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What’s Up with Flyers

From Scott Burnside at ESPN,

If the NHL responds as if this were just another hockey hit and penalizes Jones lightly or lets him off altogether, all the league’s statements that it is serious about eliminating dangerous play would be rendered moot.

For all the praise being heaped on Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and coach John Stevens for turning around a Philadelphia franchise that finished dead last in 2006-07, these incidents suggest this franchise has no real control over its players.

What else are we to conclude from the fact that three players scouted and signed by the Flyers have engaged in behavior that could have ended players’ careers?


*Also in the Philadelphia Inquirer today, Joe Logan asks “Are the Bullies Back?”

Update 3:03pm ET: CBC’s Jeff Marek says Bergeron “a victim of coaching tactics.”

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  Tags: injuries, philadelphia+flyers, suspensions

Avery Close to Return

From Steve Zipay at ‘On the Rangers Beat’,

Sean Avery (separated shoulder) has been cleared for contact, and briefly skated with Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez this morning in what was not an optional practice. All healthy players were on the ice.

Rangers coach Tom Renney said Avery “probably has Thursday’s game circled on his calendar,” but that Saturday—-four weeks since the injury—-was more likely.


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  Tags: injuries, new+york+rangers, sean+avery

Trademarking the Ice Bowl

From Sharon Linstedt at The Buffalo News,

“It was 90 degrees and everybody was talking about the Ice Bowl,” Corsi recalled about the rumors that starting swirling in July that the Buffalo Sabres would play the Pittsburgh Penguins outdoors in Ralph Wilson Stadium on New Year’s Day.

“And nobody was calling it the NHL Winter Classic, it was Ice Bowl, Ice Bowl, Ice Bowl,” he said.

When many hours of Internet research turned up no evidence that anyone, including the National Hockey League and the Buffalo Sabres, had registered “Ice Bowl” as a protected trademark, Corsi phoned his lawyer and filled out a federal trademark application.


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  Tags: merchandising, winter+classic

Dan Boyle is Back

From Damian Cristodero at Lighting Strikes,

It appears that defenseman Dan Boyle, who missed the season’s first nine games after three tendons in his left wrist were sliced by a falling skate, will return to the lineup for tonight’s game against the Rangers.


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  Tags: dan+boyle, tampa+bay+lightning

Is Zetterberg the Best?

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

But there could be an argument made that right now, as October draws to a close that the league’s best player could be one that wasn’t chosen until the 210th overall pick of the 1999 entry draft; who stands a modest 5-foot-11; who just turned 27 earlier this month and has quietly averaged more than a point-a-game in the two-plus seasons of the post-lockout NHL.

That would be the Detroit Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg who, after most of Canada went to sleep Sunday night, set up a goal by Tomas Holmstrom in what would eventually be a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. It was the Red Wings 12th game of the season and the 12th in which Zetterberg has picked up at least a point.


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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, henrik+zetterberg

Home Sweet Home in Denver

From Mike Chambers at the Denver Post,

Joe Sakic, the only remaining player to have competed for the Avalanche franchise when it was in Quebec, was a Nordique the last time the franchise began 5-0 at home.

That would be 13 years ago, and that’s where the Avs stand after riding Sakic’s two assists and Peter Budaj’s 21 saves in a 3-1 victory Sunday over the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center.


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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, joe+sakic

Hazards of Hitting From Behind

From Spector’s Blog at FoxSports,

Hitting - good clean body-checking - is every bit as vital to the game of hockey as a wrist shot and a glove save. Nobody wants to see it removed from the game.

Even no-nonsense hockey commentator Don Cherry, a well-known champion of physical hockey, has been an advocate for years against hitting players from behind into the boards.

Part of the problem is that players nowadays are being coached on turning their backs to their opponents when the puck is along the boards to “protect the puck”, the thinking being an opponent won’t hit them from behind and therefore making it more difficult for them to strip away the puck. It does work to an extent, but it still leaves a player in a vulnerable position.


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‘Live Every Shift’

From NHL.com,

The National Hockey League (NHL) debuts two TV spots featuring the new NHL tagline “Live Every Shift,” today on NHL.com.  The spots will air for the first time tonight during the VERSUS broadcast of the San Jose Sharks - Dallas Stars game, and will re-air later this week on TSN, CBC, HDNet and NHL Network.  The ads were written and produced by top advertising agency Young & Rubicam in collaboration with NHL Productions.  This is the first creative work done by Y&R since being hired as the NHL’s Agency of Record in September.

continued…  *You can see the new advertisements at that link as well

Update 3:37pm ET:
More on the TV spots with Dan Rosen at NHL.com.

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  Tags: marketing

Paul Kelly Not “Progressive”

From Damien Cox’s The Spin,

The early guess is that Paul Kelly is about honesty, not about change. Indeed, the new NHL Players Association boss probably just needs not to open other people’s emails and he’ll do fine.

A progressive thinker, however, he apparently is not.

In fact, with respect to the game itself, it turns out Kelly is a bit of closet Neanderthal, something he revealed Saturday night in an intriguing interview with Ron MacLean on Hockey Night in Canada.

Kelly said that not only does he believe fighting is part of hockey, he strongly believes in the necessity of enforcers to “self-police” the game.


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  Tags: nhlpa, paul+kelly

No Excuses in New York

From Larry Brook at the NY Post,

“There are background story-lines for each one of us,” Shanahan said yesterday following a round of lengthy team meetings and a brief practice session. “With me, it’s age. With Jaromir, it’s not having Mike (Nylander). With Scott and Dru, it’s their contracts and coming into a new environment.

“Except there are no excuses for anyone. I think our situation is magnified because it’s the first 10 games of the season, but that’s on us. We’re not playing bad hockey, but we’re just making it very tough on ourselves.

“I think we’ve become consumed with scoring when our focus should be on winning. We’re putting the cart before the horse. When we get our minds off of goals, wins will come, I’m sure of that.”


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  Tags: brendan+shanahan, new+york+rangers

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