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NHL Opening Night Quick Thoughts

Devan Dubnyk is the city of Edmonton's Most Expensive Enigma

Devan Dubnyk, according to, costs the Edmonton Oilers $3.5 million.

Devan Dubnyk has shown the hockey world flashes of brilliance.

Devan Dubnyk has shown the hockey world that he can sign autographs in a grey suit while ignoring pigeons.

And yet, Devan Dubnyk has also shown the hockey world that he might be better served as the goalie who sits on the bench and wears a baseball hat.

In Tuesday nights home opener, Dubnyk made 23 saves on 28 shots in the Oilers 5-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Coming off a season where Dubnyk seemed to finally be making strides, posting a .920 save percentage during his 38 games with the Oilers and winning all four of his starts at the World Championships for Team Canada in May, it's disappointing to see Dubnyk fall flat in his 2013-2014 debut.  

With only journeyman Jason Labarbera as the other viable option to log minutes, it appears that the Oilers are fully invested in riding out Dubnyk for the foreseeable future. A decision that may cost this young, high-octane group a chance at earning their first playoff berth since 2006. It's certainly early and with only game in the bag things are subject to drastically change, but at the moment it's not looking so good for Edmonton's six-foot-six netminder.

The Chicago Blackhawks Banner Ceremony Was a Tad Dramatic

If you found yourself asking, "Why is NBC Sports Network airing a tribute to the Titanic?" during the Blackhawks Stanley Cup banner raising ceremony tonight, then you're not alone.

Chicago pulled out all the stops. A light ceremony. Elementary school children holding up a banner. Eddie Olczyk speaking in public. You name it, they had it.

Perhaps what made the ceremony seem so emotionally confusing was the orchestral score that played as the banner slowly was raised to the rafters.  It felt like we were witnessing the reuniting of lost loves, not honoring a group of 20 men for defeating a team that plays in a city best known for its obsession with beans.

For a more in-depth look at the ceremony, check out Madhouse Enforcer's blog for NBC Chicago.

Credit to Joe Kremel at Fansided for the gif.

The "No Fighting In Hockey" Debate Is Around the Corner

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz) / AP

Tuesday nights action took a scary turn when Montreal Canadiens enforcer George Parros fell face first into the ice during a fight with Colton Orr of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

According to, Parros has been diagnosed with a concussion.

With the NHL already taking strides to ensure player safety during fights - revising rule 46.6 so that players aren't allowed to remove their own helmets during a fight - it appears the Parros incident will spark further debate about the role of fisticuffs in the game.

While a complete ban on fighting will unlikely arise in the near future, it wouldn't be a total shock to see the NHL adopt a similar rule to that currently in effect in the Ontario Hockey League. Before the 2012-2013 season, the OHL introduced a new policy regarding fights.

According to the OHL Network, a player would receive an automatic two-game suspension for every fight after their tenth, and then for every fight exceeding the sixteenth, their two-game suspension would be accompanied by a $1,000 fine to the team. Any player deemed an instigator for a fight after the tenth, would receive an automatic four-game suspension.

It's certainly a tricky rule for the common fan to understand, what with multiple parts and the occasional multiple-syllable word, but it may get to the point where the NHL feels they have no choice.

Thoughts go out to Parros. Hopefully fans aren't deprived of his killer mustache for too long.