Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/01/13 at 04:26 PM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
- Here's the percentage of Pittsburgh's games Marc-Andre Fleury has played from 2008-09 to 2013 -- 76, 82, 79, 82 and 69. That lowest figure was last season, when the Penguins got Tomas Vokoun to ease his workload. Ray Shero says Jeff Zatkoff will be the backup while Vokoun recovers from blood clots, which will test Pittsburgh's willingness to rest Fleury. What might help? The Penguins have one game out of the Eastern Time Zone before Jan. 7 (Nov. 9 in St. Louis.) Just eight back-to-backs before then, too. If they want to ride him, it's set up for that.
- The NHL's hockey operations department has modified how it will enforce the "jersey tuck" rule. If the sweater tucks while a player is skating, there will be no warning/penalty providing it was untucked at the beginning of a shift. That eases one of the bigger complaints, while allowing to league to pursue players who deliberately flout this crackdown.
- After both Paul Bissonnette and David Clarkson ran afoul of the NHL's Rule 70.10, leaving the bench during an altercation or for the purposes of starting one, a reminder was sent out to the players about its existence. Clarkson is out 10 games, Bissonnette's suspension was reduced to three, due to a lack of video evidence.
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