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from Mark Moore at the Toronto Star,
The reason why the NHL and its players are resisting a simple ban on all hits to the head is this: Bodychecking is part of hockey, and it isn’t just for show or intimidation. Defending in hockey depends on playing the body. Playing the puck is too risky, because skilled players can move it around and leave you chasing air. You defend by stopping the puck-carrier with body contact as far from your net as possible….
However, I believe there are ways to eliminate the problem of hits to the head. Here is my proposal, fully explained:
1. Create a rule banning “high hits” the way we ban high sticks. A high hit could be defined as:
a) Any time a player leaves his feet to make a check;
b) Any part of the checker’s arm being extended above his own shoulder prior to or at the moment of impact;
via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Will Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke be reunited with Ducks D Chris Pronger? That’s the whisper this weekend. There’s a strong belief that if the Ducks fall out of playoff contention in the Western Conference, GM Bob Murray might move the former all-star defenceman. While the Leafs are trying to rebuild, it might make sense to bring in a seasoned blueliner like Pronger, especially if Tomas Kaberle is sent packing at the March 4 trade deadline.
Is the clock ticking on Canucks coach Alain Vigneault? While the Canucks remain in a playoff position at No. 7 in the West, they’re just 2-4-4 in their last 10—with C Mats Sundin added to the lineup. Things have been mostly good since GM Mike Gillis took over, but the word out of Vancouver is Vigneault doesn’t have long to get the club’s act together.
In another report by Garrioch, he writes…
Detroit GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com that Lidstrom has been dealing with tendinitis in his knee.
You see folks, that is how rumors start! It is actually an elbow problem Bruce, not a knee.
Transcript courtesy of the NHL
Q. Can you describe exactly how the discussions about a possible trade, whether to Montreal or anywhere else, have unfolded for you? Who told you, how those conversations have gone, and what your thoughts are about that?
VINCENT LECAVALIER: I can’t remember those three, four days. I remember we were in California. It was a pretty hectic couple of days. Usually there’s rumors, but this one seemed that it had a lot of legs on that one.
So, no, I was just getting a lot of calls from parents, from family and friends. But it was just all rumors until obviously talking a little bit about it with the team and everybody knows here. And what the League came up with was obviously that if something was to happen, they would come to me and ask me or come up with a list or something like that.
It’s basically what you guys know.
Transcript courtesy of the NHL.
Q. Just, I guess, a comment from you on your decision to come here this weekend. There’s been some talk that perhaps if you didn’t come, you wouldn’t be eligible to play in the Penguins’ next game.
SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, my plan was to come here from the moment that I decided that I wasn’t going to be able to play due to injury. I’d had a talk with Gary Bettman as to the capacity of me being here, what it was going to be.
I obviously wanted to be here, but still want the focus to be on the guys that are here, too, and not the fact that I’m coming.
I’m happy to be a part of it. I’m probably not here playing like I would like to be, but it’s the second-best thing and I’m happy to be here anyway.
Q. Pavel Datsyuk and Nick Lidstrom will be kept out of their next game on Tuesday evening. How do you feel about that? And did you and Gary discuss that if you didn’t come and take part in some of the events, that that would be the issue for you? And I think you play Wednesday next week.
GLENDALE, Ariz.—- The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that Jeff Shumway has resigned as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the club. Shumway has relinquished his duties in order to focus solely on managing the other business ventures of team owner Jerry Moyes as president of Deer Valley Capital. Shumway had served as CEO of the Coyotes since joining the organization on April 13, 2006.
Moyes will now serve as the Coyotes’ Governor on the National Hockey League (NHL) Board of Governors. Coyotes President and Chief Operating Officer Douglas Moss and Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Maloney will now report directly to Moyes.
Commenting on these changes, Jerry Moyes stated, “Jeff has done a great job in managing the team for me but right now I need him to focus on some of my other projects. Doug Moss and Don Maloney have the team moving in the right direction and I will work closely with them as we move forward.”
from Andrew Ryan of the Globe and Mail,
Canonized by hockey purists, reviled by fans of opposing teams, the Canadiens are a professional sports institution, here and abroad. Travel anywhere in the world and you’ll find someone wearing the red, white and blue of Les Habs.
Hockey’s most storied team receives the tribute treatment in The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years, 100 Stars (tonight, CBC at 9 p.m.). A TV appetizer to this weekend’s NHL All-Star programming, the documentary parallels the timeline of the Canadiens with the history of Montreal itself. Neither the team nor the city could ever be accused of being boring.
Ducks defenseman Kent Huskins had a CT scan on Thursday which revealed his fractured right foot was not healing up to the doctor’s expectations. Earlier today, Huskins had surgery to stabilize the fracture by inserting two screws into the ankle. The surgery was performed by Dr. Ken Jung at the Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles. Huskins will be out an additional 4-6 weeks.
Glasnost! Perestroika! You see, there’s no animosity between Pittsburgh Penguins star Evegni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. They’re like two little Fonzies, those two. Look at those vice-like grips; it’s like they can’t let go.
continued with pictures…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
A lot of times, a team will hold an injured player out of the final week before the all-star game just to give him that little bit of extra healing time – and not take a chance on aggravating a problem in his first game back. So, for example, the Bruins figure that both Milan Lucic, who also skipped the YoungStars Game because of a shoulder problem, and Andrew Ference, who has been out since before Christmas with a broken leg, will be back in the line-up once the break ends. So too will be Montreal’s Chris Higgins (shoulder) and Chicago’s Duncan Keith.
many more hockey topics…
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Pittsburgh has no intention of testing NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s threat to suspend those who choose not show in Montreal for this weekends All Star festivities.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is en route to Montreal and will arrive early this afternoon to fully participate in all off-ice All Star activities.
The NHL says it will enforce an understanding that all players who decline to show after being named to the All Star must miss at least one game before or one game after the All Star weekend.
If so, Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom may be forced to sit the Red Wings next game if they don’t immediately change their All Star break plans and report to Montreal.
added 1:34pm, A2Y has some updated information…
Update 3:01pm ET (alanah): Datsyuk and Lidstrom both suspended for one game—details at ESPN. Note that this policy does not thus far impact the YoungStars game, according to Scott Burnside’s report.
added 3:51pm, via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
I just now was told by an NHL spokesman that Lidstrom and Datsyuk “are sitting out (Tuesday) due to ‘nagging injuries,’ which will preclude them from participating in the first game following the break.”
So sitting out, suspension, same result except they don’t have to hand over suspension money.
*original post time was 12:14pm.
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