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Just over 2 1/2 minutes of higlights from those games.
TORONTO (February 3, 2016): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) issued the following statement today regarding the National Hockey League’s (NHL) decision to suspend Dennis Wideman for 20 games:
“We strongly disagree with the League’s decision to suspend Dennis Wideman. Dennis has played in 11 NHL seasons and almost 800 games without incident. The facts, including the medical evidence presented at the hearing, clearly demonstrate that Dennis had no intention to make contact with the linesman. An appeal has been filed on the player’s behalf.”
“We were informed earlier today that our player, Dennis Wideman, was suspended for contact with an official in last Wednesday’s game against Nashville. We disagree with the severity of today’s suspension ruling and maintain that Dennis’ collision with the linesman was unintentional and accidental. We agree that our officials’ safety and well-being is of extreme importance in order to allow them to perform their duties. They perform an invaluable but underappreciated role in our game. We support sanctions against players who make deliberate contact with any official. However, unintentional and accidental contact does occur at times in our game. We will have no further comment on the matter at this time.”
President of Hockey Operations
added below is the NHL explanation video of the suspension...
from the CP at TSN,
The fire by Emma Lake crackled as a jubilant Mike Babcock sipped a drink alongside his father.
It was the summer of 2010 and Babcock was back in Saskatchewan, revelling for a moment in his recent success, which included his first Olympic gold medal at the Vancouver Games and a Stanley Cup championship in 2008.
"You know Dad, things are going pretty good," Babcock recalled telling Mike Babcock Sr., who died last March at the age of 78.
The father reminded his son that the success was already in the past. The message was clear: it was time to move on.
"It was over with," Babcock said Wednesday, reflecting on that day nearly six years ago.
The chase for more is what drives Babcock, who will become the 25th man in NHL history to coach 1,000 games when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
It's all about what's next for the 52-year-old from Saskatoon, who owns victories at the world junior championship, the world hockey championship, and Canadian university circuit to go along with two Olympic golds and one Stanley Cup.
Will update as more information becomes available.
added 2:01pm, NHL release is below...
added 2:04pm, video of the hit is below too...
from Joe O'Connor of the National Post,
Ivan Irwin’s hands are big as bear paws and they are trembling. “Parkinson’s,” he grumbles. But the disease he was diagnosed with two years ago is not what is bothering the 88-year-old.
It is the game. Hockey. The NHL. The pros. Not the money those bozos are pulling in nowadays, since who wouldn’t love making good money, but the way they actually play the game. Holding the puck facing the boards, crosschecking, hitting from behind, doling out concussions to one another while failing, in Irwin’s view, to grasp the fine art of self-preservation.
“Look here,” he says, gesturing at a black and white photograph on the back wall of a Shopsy’s deli in suburban Toronto. “I am ready for him.”
He means Maurice Richard. The Rocket — the Montreal Canadiens legend. The photograph shows Richard swooping in on goal, eyes ablaze, and with his stick raised menacingly toward Ivan Irwin, otherwise known as “Ivan the Terrible,” of the New York Rangers, whose stick is likewise raised menacingly.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Let's call it the lament of the modern-day NHL general manager.
"The league is so close now, there's so much parity now, every game is a battle," one GM said plaintively. "It's so hard to make the playoffs now. So hard."
Too hard? Perhaps.
It's not lost on the men who live and die with every win or loss or loser point in today's game that in the heady days (circa 1979) of the ‘Original 21,’ 16 teams made the playoffs. Today, with 30 teams, and, quite possibly, soon to be 31 - hands up anyone who seriously doesn't think Las Vegas won't be awarded an expansion franchise - it's still the same number (16) going to the post-season each year.
Should it be more?
It was during a rather routine conversation with a GM recently when I asked myself that very question but only after the GM raised the issue himself.
"Maybe there should be more than 16 in the playoffs or maybe there should be more opportunities for more teams to make it as one of the 16," he mused. "Maybe we need a 'play in' game. Something like that."
If that isn't the basis for a flash poll of NHL GMs, I don't know what is.
So the question I posed to the thoughtful 30 over the last 48 hours was as follows:
Yes or No to a "Play In" single-game elimination to determine the final wild card spot in each conference?
McDAVID DAZZLES IN RETURN, OILERS’ VICTORY
Connor McDavid recorded 1-2—3, including a highlight-reel goal that stood as the winner, to lift the Oilers to a victory in his return from a 37-game absence.
* McDavid, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, paced all rookies with 5-7—12 in 13 contests prior to suffering his injury on Nov. 3. He now has 6-9—15 in 14 games, including a pair of three-point performances (also Oct. 17 at CGY: 2-1—3).
* Elias notes that only two other rookies have registered multiple three-point games this season: Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin (5 in 54 GP) and Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair (2 in 49 GP).
* “It was a nice goal,” McDavid said. “It was three months of waiting around and a lot of grumpy days and all that. It definitely felt really good to get that one.”
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
If Dustin Byfuglien's comments at the NHL All-Star Game about Winnipeg and re-signing with the Jets were seen as vague or lukewarm -- that was a common theme from some corners last weekend -- he has now left little doubt about his stance.
Asked after Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars if he'd like to re-sign with the Jets, the big defenceman was unequivocal in his answer.
"Yeah. I'd love to. I've met a lot of good people and now some really good friends," said Byfuglien, voted the game's third star. "I've been here for a long time. You never want to leave home. I've been here long enough; my family has been here and I've had two kids here.
"It's somewhere you don't want to leave."
The Jets have stepped up negotiations with the Byfuglien camp in recent weeks, meeting with his agent Ben Hankinson in St. Paul, Minn., last month. Meanwhile, contract talks with captain Andrew Ladd -- also scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer -- have cooled. Ladd's agent J.P. Barry said Tuesday he and Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said hello at the Prospects Game in Vancouver last weekend, but nothing has changed in terms of hammering out a new deal.
continue for more on the Jets...
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
The Florida Panthers haven’t been in the national spotlight much in the past two decades.
They put on quite the show Tuesday.
Florida came out of the All-Star break much like they went into it, scoring a bunch of goals and getting great goaltending — this time from Al Montoya — in a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals.
“We’re playing the best teams in the league and we’re winning,” Sasha Barkov said. “It says we can beat any team in the league, we can dominate any team.”
The win was Florida’s first in Washington since Tomas Vokoun pitched a shutout here in 2010 — a run of 10 consecutive losses (by a combined 36-13) in Washington.
“We know we’re a good team and we believe in ourselves,” said Jonathan Huberdeau, who scored twice and had an assist in the rout. “We’re showing that on the ice. We got the lead early and our goaltender did the job. It’s a team effort. We’re in first right now. … Every game we want to show we’re a really good team.’’
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