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From Damian Cristodero at Tampa Bay.com,
The debate over visors in the NHL, believed to be the last major league in the world that doesn’t mandate some kind of facial protection, is not new. But it gained traction this season with several high-profile injuries of unprotected players.
Devils defenseman Colin White could be out for the season after a Sept. 19 practice incident in which a puck deflected into his right eye, broke his nose and blurred his vision.
Tampa Bay’s Chris Gratton is playing, now with a visor, but still has blurry vision in his right eye from being clipped in the cornea by an errant stick blade in a preseason game. Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier needed three stitches in his right eyelid when he was clipped.
This at a time visor manufacturers say their product has never been more sophisticated and addresses players’ main complaints of distorted vision and moisture buildup with “optically correct” designs and clear coating to reduce fog.
From CBC via Youtube. Features footage of Jonathan Toews big goal the other night, plus Don Cherry’s commentary—with associated video clips—on the instigator rule.
*Thanks to George for passing on the clip!
From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun,
Is Peter Forsberg ready to return to the NHL?
The unrestricted free-agent centre continues to skate with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League amid talk he could be back in the NHL by mid-November if his rehab goes smoothly.
The one thing you can count on with Forsberg, who is recovering from off-season groin and ankle surgeries, is that he won’t return unless he’s 100%. NHL insiders are saying that Forsberg could be targeting a Nov. 15 return.
Sources say the Avalanche, Stars and Flyers have all made serious overtures to Forsberg in the past 10 days or so. Make no mistake about it, Forsberg is going to attract plenty of interest.
From Sheila Wissner at The Tennessean,
While Nashville officials and the would-be owners of the Nashville Predators struggle to reach new terms for an arena lease, one man stands to walk away from it all with more than $30 million.
Team owner Craig Leipold, who says he’s unloading the hockey team because it’s a money-loser, would gain a windfall of more than three times his initial investment, according to an analysis by The Tennessean. That’s even after covering $70 million in operating losses Leipold has claimed.
*Very good overview of the ownership structure and financial origins of the team.
From Joe Pelletier at Hockey Legends,
I will always remember the late Bob Johnson for two quotes.
The first everyone knows. “It’s a great day for hockey.” But an earlier quote has never left me. “You don’t need great skill to be a good penalty killer. You just need hard work. There’s no reason why every team shouldn’t have a good penalty kill.”
Ultimately, Johnson is right, although certain skill sets make some penalty killers better than others.
continued… (*a look at the best PK’ers of all time, plus a list of the top 25 SH goal scorers)
from the Toronton Star,
Time was that when you wanted to learn more about a player or the game itself, you were limited to traditional forms of media. And, unless you wanted to head down the arena to boo, it was one-way communication.
Now, your favourite player might post a blog, he might be reading messages on social networking websites or he might have his own website on which he entertains comments and queries.
“Fans feel free to email me, ask a question or tell me I suck,” said Wade Belak, who started his own website as a way to keep family and friends in western Canada up to speed.
Yes, he was, so says legendary hockey writer Red Fisher in this highlight reel remembering Richard’s 500th goal.
It is Friday night, you want a little hockey, take 2 minutes to watch this glorious video…
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Heading into the weekend, just six junior-eligible players remained on NHL rosters: Boston’s Milan Lucic, Chicago’s Patrick Kane, Edmonton’s Sam Gagner, Minnesota’s James Sheppard, Phoenix’s Peter Mueller, and David Perron of the Blues.
Every one of them thinks he belongs in the NHL. None would have lasted this long without that belief. But players don’t always know what’s best for them. To be honest, neither do the teams who employ them. And that’s why the decisions regarding their fates are so open to second-guessing.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
The question has been asked before and today, on the 50th anniversary of the Rocket’s 500th goal, it bears asking again: could Maurice Richard have been successful in today’s NHL?
Was he a good enough skater? Would he have been big enough to ward off defencemen? Would his legendary temper have bubbled over and gotten the better of him in an 82-game schedule?
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
...Still, we cling to a phrase from that legendary American and abuse victim Rodney King: “People, can’t we all just get along.”
Look, I’d love to delve into hockey issues like why Sid ‘The Kid’ Crosby is being matched in the goals-scored department by Jeremy ‘The Old Man’ Roenick, why the Montreal Canadiens can’t score or even what a phenomenal yet still overlooked talent Paul Stastny has become.
The problem is: issues keep getting in the way, so let’s deal with them….
Gary Bettman’s tenure: Make your own decisions regards whether or not NHL hockey is better now than the day he took over some 14 years ago, but I can guarantee you there are many inside the business of hockey who feel the Commissioner has made their business much more difficult to operate profitably.
many more issues…
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