Should the NHLPA decertify? Ryan Miller
thinks they should and he’s not alone.
Decertifying comes with a lot of risks and it would send this lockout in a more uncertain and potentially messy direction — and given the current state of affairs in the NHL, that says a lot.
Still, some see the potential benefits for the players.
“The NHLPA has become nothing more than a vehicle [for the owners] to take revenue share and contract rights away from players,” said player agent Allan Walsh of Octogon Hockey
in a Sportsnet report.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly
argued that it’s a “time consuming process that would likely lead to the end of the season.”
At the same time, the NBA players’ threat to decertify might have been what led to the resolution to that lockout. Steve Nash’s agent, Bill Duffy thinks it could help the NHL players too.
“They should decertify, absolutely,” said Duffy. “They should have done it three months ago.”
What would decertification mean to the NHL?
The goalie interference penalty called on
Brad Marchand late in Friday’s Thanksgiving Showdown didn’t sit well with the Bruins.
Marchand, whistled after making contact with New York’s
Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third, said he thought “ it was a bit of a weak call,” adding “[Lundvqist’s] out of the crease, and he lightly gets touched.”
While Marchand took issue with the call, his head coach took issue with King Henrik.
(In Julien’s defense,
Lundqvist does have a pretty lengthy IMDB page.)
The interference penalty was nearly disastrous for the Bruins, as
J.T. Miller scored on the ensuing power play to given the Blueshirts a 3-2 edge.
However, Boston replied with a power-play goal of its own —
Ryan Spooner, at the 16:14 mark — which set the stage for David Krejci‘s dramatic game-winner with just under two minutes to go.
So, to recap: Today’s game had
the Beleskey hit on Stepan, the Marchand-Lundqvist theatrics and a dramatic come-from-behind victory for Boston.
And so, to answer your next question:
These two teams next meet on Monday, Jan. 11, at MSG.
Related: Yep, Alain Vigneault went there — ‘I remember Aaron Rome in this building’
The big boys got after it early in Minnesota today.
Kurtis Gabriel — all 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds of him — picked one of the toughest opponents in hockey on Friday, throwing down with Jets enforcer Anthony Peluso early in the first period.
And it was a pretty good tilt.
Peluso, one of the league’s most feared fighters, was coming off two pretty heavy scraps —
one against Columbus tough guy Jared Boll, and another in which he landed some serious shots on overmatched Canucks d-man Luca Sbisa:
Of course, Gabriel’s no slouch.
He had one previous fight in the NHL this year (against Peluso’s teammate,
Chris Thorburn) and five in the American League, where he’s spent the majority of this season.
Given the fisticuffs that occurred earlier
in the Bruins-Rangers game, it seem the NHL has really gotten into the spirit of Black Friday.
All videos courtesy HockeyFights.com)
Alain Vigneault remembers a late hit that happened in Boston one time.
The Rangers’ head coach referenced it today after one of his top centers,
Derek Stepan, was injured on a check that the NHL may need to review with a stopwatch.
“I remember Aaron Rome in this building, .6 seconds late, getting suspended four games in the Stanley Cup Final,” Vigneault said,
per Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
For those that need their memories refreshed (nobody in Vancouver does, that’s for sure), here’s Rome’s late hit that knocked
Nathan Horton out of the 2011 final with a concussion:
Now here’s the hit that
Matt Beleskey put on Stepan:
According to Vigneault, Stepan has some broken ribs and is out indefinitely.
Over to you, Department of Player Safety.
A league source has confirmed that the hit is being reviewed.
Somebody tell the Boston Bruins there’s a goal-scoring crisis in the NHL.
This afternoon, for the 14th time this season, a Bruins game featured at least six goals. The final score was 4-3, as Boston came back to beat the Rangers in a wildly entertaining Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC.
David Krejci scored the winner with 1:43 remaining. Krejci’s goal came just 2:03 after teammate Ryan Spooner had tied it on the power play.
The win was the Bruins’ fifth straight. Though the defensive mistakes remain…
…Claude Julien’s troops have been finding ways to overcome them.
running and gunning Boston Bruins.
When was the last time you could call them that?