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March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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BYE WEEK: BOON OR BANE?

THE NHL RUNS up against the Law of Unintended Consequences quite frequently. Rules intended to make the game faster (taking out the red line) also make it more dangerous (more huge hits); rules put in to increase scoring (the goalie trapezoid) end up having the opposite effect (90 percent of goalies are terrible at handling the puck; why stop them?). But innovation and experimentation is necessary in a league where over-coaching often grinds down all the best intentions of the excitementenablers. One of the latest wrinkles in the NHL is the bye week, which guaranteed teams a fiveday break during the season. It was negotiated with the NHLPA as a trade-off for players participating in a more strenuous 3-on- 3 All-Star Game format. And with the World Cup of Hockey pushing…

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SUPERSTAR SHOWDOWN

This season’s top performers take the ice with many of the sport’s freshly minted top 100 legends for a ceremonial faceoff before the All-Star Game in Los Angeles.…

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WHAT TO DO ON DEADLINE DAY?

THE TRADE DEADLINE GETS OVERBLOWN… DRAFT DAY IS STILL THE DAY – Tim Murray, Sabres GM WHILE THE TRADE deadline tends to be one of the biggest TV days of the hockey year, its actual impact has long been exaggerated. Of course it would be glib to point out only one team – the eventual Stanley Cup winner – can really “win” the deadline, but it’s also inaccurate. That’s only true if you’re considering the “buyer” teams. The “seller” teams can also really benefit if their GMs play the field right. Parity wreaked havoc on the trade market for most of this season, and perhaps with the blockbusters of the summer (Shea Weber for P.K. Subban, Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson), that was to be expected. But with very few teams truly…

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TRADE DEAD LINE REWIND

5 YEARS LOS ANGELES KINGS ACQUIRE Jeff Carter LEADING INTO THE stretch where the Kings reached three straight conference finals and won two Stanley Cups, GM Dean Lombardi made several key deals in the hopes of putting his team over the top. It started with the acquisition of Dustin Penner in 2011 and was followed months later by the summer blockbuster trade for Mike Richards, but the icing on the Cup-contention cake was the swap that brought Jeff Carter to the Kings at the 2012 deadline. Carter was only months removed from being sent from the Flyers to the Blue Jackets in a move that shook the hockey world, but rumors of his unhappiness in Columbus followed the trade and continued into the season. All parties denied a reported trade request, but Carter was…