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Blue Jackets Lose Ugly Again

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Final score: Flames 6, Jackets 2. And the four-goal margin doesn’t do justice to the domination.

“We got it handed to us,” Arniel said. “That was as big a meat and potatoes game as you could see from another hockey team. Calgary came out and it was real simple, get pucks in and go bang as much as they could.

“Some of our guys took a step back. We had guys who competed, but we had other guys who, I don’t know if they really wanted a part of that.”

It’s the second time in a week—and second time at home—the Jackets were hammered on home ice.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be all roses here early on,” Arniel said. “Of the six games, two of them have been ugly. I mean, rock bottom ugly.”

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Also in the game last night, Rick Nash took a two-minute highsticking penalty and a few reports state the league will take a look at it.  I tried to find video, but have been unsuccessful.

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When ‘Toe’ Attacks

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens fell behind early, and Cournoyer sat on the bench ... and sat ... and sat. The Forum crowd was unhappy and eventually voiced its displeasure with a chant of “On veut Cournoyer” over and over again.

Eventually, Blake sent Cournoyer onto the ice, and Eric Nesterenko -who Cournoyer was supposed to be checking -quickly scored.

You could see the smoke coming out of Blake’s ears. At the end of the period, Blake walked up to the standing room area and headed directly to a fan whose voice calling for the coach to put Cournoyer on the ice had been heard above all others. Blake wrapped his ham-sized hands around the fan’s throat and started squeezing. It required the combined strength of several Forum ushers to separate the fuming Blake from the fan.

Blake, as it turned out, wasn’t disciplined by the league.

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Jeer The Cheerleaders?

from Jana G. Pruden of the Edmonton Journal,

For hockey fans, it’s either the “the most hideous idea that has come to hockey yet” or a reason to “praise the hockey gods.”

News of an Edmonton Oilers cheerleading team has generated debate around the province, with fans weighing in on whether the team will be a welcome addition to games or an annoying distraction to the action on the ice.

An online petition and Facebook page have been created in opposition to the cheerleading team, which was announced Thursday by the Oilers. The team will perform around Rexall Place before games and during breaks in game play, as well as make community appearances.

Oilers president and CEO Patrick LaForge has said the team will be a source of entertainment for all fans, and will add “a little extra spice and sparkle” to games.

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Danica Patrick Drops The Puck In St. Louis

Plus Danica with a between the period interview.

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  Tags: danica+patrick

Devils Back To Grinding

from Kevin Clark of the Wall Street Journal,

For now, however, it looks like the team has refocused its energy on being the same old Devils. The high-flying line of Mr. Kovalchuk, Mr. Zajac and Mr. Parise has been split up. In a 3-0 win against the Canadiens on Thursday night, the Devils looked like the Devils of old, relying heavily on defense. They took only 20 shots and coach John MacLean praised the team’s stick placement and puck management—buzz phrases that may have been borrowed from the glory days of neutral-zone traps.

“The first seven minutes of the season, we all thought ‘Geez, this is going to be quite a season,’” Mr. Zajac said with a laugh. “After that, we didn’t get away from that [offense], but we just haven’t found a solution for not scoring.”

Mr. Zajac said that some emphasis has been put on speeding up the game, but that the system hasn’t changed dramatically despite the personnel moves that seemed to ensure offense.

“We’d like to win where we make fancy plays, score a lot of goals, make nice moves and make it interesting,” forward Patrik Elias said. “But sometimes you’ve got to keep it simple and grind it out.”

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Evening Line

“My opinion is that everyone has made a big issue out of this and I think there’s other things that are going on in our game that are much more severe, whether it’s headshots—and I keep going back to that—and the lack of action on that. It’s something we’ve seen the NFL start to do and hopefully our league follows suit. The game’s faster, guys are bigger, it would be nice to see if they protected the players a little more.”

-LA Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell on the Rick Rypien suspension.  More from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum.

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  Tags: willie+mitchell

Tough Guy

from Shi Davidi of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

One way or another, the late Bob Probert figured his four children were going to come across the details of his often troubled, sometimes sordid, life….

The brutally frank memoir vividly catalogues his highs and lows, from snorting cocaine he initially dumped into a toilet amid his 1989 arrest for smuggling drugs across the Detroit-Windsor border, to ordering pizzas and cavorting with nurses and other patients during his many trips to rehabilitation centres.

Perhaps the most intimidating enforcer in NHL history, Probert also offers plenty of stories about his on-ice pugilism, using an expletive to describe high-profile rival Tie Domi, while praising Marty McSorley, Stu Grimson and Troy Crowder among others, as honourable fighters.

He also describes NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as “an *#$%@&, a frikkin’ *#$%@&” who has “ruined the game of hockey,” and is “supposed to speak for the good of the league, but in my opinion, he’s strictly behind the owners.” Probert adds how he fooled league-mandated drug testing by providing inspectors with clean urine samples he’d warmed in the microwave.

read on

Tough Guy: My Life on the Edge is available at Amazon.com (affiliate link).

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How To Build A Hockey Team

from Ryan Poplichak of Puck Prospectus,

In order to gain some insight into this dilemma, I accumulated information for every team in the NHL over the last 3 seasons, which gives us 90 team seasons as data points. While this is still a small sample, at least it’s relevant in terms of today’s salary cap climate and represents the summation of 7,380 team games played.

For each team I combined wins, losses, overtime losses, total points, goal differential, +/- rates for even strength, 5-on-4, 4-on-5 and a variety of positional data.

The positional data used was the cap space allocated to each team’s top 6 forwards, top 4 defensemen and goaltenders. I also included the combined GVT for those top-paid positional players as well as a combined GVT for the best-performing players on that team. Obviously, the highest paid players aren’t always the best performers on the team, so I wanted to capture both.

First and foremost, I was hoping to understand if paying higher salaries at any position helps rack up points in the standings.

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The Rypien Aftermath

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Ultimately, what surprised me most in the aftermath of this matter was how Rypien’s conduct raised a separate, but parallel issue - that is, how much should boorish fan behaviour be factored in as a mitigating circumstance. For example, ESPN’s SportsNation conducted a poll and discovered that an astonishing 37 per cent of respondents believe there might be a legitimate reason for a player to attack a fan. More than one in three!

E-mail traffic was similarly provocative. While a lot of people saw it the way Bettman did - as a black-and-white issue - some wanted to use the incident as a forum on the conduct of fans at sporting games, and how sick and tired they were/are of having to tolerate the drunken musings of the loudmouth in the next row, who is constantly spilling beer; using profanity within earshot of their children; and generally acting in a way that makes them vow never to spend $100 or more to enjoy (!?) the live fan experience.

read on plus a few more NHL topics…

 

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  Tags: rick+rypien

What Is Yahoo Thinking?

As the Forechecker pointed out in a tweet,

It’s a sad week for sports writing. First, WaPo hooks up with Bleacher Report, now Yahoo features “Associated Content”

Want an example? 

The Red Wings fans are some of the least knowledgeable, obnoxious, arrogant group of wannabe hockey fans I’ve ever had the displeasure of meeting. They are more interested in getting drunk at the games than to actually watch the game. I guess if my team was as boring as Detroit’s I would just drink instead too. When the fans are good and drunk and want to show their Red Wings some love, they throw Octopus out onto the ice. Sometimes the octopus is alive, sometimes it isn’t; either way, it’s just another stupid thing Detroit Red Wings fans do. I hate the Detroit Red Wings and their obnoxious fans. The Red Wings have the worst hockey fans and the worst hockey team

if you wish, you can read more....

added 5:03pm, A little about the author- a retired police officer and freelance wrtiter, plus she is looking for work.

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  Tags: yahoo

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