First off: huge thanks to John and Jamie for helping cover the trade deadline yesterday. The post, albeit quiet, had a lot of eyes on it throughout the day. Great job by them.
I’m not talking about anything in the stands (I’ll assume that’s still happening), and Bob Probert and Stu Grimson weren’t in attendance that I know of. This was a fight involving the modern day Detroit Red Wings against what some still consider a rival team in Chicago.
No matter when it happened, I wasn’t expecting names like Brett Lebda and Mikael Holmqvist to be involved, but I don’t think Wings fans are picky about such things. For the rest of us, it’s just good to hear Mickey Redmond’s still out there.
Another divisional game between the Flyers and Islanders saw the gloves drop a couple of times. It was a wild one with the Flyers tying it up after being down 5-2, only to lose in overtime. The crowd, a low 11k, was still pretty loud. Perhaps the Smyth deal will let fans know the organization is looking to win, and win now.
The Phoenix at Edmonton game wasn’t a soft affair with a few scraps in there. Edmonton was getting frustrated at not being able to put one past CuJo on Mark Messier night and the Yotes were showing Coach Gretzky there’s some heart in that team.
Last night’s fights:
Todd Fedoruk vs Chris Simon Feb 27, 2007
Darren Reid vs Arron Asham Feb 27, 2007
Brett Lebda vs Mikael Holmqvist Feb 27, 2007
Jason Chimera vs Jeff Finger Feb 27, 2007
Josh Gratton vs Zack Stortini Feb 27, 2007
Nick Boynton vs Jason Smith Feb 27, 2007
Nick Boynton vs Jean-Francois Jacques Feb 27, 2007
Time for some trade coverage.
I’ll be hosting this along with Jamie Fitzgerald and John Chandler. We’ll make today as easy to follow as possible.
Thrashers Acquire Keith Tkachuk from St. Louis
Canadiens Trade Rivet and Fifth Rounder for Gorges and First Rounder
Capitals Trade Richard Zednik to the Islanders
Chicago Trades Smolinski to Vancouver for Second Rounder
Capitals Acquire Hedlund, Sixth-Round Pick for Nycholat
Canucks Acquire Sopel for Pair of Picks
Wings Acquire Calder In Three-Way Deal
Penguins Acquire Gary Roberts from Florida
Martin Biron Traded to Philadelphia for Draft Pick
Sabres Acquire Ty Conklin from Columbus
Sharks Acquire Bill Guerin for Nieminen, Barriball and First Round Pick
Blue Jackets Claim Boucher from Chicago
Canadiens Claim Michael Leighton Off Waivers
Wild Acquire Dominic Moore from Pittsburgh
Thrashers Claim Jason Krog Off Waivers
Capitals Acquire First Round Pick, Novotny from Buffalo for Zubrus, Helbling
Canadiens Assign Downey to Hamilton
Coyotes Trade Saprykin to Ottawa
Rangers Acquire Paul Mara from Boston In Exchange for Aaron Ward
Coyotes Claim Niko Kapanen from Atlanta
Panthers Trade Bertuzzi to Detroit
Ducks Acquire Brad May from Colorado
Thrashers Acquire Dupuis from the Rangers
Coyotes Ship Yanic Perreault to Toronto
Avalanche Acquire Scott Parker For Draft Pick
Stars Acquire Norstrom, Pushkarev and Draft Picks from Los Angeles
Islanders Acquire Ryan Smyth from Edmonton
Blues Acquire Boyes from Boston
Predators Send Lehtonen to Buffalo for a Fourth Round Pick
Penguins Acquire Kwiatkowski From Florida
Penguins Acquire Nolan Schaefer from San Jose
Kings Send Jason Ward to Tampa Bay
Flames Acquire David Hale From New Jersey
Blackhawks Acquire Nikita Alexeev from Tampa Bay
Capitals Send Heward to Los Angeles for a Conditional Draft Pick
Lightning Acquire Joe Rullier from Anaheim
Timeline of the day after the jump.
Some of the past fights between these two rivals:
Is Eight Enough? The final game of the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators series last night wasn’t a letdown. Heavyweights Andrew Peters and Brian McGrattan met up in the follow-up to the brawl on Thursday night, and “Keg Sparker” Chris Neil took on Adam Mair after an invitation or two.
Nine fights in eight games, six coming in the final two.
Eight games. We were told that was too many, but you have to know fans will tune into sixteen at this point.
The leaders list was active. Besides Lappy and Andrews, Cam Janssen having a loooong fight with John Erskine and Colton Orr drew blood from Jody Shelley in another good fight. A scrap between Mark Bell and Wayne Primeau topped off night.
Another leaders list item: the Ducks traded Shane O’Brien and a third round pick to the Lighting for Gerald Coleman and a first rounder.
The rest of the fights of the night:
The viewing list I normally link up will be in a follow-up post. Topics include: a listing of Sabres-Sens articles and blog posts, Georges Laraque and where he might wind up, and the plethora of fight-related articles that have popped up in the past few days.
Cable modems are great when they work. Shame mine’s been absolute crap the past week.
I didn’t get to do a thing tonight until just now and I don’t trust this thing will be good for long.
Tops on the agenda:
- Update log
- Post Reich-Tarnasky fight from last night
- Get the downloads updated (might be rough if connection is still shakey)
- Update Buffalo-Ottawa post, there’s a ton of articles and blog posts to get to
If not now, then late morning hopefully. I still have some instigator posts coming too.
Yes, yesterday morning was painful. Sorry about that. Some adjustments had to be made to the server setup to get things running smoothly again. This happened right after I said I’d do the hardware udpates over the summer. Murphy’s Law in effect. Updates will be coming soon, but either way, things shouldn’t get that rocky again.
Update 845pm: My connection’s getting better. Just in time to start to try and get things going for tonight. If it holds up, all will be updated tonight. Thanks for your patience.
Other fights from last night:
Let’s do it again
I’m sure Brian McGrattan will be dressed for this one.
I wrote about Saturday’s great divisional games, and this week the unbalanced schedule is basically “working”. It took some time, almost two full seasons, but divisional rivalries have suddenly exploded.
The Rangers-Devils action from earlier in the week led to a title in the NY Daily News you wouldn’t have expected a couple of months ago: Eight not enough for rivals
I’m sure the schedule will still be modified after next season, but if divisional games continue to be heated contests, it’ll only be a slight modification instead of a huge overhaul.
Last howl for Laraque
The word in Pittsburgh via ESPN Radio 1250AM is the Penguins have made a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes for Georges Laraque. Laraque still has to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to be completed. Big Georges was scratched for last night’s game against the Calgary Flames.
The Arizona Republic doesn’t have any done deal reported, but does publish: Laraque could be dealt before deadline. The traded hinted at is with the Pens, something I’ve written a few times in Quick Hits recently. It became apparent by the All-Star break coach Gretzky didn’t feel like he was getting what he expected from BGL.
There’s a delay for the video downloads update. They will be updated within a day or two.
Pops No More
Just a reminder: there are no pops being served from this site anymore.
Just letting everyone know I’m making adjustments to the server setup as quickly as possible to handle all the traffic. Sorry about the temporary slowdown.
The vids are up on the fight pages:
Jean-Francois Jacques vs Ole-Kristian Tollefsen Feb 22, 2007
Mathieu Roy vs Jody Shelley Feb 22, 2007
Todd Fedoruk vs Tim Gleason Feb 22, 2007
Chris Neil vs Drew Stafford Feb 22, 2007
Adam Mair vs Anton Volchenkov Feb 22, 2007
Ray Emery vs Andrew Peters Feb 22, 2007
Ray Emery vs Martin Biron Feb 22, 2007
Youtube seems to be on and off with the brawl vid. It’s happened before and generally stabilizes after a short while.
For a while now I’ve been phasing out the pop under ads. There was one left for a while, and now it’s gone. hockeyfights.com is now a pop-free website.
If you get any pops while viewing this site, please let me know.
A University of Southern California hockey goalie put on a show, but it had nothing to do with stopping shots.
Mickey Meyer rode his stick like a horse, dropped his bulky pants, mooned the crowd and slapped his buttocks during a game against Brigham Young University, police said.
via Japers’ Rink
Someone needs to restart the EHL and sign Meyer up.
There’s been a lot of “blame” for that hit. Campbell shouldn’t have taken him out so hard, Umberger should have had his head up more, but in the end there’s a reason that’s called a suicide pass. You can thank Niko Dimitrakos for that part.
The fight was Campbell’s first in the NHL.
The other fight of the night was between Colton Orr and Cam Janssen, their second of the season (here’s the first). The two are definitely getting to know each other. The Devils play the Rangers again on Thursday night, the conclusion of the Hudson River Rivalry, at least for the regular season.
Last night’s fights:
Instigator could be changed
The GMs have decided they will make a suggestion to both the competition committee and board of governors to have the automatic suspension attached to the instigator penalty start at five games instead of three.
It’s not a rule change, just a recommendation.
The Penguins are believed to have an interest in Montreal Canadiens defenseman Craig Rivet, and they have also asked about enforcer Georges Laraque, but as of last week the Phoenix Coyotes were asking too much.
Richards, who turned 22 a little over a week ago, is already seen as a leader. He’s a good two-way player and looks like he has the potential to become a pretty good assist man while chipping in a few goals here and there. He’s also willing to drop the gloves, so it’s no wonder he’s quickly becoming a fan favorite in Philly.
He reminds me of Scott Mellanby, who also started his career with the Flyers.
Last night’s fight:
All updated on the videos page.
Don’t get too worked up over this one. The major focus seems to be about a relatively minor change:
“That’s an agenda item that I requested,” Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke said after the first day wrapped up at a posh resort hotel. “I think we need to raise the number of instigator penalties a player can take before getting suspended. I do not favour the elimination of the penalty but I think we’ve got to get to five or six (instigator penalties) before a player gets suspended so they can do their jobs and protect their teammates.”
Ben Eager has already sat out an instigator suspension this season, but there aren’t too many who hit that wall each year. The slate is wiped clean with each new season.
The reason behind this proposed change might be the concern that too many players hold back once they reach two instigator penalties, something Doug MacLean talks about:
“So the question is, when a guy is at two instigator penalties, does it affect him to say, `I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to protect my guy. I’m not going to protect my goalie because I’m going to be suspended.’ That was really the debate today,” said Columbus Blue Jackets GM Doug MacLean.
In the end, as with too many NHL changes recently, PR is a big factor:
Ferguson worries about the bad optics for the NHL if the instigator penalty was loosened, the perception that the league was encouraging more fighting.
“And you don’t get to control that end of it. because perception comes from the person who’s viewing it and I do think it’d be tough,” he said. “We’d potentially be leaving ourselves open to that type of criticism.”
That perception is media perception. Until this season, when it came to fighting and the NHL, the theme was tone it down or ditch it to appeal to families, the southern US, corp accounts, or whatever other random target was available (never mind the fact that we’d see the same media then print how fighting’s still in the game to appeal to southern fans, etc). This season the media’s made a 180, or at least that’s how it seems to someone used to reading anti-fighting pieces. Either minds have changed or a silent majority is no longer silent. I’ve linked to a good number of we-need-more-passion/fighting-in-the-game articles. We’ve done it for years on the forums. There’s been no season with the number of articles as there has been this season.
Fan perception, if it matters, is clear: drop the instigator. Any major media poll has come to the same conclusion, the last one being on CBC’s After Hours, which doesn’t seem to have archived results.
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