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Watching Goalie Interference And Missed Offside Calls Plus 30 Thoughts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Last week, the NHL announced its new rules for 2014-15. But, there is another project of interest beginning this season, what Senior Vice-President Mike Murphy calls “strictly an internal audit” of both goalie interference and missed offside calls.

Let’s call it “Shadow Replay.”

In its downtown-Toronto replay hub, the league will “build a file of goalie interference,” as Murphy says. Right now, it is too subjective.

“At the end of the week, we’re going to review… to establish criteria internally of what is and what isn’t goalie interference. Then we’re going to report that to the general managers and say, ‘This is what we’ve found.’ We’re trying to discover if it is realistic to have a coach’s challenge for this. It would be a mistake to do it at this point in time.”

The staff will look at collisions in the blue ice, in the white ice, everything it can to try and narrow it down. But Murphy stresses this will not go back to the “toe in the crease days” of 1999, where goals were being disallowed for ludicrous reasons. The desire is to see if “incidental contact” and “interference” can be strictly defined.

continued plus 30 Thoughts...

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More Teams May Go With Three Associate Captains

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

... the Habs may not be alone in this kind of decision this season. Just down the highway in Ottawa, the Senators are mulling over the exact same situation after trading captain Jason Spezza to Dallas this summer.

"That’s the thing we’ve talked about a lot so far," veteran Senators GM Bryan Murray told ESPN.com Monday. "We’ll [go] through a big part of training camp anyway before we decide. But our thought certainly has been that we’ve got two alternates right now in Chris Phillips and Chris Neil, and probably just add a third "A," not sure who it will be yet, rather than name a captain.

"But that’s not final yet. We may still decide at the end of the day a captain is necessary. We’ll see. We’ve got young guys like Erik Karlsson and Kyle Turris who are certainly coming [leadership-wise]. Having three "A's" is a not bad thing, though."

Karlsson, one would think, will be captain of this team one day. But he’s probably not yet ready for that responsibility. So the Sens need a bridge decision here, too.

Sometimes it can last more than a year. The Columbus Blue Jackets haven’t had a captain since trading away Rick Nash in July 2012 and they aren’t making apologies for it, either. 


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John Tavares Trending Up

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Not only was it the first extended layoff he’d experienced during a five-year pro career, but it’s also the longest he’s ever gone between games since taking up the sport. Seven months is an agonizing absence for a rink rat. And with NHL training camps set to open this week, there might not be another player in the league more excited to get back to work than Tavares.

“Oh I’m ready,” he said.

There is certainly reason for optimism on Long Island, where the acquisition of goalies Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson should make an instant impact on a team that was dead last in save percentage last season. Adding forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin will provide some much-needed depth up front.

This could also be the year that Tavares challenges for the NHL’s scoring title.

A lot of signs have him trending in that direction. He is already among the league’s elite offensive players after producing the fifth-best points per game average over the last three seasons — trailing only Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos and Claude Giroux. Tavares is the youngest member of that group and should just be entering his offensive prime with his 24th birthday coming on Saturday.


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“We’re All Devils Inside”

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NEWARK, NJ – September 15, 2014 – The New Jersey Devils today will unveil “We’re All Devils Inside,” a new brand and marketing campaign for the 2014-15 hockey season. The campaign will kick off this morning as season ticket holders pick up redesigned ticket packages and have their photo taken with Devils players at a special event at Prudential Center.

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Jamie McLennan On The Calgary Flames

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from Katie Strang of ESPN,

“I think the one word that still comes with Calgary has to be patience,” McLennan told ESPN.com in a recent phone conversation. “They sold to fans a complete rebuild.”

What happened last season, in Brian Burke’s first year as team president and Bob Hartley’s first full season as coach in Calgary? The Flames were in a league-high 49 one-goal games. The Flames still finished sixth in the Pacific Division, but they competed every night.

“They were in every game, which was exciting for the fans,” McLennan said. “Bob Hartley did a great job, but the message still has to be, don’t expect too much. Allowing guys like Sean Monahan another year to see what he’s like, another year of experience for Sven Baertschi and Mikael Backlund. They have some young pieces.“

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Mike Babcock On His Contract

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

This summer, Holland signed a four-year contract extension with the Red Wings clearing another obstacle for a new deal with the coach. The Holland extension has done little to move along Babcock’s, which takes us to a question that hasn’t been raised all too often during these months of non-negotiations: What goes into Babcock’s decision? 

“You know? That’s a good question,” Babcock answered. “I guess as we talk, I’ll know more. There’s part of my life that is very, very public and there’s part that’s very, very private. How’s that?” 

Not all that helpful. 

“I’m not going there,” Babcock said. “What we’re doing is -- players negotiate every day. We’re not even negotiating, we haven’t got around to doing anything.”...

For Babcock, it could be the motivation to try and win in Detroit at time when outsiders suggest the pendulum is swinging the wrong way. Or it could be the motivation to cement a legacy elsewhere. Maybe, it’s as simple as being the league’s highest paid coach. Until it’s settled, that motivation stays with Babcock. And once the season starts, if there’s no deal, he says he’s done talking about it. If he’s asked in a scrum about his contract situation, he’s moving on to the next question.

“It’s going to be dead,” he said, shooting down the suggestion it could become a distraction.

“No chance,” he said.

For now, he’ll talk about it, but he’s not offering up much in the way of hints of where he’s leaning. Or what goes into the decision.

“Who knows? It doesn’t matter,” Babcock said. “I was fishing this morning. Now I’m watching hockey. If you think my life is any different, it’s not.”

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A New Hockey Reality Series

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The NHL will announce later this month they have partnered with emerging premium cable provider Epix to produce and air the popular reality hockey series that precedes the annual Winter Classic outdoor game, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

Not only will Epix, the cable entity that is a collaboration of heavyweight Hollywood film studios Lionsgate Entertainment, MGM and Paramount Pictures, produce four segments leading up to the Jan. 1 game at Nationals Park between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, they will produce another four-segment series that will lead into the Stadium Series game Feb. 21 at Levi’s Field between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, a source told ESPN.com.

The shows will be available on cable and multiple platforms in the United States. It’s expected Rogers Communications, which owns the NHL’s national broadcast partner in Canada Sportsnet, will share the production costs and air the series in Canada. The two series will be available in the United States commercial free and, as in the past with HBO’s popular and critically acclaimed "24/7 Road To The Winter Classic series," will provide fans an uncensored look at players, coaches and managers during the lead-up to the outdoor events.

The details of the new partnership will be revealed at a Sept. 23 press briefing in Washington. 


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Morning Line

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"We're comfortable with the character of the group -with the group coming back and the players that we added. If we had questions about their character they would've been gone in the summer."

-Dave Nonis, GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  More on the Leafs from TSN.

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Red Wings ‘Captain’s Practice’ post in progress: Alfredsson still absent; DeKeyser waiting on deal

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As I prepare to head to Centre Ice Arena, the Red Wings are holding a Captain's Practice at Joe Louis Arena, and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reports that someone's conspicuously absent...

While MLive's Ansar Khan and the Free Press's Helene St. James report that another player's crossing his fingers about a last-minute deal:

Update: As I was heading to the rink, MLive's Brendan Savage discussed Martin Frk's opportunity to "re-set" his pro career as the prospect tournamnt continues (the Wings play Minnesota at 7 PM), as well as several other topics, over the cousre of a conversation with Ken Holland:

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Red Wings morning news: Kronwall, Ferraro and Gustavsson weigh in on the season to come

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Kal, the team's taking part in its second-to-last charitable golf outing of the "summer" today...

Then it's "off to work" at trainnig camp, and just as Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson sounded optimistic tones at yesterday's HockeyFest at the Joe, the Free Press's Mike Brudenell reports that Niklas Kronwall feels that his team's poised to succeed this upcoming season:

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