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Archive for May 21st, 2011

NHL Affirms Garage League Status With McGinn Ruling


Look, it’s not like anyone expected the NHL to do anything with Jamie McGinn.  There is no surprise anywhere this afternoon that Colin Campbell handed down zero additional sanction on the Sharks left winger for his blatant and dangerous board of Canucks defender Aaron Rome.  It continues to be very obvious that the NHL has no interest in ensuring player safety.  They have no clue that there is a flat-out lack of respect between players on the ice regarding it.

By rule the NHL did exactly what the book says.  It gave McGinn the 5 minute Major Penalty and the Game Misconduct which amounted to just over 8 minutes and 30 seconds of game time missed.  It’s also very obvious that, mentally players feel that is a suitable trade off for dangerous hits as there is has been no let up in the delivery of such blows around the league.  I’m not here to argue the rule book which is what so many apologists want to do.  I’m here to say, over and over until it is rectified, that the sport will not be able to exist under these conditions forever.  Eventually too many players will be skating around with post-concussion symptoms.  The quality of the on ice product will decline.  The league doesn’t care.  They are focused 100% on the money they can make today. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 21, 2011 at 4:56 PM

I’ll Say It Again, Atlanta IS Moving. Write It Down.


Believe it or not after the Globe & Mail reported and then Nick Kypreos and Sportscenter confirmed it, there are people that still think the deal for Atlanta to relocate to Winnipeg isn’t going to happen.  Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said yesterday that Tuesday would “be an interesting day“.    Now news comes out that the Manitoba Moose of the AHL are relocating to St. John’s Newfoundland.   The AHL Moose currently play in the MTS Centre which would be the home of a NHL team moving to Winnipeg.   The Moose are a very successful, winning AHL team.  The only reason on god’s green earth for them to make this sort of move is to free the building up.  I hope you can do the math from there. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Taking a Look at the McGinn Hit


Late in the 3rd period of Game 3 in the Western Conference Final Sharks Left Winger Jamie McGinn decided to take a nice long run at Canucks defender Aaron Rome.  The game was 4-1 at that point and not really in doubt for the Sharks as they looked to narrow the gap in the WCF to a 2-1 margin.  The penalty assessed on the ice was a 5 Minute Major and a Game Misconduct, tossing McGinn for the remaining eight and a half minutes.

The problematic thing about this for me is that McGinn honestly thought he deserved to remain in the game as evidenced by his reaction to the Misconduct call on the ice.  Rome is showing him nothing but numbers as he is retrieving the puck.  He shows him nothing but numbers for more than an adequate period of time.  McGinn was not duped into hitting  player who turned his back at the last minute.  The hit was intended to deliver a blow, maybe in a last ditch attempt to rally his team.  Trying to divine more about McGinn’s desired result is an exercise in clairvoyance, which none of us are.  However we can discuss the place for this type of hit in the game. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Sea Dogs Win Off Of Blown Call


The St. John Sea Dogs won their opening game of the Memorial Cup Tournament Friday night against the host Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.  They won it on a goal that stemmed from a blow offsides call.

“The replay on the brand new video scoreboard at the Hershey Centre showed it clearly – Saint John Sea Dogs forward Zack Phillips over the Majors blue line before the puck. The in-house feed picked up what was being shown across Canada on Sportsnet. The broadcaster added a telestrator-created yellow circle around the puck.

What they didn’t show was Sea Dogs forward Michael Kirkpatrick  dishing off to teammate Nathan Beaulieu, who beat Majors goaltender JP Anderson to give the the QMJHL champions a two goal lead in what was a 4-3 final” – From Buzzing the Net

No one likes when a call or blown call decides a game, especially in a championship tournament.  However this is the Canadian Hockey League.  Much like the players in it these officials are working their way up.  Mistakes are part of it at that level.

Written by ozman51

May 21, 2011 at 2:02 AM

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