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A Different Kind Of NHL Season

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

It has been said that the N.H.L. season beginning on Thursday is about Sidney Crosby. But it is also about ideas, about vast changes in perception and philosophy across the league, both among the people who run the game and those who play it. And that, too, is largely about Sidney Crosby.

The 2011-12 season will be very different from any season played before, even if Crosby will not be on the ice for the start of it. It is a season that will be watched closely to see whether the N.H.L. will continue to enforce its new, rigorously applied rules against boarding and checks to the head, which resulted in nine suspensions in the preseason through Saturday.

“I’m not surprised, to be honest with you,” Crosby said of the new regulations. “That’s kind of where everything’s going.”

Crosby, the youngest team captain to raise the Stanley Cup, the scorer of the goal that won an Olympic gold medal and by common agreement the sport’s best player, had just darted and glided through an hourlong practice at Joe Louis Arena ahead of the Penguins’ preseason game Sunday, looking terrific.

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Maybe Crosby’s concussion is the best thing to have happened to the NHL in a while, in terms of getting people concerned about player safety. It still sticks in my craw that Crosby and the penguins care so much now—why did they give Cooke a contract extension last summer and let him wear an A last year (that is, before his supposed wake-up call) if they didn’t like the vicious way he played?—but at this point I have to admit that if this holier-than-thou Penguin preaching is what it takes to make the game safer, then this is what it takes.

Posted by Ken on 10/03/11 at 07:57 AM ET

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Hey, did anyone know that there are other players in the league?

Posted by tuxedoTshirt on 10/03/11 at 03:36 PM ET

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