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Now The Players Must Decide

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Mark it down: March 10, 2010.

It was on this day that the National Hockey League took its foot off the macho gas pedal of all-out combat, and told its players that it’s OK to tap on the brakes once in a while, when a hit starts looking like it might be a little too dangerous.

Now, how long until we see the first Matt Cooke or Colby Armstrong bear down on a first-liner from the other team, then suddenly pass the hit up?

That’s one we’ll have to see to believe, because culture shifts don’t happen over night. And this is a major culture change inside the National Hockey League.

“Yes,” confirmed the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brian Burke. “Now, if you’re the hitter you have to make a choice. You can still hit that guy, but you can’t target his head. And sometimes, you’re just going to have to avoid the hit altogether.”

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Dallas Stars TV Streak Comes To An End

from Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page,

Got some interesting tidbits from the Stars about this Sunday’s game not being on carried on local TV. It ends a pretty impressive streak for the team.

*It will end a streak of 1,101 consecutive Stars games (including playoff games) televised in Dallas/Fort Worth.

*974 of those broadcasts were regular season games and 127 were playoff games.

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Report- No Suspension For Cooke

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Matt Cooke is not being suspended by the NHL for his hit on Marc Savard. Penguins have been informed of that by the league.

added 2:39pm, again from a McKenzie tweet,

Colie Campbell explaining his decision now. Said it was a matter of consistency. No suspension for Richards. No suspension for Cooke.

added 2:41pm, In case you haven’t seen the hit or want to review it, watch the video here.

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  Tags: matt+cooke

Goalie Issues Heading Towards The Playoffs

from Mike Broply of Sportsnet,

If the NHL playoffs were to start today, how many of the 16 qualified teams would be 100 percent happy with goaltending?

There are a precious few teams that will enter the playoffs completely comfortable with the situation. In the Eastern Conference, you could make the case only the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres are completely at ease with the men entrusted to keep the puck out of the net….

In the Western Conference, the Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche should be comfortable with its stoppers. You could probably lump the Los Angeles Kings in that category thanks to the wonderful year Jonathan Quick is enjoying, even though he has only played in one NHL playoff game.

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The Yzerman Resume

from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,

If I was handing Yzerman the keys to my franchise, I’d be much more encouraged by the fact he’s apprenticed as vice-president, hockey operations for a Detroit management team that has long set the standard for how successful clubs are run.

Being an NHL GM has become a more complex, intricate vocation as the salary-capped years float on by. Certainly many of the responsibilities can be delegated to people with acumen in a given field, but there’s still far more information to synthesize in the decision-making process than ever before.

Mark Messier will soon set about putting together Canada’s entry at the 2010 World Championship. If he can follow Yzerman’s victorious lead, does that fully endorse his ability to put winning pieces in place in the NHL? It sure doesn’t hurt. More than anything, it would thrust him into a positive spotlight and get his name in the heads and on the lips of people who make big decisions at the NHL ownership level.

But that same group of people can’t get blinded by the bling. Cutting down a tree with a chainsaw is a far different exercise than hacking through oak with an axe.

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  Tags: steve+yzerman, team+canada

Chelios Back In The NHL

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Chris Chelios is back in the NHL. An NHL source told SportingNews.com on Wednesday morning that the 48-year-old defenseman will be called up by the Atlanta Thrashers from their AHL affiliate.

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The Lateral, Back Pressure Or Blindside Hit

from TSN,

After three days of meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, the National Hockey League’s general managers have put forward a recommendation for a rule change to address hits to the head in league games.

The following language was agreed to unanimously by the group:

“A lateral, back pressure or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and or the principal point of contact is not permitted.

A violation of the above will result in a minor or major penalty and shall be reviewed for possible supplemental discipline.”

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Morning Line

With a twist.  Who said this?

“I’ve been under-appreciated my whole career, but that’s helped me to keep my head small.  But I made it to an All Star game and I’ve had some good years.”

Answer is...

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Are The Wings A Tired Team?

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

For the first time in two decades, it’s looking increasingly possible that the Stanley Cup playoffs will be held without the Wings.

Squandering a 2-1 third period lead, Detroit fell 4-2 to the Flames Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena, and as a result, tumbled to ninth overall in the National Hockey League’s Western Conference, one notch below the final playoff spot.

In a game in which the Wings knew a win would solidify their hold on a post-season position, they once again liquefied their assets at the most critical time.

After watching his team pull the chute, Wings coach Mike Babcock pulled no punches.

“We didn’t respond with a good enough effort,” Babcock said.

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When It Comes Playoff Time, Good Offense Better Than Good Defense

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sport Bog,

Sure, playoff hockey is different. Sure, you’re not going to win a Cup with a shaky goaltender or a rickety defense. That said, a good offense has seemed a better predictor of playoff success than a good defense in recent years.

If my math is correct, each of the four post-lockout Cup winners ranked at least sixth in regular-season goals scored. Only one of them ranked in the top six in regular-season goals against.

In two of the past three years, the regular-season scoring champion advanced to at least the conference finals.

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