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from Bruce Dowbiggin at the Globe and Mail,

You could see it in the face of Edmonton head coach Ralph Krueger on Thursday when his defenceman Ladislav Smid was called for closing his hand on the puck. There was also a faceoff interference called on the Oil, a goalie interference penalty along with an instigator call on Smid for provoking a fight while wearing a facemask. Check, check and check.

“That’s not the way it was called in the past,” Krueger’s tortured expression seemed to say.

Indeed it’s not something that was called in the second half of the 2011-12 season. There were many things that were not called as the L.A. Kings made their way from eighth seed to NHL champions. It’s a point a number of general managers made at the end of the season during their meetings with NHL Ops, the people responsible for refereeing.

Vancouver president and general manager Mike Gillis spoke for the group. “Guys have learned from the rules, and they’ve adapted,” said Gillis this summer. “I’m a fan of offensive hockey, and I think the league is too. If not, we should change the name of the game to ‘goalie.’ We have to keep scoring in the game. But right now, it’s not happening.

“I think that the entertainment value is born out of having momentum changes and offensive opportunities and penalties being called. That’s great hockey, and I think everyone here would share the opinion that the hockey in the last three or four years has been the best it’s ever been. So a retreat from that doesn’t seem to make any sense to me.”


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The league has always succumbed to pressure from old school GM’s and the constant harangue from Mclean and Cherry about penalties. No other sport allows the TV contract carrier to trash the game and the league the way the CBC is allowed to do. They need to put an end to that before they will be able to allow the refs to call the game consistently. Without a muzzle on the CBC about how the game is called, there will always be insurmountable pressure to “let the players be players”.  The advocates of thug hockey will always claim it is about showing heart. In reality it is cover for the players who can’t skate, shoot or score. It is no coincidence that Cherry blusters about these heart and soul guys, when in reality he is trying to protect players in the game who don’t have real skills, just like he was as a player in the old AHL.

Posted by timbits on 01/26/13 at 12:53 PM ET

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Timbits just watch the Pravdaesque NHL Network with their corporate line of opinion based on the comissioner’s orders. This league needs different opinions and perspectives than just the corporate line imposed . NBC’s coverage is the same slant.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 01/26/13 at 07:37 PM ET


There is a difference between Pravda and those who intentionally trash the game and the league like Mclean and Cherry do with regularity.

Posted by timbits on 01/26/13 at 10:11 PM ET

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