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07-12-2014, 12:07 PM
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Sometimes change trickles up and other times, it trickles down. In the case of the rule changes recently adopted by the American League, it will be interesting to see whether or not those holding the levers of the NHL take notice.

At its board of governors meetings this week, the AHL passed what can only be described as radical rule alterations. And I use the term “radical” keeping in mind that significant change sometimes moves at a glacial pace in this sport. But give the AHL credit. It made positive moves on two of the most controversial, debated and polarizing issues facing the game today: fighting and shootouts.

What makes it refreshing is these rule changes were conceived and approved by “hockey guys” who are every bit as passionate about the game as their NHL brethren. In fact, the AHL’s competition and player development committees are filled with assistant GMs who are on the path to NHL upper management.
The current writers at The Hockey News dream about a day where the NHL is like figure skating with sticks.


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I don't believe for a split instant that these rules were, if not mandated, then at very least heavily suggested, by the NHL powers-that-be. Andrews doesn't use the washroom without checking with someone first.

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I don't believe for a split instant that these rules were, if not mandated, then at very least heavily suggested, by the NHL powers-that-be. Andrews doesn't use the washroom without checking with someone first.
Look at a list of who the AHL's Governors are. Notice what their "regular" jobs are. You have your answer.

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The current writers at The Hockey News dream about a day where the NHL is like figure skating with sticks.
What? THN is still in business? I let my subscription expire after they picked my favorite team to come in 13th in their conference. Instead, they won the regular season and the Calder Cup titles. Pretty good for a cellar dweller. Idiots they are!

I agree with you Tyler. They print the news that fits their agenda. It would be better to print informed opinion or even the truth! Is that too much to ask?

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07-12-2014, 10:00 PM
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I'm sure Proteau will write an article about how mean and insensitive hitting is soon enough.

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I wrote in my other post it would be a year before the media mentioned this. I never would have guessed it would be a day. What a joke.

No one goes to an AHL game to see no fights. Even the jerks who complain about the fighting would rather see a couple to give themselves something to whine about.

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I wrote in my other post it would be a year before the media mentioned this. I never would have guessed it would be a day. What a joke.

No one goes to an AHL game to see no fights. Even the jerks who complain about the fighting would rather see a couple to give themselves something to whine about.
I am not against fighting (and would in fact be against banning fighting), but I have no problem going to a game (and I mostly attend AHL games) and not seeing a fight.

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But you're not going hoping not to see one. That was my point.

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But you're not going hoping not to see one. That was my point.
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Screw Hockey News and the AHL. You don't want fighting, watch women's hockey.

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And we take one more step to becoming the world cup with skates. Brutal.

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JMHO - I don't think this will eliminate fighting so much as it will the early-game "staged" fights. You can't really take the chance on it if there's a possibility you'll need to actually respond to a situation later.

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I'm sure Proteau will write an article about how mean and insensitive hitting is soon enough.
Weak, hyperbolic arguments like this never win. It is the same lame ass argmuentation stlye that opponents of marriage equality use. "What's next? Marrying goats?"

It is the weak ass "gateway drug" argument.

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I actually like it. It will cut down on the Bobby Shea type spectacles that occurred last year.

If the AHL is a developmental league, then why "develop" players in a role that no longer works at the NHL level?

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Weak, hyperbolic arguments like this never win. It is the same lame ass argmuentation stlye that opponents of marriage equality use. "What's next? Marrying goats?":shakehead

It is the weak ass "gateway drug" argument.
Is that why those goats are screaming?

I never expect to see a fight at a hockey game.

Some that occur are gravy.

Some players should get tossed for "fights" that resemble square dancing. I am totally against staged fights.

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Is that why those goats are screaming?

I never expect to see a fight at a hockey game.

Some that occur are gravy.

Some players should get tossed for "fights" that resemble square dancing. I am totally against staged fights.
As am I re the fights. The whole "you hit my skilled guy so my enforcer will fight your enforcer is crap. If someone hits the guy, you hit him instead of staging the enforcer battle. I remember one time Scott Pearson was on the ice when a guy crushed Steve Larouche. Pearson checked him into the boards and then a fight broke out. Guess what? There was no retaliation against Pearson or anyone on the Wolves.

I remember another time that Brett Sterling cheap shot Jamie Lundmark and Lundmark got a penalty when he gave him a slash back. Sterling then gave him a shove and a face wash (no call). Lundmark the whole time in the box was just jawing and gesturing to Sterling and this was towards the end of the game. With less than a minute left in the game Lundmark got out of the box and chased down Sterling and just beat the hell out of him. That is what I go to see. The passion fights.

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