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TSN Insiders Tonight

TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger have the latest on contract extension talks with Canucks captain Bo Horvat, the NHLPA's search for a replacement for Donald Fehr, former Islanders bench boss Barry Trotz's plans to return to coaching in the NHL, and more.

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It’s Connor Bedard And Everyone Else

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Connor Bedard is No. 1 on TSN’s Pre-Season Rankings for the 2023 NHL Draft.

Ten out of 10 scouts surveyed by TSN have the Regina Pats’ 5-foot-10, 185-pound centre at No. 1 to start the 2022-23 season for the Class of ‘23.

Was there ever any doubt? In a word, no.

“Didn’t have to overthink this,” one scout said.

From the moment the North Vancouver, B.C., native was granted exceptional status in 2020 (to enter the Western Hockey League as a 15 year old) and then burst onto the scene as a “double underager” who scored seven goals in seven games at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship in 2021, the giddy anticipation has been that the 2023 NHL Draft would be the Connor Bedard Sweepstakes.

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Czech Government Doesn’t Want Russian NHL Players Playing In Prague

I tweeted about this yesterday, but in case you missed it.

from The Athletic,

Russian players who are scheduled to participate in NHL games in Prague next month will not be welcomed by the Czech government because of its stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to a report from The Associated Press.

The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks are slated to face off at the Czech capital’s O2 Arena on Oct. 7 and 8. While rosters are still to be set, Russian forward Yakov Trenin plays for the Predators while forward Evgeny Svechnikov is a member of the Sharks. San Jose defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov is injured.

“We can confirm that the Czech Foreign Ministry has sent a letter to the NHL to point out that, at this moment, the Czech Republic or any other state in the (visa-free) Schengen zone should not issue visas to the Russian players to enter our territory,” Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek said in a statement, according to AP.

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Two Different Types Of Defensemen Retired Yesterday

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

Could you have had two more different characters?

That Zdeno Chara and P.K. Subban chose to retire on the same day created common ground between the two superb athletes that for the most part, beyond their shared extreme competitiveness, didn’t otherwise exist.

Indeed, 50 years ago, they were characters that would have been unimaginable to North America’s hockey culture. A towering 6-foot-9 defenceman from Slovakia, a country that didn’t even exist back then, and an African-American blueliner from Toronto. The imagination of the sport has surely expanded since the days a tall hockey player was 6-foot-2, only Canadians played in the NHL and black athletes were simply not seen on hockey rinks. Still, even with somewhat more diversity in the sport today, Chara and Subban both managed to leave unusual, indelible imprints on the game in a way most players simply don’t.


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The Sweater Ads

from Matt Larkin of The Daily Faceoff,

Perusing that sponsor-laden list feels like reading house-league hockey standings. But as NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly explained to Daily Faceoff in a conversation last week at the NHL Player Media Tour in Las Vegas, it’s a necessary step toward making back the catastrophic NHL revenue losses that occurred when the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons and vacuumed up gate revenues. The same rationale went into teams debuting ads on helmets during the 2020-21 season.

The eight teams opening 2021-22 with jersey ads won’t be the last. As Daly explains, the only reason the NHL doesn’t have all 32 doing it yet is because the other teams haven’t struck deals yet with sponsors willing to pay what the ad space is worth. Daly anticipates the jersey ad sales will be a “significant revenue stream” for the league, so the clubs will demand large sums of money to rent the space.

“I think that process plays out over a period of years,” Daly said. “Once it plays out, it’s a very significant piece of real estate being sold by the clubs, and it’s a great opportunity for potential sponsors, and I think it’s going to continue to be very valuable.”


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Sunday Notes On Hockey

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- ...September is halfway over and Subban is nowhere to be found.

I called his agent and family members and friends and former general managers and all five of the numbers I had for him on my phone list. None of the numbers was his. One polite woman on the phone apologized for P.K. not having that number anymore. A few people said they would get him to call; he didn’t.

NHL training camps open in just a few days. Rookie camps have already begun. And as of now, as far as we know, the 33-year-old defenceman has neither a place to play nor an invitation to any camp. No doubt he will wind up somewhere. He may not be a star anymore, but he’s not finished as a player. Thirty-three is almost young for a defenceman who can think the game and shoot it the way Subban can. But right now, there are no Subban sightings. If there is a place for him to play, an opportunity, he isn’t sharing that information.

- Remember when NHL owners wouldn’t interrupt their schedule for players to participate in the Winter Olympics because it wasn’t economically feasible? Now, they’re planning to interrupt their schedule for a World Cup of Hockey. Why? Because they’re in on the profits. What a shame it will be if Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, and Cale Makar never get a chance to play in an Olympic Games.

- Just about every GM I’ve spoken to lately says the same thing: The Ottawa Senators won the summer. Now the question is: can they win the winter?

- The question for coach Sheldon Keefe and for Tavares and Nylander is this: Can these two players co-exist on a line and be effective in playing together? Or are they like dancing partners lacking in rhythm, who create offence but not necessarily for each other?

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Summer Break Is Over

from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,

In many ways, these past seven weeks have felt like the first real NHL offseason in three years.

In 2020, the 24-team bubble playoff started in August and they were down to the final four by the second week of September. In 2021, the 56-game season didn’t start until January with realigned divisions and travel restrictions that resulted in, among other developments, a one-year experiment with an all-Canadian division. The outcome was the same both times, with the Tampa Bay Lightning winning back-to-back Stanley Cups.

But by the time the 2021 expansion and entry drafts and free agency were all completed, half of the last summer was gone.

This year, for everyone except maybe Flames’ general manager Brad Treliving (more on his offseason workload later), it seemed like the league finally had a chance for a collective deep breath and then a hearty exhale.

The optimism of September is now upon us and it feels genuine, the batteries collectively recharged all around the league.

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Your 2022 US Hockey Hall Of Fame Class

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  Steve CashJim JohannsonJocelyne Lamoureux-DavidsonMonique Lamoureux-Morando and Ryan Miller will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2022, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

“These five individuals have had a tremendously positive impact on hockey in America,” said Mike Trimboli, president of USA Hockey. “They have all made countless contributions to the game throughout their impressive careers and their impact will be felt for years to come. We look forward to honoring them as the 50th class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in November."

The 50th anniversary U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration, which will include the formal enshrinement of the Class of 2022 and also include the presentation of the NHL's Lester Patrick Trophy, will be held November 30, 2022, at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota. Tickets are available by clicking here.

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NHL Games On TNT This Season

via the NHL PR department,

Turner Sports, a division of Warner Bros. Discovery Sports, will enter its second year of live NHL on TNT coverage with a 62-game regular season schedule highlighted by the 2022 Stanley Cup Champions Colorado Avalanche raising their championship banner during a marquee opening week doubleheader on Wednesday, Oct. 12, the 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic on Monday, Jan. 2, regular live game coverage on Wednesday nights and additional live Sunday afternoon games in Spring 2023.

The 2022-23 season will culminate with NHL on TNT’s first-ever presentation of the 2023 Stanley Cup Final, in addition to half of the Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round One, Round Two and Conference Finals.

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NHL Games Across ESPN, ESPN+, Hulu And ABC

via the NHL PR department,

  • Opening Night Doubleheader on ESPN: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings
  • 2023 NHL All-Star Skills on ESPN and NHL All-Star Game on ABC and ESPN+ February 3-4
  • 2023 NHL Stadium Series Debuts on ESPN and ESPN+: Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes, February 18
  • 1050+ Out-of-Market Games Available on ESPN+ Throughout the Season

 Following last year’s historic return of the National Hockey League (NHL) after a near-20-year hiatus, The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) today announced 103 exclusive games across ESPN, ESPN+, Hulu and ABC for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

The season begins in North America on Tuesday, October 11, in an ESPN doubleheader showcasing a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Final with the Tampa Bay Lightning visiting the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden and the Los Angeles Kings hosting the Vegas Golden Knights at Crypto.com Arena. The top eastern conference teams from last season faceoff again when Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin and the Rangers host the Lightning and fellow elite goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for the season’s opening puckdrop at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following at 10 p.m. ET, the Golden Knights and Jack Eichel – in his first season-opening game for the club – take aim at the Kings and newly-acquired forward Kevin Fiala – coming off a career-high in points last season – in a compelling Pacific Division matchup. Both games will be simulcast on ESPN+.

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