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The Blackhawks have had enough of this nonsense. They've heard the whispers the last few years that they were soft. This year they've made it a point that it would be different. This year something would be done about it.
Perfect parenting is a painful and elusive goal. Great parenting is within all of our grasps. Here are some of the things that great parents do.
A sliced Achilles tendon is something that one would expect to see in a horror movie, not on an ice skating rink. Unfortunately for Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, his Achilles was cut by the blade of a skate while being hit against the boards.
As an assortment of skaters throughout the league struggle to find offensive chemistry, one of the more interesting narratives of the shortened schedule has become the role of backup netminders and the surprises that have already emerged between the pipes.
The lockout is in the rear view. That's official. That's a fact. Done. Finee. Kaput. You can bet your Tuuka Rask on it.
Now that the deal is done, I refuse to look in the rear view mirror. I refuse to judge the owners or the players or try to decide if there was a winner or loser in this mess.
Super Bowl 47 is set for Sunday February 3rd in New Orleans: San Francisco is an early five point favorite over Baltimore. Hockey season is underway and A library in Australia is moving all Lance Armstrong books to the fiction section.
Fixing this brand can be as easy as recognizing the problem, addressing it, and reconnecting with your talent pool. Just like the NHL, you need to get back into the game even if you've taken a hit.
The NFL has it right. 12 teams make the playoffs. But for those other 20 teams it feels as if the sky is falling. For some reason in the other sports, the consequences for not making the playoffs don't seem quite as harsh.
In a way, the NHL conflict is a classic union dispute: the owners make their fortunes off the backs of the players. It's the scale of the thing that upsets me. And in the end they risk losing it all because they alienate the good will of the working class folks who fill the seats.