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by Paul on 04/05/06 at 06:58 PM ET
Kevin Allen of USA TODAY and also the President of the NHL Writers Association was just on Detroit radio. He said he has been trying to work with the NHL all year long about reporting injuries. Kevin said it is getting "cartoonish" with all of these upper and lower body injury reports. He said the NHL is taking a "player privacy" stance and they are not willing to force teams to report the specific injury. Kevin noted there are teams that would be more than willing to report an injury, but if one team refuses, then they might as well not report it either.
Allen stated it is so easy to get an injury report during the playoffs, just go to the opposing team and someone there knows exactly what the injury is. He feels the NHL owes it to their fans to force the teams to start reporting and will continue to work on it.
Kevin also mentioned we will not be seeing as many power plays in the playoffs; players know what they can get away with now and they will basically play the same way during the playoffs. He was asked if penalty calls will get overlooked as the games get more important- Kevin said he hopes not but he thinks they will. Also mentioned a message needs to be sent to players about the recent knee to knee hits, but the NHL has turned the other cheek.
Yzerman was brought up and Kevin says the talk of the league is the play of Yzerman. He cannot believe the type of game he is playing these days and should not even consider retirement now, but Steve has given no indication on what his plans are.
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