz Mullen tweets at a Sports Lawyers Conference,

NHL's Bill Daly: 1 thing they will look at in next CBA "our definition of hockey related revenues."

"From an owner's standpoint, anything that generates revenue is of interest."-- NHL's Bill Daly

NHL's Bill Daly wouldn't answer if players who go to the Olympics will be fined.

Bill Daly said sending players to Olympics is a cost-benefit analysis. "In this case we felt the costs outweighed the benefits."

added 12:47pm,

NHL's Bill Daly on hockey-related revenues in next CBA: Not a matter of expanding or shrinking but making definitions "more precise."

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Video- On-Ice Officials Mic’d Up For The Second Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

3 1/2 minutes to watch.


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The President/CEO Of The Olympic Organizing Committee On The NHL

rom Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,

Hockey is gaining momentum in South Korea – not just from the upcoming XXIII Olympic Winter Games, but also from the national team’s recent promotion from Division IA to the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark (Copenhagen and Herning). Head coach Jim Paek and assistant coach Richard Park are former NHLers of Korean descent who are leading the charge.

South Korea will become just the fourth non-European country to host the Winter Games after the United States, Canada, and Japan. The already-completed hockey venues are the Gangneung Hockey Centre (capacity 10,000) and Kwangdong Hockey Centre (capacity 6,000).

This will be the first Winter Olympics in Asia since Nagano, Japan in 1998. The 2022 Winter Olympics will take place in Asia in Beijing, China. It’s part of what South Korean organizers are touting as a new Asian era in sports, with the 2020 Summer Olympics also coming to Tokyo, Japan.

Lee, who noted that the distance between PyeongChang and Beijing is less than the distance between New York and Chicago, emphasized that he remains open to negotiations to bring NHLers to South Korea next year.

“As long as the NHL intends to participate in Beijing, they should also participate in PyeongChang,” Lee said. “I don’t think they’ve made a final decision so far. We still have lots to negotiate. Nothing is concluded until the final conclusion is made.”


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Video- Coach’s Corner Last Night

The main topics of discussion by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean include: Phil Kessel, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, the Nashville 'points', confusing icing calls and Ovechkin and his bruise.


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Hockey Notes On A Saturday Night

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Excuse me if I have no sympathy for Chris Simon, one of the recent opportunists to hop aboard the apparent gravy train that is suing the National Hockey League over concussions.

Simon played for eight different teams, fought more than 100 times, was suspended on eight different occasions, and ended up with 1,824 minutes in penalties. The worst aspect of his career was the indifference and lack of respect he showed both the game and those he played against.

On occasion, he swung his stick like a baseball bat. He stomped on players. He cross checked players across the throat. It often looked like attempt to injure was just part of his nightly regimen....

- Didn’t think Pittsburgh could win a Stanley Cup with Kris Letang heading up a thin defence last season. Now, without him, can they win with Olli Maatta, Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin, Ron Hainsey, Chad Ruhwedel and Ian Cole on the back end?

- If you don’t love watching Erik Karlsson dance, you don’t love hockey. But does that mean I’m loving the Senators? Ah, no.

more on Simon plus additional hockey topics...

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