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Along with our usual Wagering Wednesday discussion, Pizzo and I got on about…

* Steven Stamkos scores 50 for the second time. Only six players have ever done that before 23, what will his place in history be?

* Marty Turco is….er…he was…yeah. We talk Marty Turco

* Ilya Bryzgalov is on fi-yah

* Sean Avery retires on Bravo – how will you remember him?

* Hybrid icing could come to the NHL this year – Pizzo and I aren’t exactly on the same page on this one

* Alexander Radulov could come back to the Preds without waivers or any repercussions. Fair?

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Comments (1)

  1. I am always a little behind in listening to the podcast (usually a couple of days) so I didn’t listen to this podcast until Saturday evening. The conversation got me thinking about three things: Hybrid Icing; Delay of Game penalties; and Radulov.

    Hybrid Icing: I really understand Bourne’s point – we are creating a game within a game but I don’t see it having the same negative affect to on-ice personnel that Justin thinks it will, but only because this has already happened. The creation of the trapezoid has forced GM’s into getting faster defensemen instead of those who are strong defensively because their goaltenders were neutralized. (Speaking of which, this is the main reason why Marty Turco’s numbers dropped off and why he isn’t an NHL goaltender anymore, but that is another post). We are already seeing races for the puck and speed is something that some GM’s were willing to look for in their players rather than defensive prowess.

    Hybrid Icing is a bad idea at the end of the day and I agree with Justin’s thought process: Ilya Kovalchuk vs. Hal Gill. If they are tied at the line, is the linesman going to say: “I know Kovalchuk would win this race to the puck so I won’t blow the play dead”.

    Here’s what icing should look like: automatic icing for any puck shot from the opposing team’s defensive zone (ie: the puck is shot before the player crossed their own blue line). Once a player reaches the neutral zone, there will be no icing, effectively removing the red-line completely.

    Another factor needs to be considered as well. The linesman’s discretion would be allowed when determining whether or not an opposing playing had an opportunity to play the puck. With some icing, there is not a chance to play the puck before it gets sent down the ice. However, there are times when a player could play the puck but doesn’t or it goes under their stick and icing is not waved off. That needs to change.

    Delay of Game penalties: This is a penalty that I’ve never been able to stomach although I did have a compelling argument brought up in defense of the penalty: Regardless of what you think you are seeing, it is usually deliberate and why shouldn’t a deliberate stoppage in play be penalized. I counter with the idea of icing. The person said, icing is a deliberate play in most cases but it the puck is staying in the playing surface of the game. Not bad…not great. I still have a problem with equating a charge or hook with delay of game. My idea: Make Delay of Game a 1-minute penalty. It is not as bad of an offense as Tyler Myers hit on Scott Gomez a little while ago (which Myers received a 2-minute in-game penalty and then was suspended by the league) but it should still be penalized.

    Radulov – this was an interesting conversation because Poile used everything in the CBA and rules that would allow for Radulov to return anytime he wished. I think Pizzo nailed this one on the head: a player returning after the trade deadline should not be eligible for the playoffs just as if someone were signed after the deadline. I almost don’t mind creating a second deadline for transactions of this nature which would be a week after the trade deadline. Otherwise, you could see a bunch of teams “loaning” higher paid contracts to European teams/KHL teams and then having those players return in time for the playoffs. These players would get “suspended indefinitely” by the team only to return later. Now most of the guys being loaned are guys that a team wants to get rid of but this could be a strategy in the future. Radulov’s contract wasn’t on the books against the salary cap.

    Wouldn’t this be a great opportunity for a GM who wants to take a chance on, and doesn’t mind paying actual money to, Alexander Semin. The guy is making $6 million per year right now with this being the final year of the contract.

    So, if you are a team that is looking for some scoring punch for next year why don’t you sign Semin for two or three years at $6 million per year? Have him “leave” for the KHL, where he might actually be able to get his head back together, and bring him back after the deadline next year but removing the team suspension? Yes you have to watch your cap but at that point you can always find room. Not to mention the cap does not apply in the playoffs.

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