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Proposed Changes To The NHL Draft Lottery

 

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Celebrating International Women’s Day And Gender Equality Month

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 8, 2021) – This month, the NHL and NHLPA are celebrating more than 200 women from across the hockey community, on and off the ice, in honor of International Women’s Day and Gender Equality Month, a Hockey Is For Everyone™ initiative. These women will be featured on NHL.com/GenderEquality and across the League’s social platforms.  

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What Have You Learned In The Past Year?

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

This Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the NHL suspending its 2019-20 season amid COVID-19. The pandemic upended everyone's daily lives and routines, and it put the NHL season on pause for four months before returning for a postseason -- though some teams went 10 months without any game action. ESPN asked more than a dozen people around the game to share what they learned over this past year.

Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets forward: "I learned how much the game is ingrained in me. It made me realize, hopefully, I'm not ready to get out of the game soon. I realized how much I missed just playing hockey. The NHL can sometimes become a grind when you play this long, but it refreshed my feelings toward the game. Because when it gets taken away from you, and you don't have anything you really set yourself up for, you realize how much it is part of you. And I'm proud of that. I realize how much I truly love it."

Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings forward: "I've really realized how much of a homebody I am. I really appreciate being home. I just bought a house a couple years ago, and I think with our lives as professional athletes, there's a lot of coming and going. A lot of packing bags, trips. So just to have that first three or four months of lockdown and quarantine, I was home and I just appreciated it. I got a Bernedoodle puppy, so that obviously helped make it feel a lot like home."

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A Proper Suspension

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So NHL referees are kind of done with policing the game, that’s pretty much it, amirite?

The Capitals’ Tom Wilson, flashing that lifetime get-out-of-jail-free card with which he has been endowed by the laughably named Department of Player Safety, rammed Brandon Carlo’s head into the glass on Friday and the league immediately went into contortions attempting to find the technicality to get the Washington predator off.

See … see right there … when you slow it down, he brushes Carlo’s wrist, glove-first … no, slow it down more … you see … ?”

That is what was going on in the aftermath of the hit, on which referees Dean Morton and Pierre Lambert called no penalty on the play, which sent the Bruins’ Carlo off to the hospital from which he was released Saturday night.

But earlier Saturday, in what was believed a response to the firestorm set off in response to this example of blind justice, the league invited Wilson for an in-person hearing via video conference that finally led to a suspension of seven games without pay.

We’ll see, but it sounds as if commissioner Gary Bettman might finally have had enough of this.

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League Wide Observations

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The annual NHL Draft remains a go, on the books for July 23-24 in Montreal, but some league GMs feel as if the annual talent pull would be better if rolled ahead to later in the year (November or December) or scrubbed entirely, in which case the Class of ’21 would fold into what everyone hopes will be a 2022 draft staged in June (per standard NHL programming).

The case for postponing: Many leagues — college, junior, and European — have had schedules disrupted or scrubbed this season because of the pandemic, leaving scouts challenged to get full reads on the incoming stock.

The case for going ahead as planned in July: Some portion of the 18-year-olds will have submitted solid work this season and they’re ready and eager to learn their destiny, even if only a handful have a shot at landing an NHL job in 2021-22.

As of Friday, of the 217 selections in the 2020 draft, only the Senators’ Tim Stutzle and the Rangers’ Alexis Lafreniere had played this season. Only seven picks in the 2019 draft had logged 10 games or more.

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If the Sabres get serious about shopping Jack Eichel, the Canucks have the kind of assets to swing a deal, with Quinn Hughes or Elias Pettersson the starting point.

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Walter Gretzky Passes Away At Age 82

from the CP at Sportsnet,

Walter Gretzky, the ultimate Canadian hockey dad who taught and nurtured the Great One, has died. He was 82.

The father of Wayne Gretzky became a name himself, a constant in Wayne's world. As Wayne's star ascended, Walter remained a blue-collar symbol of a devoted hockey parent in a country filled with them.

Wayne Gretzky confirmed his father's death on Thursday night with a social media post.

``It's with deep sadness that Janet and I share the news of the passing of my dad,'' said Wayne. ``He bravely battled Parkinson's and other health issues these last few years, but he never let it get him down.

``For me, he was the reason I fell in love with the game of hockey. He inspired me to be the best I could be not just in the game of hockey, but in life.''

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The NHL/NHLPA Involved In Study Of COVID-19 Cardiac Effects

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 4, 2021) – The NHL, MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL and WNBA today issued the following joint statement:

The study published today by JAMA Cardiology is an illustration of the collaboration among medical experts at MLB, MLS, NBA, NHL, NFL and WNBA and our respective Players’ Associations over the past year. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have worked more closely together than ever to share lessons learned to ensure the best possible care for players.

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Slow Rollout of Covid Vaccine In Canada Could Be A Revenue Issue For The NHL

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

It’s fair to say the NHL is closely monitoring the vaccine distribution in both countries. An especially slow rollout in Canada may mean that Canadian arenas will be empty or operating in limited capacities come October, when the entire league was supposed to ramp up again.

“The progression of the vaccine rollout both in the United States and in Canada is going to an important factor in what next season looks like, both competitively and economically,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to TSN on Wednesday.

Daly wrote that it was too soon to make any sort of accurate revenue projection for next season, though the NHL has models for different scenarios.

But as Daly hinted, Canada’s delayed vaccine rollout could impact everything from revenue to competition, which could include division alignment, travel and trades.

“As much as we would like to know more, the fact remains that the landscape continues to evolve and it’s still premature to be making any meaningful predictions for what next season will look like,” Daly wrote. “Certainly, we remain optimistic that our current trajectory toward a more normal business environment will continue and its pace will increase.”

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TSN Insiders Last Night

The Leafs sit comfortably atop the North Division, so is there anything that they would like to add before the trade deadline? What is Alex Goligoski's status in Arizona? Is John Tortorella's future stable in Columbus? Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Frank Seravalli discuss this and more.

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Sunday Is Hockey Day In America

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 1, 2021 – NBC Sports celebrates Hockey Day in America, presented by Discover® this Sunday with an NHL quadrupleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features which will explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.

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