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Your GM Meeting Coverage

George James Malik at his SnapShots Blog at Mlive covers the GM meetings.  Go there for complete coverage.

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All About The On-Ice Officials

Mike Robitaille of the Buffalo Sabres TV crew sits down for part one of an exclusive interview with NHL Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom.

Watch the 2nd part of the interview here.

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Talking Head Hits At The GM Meetings

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

On the opening day of the annual NHL general managers’ meetings, the NHL Players’ Association proposed a new rule concerning hits to the head.

The proposal was delivered to the league’s GMs on Monday morning by NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly. It calls for three different penalties ranging from a two-minute minor to a match penalty for any player who “either intentionally or recklessly targets the head of that player and makes contact with any part of his body, whether it’s a hand, an elbow or a shoulder,” Kelly said.

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added 12:57pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

In addition to the head-checking issue, Kelly and Healy raised a number of other issues from the NHLPA perspective:

Kelly wants to see if NHL players may be able to participate in the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. The tight turnaround of the NHL schedule break may currently prevent that, but the NHLPA believes it would be a wonderful marketing opportunity for NHL players to be included as part of the Olympics’ opening ceremonies as a number of them could end up as flag bearers for their respective countries.

more topics…

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Daly Update

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke to Scott Laughlin on Hockey This Morning from the GM Meetings in Florida and talked about the agenda for the week. Bill also talked about the Lighthouse project on Long Island, new ownership possibilities in Phoenix, and the trade deadline deals

Listen to the interview at NHL Home Ice Blog.

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Talking ‘Points’ At The GM Meetings

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Other important issues that may come up over the course of the meetings:

• Detroit GM Ken Holland has proposed an adjustment to the tiebreaker system. Holland would like to see the first tiebreaker go from games won to regulation games won. The logic is simple: Reward the teams that win games outright during the regular season, as opposed to winning in overtime or a shootout, when the opposing team also gains a point.

Some GMs favor a move to a three-point system wherein a regulation win is worth three points and an overtime or shootout win worth two points, with the team losing in extra time still gaining a single point.

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Vegas Talk

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Well, this year something new will play out in the Nevada desert. The NHL’s annual awards ceremony is headed to Las Vegas, in its familiar time frame, between the awarding of the Stanley Cup (perhaps as late as June 16) and prior to the June 26-27 draft in Montreal. Messrs. Hart, Norris, Vezina, Richard et al are giving up the comfy confines of downtown Toronto, long the stodgy stage of the gala, and are headed with hardware in hand for the world’s gambling mecca. Union boss Paul Kelly, appearing last Saturday on the New England Hockey Journal radio show, confirmed the venue change and emphatically placed the NHLPA stamp of approval on it (this officially drops the “Just Say No Players Association” from the Sunday Hockey Notes lexicon). The shift to L.V., mused Kelly, will offer the event a greater and glitzier profile, possibly attracting more media coverage and high-profile entertainers from other sports and industries (see: Hollywood).

more plus other hockey topics, including the fighting talk at the GM meetings.

Also, it is my understanding the NHL Awards Show will take place at the Pearl Theater at Palms Place in Las Vegas.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Today on the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll, their guests today are:  Dave Pagnotta (The Fourth Period), Lyle Richardson (Spector’s Hockey), Patrick King (Sportsnet.ca), NHL player agent Jay Fee, former NHLer Jim Cummins, and Conor McKenna (Team 990 Montreal).

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Home Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and on YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Refs Should Stick Together

from Japers’ Rink,

My suggestion is not for more instruction from the NHL head office (although that may help).  My suggestion is that all referees be paired into teams that will work together through the course of the season.  NFL, NBA, and MLB all do that and arguably all of these sports require less communication and implicit understanding among crew members.  NFL and MLB officials have regular breaks where they can get together and discuss the call.  That is simply not an option in the NHL.  The officials need to know the tendencies of their partners, need to know how the other official calls games and know under what circumstances the backside official should be making a call.

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Topics For the GM Meetings

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

When the NHL’s 30 general managers convene in Florida on Monday for their annual meetings, the future of fighting in hockey will dominate the discussions.

Based on interviews with several GMs, there is at least one form of fighting most of them would like to see disappear, but no one knows how to do it without an outright ban on fights. And no general manager could be found who supports the complete elimination of fighting.

What most of them would like to see is an end to the staged fight, where two players whose only role on the team is to fight, drop their gloves and go at it.

“The sense I get is there will be a lot of discussion on staged fights,” said Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “I’m against that. But no, I don’t see an outright ban on fighting.”

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Rob Shick Refs His Last Game Tomorrow

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

You know an NHL referee has done a good job when you don’t notice him during the game but realize later that he let the players play and kept everyone in line.

Rob Shick is one of those good referees, but the Temecula resident is retiring after he officiates the Kings’ game against Minnesota Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. He’s scheduled to have 22 friends and family members in the audience.

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