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The one time I agree with a referee…

Perhaps due to the fact that I tried to bend rules into pretzels from the start of my sporting career--as a 7-year-old soccer player who was already built like a beer keg, and instructed to "move people" so that my more subtly-skilled teammates could enjoy more room to operate--I've never been a friend of referees. That certainly remained the case when I took up playing...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Competition Committee recommends changes

The NHL Competition Committee met for five hours Monday and have since decided to propose a host of recommendations for changes to the NHL Board of Governors and the Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players' Association. The Board of Governors is due to meet in New York on June 26, while The Executive Board will meet next month, between July 16-19 California.The...
Via Hockey Fan Land
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Delayed rant: the NHL & PA have their heads in the sand regarding reviewing goaltender interference

When Paul posted the news from yesterday's Competition Committee meetings in New York (the general managers meet on Wednesday), I was angry--really, really angry--and I wanted to weigh in, but... For the first time in an incredibly long time, my, "Aw, *#$%@& it" instinct kicked in, and that instinct remained strong throughout the night. Hell, the comments made...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Martin Brodeur to test free agency

It appears that Martin Brodeur’s time with the New Jersey Devils has finally come to an end. After 24 years with the Devils organization, Brodeur claims that he will test free agency this summer. Brodeur is widely considered the greatest goaltender in NHL history. During his 21-year career, he has set dozens of records and won three Stanley Cups. He has also spent his entire career...
Via Rumors and Rants
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday Morning Hockey Notes

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, - Anybody else think the NHL needs to get rid of the trapezoid? The GMs asked that question of the NHLPA’s Mathieu Schneider during meetings last week in Boca Raton, Fla. Schneider didn’t deny that the players would also like to see it go. But, the union is worried about the safety of defencemen. Like everything else in the NHL, the...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Again, The Big Ice Debate

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star, Sometimes it seems like an unstoppable NHL cycle. As players get bigger and faster, time and space shrinks. As skill levels edge higher, scoring stagnates. The game’s craftiest players often can’t find enough room to showcase their talents. Meanwhile, the punishing grind keeps injury rates high, even though training and treatment...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Mathieu Schneider On A Few Topics At The GM Meetings

via Darren Dreger tweets, Mathieu Schneider says players aren't interested in making games longer. Says players would prefer games not ending in shootout...so... ...PA would like to see more testing on long change in 4 on 4, or ways of encouraging games ending in regulation. Schneider says players would like to see more interference allowed to slow game down. Removal...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

USA Today offers a slate of articles discussing fighting in hockey

USA Today engaged in an intriguing exercise this morning, having Calgary Flames president Brian Burke pen a "guest column" in support of fighting, USA Hockey's Michael J. Stuart and the Mayo Clinic's David W. Dodick and Aynsley M. Smith pen a guest column aruging for the abolishment of fighting in hockey, and USA Today's Kevin Allen speaking with NBC Sports...
Via Kukla's Korner
October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Hockey Points In The Hockey World

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, - While one longtime NHL pro scout said the fiery Patrick Roy is “a train wreck,” Roy’s arrival in Denver as Colorado Avalanche head coach has made the team relevant again. That’s a good thing. Did anybody care about the Avalanche the last three or four years? - Pretty much everybody feels winger Thomas Vanek will be leaving...
Via Kukla's Korner
October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL players approve hybrid icing rule

Hybrid icing will be in effect for the start of the NHL regular season after it was approved by the players. The NHLPA gave the go-ahead for the rule change that makes icing a race to an imaginary line across the faceoff dots instead of the puck, which was given a trial run during the preseason. The goal is to prevent serious injuries, such as the one that sidelined Carolina Hurricanes...
Via AP on Fox
September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

General managers weigh in on rule changes: shootout spin-o-rama to be outlawed; other tidbits!

Mathieu Schneider discussed the NHLPA's take on the general managers' meetings and probable rule changes this afternoon. Schneider also weighed in on the GM's desire to "tackle" diving while speaking with ESPN's Scott Burnside... "I wouldn't say it's a big issue. Listen, hockey players have always prided themselves on being some of the...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL GMs endorse rules changes

Hybrid icing could be on its way to the NHL. The league's general managers met Wednesday and embraced many of the changes recommended by the competition committee, including hybrid icing and the mandatory use of visors for all players entering the league. A blend of touch and no-touch icing that offers referees the discretion to blow a play dead will be in effect during the...
Via AP on Fox
June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL general managers endorse rules changes

Hybrid icing could be on its way to the NHL. The league's general managers have embraced many changes recommended by the competition committee, including hybrid icing and the mandatory use of visors for all players entering the league. The group met Wednesday before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. A blend of touch and no-touch...
Via AP on Fox
June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

NHLPA’s Schneider: GM’s approved competition committee suggestions, hybrid icing a work in progress

Good news from the general managers' meetings per Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika and the CBC's Elliotte Friedman: NHLPA's Mathieu Schneider says NHL will implement hybrid icing next season if everyone likes test in preseason. — Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) June 19, 2013 Schneider said they're still working out details of how hybrid...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Yes, both goalies and players’ gear need to be tweaked, but going too far is literally dangerous

Sportsnet's Mark Spector had a conversation with NHLPA special assistant to the executive director and competition committee member Mathieu Schneider about attempts to reduce the number of blocked shots and re-tweak goaltending equipment to increase scroring, and while I'm no fan of the fact that John Tortorella's mandate that each and every member of the New York Rangers...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Visors could be mandatory in NHL

New NHL players might soon be forced to wear visors, and the rest might join that group in the not too distant future. The league's competition committee recommended on Tuesday that visors be mandatory for all players entering the league, beginning next season. The group also suggested that hybrid icing be tested during the 2013-14 preseason, as were shallower nets. Any changes...
Via AP on Fox
June 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- Mathieu Schneider And Colin Campbell Recap Competition Committee Mtg.

All the topics of the day are brought up by Schneider and Campbell.  
Via Kukla's Korner
June 04, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL: visors could be mandatory for new players

The NHL competition committee will recommend making visors mandatory for all players entering the league. Also at Tuesday's meeting, hybrid icing was recommended for testing during the 2013-14 preseason, as were shallower nets. Any changes must first be approved by the league's board of governors. That also includes a change that makes all four-minute high-sticking penalties...
Via AP on Fox
June 04, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL-NHLPA Competition Committee to discuss hybrid icing, visors and goalie gear on Tuesday

If you recall the result of the NHL's general managers' meetings in March--suggestions that the league should adopt "hybrid icing," that it should tweak goaltending equipment to lower thigh rises and slim knee protectoin, and that it should grandfather in mandatory visor use? Or how the NHLPA reponded with a de-facto, "Hmm, we should talk about this" level...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankee Stadium to Host NHL Games Featuring Rangers, Islanders, Devils During Super Bowl Week

The NHL has announced plans to drastically increase the number of games played outdoors next season, and all three New York-area teams will be getting in on the fun. In the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium — the first to be held in a cold-weather climate — Yankee Stadium will host the first outdoor professional hockey game ever in New York City. In fact...
Via NESN.com
May 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Who’s ‘In Play’ at the NHL Trade Deadline?

With less than two weeks to go until this year’s National Hockey League, the NHL, trade deadline, there is a great deal of speculation as to who might be moved and to where they might be moved.  However, this season’s deadline could either be interesting or it could be ‘much ado about nothing’. If you look at the last shortened NHL season – 1994-95 – the action, if that’s...
Via The Sports Bank
March 24, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL looking to make rule changes regarding goalie pads and visors

There have been some interesting discussions regarding equipment at the recent NHL general managers’ meetings. The league is looking at reducing the size of goalie pads as well as making face visors mandatory. The height of goalie pads was a hot topic as some of the general managers feel there should be more scoring in the league. The size of goalie equipment has increased quite...
Via MyTeamRivals.com
March 23, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL looking to make rule changes regarding goalie pads and visors

There have been some interesting discussions regarding equipment at the recent NHL general managers’ meetings. The league is looking at reducing the size of goalie pads as well as making face visors mandatory. The height of goalie pads was a hot topic as some of the general managers feel there should be more scoring in the league. The size of goalie equipment has increased quite...
Via Hockey Fan Land
March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

GMs tackle goalie pads, video review

NHL general managers discussed reducing the size of goalie equipment and increasing video review Wednesday, and the league and NHL Players' Association expressed a desire to grandfather in mandatory visors. "Every little piece of goaltender equipment is now a project for a goalie to get bigger," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's vice president of hockey operations...
Via Fox Sports
March 21, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL Talks About Decreasing Size of Goalie Pads, Requiring Visors in Future

TORONTO — NHL general managers discussed reducing the size of goalie equipment and increasing video review Wednesday, and the league and NHL Players’ Association expressed a desire to grandfather in mandatory visors. “Every little piece of goaltender equipment is now a project for a goalie to get bigger,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s vice president of hockey operations...
Via NESN.com
March 21, 2013  |  Discuss
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