The NHL GMs are meeting in Toronto, trying to make the game better. One of the main topics will be shots to the head. However, according to espn.com, there’s an issue that may come up that was brought to the league’s attention by former Admirals forward Jordin Tootoo.
The issue: NHL fighters using UFC-style tactics. The Predators were upset last season when they felt San Jose Sharks winger Brad Staubitz used his forearms to punch Tootoo. Sharks GM Doug Wilson was upset the Predators complained to the league about it.
"We brought it up with the league that we thought he was hitting him with his forearm," Predators GM David Poile said Tuesday. "Doug doesn't see that, but that's what I saw on the film. I asked the league, is this something we should talk about? I haven't heard a thing about it until now."
The website says it will be discussed, time-permitting.
Isn’t this the way the world is going, though? Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is gaining an audience. Former Admirals forward Jeremy Yablonski has had professional MMA fights. There’s an emerging MMA scene here in Milwaukee, led by a guy who is one of the most respected gentlemen in the sport. He has told me that a lot of hockey players are not only fans of his sport, but are seeing it as a solid addition to a training regimen.
Fights will continue to happen. Should there be more rules? It’s generally accepted that a tough guy will fight a tough guy. Most of the time, players take their helmets off so as not to break or cut a hand on a helmet and/or visor. Beyond that, should there be rules? After all, it’s a fight. Fighting is, itself, against the rules. That’s why there’s a penalty. I’m not advocating ju-jitsu or kicking, but is the forearm getting involved so bad?
I plan on asking players for the next entry and I’ll report on what I find.
Remember last season when San Antonio went winless for 17 games. Well, after a 6-1-1-0 start, the Rampage are winless (0-5-1-1) over the last seven games.
Admirals forward Chris Mueller scored an empty net goal to seal the National Championship for Michigan State in 2007. The Spartans beat Boston College, 3-1. Also, Mueller’s grandfather, Freddie "The Flying Dutchmen" Mueller, was a professional boxer. He was ranked No. 3 in the world in the lightweight class in 1929 and 1930 and was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.
Former Admirals goalie Scott Reid is playing for the Alaska Aces (ECHL).
Phoenix is apparently interested in Chicago defenseman Chris Chelios. Phoenix coach Dave Tippett is just a few months older than Chelios and both participated in the 1984 Olympics: Chelios for the U.S. and Tippett for Canada.
Happy Veterans Day! Thanks to all of those who served our country, especially my dad.
Until next time…Go Admirals!!!