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3. I could see Philadelphia considering someone like Marc Staal if not going the Ellis route.
The Flyers need to stop losing games if this is going to happen because they’re currently on the outside looking in and have a points percentage closer to sixth-place than to playoffs (Technically Pittsburgh is 3rd in the East but have a lower P% than 4th-place Boston).
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“Guys aren’t just talking about a hit that happened in the first period: They’re watching it, they’re critiquing it on the bench and they’re talking about it and they’re seeing the replays,” said Smith, who has run the site since 2013. “They’re more informed, and that leads to some sharper criticism.”
The NHL declined comment on player criticism of officiating, which is nothing new in pro sports. In an interview earlier this season, director of officiating Stephen Walkom said he was pleased with how referees and linesmen were doing, especially given health and safety protocols limiting their time together. The league also has a video rulebook of examples of various penalties on its site.
The Tanev thing was a little weird, but it’s disingenuous as hell for Tom Wilson to pretend like he has no idea what he’s doing is dirty.