Shrapnel - 12/5/11
I'm afraid it's Monday again. We all tried to stop it, but it keeps happening. Someone should start a committee.
Scott Howson and Mike Priest are out in Pebble Beach for the Board of Governors meeting where realignment is expected to be discussed, while the Jackets are having a bit of apres ski before taking on Montreal tomorrow. (Or not, actually - the snow was rained out. Seems a perfect metaphor...)
On the realignment subject, the Jackets are concerned about a simple WPG / DET swap, but the vibe is that the four division plan has a lot to recommend it, and it appears to be gathering support. The largest issues standing in the way may come down to questions about the fate of the Coyotes and concerns from the NHLPA.
In case you missed it, Lou took a look at the Falcons snapping their 5 game losing skid, while Kat talked about the first week of December as a whole over at Strait-Jackets.
Backhand Shelf has another Tea with Ms. Conduct and Puck Daddy offers up a Turkish Hockey Brawl (nothing like Turkish Spiderman, sorry), while it seems the NHL's Guardian Project did more than create a confusing spectacle at last year's all-star game: it almost bankrupted the digital production company working on it.
Andy spent some time talking about the problems of a slow and steady approach, while Greg put up some things to make you go "Hmmm...." over at Dark Blue Jacket.
The Leafs are in New York to play the Rangers tonight, so they held an outdoor practice at Central Park yesterday.
The Jacket Backers will be holding a game watching party tomorrow night at Bethel Center!
Mark Fistric could be the next Discipline Hearing after giving the Islander's Nino Niederreiter a concussion with a questionable hit to the head. Fistric also fits under the repeat offender category, with fines and documented head shots in each of the last two seasons.
Finally, an interesting thought experiment from the Ottawa Sun - what if teams could trade coaches? Not surprisingly, he has Scott Arniel on the move, but wait until you see who he has coming back...