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“I think the new rule is a little absurd. It's all a judgment call by the referee. How do you judge how guys are on their balance, how they’re on their skates? What if they’re on one foot and on their turn a guy gets pushed? Does that mean that he has embellished?
“The fact that guys are going to start getting fined for it, I don't agree with that. It’s all the discretion of the referee and you’ve got to try to play within the rules. We’re going to try to find that line, but at end of the day, it’s up to the referees with what they want to call, and you’ve got to live with it.”
-Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins on the diving/embellisment rule. More from DJ Bean of WEEI.
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NELSON, ISLANDERS TOPPLE HURRICANES
Brock Nelson posted a career-high two goals, two assists and four points to lead the Islanders past the Hurricanes in the first half of a back-to-back, home-and-home series.
* Nelson tied a franchise record for points in a season opener; Mike Comrie set the mark with 2-2—4 in his team debut Oct. 5, 2007 at BUF (a 6-4 victory).
* Playing in his first game since Feb. 8, John Tavares collected three assists to match a career high (accomplished seven previous times, most recently Jan. 21 at NYR). He now has 13-12—25 in 19 career games against the Hurricanes, his most goals and points versus any opponent.
* Acquired from the Bruins Oct. 4, Johnny Boychuk scored the Islanders’ opening goal and added two helpers for his first career three-point game. Elias says he also tied a franchise record for points by a defenseman in his team debut; Doug Crossman set the mark with 1-2—3 in his first game with the Islanders Oct. 5, 1989 at MIN.
* Boychuk’s goal came on the power play, just the second such goal in his 322 regular-season appearances. His lone other power-play marker was scored for the Bruins Jan. 18, 2011, also at CAR.
* Two other offseason additions made their mark for the Islanders: Mikhail Grabovski, who signed with the team as free agent, potted the game-winning goal and Jaroslav Halak, who was acquired in a trade May 1, recorded 21 saves for the victory.
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Pronger is bright and has credibility because of his achievements as a Cup winner, five-time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, but allowing him to work for the NHL while still being paid by the Flyers is too big a conflict of interest to be ignored. The NHL should be commended for bringing former players into the disciplinary process. But not this former player while he’s still on a team’s payroll.
-Helene Elliott of the LA Times where you can read more on this topic.
Pronger is a well-spoken, insightful athlete and he has the same commanding presence off the ice as he had on. A rugged player his entire career, Pronger clearly will be able to understand what the accused players were thinking when they committed the act that got them in trouble. This is someone who will bring plenty of experience and wisdom to the office.
Anyone who thinks that hiring Pronger to work in this department is a bad decision simply doesn't know him well enough.
-Kevin Allen of USA TODAY where again you can read more on this controversial hiring.
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
Burke, who’s been mostly silent since pledging to remain in the background as the chief hockey executive of the Calgary Flames, had no problem Thursday arguing the need for fighting in hockey as a purely practical matter.
Whichever end of the P.C. spectrum you may favour, what Burke said in a telephone interview from Toronto is pretty much undeniable.
“What cracks me up is, the disarmament treaty is all in the East,” he said. “I don’t understand it, because you get to the (L.A. Kings-New York Rangers) finals, and what is the one thing that leaped out at you? The Rangers were too small.
“In the West … I mean, we’re going into St. Louis tomorrow. Big, ugly team. You play Anaheim, they’ve always been big and ugly, now they’ve added Kesler, who’s not big and ugly but he’s a grumpy, hostile player. Then you go up to San Jose, they’re historically one of the biggest teams in the league … I said this in a speech the other night: size and toughness, they’re not optional in the West.”
The movement to eliminate fighting, Burke says, is coming from outside the game, not inside.
“The amount of fighting has been significantly reduced, that’s a good thing. We don’t have bench-clearing brawls, we don’t have three-hour games,” he said.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
He will not offer input on incidents involving the Flyers, just to be safe – just as Patrick Burke does not offer input on incidents involving Brian Burke’s team, the Calgary Flames. What about incidents involving other Metropolitan Division teams or even other Eastern Conference teams? Will his Flyers connection cloud his judgment?
“No,” Pronger said. “Absolutely not.”
Why should anyone trust him?
“They don’t have to trust me,” Pronger said. “They can gauge by what I do. But at the end of the day, I’ve got to be honest with you, none of this is my call. Stephane Quintal is the head of the player safety department. He’s the one that ultimately makes the decision. I’m not going to be able to go in there and make them do what I want.”
This could be a great story. Pronger knows what it’s like to be suspended, but he also knows the pain of brain trauma. Asked if his experience with concussions gives him a new appreciation for player safety, he said: “I think it does.” He started to talk about his lingering symptoms. But then he stopped.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
With the Penguins coming into Toronto to face the Leafs on Saturday, the Sun sat down with Crosby for a one-on-one looking back — and ahead — on his prestigious career. Without further ado, we present the fourth edition of Sidney Crosby: Unplugged.
First off, are we to assume that your healing wrist is fine after your three-point night against Anaheim on Thursday?
“I feel great. Healthy. Ready to go.”
You’ve taken a pretty good pounding in the first nine seasons of your career, including concussions. There actually have been claims that, even as you approach the prime of your career, your body is breaking down. How do you address those allegations?
“I don’t know. It’s not really up to me, I’m going to try to play the same way. I don’t know how you avoid that. I mean, you want to play in the Olympics. You want to play in the playoffs. And everything that goes with it. So, I’d much rather be harder on my body and competing than being on the outside looking in watching in April. If that’s a tradeoff, then I’ll take it.”
You’ve taken a physical beating during the playoffs, a time when opposing teams seem to target you even more than normal. How do you deal with that?
“I don’t think you are going to avoid that. I think that’s just the nature of it. It’s a different game, the playoffs. They don’t seem to call those games the same as they do in the regular season. You just have to deal with it, find ways to get through it and find ways to create. It’s team toughness. It’s picking your spots. It’s sticking together. There’s really no set rule....
From the Phoenix Coyotes:
AGREEMENT REACHED FOR ANDREW BARROWAY TO BECOME MAJORITY OWNER OF THE COYOTES
Friday, October 10, 2014
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today an agreement to sell 51 percent of the Arizona Coyotes franchise to Andrew Barroway. The sale and ownership transfer is subject to approval by the NHL's Board of Governors. Once the transaction has been approved and closing has occurred, Barroway will begin to serve as the Coyotes Chairman and Governor.
"This is truly a dream come true for me and my family," said Barroway. "I am extraordinarily grateful for the opportunity of a lifetime and look forward to working and solidifying a strong partnership with the Club's current ownership group.
"As a group we are committed to serving our fans with a new level of excellence and our collective goal is to put a competitive team on the ice every season and, one day, win the Stanley Cup."
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