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Matt “Cooke-d” For At Least 14 Games

March 21st, 2011 No Comments

NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell issued a statement today saying:  “Mr. Cooke, a repeat offender, directly and unnecessarily targeted the head of an opponent who was in an unsuspecting and vulnerable position. This isn’t the first time this season that we have had to address dangerous behavior on the ice by Mr. Cooke, and his conduct requires an appropriately harsh response.” Campbell was referring to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke’s suspension for his dangerous hit on New York Rangers forward Ryan McDonagh for which Cooke will be suspended for the rest of the regular season and the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. What it amounts to is a suspension that will last at least 14 games (ten regular season, four or more playoff games).  This latest suspension marks the second time Cooke has

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Weighs In On Concussion Discussion

March 14th, 2011 No Comments

Whether you are a staunch supporter the game or merely a perimeter fan, one thing has become very clear in today’s NHL—head shots are the main cause of concussions…or are they? NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman discussed concussions today at the NHL general manager meetings in Boca Raton, Florida. From what he was quoted as saying to the media, Bettman appears to be making a good case that (contrary to popular belief) head shots are not the main cause of concussions. “If there is one thing that is clear, there is no one single thing causing concussions. In fact, the trend as to why concussions happen is different than what a lot of people are suggesting or speculating,” Bettman said. Bettman’s report revealed that 44 percent of all concussions were the result of legal hits, 26 percent were the result of

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Zdeno Chara Escapes Suspension: Did The NHL Get It Right?

March 9th, 2011 2 Comments

By now every hockey fan has heard National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy’s decision not to impose any supplemental discipline upon Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara for what many NHL fans perceived as a questionable hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty. While we all feel for Pacioretty (who suffered a severe concussion and a non-displaced fracture of the vertebrae on the play), the reality is Pacioretty was the victim of a hockey play and nothing else. At a towering 6’9”, 255-pounds, getting hit by Chara is like getting hit by a truck at the best of times. The fact Chara inadvertently slammed Pacioretty into a glass partition just magnified the damage Chara is capable of inflicting on opposing players. NHL hockey has been under a ton of scrutiny by the NHLPA, it’s fans, concerned

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NHL Trade Rumors: Clarke MacArthur To Nashville?

February 27th, 2011 No Comments

Currently sitting in eighth spot in the Western Conference with 72 points on the season, the Nashville Predators are holding on to the final playoff spot by the skin of their teeth. Directly ahead of the Predators sit the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild. Both teams have a game in hand on the Preds, both teams have also earned 72 points. Below the Preds sit the Surging Calgary Flames who have been all but unbeatable since the all-star break with 71 points and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks with 70 points and two games in hand on the Preds. With so many Western Conference teams this close to a playoff birth it is expected that many of the aforementioned teams will be busy on Monday’s Trade Deadline. The Dallas Stars (who are also in the Western Conference playoff

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Brad Richards And Brian Burke’s Other Pending Moves?

February 18th, 2011 1 Comment

While there is no guarantee that Dallas Stars forward Brad Richards will hit the free agent market there is no denying that if/when Richards does hit the free agent market the competition for his services will be fast and furious. Through 56 games with the Dallas Stars Richards has registered a total of 24 goals and 63 points, good enough for seventh overall in the scoring race and enough to make Richards a very rich man this summer. Unlike many NHL stars that are one-dimensional, Richards brings a unique combination of playmaking ability, goal scoring, defensive prowess and character. Richards ranks 15th in goals (24), fifth in assists, 24th in power play goals, tenth in shots (215) and a faceoff percentage that ranks him 41st in the league at a 51.4% success rate. Clearly, when it comes to this summers

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Tomas Kaberle Traded To Boston: Brian Burke Nets Huge Return!

February 18th, 2011 No Comments

For the better part of two full seasons, veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle has seen his name appear in just about every trade rumor surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs. TSN is reporting that the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs are set to announce a deal involving the talented puck moving defenseman, which will see the Maple Leafs receive Bruins prospect Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ first round draft choice in the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional draft choice (believed to be the Bruins second rounder in 2012) in return. Kaberle, who hates the spotlight, had hinted that he was willing to waive his no-trade clause if he was dealt to Boston. Rumors started early this week that Kaberle had told Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke that he would accept a trade to Boston and only Boston

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