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NHL not doing enough to protect goalies


He plays on your screens from September to February, week after week, as the NFL goes too far to protect its quarterbacks from danger. It might offend the sensibilities of some alumni who grew up with Lawrence Taylor, or perhaps Ben Davidson before that, but it represents good business. The NFL protects its greatest assets. Second and third string matchups are hard to sell.

So that was the indirect reason why I agreed with Toronto watchers disallowing Filip Chytil’s apparent goal with 3:10 remaining in the third period of Game 1 against the Penguins after Kaapo’s power move Kakko towards the net wiped out Pittsburgh. goalie Casey DeSmith.

It didn’t seem premeditated and it wasn’t a play with malicious intent even though Kakko’s path to the net would likely have made contact even if he hadn’t been pushed or partially guided by Penguins defenseman Brian From the mill. It was a coin-flip type call that has most certainly reversed several times over the course of the season.

But I felt the decision, made in the wake of Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan’s challenge, was sound in the context of protecting goaltenders from harm. I think you have to err on the side of caution when it comes to protecting some of the league’s key assets, certainly at this time of year.

Apparently, I was giving too much credit to the NHL. A night later, there was the Bruins’ David Pastrnak recklessly taking down snake-bitten Antti Raanta from the Hurricanes in Carolina. And given Raanta’s long streak of ailments, it’s surprising the Finn hasn’t been bitten by a snake during his tenure in Arizona. Either way, Pastrnak got his two minutes and Raanta finished for game two before 10:00 of the first period.

David Pastrnak collides with Antti Raanta.
David Pastrnak collides with Antti Raanta.
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Antti Raanta left the game after the collision.
Antti Raanta left the game after the collision.
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Then, within the first minute of Game 2 at Madison Square Garden, the officials watched, even perhaps with approval, when Pittsburgh’s Evan Rodrigues entered the crease to trip Igor Shesterkin. The band continued to play.

DeSmith, the backup who became the Penguins’ starter when number one Tristan Jarry went down late in the regular season with a broken foot, left Game 1 with a heart injury that required surgery. The Penguins are now in the hands of third-string guard Louis Domingue. Carolina is using a third stringer following Raanta’s injury that followed a season-ending injury to starter Frederik Andersen. You don’t want that.

There’s nothing wrong with a league going a little overboard in protecting its greatest assets, but there’s something radically wrong with a league not protecting them on the biggest stage. Sport. The league must implement a crackdown. These players are so smart that it’s easy to disguise their intentions. A two-minute minor is not a fair trade-off for removing a goaltender from the lineup. The crease is there for a reason.

Evan Rodrigues travels with Igor Shesterkin
Evan Rodrigues travels with Igor Shesterkin
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Maybe the NHL could learn something from the NFL. Maybe just this time?

No.


Here is one that will be worth revisiting if the trend persists. In the first 20 playoff games, the winners outscored the losers by a margin of 3.15 goals per game, with an average score of 4.6 to 1.45. Winning teams have scored at least five goals 12 times, while losing clubs have scored one or less in eight games. Teams are retiring goaltenders earlier than ever, and it had a minor effect, but nearly half of the week’s game (nine) featured blowouts of four or more goals.

Bizarre and less convincing.


The Devils have therefore carried out a thorough and thorough review of the organization and seem bound to come to the conclusion that assistant coaches Alain Nasreddine and Mark Recchi were the problem and should therefore leave.

It reminds me of when the Devils missed the 1996 playoffs as defending Stanley Cup champions and decided to fire PA announcer Bob Arsena after the season ended.


With the Oilers winning back-to-back games 6-0 and 8-2, I had to check and see if Orval Tessier was behind the other team’s bench. (You can search for it.)

I don’t know many NHL players who have defied the aging curve like David Perron, the 33-year-old St. Louis winger who became more productive in the second half of his career, and without suddenly joining Sidney Crosby as last-day Rob Brown.

David Peron
David Peron
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Perron had 141 goals, 191 assists and 332 points in 570 games in the first eight years of his career, which started at age 19 with the Blues in 2007. That equates to 0.25 goals per game, 0.33 assists per and 0.58 points per.

But as of the 2016-17 season, Perron recorded 128 goals, 205 assists and 333 points in 403 games. This corresponds to significant increases per game of 0.32 GPG, 0.51 APG and 0.83 PPG.

A rare indeed.


Apparently, since the NHLPA can’t beat the NHL in collective bargaining, it will try to become the NHL.

Slap Shots has been informed that the administration is preparing a settlement to present to the executive board of 32 player representatives that would give the union the power to discipline agents who publicly criticize the NHLPA during labor negotiations. The range of disciplinary measures will likely range from fines to suspensions and, in the most extreme case, decertification.

It comes about two decades after the NHL Board of Governors gave Gary Bettman the power to fine club owners and officials up to $1 million for speaking publicly about labor negotiations.

To defeat them, the syndicate tries to become them.

Wonderful. Good luck with that.


Finally, I got it. Turner Sports could not find a qualified person to fill the position of “rules expert/referee” on its national broadcasts, so the network hired Don Koharski instead.

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