“Everybody keeps saying this is great. It’s not great,” Yzerman said. “It’s not hockey.”
“There are penalties all over,” he said. “I’ll just use Mathieu Schneider’s penalty as an example. He steps up and takes his guy out, and his stick gets caught and the crowd cheers so the referee puts his hand up. There has to be some discretion. The referees have to use some judgment on what is a penalty and what is not. They’ve taken judgment out of it and I think it’s somewhat made it easy on the referees just to call anything, because there is no judgment.
“Good referees used to have good judgment. Now they’ve taken that out of the game. I’m not saying I’m blaming the referees for it, I just feel the whole thing has to be adjusted and they have to look at this seriously. They can’t continue to call irrelevant things that have no business being called.”
While Alexander Ovechkin continues to make his value abundantly clear with the Washington Capitals, Russian club Dynamo Moscow is trying to force the NHL rookie back to his home country.
Steve Larmer has left the NHL Players’ Association, claiming the organization has returned to the “days of [Alan] Eagleson, when a select few made decisions for the group.”
Larmer’s resignation as head of player relations comes a few months after a group of dissident players led by Trent Klatt and Chris Chelios challenged the move that saw Ted Saskin named executive director â€“ succeeding Bob Goodenow â€“ without a formal union-wide vote.
The Penguins, in dire need of money to replace the antiquated Igloo (aka Mellon Arena), are betting their destiny on acquiring one of those enormous revenue producers.
Saturday it was announced that the Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority is, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, offering land and development rights to any slot machine casino operator or private investor who’s willing to commit to building a new arena.