In today’s collection of interesting and notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Ken Dryden weighs in on preventing head injuries…Taylor Fedun’s leg injury reignites talk of implementing “no-touch” icing…Is it delusional considering the Canadiens better than above-par?…Analysis of Rangers’ Del Zotto and Zuccarello…”The Eagle” takes a spin.
GRANTLAND.COM: Hall of Fame goaltender, best-selling author, former team president of the Toronto Maple Leafs and former member of parliament for York-Centre Ken Dryden offers up his opinion on player safety, particularly regarding hits to the head.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dryden is one of the most intelligent and articulate people ever in NHL history, but he’s sometimes dismissed in some NHL circles as being too much of a pointy-headed, long-winded bleeding heart. What’s he’s saying, however is no different than what a rising number of folks within the game are saying about improving player safety, especially with regards to blindside hits and head shots. The difference is, he’s doing it far better than most. Dryden played the game professionally, and written a couple of best-selling books about it. His words should be heeded.
COPPER AND BLUE: Derek Zona believes Minnesota Wild winger Eric Nystrom should be suspended for his hit on Edmonton Oilers defenseman Taylor Fedun, which resulted in Fedun suffering a badly broken leg, which has likely ended his season.
PUCK DADDY: Harrison Mooney believes this hit could spark further debate on the NHL adopting “no-touch” icing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I cringed when I saw the video, as I know what Fedun’s going through, having broken my leg in similar circumstances during a military hockey tournament in 1998. While it remains to be seen if Nystrom will be suspended (I have my doubts), I agree with Mooney this will serve as yet another prime example for the adoption of “no-touch” icing.
DENNIS KANE: doesn’t believe it’s delusional to consider this year’s Montreal Canadiens a better than parity NHL team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane makes a good point that this year’s Habs are much better than they were through most of the late decade. Barring a rash of injuries and complete meltdown of Carey Price in goal, the Canadiens appear a lock for a playoff berth. As for how far they’ll go once they get there, that’s another matter best left until April.
BLUESHIRT BANTER: Joe Fortunato offers up analysis of defenseman Michael Del Zotto and forward Mats Zuccarello, who are trying to stick with the Rangers this season.
RAZOR WITH AN EDGE: offers up a funny blast from the past of then-Dallas Stars goalie Ed Belfour’s day with the Stanley Cup on an amusement park ride.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s Belfour cackling maniacally and screaming, “Faster! Faster”, whilst the two Cup handlers look like they’re gonna puke that makes this endlessly entertaining!