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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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Despite His Detractors, Brian Burke Is Building A Winner In Toronto

March 2nd, 2011 2 Comments

November 29, 2008. Some day this date will resonate with Toronto Maple Leaf fans everywhere as it marks the date when Brian Burke was named President and General Manager of the Blue and White and, in many respects, marks the date that the Maple Leafs organization stopped accepting mediocrity. Burke brought with him an impressive resume which includes a Stanley Cup victory in 2007 as the GM of the Anaheim Ducks, a Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, a Harvard Law degree (1981), NHL front office experience, and the reputation of being one of the most sound executives in all of hockey. Combined, Burke brought more than 20 years of National Hockey League experience, which, in itself, is very impressive. Burke also brought a tough façade and an in-your-face attitude both on and off

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NHL Trade Rumors:What Would It Take To Land Stephen Weiss?

February 22nd, 2011 No Comments

Originally drafted fourth overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Stephen Weiss has played his entire career with the Florida Panthers. For Weiss, there have been good times, including a 28-goal season in 2009-10 and bad times, including a 13-goal season in 2007-08. This season Weiss has registered a total of 16 goals and 40 points through 58 games with the lowly Panthers, which puts him on pace to score around 56 points on the season. While not a lock to be an “elite” number one centre many experts feel, in the right situation and with the right line mates, that Weiss could be a great number one NHL centre, maybe even a star. For the most part, even with the benefit of playing on a line with Nathan Horton (now with the Boston Bruins) at times, many experts believe

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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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