I watched Rangers-Devils Saturday and I saw an awful lot of hooking and impeding. It could have been the team of officials working that game. It could have been my imagination. Or maybe there’s just so much hooking, you can’t realistically call all of it (and to be fair, the officials called 15 penalties). But it seemed to me, the officals are already backing away from their “call it all” style of the first three days of the season.
It’s something to keep an eye on.
If you want.
Speaking of the Rangers, Larry Brooks says they’re a better team without Mark Messier (login info.). Brooks writes Messier was such a looming presence, no one could really grow around him.