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Put On the Gloves

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL should take a page from the UFC when it comes to fighting, says in-the-spotlight Flyers enforcer Todd Fedoruk.
Fedoruk, who spent the night in hospital earlier this week after being at the wrong end of a nasty knockout, says maybe NHL tough guys should wear padding on their hands under their gloves.
“You look at extreme fighting, they’ve got those four-ounce gloves on,” Fedoruk said.
Such padding would lessen the blows, he argued.

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Another fighting story from the CP, again via TSN,

Burke, whose Ducks lead the NHL with 65 fighting majors this season, said there should be no debate.
“Fighting has been systematically reduced in the NHL,” said Burke, who had Fedoruk in Anaheim and phone him this week to make sure he was OK. “You are more likely now to not see a fight than you are to see one, through instigator penalties, suspensions and fines for fights in the last three minutes of a game. It’s been reduced to, in my mind, its proper place. It’s no longer utilized as a tactic.
“But the notion that we ever get rid of the players’ ability to regulate what happens, is silly to me.”

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Can Nashville Put It Together

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“It’s hard to jump into a team midway through the season,” said Forsberg, in an interview. “It’s never happened to me before because I’ve always been on a team that made the playoffs. I don’t think I’ve played as good as I want to, but it’s starting to get better. I’m starting to get used to my teammates and line-mates, so it should go uphill from here.”
The problem, from Nashville’s perspective, is that they haven’t had a chance to get their full team together since making the Forsberg trade. They currently have three top-nine forwards (Steve Sullivan, Martin Erat and Scott Hartnell) out of their line-up, with relatively serious injuries. Nashville’s strength is its balanced three-line attack. Forsberg is one point shy of 50 for the season; when he reaches that mark, he will be the eighth Predators’ forward to do so this season.

murch more on the Preds plus some NHL & PA talk…

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Can’t Have It Both Ways

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Concussions are no laughing matter. We all know that. But the stuff leading up to the concussion part pretty much is. Well, if it’s not exactly funny it’s, at the very least, entertaining. Now, before you start getting all sanctimonious on us – glorifying someone getting their grape squished – think about who’s buying all the Don Cherry Smack and Bleed DVDs, who temporarily delays his trip to the washroom when the No. 12 car flames out in Turn 4 and who also thinks Moe has gotten hitting Curly with an anvil down to an art form?
Yeah, you know who you are. One minute you’re suggesting the right cross instead of the uppercut and the next you’re “very concerned” that the poor boob on the ice has gone from being a 225-pound raging behemoth to an oversized, lumpy area rug - with roughly the same IQ. Basically, you’re what we call a sports voyeur. Admit it.

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Getting Closer To The Truth

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

“Upper body, or lower body” have become the most oft used descriptive terms by team representatives in an effort to elude the prying media.
But, that’s about the change.
NHL general managers agreed to a policy change last month at the GM meetings in Florida and this week a memo has been distributed league-wide, outlining the new initiative to enforce teams be more forthcoming.
Teams are now being told to identify the approximate location, nature and severity of the injury.

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Stuff It, Sir

By George Malik:

Collie “Keep Your Head Up” Campbell, who applies selective justice with all the deftness and aplomb of Boss Hogg from the Dukes of Hazzard, has declared that it’s time to start pondering whether the dangers of fighting outweigh its benefits:

‘‘This year we’ve had two players carried out on stretchers because of fair, consenting fights that had taken place. . . . It scares you,’’ said Campbell.
‘‘I think we, the players and the managers, have to look at this aspect of the game.’‘

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Are The Right People Watching

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

A conspiracy theorist, presented with the NHL’s struggles to find an audience, with the pro-fighting sentiments that came out of the last general managers meetings, with a February in which fighting was way up and a March in which it will be the same, would put it all together and deduce there must be some master plan at work — that the league’s brain trust has actively or tacitly amped up the violence in a desperate attempt to get face time.
Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt: probably not.
But still, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and company have a decision to make right now. They’ve reached a watershed point.

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The Best Of USA Hockey Players

Here is USA TODAY hockey writer Kevin Allen’s list of top American-born and American trained NHL players:
5. Pat LaFontaine (Hall of fame center): He scored 40 or more goals seven times in his career, with a high of 54 for the New York Islanders in 1989-90. His career was cut short by post-concussion syndrome.

read on for the Top 4…

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Time To Ask The Question

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Slam,

It’s time to look at the issue of fighting in the NHL, says the league’s disciplinarian.
“I think it’s time to ask the question,” Colin Campbell told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “I think you have to ask the question because of what’s happening out there. It’s incumbent on me, because of my position, to ask the question.”

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Breaking Down The Shootout

from Jennifer Raimondi at NHL.com,

The dynamics of the penalty shot have come a long way since the inception of the rule.
“I believe the penalty shot is going to be very spectacular,” legendary Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Conn Smythe said in October, 1934.
Later that year, when Montreal Canadiens star Armand Mondou became the first player to take a penalty shot, Mondou stood in a circle 38 feet in front of the goal and was stopped by legendary Maple Leafs goaltender George Hainsworth. No fakes, no ‘spin-a-rama,’ just a standing-still shot from the circle.
In today’s NHL, there is no telling when the next dazzling shootout move will be displayed. Smythe’s words, spoken more than 70 years ago, were prophetic, indeed.

read on... great article with video and stats…

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“Class” Is In Session

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

In the NHL, it isn’t only about records and record-breaking moments.
It is about the ineffable concept of “class,” a term that always triggers a few e-mail responses from English literature majors who point out that it is a vanilla and misused term. And I always tell them I prefer that they move on to combat the misuse of “hopefully,” “irregardless,” “110 percent,” or “could care less.”
Because don’t we know what “class” is?
It certainly isn’t ignoring a milestone because the player is wearing the “wrong” sweater.
It also involves what often seems to be NHL franchises’ reluctance to mandate and embrace the concept that the game, the sport and the league itself all should be “sold” to a generally savvy fan base that cares about more than the guys on the home-team roster.

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