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Video: PHT Extra — Fights, trades expected to be discussed at GM meetings

Nov 7, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

On Thursday, Brough and I looked ahead to next week’s NHL GM meetings and discussed the two (likely) major topics at hand — fighting, and trades.

On the first topic, we discussed what might be done in the wake of Ray Emery jumping Braden Holtby.

After NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he didn’t “think anybody liked it,” and NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan said he hated it, it stands to reason some adjustments might be made — like, as we suggest, using “heightened sensitivity” on the already-existing aggressor rule, much like how the NHL used “heightened sensitivity” with regards to goaltender protection following the Milan Lucic-Ryan Miller incident of 2011.

On the second topic, we looked at two teams in desperate need of goaltending: Edmonton and the New York Islanders.

Will GMs Craig MacTavish and Garth Snow use next week’s meetings as an opportunity to kick the tires on a new netminder?

Go on, have a watch:

  1. flash8910 - Nov 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    How about Jonas Hiller and Sami Vatanen for Travis Hamonic and a 2nd round pick?

    Isles get a very good starting goalie, who can carry teams in the playoffs. Isles also get a speedy, offensive D. Ducks get a physical upgrade on D, and a draft pick.

    • withseidelinn - Nov 7, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Solid trade for both teams but I don’t think the Isles would give up Hamonic. He’s too important to them and Vatanen is a few steps behind in development.

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    I still am surprised that the Islanders have not made a move to get Ryan Milller. They have the cap space, and Miller might be interested in a young team that would most likely get into the playoffs with him.

  3. joey4id - Nov 7, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    I think a lot of people really enjoyed watching Emery pound Holtby. People love violence, and the NHL knows that it helps sell the game. Matter of fact they use it to market the game. How can I act of violence be ok, but another be so frowned upon? Violence is violence. At least, GB shouldn’t be a hypocrite about it.

    • mshantz22 - Nov 7, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      The fact that the two engaged in the fight wasn’t the problem, it was the manner in which the two engaged, or lack thereof in Holtby’s case. Holtby didn’t want to fight and Ray Emery beat the crap out of him anyway. Holtby had no means of defending himself after Emery jumped him. The NHL doesn’t need to further punish fighting or acts of violence in general, but target the incidents where a player is in a defenseless position, and that includes both fights and hard, illegal hits. If the NHL really wants to see these type of incidents go away, thy need to dish out some harsh and lengthy suspensions.

      • joey4id - Nov 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        Hey! If you’re playing in a league where fighting has always been part of the game, and obviously still is, then as a player you must be ready to answer when the bell rings. When Subban doesn’t want to fight we call him a turtle. But because it’s a goalie we are appalled. Hypocrisy.

      • thesportsjudge - Nov 7, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        @joey…Subban usually does things to deserve getting a beatdown. Holtby does not.

      • cofran2004 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:11 AM

        yeah, because after subban delivers a dirty hit, he doesn’t want to own up to it. Holtby saved every shot the flyers threw at him. Very similar circumstances, I know… and both deserve a beat-down, but can you see how one of those is not quite like the other?

  4. storminator16 - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    I, for one, can’t wait for Ray Emery to beat the crap out of Michal Neuvirth next! Open season on Caps goalies via repeated punches to the face!

    /me gets tickets, grabs the popcorn

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