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How Do You Feel About The Vegas Golden Knights Being In The Stanley Cup Final?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The NHL must be very happy about this miraculous Golden Knights season that has put a first-year team into the Stanley Cup final.

The people in and around Las Vegas are now hooked on the game.

Seattle must be licking its chops.

But what about the owners of 30 other teams? How are they feeling? Are they still counting their cut from the expansion fee, or are they starting to get upset with the format that stocked the Vegas team?...

The Vegas success makes owners look greedy and uncaring about what should matter most to them.

Shouldn’t you have to pay your dues, or is the going rate for a championship now set at a half billion dollars?

more plus notes from the Jets/Golden Knights series...

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Bill Daly On European Expansion

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The NHL, likely to name Seattle soon as its 32nd franchise, for years has eyed the possibility of expanding to Europe, as well as Scandinavia and Russia. It remains a curiosity, said Daly, but there are myriad impediments, including the obvious long-distance travel challenges as well as arena suitability.

“I think the biggest issue now is probably facility availability,” he said. “The facility is such a big part of the revenue of our sport now — the business and economics of our sport — and I just don’t think it’s even close to the same level in Europe in terms of arena sophistication and amenity standpoint.”

All sports leagues — except maybe the NFL because it only plays once a week — would need “a core number of cities” added simultaneously overseas to make such an expansion viable.

“I don’t know what that number of cities is,” said Daly, “but it’s more than one.”

more topics including the Vegas Golden Knights and the NHL/China...

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Morning Line- Jeremy Jacobs

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Video- Gary Bettman On Legal Sports Betting

via CNBC,

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” about the Supreme Court’s recent decision that opened up sports betting across the country.

Watch below...

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It’s All About Hockey In Canada

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Just in case you had any doubt, life in Canada is hockey and hockey in Canada is life.

Or something like that.

Anyone else wake up with slightly blurry eyes yet again Tuesday morning, after watching Canada’s Team in Winnipeg take on the Cinderella squad from Vegas late Monday?

Clearly, hockey is a vital enough event in our national psyche that, from mid-April to mid-June, many of us program our evenings around a puck, happily give up some of our beauty sleep and don’t seem to mind that the national TV news is delayed night after night.

Meanwhile, that loud guy displaying the bizarre fashion sense of bright flowers and stripes— and everything in between— continues to hold court over a country during extended breaks in the action.

A few years ago, a visitor from France mentioned all of the above with fascination, scarcely believing that a “silly game” could serve to hold our collective attention for months on end, year after year. 

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Video- Missed Call Against The Capitals Benefits The Lightning

A lot of talk on Twitter, many want this kind of call reviewable.

Your thoughts?

 

 

added 10:46pm, Below, watch the Sportsnet crew discuss this topic.

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NHL Betting Sees A Huge Increase This Season

from Doug Kezirian of ESPN,

"Every morning when I got the profit and loss sheet, basketball we did good, baseball we did good, we lost again in hockey," South Point oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro said, referencing the Knights' 8-1 start to its inaugural season. "That's when you knew you had to deal with it differently than you normally would."

Until this year's record hockey handle, bookmakers rarely noticed the sport. In fact, in its monthly revenue reports, the Nevada Gaming Control Board groups hockey with tennis and golf in a category labeled "Other," while football and basketball warrant separate distinctions.

"When I started in the 70's, we didn't even book hockey," Vaccaro said, sharing that odds were first posted in the mid-80's. "Hockey wasn't even on our mind. Nobody even asked for it."

In Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, the "Other" category's handle was $214 million during the months of hockey's regular season (October to March). That is a 36 percent increase from $157 million of the previous hockey calendar, which pre-dated the Golden Knights.

"There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that about 40 percent of the people betting hockey now never bet it before the Golden Knights came," Vaccaro said.

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There Has To Be A Better Way To Talk This Out Than Twitter

Carcillo seems to be on a mission close to his heart, check out his recent tweets.

 

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CTE Needs To Be Addressed By The NHL

from John Branch of the New York Times,

To the family of the former N.H.L. player Jeff Parker, the posthumous diagnosis of C.T.E., or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, was the predictable conclusion. All those hits to the head, including that final one that knocked him out of the game altogether, and all those subsequent years of struggle? In the final, difficult years before Parker’s death last September at age 53, the family figured that it must be C.T.E.

“It just makes me sad,” John Parker, Jeff’s younger brother, said through tears. “It doesn’t bring him back. It just makes you feel sad, that he was living with this, and it’s a thing. It’s a real thing.”

To the N.H.L. and its commissioner, Gary Bettman, the diagnosis is likely to be the latest piece of evidence to dismiss or combat. Even as links build a chain bridging the sport to C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease associated with repetitive head trauma, and some of the game’s most revered names push the league to take a more open-minded approach, the N.H.L. has denied any connection between long-term brain damage and hits to the head.

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Morning Line- Kevin Allen

Maybe the Wilson situation is another reminder that it is time to remove the gray area from head shots. Maybe it’s to change the rule to read that if a player makes contact with the head, intended or not, it is a minor penalty. If the referee deems it intentional or reckless, it is a major penalty and a game misconduct. That would reduce the number of head shots.

No gray area. Just like we do with stick fouls. You are responsible for your stick. If it cuts someone, you are in the penalty box. Under a zero-tolerance head shot rule, you would be responsible for making sure you don’t make contact with the head. 

-Kevin Allen of USA TODAY where you can read more on head hits and the Tom Wilson suspension.

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