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The iBench System

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

During the 2017 playoffs, the first in which NHL teams used the iBench system, then-Pittsburgh assistant Rick Tocchet regularly used one of the team’s tablets in games to show Kessel what he, his teammates, and opposing penalty kills were doing on the power play. Coach Mike Sullivan does not believe it was a coincidence the Penguins scored on 20.5 percent of their power plays, or that Kessel led all playoff performers with 11 man-up points.

“The main areas where we probably gained the most use out of it was special teams, because you get immediate feedback,” the two-time Stanley Cup-winning coach said of the technology. “You can make subtle adjustments on the fly. In the playoffs, you might only get two power plays a game. So if you have the ability to make an adjustment that might lead to an opportunity to score or generate a scoring chance, that could be the difference between winning and losing.”

Just before the puck dropped on the playoffs, the NHL gave teams the green light to use iBench. It is a system powered by XOS Digital, the Wilmington-based company that provides video solutions to 25 NHL teams, including the Bruins. Based on the teams’ needs, iBench gave coaches like Tocchet and Sullivan any degree of video replay to show their players during TV timeouts or even while play was ongoing.

read on plus many more topic including a bridge deal may work best for the Bruins and David Pastrnak...

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The Russian Plan

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

... And Marchenko’s signing, just like that of Markov, Nesterov, Grigorenko and so on, is simply another part of the plan the Russian Hockey Federation has had since the NHL announced it wouldn’t be sending players to the 2018 Olympics. Following the NHL’s early April declaration, the RHF released a statement saying it would attempt to keep its top talent in Russia and persuade top Russian free agents to play in the KHL, giving them the opportunity to suit up in Pyeongchang — an opportunity they seemingly won’t have in the NHL cut.

Russia hasn’t medalled at the Olympics, let alone stood atop the podium, in more than 15 years. Not since 1998 has Russia won a silver medal. And it’s been more than two decades since a gold medal was awarded to the nation. Russia is planning on changing that in February, though, and it’s starting with bulking up by brining any and all potential national team members home.


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The NHL Is Missing An Opportunity By Not Going To The Olympics

from Emily Kaplan at ESPN,

In September, the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will each travel 6,000-plus miles across the Pacific to play two preseason games. The exhibitions in Beijing and Shanghai -- the NHL's first venture into China -- signal that the league might emulate a strategy the NBA initiated more than a decade ago. Growth opportunities in Asia, as the NBA has learned, are significant.

That's why it's perplexing -- and, to many, disappointing -- that the NHL is skipping the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

But the NHL isn't just whiffing on a chance to expand its global footprint. The Olympic boycott is a momentum killer when it comes to promoting the league's young talent, especially in the United States.


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Bill Daly On Kansas City As A Possible Destination For The NHL

from Dave Caldwell at ESPN,

"Kansas City has never been entirely 'off our radar screen,'" Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, wrote in an email to ESPN.com. "We have talked to potentially interested stakeholders in the past, and it's certainly a market that in the right circumstances (including a desire by our board to entertain further expansion) our league would fairly evaluate and consider.

"In evaluating potential locations for NHL teams, we typically look at three things: One, whether the market has or is building a suitable arena facility; two, the demographics of the market and whether they suggest an ability to support an NHL franchise; and, three, whether there is qualified and interested ownership to own and operate the franchise.

"While the Sprint Center certainly checks off the first of those boxes, the other two issues remain a work in progress.

"We opened a formal expansion process in June of 2015 and we did not receive an application for a Kansas City franchise. Further, we have never studied whether the market demographics of Kansas City are likely to be suitable for an NHL franchise long-term because there has not yet been a need to do so."


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Referee Patterns

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

(Imke) Reimers and her colleagues collected data from every NHL game from Jan. 1, 1996, to Dec. 11, 2015. They were interested in particulars such as a referee’s total number of games, penalties called, a referee’s years of experience, and number of games a referee worked with a specific team.

Experience varies from old-timers like O’Halloran to Garrett Rank, who first pulled on NHL stripes on Jan. 15, 2015. The veteran crew of Dave Jackson and Marc Joannette, for example, called the Montreal-Detroit game on Oct. 17, 2015. Combined, the duo had worked 205 Canadiens games and 134 Red Wings games over their careers. Conversely, Eric Furlatt was the lone referee for the Montreal-Detroit game on Feb. 11, 2002. Furlatt had only worked five Canadiens games and one Wings game before then.

Some of the results of their research:

■ A first-year referee calls an average of 24 penalty minutes per game. A second-year referee averages 18 PIMs per game. Expected penalty minutes decline by 0.262 for each additional season of experience. A two-referee team with 10 total seasons calls 2.6 fewer penalty minutes per game than a duo with no experience.

■ Each additional season of a referee’s experience with a specific team decreases penalty minutes per game by 0.972.

■ Of all the months, referees call the most penalties in October.

“What we were really interested in is if you have a regulatory agency — in banking, finance, stocks, anything, really — we are concerned with fairness,” Reimers said.

more plus other hockey topics like under 14 teams in the USA won't allow icing on the pk...

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Theo Fleury On Today’s Game

from Sonny Sachdeva of Sportsnet,

Unfortunately, that same mix of skill, unbridled emotion, and unpredictability is a rarity in today’s game, according to Fleury.

“The game is wayyy, wayyy too over-coached,” Fleury said to Sharp magazine’s Dave McCarthy on Wednesday. “It’s almost like coaches are playing Xbox with these guys. IPads on every bench now. It really takes individuality out of the game.”

The league still has a few characters who call back to that bygone era, according to Fleury, but they’re certainly tougher to find.

“That’s why I love guys like P.K. Subban, who have their own personality and beat to their own drum,” Fleury said. “There’s definitely a lack of that now. If you look at my era, you had all these characters who played, like Jeremy Roenick and Marty McSorley. They were different guys and said what was on their mind and wore their hearts on their sleeves.

“There were a lot of colourful people in the game. Now, when you listen to interviews with so many young guys, it’s all clichés.”

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The NHL Wins In The Disney/BAMTech Deal

from Ken Fang of Awful Announcing,

Let’s take a look at the winners and losers of the Disney/BAMTech deals.


NHL — ESPN and the NHL? We’ve covered the relationship or lack thereof between ESPN and NHL over the last ten years. But here they are together again at least on the streaming service. And thanks to MLB running the NHL’s streaming product, ESPN will offer NHL.TV subscriptions as an add-on.

MLB and NHL owners — Oh, how the rich get richer. Teams will get more money thanks to this deal and more exposure on a new platform. The money from the subscriptions will be distributed throughout both leagues and owners love money. We can’t forget the investment MLB owners made in BAMTech when it was originally developed. They are smiling today.

more winners plus the losers...

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Appointed U.S. Olympic Team Coach Lacks NHL Faces

By Kelsey,

Tony Granato was announced as the coach for the United States Olympic team on Friday by the U.S.A Hockey. Tony is the University of Wisconsin’s head coach. He will coach the Olympic team at the highly anticipated 2018 Games to be held in South Korea. U.S.A Hockey also unveiled the plans it has to build a roster that lacks N.H.L players. These facts will greatly affect the NHL betting odds for the next season.

The players from the European leagues and colleges as well as from the American Hockey League will be the main composition of the American team. Furthermore, there is a high likelihood that a good number of national teams will have players who participated last year in the league. This is despite the fact that N.H.L decided that they will not send even a single player to Pyeongchang.

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Morning Line- NHL Lawyer On The Concussion Case

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All Pavel Datsyuk

from Pavel Lysenkov of SovSport.ru (Google translate),

Tell me clearly: do you have a purpose to go to Pyeongchang?

I think many have such goals. Of course, I want to get to the Olympics. There will be NHL players or not - no difference. I want to play in Pyeongchang and fight for gold medals.

It is  already impossible to change the NHL schedule, all the arenas planned the schedules, not to cancel the "Star Match" in January. Are you hinting that every club will be able to release one or two stars in Pyeongchang?

"On the one hand, there is not much desire to talk about who will be released. Well, not my thing.

On the other - you have to wait for a while, and everything will clear up. I repeat, there is a chance - and the door is not yet closed. I think the parties will be able to agree. But it will happen closer to the New Year.

more (Google translate)...

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