Now diving...

Jason Strudwick
August 30 2012 08:51AM

Last week there was a NHL rule enforcement meeting. Some coaches, managers, players and referees were all thrown together to talk. I think it was a great idea that the players and referees got together. These are the two groups right in the action. They should know more or less what each other is thinking.

It was reported that diving was a popular topic to discuss at these meetings. Diving and how to curb it. Really? This is the biggest issue for NHL rule enforcement?

Don't get me wrong, I hate diving and would love to see it erased from the game. That will never happen. Get used to it: diving is here to stay. Referees get abuse from everyone remotely associated with the game. Do they really want to make a call with ten minutes left for diving that results in a goal and a loss? They don't!

They suggested putting a list of the divers in every locker room to shame them into stopping. They tried this before and I remember the list being very short and we all just laughed about it. Fine them? Sure but a thousand dollar fine won't even register.

I don't think you can get rid of diving so look at areas that do need to be adjusted. I think the icing rule needs to be changed to protect defenceman. Yes I might be bias but how severe an injury needs to happen before we all wake up and change it. We all remember Taylor Fedun go flying into the end walls.

Would it be crazy to allow goalies to play pucks like they used to? I love how many teams forecheck like crazy because of this rule change but it may save some defenceman some big hits that result in injuries. I am on the fence with this adjustment but I believe it is worth discussing. What does the Nation think?

Ditch the diving talk and work on issues that can be addressed!

One step at a time big guy...

Nail Yakupov has a lot of energy and is very excited about starting a professional career. However, as a rookie there are certain rules to tread lightly into that career that should be followed. There is only one chance to make a first impression with your new teammates.

It is premature for him to be looking for a place to live in Edmonton. Nothing is ever set in stone and even if it is getting a house before you have practiced once with an NHL team isn't a great idea. There is no rush, get to camp, earn your spot then get a home.

I realize that he will most likely play on the Oilers this winter. However, humility and some respect for the NHL goes a long way in creating your reputation.

Gregor gains ground...

I give Jason Gregor a lot of heat for his lack on skill on a golf course. I just played with him earlier this week and an apology is in order. He has improved big time! In fact he beat me by three strokes! I haven't played much this summer but I have to give credit where it is due! Well done sir.

Now if only his golfing attire would match his game. Do you own a shirt that doesn't have fluorescent green on it?

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Jason hosts the Jason Strudwick show from 9pm to 12am, weeknights on the team 1260. He is an instructor at Mount Carmel Hockey Academy and loves working with the kids. Having played over 650 games in the NHL, Jason has some great stories and unique takes on life in the NHL. He loves Slurpees and Blizzards. Dislikes baggy clothes and close talkers.
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#1 djc
August 30 2012, 08:58AM
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I thought this article was going to be all about the Canucks based on the title.

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#2 Spydyr
August 30 2012, 08:58AM
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Save the diving for soccer.You are right sir make the team.THEN buy the house.Could see that not going over so well with his teammates.

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#3 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
August 30 2012, 09:05AM
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Diving will happen

Like the instigator rule

It is here to stay*

* and I don't like EITHER of them.

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#4 OilDoug
August 30 2012, 09:20AM
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Jason,

I get where you are coming from but I don't think Yackupov and his family move to Edmonton unless he was told he's staying with the Oilers this season.

If I'm not mistaken the Oilers have told Sarnia he won't go back there if there is a lockout so it's Edmonton or the KHL. As long as Yakupov doesn't act entitled with the guys in the room, at camp or when on the road I think all is good.

Everything I've seen with Yackupov or N64 tells me this kid just wants to be part of the team. In fact I'm guessing thats why the Oilers recommended he get a house and bring family members over so he feels comfortable.

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#5 Matt Henderson
August 30 2012, 09:30AM
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Jason, I think Yak moving his family here to Edmonton was to stop everybody from asking if he would be going back to Russia. I think that needs to be taken into account. Every interview he did he was getting asked about the KHL. The move to Edmonchuk all but put an end to that.

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#6 BurkeTheTurd
August 30 2012, 09:35AM
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I agree, go to no touch icing, I don't think it adds much to the game and lots of D are getting hurt.

As for the goalies being able to play the puck, I'm on the fence, I don't think the rule changed a lot from a viewer perspective.

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#7 Sloppy Joe
August 30 2012, 09:50AM
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My 2 cents:

I agree on no-touch icing.

I like the trapezoid.

Yak can buy a house wherever he likes - I think he should be judged on how he conducts himself with teammates, not on where he owns property.

I know that diving will always be around, but I hate it, and they should do whatever they can to keep it from getting to the ridiculous proportions you see in soccer/football. Refs may be very hesitant to call a diving penalty with 10 minutes left, but they are also hesitant to call most everything else with 10 minutes left in a tight game. This is what I would like to see:

- Make stand-alone diving calls (i.e. when there is a dive, refs generally seem to either (a) call a trip on player A and a dive on player B; or (b) call nothing). They should just penalize the diver. That would create a much bigger disincentive to diving.

- Give players a 2 and a 10 for diving, instead of just a 2. The 10 would also be a big disincentive - especially for 1st & 2nd liners.

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#8 Kyle
August 30 2012, 09:52AM
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You expected Gregor to choose good colors? C'mon, look at the NFL team he cheers for...Those colors would look okay- if you were decorating your baby's room.

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#9 Walter Sobchak
August 30 2012, 09:54AM
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I don’t think it's It is premature for him to be looking for a place to live in Edmonton.

He wants the stability of his family near him, which is completely fine. If he doesn’t make the team, I’m assuming he would go and play in the KHL and still have his family near by.

I think we sometimes take for granted different cultures way of thinking and the way they differ from our own way of thinking sometimes. (Not saying you did Jason)seems family is very important issue to him.

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#10 Matt Henderson
August 30 2012, 10:03AM
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RE: Diving

1) Calling a Trip and a Dive is idiotic. He dove or he didnt. If he dove then there wasnt a trip.

2) Make it a coach's challenge like in football. Once a game, after a penalty has been called a coach can challenge a penalty and using the magic of TV cameras give the Refs a chance to get it right, but ONLY regarding whether it was a dive or not.

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#11 michael
August 30 2012, 10:04AM
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Yakupov has a chance to move his family to Canada from backwater Russia. Hey mom would you like to live in house with power and water all the time and in a place where equality is a given and government dosen't send commando's to your state to come wipe out rebels? Thats a Da Mom. Ok pack up were leaving for Edmonton Canada. By the way if I make the team I'll make 2-3 million "Dollars". So you won't even have to work. Just chill out with dad and enjoy watching me play hockey. Yeah I can see how that was tough call to make.

Diving? How about reinstating the old Edmonton Oiler rule ala the 90'S. No 4-4 allowed. The Oilers are going to be able to put Hall and Yakupov on the ice. Then RNH and Eberle. Then Hemsky and Gagne.At what point will the other teams start crying unfair? Gretzky to Kurri he scores. Messier to Anderson he scores. Simpson to Messier he scores. 4-4 will be gone like the wind you mark my words when the Oilers start lighting up this league.

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#12 Jonathan Willis
August 30 2012, 10:10AM
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@Matt Henderson

I'm going to disagree with your first point.

Player X (lets call him Hemsky) can trip Player Y (lets call him Burrows). It was a tripping minor. But - now, remember, this is totally hypothetical - let's pretend that "Burrows" flops around and tries to oversell the call. That's a dive.

Both penalties can be called - sensibly - on the same play. "Burrows"' dive doesn't invalidate "Hemsky"'s trip; nor does the fact that "Hemsky" legitimately tripped "Burrows" excuse his dive.

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#13 Matt Henderson
August 30 2012, 10:26AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I'm going to disagree with your first point.

Player X (lets call him Hemsky) can trip Player Y (lets call him Burrows). It was a tripping minor. But - now, remember, this is totally hypothetical - let's pretend that "Burrows" flops around and tries to oversell the call. That's a dive.

Both penalties can be called - sensibly - on the same play. "Burrows"' dive doesn't invalidate "Hemsky"'s trip; nor does the fact that "Hemsky" legitimately tripped "Burrows" excuse his dive.

Ok, let's split the difference with a redefining of the term "Dive"

To "Dive" is an attempt to draw a penalty that did not happen. No Trip occured. Player X (Hemsky) may have had his stick near the legs or feet of Player Y (Burrows) but in no way actually impeded Burrows' skating ability.

To "Embellish" is to try and draw attention to a penalty that did occur. The actual infraction is "Unsportsmanlike Conduct".

Both deserve penalties. In a "Dive" only the "Diver" can be called for a penalty.

*All rules are proposed only and in no way reflect what actually happens as the game currently stands

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#14 Mark-LW
August 30 2012, 10:29AM
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Jason,

Please don't make an issue of Yakupov buying a home in Edmonton before the season. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't his family live with him in Sarnia? He wanted to move his family to where he is going to live for what will likely be at least a decade. That shows a lack of humility?

Every quote I read from him is about how he just wants to train hard and try to make the NHL, or how he doesn't want to be compared to any NHL player because he hasn't even played a game yet.

Give me a break. No story here, please move along.

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#15 AutoOiler
August 30 2012, 10:31AM
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It is not time to start picking N64 apart. Would we prefer if he bought property in Moscow? Who was the last 1st overall who was sent to the minors my his team. Lindros and Modano choose to go back. Who else? I think Nail did the right thing. Let's his teammates know he's really committed to stay in Edmonton.

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#16 Mark-LW
August 30 2012, 10:34AM
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N64 is god damn brilliant.

Whoever coined that is a genius.

PROPS

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#17 justDOit
August 30 2012, 11:03AM
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I saw Yak's move as most of you did: he wanted to get his family settled in the new country as soon as possible and stop the talk about him playing in Russia. Other than this move, he comes across as very humble, honest and sincere in his interviews.

Diving? Uh-boy...

@Struds: Do the refs have an inclination to overlook infractions on players who are known divers? Do they need a really good excuse to call penalties drawn by players like Burrows?

If so, I think that's about all you can do. With the speed of the game these days, I'm surprised the zebras get any calls right, let alone a trip/dive call behind the play.

But if they are going to change the rules wrt diving, I'm with Arch on this one. I think if it's a dive, it can't be a trip. It can be embellishment, which is splitting hairs in hundredths of a second, but it can't be a dive. Call a dive, or a trip, or call a trip AND embellishment. And you know, if a player is seen to embellish the play, I would be fine with the refs looking the other way on it.

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#18 madjam
August 30 2012, 11:16AM
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Don't mind the diving as long as it's not/never a penalty to opposing player - which happens all to frequently . If flagrant , call the diver and recind the opposition penalty (instant replay would help here ) . Same procedure for embellishment .

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#19 G Money
August 30 2012, 11:17AM
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Sloppy Joe wrote:

My 2 cents:

I agree on no-touch icing.

I like the trapezoid.

Yak can buy a house wherever he likes - I think he should be judged on how he conducts himself with teammates, not on where he owns property.

I know that diving will always be around, but I hate it, and they should do whatever they can to keep it from getting to the ridiculous proportions you see in soccer/football. Refs may be very hesitant to call a diving penalty with 10 minutes left, but they are also hesitant to call most everything else with 10 minutes left in a tight game. This is what I would like to see:

- Make stand-alone diving calls (i.e. when there is a dive, refs generally seem to either (a) call a trip on player A and a dive on player B; or (b) call nothing). They should just penalize the diver. That would create a much bigger disincentive to diving.

- Give players a 2 and a 10 for diving, instead of just a 2. The 10 would also be a big disincentive - especially for 1st & 2nd liners.

It would be an interesting experiment to punish dives with just a 10-minute misconduct. No powerplay, so it doesn't affect the flow or outcome of the game - except that the diver doesn't get to play for the next 10 minutes. I imagine *that* would provide some pretty strong disincentive to dive, but without putting referees in the same bind as calling it as a penalty would.

And on JW and Archaeologuy's point

- if Player "H" has a stick near Player "B" and "B" dives to try and draw a penalty, "B" gets to sit in the box for 10 minutes

- if Player "H" actually trips Player "B", but "B" embellishes the infraction with a huge flop to the ice, "H" spends two minutes in the box and his team is shorthanded, while "B" sits in the box for 10, even though his team has a powerplay.

Might work.

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#20 Quicksilver ballet
August 30 2012, 11:26AM
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Everything a professional athlete does is geared towards giving himself a competitive advantage against his opponent. Powerplays are very much a part of that competitive advantage. Doesn't matter how you get them.

Rather than hate the dive, we should start grading them.

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#21 Jonathan Willis
August 30 2012, 11:26AM
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@G Money

I actually kind of like that.

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#22 justDOit
August 30 2012, 11:26AM
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@G Money

10 minutes for diving/embellishemnt... that might be better.

Any reason you used player B(urrows) as the diver?

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#23 Dubyab83
August 30 2012, 11:27AM
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Come on Struds! N64 is a lock for this team just like all the past first overall picks in recent memory. It's not like he was drafted in the 3rd round 63rd overall or something!

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#24 vetinari
August 30 2012, 12:04PM
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Re: the diving-- the 10 minute misconduct is certainly a possibilty that may be worth considering. It's immmediate and wouldn't put the offending player's team in a disadvantageous situation save and except that they lose that player for 10 minutes. The only issue I have is that not all divers are first liners or top tier players and losing a player who only plays 4-6 minutes a game from your lineup may not be a huge loss for the team. I would suggest instead that it becomes a game misconduct and either a fine to the team or salary forfeiture by the player for that game... THAT would cut down on the diving plays.

Re: the trapezoid and goalies-- let the goalies field the puck anywhere behind the goalie line, however, make it a requirement that if they do so outside of the trapezoid, they must send the puck out of the defensive zone before returning to their crease without contacting their own players in that zone or it will be a delay of game penalty. Goalies can still stop the puck behind their own net but if they go into the corners, they are committing to do a "long pass" out of their zone... it will lead to more exciting plays and the potential for turnovers.

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#25 dawgbone
August 30 2012, 12:14PM
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I don't know Jason, the Oilers haven't had much of a history of actually using their training camps to decide jobs.

Yakupov will be on the Oilers this year. He's not in competetion for a job, he already has one, just like Hall and Nugent-Hopkins before him.

#1 Overall picks don't go back to junior, or so everyone has been saying for the past couple of years.

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#26 TigerUnderGlass
August 30 2012, 12:50PM
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Seems to me the fact that his buying a house could even be considered a potential problem reflects more poorly on the team culture in hockey than it does on Yakupov.

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#27 Wax Man Riley
August 30 2012, 01:17PM
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michael wrote:

Yakupov has a chance to move his family to Canada from backwater Russia. Hey mom would you like to live in house with power and water all the time and in a place where equality is a given and government dosen't send commando's to your state to come wipe out rebels? Thats a Da Mom. Ok pack up were leaving for Edmonton Canada. By the way if I make the team I'll make 2-3 million "Dollars". So you won't even have to work. Just chill out with dad and enjoy watching me play hockey. Yeah I can see how that was tough call to make.

Diving? How about reinstating the old Edmonton Oiler rule ala the 90'S. No 4-4 allowed. The Oilers are going to be able to put Hall and Yakupov on the ice. Then RNH and Eberle. Then Hemsky and Gagne.At what point will the other teams start crying unfair? Gretzky to Kurri he scores. Messier to Anderson he scores. Simpson to Messier he scores. 4-4 will be gone like the wind you mark my words when the Oilers start lighting up this league.

Lol, michael...

Backwater Russia has no power or water?? What do you think this is, 1810 under the rule of Czar Alexander the first?

BTW, did you know all Canadians live in igloos and race dogsleds to work?

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#28 Rob...
August 30 2012, 01:17PM
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I hate diving but have to agree that some perspective is needed. If it's about respect for the game and officials then you'd have to also talk about suspensions for goalies who hide the fact that the puck crossed the line, something that has a much greater impact on the game.

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#29 gord962
August 30 2012, 01:47PM
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I like the idea about the 10 minute misconduct for diving. How do we make this happen? ;)

No touch icing is a no-brainer. I have no idea what the hold up might be.

Goalies handling the puck outside the trapazoid? Sure, but outside the trapazoid or crease you are FAIR GAME. Right, Ryan Miller?

Leave Yak alone. He wants his family close and he is showing a commitment to the Oilers. Too bad more Oilers didn't own property here. :(

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#30 The Soup Fascist
August 30 2012, 01:59PM
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I think the key with preventing diving is to embarrass the perps (or as they are more commonly known, the Vancouver Canucks). God knows Shanny has enough on his plate, but why not make blatant diving a suspendable offence for making a mockery of the game. Show the video of the offender reaching up to cover his face and flopping to the ground after a stick misses him by 3" and suspend his a$$ for 3 games.

For a sport that has the tough guy image, nobody - not even the Burrows or Riberos of the world - would want to carry that label around and be sitting in the pressbox for being a diver. The problem is it is acceptable in soccer, it should never EVER be acceptable in hockey.

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#31 EHH Team
August 30 2012, 02:04PM
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No touch icing or a modified version is long overdue.

In theory, I like the concept of a 10 minute misconduct for diving. However, given the lack of consistent refereeing, there's a danger that once again veterans are going to get the benefit of the doubt while young players will constantly be hit. Inconsistant and/or biased refereeing affected far too many games last season IMO.

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#32 2004Z06
August 30 2012, 02:19PM
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Whether N64 is a lock or not is irrelevant. It is about perception. I would think that someone who played as long as Strudwick would have a pretty good insight into the process of coming in as a rookie and how certain actions are perceived by the rest of the team. I would bet that no other poster here can speak to having that same level of experience. Whether you feel the players perception is right or wrong is also irrelevant. It is simply the way it is in the league. N64's actions equate to putting the cart before the horse. If for some reason he were to be sent down, would he buy a house there?

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#33 G Money
August 30 2012, 03:17PM
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justDOit wrote:

10 minutes for diving/embellishemnt... that might be better.

Any reason you used player B(urrows) as the diver?

Was just carrying forward with JW's "Player X (lets call him Hemsky) can trip Player Y (lets call him Burrows)" example from earlier in the thread!

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#34 Pouzar99
August 30 2012, 03:49PM
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First off, thanks so much for posts like this Jason as they give us a veteran player's perspective on issues, such as how Yak should behave to become a popular part of the team.

Second, I love the 2 and 10 idea but one of the problems with diving or embellishing or injury faking is that it is often very hard to call in real time. Does everyone remember that terrible diving call against Omark when he was flagrantly fouled in the corner and he got the only penalty? The solution is to introduce post-game video review and issue fines and suspensions to players who are cheating but got away with it. Of course only the most undisputable examples should result in punishments, but a few suspensions could provide a genuine deterrent.

Finally the review of rule enforcement to address player complaints about alleged shifting standards of enforcement is a joke. Every hockey player and serious fan could see that coming out of the All-Star break last season the refs were letting a lot more go. Ample statistical evidence showed there was a significant drop in the number of penalties called. There are three possibilities.

1. The players collectively and suddenly began to commit less infractions. 2. The referees suddenly on their own collectively started calling less penalties, or 3. A league official called the director of officiating and told him to cut back on the penalty calls and gave him directions how - presumably to cut players more slack in the area of physical play.

I think we all know it was door number three. If they want to get to the bottom of this they should ask the director of officiating what changes he was ordered to make and then ask the person who gave the orders to make those changes how that decision was made, precisely who made it and why, particularly when the league is in the middle of a concussion crisis with players now averaging about 100 concussions a year.

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#35 oilerman53
August 30 2012, 04:52PM
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Diving and the subsequent calls do cheapen the game. The Canucks are the absolute worst at this, they're just as bad as the Divealanche teams of the late 90's and early 2000's. I think a tiered system where if an offending player gets tagged more then said times for unsportsmanlike diving then he gets an automatic suspension. Anymore then that then the team gets fined and so on and so forth. I guarantee you the Canucks would be the first to be dinged.

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#36 Bushed
August 30 2012, 06:47PM
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Well, their logo IS a diving whale after all; gotta live up to it, huh???

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#37 Oilcruzer
August 30 2012, 09:45PM
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Diving. A huge pet peeve of mine. Especially in soccer.

The league(s) have an easy fix, but no balls. There is an easy fix

Watch the game after its over. Fine a/o suspend divers incrementally.

First offense... Second offense... Etc.

They do it with dirty hits...

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#38 #94 sized hole where my heart used to be...
August 31 2012, 10:33AM
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G Money wrote:

It would be an interesting experiment to punish dives with just a 10-minute misconduct. No powerplay, so it doesn't affect the flow or outcome of the game - except that the diver doesn't get to play for the next 10 minutes. I imagine *that* would provide some pretty strong disincentive to dive, but without putting referees in the same bind as calling it as a penalty would.

And on JW and Archaeologuy's point

- if Player "H" has a stick near Player "B" and "B" dives to try and draw a penalty, "B" gets to sit in the box for 10 minutes

- if Player "H" actually trips Player "B", but "B" embellishes the infraction with a huge flop to the ice, "H" spends two minutes in the box and his team is shorthanded, while "B" sits in the box for 10, even though his team has a powerplay.

Might work.

thsi si by far the best proposal I've heard from anybody to help curb diving, diving is often done by the best or all around most importanat players on teasm so traking those player sout for 10min at a time for a dive would really curb it IMO, great idea

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#39 Stan_the_Caddy
August 31 2012, 11:50AM
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Can't wait to listen to the Jason Strudwick Show!

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#40 toprightcorner
August 31 2012, 12:51PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I'm going to disagree with your first point.

Player X (lets call him Hemsky) can trip Player Y (lets call him Burrows). It was a tripping minor. But - now, remember, this is totally hypothetical - let's pretend that "Burrows" flops around and tries to oversell the call. That's a dive.

Both penalties can be called - sensibly - on the same play. "Burrows"' dive doesn't invalidate "Hemsky"'s trip; nor does the fact that "Hemsky" legitimately tripped "Burrows" excuse his dive.

Sorry JW, haVe to disagree with you here. If you want to get rid of diving then those are the people that need to stick out with the penalty call. What looks worse to your team and coach, taking a diving penalty and negating a power play and playing 4 on 4? Or, losing a power play and having to kill a penalty instead?

After a while, the diving embelishment will dwindle and the original penalty can be called. The diver has to be punished more than the person tripping to get it out of the game.

Add a 10 min misconduct on top of that and a game misconduct after every 5 th diving call and within a year, 90% of diving could be out of the game.

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#41 toprightcorner
August 31 2012, 01:01PM
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Yak buying a house is a good thing and good timing. It eliminates the KHL question he gets everyday and he can focus on hockey.

It also shows commitment to the team especially bringing his family to have a much better life in Canada.

I don't like this, "rookies need to watch their step and tread lightly" crap. It is stuff like that that built the negative culture in the dressing room. These "unwritten codes" when it comes to new and young players are garbage and separate the vets from the young guys .

The game is different today, sure, there is a respect thing and you have to earn it, but nobody on a team should be treated differently than anyone else.

Teams that continue to do this will find it much more difficult to be successfully and have complete team chemistry. The old way of thinking needs to be taken out with the trash. Just because that was the way it was when a 15 year vet came into the league doesn't mean that's how it should still be.

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#42 NewAgeSys
August 31 2012, 01:18PM
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Wow,whats with the clip there on the house issue Struds??

I mean even if he doesnt make it this year,{????????????????????????????}it is a very sound financial decision to buy a house in the city you plan on working in when it is a buyers market,I mean it is very SOUND fiscal management to do this now ,here,with the market like it is.

So I call cheap-shot Struds,if there is a constellation of things under your skin spit it out your opinion and perspective are important and valued,but this doesnt ring completely true here.

In all fairness if you were comeing onto a team with Gagner and Hall and Ebbs and Nuge ,and they were all serious hotshots you yourself might be inclined to go over the top sometimes to be noticed,that is called COMPETITION,and if there are certain subtletys we arent aware of that show a series of poor decisions on Yaks part concerning hockey or team traditions,spit it out so he can get a clear perspective,help him,dont hinder him.Darn-it.

In all honesty Struds if all NHLers used this type of fiscal foresight we might not have a historical record of NHL hardship going back to the beginning of the NHL.As a veteren you must be aware of all of the careers where players mismanaged their paycheques for a myriad of reasons mostly related to simple fiscal education,and were encouraged by management teams who wanted to keep them desperate and pliable for negotiations---to actually not gain this solid fiscal ground.A constantly broke star is pretty easy to negotiate with at contract time.

In todays NHL with salarys as high as they are ,teams need to do the opposite now and they need to encourage this proper management of fiscal careers because it takes heat off of them in the cap dept ,it is easier to deal with a filthy rich rich guy than just a rich guy at contract time,its called evolution Struds.It is in a team best interests to see a player get MORE sucessful fiscally to enable the team to operate,whereas in the past it was the opposite dynamic.Sometimes it is embarreaseing to look behind us isnt it??

The way I see it is that every NHLer who makes a clear million in a year should have his Everyman future sewn up,that means buying a house and manageing your finances proactively and immediatly ensureing a future on par with Everymas expectations and abilitys call it the Plumbers Plan if you need to,its called a firm foundation.

Your second million should be helping your extended family,and after that you are considered a free man,without that you have been a poor manager plain and simple.

There are no expectations fiscally for anyone beyone the Everyman level,but the sooner you ensure and protect that beginning and future the sooner you can continue to mature fiscally ,and this makes it easier to mature in other areas of your life,includeing out on the ice.

Buying a house ,even before you make the roster is a smart and sound decision,and the second a man stops makeing smart and sound decisions on his own behalf is the day he must consider himself to be married to his cause,and we all know what that means,negotiation,and once that starts everything must be reevaluated constantly,this can be unsetteling unless you have an equally committed partner,so Struds,unless you plan on a long and fruitfull mutually supportive future alongside Yak as an partner ,best pat him on the back and commend him for such a sound fiscal decision and remind him to wait with the housewarming party with his teammates until he makes the team.dont you think??

That is enough respect right there,hold off on the celebrateing of something you havent earned yet---have the official housewarming party after you are penciled in,but for gods sakes as an experienced mentor dont confuse the kid man.Buying the house was the right and sound AND timely decision to make,come on Struds evolve already,ha ha ha.

As far as the diveing goes,the solution is simple--call coincidental minors every time you are in doubt,then offensive teams will always have an advantage 4 on 4 and lesser teams will stop diveing for hope,ha ha ha ha,they will stay on their feet for hope,ha ha ha.

And as far as antics like Averys screwing with the goaltender,just let guys take libertys on him as an official or as an officiating group.

There is no way to disguise the pyramid of influences that guides NHL evolution.The NHL managers dictate to the refs how to interpret the rulebook,and that dynamic will NEVER change,so we need to look there for changes.

New rules are not needed,Bettman just needs to say the right things,so lets ask HIM,instead of everyone else.

If a player insists on keeping his back to the play then call him for delay of game after you penalise the player forced to hit him in the back,that simple,we all see what is happening and we all know how to fix it,now Bettman needs to step up and do something.

History is repeating itself because the league is evolveing again as is natural,and offense is here now,so the sooner we adapt as a league the better.

It benefitted the league to have the crappy style of play we have seen for ten years because of a degradeing talent base team wise and league wise.Caused by expansion and the KHL.

But now that the talent level has established good balance again the league has become more offensive naturally,and it wont stop anytime soon,great for the fans and great for the league managers,might I suggest Bettman and the NHL simply look back to the 80s to see how to properly call offensive hockey games from an officiateing perspective of NHL rule-book interpretations game to game .

And I cant not plug the NHS,there are very offensive systems being used effectively by teams now,very recently we have seen this transition.And this wont stop as we have already seen a cup won useing this system focus on possesion/transition hockey---or in other words OFFENSIVE exciteing hockey,high scoreing Oilers type of hockey.Had LA had our talent and the NHS variant they used games would have been 7-2 right through the playoffs for them,look what they did with their conventional league talent level??They won it all.And next year if you arent playing a varient of the NHS like they do you will get eaten alive,period by period for 60mins.

Takeing penaltys for anything in an offensively orientated NHL is very bad business and very bad news for a head coach,because it will bury even the most talented team.All I can say is think about the dynamic that causes penaltys,it isnt the team in possesion that normally takes the penalty,this is why diveing is so easy to stop,just call co-incidental minors,one for the trip and one for the delay of game.

For goodness sakes olympic athletes can be banned for not competeing on a high enough level,why cant we police professional athletes the same way???One tripping call,and one delay of game call,end of issue,players will get it quickly and if you need to call the same guy twice in a game or he is chronic tack on an unsportsmanlike or a misconduct to him.

This is totally a reffing/rulebook interpretation issue that needs to be addressed by Bettman and the league.

We dont need a new rule for everything.

Why not a rule takeing away Kevlar /concrete elbow pads,and lets save some careers,how about.Lets get real,you want to throw 220 lbs at a guy on the boards you need those elbows exposed to injury to police yourself or you will kill someone,plain and simple.

Diveing----concrete elbow pads---same dynamic here,obvious stuff that just makes the NHL look bush league.

No fan anywhere likes to see a player knocked unconscious by some incidental contact because the elbow pad is made of steel,it is sickening to watch,and its equally sickening to watch guys run people into the boards recklessly because they have to much padding on their elbows,so much they lose self-control and sanity.

This is the hypocrasy hockey is buried under today,I mean we lobby to remove fighting because of the violence but I almost lose my nachos watching Sidney Crosby smash his head off the ice for seemingly nothing.We are allowing our game to be directed by public opinion which can be media influenced and regulated and we are ignoreing the core issues of player safety and NHL professional integrity.

Issues that are strictly NHL business like diveing and overpadding are being dodged by the men we pay to do this decision makeing job,this has been a joke since we got Bettman involved in the NHL.

Bettman tries to force everyone to accept a round-table format for NHL decision makeing,he is afraid to be accountable and is spreading this accountability around by diffuseing the decision makeing dynamic by trying to involve as many peripheral stakeholders as he possibly can,this is a weak and feeble way to be a leader and to do business on behalf of the NHL.

Bettman needs to grow some Cajones and tell the refs how to fix this or hire a real hockey man to do the job already.The NHL doesnt need his escapist laywerly perspective anymore,we need a definitive leader now,the Bettman era is over,he cannot support the evolution the game is undergoing now,we need Gretz or someone from his era to step up already and guide the league into another offensive phase,in a smooth and effective manner,with as few growing pains as possible.

Let players use their sticks again effectively and diveing will disappear,watch an 80s game,reffs let players use their sticks to harrass their opponents and it is an important part of hockey to be able to do this.As soon as we started calling obstruction and different types of these calls we saw the game itself change.Man Wayne was always wrapped up but he still managed to skate forward through it and he wasnt exactly a physical specimen now was he,no offense wayne,ha ha ha.

No one is diveing if there is no call comeing,a player should be able to wrap that stick anywhere he wants to as long as he doesnt impede forward momentum enough to disrupt the players path completely,yes you CAN hack a guy and hound him with your stick,it isnt against the rules so we need the reffs to back off and let the dogs run,or we will always face this diveing crap.And NO MORE automatic penalty when a glass stick breaks for gods sakes,who cares if it breaks as you hack an opponent you are ALLOWED to use your stick on stick,its part of the darn game BETTMAN!!!!!,this aint baseball pal.See my point with the glass stick comment??we CANNOT let public opinion run our game,we all SEE the stick shatter and we might if we werent hockey experienced believe a major wrong had been done,what complete BS,a shattered glass stick is no penalty,maybe one for the guy useing the unfit and dangerous stick,what ,do we need to see someone lose an eye before we fix this??Is it like the elbow pad issue???Beyond Bettman and the NHLs grasp or understanding??I think not,its just that Bettman is a lawyer in his brain and soul,so he is slippery like Teflon,his era is done,he has been hindering hockeys evolution for at least four years directly,we need him and his perspective GONE and soon.Then the Players Union needs to hire him ASAP,ha ha ha ha.

If you are skateing up ice and someone is hacking you and you trip,but it isnt because of a complete interference of your direction,to BAD,get up and keep skateing,there should be no call,we can all tell the difference between hounding and interfereing with complete progress.It is exciteing to see players break through tight defensive coverage includeing agressive stickchecks.

And if it is questionable simpley make an additional delay of game call,you dont need to avoid the obvious tripping call and have public opinion run hockey games via instant replay,you can solve the issue internally and protect hockeys integrity as a professional sport.Call the obvious trip we see as fans AND call the unsportsmanlike lack of effort you see by the diver as an official,trust us as fans we will learn to see it as the reffs do quickly,and we will appreciate the solution,and WOW imagine the 4 on 4s we will see for the first half of the season till teams "get it".

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#43 Oilcruzer
August 31 2012, 04:27PM
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@NewAgeSys

I don't quite follow...

... could you elaborate?

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#44 Locksmithluke
September 04 2012, 11:16AM
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G'day ladies and gents, long time reader, sporadic poster! My two cents, after all sorts of probing in regards to the worries of Yak heading East, he may be, like one fella stated, using this to quell the rumors. Sort of solidify a home base if you will. I don't imagine that this would/could cause any sort of negative views from inside the locker room, but perhaps the opposite? I, myself, see this as a commitment to the franchise, teammates and fans alike! And to be honest, after the Hall & Ebs signings, to have a talented young man like Yakupov set up shop in town, family and all, is a positive sign, that may transition to others out there that E-Town isn't a bad place to call home! Ps, Love this site, keep it up! Copper an' Blue 'till I die!

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