First off, I’d like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers. To our non-Americans, Happy Thursday. Also, we’re sorry, but there will not be a Hockey City Live podcast this week. We apologize for the inconvenience. We’ll be back next week.
Tip Ins is a weekly update for all the news that happened in the NHL.
- Bad news. We can’t impeach Gary Bettman. But here’s a laundry list of legitimate reasons why he should no longer be the NHL Commissioner, including but not limited to, “because he sucks”. The article also goes into detail of why the NHL shouldn’t be run like the NBA. (Grantland)
- The NHLPA sent the NHL a new proposal yesterday. Unfortunately, just like the others, this one was turned down. The offer was thought to be moving closer to what the NHL wants. That said, a source told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun that the owners are willing to budge on some contracting rights. So there’s progress. Just not enough. (ESPN)
- Last Friday, Claude Giroux was checked in the head by a Krefeld Pinguine player while playing in Germany. He recently returned to America with a neck injury. He’s set to visit concussion specialist Ted Carrick next week. It’s all being billed as precautionary. Man. The Penguins-Flyers rivalry transcends all languages. (Broad Street Hockey)
- Yesterday after the CBA meeting, Washington Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik made what some would consider “selfish” statements as well as wanting to firing Donald Fehr if the season is scraped. In this case, ‘some’ takes the vocal form of Montreal Canadiens forward Erik Cole because he was not happy. He sounded off going as far to say,”I’m pissed at him. If he were sitting in a dressing room across from me tonight …”. The rest of the sentence was taken off the record. Well. (Hockey Inside/Out)
- “NY Team” will face “Philly Team” in a charity game. Its called Operation Hat Trick and will take place on November 24th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the game will go to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. In addition to American Red Cross, NY Team will play to benefit the Empire State Relief Fund and Philly Team will play for the NJ State Relief Fund. (Atlantic City Blog)
- The Toronto Marlies have become the first AHL team to join with You Can Play. Looks like they won’t be the last. Good on them. (Pension Plan Puppets)
- Speaking of the Marlies, earlier this season, Toronto Marlie and Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri was called out by his coach for being out of shape. Kadri was then benched by the coach. Fast forward to now and Kadri has 10 points in his last four games and was voted the AHL’s player of the week. Dallas Eakins used benching. It was super effective. (TSN)
- Montreal Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion has been cleared to return home for three weeks of rest. He released a statement saying, ”I want to sincerely thank all fans, friends, family members and everyone from the hockey world for the incredible support I have received. I am very happy to be home for Thanksgiving.” (TSN)
- Earlier this week, a report came out that Flyers owner Ed Snider no longer supported Gary Bettman and the lockout. As expected, Snider called the reports bogus. Here are a few reasons the original report could be true and why the Flyers, on many levels, have nothing else to gain from this lockout. (Broad Street Hockey)
- Here’s a Q&A with Gary Bettman. In it he’s asked about failing NHL franchises, cancelling the season, losing owners support, the NHL’s first CBA offer, and a ton of other stuff. At one point, the guy asked Bettman,”Do you enjoy this? What’s happening right now?”. Bettman was also asked,”How much longer do you want to be commissioner of the NHL?” Gold. Read it. (Winnipeg Free Press)
- So you’re telling me Zac Rinaldo’s Adirondack Phantoms got in a line brawl with the Binghamton Senators and he wasn’t involved? Whoa. The lockout must really be screwing with his head. (YouTube)