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Rob Pizzo will be be hosting a Google+ Hangout today at 3 PM EST this afternoon with Henrik Lundqvist. He and a bunch of other hockey people are planning on asking him some questions while trying to avoid getting lost in his eyes.

-by Patrick Hoffman

While the New York Rangers may be one of the hottest teams on home ice this season at the partly renovated Madison Square Garden (5-1-1), the team’s fans don’t exactly feel at home just yet.

While it is hard to fully pass judgment on the arena given that only one of three phases has been completed, it’s clear that Blueshirts’ bloggers are quite opinionated when it comes to their “new” arena.

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Post written by Neil Corbett


I probably don’t have to tell you about how controversial the idea of injuries in hockey has become in the last few years.  The growing concerns about the connection between fighting and depression have been caught up in this general concern about the violence of the game, and a wide variety of prominent hockey journalists have been either supporting or predicting a fighting ban and a ban on head shots. 

As with most popular sports there is a lot of resistance to the idea of change, especially when the change is perceived to affect a traditional, fundamental aspect of the game.  In the NHL, what often ruffles feathers is the idea of taking the ‘toughness’ out of hockey (or the ‘pansification’ of hockey, as the famous ex-GM Mike Milbury once opined).  Then you have people pointing out that hockey is the only major sport in the world where play stops for two guys to throw bare-knuckle haymakers at each other, and that the greatest hockey player in the world just missed a year in what is arguably his prime because he got hit in the head too much.

I want to avoid my own opinions on what ought to happen in the NHL and instead clarify the debate a little bit by isolating an important hurdle.  The fundamental issue is the need to make a subjective value judgement, but it gets lost in the attempts to present objective moral proclamations.  We have no choice but to enter the gray area and do our best. 

The elephant in the room is that the amount of violence included in any sport is based on a fairly arbitrary balance of social convention, entertainment value, and tradition.  There is no clear-cut, conclusive argument validating or invalidating any specific level of violence in any sport whose participants choose to play.  This basic point is often abused.  Yes, hockey will live on without head shots and fights.  So what?  Yes, it will lose some of its physicality.  So what?   

In this context, arguing that head shots should be banned because people are getting hurt is like arguing that no one should be allowed to climb Mount Everest because they might die.  It’s a lazy argument that ignores the critical issue of how to balance things like the rights of people to make their own choices, the level of danger involved, and the justification of social conventions.  Arguing that headshots will change the game too much is equally lazy, because the real argument must involve why the game ought to be a certain way (among other things).  The repetition of these half-built arguments gets us nowhere.

As a society, we presently accept the basic idea of athletes sacrificing their welfare for paycheques and our entertainment.  We’re okay with people dying on Mount Everest.  We also accept the frequency of certain injuries in other lines of work where the pay is kinda shitty, so I can forgive a man making a few million dollars a year in the NHL for wondering why everyone is so concerned about his safety.  Brooks Laich recently told the media: “We accept that there’s going to be dangers when we play this game. […] sometimes it feels like we’re being babysat a little too much” (from Puck Daddy, via Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington). Read the rest of this entry »

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Team Player(s) Team Player(s)
Anaheim Teemu Selanne Atlanta Ron Hainsey

Slava Kozlov

Pavel Kubina

Boston Zdeno Chara

Marc Savard

Marco Sturm

Tim Thomas

Buffalo Ryan Miller
Calgary Niklas Hagman

Jarome Iginla

Miikka Kiprusoff

Robyn Regehr

Carolina Scott Walker

Ray Whitney

Colorado Adam Foote

Scott Hannan

Milan Hejduk

John-Michael Liles

Columbus Mike Commodore

Fredrik Modin

Rick Nash

Dallas Mike Modano

Brendan Morrow

Brad Richards

Detroit Daniel Cleary

Pavel Datsyuk

Kris Draper

Nicklas Lidstrom

Brian Rafalski

Brad Stuart

Edmonton Sheldon Souray

Lubomir Visnovsky

Florida Keith Ballard

Bryan McCabe

Tomas Vokoun

Los Angeles Michal Handzus

Ryan Smyth

Minnesota None
Montreal Scott Gomez

Roman Hamrlik

Georges Laraque

Andrei Markov

Nashville Jason Arnott

J.P. Dumont

Martin Erat

David Legwand

New Jersey Martin Brodeur

Patrik Elias

Jamie Langenbrunner

Jay Pandolfo

Brian Rolston

Colin White

NY Islanders None
NY Rangers Chris Drury

Wade Redden

Michal Rozsival

Ottawa Daniel Alfredsson

Mike Fisher

Filip Kuba

Chris Phillips

Jason Spezza

Philadelphia Daniel Briere

Simon Gagne

Scott Hartnell

Kimmo Timonen

Phoenix Shane Doan

Ed Jovanovski

Pittsburgh Sergei Gonchar

Brooks Orpik

San Jose Dan Boyle

Dany Heatley

Patrick Marleau

Evgeni Nabokov

Joe Thornton

Niclas Wallin

St. Louis Eric Brewer

Barret Jackman

Paul Kariya

Keith Tkachuk

Tampa Bay Vincent Lecavalier

Martin St. Louis

Toronto J-S Giguere

Tomas Kaberle

Mike Komisarek

Vancouver Roberto Luongo

Sami Salo

Willie Mitchell

Washington Michal Nylander