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Some of the topics discussed- A few teams believe the salary cap will reach $80M in 3 years and one team thinks it may hit $90M in 5 years with the floor at $70M.
Then a few possible UFAs were looked at for 2015 and 2016.
There was discussion on the concussion lawsuit and will the NHL just settle in order to avoid releasing financial information.
A few more topics were brought up including Leafs' trade talk, Ottawa assistant GM Tim Murray may get an interview with the Sabres for their GM opening.
The final topic, Malkin not having his sweater tucked in.
I will have video of the segment when it becomes available.
added 7:24pm, Watch the Hotstove segment below...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Never mind the salary. Never mind the term. In hockey terms only, David Clarkson, at any price, isn't contributing enough to the Maple Leafs ... Martin Brodeur promised: "You'll love this guy." Still waiting for that guy to arrive.
- The three hottest Canadian scorers in November have been Joe Thornton, Chris Kunitz and James Neal, all of whom might be considered long shots to play for Team Canada. But right now, how do you leave any of the three off the Olympic team ?
- I have been associated with TSN for more than a decade and this is written from a personal side. I have great respect and regard for the work the people at TSN have done in broadcasting hockey and to see them shut out in the future breaks my heart on any number of levels.
Gary Bettman made a magnificent $5.2 billion deal for the NHL, maybe the greatest of all deals in his time as commissioner. But when he called it a "win-win" for hockey fans, I understood his sentiment but couldn't disagree more.
My NHL hockey, as a consumer not a reporter, not being affiliated with any network, includes Chris Cuthbert and James Duthie; Bob McKenzie and Ray Ferraro; Gord Miller and Darren Dreger; Glenn Healy and Elliotte Friedman. I want the best.
from the CP at The Hockey News,
The 12-year, $5.2-billion agreement announced this week gives Rogers national rights to all NHL games and will see the beloved broadcast shift to the telecommunication giant's multiple platforms, including City and Sportsnet.
Such a radical transformation—from must-see "appointment" viewing to "hockey a la carte"—could call for a shake-up when it comes to on-air talent, including the man many consider the face of "Hockey Night in Canada," said David Kincaid, managing partner and CEO of the Toronto-based Level 5 Strategy Group.
No company invests billions of dollars in a brand only to leave it as it is, said Kincaid, who helped Labatt Breweries wrest sponsorship rights to the NHL from Molson-Coors in the 1990s.
"If they want to say it's the fresh new face of hockey, available across all these different mediums and all this different type of integrated content, if a certain personality is seen as an on-air television commentator, it's off strategy," he said.
"If the equity of their brand is only television, and you're creating content to go across multiple platforms, I kind of want a new spokesperson that travels across all the platforms or a whole range of spokespeople."
more and Cherry has mentioned he will discuss his future on Coach's Corner tomorrow night.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
There is some disagreement over the details of how it all happened, but a lot of people connected to the negotiations for the new Canadian NHL television contract think it was a question of attitude as much as the dollars behind the NHL’s decision to dump BCE Inc. and TSN for Rogers Communications Inc. and Sportsnet.
Separate sources say when negotiations opened between the NHL and TSN to extend its contract for the broadcast rights in Canada, executives from the all-sports cable network and its parent company could have showed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman a little more respect. Instead, sources say, the message delivered to Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly was TSN carried the NHL’s water for many years and the network was prepared to pay only so much to carry on the relationship – so the league should sit down and sign a contract.
For example, sources say, BCE president and chief executive officer George Cope never became involved in the negotiations. At the same time, Rogers president and CEO Nadir Mohamed played a “very” important role in the talks, according to someone close to Bettman. Those who know Bettman say he has a keen idea of how important the NHL is to certain businesses and markets.
Also, Bettman takes a dim view of those who do not share that view – especially those who are supposed to be partners of the league.
Living in the Detroit area for most of my life, I always took for granted that Hockey Night in Canada would always be around.
Heck, I grew up with HNIC, from Ward Cornell and Foster Hewitt to Ron MacLean and Jim Hughson, I have witnessed it all.
Now, with the broadcast deal between Rogers and the NHL, who knows what lies ahead for HNIC as we know it.
CBC President Hubert Lacroix in this 9 minute interview explains CBC's position.
One thing to remember, Rogers now controls all of the content (incuding on-air personnel) basically meaning HNIC will still be on CBC but not produced or directed by CBC.
Watch the video below...
Friedman appeared on Hockey Nigh Online today and discused a few topics, one being the new Rogers NHL broadcast deal.
Watch it live below...
update 12:03pm, Press conference is over.
TORONTO (November 26, 2013) - Rogers Communications today announced multi-year sub-licensing agreements with CBC and TVA Sports for NHL games, beginning with the 2014-15 season. This deal follows today’s earlier announcement in which Rogers Communications and the NHL secured a long-term broadcast and multimedia agreement, providing Rogers with all national rights on all platforms in all languages.
“We are proud to select CBC as our partner to carry on the Hockey Night in Canada tradition for Canadians,” said Nadir Mohamed, President and CEO, Rogers Communications. “We are also excited about our long-standing sports alliance with TVA Sports and Quebecor, which will use its many channels and platforms to deliver French-language NHL coverage.”
As part of the multi-year agreement, CBC will continue to air nationally-televised regular season games on Saturday night and playoff games. In addition, the iconic Hockey Night in Canada brand will continue on CBC and be used across all Rogers channels and platforms on Saturday nights.
Beginning next year, Rogers will own the rights to every NHL game broadcast in Canada, thanks to a massive $5.2-billion deal announced today
Starting next season, Rogers Communications will be the National Hockey League’s exclusive broadcast and multimedia partner in Canada.
As part of the $5.2 billion, 12-year agreement, Rogers obtains the national rights on all platforms to every NHL game through the 2025-26 campaign—including all playoff games and the Stanley Cup Final.
“Canadians are passionate about hockey, and through this landmark partnership with the NHL we’ll be able to bring hockey fans more games and more content on their platform of choice,” said Nadir Mohamed, the President and CEO of Rogers Communications.
TORONTO (November 26, 2013) -- Rogers Communications and the National Hockey League today announced a landmark 12-year broadcast and multimedia agreement that includes all national rights to NHL games on all platforms in all languages. The agreement, the largest media rights deal in League history, begins with the 2014-15 season and continues through the 2025-26 season. This marks the first time a premium North American-wide sports league has granted all of its national (Canadian) rights to one company on a long-term basis.
Rogers also announced today it has selected CBC and TVA for separate sub-licensing deals for English-language broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada and all national French-language multimedia rights, respectively.
The agreement is subject to approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors at its meeting on December 9-10.
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