Is the Enforcer Era Coming to an End in the NHL?

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We all love the intensity of hockey games, especially the rivalry games. We also love the hard hits and fights that come with the sport. At some point in time, though, we have to realize that we’re playing a game of hockey, not UFC, not boxing, not wrestling, but hockey.

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An Early Season Look at the St Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues have been off to an interesting start. You would think injuries to key players would set the team back, however, lesser known players have been able to step up and make things happen. Head coach Ken Hitchcock has been working his magic and quickly adjusting lines to put players together who complement each other.

This is definitely not last season’s team. This is a team that has to scratch and claw their way through every win and make every play count. It is not always pretty, but it is somewhat effective. From key injuries to bacterial infections to uncertain coaching and inexperienced goalies, the Blues players have gotten off to a rocky start. This has been creating a precarious balance within the team that has been producing wins.

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Boston Bruins Sign Claude Julien to Multi-Year Extension

The Boston Bruins signed head coach Claude Julien to a three-year contract extension. The financial terms were not disclosed.

Since Julien was hired as the head coach, the Bruins got to the Stanley Cup Playoffs every season. He won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011, advanced to the Cup Finals in 2013, and holds the franchise record for most postseason wins with 57 of them. Now in his eighth season behind the bench, he boasts a record of 317-171-65 in 553 games. Last season, the Boston Bruins won the President’s Trophy with 54 wins and 117 points.

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