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Talking Loser Point And NHLPA

Craig Custance of ESPN held an online chat eariler today...

When will they get rid of a point for an OT or shootout loss? Looking at the standings there are teams in playoff contention almost solely on their OT losses.

Craig Custance  Yup. That's kind of the point. The more parity the better, even if teams are artificially inflated with loser points. Fans seem to hate it but the league likes the playoff race it creates. Not sure there's any movement to get rid of it, sorry Harv.

Hi Craig. The NHLPA supports Shawn Thornton to appel his susp. but where's the NHLPA love for Brooks Orpik?

Craig Custance  Funny you should ask Ray, because we just had a chat with Craig Adams on that topic. I think it's one of the biggest challenges the PA faces. Hold on, lemme dig through my notes to give you

Okay, here we go. This is from Craig Adams: "It's something we've talked about over the year. IT's a question i've brought up to them before. It is tough. You've got two people representing two parties. You don't want to pick sides. The way we do it is we assign one side fo the case to somebody and assigne the other side of the case to somebody else. Just like in the legal system, you'er entitled to your defense and entitled to make a case.It's one of those things where you want everyone to be protecting but certainly you put emotion in it, when it's your team or it's you, you feel like, hey why are we defending this guy? IT's the way it has to be."


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Slumpy's avatar

Bobby Orr had a few things to say recently about todays NHL:


Orr doesn’t like many of the rule changes in today’s game: He’d get rid of that trapezoid behind the net, he’d re-introduce the red line to make two-line passes illegal again, he’d allow more interference to slow down the forecheckers a tad (out of safety concerns).

He wants fighting to remain in the game; he wants the rats and pests out of it, and calls for an end to all hits from behind.

He wrote if he was playing today, he’d let the attacking forward get the puck first, then try to get it off him, out of concerns for his own safety.

And he doesn’t like the automatic two-minute penalty for delay-of-game for a player throwing the puck over the glass and offers this idea: How about a get-out-of-jail free card for such penalties? A coach can use it once a game. Orr suggests this for playoffs only, saying he’d hate to see a series — especially the Stanley Cup — decided on such a call.

He probably thinks shootouts and the instigator rule are a joke too and team pts parity.
Happy the lawyers in the NHL front office love the parity and all the crappy rule changes.
Screw the fans as long as the rich get richer.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 12/17/13 at 05:54 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Looking at the standings there are teams in playoff contention almost solely on their OT losses.

He’s pointing at you, Detroit and Carolina

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/17/13 at 07:35 PM ET

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