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Unless they manage to catch Patrick Kane on an off night (ha ha ha, kidding...sort of), HBO's 24/7 series isn't likely to garner a whole bunch of "unforgettable" footage of the Blackhawks, especially given the way the Wings and Leafs tried so very hard to avoid becoming the next Ilya Bryzgalovs last season, but Comcast Sportsnet Chicago reports that 24/7 may remain the price of admission to taking part in a Winter Classic:
The Blackhawks and Capitals will square off in the 2015 Winter Classic on Jan. 1, but the NHL has yet to announce its plans for the "24/7" series leading up to the game.
According to Sports Business Journal's John Ourand, the league is still in the process of finalizing its plans, but an official announcement is expected to come soon.
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"We're having a series of meetings with the NHL discussing how we move forward on that project," HBO Sports President Ken Hershman told The Daily. "Hopefully, we'll have something to announce shortly."
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
So when you ask Clarkson about the disappointment of last season, he’s swift to change the subject. You can’t blame him for not wanting to settle into a discussion of his worst year as a professional hockey player.
“It’s not a secret, right? At the end of the season, I obviously wasn’t happy,” Clarkson says. “No season goes the same, so you have to find a way to figure things out.
“So I went back to work right away and have been training as hard as I ever have. That’s what you have to do. There’s no summer where you train less than the one before. You look at how things went and work from there.”
Clarkson saw a two-and-a-half fewer minutes on the ice per night compared to his last year in Jersey; the third-highest-paid Leaf was seeing the 17th-most ice time (15:06). More critical, that 2:30 was all lost power-play time.
"This is a team that I think now is being recognized not just as a team that is young and up-and-coming, it's a pretty good hockey club. We have a chance here to make a real good statement with this upcoming season," Davidson told the Blue Jackets' website. "I like this hockey club. I like it a lot. I like its character, I like the way it plays, I like the intestinal fortitude it has, I like how it sticks up for each other. I like all aspects of it. We have a chance to be a very good club."
-John Davidson, President of Hockey Operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets. More, including video at NHL.com.
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Mark Recchi player development coach, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Recchi, 46, will be responsible for working with and assisting in the development of young prospects and players throughout the Penguins’ organization in the minor leagues as well as in junior and college hockey.
Recchi, a Kamloops, British Columbia native, was the Penguins’ fourth-round draft pick in 1988. He scored 154 goals and 385 points in 389 games over three different stints in Pittsburgh.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Wednesday in some office room in Toronto, the Avalanche will face off against Ryan O’Reilly, pun intended.
It really does look like they are going to arbitration, folks. No last-minute settlement – as often happens between player and team right before an arbitration date – is likely. Both sides in this matter don’t like it when I say there is “bad blood” between the two sides, that this is all just business and nothing more.
But I wasn’t born yesterday. If they don’t like “bad blood”, how about “perceived differences in value that has gotten a bit personal.”
The Avs didn’t like it when I wrote in the middle of last season that, hey, why not get something done with Ryan O’Reilly long-term right now, why risk going into the summer without a new deal between them and O’Reilly and potentially have things go sideways like they did before and during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season? The Avs told me that things were good between them and O’Reilly, and that they had peacefully agreed to postpone serious talks until the summer — and gave me the indication that it would be a foregone conclusion that a new, long-term deal would happen.
Silly, gullible me. Because, here we are on July 18, with no long-term contract between Ryan O’Reilly and the Avalanche.
The Florida Panthers have re-signed defenceman Dmitry Kulikov to a three-year deal worth a total of $13 million.
Kulikov's new deal carries an average annual value of $4.33 million.
The 23-year old Russian scored eight goals and added 11 assists in 81 games with the Panthers in 2013-14.
Looking ahead, we are not that far away from the official opening of NHL training camps which is September 11th.
The NHL pre-season starts on September 14th and opening day rosters must be set by 3:00pm ET on September 30th.
October 1st is the opening of the NHL regular season and then the fun begins.
We've noticed over the years that NHL players for whatever reason have a tendency to use the word "fun" a lot. Maybe it's because they appear to be having more fun at their sport than most other athletes. Perhaps it's because they're funny guys. So, since we're all about fun here at ESPN.com/NHL, especially during the offseason, we've decided to tell the 2013-14 season using only quotes containing the word "fun." Did we succeed? Well, it was fun trying.
"Yeah, it was fun, a lot more fun if I could have scored. That's the way it goes, I'm not the first guy to miss in a shootout, won't be the last, but it's always tough to miss, for sure." -- Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon
from Jonathan Willis of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
It was a dark and ugly campaign for the Oilers. The 2009-10 NHL season saw the implosion of the retooling effort the team had carried out in the aftermath of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final run, and launched an official era of rebuilding in Edmonton.
With the moves made this summer, every single player who took to the ice for that team has now been purged from the system.
It’s a remarkable statement. Forty different skaters appeared in at least on game for Edmonton that season. Thirty-five of those 40 had already been dealt prior to the 2013-14 season, but Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish managed to knock off the rest over the course of the year.
from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,
* Those who don't appreciate Mike Babcock annually predict a "Doomsday in Detroit." And it never happens because of Mike Babcock. And that, my fine, feathered friends, is not what you'd call a coincidence.
* Some hockey players put on a good act for the media but I truly believe Mike Ribeiro will turn over a new -- good -- leaf in Nashville.
* Sorry but I need help; is Jamie Benn really a star or is he still on his way to stardom?
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