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by George Malik on 04/03/11 at 10:05 AM ET
While insisting that his complaint is “not about the Rangers,” the New York Post’s Larry Brooks launches into his usual Sunday morning rant by bashing Red Wings GM Ken Holland for proposing a rule change which could negatively affect the Rangers’ playoff hopes:
Not all losses are considered equal in the gimmicked-up league, and neither are all wins. Before their loss to the Islanders on Thursday, the Rangers were 41-31-5, which in the real world translates to 41-36. The Sabres were 39-29-9, or a bottom line 39-38. Yet Buffalo held the lead in the standings because starting this season, the first tiebreak is no longer total victories, but non-shootout victories.
The league is prepared to have a tournament berth decided by a single shootout, but not by the cumulative effect of a season of shootouts. Victories always had been the first tiebreak, even after the league adopted the shootout as an entertainment vehicle coming out of the lockout. But when the number of shootouts increased to 184 last season, up from an average of 156 the first four years of the skills competition, Detroit GM Ken Holland led the charge to change the rules.
The fact that the Red Wings were 6-9 last season and an all-time 23-29 probably had nothing to do with it. Detroit always is about the good of the league, never its self-interest, going back to the time when the club chose to move to the West in order the ensure less challenging competition for a playoff berth. It’s interesting that when Johan Franzen was injured a few years ago in the playoffs and Holland thought his player was then targeted by the opposition, the NHL summarily changed its rule about injury disclosure. It’s interesting that when Detroit drove through the Holland Tunnel signing players to front-loaded, long-term contracts, the NHL never blinked, but when . . . well, we digress.
When did the Wings move to the West again? Was it in 1991? Um, no…And it wasn’t Holland who signed off on changing injury disclosure in regular season to “upper” and “lower”-body injuries, which Holland, ironically enough, wanted to limit to the playoffs and the last 10 or so games of the regular season…
If the NHL had wanted to make a point (rather than giving away points to losers), the league would have either adopted a simple win-loss, baseball-type approach to the standings, or, it could have moved to a system in which regulation victories would have been worth three points.
Brooks continues with a rant against the substance of the “History Will be Made” commercials.
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