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George Prax's picture
Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

Before anyone says it, Selanne and Lidstrom SHOULD be there, but they both didn't want to play, so they aren't fair game. Dennis Wideman shouldn't be there. Ovechkin is already there, so you don't need another Capital. Give me Duncan Keith.

George Prax's picture

Selanne and Lidstrom both asked the NHL not to be selected, as if they were and declined they would have been suspended.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

Yeah, but in all fairness, they let the league know before they were selected so I don't see it as a big deal. Let the young guys play

George Prax's picture
George Prax's picture

I will put the gun away when watching Habs games in the new year.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

I will make more fun of Jonathan Ericsson than I ever have before

sbekovic's picture

I will be less harsh on John Scott

George Prax's picture
Brian Bock's picture

That the league officials, referees, and most importantly, the players all figure out a way to end the concussion "epidemic." Our game is on the brink of stepping back into the national spotlight. There are too many bright stars in the NHL - can't afford to keep dimming them with these horrible head injuries.

Rob McGowan's picture

That's a noble one from a hockey fan there. I would say for the Isles to finally make it back to the playoffs. But I think I missed the "Christmas miracle wish" deadline. I'll go with that the Isles arena issue gets ironed out before 2015.

George Prax's picture
Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

If there's a rant almost half as good as Bruce Boudreau's last year, I think they'll be alright

George Prax's picture

Torts tried to go after Brian Boyle for not covering Kessel but you could tell it was a little forced.

Matt Cefalu's picture

To be honest, I think they're doing a great job of not making things seem forced. I didn't watch the show at all last year because I thought thats all it would be - awkward hockey players acting like they tried memorizing "edgy" hockey related dialogue. But I heard HBO did an awesome job and after watching episode 1 this year, I'm very impressed.

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Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

Detroit and Columbus win for sure. Both get reduced travel and only visit out West once a year. Travel wise Tampa and Florida got screwed, but it's Florida so who cares. They should be happy in the Northeast Division with TOR and MTL fans filling their buildings.

George Prax's picture

Florida benefits from this overall because their buildings will be fuller. Habs and Leafs are the big losers here, and the Isles.

Matt Cefalu's picture

I'm not even sure what kind of impact this will have on team's overall records and heading into the playoffs. I do like the fact that teams will play each other at least twice. If anything, points will be even more significant within conference, so mid season competition should be better, in theory.

Rob McGowan's picture

The only thing that gets worse for the Isles is having to play the Capitals six times as opposed to four, but the Caps have not been playing their best hockey lately. Other than that, the Isles are practically in the same division. The Hurricanes, right now, are not a team that concerns me with six match-ups over four.

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George Prax's picture

I think Boudreau got the short end of the stick, but I'm really curious to see what Dale Hunter can do behind an NHL bench (although I'm not happy about the Knights losing him), and especially Kirk Muller in Carolina (still not happy about the Habs losing him either lol).

Matt Cefalu's picture

I agree. If you look at the Eastern standings even this early into the season, the East is as tight as it's ever been in really long time. I don't think this will necessary backfire for Caps, but I don't think it's really going to act as any type of quick fix. However, I think it was probably time for a change in Carolina. Maurice just wasn't getting the job done and when rumors are popping up about the possibility of your franchise player getting traded, something's gotta give.

George Prax's picture

Carolina's change seemed like a change just because one was necessary. Not sure how much of a difference Muller will make this year, so I'm hoping that's more of a long-term move.

Michael Stuart's picture

George,

You can't be happy to first see Boucher go and now Muller. The Habs are doing a really good job of developing coaches. Problem...for other teams. I'd be interested to get your take on seeing two of the best young coaches in the game slip right out from under you guys in Montreal.

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Kory's picture

His inconsistency is not helping him get the message across. I'm not sure how the hit on Tobias Enstrom goes unnoticed (broken collarbone) yet Lucic can get away with nailing a vulnerable Ryan Miller. Not to mention that the majority of people watching the Caps/Jets game last night had no idea that Bogosian even hit Eakin, let alone see a hit that was questionable of a penalty/suspension.

What's with his love for the Bruins, anyway?

George Prax's picture

Shanahan is employed by the NHL, the NHL is run by its owners, Jeremy Jacobs is the most prolific of the bunch, and owns the Bruins. This has been the case for years. The Bruins win the cup by bullying everyone else in the league and they get away with it. In the end Shanahan has people to answer to and that begins with the higher ups at the NHL. It's a reality no matter who's there. Frankly though, quantity doesn't equal quality, so I think Shanahan could very well fall into the same pitfalls as we saw Campbell fall into the last few years.

Michael Stuart's picture

I really don't see that he has. In the pre-season, I saw a lot of promise for him in his new role. Now, it's pretty obvious that politics are taking over.

As George said, Shanahan is employed by the NHL. He is ruled by their revenue stream and economic success. Angering Jeremy Jacobs wouldn't be good for Bettman or the NHL.

That being said, it's important for Shanahan to be unbiased when reviewing cases, something that, in my opinion, he simply has not been.

As a blogger over at HockeyBuzz stated bluntly, this whole "first time offender" garbage has to stop. If you commit a crime, or act against the NHL code, you deserve to be punished for it.

Why Lucic was not suspended is beyond me. It's time for Shanahan and the NHL to step up and either discipline fairly, or not at all.

Jordan Kuhns's picture

The most positive thing that has been done by Shanahan has been the videos. Campbell had no frame-by-frame proof nor clear reason for his rulings. Shanahan has made these clear for everyone to see. Otherwise, he hasn't laid the shocker suspension everyone is waiting for. When that time comes, I feel we'll have our answer.

George Prax's picture

Can't disagree, the videos help, even the ones when he doesn't suspend anyone. But considering the constant flow of incidents, I think there's an issue with how he's been dealing with things.

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Phil T's picture

inb4 another concussion

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

They had a live cam of him at practice...seriously?

George Prax's picture

The correct answer was "yes".

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Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

It's not the Lightning's fault, that's for sure. They aren't going to change, so let Philly look funny and let them stand there. Why don't they try to beat the system? Because standing there isn't going to work and it didn't last night.

Greg Duley's picture

I agree with Kyle, Philly just standing there only made them look stupid. There are ways around the Tampa System and based on the amount of goals they've allowed most teams have figured it out. Philly has to man up and just play hockey in my opinion in that situation.

George Prax's picture
George Prax's picture

We're starting to see them slump a bit, but I'm starting to believe they might have a shot at holding on to a playoff spot when it's all said and done.