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GM Meetings Conclude

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s general managers concluded their annual meeting here on Wednesday by passing one minor item and fretting about the economy.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, though, maintained the sunny outlook he has held all year about the league’s prospects in the recession.

Once again, he claimed the NHL will experience “five per cent real growth” next season but what lies beyond that is unknown.

At least some of the general managers, though, were considerably less optimistic, especially about the 2010-11 season.

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They Did Nothing

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

At the very least, the NHL general managers owed it to the game to take the issue of fighting seriously, not slough it off with some ridiculous proposed tweak to the current rules.

They could have done something about unnecessary fighting and did nothing.

They could have done something about helmets that fly off to easily — is there anything simpler than tightening a chin strap? — and did nothing.

They could have taken the NHL Players’ Association’s sensible suggestions for dealing with hits to the head … and did nothing.

Let us hope the NHLPA can still do this through the league’s competition committee, even if the GMs don’t like it.

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Laraque Calls New Fighting Recommendations A Joke

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Montreal Canadiens forward Georges Laraque is outraged by recommendations made by general managers participating in the annual NHL GM meetings in Naples, Florida.

“All of their recommendations are a joke!” Laraque charged after reading the NHL’s plans on TSN.ca….

It’s that proposed penalty - a 10-minute misconduct - which really angers Laraque.

“Stupidest thing ever!” Laraque told TSN. “I think it’s a joke. They might as well take fighting out of the NHL…fighting won’t be safer; it will be eliminated because an added 10 minute misconduct is too much.”

read on

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  Tags: georges+laraque

Top-10 Stanley Cup Contenders

From Sam McCaig at The Hockey News:

San Jose, Detroit and Calgary are the class of the West, while Boston, New Jersey and Washington are the lead pack in a wide-open East. Right here, right now, the smart money is on a Boston-San Jose final.

Here’s why:

1. SAN JOSE SHARKS
They’ve been one of the best teams in the NHL for several years and they’re all too familiar with the pain of losing in the post-season. The blueline has been studded with experience and there’s more grit than ever before among the forwards (and still a lot of talent, too). And this is it for old guys like Claude Lemieux, Rob Blake and Jeremy Roenick. This team is motivated, skilled, experienced and deep. Is it now or never? No. But it’ll sure feel like it if the Sharks fall short once again.

read on

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  Tags: playoffs, stanley+cup

Penalties For Staged Fights

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL’s general managers are hoping to cut down on staged fights.

The GMs would like to see a 10-minute misconduct penalty assessed to players who drop their gloves right after a faceoff.

Referees would also be able to hand out that penalty in other instances where they believe players have engaged in an appointment fight.

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added 3:17pm, from Damian Cox of The Spin Blog at the Toronto Star,

There are those who believe all fighting in hockey is wonderful.

There are those who believe it’s all idiotic.

Then there are those that believe some fighting in hockey is necessary and meaningful while just some of the fights are idiotic.

The NHL knew it couldn’t please the first crowd or the second, so it’s going for the third.

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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.

read on for more topics…

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