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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
There are still another seven seasons remaining in the NHL’s current collective bargaining agreement and the league’s business is booming to the point of serious and public expansion discussion. But as far as NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr is concerned, once the CBA ends after the 2021-22 campaign, the league’s labor history will repeat in the most unfortunate of ways.
That’s right. Prepare yourself for another lockout.
“If you put baseball to the side where there’s no cap, I don’t see anything yet which suggests any of the other three (North American) leagues are likely to break out of the phenomenon of a lockout every time, because a salary cap produces that phenomenon on the management side,” Fehr told THN Wednesday in an interview for a feature that appears in THN’s upcoming People of Power And Influence special edition. “(Owners) think they’ve got nothing to lose: “Let’s just go see what happens, and maybe we’ll get a little bit more.”
"The fact of the matter is, over the last two decades, the league, the game, the presence and prominence from our clubs has grown on every measurable platform, whether or not it's TV viewing, attendance, social media or revenues. The game, our franchises have never been healthier, have never been stronger and have never been more widely followed."
-Gary Bettman. The commissioner joined Chicago radio today and Nina Falcone of CSNChicago has more.
added 5:34pm, video of the Neal dive is below...
NEW YORK (Dec. 17, 2014) – Nashville Predators forward James Neal has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
Revised for the 2014-15 season following offseason approval by the League's Board of Governors and the National Hockey League Players' Association, NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:
from Reuters via TownHall.com,
The mumps outbreak that has spread through the National Hockey League over the past month and recently claimed the game's best player has likely reached its peak, experts said on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby sat out his team's Monday game after becoming the 13th NHL player since early November to come down with the highly contagious disease that is usually found in children.
"The main thing now is that everybody is aware of it and from what I understand most teams have given their players booster shots," Dr. Judith Aberg, chief of the infectious diseases division at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told Reuters.
"The vaccines take two-to-four weeks to have their maximum effect so they're just starting to kick in. ... It (the outbreak) should be starting to run its course."
added 5:22pm, And just like that...
PREMIERE OF ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC
Road to the NHL Winter Classic, a four-part series chronicling the Capitals and Blackhawks as they prepare for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, makes its television debut tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET in both the United States and Canada.
The series will air on EPIX in the U.S. and Sportsnet 360 in Canada. Viewers in the United States also can stream the show for free on NHL.com, the NHL app and the official websites for each participating team as well as on EPIX.com and the EPIX mobile and connected device apps.
Click on the following links for broadcast details in the United States and Canada.
from Nathan Fenno of the LA Times,
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Monday that there’s enough evidence for the felony domestic violence case against Kings defenseman Slava Voynov to proceed.
The lone witness during the preliminary hearing, Redondo Beach Police Officer Gregory Wiist, testified that Voynov’s wife, Marta Varlamova, was distraught when he met her at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance after the alleged incident in the early hours of Oct. 20.
Wiist said that Varlamova told him during two recorded interviews that Voynov punched her in the face during a Halloween party, then the alleged altercation continued at their home.
“He threw her to the ground multiple times,” Wiist said. “On the ground, he repeatedly kicked her all over her body in addition to choking her approximately three times.”
added 4:19pm, from Rich Hammond of the OC Register,
Voyonov faces a count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury and, if convicted, faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison. Voynov, a Russian citizen, also might face deportation.
Judge Hector M. Guzman ordered Voynov to stand trial after he listened to lengthy, detailed testimony from Officer Gregory Wiist of the Redondo Beach Police Department. Wiist testified that he interviewed Voynov’s wife, Marta Varlamova, after an incident at the couple’s Redondo Beach home on Oct. 19.
One of Voynov’s attorney’s Craig Renetzky, made two requests to the court: that the case be dismissed or that the charge be reduced to a misdemeanor. Both were denied by Guzman, who ordered Voynov to return to court Dec. 29 for arraignment.
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
When the Lightning was burned by a controversial goalie interference call in Game 3 of its playoff series against the Canadiens in April, coach Jon Cooper suggested such plays should be reviewed on video. And if that came to be, Cooper thought the rule would be dubbed the "Tampa Rule."
But Cooper didn't expect to keep earning that label this season. Three Tampa Bay goals have been disallowed due to goalie interference, including one in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Capitals.
"It seems like it's following us around," Cooper quipped.
Cooper isn't griping; he knows other teams are impacted by the calls. But the Lightning is joining a growing group around the league that hopes replay is expanded to include goalie interference calls.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said Sunday that his players were all vaccinated about "2-3 weeks ago."...
"I don't even think about it, to be honest," superstar Kings blue-liner Drew Doughty said after Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs. "I'm not too worried about it. If I get it, I get it. I hope I don't. I hope no one on our team does, but there's really nothing we can do. We have sanitizers all over the rink and all over the plan and stuff like that. We’re trying not to get it, obviously."
While the Kings were given the shot, the Maple Leafs say they gave their players the option of getting the vaccine shot, although it appears most players did it.
"Well, I just got my shot today," Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said Sunday. "They dragged me in, I was the last one. I thought that I had [been vaccinated] 58 years ago, so I didn't think I'd need another one, but I guess there's a new strain out that they better look after us."
The NHL and NHL Players' Association have been closely monitoring the situation.
added 8:15am, from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Mumps again was the word.
The virus that has appears to have the makings of an NHL epidemic struck the Rangers for the second time, this time with Derick Brassard the victim.
“Brass woke up this morning with the mumps, so we’re sending him home right now,” Blueshirts coach Alain Vigneault said before Sunday’s 2-0 victory against the Oilers. “Everyone has been tested, all the guys have had their shots, our doctors and I’m sure every team in the NHL are doing what they’re supposed to do.
“Some guys are more prone to it. It’s nature. It’s a virus. There’s nothing I can do about it.”
from Dave Hodge of TSN,
I realized that few others care about this anymore when the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit 2-1 in a Wednesday night shootout, and, given the fact that the Red Wings took 42 of the 61 shots that preceded the tiebreaker contest, the reaction was that Detroit was deserving of a point. I concluded that the three-point game had gained acceptance, and then I realized that I should have been saying that a long time ago, because it has existed for 10 years.
It affects the standings in no small way. The Florida Panthers are sitting in a wild-card playoff spot thanks to eight points gained in overtime and shootout losses. They have the same number of points as the Boston Bruins, but if all games were worth two points, Florida would trail Boston by six points.
There are no points awarded to NBA or NFL teams that lose in overtime, or to MLB teams that lose in extra innings, and that’s because those sports do it the simple way, and I suggest, the correct way — they count wins and losses.
read on for Hodge on Sidney Crosby...
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