Around the League - Mar 11, 2010

Jason Gregor
March 11 2010 02:08PM

The NHL GM meetings wrapped up yesterday, and to no one’s surprise they came up with a recommendation that will punish headshots — or at least some of them. Thankfully they found a way to word the rule so it won’t punish or deter players from making big, clean hits.

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GDB LXVII: GUARANTEEING A WIN IN LXVIII

Wanye
March 11 2010 12:32PM

You know how you get ready for the 67th game of the year? You fearlessly predict a win in the 68th game of the year.

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The Positive Take: Chris Minard

Jonathan Willis
March 11 2010 10:47AM

Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings - Game Seven

In a year where there’s been a shortage of feel-good stories about the Oilers, it’s been very difficult to find positives in the performance of the players, the coaches or the management group.

At first glance, Chris Minard, who was recalled by the Oilers yesterday, isn’t an exception to that pattern. He’s been hurt for most of the year, and struggled after coming back from injury. He’s coming up to replace the disappointing (and now injured) Patrick O’Sullivan. Not much there to feel good about.

But there is one thing worth mentioning amid the doom and gloom: not only is Minard a pretty good player, but his results in Springfield have been exceptional.

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The Rebuild Conundrum, Part II

Jonathan Willis
March 10 2010 10:45AM

NHL Board of Governors Meeting

Yesterday, we looked at the difficulties with assuming that a lottery pick is a magic bullet that fixes a team’s problems. Because there’s so much more to building a team than just finding a superstar and then glomming random players around him, a bad general manager can make even the greatest pick almost completely irrelevant.

The problem is that the kind of managers who see their teams fall into a position to make a lottery pick are generally the same kind of managers who have that sort of reverse-Midas touch.

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Oilers Vs. Senators: A Good Night For The DFF

Jonathan Willis
March 10 2010 07:33AM

Edmonton Oilers: 1

Ottawa Senators: 4

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