Banging Heads and Scratching Ilya

From the NY Times Slap Shot blog:

CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada” likes to emphasize the more physical
aspects of the N.H.L., from making Don Cherry the show’s centerpiece to
their weekly opening, which uses Nickelback’s cover version (with Kid
Rock) of Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” under
fresh video of fisticuffs and some eye-opening plays, like this one from
a while ago.

But this week’s pregame show had a pair of noteworthy segments on the
dangers of physical play, the first being Elliotte Friedman’s “Inside
Hockey” piece on concussions (video)
(which he augmented this morning with this blog
post on CBC.ca
) in which he speaks with some physicians who play
key roles in the N.H.L.’s concussion research.

That was followed by Ron MacLean interviewing Kerry Fraser on the
former referee’s statements last week (reported on The Times Slap Shot blog by Jeff Z. Klein as part of a series of posts from the
Mayo Clinic conference on hockey concussions) that the N.H.L. should
outlaw all checks to the head, not just the blindside or lateral
variety.

Fraser, who officiated more than 2,100 regular season and playoff
games, has been echoing his “Hockey Night” interview as he promotes his
autobiography throughout the hockey world. Speaking with Michael
Russo of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
, Fraser said, “When I started
in the ’70s, the goal of body checking was to separate the man from the
puck, not the man from his shoulders. It’s evolved to this culture
within the game where the big hit is the car crash. It’s not acceptable
in my opinion to hit somebody in the head.”

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70 Comments

  1. Muckbringer says:

    ak!!!bobby orr type ish!!!!

  2. Muckbringer says:

     if this were the warriors, pheonix would be the orphans

  3. pmaraw says:

    1 yes, it counts against you pp%  if you bonehead a pp like that 1 second in, it should go against the pp% and does.

    2 i think we have a team full of x factors.

    3 price wants to play, he wants to be the guy.

  4. Muckbringer says:

    any chance this is rogers gta?  maybe i can stream it?  rds going well but you know….

  5. Muckbringer says:

    im sorry but cammis goal???? thats the randomness i was talking about. kovi choke on it!!!

  6. pic1983 says:

    Powerplay!!!! Bout time.

    REally enjoying this TSN broadcast.  DAve Randorf is always real good, but even mike johnson is impressing me as a color analyst.

  7. pmaraw says:

    CAMMY!!!  What a snipe!!!!!

  8. Muckbringer says:

    fneh!!!!!!

  9. Muckbringer says:

    how many teams suspectedly matched the offer? 2-3 that only wanna sell seats. this contract will never take a TEAM to the cup.  end of story

  10. Muckbringer says:

    for the $ they paid him they couldve bought tampa and moved them.  if he were not interested in $ only he wouldve taken 5m less (especially with taxes and the khl option) and hope for a teamate that will take him to his goal…..lord friggn stanley!!!  

     

    once again im with you mikey!!!

  11. Muckbringer says:

    replace it with white or scottish and its not. yeah we get it leafer

  12. Muckbringer says:

    the better the equiptment the worst the respect?

  13. Muckbringer says:

    you have something there

  14. Muckbringer says:

     

    so i have 3 questions.

     the first is black and white but i would appreciate any help.  say we get a powerplay and off the draw (one second) we get a penalty. no one scores. are we 0-1 on the pp?

    2)  do we (even the nhl) have that “x” factor. we seem to be running the motions.  pleks and pk give that but is that sufficient?

    3) do you agree price seems to be hungry for the puck lately?

     

  15. Montrealer2 says:

    Thanks……..appreciate that.

  16. adam76 says:

    Replace the word “Russian” with the word “black” and see how it sounds.  Racism is racism.

  17. samTHEman says:

    I usually like your posts Mike but this one is ridiculously stupid and racist.

     

    First off, who are you to judge where someone, let alone Kovalchuk, wants to play hockey? Seriously, who are you? If Kovalchuk wants to play hockey outside of Atlanta, then he will play hockey outside of Atlanta. He has no obligation to play for the same organisation for the rest of his career. That’s what contracts are for.

     

    Your last comment…Wow. Who is more likely to be baking potatoes for the rest of their life, mike g or Ilya Kovalchuk? No brainer.

     

    “If it weren’t for the NHL..” Please…don’t act like the NHL is the only place to play hockey. The NHL is more of a business than any other hockey league.

     

    Get over yourself

     

     

     

     

  18. adam76 says:

    Does anyone have a “promo” code for nhl centre ice on NHL.com?  Please email me if you are not using.

     

    Thanks in advance.

  19. HabFanSince72 says:

    Your rant doesn’t make sense.

    Hitler?

    And if he saw his Russian parents slave for him, then surely he would know what his life without hockey would have been like.

     

    He was a free agent and tried to get market value, which he got.

     

    And your last  comment confirms my suspicion that you and others think he’s a “cancer” because he’s Russian.

     

  20. Montrealer2 says:

    any online tv feeds available for tonight’s game…

  21. pierre lapuck says:

    Everyone is quick to lay blame on concussions on the combinationbs of speed, equipment, size and various other aspects of the physics of the injury.  All valid points but that arguemnt in based on the premise that players are NOT tryng to hurt their opponent but to make a hockey play; sadly this is not the case in many of todays incidents, it seems that players in an attempt to curry favor (ice time, noteriety, face time on tv etc.) make the extreme hit with little concept on the risk-reward aspect.  While players say they are comrades in arms so to speak, no comrade of mine is going to deliberately attempt to separate me from my head without repercussions so severe that others in like situations would consider their fate before they act on their intent.  Deliberately trying to injure a coworker in an unionized environment is grounds for dismissal.  Period.  One guy is all it akes.  Whoever tries to decapitate some guy.  Some guy is injured and whoever is no longer employed by the league or any of its affiliates and farm systems.  One guy and its over.  We have to teach respect and this will do it.

  22. mike g says:

    It wasn’t to be racist, I don’t wanna sound like that…

    But this guy from Russia has no idea what his life would have been without hockey. His parents probably slaved in order for him to play hockey when he was a kid, and did anything for him. They worked hard, etc..And perhaps they tried to raise their kid properly, and have him appreciate things in life.

    And how does he turn out?

    We all know the ending.

    Greedy a-hole. And nobody thinks otherwise, unless they still like his “flash” and NJ goalscoring touch.

    I hope he never wins a Cup.

    And to make things even funnier, I hope NJ wins the Cup the very 1st year after he retires.

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  23. Clay4bc says:

    Wow! What an incredibly racist ending to your post. If that’s what you were going for, you succeeded. Congratulations?

    __________________________

    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  24. mike g says:

    Ummmm, let’s see….

    Maybe when he made the biggest public ultimatum since Hitler?

    Remember, when Ilya said “I want 100 million or nothing. Not 99, not 98, 100 million. That’s it that’s all”.

    And you sort-of come across as a giant douche and greedy prick when you say stuff like that.

    I know he didn’t publicly say it, but everyone knew that’s what he wanted. He acted accordingly, and I’m glad he’s getting hosed for it.

    Joe Sakic would never do that. Neither would Yzerman, or Bourque, or any of the legendary players from the recent decade.

    Look at a guy like Eric Lindros. Should have had a magnificent career, but his head wasn’t too tight. But, even if this guy woulda broken records and become the monster powerforward he was supposed to be for 20 years, his legacy would always be tainted by his attitute and refusal to play for Quebec.

    And that’s what Ilya is. A piece of garbage. When a franchise and their owner(s) are willing to invest $100 million, you thank them and accept. The Thrashers invested a ton into him, traded other star players in order to choose Ilya over all of them, and then he does this to them?

    And all that bad press and everyone laughing at him for what he did, well that reaches the locker-room. And then his teammates have to answer questions regarding it, etc…It’s a giant destraction, and because of him thye had to play a game with 3 forwards and 1 defenseman this year.

    I liked Kovalchuk alot as a player. But what he did this year made me hate him as a man. He made a fool out of himself, signing 46-year deals where he’d earn 55 million one year, and 2 pennies in the next year.

    Get outta here, Ilya. Go back home to bake potatoes and work in -40 temperatures, like you would have done if it wasn’t for the NHL.

     

    Greedy Russian idiot.

     

     

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  25. habs-hampton says:

    Why are there so many concussions now?

    Because equipment manufacturers are making stuff that makes players thing they are invincible! Elbow pads used to protect your elbow if you fell on it. Now new elbow pads look like my shin pads. Shoulder pads used to be some foam with a cap on them. Now they use football pads. These are all great weapons.  The ironic part is that they made the boards “softer” so its like hitting the ropes in a wrestling ring. If you’re throwing the hit, there’s little chance of you getting hurt.Helmets have improved, but if you don’t where the chin strap properly, it wont help you anyway.

    They’ve made so many changes to protect the guy throwing the hit, that they forgot about the guy receiving it!

  26. habs-hampton says:

    Why are there so many concussions now?

    Because equipment manufacturers are making stuff that makes players thing they are invincible! Elbow pads used to protect your elbow if you fell on it. Now new elbow pads look like my shin pads. Shoulder pads used to be some foam with a cap on them. Now they use football pads. These are all great weapons.  The ironic part is that they made the boards “softer” so its like hitting the ropes in a wrestling ring. If you’re throwing the hit, there’s little chance of you getting hurt.Helmets have improved, but if you don’t where the chin strap properly, it wont help you anyway.

    They’ve made so many changes to protect the guy throwing the hit, that they forgot about the guy receiving it!

  27. nickster13 says:

    Just figured id tell my habs related story of the day.

    I was sitting at mcgill and Louis Leblanc was about 15 feet from me working on a project! I thought that was cool… he seems like a confident guy and everything, and looks like his cheeks are getting a little chubbier (im guessing he’s getting on the creatine or something), but man is that guy still lanky! He looks really tall except he isnt overly tall of course.

    I just thought it was cool seeing a player we know in their everyday life like that. Cheers!

  28. HabFanSince72 says:

    Reading the Kovy II comments, where does the notion come that he is a “cancer” and has a bad attitude? I’ve never read this, and Bob Hartley his ex-coach says he is nothing of the sort.

    Can anyonepoint to any specific event where Kovy II was a poor team player or a source of dressing-room discord?


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