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GM Meetings Conclude

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s general managers concluded their annual meeting here on Wednesday by passing one minor item and fretting about the economy.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, though, maintained the sunny outlook he has held all year about the league’s prospects in the recession.

Once again, he claimed the NHL will experience “five per cent real growth” next season but what lies beyond that is unknown.

At least some of the general managers, though, were considerably less optimistic, especially about the 2010-11 season.

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Afternoon Line

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“If you hack a guy on the back of the leg and he lets you do it, you know what you do, you do it again and pretty soon he is your girlfriend.”

-Mike Babcock on HockeyCentral/Fan590 this afternoon.  Listen to the whole interview.

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Getting It Fixed

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Detroit’s best hockey writer, Craig Custance, spoke to a bunch of Wings about some stuff the Diggers didn’t dive into: how to win and how to win the right way.

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Top Fights

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from Mike Casey of In the Crease at Newsday,

The topic of banning fighting permanently is expected to be discussed during this week’s general manager meetings in Naples, Fla. And while it doesn’t appear the ban has sufficient support to come into law, you never can tell what maneuvers Gary Bettman will pull in his crusade to rid the game of one of the things fans love most about it.

And so we present to you Part I of our compilation of the Top 10 hockey fights from the 2008-09 season (with some bonus videos thrown in). We’ll tackle Nos. 6-10 today and the top five Thursday at noon. Enjoy them now while you can:

read on to watch the fights…

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Cherry Says He Is An Easy Target

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Don Cherry isn’t mad as hell and he is going to take it—all the shots, the criticism, the calls for his head, no matter how much the controversies swirl around him.

He claims he is not pulling a Peter Finch every Saturday night, that he isn’t going crazy on the public broadcaster, isn’t losing it in any way. “I’m saying the same things I was before,” Cherry said in a lengthy interview. “But the criticism is worse now. It has really picked up. I don’t know why.

“I admit, I’ve been taken aback by all of it, the calls for me to get fired. Last week was the topper. I got ripped everywhere. I got ripped in four Toronto papers. The owner of the Washington Capitals wrote about me online. A couple of my friends in Florida saw it in the papers there. I’m front and centre. I guess I’m an easy target.”

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They Did Nothing

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

At the very least, the NHL general managers owed it to the game to take the issue of fighting seriously, not slough it off with some ridiculous proposed tweak to the current rules.

They could have done something about unnecessary fighting and did nothing.

They could have done something about helmets that fly off to easily — is there anything simpler than tightening a chin strap? — and did nothing.

They could have taken the NHL Players’ Association’s sensible suggestions for dealing with hits to the head … and did nothing.

Let us hope the NHLPA can still do this through the league’s competition committee, even if the GMs don’t like it.

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Watching Avery’s Every Move

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s one thing for a player to be shadowed on the ice by a checker, the way Jaromir Jagr was for a time by Jay Pandolfo, or Bobby Hull was by a pest named Bugsy Watson.

It’s quite another thing, however, for a player to be shadowed on the ice by game officials, the way that Sean Avery has been by referees and linesmen alike throughout the first three games of his return to the Rangers.

The NHL is on trial here every much as is Avery, the man Gary Bettman suspended for saying bad words on television, but whose television partners have no trouble exploiting to attract and keep viewers.

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Ron Wilson Annoyed With Howard Berger

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Ron Wilson ‘addresses’ Leafs beat-man Howard Berger after last night’s victory over the Islanders.

Howard Berger of Fan590 responds…

If there is one thing, among many, that I’ve learned in my first season around Ron Wilson, it’s that the coach of the Maple Leafs doesn’t react well to criticism. That’s not to suggest the other Leaf coaches I’ve had experience with in the past 20 years enjoyed being challenged, but Wilson takes it as a particular affront — mainly because of his heightened sensitivity to all things media.

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Now That’s A Statement Right There Brother

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Man, anyone who doubts whether the Wings were spitting fire after their second consecutive Saturday night puke fest need only take a look at what they did to the helpless Coyotes last night.

That’s right.  Get your asses kicked by a couple of division rivals, called out in the media by your coach and captain, blasted on every Wing blog in like 6 continents and largely ignored by your families?  Take it out on Phoenix. 

And did they ever. That 3-2 OT win against one of the league’s worst teams definitely reminded us all that when pushed hard enough? Detroit comes out blasting.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We won finally and that’s a real good thing. We’ll take the win, but I’m disappointed in the way we carry ourselves. We’re a club that’s won a lot of hockey games for a reason. We should be playing with a lot of confidence. We’ve earned the opportunity to be confident and to play confident and make the right plays at the right time. But right now we’re fragile.

“Hopefully this gets us out of it. I’d like to see some guys step up and swing the bat. When the games on the line, they want to be up to bat, hit the single or the double that scores the winning run rathern than walking and getting to first.

“I want to see guys take the challenge on a little bit more.”

-Sharks coach Todd McLellan after defeating the Wild in OT last night.  More on the Sharks from David Pollak of Working the Corners.

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