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Loving and loathing the ‘garage league’

From the Buffalo News's Mike Harrington:

Is there any league that drives its fans crazier than the NHL? Sometimes you have to wonder why we love this league so much because it doesn't reciprocate the feeling.

This corner routinely invokes Mario Lemieux's infamous 1992 quote calling the NHL a "garage league." It's sure felt that way in the last week. Over and over again, the NHL can't get out of its own way. It's hard to believe some of the things we've seen and heard the last few days.

I'm tired of hearing about the general managers' meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. What a waste of time for a bunch of guys who have too much power determining the rules of the league who are simply protecting their own jobs and not thinking about the fans at all. They should all get sent to Winnipeg for three days in March to work on what's really broken in this league.

At one point in the meetings, Montreal's Marc Bergevin strode through the lobby holding a large potted plant in front of him to evade the media. There has to be some symbolism there. Some of these guys have about as much vision for the game as a potted plant, yet it was the GMs who were broken into groups to discuss their vision of the game 5-10 years from now. Can't wait to hear these ideas.

Here are some of the points about the current state of the NHL, especially in the last week, that have me riled:

Harrington continues...

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Friedman’s ‘Headlines’ include discussion of front-office compensation, Competition Committee talk


Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman issued his customary "Saturday Headlines" during the second intermission of Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday broadcast, and he discussed the following topics:

According to Friedman:

  • The NHL's GM's will ensure that teams who have fired coaches or managers will not receive draft pick compensation--only coaches and front office executives who are under contract to an NHL team, not fired by an NHL team, will require compensation;
  • Friedman believes that John Hynes, Ray Shero's AHL coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will probably be named the Devils' next coach, not Phil Housley;
  • Friedman doesn't believe that the Rangers will allow the Maple Leafs to speak to New York Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton;
  • He states that the Capitals and Braden Hotlby's representatives have begun to talk contract turkey;
  • And the NHLPA's Competition Committee will review the NHL's GM's proposals for 4-on-4-to-3-on-3 OT, defensive centers placing their sticks on the ice first and the 5% growth factor in the salary cap will all be discussed, with a "trial period" for 3-on-3 OT and possibly lesser growth for the cap in the offing.

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‘Headlines’ from Friedman and Strombo: On the Hamburglar Hammond, GM’s meetings topics and Olympics

Elliotte Friedman and George Strombolopolous engaged in the usually Cox-and-Friedman-headlined Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada, and Friedman discussed:

Andrew "the Hamburglar" Hammond's future with the Senators, which won't involve contract talks just yet;

Topics regarding the GM's meetings on March 16th may include the Florida Panthers' starter-and-back-up-goalie-get-injured situation, expanding video review via giving officials a monitor in the penalty box to review goals that cannot be reviewed in Toronto;

And Friedman says that it's entirely possible that IOC president Thomas Bach and Bettman/Fehr will discuss NHL and NHLPA participation in the Olympics when the World Championships are held in Prague this May:

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‘Rumblings,’ ‘Insider Trading’ and context-setting ahead of the GM’s meetings

Between TSN's Darren Dreger's "Dreger Report" entry about the Flames' mandating of shot-blocking "skate fenders," ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's "Rumblings" and an as-yet-un-captioned TSN's Insider Trading segment featuring both Dreger and LeBrun, rule change chatter and trade talk are both heating up ahead of next Tuesday's GM's meetings.

In his "Rumblings" article, LeBrun discusses the hot-button issues of goalie and "staged" fights...

I think the theme of the fighting discussion next week, if it is indeed held, will be along the lines of continuing to find ways to minimize some aspects of fighting in the game, just like the NHL's implementing the helmet rule this season in which fighters have to keep their lids on or else get an extra penalty for fighting without it. Calm down, fighting fans, the idea is not to completely ban fighting, but rather to get rid of some of the elements hockey people no longer want.

For example, Gabriel Landeskog's fight with Alex Chiasson last Friday night is what people still want to see: an emotional fight between two good hockey players that most hockey people feel strongly still has an important place in the game. But having two enforcers go at it in a staged fight? That has grown stale for many people.

One idea that could come up next week is the current rule that stipulates three fighting majors and you’re thrown out of the game; why not make it two fighting majors and you’re out, instead?

LeBrun outlines a few more points of emphasis for the GM's meetings...

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Chatting With Lamoriello

From Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,

Was there a sense of whether there’s going to be an active market at the trade deadline?

“No, I didn’t get a sense of that. I also saw statistics which were very interesting as far as the number of trades that transpired last year as compared to two, three, four, five years ago. (They were) very similar.

“But the trading deadline and (making) trades is always determined by who are buyers and who are sellers, but before you can be a buyer or a seller you have to have someone who has the potential of being out of the playoffs. And right now if you look at the points in each conference, you can see that if you go on a three-game winning streak or a four-game losing streak, you can find yourself on one side or the other. It think a lot will be determined very close to the trading deadline when those decisions have to be made with individual people with their free agency. Do I think there will be movement of players who are not free agents? Unless it’s a pretty big deal for both sides, I would be surprised at this point. It would have happened already.”

much more... of an interesting conversation with Lou Lamoriello Wednesday night, discussing everything from trade rumors to rule changes discussed at the GM meetings in Naples this week.
*with thanks to Steve for providing the heads-up on this interview

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Who’s Talking To Who

from NHL.com writer Dan Rosen at NHL Connect,

I thought it was great to see George McPhee and Don Maloney chatting for close to 30 minutes during lunch. “Trying to make a trade,” Maloney joked to me. Probably not considering both teams are in a similar situation with young players and on the cusp of the playoffs. Still, good fodder.

I thought it was great to see Ken Holland walk out of the lunch area with Toronto interim GM Cliff Fletcher. “So, how’s it going?” Holland asked.

read on... Now more rumors can be created…

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