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Video- Not Sure If Franzen Called Bank Shot On This Goal

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Does Fighting Really Change The Momentum?

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

And yet, there it was again, Rogers Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos saying exactly that just before the Toronto Maple Leafs-New York Rangers game last week. If New York’s Derek Boogaard takes a quick round out of Toronto’s Colton Orr, he said, then the Rangers might be able “to build off the momentum.”

In other words, these people truly believe that fighting can be a factor in the outcome of a game, although there is no more proof to this contention than those of us who deplore fighting are able to prove the game would not only survive but thrive if hockey acted as all other team sports do and severely penalized fighting.

The reality is that fighting is on the rise in hockey and has been since the end of the lockout. Hockeyfights.com, which tracks NHL fisticuffs, had fights early this season running at a rate of 0.78 a game. That means a fight in nearly half the games (43.9 per cent) and, projected to season end, would amount to 540 fights over the 1,230 regular-season matches.

If such a trend held – and it has dipped somewhat this week – this would result in the most fights in any season of the decade.


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Bill Daly Reacts To Recommendation To Outlaw Head Hits

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

Bill Daly, the N.H.L. deputy commissioner, said Thursday that the league is “comfortable with the steps we have already taken” to reduce concussions and had no plans to modify its new head-checking rule.

His remarks came in response to the Mayo Clinic’s recommendation that the N.H.L. outlaw all contact with the head….

“While we see real value in the study, analysis and dialogue that conferences such as these foster, ultimately we have to make our own decisions about what is best for our League and for our players,” Daly said in an e-mail message.



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Looks As If Cole Will Not Be Disciplined For Doughty Hit

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Given the time of day — beyond 4:30 p.m. in the East — it’s highly unlikely that Carolina’s Erik Cole will receive any supplemental discipline for his hit on Drew Doughty last night. Looking at the video clip, it seems clear that the hit was late. The question would be whether it falls into any of the other categories that would qualify it for discipline. Apparently, the league has decided it does not. This morning, I asked Terry Murray whether he had gotten a further look at the hit and what he thought of it.

continue for Murray’s thoughts…

If you missed the announcement earlier, Doughty is out at least a week and the word concussion is being brought up.

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Filatov Shows Some Responsibility

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

This morning, the left winger accepted responsibility for making mistakes and said he appreciated the way Arniel constructively explained the shortcomings. Filatov also took a jab at former coach Ken Hitchcock who he said would bench him at times even when he hadn’t made a mistake.

“I made a couple of mistakes, I didn’t get the puck out of the zone, had a stupid (delay-of-game) penalty,” Filatov said assessing last night’s performance. “Of course I was pretty disappointed. But you get past it and focus on the next game, and you think about it so you don’t make the same mistakes next time.

“When a player is making mistakes, it’s not the best night for him … and it was a close game.”

Arniel said Filatov, who has two assists in five games, did not compete hard enough against the Ducks and he didn’t seem to want the puck. He pointed to Filatov’s delay-of-game penalty, taken early in the second period, when the Russian could have skated the puck out of the zone instead of trying to clear it out of the defensive zone.


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Great news for English speaking Habs fans

Love RDS but wish you could watch the Habs in English more often than, say, the odd Saturday? I carry good news.

TSN announced this afternoon that they are now the exclusive regional English-language broadcaster of the Montreal Canadiens. TSN will carry 24 Habs games this season, and at least 30 over for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

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Lafleur Back To Spreading Goodwill For The Canadiens

from the Toronton Sun,

Hockey legend Guy Lafleur has mended fences with the Montreal Canadiens and has extended his contract as goodwill ambassador for the franchise he led to five Stanley Cups.

Lafleur told a Montreal sports radio show he has signed a deal and was looking forward to continuing to represent the club.

Lafleur, who played with the Canadiens from 1971 to 1985, has been a harsh and public critic of the team at times, brow-beating players and management for their shortcomings.


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News from the Farm: 10/21/10

If you’re looking for an update on Aunt Bessie’s cow, or information on last summer’s harvest, look on.

If, however, you’re looking for news and information on the top minor league affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division clubs, you’re in the right place.

In years past, I would run News from Norfolk as a regular feature on Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate and now, News from the Farm will feature the Charlotte Checkers, Chicago Wolves, Hershey Bears and Rochester Americans along with the Admirals, to follow the progress of the Southeast’s future stars at the AHL level (and, at least for now, Michael Nylander and Sheldon Souray too).

We’ll look at game results, standings, league and team-leading scorers and goaltenders, pick a player of the week, have a glance at the schedule ahead and keep you abreast of any other developments for these players and their clubs.

Thursday seemed as good a day as any for this weekly feature, so that’s where it will be slotted in to start (and this week, as the first installment, there’s plenty of AHL action to catch up on).

Without further delay, News from the Farm:

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Coaches In Trouble?

from Spector at FoxSports,

The current NHL season is only a couple of weeks old but already there’s talk that several struggling teams could consider coaching changes if their fortunes don’t improve soon. Here’s a look at five NHL head coaches who could be in danger of losing their jobs.

John MacLean, New Jersey Devils

When MacLean was promoted from the Devils farm team this summer into their head coaching position it was expected he’d move the club away from their trademark defensive game toward a more offensive style better suited for scoring stars like Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk.


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Points Per Minute

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

There are some ways to look at these numbers and see potential benefits for particular players.

First, if it’s a first-line player like Brad Richards or Steven Stamkos, just keep on keeping on. They’re going to play significant minutes, so there is ample opportunity to put up points.

Then, we come to guys in new locations and some evidence (however little) that it might be working. Nathan Horton, Matt Cullen and Clarke MacArthur are all making a positive impact in their new uniforms.   Brendan Morrison and Andrew Ladd are scoring for their new clubs as well.

What about the grinders who are overachieving? Sure, it’s nice to see Dominic Moore and Marty Reasoner chipping in offensively, but let’s not get too carried away expecting their early offensive surges to continue.

read on

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