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Playoff Numbers

via the NHL PR department,

The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs opened with two weeks of “Mayhem” in the First Round, featured the “Battle of Alberta” in the Second Round, the second-highest scoring Conference Finals sweep in history and a Stanley Cup Final that saw the Colorado Avalanche dethrone the two-time defending champions to claim their first Cup in two decades. A few #NHLStats to tell the story of the highest-scoring playoffs since 1995:

1999 – Year that “All The Small Things” was released by blink-182, with the song becoming the in-game anthem of the Stanley Cup champion Avalanche.

562 – Goals scored in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the fifth most in a postseason that consisted of four or fewer rounds (i.e., excluding 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers).

101 – Average percentage of capacity for crowds at NHL arenas, with 1,655,687 fans attending the 89 postseason games in the first “normal” postseason since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

89 – Games played in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most in a postseason that consisted of four or fewer rounds (i.e., excluding 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers) since 2016 (91).

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Bob McKenzie’s Final Draft Rankings

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It’s a photo finish for the No. 1 spot on TSN’s 2022 NHL Draft Final Ranking and, by the slimmest of margins, it’s Juraj Slafkovsky over Shane Wright.

Five of 10 scouts surveyed by TSN ranked the 6-foot-4 Slovak left winger at No. 1, while four scouts slotted the Kingston Frontenac centre in the top spot.

The headline will be that it’s the first time this season — that includes pre-season rankings in Septembermid-season rankings in Januarydraft lottery edition rankings in April; and now the final rankings in June — that someone other than Wright is No. 1.

Slafkovsky was ranked No. 5 at mid-season but used two stellar international performances, at the Olympics and the men’s world championship, to vault to TSN’s No. 1 spot heading into the draft in Montreal on July 7-8.

There are, however, two points worth noting.

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Video- P.K. Subban On The NHL

via the YouTube page of the NHL on ESPN,

P.K. Subban on why hockey deserves more appreciation | First Take
Stephen A. Smith, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo and P.K. Subban debate whether hockey gets the attention it deserves.

 

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Riley Cote Has Turned To Psychedelic Drugs

from Steve Volk of Rolling Stone,

Riley Cote’s journey to enlightenment began in earnest when a hulking man punched him in the face. Cote, now 40 and retired from professional hockey, remembers the moment with a dark laugh. He’d gotten into this particular bust-up one night during the 2009 season with one of the NHL’s most vicious fighters, and took the worst of it, waking the next day with his left eye blackened shut.

“What,” he asked himself, “am I doing?”

He drove to the Philadelphia Flyers training facility and got into the shower. Feeling congested, he reached for a tissue. He didn’t realize he’d suffered a cracked sinus, so what happened next was physics. When he blew his nose, the air — rather than coming out of his nostrils — inflated his face. The pressure surged instantly behind his good eye and closed it tight....

After eight years in pro hockey (four in the NHL, four hopping around its minor-league teams), Cote felt his retirement bearing down. As an NHL “enforcer” — a player whose main role is to get into fights — he’d taken countless hits on the ice. Off it, he self-medicated with booze and drugs. He’d brutalized his body inside and out by the tender age of 28. “I damaged my brain,” Cote says. “Punching it and dehydrating it and partying my ass off.”

Today, Cote is a new man, with a mane of long brown hair, a yoga-trimmed physique, and an aura of ease in his own skin. It is a transformation he credits largely to psychedelic drugs.

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Late Evening Line -Kelsie Snow

"This is a disease that happens in the darkness, right?" Kelsie said. "It's such an overwhelming disease just to live with that most of the time people can't advocate and can't be a face for it while they're going through it. You go home, and you just try to get through every day, and you're just gutting it out every single day.

"And so, for us to have the opportunity for him to be as healthy as he's been for as long as he's been, really allows us to put a public face to it. And that's the goal, right? It's not, like, 'Oh, we're inspiring.' That's not what we're here for.

"We're here to just say, 'Hey, look at us. There's a ton of other people like us, and we want you to see this disease and understand that it's happening to young families. It's not just happening to grandparents. It's happening to young dads, young moms.'"

-Kelsie Snow, wif of Chris Snow who is battling ALS.  Nick Cotsonika of NHLcom has more.

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The Latest On Joel Quenneville

from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,

As for former Florida coach Joel Quenneville, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told ESPN he is unsure he will allow him to come back right now.

“I don’t know. That’s something I’ll have to address with him directly,” Bettman told ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap on Friday’s episode of The Point.

Per ESPN, Bettman said Quenneville has expressed a general desire to return to the NHL, though not for a specific job opening.

“He has indicated that he would, at the appropriate time, like to be part of the game again,” Bettman said. “I don’t think this is the time. But we’ll see what happens in the future.”

more, Florida Panthers talk....

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Afternoon Line- Dave Stubbs

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Salary Cap Ranges Announced For Next Season

NEW YORK/TORONTO (June 16, 2022) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2022‑23 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $61 million, a Midpoint of $71.7 million and an Upper Limit of $82.5 million.

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Gary Bettman Met With The Media Today

from Kristen Shilton of ESPN,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league will generate record revenues of more than $5.2 billion this season. And that total may be conservative.

Holding court Wednesday with deputy commissioner Bill Daly before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bettman praised the league and its partners at large for completing the first 82-game regular season in two years. That provided the foundation for a much-needed financial recovery.

"What we've done is we've [continued to operate], we've done the fundamentals of our business," Bettman said. "We had a major increase in our national media revenues in the United States. Our buildings are back to basically where they were [with attendance], and maybe a little better. Our playoffs this year, the first two rounds generated 88% of the revenues that we did in the first two rounds the last time we had normal playoffs [in 2019]. We continued to put on NHL hockey under the most difficult of times. ... We were able to stabilize the business and power through."

Bettman expects the NHL to continue to boom.

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