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from Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
It’s a developing story, not a done deal. In May, MGM Resorts broke ground on a $375 million, 20,000-seat arena on the Strip that is set to open in 2016, and it figures to someday be home to an NBA or NHL franchise. A hockey team is now the favorite in the race to be first.
The issue of legalized sports wagering will be a hot topic for debate, though in reality it should not be an issue at all.
There is no way to justify a betting ban on Las Vegas’ NHL team when UNLV football and basketball games are offered in the books. Bettman might not make the request, but if he does, there should be a unified effort to refuse a sports book blackout of the local team.
“We don’t know what their intentions are, and they might not want that,” LVH sports book director Jay Kornegay said of the NHL. “I can’t speak for the industry, but I think it would be hypocrisy if we took our home team off the board. I just think we’re sending the wrong message if we were to take games off the board.
from Patrick Caisse of TVA Sports,
The rumor that an expansion team soon moved to Las Vegas raged Tuesday night.
In fact, a reporter from The Province has even write that it was a "done deal" and that it was only a matter of time before everything is formalized.
Bill Daly, the right arm of the Commissioner of the National Hockey League, Gary Bettman, however, categorically denied this rumor on Wednesday morning.
"It's not in our plans, there is absolutely nothing new in that," he has admitted to TVA Sports.
And if it were an organization struggling with financial difficulties, as the Florida Panthers, who moved rather in the "Sin City"?
"We have no move in sight, whether in the case of the Panthers, or any other team besides," replied Daly.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
It wasn’t very long ago that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was treating talk of expansion as though he was being asked if he’d like an epidemic of Ebola.
But recently the nature of the rhetoric has changed so much that the question is becoming not if, but when.
And then the ultimate question. Will they be able to limit the number of new teams to just two?
Sources close to the situation have indicated Las Vegas is a done deal, the only thing to be determined being which owner will be entitled to proclaim that he brought the first major league sports franchise to Sin City.
And given how dead set against a team in the gambling haven the commissioner was 10 years ago, this move into another player friendly state-tax-free zone represents a considerable about-face indeed.
Ward Cornell of Hockey Night In Canada with an interview of head coach Punch Imlach of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1962.
If you closed your eyes, it could be 2014...
via WIVB TV in Buffalo...
NEW YORK (August 20, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today changes to its Draft Lottery, a weighted system implemented and utilized to determine the order of selection in the first round of the NHL Draft for the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (or the Clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams).
These changes will be phased in over a two-year period, beginning with the Draft Lottery in 2015.
Less than three weeks from the start of a lengthy civil trial and after eight years of litigation, former Colorado Avalanche Steve Moore has reached a settlement with Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks, according to media reports.
Details of the settlement are not available, but Moore's lawyer, Tim Danson, confirmed an offer has been made and agreed to.
Moore’s had been seeking $68 million in damages, and the civil lawsuit was scheduled to begin on Sept. 8.
via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
Former Tampa Bay Lightning wing Ryan Malone pled no contest to a DUI charge in court Tuesday morning.
He will enter a pretrial intervention program related to a drug charge.
With the pretrial intervention program, Malone's charge of cocaine possession will be dismissed if he completes the requirements.
Malone, 34, was pulled over April 11 after he struck a curb on W Platt Street in Tampa. Police found a plastic bag with 1.3 grams of cocaine in his pocket, but Malone told them he didn't know where it came from, according to court documents.
Malone's contract was bought out by the Lightning in June, making him an unrestricted free agent.
from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,
Frank Udvari was an NHL referee in the 1950s and ’60s who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973. According to Josh Brown of the Waterloo Region Record, Udvari passed away at the age of 90 on Thursday.
Udvari is perhaps best known for being the referee in charge of the infamous game that eventually led to the Richard Riots in Montreal. On March 13, 1955, the Montreal Canadiens played the rival Boston Bruins on the road. During play, Bruins defenseman Hal Laycoe caught Richard with a high-stick by the eye and Udvari put his arm in the air to call a penalty.
But Richard was ready to take the situation into his own hands.
“I told him, ‘I got it, Rock. I got it,’ ” Udvari said when he recalled the incident years later.
Of course, that didn’t stop The Rocket.
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