NHL Player Safety Just Keeps Getting it Wrong

Kent Wilson
April 21 2015 11:00AM

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As the clock wound down on the Flames recent 4-2 victory over the Canucks, the game descended into a series of flying body checks, chucked knuckles and post whistle scrums. This mirrored the previous game, a 4-1 Vancouver victory that ended in an ice clearing brawl and a $50,000 fine to Calgary coach Bob Hartley. 

That fine is the only supplemental discipline the NHL has handed out in a series that has featured gratuitous head shots, sucker punches, at least two last minute instigator penalties and numerous infractions that were ignored by the officials. It's been a rough series and because of the NHL's typically pedestrian response to the violence, it figures to get even uglier. 

The NHL's system of justice is broken. It's been broken for a long time. Here's how and why they keep getting things wrong. 

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Canucks recall Sven Baertschi

Thomas Drance
April 21 2015 10:58AM

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The Vancouver Canucks need goals. They need more of an offensive push from all over their lineup. They need Sven.

On Tuesday the club announced the recall of forward Sven Baertschi from the AHL's Utica Comets. Based on the timing of the recall - immediately before the club takes to the ice for the game-day skate on Tuesday - we can assume that he's in Calgary, and prepared to go in Game 4 if the Canucks decide they need him.

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FGD Round 1, Game 4: Home Cookin'

Ryan Pike
April 21 2015 09:00AM

The Calgary Flames head into tonight's Game 4 match-up with the Vancouver Canucks in an enviable position. They have a 2-1 lead in the series thus far. They are coming off one of their most complete games in the season, and they managed not to get anybody injured or suspended in the last three games.

So here we are. The Flames are in the driver's seat of a playoff round against their most bitter rival, just two years into their rebuild. If they can replicate their performance from Game 3, there's a pretty good chance they can win tonight and upgrade their position to "stranglehold."

Expect a very desperate Canucks team tonight, and a Flames team that is believing that they can win this series with a couple more instances of playing their game.

Puck drop is just after 8pm MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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Practice Notes - April 20 2015

Ryan Pike
April 20 2015 03:30PM

Twas an optional skate day for both the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, as both teams attempt to regroup with the Flames up 2-1 in the series following last night's Game 3 win for the locals.

Here's a brief rundown of what was talked about after practice:

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Several Flames Prospects Survive Into Conference Finals

Ryan Pike
April 20 2015 02:00PM

While the National Hockey League's post-season has garnered the majority of the headlines - and for good reason - the playoffs continue in the Canadian Hockey League! Several Flames prospects remain improbably alive at this point, though one particular series is guaranteed to see a Flames prospect end their season (and possibly their junior career) after this round.

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