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2013-14 NHL Season: "We Are North American Scum"

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The irony is how completely Goofus that was.

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Ah, Andy. But you missed their middle fight in the game, which started off with some highlighting one of the NHL's newest idiotic rules.

Players will now be assessed a two-minute minor for removing their helmet prior to a fight. So how do Krys Barch and Brett Gallant go around this rule? Like so:

Also finding ways to skirt around or prevent himself from breaking a new NHL rule is Alexander Semin. Like his more famous Russian counterpart, Alex Ovechkin, Semin also tucks the back of his jersey into his pants. Semin was the first player to be given a penalty for this new rule. So as to not do it again, Semin sewed the hem of his jersey onto his pants:

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And the final new rule this season is another cut down on goalie pads. Now there's no funny video or diagram here, just a comparison between this year's pad height and last year's pad height.

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Wait, what? Did they remove each others' helmets? That's brilliant.

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What's the deal with the "no tucking" rule? Is there a safety measure behind it?

I believe it mostly has to do with not obscuring the number.

Also, I wonder if the NHL will make a rule about helmets after the Barch-Gallant incident. If they don't, I would expect most NHL players involved in fights to adopt this style.

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Also forgot to mention, they're testing hybrid icing in the preseason (with a NHLPA vote before the season to approve going forward with it or not).

I liked hybrid icing in theory. It sounds good in principle. However, in practice and implementation of it, it is horrendously stupid. It's weird. It's confusing. It's just so ridiculously subjective. And it doesn't solve the problem that it's trying to correct (players crashing into the end boards and getting injured, which doesn't happen all that much in the first place. Sorry Joni Pitkanen, Kurtis Foster, etc. You're just freak accidents.)

And according to those in the know, it probably won't be voted in anyways. It's not gonna pass, so that's a good thing.

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What's the deal with the "no tucking" rule? Is there a safety measure behind it?

I believe it mostly has to do with not obscuring the number.

It's because they're going to introduce ads on the back hem and you can't sell ad space that you can't see because it's tucked in. Reportedly.

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I saw hybrid icing in the AHL last season, and found it neither stupid, weird, nor confusing. Took me about a period of watching it in person to adjust. Maybe you're just bad at watching hockey.

What's the deal with the "no tucking" rule? Is there a safety measure behind it?

I believe it mostly has to do with not obscuring the number.

It's because they're going to introduce ads on the back hem and you can't sell ad space that you can't see because it's tucked in. Reportedly.

For unsubstantiated speculation from one Twitter account, this sure as hell has gotten a lot of traction.

There will be ads on jerseys eventually, and they'll be on the chest long before they show up on the ass. Consider the value of the real estate based on sports television, not the porn industry.

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Also forgot to mention, they're testing hybrid icing in the preseason (with a NHLPA vote before the season to approve going forward with it or not).

I liked hybrid icing in theory. It sounds good in principle. However, in practice and implementation of it, it is horrendously stupid. It's weird. It's confusing. It's just so ridiculously subjective. And it doesn't solve the problem that it's trying to correct (players crashing into the end boards and getting injured, which doesn't happen all that much in the first place. Sorry Joni Pitkanen, Kurtis Foster, etc. You're just freak accidents.)

And according to those in the know, it probably won't be voted in anyways. It's not gonna pass, so that's a good thing.

Yes, anything that could possibly reduce injuries, particularly head injuries, is always for the best.

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I saw hybrid icing in the AHL last season, and found it neither stupid, weird, nor confusing. Took me about a period of watching it in person to adjust. Maybe you're just bad at watching hockey.

What's the deal with the "no tucking" rule? Is there a safety measure behind it?

I believe it mostly has to do with not obscuring the number.

It's because they're going to introduce ads on the back hem and you can't sell ad space that you can't see because it's tucked in. Reportedly.

For unsubstantiated speculation from one Twitter account, this sure as hell has gotten a lot of traction.

There will be ads on jerseys eventually, and they'll be on the chest long before they show up on the ass. Consider the value of the real estate based on sports television, not the porn industry.

This inevitability makes me feel queasy.

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The day they put ads on the jerseys of one of the big 4 sports leagues will be a dark day on these boards.

It's coming, unfortunately.

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I saw hybrid icing in the AHL last season, and found it neither stupid, weird, nor confusing. Took me about a period of watching it in person to adjust. Maybe you're just bad at watching hockey.

Maybe I just haven't seen enough of it, but the first few times it's like "um... why did they blow the whistle? Oh, right. Hybrid icing... but why did they call it there?" Maybe another part of it is that the referees aren't that used to calling it either. I don't know.

Honestly, I'd rather just go to no-touch icing and be done with it. Take the referee judgment out of it. There's too much of that as it is.

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I'll have to see it in action, but in principle, I don't like it. It's one thing that there are judgment calls to cancel icing, but judgment calls to make a call just make it really mucky, and it's bad enough that icing is the go-to for feigning hockey ignorance ("lol how can there be icing, they're on ice"). I mean, a line call should be black-and-white (or red and white as the case may be), shouldn't it?

Also, it seems to me that the injury risk of icing is severely overplayed relative to the injury risk of stuff like punching a guy in the head, or getting away with stick work, all of which no one seems to mind. I mean, every time some guy gets his bell rung on a dirty hit, half the hockey viewership goes "AH GEEZ THAT'S A CLEAN HIT GOTTA KEEP YOUR HEAD UP," and yet icing is the most hazardous thing in the game that has to be eradicated immediately? whatever

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So the Caps are officially hosting next years Winter Classic, no opponent announced yet.

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They would either be:

Ottawa - battle of the capitals

Florida - why the hell not?

Pittsburgh - Crosby

San Jose - everyone's favourite Stanley cup final prediction from three years ago.

I'm sure you know who I want to see.

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I'm guessing Boston or Philly. The one of the two that doesn't will probably be in a Stadium Series game

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I wouldn't be surprised if its a rematch between Washington & Pittsburgh. I would like to see Washington play Ottawa like TorinK92 said. I could also see Buffalo for some reason. Either way, I wanna go.

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I'm at the Barclays Center now. The lack of lower level seating at one end is a bit jarring. The non-centered scoreboard, not so much.

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