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Once a Blackhawk, always a Blackhawk. As I have always said, people over the age of 30 should never wear a hockey sweater.
from the NY Daily News,
You think hockey players are having a tough time adapting to the new rules? Try being one of the guys who has to enforce them. The 2005-06 copy of the National Hockey League rule book has all of the rules changes highlighted in yellow. Flip through the pages, and it looks like the business section of the phone book. "We're not inventing calls," Fraser said. "We're not making phantom calls. We're not looking to fill the penalty boxes. We're looking to create offense, and let the skill of the players be demonstrated.
from the LA Daily News,
Anyone who pays $5 million for a thoroughbred better make sure the horse is properly shod. Jeremy Roenick has admittedly struggled at times this season, particularly in the offensive zone, where he is supposed to make his biggest impact. Roenick has attributed his tough times not to being out of shape, even though he didn't play anywhere last year, but to problems finding a comfortable pair of skates. "I'm so high maintenance, it's ridiculous," Roenick said. "But it makes a difference. I find myself working three times as hard on the ice because I'm on shaky ground with my equipment."
from the Globe and Mail,
These are not happy days for Ed Belfour. Those who know him best say the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender functions best in an orderly world. Uncertainty unsettles him. But those meanies in charge of the National Hockey League dealt Belfour and the rest of his fellow members of the goaltenders' union nothing but uncertainty this season. They shrunk the size of goalie pads and gloves. The oversized sweaters are next on the list, giving back the advantage to the shooters that the netminders steadily seized over the past two decades.
Great article by Kevin Allen. Should be mandatory reading for every fan, player, coach and official. from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
One player said to me recently that we really don't want "zero tolerance" because we want the referees to have some leeway in determining whether the foul is justified. No, we want "zero tolerance." We don't want officiating based on the score. We want the skilled players to have as many rights in the 59th minute or overtime as they had in the first minute. For years, it has been acceptable for referees to "swallow their whistles" in the third period in the name of "letting the boys play." The theory: Players should decide the outcome, not referees. But my argument is that the new rules are actually "letting the boys play" for the first time in many years. If the rules are enforced, talent and skill should determine the outcome. Isn't that the idea?
via the CP,
Saying it doesn't have any concrete evidence, the NHL doesn't plan any action over an alleged derogatory remark in Tuesday night's NHL game between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings.An interesting side note to this- Scotty Bowman was on Detroit radio today and said he was told a few of the Edmonton players went after Avery when they ran into him after the game while boarding the team bus. This issue will be handled on the ice and is not over. Bowman also mentioned Avery has painted a big bullseye on his back and someone should put a big roll of tape over his mouth. Note to Detroit fans, the interview of Bowman was done by the self-appointed Wing hockey guru, and he had no clue what happened. He could not understand why the Oilers went after Avery for making the "French-Canadian" remark. update, Friday 3:22pm, via TSN,
Kings winger Sean Avery denies ever directing a racial slur at Oilers tough guy Georges Laraque in a game this week. Laraque, who is black, told reporters in Edmonton on Thursday that Avery called him a ''monkey'' during Tuesday's game in Los Angeles. ''(He) fabricated the whole thing,'' Avery said in Friday's edition of the Los Angeles Times. ''I have no idea why he would do that,'' he added. ''I heard about it after the game and was surprised.''
More from Marty Brodeur, and I agree with him. The last week I have been keeping an eye on forwards attacking the net, and many "goalie crashing" attempts have gone uncalled by the refs. from the CP via TSN,
Saying it's "open season" on goalies, Martin Brodeur is asking the NHL for protection for the league's netminders. The New Jersey Devils star fears somebody will soon get seriously hurt if players are allowed to crash the net or stand in the crease without inhibition, since new rules limit what defencemen can do to take them out.
Love or hate the Detroit Red Wings, all hockey fans should be aware that one of the all-time greats of the game returns tonight. Although Steve Yzerman has stated he will not decide on his future until the end of the season, this may well be his last year in the NHL. Whatever is ahead for Yzerman, he will always be known as a player with a never ending will to succeed and should be remembered as a player who gave his all every night.
from the Minnesota Wild,
Pierre McGuire, a former NHL head coach and long-time hockey analyst, was in town on Wednesday, serving as color analyst for the TSN broadcast of the Wild vs. the Canucks. In addition to TSN, McGuire provides insight for NBC NHL broadcasts, Outdoor Life Network NHL broadcasts, and serves as a Sports Illustrated Insider. He will also be covering the NHLers in Italy during the 2006 Winter Olympics for NBC Sports. After just one week of regular season play, what has jumped out at you most about the “New NHL?” The two-line passes and the odd-man rushes. The infrequency of whistles. The ability for teams to come back, especially in the third period. The ebb and flow of the game is tremendous. I think the speed is what impresses me the most.
from the AP via TSN,
A lawsuit filed against Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi over his brutal hit on former Avalanche forward Steve Moore was tossed out Thursday by a judge who said the case has no standing in Colorado. Judge Shelley Gilman agreed with lawyers for Bertuzzi and others that any case would be better handled in Canada, where the hit occurred last year. "It is highly likely that Colorado law will not apply to most, if not all, of Moore's claims," Gilman wrote. "British Columbia bears the most significant relationship to Moore's claims."
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