The Hockey News Podcast: Could Flames, Leafs have new coaches by new year?
Do Calgary and Toronto need new bench bosses? Why didn't the refs help Matt Calvert? Is Hayley Wickenheiser the top female player ever? And more.
NHL sends wrong message by appointing Parros as head of Department of Player Safety
George Parros, with more than 1,000 penalty minutes and 169 career fights, has been named the head of the Department of Player Safety, and again the NHL is sending the wrong message.
NHL needs culture change to eliminate casual slashing
The NHL is trying to get rid of the kind of slashing we saw throughout the playoffs without taking away from players’ ability to battle.
It seems not even concussion spotters can save players from themselves
The league revamped its concussion spotter protocol under the premise that the players and teams couldn't be trusted to make the right decisions. But the latest Sidney Crosby incident shows it's still not working.
Kevin Stevens avoids jail time, and continues working to turn his life around
Kevin Stevens has indeed paid for his addiction to painkillers, and his battle continues as a "classic example of someone who is likely living with CTE."
NHL's culture of violence reveals itself, once again, on Crosby hit
Neither Matt Niskanen nor Alex Ovechkin will receive any discipline and we’ll go on our way, comfortable in our attitude that Sidney Crosby’s a star who should expect that kind of treatment.
Higher rate of psychiatric disorders in former players, but is it from concussions?
In an ongoing study of head trauma and concussions in former professional players, researchers found they displayed a high level of behavioral and emotional problems.
NHL sends mixed message with laughable two-game suspension for Marchand
The Department of Player Safety blew it when it came to disciplining Brad Marchand. They could have sent a message to the repeat offender by suspending him for playoff games, but didn't.
If you think Crosby should be suspended, you’re delusional
Sidney Crosby has incited some fiery reactions with a pair of questionable plays this week. His slash on Methot and spear on O’Reilly warranted penalties – but nothing more.
Tkachuk latest example of why first-time offenders should get longer suspensions
Matthew Tkachuk will not be appropriately punished for elbowing Drew Doughty. And the Kings will seek revenge next time they play, and the cycle will repeat itself.
Throwback Thursday: Pat Lafontaine's words of advice for Eric Lindros
Back in 2002, Hall of Famer Pat Lafontaine felt Eric Lindros' pain when it came to post-concussion symptoms. He penned a column offering some words of support.
Please, Panthers, don’t turn Aaron Ekblad into Eric Lindros
Aaron Ekblad, 21, has as many concussions as NHL seasons played. If the Panthers don’t shut him down for the year, they’re taking a massive and irresponsible risk.
NHL GMs wisely won't recommend changes to concussion protocol for goalies
The concussion protocol will remain status quo in an effort to protect players, especially goalies, from themselves.
THN Roundtable: What rule change would you like to see adopted next season?
While NHL GMs meet in Florida to discuss some potential rule changes, we have some suggestions of our own on how to improve the game.
A six-game ban was appropriate for Nyquist – in this world
The Red Wings right winger got the punishment he deserved for his attack on Jared Spurgeon – given the precedent the league has set for suspensions.
The NHL can't suspend Brad Marchand for what he didn't do
Brad Marchand is undoubtedly a dirty player. But anyone calling what he did to Kronwall and Stralman "slew-footing" or "clipping" needs a rulebook refresher.
Pronger sees gig with player safety department as stepping stone to GM job
Chris Pronger turned heads when he took a job making decisions on player discipline, but sees it as a valuable step toward his ultimate goal of becoming an NHL GM.
What message is the Department of Player Safety sending with its latest hiring?
George Parros is an intelligent guy, but the NHL's disciplinary team is now made up of three players who totalled 4,002 career penalty minutes and 293 fights.