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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...There are, however, signs, that the NHL is trying to change that mindset, one suspension at a time — the Boulerice suspension ties with Chris Simon for the longest in history, relating to an on-ice incident.
But the league could fast-track the process by extending the discipline to the respective teams as well. Fines to the club, suspensions for the coach - those sorts of penalties might encourage teams to think twice about employing players who haven’t yet figured out that the culture of head-hunting is going the way of the dodo.
The simplest solution might even be the least complicated — simply prevent a team from replacing a suspended player in the line-up.
more and other NHL bits too in Eric’s weekly NHL roundup…
from Bob McKenzie at TSN,
Jordin Tootoo of the Nasvhille Predators takes a run at Phoenix rookie Daniel Winnik – and it says here Tootoo was targeting Winnik’s head – and it’s Coyote rookie Craig Weller who gets the match penalty for intent to injure on the play, because Weller clotheslined Tootoo after the hit….
But it’s the Tootoo hit that should be the real concern.
If ever there were a hit where it looked like a player was intentionally trying to hit someone in the head, this was it.
more... I haven’t seen the video of the play from last night, if anyone has a link, feel free to post it.
update 12:14pm, Thanks to KK member bcrt2000, we have a link…
National Hockey League franchises have increased in value as a result of the collective bargaining agreement between owners and players that capped player salaries at 54% (now 56%) of league revenue beginning with the 2005-06 season. More cost certainty has increased the number of bidders for teams while the supply remained fixed at 30 franchises.
But the new CBA has not been the panacea for team values that some self-serving owners would want you to believe.
from Empty Netters,
Now it’s way too early to throw our hands up in the air in fear and proclaim the return of the “Dead Puck Era.” The NHL has re-emphasized holding and hooking penalties so far this season. But it’s certainly not a good thing to see scoring down by over half a goal per game.
That said, we’re still nearly a goal ahead of 2003-04, the last season before the lockout. At the same time, scoring is down nearly a goal from 2005-06 season when the “New NHL” debuted.
read on to see a comparison chart on goal scoring plus many NHL bits…
From Barry Rozner at the Daily Herald,
The dominoes are starting to fall.
The housecleaning on West Madison began with the departure of Peter Wirtz last week and continued with the removal of Bob Pulford on Thursday, one of the most important moves the Blackhawks have made in years.
At this rate, new Hawks owner Rocky Wirtz will have home games on TV and a first-class hockey operations department by Christmas.
OK, that’s a stretch, but he’s moving fast and you have to give him time to clear up the more complicated matters.
from the CP,
Today, the 36-year-old Budin is president of Sports Advisors, an online handicapping concern with sites such as sportsinfo.com. He is also an author, taking readers behind the scenes of a sometimes sordid business in his book “Bets, Drugs and Rock & Roll” that was written with Bob Schaller….
Budin estimates that in the NHL “at least 20 to 25 players are gambling - at least, if not more.” That would amount to only 2.9 per cent of NHLers.
NHL player contracts contain a clause prohibiting betting on NHL games, and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has stressed the league’s seriousness of dealing with gambling-related issues in the past.
“We take this seriously,” he has said. “Gambling culture is something we educate our players about extensively.”
Daly says the league has no comment on Budin’s book or interview comments but questions the credibility of it all.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
OK, New Rule: a player who commits a major foul in the good ol’ hockey game, oh, say like a two-handed cross-check to the face or a flying leap to drive a shoulder into a players head, will still have his mandatory hearing with Campbell. He will still be a candidate for supplemental discipline and he will be tossed from the game by the on-ice officials, BUT (and this is a really big BUT), he can’t leave the game until he also serves a five-minute major (in this case for intent to injure) and for that five minutes he cannot leave the ice.
OK, stop laughing for a moment and read me out.
From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
It was 40 years ago tonight—Oct. 11, 1967—that the Penguins played their first game, a 2-1 loss to Montreal—the same opponent they faced last night.
The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in that game on a first-period, short-handed goal by Gilles Tremblay and a second-period goal by Jean Beliveau (the 400th of his career) before Andy Bathgate scored the first goal in Penguins’ history at 7:06 of the third period against goaltender Rogie Vachon.
Attendance was 9,307 in an arena that did not yet have balconies and whose roof could still open, but did not for hockey games.
Do you believe in ghosts? There’s something about Mellon Arena, or at least this city’s hockey teams, and goaltenders.
Paul talks to Eric Duhatschek of the Globe & Mail this morning about all things hockey including the hit on Kesler last night, CBC’s Satellite Hot Stove and more. Eric’s also talks about his new book (more info here).
From Eric’s publisher:
Eric Duhatschek was the winner of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for “distinguished contributions to hockey writing” in 2001. In 2000, after twenty years of writing about the NHL and the Calgary Flames, he joined globeandmail.com, where he writes a five-times-a-week NHL column. A frequent contributor to Hockey Night in Canada’s Satellite Hot Stove segment, he has covered four Winter Olympics, nineteen Stanley Cup finals, every Canada Cup and World Cup since 1981, plus two world championships. Most recently, he was appointed as the newest member of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s annual Selection Committee.
Interview can be heard on the player below, or you can download it directly here.
Update 1:42pm ET -
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The NHL’s old boys’ club and its deeply-rooted tendencies to let the game’s inmates run its asylum have stormed back to the fore – and consequently, the number of horrific on-ice incidents and accompanying awful press have again eclipsed any of the league’s modest structural achievements.
Someone, somewhere, needs to step up and be the loudest canary chirping in the cave. Somebody needs to take the narrow-minded fundamentalists by the snouts and show them precisely how the present road eventually merges with the one that leads directly to ruin.
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