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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
... after the Rich Peverley incident last season, the NHL has strengthened its standards further. Each team needs three doctors near the benches at each home game – an orthopedist, a primary care physician and an ER physician – and at least one, if not all, must have current training in ATLS and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
If and when there is another life-threatening emergency – a cardiac incident, a severe laceration, an obstructed airway – there will be an extra layer of expertise and experience to aid in the response.
Nine years ago, it was rare for an ER physician to staff an NHL game, and it was rare for any team physician to have seats behind the bench. Those seats generate lots of hockey-related revenue.
more inlcluding recalling the Jiri Fischer and Peverley incidents...
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Imagine if Deion Sanders could skate with the grace and intensity of an NHLer.
He’d be P.K. Subban, wouldn’t he?
Think about it. While he easily lacks the career body of work of the NFL Hall of Famer — he is, after all, still just 25 — Subban has the mixture of elite skill and flamboyant flair that is unique to very few athletes past and present, Sanders being one of them.
In other words, Prime Time on Skates.
Don’t take our word for it, though. It’s actually a comparison Subban himself has made.
from Ian Mendes of TSN,
Yesterday evening - a few hours after he signed his new contract extension with the Ottawa Senators - Bobby Ryan posted a fairly harmless tweet about the Thursday night NFL game.
@b_ryan9: Oh man. Is Rodgers going to throw for 450 tonight?
The reaction was immediate and harsh. And no, it wasn't from Minnesota Vikings fans who were upset with Ryan's comment about how Aaron Rodgers was carving up their defense. Instead, the first responders to the tweet were a wave of Philadelphia Flyers fans who were crushed that Ryan had chosen to stay with Ottawa instead of becoming a free agent and returning to his hometown near Philadelphia.
A small sampling of the responses:
@SauceItup: @b_ryan9: Are you coming to Philly? Should answer your question. :(
@FlyersNation: @b_ryan9: Why Bobby why
@FlyersTime: @b_ryan9: you betrayed us #flyers
@jDundon29: @b_ryan9: Well well it's Bobby "no Philly" Ryan
So after his media scrum ended this morning, I decided to ask Ryan if he paid much attention to the negativity coming out of Philadelphia since he signed his contract extension 24 hours earlier. He immediately started to laugh and pulled out his phone from his pocket. "Actually, I got to show you the best one, because the picture was so good."
Even though most experts are saying Boston, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis and Anaheim are Stanley Cup challengers, I am not so sure about that.
TheSportsGeek.com hands out betting advice on the NHL and most experts are right more times than wrong but I am going to try to break down some of the contenders for the Cup.
I want to say the Los Angeles Kings will win the Stanley Cup again but I can't.
We all know how hard it is to win back to back Cups and I just feel the Kings just won't get there this year.
I want to say the Chicago Blackhawks will win the Stanley Cup due to the fact they have the players to make it happen.
But I just have a gut feeling the Blackhawks are not going to be as good as most say they will be.
Amongst this afternoon's news, Twitter version:
from Dustin Sprout of Shnarped (Dustin Sproat is a cofounder of Shnarped and played hockey at the junior, collegiate, and minor pro level),
Given I played in the EIHL for a stint, I thought I’d kick off the feature with a little blog about my own experiences in England.
Living in Nottingham while playing hockey for the Panthers was a blast. The arena we played in was top notch and the city itself should be a definite stopover for any tourist visiting England. Much of downtown is pedestrian-only and filled with great pubs, restaurants, shopping, and old school architecture.
But it was the fans that made playing in Nottingham such a great experience. The 9,000-seat arena was nearly full most nights and packed to capacity when the rival Sheffield Steelers came to town. Around town we were recognized regularly and treated like local celebrities. In towns like Sheffield, Cardiff, Belfast, Nottingham, and Coventry, hockey has been around for a long time and has an incredibly passionate fan following, which is one of the main reasons we’re so excited to be adding the league to Shnarped.
In the minors, when you’re typically playing more for the love of the game than for the compensation, the perks you get around town make a big difference. In the East Coast League we’d often get cheap golf or movie passes or 20% off at a local diner. Nottingham’s perks took the cake. Great deals at the Nandos restaurant, basically free movies at the theatre, late night shawarma, and Hooters (Nottingham just so happens to have the only Hooters outside of North America).
“I think if you sit Evander down and have a one-on-one conversation with him, I’d guess the people that would probably say a lot of those [negative] things about him, their minds would change because they realize he is a kind person. He is a good guy, and I think he’s just a little misunderstood. I think he’s handled [criticism] great. Not a lot of personal stuff gets to Evander. I’ve played with him for six years now, and it’s something that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.”
-Zach Bogosian of the Winnipeg Jets on Evander Kane. More on the Jets from Bogosian at Sportsnet.
from Nina Falcone of CSNChicago,
Within the next few days, the Blackhawks will have to deal a player or two to shed the $2.2 million it'll take to get them back under the $69 million cap.
But general manager Stan Bowman has said from the beginning that the team has a good idea of the move they'll make before the start of the season and doesn't want the cap to distract fans from the big season the Blackhawks expect to have in 2014-15.
"(The salary cap's) gotten a lot of attention, and rightfully so," Bowman said on SportsTalk Live. "But what I've tried to say all along is that we're going to get it worked out and we're going to be compliant come (Thursday). It's one of those topics where we've had a lot of discussions internally, we know how we're going to make it work. But I don't want to lose focus of some of the exciting things we're looking forward to next year."...
"We have a very similar group back from last year and we added an elite player in Brad Richards. When you bring someone like that in — he's won a Stanley Cup, he went to the Final just last year — and he doesn't have to be the guy. I think there was a lot of pressure for him in New York and I think he's really relieved in a lot of ways. He's made comments about 'it's just nice to be here, there's a lot of great players on this team and I'm just trying to fit in.'
In case you missed it, the Blackhawks added Dan Carcillo to their training camp roster today.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at CTVNews,
In his 21-plus years as the first official "commissioner" of the NHL, Bettman has overseen expansion, change and booming business. In the process he has also become a popular target for fans because he has shown a willingness to sacrifice games to affect the kind of change he and the owners want.
"The game was unhealthy, the competitiveness wasn't there," Bettman said of the 2004-05 lockout. "We did what we had to do to not have six, eight or 10 years of a mess. We go through these things not because we want to but because we have to get to a point where the game can be healthy."
Now that it's healthy, Bettman doesn't look like an executive on the way out. When Bud Selig steps down and Rob Manfred takes over Major League Baseball, Bettman will officially be the longest-tenured commissioner in North American professional sports -- though he insists because Selig previously had an interim tag that he already is.
"I will be the oldest when he steps down," said Bettman, who says he hasn't considered any kind of a succession plan. "I'm still trying to figure out how I got to be 62 years old."
“Gordie is, in my mind, the greatest ever. His numbers are outrageous and most of that was with the six teams, when it was a lot tougher. I don’t think there’s any question. Play any way you want to play…he was special.”
-Bobby Orr on Gordie Howe. More from Orr by Ken Campbell of The Hockey News including Orr warning the game is too fast.
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