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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
“Yeah, things have changed,” Maple Leafs defenceman Wade Belak said. “I came into the league hearing tales of guys who got hammered all the time after a game, some because they were too scared to fly (during the expansion years, when trains became planes).
“Myself, I listened to the great drinking stories of people my dad’s age. I’ve been on teams where there’s a big keg in the room.
“I think everyone still enjoys a nice, cold beer after a game, but now you have to weigh that against the risk to your career, a DUI charge and the chance you’ll really hurt someone.”
The Star Phoenix did a Q & A with former NHL defenseman Brad Marsh,
To me, the new rules and the officiating are ruining the game and they’ve taken those rules and put them in minor hockey. We’re not producing any skilled players at the novice, atom and pee wee levels because three-quarters of the game is spent in the penalty box. I coach minor hockey. Brendan Shanahan talks about this, this and this. He’s never stood behind a minor hockey bench and he’s never run a minor hockey practice. I know what the rules are doing to minor hockey. They’re ruining minor hockey. Period.
more from Marsh…
from the CP via the Hockey News,
Veteran Anaheim Ducks defenceman Sean O’Donnell remembers a time when if one team got a big lead in an NHL game, they eased off the hitting and just tried to get through the night without anyone getting hurt.
Not any more. “What I’m amazed at is a team can be up 6-0 and some of the players on the team that is up are still running guys and doing late hits,” O’Donnell said shaking his head prior to the Ducks facing the Detroit Red Wings Thursday in Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference final.
“It’s gotten bad in the last couple of years. . . . Head shots seem to be more common and late hits.”
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
If the National Hockey League is serious about cutting down on head-hunting — and you can make a good case that it isn’t — then a one-game suspension for Anaheim’s Chris Pronger is simply not enough.
Pronger attempted to perform an on-ice lobotomy on Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom by slamming his head into the glass with a cross-check to the neck. Is it mere coincidence that Holmstrom just happens to be the key to power-play success for the Red Wings, and that by the time the infraction occurred, the game was out of reach?
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from Spector at Fox Sports,
Internet speculation suggests New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez might sign with either the Calgary Flames or Ottawa Senators as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
A quick perusal of the payroll of both clubs, however, suggests such a signing is impossible without either club dumping substantial salary to make room for the anticipated $6 million-plus per season Gomez is expected to command this summer.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
No less a hockey authority then Bill Daly, the Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League agrees.
Now to be perfectly upfront here, Daly, who by the way loves the game as much, perhaps more, than the business of the game, isn’t calling for a change (not yet anyway), but in a brief audio interviewed that is still posted here (KK audio of interview with Bill Daly), a respected hockey blog site, Daly states in no uncertain terms that several of the designs are barely noticeable in terms of perception of being oversized and that they deserve to be looked at, maybe even under game conditions.
“It’s absolutely true with some of the testing we’ve had,” Daly said about the changes not being all that noticeable. “Even keen and ardent observers of the game (admit that) if you’re sitting in the stands you really wouldn’t notice the difference. Adding three or four inches on both sides and whether you add it to the top of the net or not, it’s almost imperceptible from a fan’s standpoint.”
from The Spin, a blog by Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Pronger’s hit was to the head, it was from behind, it drew blood and it had fans in Anaheim baying for more blood given that the Ducks had got Holmstrom, probably the most troublesome Detroit player in the series so far.
Understand this. The NHL adores mayhem. It likes blood. It wants to see players like Holmstrom have their heads split open and bleeding, and to have those “highlights” shown on television throughout Canada and the U.S. It wants hockey to be seen as a sport in which Wes Craven would feel welcome.
Inner Circle Sports’ Rob Tillis discusses the impact of HD, relocation and the young stars of the NHL.
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from the NHL Fanhouse,
I decided to call Babcock’s alma mater, McGill University in Montreal, to figure out what advantage - if any - a background in sports psychology could give a National Hockey League coach. Gordon A. Bloom is a faculty member of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) at McGill, where Babcock studied as an undergrad and graduate student while also playing for the McGill men’s hockey team.
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