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St. Louis’ David Perron has missed 13 games since a Joe Thornton hit on him, giving him a concussion. It was a good hockey hit, the type players grow up learning. Still, Thornton had to be suspended. You can’t take that hit out of the game, but the league has to try; concussion prevention simply hasn’t kept up with the strength of players.

-Jake Leonard of the San Francisco Chronicle

If you need a refresher, watch the hit below….

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Born To Be A Canadien

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Like Richard before him, when the Canadiens and Lafleur won, Quebec won. When Lafleur scored goals in a way only he could, Quebec scored. When Lafleur and the Canadiens brought home Stanley Cups five times in the spring, all of Quebec hitched a ride on their float as it inched along Ste. Catherine St.

When he gathered his legs beneath him deep in his zone for the start of one of his rink-length rushes, Lafleur conjured up visions of the best and most exciting players in NHL history.

When his speed and puck-handling swept him beyond one man and then another, there was no other NHLer like him.


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Toronto Still Paying For Kessel Trade

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

If the season ended today, the Bruins would land another lottery pick, since the Leafs entered play Saturday 28th overall in the 30-team league.

“If it happens, it happens,” Seguin said, breaking into a wry grin.

“We’ll see how it works out.”

Thus far, it has worked out well.

All because Burke, rightly or wrongly, believed so strongly in Phil Kessel.

When Burke coughed up first-round picks in 2010 and 2011 plus a second-round selection in order to snag Kessel, it never entered his mind his Leafs would finish in the bottom five of the 2009-10 standings.

That being the case, he must be in a state of shock to find his team dwelling among the bottom feeders for a second-consecutive season.


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Make One Change

The Globe and Mail hockey writers answer this question…

If we gave you the power to immediately change one NHL rule, which one would you alter and why?

That’s a no-brainer. I would make fighting a penalty. Plain and simple. To pretend it is a “penalty” under today’s rules is an absurdity. It’s a “reward,” plain and simple. You and I drop our gloves, stop the game, disrupt the flow, flail away at each other for a while, and then we both head off to sit in the penalty box to count up our majors and the game goes back on as if nothing in the world happened. No one is shorhanded, neither team is down a player—nothing, absolutely nothing.

But what’s worse is that these enforcers and fighters get to tally up their “majors” as if they are somehow equal to goals and assists or shutouts, the measures of excellence that apply to the other players on the ice….

Eric Duhatschek
I’d make all hits to the head a penalty. Under the current half-in, half-out rule that’s on the books (where blindside hits are punished, but not those delivered straight on), there is too much confusion about what does and does not constitute a penalty; and more than anything else, still too many concussive blows delivered to the heads of unsuspecting players.



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Blue Jackets In A Slump

from Tom Reed of Puck-Rakers,

Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel and his staff find themselves at their first significant crossroads.

After starting the season 14-6, the Jackets have lost four straight and look like a disjointed and distracted bunch. Last night, they were routed 5-0 by the Buffalo Sabres in HSBC Arena. They were never in the game on the way to being shut out for the first time this season.

How bad was it? Their best player was Mathieu Garon, a goaltender who allowed five goals. If not for Garon, who stopped 32 shots, including a pair of breakaways, the low-scoring Sabres might have reached double digits….

“We got our butts kicked, plain and simple,” Jackets defenseman Mike Commodore said. “We weren’t ready to go.”

read on and the game was pretty chippy, watch the highlights below…

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Video- Word Is The NHL Will Be Taking A Look At This Callahan Elbow

Ryan Callahan received two minutes for throwing this elbow at the Islanders Frans Nielsen.

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In Preparation For The BOG Meeting

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

As the league’s board of governors prepares to meet Monday and Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Fla., it’s clear that not only are the Canadian teams propping up much of the rest of the league — four of the top eight attendance teams are Canadian, while the bottom 10 are all American — they’re the teams that are elevating franchise values at the same time many clubs in U.S. cities are dragging those values down.

Indeed, while Canadian teams are being sold for record amounts, more than a few U.S. clubs either can’t find a buyer or are unable to attract decent bids….

While longtime stalwarts like Hotchkiss and Detroit’s Mike Ilitch have reduced their activity at the board level, individuals like Minnesota owner Craig Leipold are being viewed as rising power brokers. It’s intriguing that while Leipold’s stock rises, Dallas owner Tom Hicks, owner of a team that moved from Minnesota, is set to sell his club because of financial problems.

While the Avalanche struggle, there’s movement afoot to build a new area in that team’s former home, Quebec City, and attract a new NHL club.


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Markov Out For The Season

MONTREAL  – The Montreal Canadiens announced Friday that defenseman Andrei Markov will undergo a knee surgery on Wednesday, December 8. The surgery, to repair a meniscus and reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), will be performed in Alabama by doctor James Andrews.

“We are very confident that Andrei will be able to fully recover from this injury,” said Canadiens’ general manager Pierre Gauthier.

The 31-year old Russian defenseman will not return this season. Markov suffered a knee injury during a game on November 13 against Carolina at the Bell Centre and missed the team’s last nine outings.

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Dangerous Blind-Sided Hits

Dr. Ruben Echemendia, the Director of the NHL/NHLPA Concussion Working Group, talks about the danger of blind-sided hits.

from the Chris Johnston of the CP at TSN,

The number of concussions reported by NHL players remains unchanged from last season despite the league’s attempt to reduce the injury by creating a rule outlawing blindside hits to the head.


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Report- Rinne Out Up To A Month With A Knee Injury

via Bryan Mullen tweet,

Rinne out 2-4 weeks with left knee injury, per a Predators official.

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