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Flopping - A Bad Word In The Hockey World

from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,

“You can almost feel it creeping in,” Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. “This is something we can’t let go on any further, in my opinion.”

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett has seen it happen over the course of the regular season. So has New York Rangers coach John Tortorella, who just accused the opposing New Jersey Devils of embellishment in the Eastern Conference finals.

“I can’t really disagree with him,” Philadelphia Flyers star Danny Briere said. “They did the same thing to us.”

The subject brings a look of disgust on Shane Doan’s face.

“I don’t think anybody in hockey thinks this should be anywhere in our sport,” Doan said. “We’ve always taken pride in not doing that, not being that way. You get up and get off the ice.

“In this sport, you hear the legendary stories of guys who came off the ice cut up and bleeding all over the place. They get up and they keep going. They keep playing. It’s Bobby Clarke missing teeth. That’s hockey.”

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Hank1974's avatar

Flopping is definitely getting worse.
Anyone notice how Don Cherry doesn’t bring it up much anymore? That’s because it’s not the Rutuu’s or Samuelsson’s of the world doing it anymore; it’s Marchand, Kesler, Carcillo…North American players who are embarrassing themselves and the sport.

Posted by Hank1974 on 05/22/12 at 07:32 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Flopping is definitely getting worse.
Anyone notice how Don Cherry doesn’t bring it up much anymore? That’s because it’s not the Rutuu’s or Samuelsson’s of the world doing it anymore; it’s Marchand, Kesler, Carcillo…North American players who are embarrassing themselves and the sport.
Posted by Hank1974 on 05/22/12 at 05:32 AM ET

This ^^^^. Especially Kesler.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/22/12 at 10:24 AM ET

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Briere accusing opponents of diving? Good grief.

Players are selling calls, yes. No team has a monopoly on integrity, for the good reason that refs buy it enough for the acting to be effective. Also, the officiating is bad enough that embellishment is sometimesrequired to get a g-da-n whistle. Those who think it’s new or worse have short memories: post-lockout it was a mess. Every time a player got touched, they’d throw their arms up or fall to the ice. It reached a fever pitch with CAR/BUF, when Ruff/Laviolette engaged in the most childish off-ice gamesmanship seen to date.

Posted by Dave on 05/22/12 at 11:48 AM ET

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Good post Dave. Diving is a by product of refs not calling penalties. Clearly obstruction is back big time and refs called less penalties this year than they did pre lokout. While i hate and i mean hate diving it is more a symtom of a bigger problem, thats the return of obstruction and refs and league for that matter doing little to prevent it.

Posted by Patrick Oneill from Yonkers NY on 05/22/12 at 12:35 PM ET

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I can’t believe people aren’t talking about Tortorella other comments that devils are getting away with picks in the offensive and defense zone. Flyers never brought it up in there series. But Danny Boy, as it hurts me to say it, look at the film.

The problem is the refs want to call it but are afraid to call it because they don’t want to start an bench mark to superstars who constantly do it to get the call their way. i.e. Malkin and Crosby.

Posted by FlyersFan on 05/22/12 at 03:32 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

The problem with the picks is that it’s way too easy to do them today.
The players are so freakin big and fast that it’s nearly impossible NOT to throw a pick.

The ice needs to get bigger or they need to go 4-on-4 full time in order to combat the obstruction that has clearly seeped back into the NHL.

Posted by Hank1974 on 05/22/12 at 03:41 PM ET

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