– Apparently the NHL has issued a directive prohibiting Al Sobotka and/or any other Zamboni operator from twirling the octopus at Red Wings games. A few GMs, including Brian Burke of Anaheim, complained that the spinning octopi fling debris onto the ice. Regional traditions are one of the most intriguing and unique aspects of ice hockey. It’s a shame to see the league eliminating such a cherished tradition in Hockeytown. But then again, we might get more tantalizing clips of Jordin Tootoo flinging the fish behidn the visitor’s bench with his bare hands.
– Steve Walcom said on the NHL Hour with Gary Bettman that league officials were instructed prior to the playoffs to give greater attention to goaltender interference. Perhaps that’s why we’re seeing so many calls when the goalie is outside his crease. Frankly, if the NHL wants to generate more scoring, stop giving the goalies protection when they wander outside the blue paint and the trapezoid. They come out that far to cut down the shooter’s angles; preventing it would give better advantages to the shooter.
– Also, perhaps the refs should stop calling interference when a defenseman pushes the opposition into his own netminder. I’ve seen it happen in almost every series thus far, and it drives me crazy.
– Since Nonis was fired in Vancouver, I’m reading some Brunnstrom to Toronto rumors across the Internet. Brunnstrom was a highly effective scorer in the Swedish Elite League and has drawn comparisons to another late-bloomer: Daniel Alfredsson. But some GMs and scouts question whether he’ll show similar levels of success in the NHL, especially since doubts abound regarding his NHL-readiness. If he costs the $2 Million many expect him to receive, is that a worthwhile expenditure for a club already burdened with big, immovable contracts? And has MLSE given Fletcher the greenlight to move forward on that type of deal? You tell me, Leafs fans.
– Love ’em or leave ’em, there’s nothing like the Flyers crowd at the Wachovia center.