Now this is a hockey column- the soap box on hockey violence has been put away (or hopefully bought at the Dupont April yard sale for a dollar along with a Garth Butcher Canucks penatly leader hockey card from the 80's) for atleast a week.
just one word about the concern over hockey violence- punishment works, discipline works- if Matt Cooke can change for atleast one year likely anyone can...the game is great but it needs a good tweak not radical overhaul. I like a good hockey fight in the flow of the game, or a great body check that is not intended to do anything but blow up a guy- it can work but like the real world there has to be solid leadership, rules, and defined punishement that will curtail 'most' incidents.
and speaking of tweaking- Peter Chiarelli's comments on future of the Bruins seems that is the way they will proceed building the roster; I can't say I disagree.
Tim Thomas future was front and center in your article and makes alot of sense why he should and will be back for one more year; I don't believe Chiarelli's comments will be reversed ala Dave Lewis- who received a vote of confidence one week and a card board box the next. Thomas should be highly motivated and poised to once again prove any critics wrong- this can only be a good thing, and for one year the Bruins should be able to absorb a goalie cap hit of about $8-9 Mil.
I do disagree with your assessment that Rich Peverley is more valuable than Chris Kelly. He may be more offensively gifted but Kelly has enough tools in the shed to overcome any offensive shortcomings, and unlike some of his more heralded and highly paid teammates shows up every game.
Lastly, did not know that about Gates Orlando- horrible, and hope he is ok; he's been a scout the past few years which reminds me- you forgot in your blurb about Seguin and Hamilton being the return for Kessel; the third guy, Jared Knight, might just happen to be a favorite of Gates. Gates Orlando is a scout for the Devils and may like Knight more than me This guy is pretty sharp and was a fantastic college player. He;s got a keen eye for talent witness Adam Henrique.
good article and hockey season is far from dead- lot of great games, and feels weird watching Rangers and Flyers involvement and finding myself rooting for these two.
"Glue guy Ryan Kesler before his no-trade clause kicks in July 1. There would be a long line of takers for Kesler, the gritty American center who will turn 28 just before the start of training camp."
Burke drafted him and I can only imagine what the 'scale' would have on each side from Leafs fans to get a Kesler-Luongo deal to Toronto. (I'm not sure Kessel is soft enough to play for Vancouver though)
For once I agree with Dupont. If the NHL doesn't do anything to curb the violence and increase in concussions and career ending injuries, the NHLPA has got to police its own membership.
No one is against good solid body checking. Its part of the game. Its the launching of body to head or stick to the face that has to be stopped. Hockey is the greatest sport on earth. If you can't appreciate great skating ala Seguin and Kreider, skilled stickhandling, precision passing, and indeed, good body work, you don't appreciate the game.
C'mon, Bettman and Fehr. Change this game for the better before any more stars or lesser players have their careers ruined.
Speaking of the Globe articles, I couldn't help but notice the quote on Kerry Fraser who opined that rule 69.1, I believe, was violated in the winning Washington goal by impairing the goaltender.
Former NHLer opens up about battle with Parkinson's
The degenerative neurological disease is sometimes genetic, but it can also form after repeated brain trauma. Ludzik received his share while playing 424 NHL games from 1981 to 1990, mostly with the Chicago Blackhawks, plus hundreds of games in junior, the minors and Europe.
He figures he suffered six concussions throughout his career, though none were ever diagnosed.
“It was, ‘Boy, I’ve had a headache for a week, no appetite, and I’m miserable,’ ” Ludzik said. “You know your body more than anyone else.”
One of the biggest hits Ludzik received came during the 1986-87 season. The Hawks were in Minnesota and North Stars enforcer Larry DePalma drilled Ludzik into the boards from behind.
“I remember going to the bench and I couldn’t remember which town I was in,” Ludzik said. “You never said anything (about concussions) because you wanted to keep your job.”