Oct 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle (22) is taken off the ice after being injured during the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 10/16: Lapierre Should Get Lifetime Ban, Coliseum City Hopes, 49ers Season Back on Track

Lapierre Should Get Lifetime Suspension

I’ll try to remain neutral here, but this is a sensitive situation. Players like Lapierre don’t bring anything to hockey. Goonery in general is overrated. Matt Pelech’s fight with Ryan Reaves following the hit was completely unnecessary. Seeing a player lay motionless on the ice, wondering if he’s paralyzed or worse … the game doesn’t need it.

Hockey needs players like Dan Boyle. He’s a fantastic story: undrafted after four years at Miami of Ohio, he’s built a Hall of Fame-worthy NHL career. He’s been a leader on and off the ice for 13 seasons. Boyle is exciting to watch. He’s one of the most talented skaters in the game. He’s still a top-flight defenseman at 37 years old. He’s a phenomenal ambassador for the game.

And all of that could have been over with one dangerous and premeditated act of malice.

– Kyle McLorg, Bay Area Sports Guy

One Step Closer to Coliseum City

Efforts to keep the Raiders in Oakland took an important step forward Tuesday evening when the Oakland City Council extended the planning period for the proposed Coliseum City sports and entertainment development project.

By a unanimous vote, the planning window was extended an additional 12 months, along with a six-month administrative extension option, during a concurrent meeting between Oakland Redevelopment Successor Agency and the City Council.

Raiders fans came out in droves to support the extension vote, which provides hope that the franchise will remain in the East Bay market long term.

– Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area

49ers Season Back on Track

In the hours after the Colts loss, I’m told, the coach and general manager decided that the 49ers were possibly showing signs of mental and physical fatigue, and Harbaugh agreed to ease up on the practice workload.

But first, the 49ers had to get past St. Louis — that was the ultimate early season gut check. And the 49ers won it.

Then they could take a breath, relax, let everybody get refreshed, and try to run the table.

Now, three weeks later, the 49ers are 4-2 with some very winnable games and the early November bye up ahead.

– Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News

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