jeudi 26 septembre 2013


The hybrid release in force this season in the NHL

Le dégagement hybride sera en vigueur dès le début de la saison régulière... (Photo: AP)
The hybrid release will be in effect from the start of the 2013-14 regular season after the settlement has been approved by the players, confirmed deputy commissioner Bill Daly aired on NHL Live.

The NHLPA has accepted the amendment to the regulations that will call an icing relying on an imaginary line drawn at the height of the circles in play rather than the puck. This regulation was tested during the preseason this year. The aim is to prevent serious injury, such as forcing the defender Carolina Hurricanes Joni Pitkanen to miss all of last season.

"I think it's good. It will allow the race (for the puck) to finish a little further away from the ramp, said winger Toronto Maple Leafs James van Riemsdyk. Once they have decided they call icing or what they want, it will give more time to react. "

Pitkanen fractured his left heel at eight locations in a race for the puck icing situation in April. This is similar to that suffered by former Washington Capitals forward Pat Peake, whose career ended shortly after injury.

Players have expressed doubts about the hybrid release, especially the reluctance or ignorance of the law by the linesmen must make the decision.

"The natural reaction is to say" Oh, we do not like it, "said head coach of the Calgary Flames Bob Hartley. If the hybrid release prevents injury this season, ç'en worth it. "

Capitals vs Blackhawks 09/28/13 by NHL
********* Canadien: Bournival and Tinordi beyond the cleaver
Jarred Tinordi et Michaël Bournival... (Photos André Pichette, La Presse)
Jarred Tinordi and Michael Bournival
The ax fell on eight players on Thursday morning , a few hours before the Canadiens are playing their last pre-season game against the Ottawa Senators .

Forwards Michael Blunden , Patrick Holland , Martin St. Pierre , Christian Thomas and Nick Tarnasky as defenders Greg Pateryn , Magnus Nygren and Darren Dietz take the path of Hamilton.

This means that attackers Michaël Bournival and Gabriel Dumont, and defensemen Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu remain for the time being with the team. Moreover, we will review Beaulieu in action tonight , who has returned to competition last night. Bournival will also meet .

Gabriel Dumont, who said he was more satisfied with his performance last night in Ottawa than in previous meetings, has escaped the ax .

"I think we have seen more intense the Gabriel Dumont we know ," said the young Quebecers , who was the only player who played the day to participate in the optional training Habs this morning.

All the others had obtained leave.

Murray made ​​progress

The Canadian has until September 30 to reduce his training from 27 to 23 players and the health of some veterans certainly helped the cause of young people who escaped the ax .

One that comes to mind back Douglas Murray, injured lower body , who practiced with the team for the first time since September 18 . Murray was one of 13 skaters optional morning practice in Brossard on Thursday , while the Canadian was preparing for his rematch against the Senators .

"I think I'll be ready and available to the opener ," commented the 33 year old Swede , who will not , however, the lineup tonight .

" It would have been important to me to get more preseason games , but that did not happen . I'll have to prepare differently. I have long days at the training complex for my rehabilitation and I try to simulate game situations in practice , but it is not the same thing. "

Brian Gionta , who has finally recovered from a biceps injury that required surgery last spring, for his part in his first preseason game .

"It was a good camp in which many young people are highlighted and it bodes well for the future , reported the captain. Veterans , they are ready and everyone is motivated. "

This will be the seventh and final preparatory confrontation Habs . All veterans will be in action with the exception of Brandon Prust , who continues to undergo treatments today.

It will be the turn of the Senators present a team of lesser caliber as Jason Spezza , Bobby Ryan , Chris Neil , Erik Karlsson , Marc Methot and Chris Phillips will not be part of the alignment.

Goalkeeper Craig Anderson will however automatically throughout the game.

"The thin line between the minor and those players in the NHL , argued Daniel Briere. We had a very young team yesterday in Ottawa, but the Senators we do not take lightly and it showed . "

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