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from Mike Casey of In the Crease at Newsday,
The topic of banning fighting permanently is expected to be discussed during this week’s general manager meetings in Naples, Fla. And while it doesn’t appear the ban has sufficient support to come into law, you never can tell what maneuvers Gary Bettman will pull in his crusade to rid the game of one of the things fans love most about it.
And so we present to you Part I of our compilation of the Top 10 hockey fights from the 2008-09 season (with some bonus videos thrown in). We’ll tackle Nos. 6-10 today and the top five Thursday at noon. Enjoy them now while you can:
read on to watch the fights…
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
At the very least, the NHL general managers owed it to the game to take the issue of fighting seriously, not slough it off with some ridiculous proposed tweak to the current rules.
They could have done something about unnecessary fighting and did nothing.
They could have done something about helmets that fly off to easily — is there anything simpler than tightening a chin strap? — and did nothing.
They could have taken the NHL Players’ Association’s sensible suggestions for dealing with hits to the head … and did nothing.
Let us hope the NHLPA can still do this through the league’s competition committee, even if the GMs don’t like it.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It’s one thing for a player to be shadowed on the ice by a checker, the way Jaromir Jagr was for a time by Jay Pandolfo, or Bobby Hull was by a pest named Bugsy Watson.
It’s quite another thing, however, for a player to be shadowed on the ice by game officials, the way that Sean Avery has been by referees and linesmen alike throughout the first three games of his return to the Rangers.
The NHL is on trial here every much as is Avery, the man Gary Bettman suspended for saying bad words on television, but whose television partners have no trouble exploiting to attract and keep viewers.
Ron Wilson ‘addresses’ Leafs beat-man Howard Berger after last night’s victory over the Islanders.
Howard Berger of Fan590 responds…
If there is one thing, among many, that I’ve learned in my first season around Ron Wilson, it’s that the coach of the Maple Leafs doesn’t react well to criticism. That’s not to suggest the other Leaf coaches I’ve had experience with in the past 20 years enjoyed being challenged, but Wilson takes it as a particular affront — mainly because of his heightened sensitivity to all things media.
“We won finally and that’s a real good thing. We’ll take the win, but I’m disappointed in the way we carry ourselves. We’re a club that’s won a lot of hockey games for a reason. We should be playing with a lot of confidence. We’ve earned the opportunity to be confident and to play confident and make the right plays at the right time. But right now we’re fragile.
“Hopefully this gets us out of it. I’d like to see some guys step up and swing the bat. When the games on the line, they want to be up to bat, hit the single or the double that scores the winning run rathern than walking and getting to first.
“I want to see guys take the challenge on a little bit more.”
-Sharks coach Todd McLellan after defeating the Wild in OT last night. More on the Sharks from David Pollak of Working the Corners.
Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings on occassion answers questions from fans..
Questions: 1. Does Justin Williams seem to be fitting in with the team and his new teammates? 2. Are you surprised by the play and consistency of Wayne Simmonds? 3. Do you think we will make the playoffs next year? 4. If you could sign one free agent in July who would you sign?
Answers: 1) I’m only around the players for a very limited time every day, but I took Williams’ interest in ping-pong to be a good sign. He’s interacting. 2) Yes, very surprised, and you used the correct word with ``consistency.’’ I’m very impressed with his ability to maintain a solid level of play deep into the season. The fact that he made the team out of camp was surprising. The fact that he’s still going strong in mid-March is highly impressive. 3) Yes, I think that’s a reasonable projection. 4) Michael Cammalleri. Just kidding. Marian Hossa.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Early in last night’s third period, before either team had scored, Tim Thomas left his crease, scurried behind his net, and played the puck. As he turned to skate back into position, Columbus forward Jiri Novotny barreled into the Bruins goalie’s chest with so much force that his mask flew off.
Thomas’s nontraditional headgear (he calls it a “mage,” being that it’s half-mask, half-cage) clattered to the ice, the chin cup and the strap that holds it in place snapping off. Thomas went to the bench for repairs, but when the strap couldn’t be snapped back into place, he had to settle for Manny Fernandez’s mask - an in-game switch that any netminder would find uncomfortable.
“You can ask any goalie,” Thomas said. “It’s not fun to use anybody else’s stuff. You’re used to your own. But whatever. That’s hockey. Fortunately, Manny must have a fairly large head, too. With most goalies, I couldn’t fit their mask on.”
In a game in which the Bruins felt they couldn’t catch any breaks, Columbus scored the winning goal with Thomas wearing Fernandez’s mask.
continue for more on the game…
via the Dallas Stars Blog,
Stars forward Mark Parrish put his head down to control a pass from Brian Sutherby when he was blindsided by hard charging Jay McKee at center ice. The highlilght reel hit sent Parrish crumbling to the ice. He got to his knees, tried to get up but instead waited for assistance.
fromn John Glennon of the Tennessean,
There were a couple of hard-hitting bouts in the opening period, with the Predators coming out on top in both. Wade Belak buckled Donald Brashear with a straight left and dropped him to the ice, while Jordin Tootoo turned Matt Bradley’s face into a bloody mess — cutting Bradley’s nose badly and giving him a black eye to boot.
“We have guys that can battle each and every night and that’s part of our team,’’ Tootoo said. “We play physical and bring it all.’‘
Brashear didn’t return after the fight and might have sprained a knee when he fell to the ice.
more on the Preds including some Radulov talk…
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Montreal Canadiens forward Georges Laraque is outraged by recommendations made by general managers participating in the annual NHL GM meetings in Naples, Florida.
“All of their recommendations are a joke!” Laraque charged after reading the NHL’s plans on TSN.ca….
It’s that proposed penalty - a 10-minute misconduct - which really angers Laraque.
“Stupidest thing ever!” Laraque told TSN. “I think it’s a joke. They might as well take fighting out of the NHL…fighting won’t be safer; it will be eliminated because an added 10 minute misconduct is too much.”
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