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“Clean” Head Hits

from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,

The problem remains, though, that the easy answer isn’t the answer that is easy to sell at the pro level, meaning not everyone is convinced that an automatic penalty for a hit to the head, regardless of the intent, as they do in Ontario junior hockey, is the way to go.

Fact is, a year ago, the NHL’s general managers decided it wasn’t the way to go. When they debated the situation last winter, when there were several more injuries, all agreed they didn’t like to see players getting hurt, but that hockey is also a physical game.

The question was asked, because the league has taken away low hits. If it eliminated hits to the upper body, what would be left?

So, it was decided that as long as the hits to the head are accidental and not a head hunt, then it’s part of the game and players best keep their’s up.

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added 8:50am, from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

In simpler times, Darryl (Sutter), 50, figures Weight would have held up for fear of the inevitable retribution coming his way.

Maybe not on the same shift. Maybe not in the same period. But, at some point, retribution would arrive.

“The game has changed a little bit,” he said. “That’s a legal hit. The player had his head down and he got hit. But would it have happened when we were all playing? Probably not.

“Because that player knew if he was going to do that, it was going to be a long night for him. That’s the difference.”

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The Value Of Your Team

from Michael Ozanian and Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes,

A stronger loonie helps teams north of the border, because they take in revenue in Canadian dollars, but pay their players in U.S. currency. Last season the value of the Canadian dollar increased 15% relative to the U.S. dollar. The average team value rose 10% during the past year, to $220 million. Five of the six Canadian teams —Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers— rose in value more than the league average.

more with all types of sortables lists and fyi, the top 3 valued teams are the Leafs, Rangers and Canadiens.

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Recovering From Super Saturday

How to hold a hockey party… from Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

* Total number of hot wings consumed by the 80 or so guests that invaded my home on Saturday: 482
* Number of trips made to the local Coney Island: 5, and 20 Coney Island hot dogs were brought back each time.
* Pizza, varying sizes and toppings: 24
* Cashews and pistachios consumed: 10 pounds of each, gone by 10 p.m.
* Number of hockey-themed cakes that were brought by guests: 4—and 2 were exactly the same. Must have been bought at the same bakery.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, super+saturday

Canadiens Honor Coaching Greats

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Among the 30-plus head coaches who have worked behind the Canadiens’ bench during the past century, none approaches those who joined the franchise’s Builders Row last night at the Bell Centre. Not even close.

It starts with the numbers for Dick Irvin Sr., Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman, who won a combined 16 Stanley Cups during the 36 seasons they wore the CH on their hearts. I’m talking about coaches who posted a 1,350-678-416 record in 2,444 regular-season games. It’s about their dedication to winning. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s in the admiration they earned for winning as often as they did.

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  Tags: dick+irvin+sr., scotty+bowman, toe+blake

Dealing With Head Shots

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Jim Rutherford was right; so, for that matter, were Guy Carbonneau and Brent Sutter and everyone else who, in the past 48 hours, raised alarm bells about blows to the head — and the fact that the NHL really, truly has a problem on its hands.

What makes their voices more likely to be heard is that all are old-school hockey men — and thus immune from the criticism that changing the rule book (and the mindset) about how to police shots to the head will leech contact out of the game.

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No More Head Hits

from Sean Gordon and Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“The league has to do something,” Carbonneau said after practice yesterday. “This makes no sense to me. Blows to the head shouldn’t be part of hockey.”...

But whether the hits were clean according to the rulebook isn’t the issue for Carbonneau; the risk of serious injury is.

“People said [Sutter] had his head down, but he didn’t have the puck,” Carbonneau said. “I think there’s a lack of respect out there.

“I’ve held a gun in my hands before, but I’ve never used it to shoot anyone. It’s the same thing on the ice.”

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A Look At Weird Hockey Injuries

from Greatest Hockey Legends,

Here’s a look at the top ten weird hockey injuries.

Mikael Renberg

While with the Maple Leafs Renberg acquired a blister on his hand from tying his skate laces.

No big deal, right? Well later the blister became infected and soon Renberg was seriously ill and hospitalized with a dangerously high fever. Doctors were able to treat the infection and normailize his temperature. Doctors later revealed that if the treatments were unsuccessful they were seriously considering amputating his hand in order to save his life.

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Just Trying To Watch

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

6:24pm—I call my cable company to order NHL Centre Ice.  I know, kids.  The host of the NHL on TSN should already have NHL Centre Ice when we’re three weeks into the season.  Except that he just moved and is starting over in life.  Cable life, anyway.


6:48pm—In the worst television development since The View, the cable lady tells me they do not offer NHL Centre Ice.  I laugh out loud at this, because it is clearly a new form of telemarketing where they joke with customers to gain their confidence, then steal all their money.  After all, this is freakin’ 2008.

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Creative Ideas

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Can you imagine what kind of response guys such as Mike Gillis or Brian Lawton would have received last week if they had proposed what Bob Gainey did at the GM meetings in Chicago?

They would have been laughed out of the room and would have been vilified in the media for suggesting the league look at the possibility of penalizing players who leave their feet to block shots. But because the notion came from Gainey, one of the most levelheaded and respected executives in the NHL, the idea is gaining some traction.

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Fighting is Up

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Through the first 119 games played this season, an average of 1.47 fighting majors have been called per game. That’s up from just over one fighting major per game at the same point last season.

So is the NHL concerned? Nope.

“We haven’t really discussed fighting internally for quite some time,” said NHL vice-president Mike Murphy. “When we do talk about it we generally talk about the magnitude of today’s fighters; the size of them and how much power they have. We don’t really worry about the knockout punch; more about the fact a player could hit his head on the ice if he gets punched hard.”

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