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Naming The Divers

via Darren Dreger of TSN

Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler has been identified as an offender. While Kesler plays the game hard, he has been known to exaggerate contact to gain an advantage.

Chicago's Dan Carcillo has been caught on video on more than one occasion during his career trying to sell a penalty. Among his more noteworthy attempts was in a 2010 playoff game with the Philadelphia Flyers against the New Jersey Devils, where Carcillo pretended to have been struck in the face with a stick.

Superstars such as Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin have also drawn criticism for attempting to mislead referees, as he did in the playoffs last spring resulting in a penalty against Philadelphia's Matt Carle.

Everything from posting pictures of each culprit in every NHL dressing room to re-instituting a fine system, or simply tacking on an additional two-minute penalty to offset the original call is being discussed by hockey operations and will at some point be presented to all NHL general managers for further discussion.

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PuckStopsHere's avatar

Why are the discussing this now?  Shouldn’t they have more pressing concerns?

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 09/20/12 at 12:50 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Hahaha… LOVE IT! Kesler is such a tool and him finally getting called out (in the media) just made my day. Thanks Darren.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 09/20/12 at 08:12 AM ET


Why are the(sic) discussing this now?

Now why would the league discuss things that are not particularly flattering to the players? I wonder what else could be going on? I know there’s something, but I can’t put my finger on why the NHL would want to make certain players look like they are damaging the product. Wish I could remember.

Yet it does remind me of how the FAA talks about how save the air traffic control system is until the National Air Traffic Controller negotiaties for a new CBA and then we heard from the FAA of all of the air traffic controllers that are asleep in the towers. Contract negotiations are over and we once again have the safest skies in the world!

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/20/12 at 11:23 AM ET

Keyser S.'s avatar

hockey1919, the thing you are forgetting is the lockout. The nhl locked out the players on Sept 15, 2012 A.D.

They make a list and now opposing players can take advantage of it. Keep the list to yourselves dumbases.

Posted by Keyser S. on 09/20/12 at 11:40 AM ET


You fail sarcasm. Each side is obviously using everything available to paint the other side of the argument in the worst light. The NHL is more than happy to let the discussion be about players being divers than how you are going to miss world class athletes competing until the owners get the guaranteed profits they want. Once a new CBA is signed they will be “partners” again.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/20/12 at 01:08 PM ET

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