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Watching CBC

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Plenty of ideas were offered on how to improve the all-star format.

Reporter Scott Oake passed on a proposal by San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton, who suggested giving the players a cash incentive. Members of the winning team would not be required to pay into the National Hockey League Players’ Association escrow account.

“Then you’d see a game to rival any of the 82,” Oake said.

Don Cherry had his own ideas. Give NHL players the responsibility of selecting the all-stars rather than fans. That four Montreal Canadiens filled six of the Eastern Conference starting spots was hardly a realistic representation of the NHL’s best, he said.

more on the CBC coverage of the weekend in Montreal…

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The ASG Is Not Going Away But Changes Needed

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The All-Star weekend isn’t going away, though, as much as some reporters might grumble about having to cover things such as the trick shooting event. It’s an important date on the NHL calendar when it comes to corporate schmoozing. And if you’d seen the way the city of Montreal embraced the event—the Bell Centre was packed to watch practice, along with the rest of the events—even the skeptics among us would’ve had to say there’s still a place for it.

But if the All-Star Game is to have its place, the league must deal with problem areas, and chief among them is the players and how they end up there.

If fans want to vote like crazy for their hometown heroes, as they did in Montreal by selecting Carey Price, Mike Komisarek, Alexei Kovalev and Andrei Markov to the starting lineup for Sunday’s game, fair enough.

But let’s stop rewarding the undeserving when the rest of the rosters are filled out.


added 9:46pm, from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

Those of us who grew up watching hockey couldn’t have thought anything less of Gary Bettman than we already did before this past weekend.

But it was remarkable, nonetheless, to see the NHL commissioner turtle on the topic of fighting, give a Canadian player a pass for skipping the all-star game and then turn around and give paying customers a slap in the face by suspending Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk for not taking part in Sunday’s glorified afternoon skate?


added 10:24pm, from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

In future, before anyone bitches, moans and characterizes the All-Star Game as a Mel Brooks-caliber farce and near-total waste of perfectly good eyesight, they ought to attend one in a real hockey city like the home of the Habs.


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The Ideal Brian Burke Team

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

“When I talk about having a hard-nosed team, I want to make it clear that I love skill, first and foremost,” he said. “If you look at the teams I had in Vancouver, we had a ton of skill and a lot of hard-hat guys.

“I draw a line right through the top six [forwards] and bottom six. The bottom six guys have to bring a pick and a shovel to work. They have to do the penalty killing, block the shots, they have to win the fights and deliver the bodychecks. The top six have to put the points up on the scoreboard.

“We have a lot of work to do. There are a bunch of holes on this team. The one motto I have with my players is: no complaints, no excuses. I’m not going to complain.

“I don’t have this and I don’t have that. We’ll get things fixed here, but it will take some time.”

more on the Leafs…

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Your Thoughts On The ASG

It’s over and soon we will be back to regular season hockey.

The city of Montreal deserves high-fives all around for being such a great host city. 

Now, the games get serious again and the race for the 2nd season is about to begin.

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Time To Put An End To The ASG

from Tom Gulitti at NorthJersey.com,

The time has come to scrap the entire weekend.

If the lure of Montreal and the history of the Canadiens isn’t enough to save the event, nothing else will.

There will be no All-Star game next year anyway because it is an Olympic year. Why bother coming back in 2011?

The All-Star game already has been supplanted by the Winter Classic outdoor game as the centerpiece event of the NHL’s regular season. The league can build the outdoor game into an even bigger event and use it to showcase the sponsorship deals that usually are highlighted on All-Star weekend.


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It Is All About Ovechkin

In case you missed it last night, Elliotte Friedman of CBC did a great job with an ‘Inside Hockey’ segment on Alexander Ovechkin.

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NHL Won’t Relax Rule For Foster

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Last March 19, Kurtis Foster’s left femur snapped in half. Three people told Foster it was “the worst break they’ve ever seen in a person’s leg.”

Many people privately were skeptical he would ever play again. He still walks with a limp.

Yet here we are, a little more than nine months later, and the Wild defenseman is close to reporting to Houston for a conditioning stint….

Despite coming so far, Foster believes he is being rushed back by the NHL.

According to Section 13.8 of the collective bargaining agreement, teams are not permitted to send players to the minors on “conditioning loans” for longer than “14 consecutive days.”

Upon Foster’s request, the Wild begged the league to make an exception. The team offered up Foster’s medical records. The team offered to fly Foster to New York to be examined by NHL doctors.

Yet, the league refused to make an exception. If Foster is in Houston one second longer than two weeks, he will have to clear waivers.

read on

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Reviewing The SuperSkills Competition

If you want the Saturday review in pictures and video format, head over to Empty Netters.  Do understand the pages may be slow to load.

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Let’s Go For A Morning Skate

from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

We know the game-day skate was already well established in the NHL by the mid-1970s.

What is less clear is how the ritual became so entrenched in the fabric of the league.

After contacting a number of former NHL players and managers, it appears the skate grew out of a number of factors, including: a natural progression from morning meetings at the rink on game day; growing rosters that meant “extra” players needed to skate when not playing that night; and even some influence from the Soviet national team—who were known for their hard practices the morning of a game.


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Watching The Blue Jackets

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

The numbers (ratings) seem to say a couple of things: Local fans have noticed that this year’s team is better than last year’s squad, which competed hard but lacked the depth of talent to be in the race, and they’re increasingly interested in the good story lines (Benedict Foote), strong opponents (Calgary) and players worth watching (Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, whose Capitals drew a 2.35 rating).

If form holds true, the best ratings are going to come after the All-Star break. And if this team continues to trend upward, we might soon discover what a lot of people said nine years ago:

If the Blue Jackets ever have a good team, this is going to be one heck of a hockey market.

read on

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