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Top GM Award Will Now Be Known As The Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award

TORONTO (Nov. 19, 2019) – The National Hockey League announced today the trophy recognizing its top General Manager each season will be renamed the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award.

The trophy was first presented in 2009-10 as the NHL General Manager of the Year Award. The name change was unanimously approved today by League General Managers at their annual November Meeting in Toronto.

“This is a terrific tribute to a wonderful man by a group uniquely qualified to appreciate his many contributions to our game,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “During his tenure as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jim Gregory transformed the art of team-building. Through the many years he spent at the League, our general managers regularly sought his counsel. They universally revere his lifetime of service to the NHL.”

Gregory, a 2007 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee in the Builders category, served as Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and a League executive for four decades. He died Oct. 30 at age 83.

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Videos- Highlights From The Hockey Hall Of Fame On Induction Night

via the YouTube page of the NHL,

Hockey greats gathered in Toronto for the 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame induction that saw Guy Carbonneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, Hayley Wickenheiser, Sergei Zubov, Jim Rutherford and Jerry York become Hall of Famers.

 

 

via TSN's YouTube page,

Witness the official signing of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Official Register as this year's inductees put pen to paper to put a stamp on their special night.

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The Latest On Puck And Player Tracking

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The NHL will experiment with Puck and Player Tracking at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis on Jan. 25, and the system should be ready around the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We hopefully -- I'm told we will -- be introducing Puck and Player Tracking by the start of the playoffs, maybe even sooner," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told the audience during a keynote interview at the 2019 PrimeTime Sports Management Conference on Monday.

The NHL has spent years and tens of millions of dollars developing the system, which uses sensors in pucks and on players to create hundreds of data points per second. The League is being deliberate about the rollout.

"We're continuing to test it, and we have to install the capability in every building, and we have to make sure in every building it's working as it's intended to do," Commissioner Bettman told reporters. "And it's just a time-consuming process. …

"This is going to be a work in progress. We want the basic technology to work, which we believe it will, and then we're going to figure out how best to use it."

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Talking Offside

Expanding the topics discussed on Saturday Headlines.

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

With general managers set to meet Tuesday afternoon in Toronto, there are a couple notable proposals pertaining to offsides on the table.

One has been discussed in the past and would see the blue line treated as a plane when a linesman makes an offside call. This would allow a player with a skate not in contact with the ice to be judged onside, assuming his foot has not completely broken the plane of the leading edge of the blue line.

Some GMs believe that call is simply too hard for an official to make in real-time.

Another proposal would see linesmen told to err on the side of calling close plays onside because the defending team has the right to challenge using video review in cases where a goal is scored.

That would improve game flow and keep quality scoring chances from being broken up in situations where the wrong call is made.

The November GMs meeting tends to be more of a housekeeping session and lasts just a few hours. The managers meet for three days every March and that’s where rule change proposals are usually hammered out.

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include: Discussions on scheduling and the involvement of series supervisors in pre-game meetings during the playoffs; updates on player and puck tracking; the Seattle expansion draft; and a report on new rules and officiating.

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Late Saturday Night Hockey Talk

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Gary Bettman gets roasted for being against NHL participation in the Olympics, as he should. But if you want to blame somebody for the NHL looking the other way, it’s Players’ Association boss, Donald Fehr. Clearly, the players want to play in China in 2022. Fehr hasn’t done much of anything to fight for them and hockey fans in this regard....

- In his first six games with New Jersey, rookie Jack Hughes had no goals, no assists. In his last nine games, four goals, five assists. It will probably be Hughes, his Vancouver playing brother, Quinn, and Colorado’s Cale Makar in the race for NHL rookie of the year. Makar is the early leader.

- If you do the math, the great goal scorer, Patrik Laine, has scored in three of the past 34 regular season games for the Winnipeg Jets. He’s scored goals in just two of 15 games this season.

- Mike Babcock won his 700th game the other night. We may question his lines and his lineups, his daily conversations, his stubborn ways, his inability to get the Leafs to play without the puck, but the number means something.

The number means you’re among the elite in your profession....

more on the first and last notes plus additional hockey blurbs...

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Gary Bettman’s Stance On The Olympics Hasn’t Changed

from Emily Sadler of Sportsnet,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed during Friday’s pregame press conference in Sweden that he met with International Ice Hockey Federation president René Fasel, but said there is currently “no news to report” when it comes to the NHL’s Olympic participation.

“We had another meeting. We’ve had many, many meetings, and there is no news to report,” Bettman told reporters. “I would suggest it was more a philosophical and procedural discussion. [NHLPA executive director] Donald Fehr also participated in the meeting, but I have nothing to report on that front.”

The NHL announced in April 2017 that its players would not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. That was the first time since Nagano 1998 that NHLers weren’t part of the Games, and despite players and fans voicing their frustrations with the verdict, Bettman’s words on Friday didn’t provide much hope for a different outcome in 2022.

“I don’t want to sound like a broken record on the subject, but I think going to the Olympics is a challenge for us,” he said. “I know the players love representing their countries, I know that the players like going, I know that the players that don’t go like having a break in the middle of the season. But from our standpoint, we have found going to the Olympics to be incredibly disruptive… to our season.”

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Morning Line- Katie Strang

The vast majority of people interviewed indicated that the tendency of players from eras past to abuse drugs, even painkillers, has shifted. Marijuana use is still considered common and its legalization in many places in the United States and the federal legalization of the drug in Canada has prompted  discussions between the NHL and NHLPA about an informal agreement about its usage.

But the growing sense is that some players are spurning the postgame six pack of beer and turning to stronger substances, including hard and synthetic drugs. At least 10 people interviewed for this piece cited cocaine as the vice of choice among NHL players, especially among the younger set. Molly (a pill form of MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy), was frequently mentioned as a drug surging in popularity as well.

-Katie Strang of The Athletic ($$$) where you can read much more on this topic.

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Paying For LTIR

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Sixteen of the NHL’s 31 teams have already used the Long Term Injury exemption to remain in compliance with the cap, as documented and noted by CapFriendly. That is during the first month of the season.

Guess who is going to pay for all this?

Why, the players are going to pay, of course, and they are going to pay through additional escrow losses. Which is reasonably ironic, don’t you think, because the reason the players depressed the cap by activating just a 0.5 percent escalator was to limit escrow losses.

The higher the cap, which could have been in the $83 million range rather than the adopted $81.5 million, the less there is a need to place players on LTI.

It is believed the NHLPA has, at one stage or another of the talks with the NHL before each party decided not to opt out of the collective bargaining agreement by the prescribed September deadlines, proposed that the payouts to players on LTI not be counted against payroll. The union is wished luck on that....

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but when Taylor Hall went off on the home fans following the Devils’ 7-6 overtime loss to the Lightning on Wednesday that lowered his team’s record to 2-5-3, he didn’t seem like a fellow planning on spending the next nine years in New Jersey, did he?...

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Who Is It?

“I’m in the hospital the next day in intensive care — I just had an 11-hour surgery. I open up my eyes and there’s Joe Nieuwendyk, who played for the Florida Panthers. He had come to the hospital to visit me the next day. I can’t tell you how emotional that made me feel, because he took the time out of his day.”

“The funny part is he brought in a box of donuts, and I’m lying in intensive care. I barely can see, and I go, ‘Joe, I don’t think I can eat any donuts.’ He says, ‘Well, that’s okay, my kids ate half of them already.’”

Who is it and some great stories from the mystery man.

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It’s Hockey Fights Cancer Month

NEW YORK/TORONTO (November 1, 2019) – Hockey Fights Cancer™, a joint initiative between the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL) begins today. Since 1998 the campaign has raised more than $25 million, uniting the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families. As in previous years, all 31 NHL® Clubs will host a Hockey Fights Cancer in-game awareness night with special ceremonies, observances, and events.

This season, Eddie Olczyk has been named the ambassador for the 21st annual campaign. Prior to becoming an Emmy Award-winning television commentator, Olczyk played in the NHL for 16 seasons. During his hockey career he amassed 342 goals, 452 assists and 794 points in just over 1,000 games played, also winning a Stanley Cup® championship with the New York Rangers in 1994. This fall, Olczyk released his first book ‘Eddie Olczyk: Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life,’ a memoir of his life experiences from being a teenager and getting drafted in the first round by his hometown Chicago Blackhawks, to present day becoming a Stage 3 colon cancer survivor.

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