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The NHL Brings In A Consultant To Advise Teams On Sports Betting

from Nathan Joyes of Gambling Insider,

Former American Gaming Association (AGA) executive Sara Slane will work as a consultant for the National Hockey League (NHL), advising its teams on sports betting strategies.

Slane has been brought in to help the league grow its presence within gaming, with the expansion of legalised sports betting across the US well underway.

Slane has confimed she has offered her support to the NHL when it comes to forming new partnerships, gaming legislation and the gaming and sports betting marketplace.

Nine NHL teams are located in states where sports betting has been legalised, with North Carolina the next state likely to join the list.

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Offensive Defense

from Travis Yost of TSN,

One of the questions I’ve wrestled with over the years is how to value individual offensive contributions from defencemen, particularly when it comes to goal scoring.

It’s an important subject because, much like forwards, there is a strong correlation between two components – usage (or, ice time) and scoring – and the contracts they will subsequently sign.

For forwards, it’s rudimentary but somewhat defensible. Most high-end forwards tend to be great individual scorers, and scoring for forwards is a much more repeatable talent. These players also tend to drive favourable goal differentials, which helps broadly justify the contracts they sign.           

It’s a different animal for defencemen. We know that there is also variability in shooting talent with defenders, but it’s much more difficult to pin down.

There are a multitude of reasons for this but the most obvious is the fact that they are materially further from the net, on average, when they shoot.

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Video- It Sure Is Another Slow Monday

Almost 4 minutes of big hits from the NHL regular season.

 

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The NHL Network Will Televise The Last Three Days Of The World Junior Showcase

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that NHL Network will televise live the final three days of games at the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase.

The week-long event will include 11 international competitions featuring the best Under-20 players from four nations - the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden - auditioning for a spot to represent their country in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. Collectively, the four teams have skated in at least one of the last three IIHF World Junior Championship gold-medal games. In 2017, the U.S. defeated Canada in a thrilling 5-4 shootout victory before Canada topped Sweden, 3-1, a year later. This past January, Finland edged the U.S., 3-2, to win gold.

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Video- Don Cherry On His Future

4 1/2 minutes to watch.

via the Toronto Sun's YouTube page,

 

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It’s Very Slow

Yes, I am around but not much news at all the last few days.

Unless you want to discuss the James Neal/Milan Lucic trade but I don't think you want to do that today.

So, I am going in relaxed mode, if I see something worth posting I will, otherwise going to help a neighbor who had some storm damage yesterday.

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Who Said It?

“I never got the feeling it was personal against me, and in fact Gary Bettman told me a number of times that he knew that the decision had come down from Dave and ownership and that he had no problem with me.

“Those rumors about Gary blackballing me from the league because of Sakic weren’t true. But there was a lot of resentment against the Rangers. I don’t regret what I did, I gave them my best advice that it wouldn’t work, but I regret that ownership made us do that.”

-Who said it? An interesting read.

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Good Advice

Matthew DeFranks, Stars beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are some of the highlights:

Question: Some are comparing this Stars team to the 1999 championship squad. Do you think that's going too far?

DeFranks: Yes. That 1999 team had six Hall of Famers. Comparing the two would be very premature, especially considering that the 1998 Stars team won the Presidents' Trophy and the 1997 Stars team was tied for second-best in the league. This year's Stars are not at that level. But they don't have to outrun the bear (the 1999 Stars), they just have to outrun the others (the 2019-20 NHL teams).

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Afternoon Line- Patrick Maroon

"I would love to be with St. Louis. I would love to play here again. Me and (general manager) Doug (Armstrong) talk. We've had conversations, and I think it's tough right now. [There are] a lot of restricted free agents right now, and everyone's trying to find their number. The cap really didn't go up. I'm just enjoying it. I'm just going to take the time and really soak it all in. I know I've got a lot left in the tank, a couple years. I've got three solid years I can give someone."

"I'm ready to compete and play for any team that wants me. I'm a guy you can probably use in the locker room, a good veteran guy. I don't really pump my tires up too much, but I feel like I've done a good job of bringing guys together and being a locker room guy. I think anyone can use me right now."

-UFA Patrick Maroon.  Louie Korac at NHL.com has more.

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Dress More Players

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The NHL allows no substitutions for injured players, so the coach who loses a defenseman or two, must fly the plane with his back line manpower seriously diminished. Manpower among the forwards, typically 12 in number to start the night, typically isn’t as impaired when one or two forwards go down. Double shifting or scaling back to a three-line attack can fill the void.

Past practices, finances and sheer bench size aside, the NHL would do well to borrow from the European leagues. Other than Finland, all the professional Euro leagues dress 20 skaters, with coaches typically electing to go with 13 forwards and seven defenseman. By and large, unless there is need to fill in for an injury, each extra sees limited playing time.

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