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Stop The Fighting In The NHL

from Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated,

Being a fighter in the NHL takes courage. Advocating fighting in the NHL does not. The most courageous thing would be to end the NHL’s Neanderthal Age, to get past the old thinking, to behave as if it were the year 2009 and to make the hockey world a better place.


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Your Questions Answered

Today at NHL.com I answer some of the emails I have received in the last week or so.

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from Jay Onrait of TSN,

A very good friend of mine sent me an e-mail over the weekend that pretty much sums up my feelings about this past weekend’s NHL Skills Competition:

“… half the guys looked like they didn’t care and the other half were trying these things that they couldn’t pull off. Ovechkin won because he put on a hat. It was bad.”

Exactly. Ovechkin won because he put on a hat.

What if Kovalev had put on a bra? Would that have tipped the scales in his favour?


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Forced Sit-Down May Actually Help Wings

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Much was made of the fact that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will not permit either the Detroit Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk or Nicklas Lidstrom from playing in Tuesday’s first game after the break because they skipped Sunday’s All-Star Game, in order to permit minor injuries to heal.

What an unnecessary tempest in a teapot.

In the grand scheme of things, a couple of extra days off for their two veteran stars will help, not hurt, the Red Wings as they prepare to defend the Stanley Cup…

That’s not to fault Bettman for his decision either. Last February, at the semi-annual general managers’ meeting, he made it clear that All-Star Game matters and so the policy going forward was this: If a player opts out, there better be a good reason to do so – or at least an injury significant enough to keep him out of the game just before the break or the game after.

read on

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Bettman & MacLean

Last night Ron MacLean of HNIC had his annual ASG sit-down with Gary Bettman.

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The Bettman Way

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

The bottom line is that Bettman did it his way and it worked. The National Hockey League that was on display here this weekend is a far happier, healthier place than it was in the fall of 2004 when Bettman locked out the NHLPA.

All our dire predictions that Bettman was going to trash the league, that the fans would never come back, that a league like the NHL could never survive another labour stoppage, much less a lost season? Forgotten.

Just like all those hundreds of emails I received during the lockout from fans who declared that they would never, ever buy a ticket to a NHL game again.

Stupid me. I believed them. Bettman didn’t, which is why he is the commissioner and I am an ink-stained media wretch.

read on

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Back To Reality

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

...But that party’s over.

There will still be glorious hockey celebrations – imagine Canada winning two gold medals at next year’s Vancouver Winter Games – but no more spectacular bashes that suggest the revenue streams are as endless as the water that flows here from the Great Lakes.

“We are having a good season,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a news conference here on Saturday.

“It’s a wonder no one threw a shoe at him,” a francophone reporter muttered.


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You Can’t Have It Both Ways

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

Let me get this straight, the league office endorses NHL teams hiding injuries from the media and fans or disclosing them as very vague “upper body” or “lower body” – but its not OK for a player to have one of these slight or near-phantom injuries keep him from attending the corporate elbow-rubbing autograph session known as All-Star Weekend.

Hmmmm. That’s curious.

Does the “H” in NHL stand for hypocrisy?


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The ASG Is Not Going Away But Changes Needed

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The All-Star weekend isn’t going away, though, as much as some reporters might grumble about having to cover things such as the trick shooting event. It’s an important date on the NHL calendar when it comes to corporate schmoozing. And if you’d seen the way the city of Montreal embraced the event—the Bell Centre was packed to watch practice, along with the rest of the events—even the skeptics among us would’ve had to say there’s still a place for it.

But if the All-Star Game is to have its place, the league must deal with problem areas, and chief among them is the players and how they end up there.

If fans want to vote like crazy for their hometown heroes, as they did in Montreal by selecting Carey Price, Mike Komisarek, Alexei Kovalev and Andrei Markov to the starting lineup for Sunday’s game, fair enough.

But let’s stop rewarding the undeserving when the rest of the rosters are filled out.


added 9:46pm, from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

Those of us who grew up watching hockey couldn’t have thought anything less of Gary Bettman than we already did before this past weekend.

But it was remarkable, nonetheless, to see the NHL commissioner turtle on the topic of fighting, give a Canadian player a pass for skipping the all-star game and then turn around and give paying customers a slap in the face by suspending Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk for not taking part in Sunday’s glorified afternoon skate?


added 10:24pm, from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

In future, before anyone bitches, moans and characterizes the All-Star Game as a Mel Brooks-caliber farce and near-total waste of perfectly good eyesight, they ought to attend one in a real hockey city like the home of the Habs.


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Your Thoughts On The ASG

It’s over and soon we will be back to regular season hockey.

The city of Montreal deserves high-fives all around for being such a great host city. 

Now, the games get serious again and the race for the 2nd season is about to begin.

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