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from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
The Devils trailed, 2-1, when a delayed holding penalty was being called against Columbus Blue Jackets winger Nick Foligno. Henrique ultimately scored the goal at 8:28, but the on-ice officials talked it over in a huddle.
That was something Devils coach John Hynes had never seen before.
"I haven't seen it," Hynes said.
Did he hear a whistle?
"No," Hynes said.
The goal was disallowed and referee Jean Hebert explained to Hynes that the whistle should have been blown when Blue Jackets forward Gregory Campbell touched the puck at 8:26.
"The referee just said they had touched it and hit it into the corner," Hynes said. "I have no more comment on the referee or the decision."
more on the play and the Devils did lose 2-1.
Watch the no-goal below...
A combined total of 72 goals, watch some of them...
Since no one is commenting on any of this, we’re left to try to figure things out on our own, which is a dangerous endeavour. No hard information + much free time = imagination running wild.
With that disclaimer prominently stated, here’s just one man’s sense of it: In a perfect or theoretical world, I believe Tampa wants to sign Stamkos and Stamkos wants to stay with the Lightning.
But I can’t help but feel as though there are unspoken reservations from each side. I think the Lightning are still trying to get their head around how much to pay any one individual on a team, even if he’s a marquee talent such as Stamkos. I think Stamkos is waiting to see how the season plays out, both for him and the Lightning, before he makes any long-term commitment. It has got a weird “we do mostly, sort of, love each other but let’s be really careful about the public displays of affection” vibe to it. So much so that I don’t believe either side – Stamkos or the Bolts – have put any specific numbers on the table or there’s been any hard horse trading like there has been on Kopitar with the Kings.
I’ve come across all sorts of people in the game who are convinced Stamkos is as good as gone. I can find others who say we shouldn’t read too much into the seeming snail’s pace of negotiation and odds are in favour of Stamkos eventually re-upping in Tampa.
-Bob McKenzie of TSN where you can read much more on Stamkos (scroll thru the Kopitar talk)...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Throughout my entire officiating career I felt it was important that I own my mistakes by offering a mea culpa to the game participants on the spot and even a public admission if asked by the media later.
That courtesy extended beyond just perceived errors or controversial calls to also provide an explanation of any decision made on the ice from my perspective. Reporters always gather quotes from an emotional player or coach in their post-game interview. It would only be fair and balanced if they heard from the official that made the decision.
The officials’ ability to communicate in a public forum was sealed off once the league restricted media access to their officials and placed a gag on the referees and linesmen from issuing public statements. Whenever the league deems it necessary to provide an explanation on any hot-button game-related issue, a statement is typically prepared and released by the public relations department.
During the playoffs, when a heightened focus is generally placed on the referees and linesmen, all post-game statements are issued through the series supervisor after he consults with the officiating crew. If it is a major controversy the PR department will prepare the statement.
While I would prefer to personally explain my perspective on a play, I completely understand why the league must restrict access to their officials. Some officials I worked with were very media savvy while the majority was not. Inaccurate or inappropriate statements could lead to further damage control for the league.
On rare occasions, the senior vice-president of hockey operations or the officiating department has issued a statement to provide clarification of a play or infraction that was ruled upon incorrectly.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Let me be crystal clear on this: Anze Kopitar's contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings is not done.
But hands up anyone who thinks it's not going to get done?
That's what I thought, although I might have seen just one or two hands hesitantly raised at the back of the room, and what if one or both belong to Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi and/or Kopitar's agent Pat Brisson? What then?
It's been an odd dynamic on this Kopitar negotiation – not as odd as Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning, but that's another story for another time.
Honestly, we all figured Kopitar's deal would be done by now. Actually, way, way before now. It's almost December.
I do believe it's "close," though using "close" in a negotiation that isn't "done" is a mug's game.
“I’ve been around the game now for a long, long time,” Leonsis said, in response to a question about meddling. “And there are certain things that you do learn and you do see. But if you break the hierarchy — you have a general manager, you have a coach, you have assistant coaches, you have a captain, you have players — the moment you break that hierarchy, I think you inject needless chaos into the system.
“And truthfully, it means you should fire your general manager or your coach. If you’re making the decisions and you think what you know is more than your coach and general manager, then they can’t work for you. Because the general manager and the coach need to be the end-all and be-all, and be in that cocoon, if you will, with the players.
-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals. More from Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly talks to Hockey Central @ Noon about chief operating officer John Collins leaving the organisation, the timeline to find a replacement, how Collins’ departure affects the growth of the game internationally, the latest regarding expansion, financial issues with the Arizona Coyotes & Florida Panthers, updating the drug testing policy, and the initial response to the new overtime format.
Listen to the interview...
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Ryan Johansen did not seem all that surprised on Wednesday his name had been linked to trade rumours, but said his mentioning on Insider Trading threw his parents for a loop back home in Vancouver.
“It’s new,” Johansen said. “It definitely catches your mom and your dad’s attention. You know, they’re always thinking about their boys. It is what it is. I haven’t been down this road, but a lot of players have been down this road. It’s my job to play hockey.”
TSN Insider Darren Dreger reported Johansen, 23, is not being actively shopped by Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, but that Kekalainen is not “dismissing the interest” and will listen to offers.
It’s a lot different of a situation than Johansen being untouchable, which is the reason for some surprise. Johansen is a bona fide No. 1 NHL centre, a franchise building block the Blue Jackets yearned for so long to acquire.
Johansen refuted the notion that whatever move might come next from the Blue Jackets would be because of his holdout from training camp last October. Sources indicated there has been lingering discord between Johansen’s camp and Blue Jackets’ brass, but Johansen denied that on Wednesday.
Matthew Barnaby and Steve Kouleas talked about a possible rift between Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux today on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio.
You can listen to the short blurb below...
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