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Day One Of The GM Meetings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The group sits down together four times a year and examines several issues around the sport. A variety of items are put on the agenda for discussion.

“Some of them take literally 30 seconds,” said Maloney.

One discussion that is sure to take much longer than that is headshots, which will be examined at length on Wednesday. It’s the current hot-button issue around the league and there are a variety of opinions about what could be done to curb blows to the head.

While some are in favour of the status quo, others are anxious for change.

“I’m more concerned long-term about what’s going on,” said Tampa Bay Lightning GM Brian Lawton, who recently lost rookie Viktor Hedman to injury after a big hit from Ottawa’s Chris Neil.

“I had raised some of the concerns long before Viktor got hurt. So I think it’s very timely and I don’t want to deviate from that (issue). I’m more interested in the long term, what are we going to do, because it costs the teams a tremendous amount when players are injured. That’s the bottom line.”

much more from the GM meetings including some Chelios and Forsberg talk…

added 8:49pm, Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN also report on Day 1 on the meetings.

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Not The Place For A Winter Classic

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from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

I have no problem with the fact the Toronto Maple Leafs want to play host to the NHL All-Star Game, as much of a fraudulent cash grab disguised as an afternoon skate as it is anyhow. But, honestly: by what stretch does BMO Field deserve to be the site of the annual outdoor game, an event that has had a surprising shelf life and if nothing else seems to be about the only time during the year anybody in the U.S. watches the game? Putting the game in as non-descript a facility as BMO Field would cheapen the event – although I’m sure that’s the only way the word “cheap” would be associated with it, since the mind boggles at how much Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment will charge for the game.

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Get Rid Of The Trapezoid?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is among those hoping the NHL general managers decide at their meetings over the next two days to remove the trapezoid behind the nets.

The trapezoid was implemented in the NHL following the 2004-05 lockout to limit the goaltenders from handling the puck in the corners behind the net. It begins at the goal line with angled lines six feet from each goal post and widens to 28 feet at the end boards.

Former Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke was one of the leaders in getting the trapezoid implemented. It was commonly known as the “Martin Brodeur rule” because it was clearly aimed at the Devils netiminder, who was one of the best at getting behind the net to handle the puck.

But, now general managers are looking for ways to cut down on the number of injuries on defensemen who are being hit hard by forechecking fowards.

continued

added 5:01pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

NHL gm’s discussed removal of the trapezoid, but have decided to leave it in.

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Lundqvist Nursing Lower-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Henrik Lundqvist has been scratched from his scheduled start here tonight against the Flames.

Head coach John Tortorella, who on Friday named The King as his goaltender, claimed he was simply, “giving Hank rest,” but the goaltender received extensive treatment in the medical room following the morning skate.

It is believed that Lundqvist is nursing a lower body injury; perhaps a sore groin.

continued

update 4:24pm, forget this story, I had a brain freeze and posted an outdated story.

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McCarty Will Be Talking Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper expects former linemate Darren McCarty to “call it as he sees it” as a guest analyst for Versus on Nov. 23. Versus will carry the Wings’ game at Nashville.

“I saw him a couple weeks ago in Troy, and he was hoping to get an opportunity to go into TV,” Draper said.

Did McCarty say he was officially retired as a player?

“He was basically talking like he was finished,” Draper said. “I don’t know if he’s made anything official yet, but that’s how it sounded.”

Draper couldn’t resist a friendly jab.

“I think his looks are definitely more for radio than television, but I think he’s going to do a good job,” Draper said.

continued

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A Lack Of Self-Discipline

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is obvious that Sidney Crosby is one of the most talented players in the NHL.  He has the ability to become the player who dominates a generation.  He won the 2007 Hart Trophy as a 19 year old and seemed to be well on his way to a significant period as the standard bearer for the NHL.  This is yet to happen.  He was not a Hart Trophy nominee in either of the last two seasons.  His team won the 2009 Stanley Cup, but he was not chosen as the Conn Smythe Trophy winner.  Crosby remains one of the best players in the NHL, but he is unable to make the jump to be the best player in the game.  I think one reason for this is immaturity and a lack of self-discipline.  One clear symptom of this is his penalty total.  Crosby has 31 penalty minutes so far this season.  That puts him second on his Pittsburgh Penguins team (behind Jay McKee).  He leads the NHL in minor penalties (with 13 - tied with Hal Gill of Montreal).  There is no reason Sidney Crosby should lead the league in minor penalties.

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Chicago Is A Forsberg Type Team

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from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,

I don’t know how much money the Hawks have under the salary cap, nor do I know whether general manager Stan Bowman wants to do the seemingly annual Forsberg fox trot, but it’s at least worth discussing for this team right now….

Perhaps the Hawks aren’t interested in the risk of an oft-injured player, but I believe they are a team Forsberg would like to consider because they have a familiar face behind the bench and play an Avalanche-type uptempo style, and they are a contender. That’s an important factor. Forsberg isn’t going to come back to play for Carolina or Toronto.

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Blues Coach Must Produce

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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

(Andy) Murray is on the spot. When his teams succeed, his exhaustive game-planning draws praise. Players feel well-prepared to face every opponent and every game situation.

But when Murray’s teams struggle, people within and outside the organization wonder if the players are burning out.

Have they endured too many group and individual meetings? Have they heard the same motivational note too many times?

Has their coach’s withering intensity sapped their energy?

more

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Senators May Be Looking For A Forward

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,

“We have to make a tweak if we can,” Murray said Monday before heading to Toronto, where the National Hockey League’s 30 general managers are meeting this week to discuss head shots, rule changes, equipment standards and maybe a deal or two.

“Very definitely, we have to find a way to get at least one more player here,” he said, acknowledging that player would probably be another forward. “I’m certainly going to investigate as we go forward here to see if there’s anything more we can do, and at some point we’ll figure out if we need to make a change.”

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Giguere Does Not Want To Be A Backup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News,

Giguere, asked Monday if he has been approached about waiving the no-trade clause, said, “That’s something you probably should ask Bob Murray.” The Ducks’ general manager declined comment through a spokesperson.

“I want to play; that’s when I have fun. Right now, this is not fun,” Giguere said. “I am looking forward to having fun at some point at some time. I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but it’s going to happen.”

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