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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Will NHL players be going to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February 2018 or not?
It's a question that's far from being answered yet.
"We haven't had any discussions about it," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told ESPN.com Wednesday. "And I said in Columbus [at the All-Star Game], this decision about the World Cup has no bearing on that decision. We're focused right now on the World Cup. When we get to discussing and evaluating the Olympic opportunity, that decision -- whether or not we go or not go -- will rise and fall on the merits of making that decision."
NHLPA executive director Don Fehr agreed with Bettman's characterization of the Olympic decision not being tied to the return of the World Cup.
"Yes, I think that's a correct statement, that the Olympics have to be evaluated on their own, and you have to get the right kinds of agreements with the IIHF and the IOC," Fehr told ESPN.com Wednesday. "Assuming you can, it's no secret what the players' position is going to be. But this [World Cup] is something we would do if we had already decided to go to the Olympics or if the Olympics had shut down and you never had them again. It wouldn't matter."
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
A possible Olympic-village type setting for teams and fans alike, representing all the countries involved.
A splashy opening ceremony befitting what the NHL considers to be a major international event.
A series of concerts sprinkled throughout the two-week event that will augment the product on the ice.
Events held in conjunction with the Toronto International Film Festival, which will be going on at the same time.
Taking a page from the the annual “A Taste of Danforth” Food Festival, how about a Taste of The World Cup event, one in which fans can have the opportunity to graze on some of the dishes native to the countries taking part in the tournament?
In the minds of the NHL and NHLPA kingpins who are setting up the World Cup of Hockey, these are some of the ideas they would like to see come to fruition as part of the tournament, which will run Sept. 17–Oct. 1, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Upon further review, Dion Phaneuf, Elisha Cuthbert and Joffrey Lupul would like to see something positive spring from the Twitter firestorm that engulfed them this week. Something that will educate people about the perils of social media, according to their lawyer.
And then there are people like me who believe this will never happen until the person who started this particular contretemps with a defamatory tweet about the two Toronto Maple Leafs players and Phaneuf’s wife and all the other Internet offenders are figuratively nailed to the legal cross.
If anything, the events on social media this week, from the Leafs tweet that exploded on TSN’s NHL trade-deadline show to a similar controversy with the Chicago Blackhawks to the vile comments about Curt Schilling’s daughter when the former baseball pitcher praised her on Twitter, show that people need to realize Twitter, Facebook, Instagram et al. are not private conversations between a few people but a public forum where they have a legal responsibility to make sure they do not libel anyone.
Journalists were bound by this obligation long before the Internet opened a worldwide forum to everyone with a keyboard or a smartphone. But too many bloggers, tweeters, citizen journalists or whatever else they like to be called are too slow to realize they now have the same responsibility.
You cannot casually repeat some scurrilous rumour making its way around the Web forums without opening yourself to legal action.
I found this interview more interesting than the interview of Gary Bettman which was just posted.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr joins Hockey Central at Noon to talk about the players perspective of the World Cup of Hockey and much more.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joins Hockey Central at Noon to discuss the World Cup of Hockey, expansion to Las Vegas and much more.
from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t believe hockey fans are interested in salary information regarding teams and players. He couldn’t be more wrong.
Since the NHL imposed its salary-cap system nearly a decade ago, there’s been growing interest among fans regarding the cap payrolls of NHL teams and of the salaries of each player. Given the financial implications for teams when signing free agents or acquiring players via trades or waivers, salary data is worthwhile information for die-hard hockey fans. It provides a better understanding of the limitations in building and maintain rosters. It’s also invaluable for participants in fantasy hockey, especially those which use a salary-cap system.
It’s easy to simply dismiss these fans as merely a nerdy number-crunching sub-set of NHL followers, just as it was to mock those who tracked those supposedly weird-ass puck possession stats with funny names like Corsi, Fenwick and PDO. Except now those “fancy stats” are called analytics, which the league has finally fully embraced by posting puck-possession numbers (albeit with different names) on its site. A growing number of pundits and commentators now cite analytics in their coverage of the game.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
So much for the untradeable player with the unmovable contract. That species of player, thought to be alive and well in the salary cap era, does not exist. In fact, he never has because GMs such as David Nonis and Jarmo Kekalainen can cook up deals like the one they did Thursday afternoon.
In swapping the ill-suited and much maligned David Clarkson for the seriously and likely permanently injured Nathan Horton, Nonis and Kekalainen conspired to help each other out of contractual straitjackets that were paralyzing their rosters. This deal was so much more than just swapping one bad contract for another one.
And it’s the kind of deal the salary cap and all the machinations the owners have tried to put in place since the lockout in 2004-05 have been trying to prevent. The salary cap, which causes more problems than it solves in your correspondent’s humble opinion, was supposed to prevent teams from buying their way out of their mistakes. It was supposed to take away that competitive advantage that the big-revenue teams used to enjoy.
But lo and behold, what we have here is legal circumvention of the salary. Brilliant, innovative and clever legal circumvention of the salary cap, but circumvention nonetheless.
from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
So would having McDavid starring in revenue rich Canada help the league more? Or would having him do the LeBron thing and prop up a weak US market be the best medicine for the league?
Even among bottom five teams there are widely diverging scenarios. It’s hard to begrudge the Sabres getting him, but the real debate for the NHL if they were to get in the lottery fixing game would boil down to two choices, according to sports marketing experts.
Would the league be better off with McDavid going to a non-traditional hockey market and doing for Arizona or Carolina what Crosby did for Pittsburgh, where the once struggling Penguins have a new arena, an eight-year sellout streak and are local TV ratings colossus?
Or would the NHL be better off with McDavid in Toronto, giving the league something they’ve arguably never had: a sure-fire superstar in the league’s biggest, richest market?
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Asked about the possibility of adding cap information as part of the NHL's future commitment to big data, Commissioner Gary Bettman told the the Boston media on Tuesday night that the league doesn't sense any demand for it.
“We’re not getting a lot of feedback on [a Capgeek-style site],” Bettman said. “It’s not something that seems to be driving fan interest as much as perhaps the interest of the people [in the media] in this room, and your colleagues.”
Which, of course, is a self-serving load of crap. Let's be honest: Was there really a lot of fan feedback demanding that the league provide shot attempt information? Or was the decision to provide “enhanced stats” motivated by a desire to reclaim ownership of its own data?
Demand has nothing to do with the NHL's position on cap data. Because here's the thing: Fans love this data. We obsess over it. We want to know how the latest call-ups, injuries and trades affect our favorite team's cap situation because that directly impacts our team's ability to make itself better. And our teams getting better matters to us a whole lot.
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from Alan Snel of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
After exploding out of the box with about 5,000 season ticket deposits in the first 36 hours two weeks ago, the ownership group seeking a National Hockey League team for Las Vegas reported Monday that the number has reached 6,950.
Lead investor Bill Foley, chairman of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fidelity National Financial, said the “Hockey Vision Las Vegas” initiative signs up about 100 to 150 ticket deposits a day, with the low at about 50 a day to a high of 200 daily deposits.
The goal of the ticket drive is at least 10,000 commitments.
“I need 1,500 good men and women to make deposits on two seats,” Foley said. “We’re not going to casinos or the Strip (asking for deposits). We’re asking local people that they put their hard-earned money down for a deposit.”
The minimum ticket deposit is $150, about 10 percent down. The most expensive seat requires a $900 deposit. Foley said the cheapest seats in the upper bowl and the costliest ones at center ice are selling the quickest.
He noted that some casino companies have approached him about buying blocks of season ticket deposits in the hundreds, but those are being declined.
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