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At Least The Intended Message Is Right

from Mark Madden at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Nick Boynton is a retired NHL goon. Daniel Carcillo also skated in the NHL. He was a dirty, sadistic hack. Carcillo played like a criminal.

Boynton recently wrote a piece for The Players' Tribune web site. Carcillo did a video. Each talked about issues that stem from head trauma. Each decried the NHL's laissez-faire attitude in dealing with that problem.

The message is correct.

The problem just needs better messengers.

Tom Wilson's path of rage through the NHL playoffs ultimately led him and his Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup. Wilson handed out head shots like candy on Halloween and only got suspended once.

Too many “old-school” TV types said it was just “playoff hockey,” and the NHL nodded in silent agreement.

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The Official NHL Draft Order

NEW YORK (June 15, 2018) -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2018 NHL Draft presented by adidas at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The first round will take place on Friday, June 22 (7:30 p.m., ET/6:30 p.m., CT, NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVAS) and the subsequent rounds (2 through 7) on Saturday, June 23 (11 a.m., ET/10 a.m., CT, NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVAS).

All networks also will feature pre-event coverage on Friday (TVAS at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT, NBCSN and Sportsnet at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT).

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Afternoon Line- Ken Dryden On Concussions

For Gary Bettman, this can still be a huge win. It’s easy for any of us to see what’s wrong, even to see what’s right. What’s hard is to do right. Gary Bettman is the one who can do right, and only he can. The achievement would be his. A game that’s just as exciting to play and to watch, where the number of life-transforming head injuries to its players is drastically reduced. If he does help move the league to take these steps: no hits to the head — no excuses — some will say, sure, but it took him so long. Yet a few months after that others will say, and say rightly, yes, but at least he did act. That’s what matters.

-Ken Dryden at The Athletic where you can read more ($$$) on this topic.

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Thoughts On Dying

from Nick Boynton at The Players' Tribune,

I’ve thought about death a lot over the past few years.

About dying. And what it might be like if I wasn’t around.

I’ve struggled a ton since I retired from hockey in 2011, and I’ve faced a bunch of different personal demons. But recently I’ve been unable to shake thoughts of….

Steve Montador.

Wade Belak.

Derek Boogaard.

Rick Rypien.

I knew those guys. They were real people to me.

They played the same game I did, and when it was all said and done … they were really just suffering, man.

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NHL Ref Garrett Rank On His Way To The US Open

from USOpen.com,

Garrett Rank, 30, is a National Hockey League referee who happens to be pretty good at golf. The native of Elmira, Ontario, is a three-time winner of the Canadian Mid-Amateur title who also reached the final of the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, losing to Nathan Smith. A former hockey player, Rank overcame testicular cancer at age 22, and he worked several seasons as an American Hockey League official before joining the NHL staff in 2016. Rank, who qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open by shooting rounds of 71-71 in sectional qualifying on June 4 at Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga., is sharing his experience this week with usopen.com.

As I walked off the 18th green at Shinnecock Hills after my first practice round on Monday I was in a bit of a rush, because I was scheduled to attend the Amateur Dinner that evening. I wasn’t really paying attention, and as I started toward the clubhouse, Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker were coming off the 14th tee, and we crossed paths.

Just to see the fans following Tiger on a Monday for a practice round, all the cheers and encouragement from the crowd, was something you can’t experience until you’re there in person and see it firsthand. It was surreal to be inside the ropes and playing in the same competition as Tiger, a guy I watched for a long time on TV and grew up idolizing. I stopped and thought, whoa, this is a pretty cool moment.

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Upcoming Key Dates On The NHL Calendar

June

20th 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.)

22-23rd 2018 NHL Draft (American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas)

July

1st Free agency begins (12 p.m. ET)

5th Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration notification (5 p.m. ET)

6th Deadline for club-elected salary arbitration notification (5 p.m. ET

20 – Aug. 4th Salary arbitration hearings held

August

6th Deadline for salary arbitration decisions to be rendered

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Bad P.R.

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

There are fewer newspaper people covering the Stanley Cup final than ever before. Part of that is because of the state of the newspaper industry. Part of that is because it’s expensive to cover an event that usually two weeks and many flights long. And the later starts means it’s more difficult to get stories in the paper the day after games are played.

Which is why the off-day stories matter so much. It’s why you want to hear from Ovechkin, to tell you what this means to him, with the Capitals two wins away from the Cup. It’s why you want to talk to the best of the Vegas players, who looked wobbly near the end of Game 3, and you’re wondering, is this team finally out of gas. Or maybe you want to write about Karlsson’s remarkable ascent from nobody to star or get in on Marchessault’s story of how he bounced from team to team before the Florida debacle and this dream season in Vegas.

The best story at the podium Sunday: How T.J. Oshie and Matt Niskanen took public transit to Game 3. That was it.

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The Ice Conditions At T-Mobile Arena

from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Bouncing pucks. Players losing their edges. It made for some frustrating moments for both teams, particularly for the Washington Capitals, who lost 6-4. Several times during the game, the ice crew had to come out and do patch work around the blue Stanley Cup Final logos near the blue lines along with other areas.

George Salami, the conversion manager who oversees the ice at T-Mobile Arena, insists the surface was not an issue.

“Nothing happened. There were no problems,” he said Tuesday. “Sometimes during the course of a game the players’ skates carve some hard, deep ruts in the ice. When we see the ruts, we go out and we patch them up....

Salami huddled with Dan Craig, the NHL’s ice guru, to review the integrity of the playing surface. Salami said the league gave the sheet high marks.

“They had no complaints whatsoever,” Salami said of league officials. “We’ve had nothing but great reports all year. They’re very happy with the quality. Dan said, ‘Do what you’re doing, Salami.’ ”

An NHL spokesman said the league would not make Craig available for comment, saying the ice conditions at T-Mobile Arena are not an issue.

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‘The Great One On One’

LAS VEGAS (May 29, 2018)  The National Hockey League (NHL®) today debuted ‘The Great One on One,’ a multiplatform video series featuring NHL legend Wayne Gretzky in conversation with a number of Hollywood stars and notable hockey fans. The League will preview the series during the 2018 Stanley Cup® Final, with the first three episodes featuring Jon Hamm (Mad Men, The Town, Baby Driver), Taylor Kitsch (Waco, Friday Night Lights, ’X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and David Boreanaz (SEAL Team, Bones, Angel)The series will return with more episodes in the fall.

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Gary Bettman Does Not Want “To Start Another News Cycle” On CTE

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who has stated in the past that there is no proven link between repeated concussions and the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), declined to respond Monday when asked if he still holds that opinion....

"I'm not going to start another news cycle. There's nothing new on the subject," Bettman said during a news conference before the Vegas Golden Knights hosted the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, sitting beside Bettman, added, "This is not the commissioner's view. It's the science view. So all we're doing is reiterating what the scientists have concluded, which is there's not enough information to draw that link."

Ann McKee, a neuropathologist who heads the CTE Center at Boston University's School of Medicine and is considered an authority in the field, has diagnosed CTE in several NHL players. "The NHL is really in the dark ages," she recently told the Canadian TSN network. 

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