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If the players truly cared something would have changed by now. After the lockout the NHL changed the rules on obstruction and the players adjusted.
The style of play has changed. Players have to block shots, grind along the boards and play a more physically taxing defensive game and they have changed to the demands of their coaches. But for some reason they can’t resist trying to tear their opponents head off.

So from now on, I’m out! I will no longer condemn, fret about or defend dangerous hits because it is an exercise in futility. I will no longer try to read a players intent. I will no longer argue with other so called experts about player positioning on the rink and roll my eyes at the “ya gotta keep your head up” arguments. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter what the media, broadcasters and fans do or say. The players simply don’t get it or don’t want to get it, which I think is closer to the truth. So have at it boys, knock yourselves out, literally!

- Drew Remenda, TV color analyst for the San Jose Sharks.  More from Drew on this topic…

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Canadiens React to the Chara Hit

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News:

“What people are upset in this room is that I guess he drove the elbow through the head with an intent to injure kind of thing,” Cammalleri said. “I don’t think Chara premeditated this, but from experience when a player gets under your skin for whatever reason, you remember it and you notice when he’s out there. You know whom you’re playing against. Especially a divisional opponent because you’re so familiar. You can almost tell by the movements of a player. There’s a lot of tells, from what brand of stick they’re using to how they tape it.”

Canadiens goalie Carey Price said the history between Chara and Pacioretty probably played a part. In a Jan. 8 game between the Canadiens and Bruins, Pacioretty scored in overtime, then shoved Chara out of the way, which was the genesis of the hard feelings between the two players.

“Well that’s the whole thing,” Price said. “They do kind of have a history and that adds fuel to the fire. The only person who knows is (Chara).”

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Brad Richards Expected Back Tonight

From Mark Stepneski at ESPNDallas:

Dallas Stars center Brad Richards, who has missed the last 10 games because of concussion-like symptoms, skated with the team and is expected to return to action Wednesday night, coach Mark Crawford said.

“As for right now, he is scheduled to play and we’re very pleased about that,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said. “We’ve been playing extremely well without him lately, but anytime you can add a player of his ilk into your lineup, it’s a very, very favorable situation.”

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Pacioretty Update

from TSN,

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a fractured vertebrae on Tuesday, according to Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin.

“Max Pacioretty has a severe concussion, as well as a fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrae, but it’s not displaced,” Martin said. “Max will remain at the hospital for further observation. There will be no other prognosis for the time being, but he will obviously be out indefinitely. The most important thing for our organization right now is Max’s recovery. We will continue following recommendations from the doctors and of course, Max and his immediate family would appreciate privacy in this matter.”

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Bylsma Gets A Contract Extension

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
 
Bylsma, 40, led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009 and has his team in the hunt for the top spot in the Eastern Conference this year despite an injury-depleted lineup.
 
“Dan has very quickly established himself as one of the best coaches in the National Hockey League,” Shero said. “He has been a perfect fit for our organization since day one, and we look forward to having him leading our team for the next three seasons.
 
“I think what we’ve been able to accomplish so far his season, even with players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal out of the lineup for extended periods of time, is a testament to his coaching system, his adaptability, and his composure under pressure.”

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Matt Cooke- The Man Everyone Loves To Hate

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

There is actually much to admire in Cooke’s game. He has won a Cup, scored at least 10 goals in nine of the past 10 seasons—he scored 15 last year with essentially no power-play time—and made himself invaluable on the penalty kill. In his first game back from suspension, he cashed in a shorthanded goal in a 3—2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago on Feb. 20. (He is tied for the NHL lead with six shorthanded points.) Cooke is an actual player, unlike the Islanders’ Trevor Gillies, who is one of three skaters in the past 10 years to have more than 100 penalty minutes in fewer than 100 minutes of ice time. ...

Cooke might even qualify as an impact player, but his impact is most apparent at the point of contact. With good checks and bad, with hits that stretched rules and in one memorable case rewrote them, Cooke has earned a great living and a poor reputation. He has devastated the careers of star players.

much more but worth a read…

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Is This Called Sending A Message?

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Then, Avalanche coach Joe Sacco, for zero reason, shamefully throws out pugilist David Koci and agitator Cody McLeod with 3 1/2 seconds left in a 5-2 game (Avs losing).

Well, what do you think happened?

First, McLeod two-handed Warren Peters so hard on the left leg immediately after the faceoff, Peters was shaking his leg back into his zone. Then McLeod goes into the corner and took a needless run at Marek Zidlicky, the Wild’s very banged-up offensive defenseman who is playing with a significant injury and tonight was playing despite missing much of the second period with an obvious hand injury.

It was just a bush-league move by an Avs’ coach who’s spent the entire second half making ridiculous decision after ridiculous decision for a team that’s 1-14-2 in their past 17.

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The NHL Is Walking A Very Fine Line

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Thanks to the Twitterverse, reaction was instantaneous. Canadiens fans wanted Zdeno Chara arrested, while Bruins supporters dismissed it as a love tap (as usual, the most gutless were profane in their disagreement, secure in the knowledge they could safely slur over the Internet). People without Montreal or Boston logos in their avatars lacked any kind of consensus. And after watching several different replays many different times, I can’t say Chara deliberately tried to injure Pacioretty.

But that’s the NHL’s biggest problem right now. What’s made it better than ever has also made it more dangerous than ever.

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Following Up on the Chara Hit

From Bob McKenzie at TSN:

To me, it looked as though Chara was compensating for potentially being beaten to the outside by Pacioretty and after the puck had been advanced up the ice, the big defenceman attempted to rub the Canadien winger into the boards.

But here’s the bottom line for me. Chara was rightfully assessed an interference penalty on the play. Because of the obvious injury, it was a five-minute major.

Certainly, if the partition weren’t there, it would have been no more than a two-minute minor for interference and there almost assuredly would have been no injury on the play. But the partition was there and, ultimately, Chara is responsible for the outcome. He made an illegal play that caused injury and even if there was an absence of malice, Chara is still responsible.

More here, with McKenzie’s prediction about suspension.  (Video available on this earlier post, for anyone who missed it.)

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Video- Bettman Talks Phoenix Situation

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