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I've written in this space for more than 8 years now, and have never called for such change before. It sincerely bums me out to write this, but the David Poile era in Nashville should come to an end this season.
-Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck where you can read why Hoag feels the way he does.
Jay Rosehill of the Philadelphia Flyers touches on numerous topics including fighting, the media, Scott Thornton and other topics.
The video is 3 1/2 minutes long and a suggested watch.
Calgary’s Brian Burke joins the HC panel to discuss the Dion Phaneuf hit and other similar hits, saying it’s primarily the forward’s fault for turning the last second, and much more.
Watch the 21 minute video below from the BOG meetings...
Sidney Crosby when asked this question...
Is it necessary for a player to start a fight after a teammate is hit legally?
"That’s been around for years. I don’t see a problem with that. I don’t see a problem with Thornton going over to [Orpik] and asking him to fight. That’s the response. But to do what he did was totally unnecessary. It’s terrible. I’m sure he knows that more than everybody. He’s made a living at protecting his teammate and sticking up for them. But to confront [Orpik] and ask him to fight, I think every team wants a player like that. There’s nothing wrong with that. But to do what he did to him is not acceptable. He could have done the exact same thing and gotten a two-minute minor for five shifts in a row. There’s nothing wrong with it. … there’s nothing with [Orpik] saying no either. He’s got to play 25 minutes a night against top guys."
more from Crosby at Empty Netters...
I will post more detaisl when available.
added 1:09pm, Watch below as Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension...
NEW YORK (December 9, 2013) – Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the period ending Dec. 8.
HARDING, WILD CONTINUE HOME DOMINATION
The Wild were outshot 38-13 but Josh Harding made a season-high 37 saves and Zach Parise scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season helping Minnesota improve to 13-3-2 at home this season.
* Harding improved to 13-1-0 at Xcel Energy Center this season with a 1.25 goals-against average and .945 save-percentage. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only goaltender in Wild/North Stars history to win 13 of his first 14 home decisions. He is now 34-10-2 in 46 career decisions in Saint Paul, including a 27-5-1 mark since Jan. 27, 2010.
* Harding has an overall record of 16-4-3 this season with a League-best 1.50 goals-against average. His 16 wins are tied for second.
The IIHF and KHL have been pushing for a "Champions' League" that would include the NHL playing against Europe's respective professional hockey leagues' champions for an over-arching hockey championship trophy, but as the NHL isn't interested in suggesting that the Stanley Cup isn't hockey's ultimate prize, it appears that the IIHF and its European stakeholders have chosen to move forward without the NHL...
The Champions Hockey League, Europe’s new premium club competition, will start in August 2014 and will crown the continent’s club champion in February 2015.
Apart from the reigning national champions and the regular season winners from each of the six Founding Leagues, 26 Founding Clubs representing the top historic brands and most successful teams of their respective countries in the past and today will compete for the European Trophy. After a projected 149-game Champions Hockey League schedule the winner will be hoisting the cup, named after the competition the new C.H.L. emerged from.
In a unique structure for European ice hockey, the Champions Hockey League is a joint project between Europe’s professional clubs, their national leagues and the International Ice Hockey Federation.
The three principal stakeholders have formed a shareholder company based in Switzerland, where the clubs own 63 percent of the shares, the leagues 25 percent and the IIHF 12 percent.
As part of the projected number of 40 participating clubs in the inaugural season, the Champions Hockey League will include a number of Wild Card entries, who are top clubs from other European national leagues.
And the press release continues, but here's where things gets interesting, via the New York Times' Jeff Z. Klein--because the league that really was the IIHF's co-sponsor in its Champions' League push won't be involved with this endeavor:
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
In wake of yet another demoralizing loss, the Rangers invoked one of hockey's old standbys for a wayward team -- holding a closed-door player meeting after the final buzzer ended on a 4-1 dud to the Capitals.
Understandably, the Rangers had some things to discuss.
Both the desperation and urgency that has been lacking was on the agenda. The vital points squandered at home, too. Passive play and poor compete level. The list goes on and on.
But in the end?
"We can talk all we want," coach Alain Vigneault said, seemingly bewildered by the monotonous mediocrity that has befallen his team....
"With the personnel we have right now, we need to play a smart, high-percentage, good puck-movement game. If we can do that, we can be very effective, That's the type of personnel we have at this time."
Note that he said "at this time," because it is hard to imagine that nothing will change if this skid continues.
No call, two minutes or a penalty shot?
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