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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Can’t find many folks who believe Mike Johnston will get a second go-round behind the Pittsburgh bench.
Evgeni Malkin is in at a $9.5 million annual cap charge through 2021-22, so good luck to the Penguins trying to start their rebuild/retool by moving No. 71 for a package that might include the elite winger Sidney Crosby desperately needs by his side.
How many times in the five-game series against the Rangers — and how many times throughout the year — was Crosby wide open in great scoring position but failed to get the puck?
Seriously, it’s not like Wayne Gretzky ever had, say, Bill Berg on his line.
Oh wait. Yes, he did. Never mind.
Though you would have to say that No. 87 bears some responsibility of his own for having scored in two of the Penguins’ last 23 playoff matches.
more topics including concussions and 'Katy Perry'...
In December, 1994, I suffered a major concussion thanks to a bare-knuckled fist to the head. I was knocked unconscious as my head slammed against the ice, and carried off the rink. In the locker room I took multiple showers, because I kept forgetting that I had already showered. However, the team quickly cleared me to play despite signs of a serious concussion. A few weeks later, I experienced a grand mal seizure during a workout.
As I convulsed, my teammates restrained me from hurting myself any further, but the damage to my brain had already been done. Incredibly, it was a team orthopedic surgeon who treated me after my seizure. I sat out for just two weeks before the team doctors again pushed me back onto the ice. I was never seen by a neurologist.
-former NHL player Mike Peluso at the Globe and Mail where you can read more on this topic...
from the CP at TSN,
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman might not yet have anything definitive to say about expansion, though he does have a fee in mind.
How's $500 million sound?
Without committing to what the price might be, Bettman told a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors on Friday that he considers a half-billion dollars to be a reasonable figure.
"From your question, you seem to be inferring that would be a lot of money for an NHL team," Bettman said, when the $500 million figure was posed to him. "I happen to believe that number — not that I'm confirming or denying it — would be not a lot of money. I think NHL franchises should be worth at least that."
That would be a significant increase from the $80 million price tag Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus and Minnesota each paid the last time the NHL expanded in the 1990s.
Bettman cautioned the fee will be determined by the league's Board of Governors, and the time for that discussion has not yet arrived.
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
This is the time of year when we get to hear phrases like “overall body soreness,” and watch as NHL coaches wince and shake their heads defiantly when asked about injuries.
This is playoff time, the time of secrecy and subterfuge and subterranean X-ray rooms manned by men who carry cyanide pills just in case they’re captured.
Really, it’s all so silly.
There is no hiding the fact it makes a reporter’s job significantly harder when the specifics of a player injury are kept hidden, so of course I’m frustrated. But by not disclosing all information available, you’re really keeping it from the fans, the people who pay all of the bills. All of them.
I understand teams think the more information they give out, the better it is for the opposition. If you don’t know how hurt a guy is, you can’t really game plan for him. But if they were honest with themselves, they would know injuries are not hidden from those within the league. It’s one big web — coaches talk to other coaches, who talk to agents, who talk to players, and very little is kept entirely under wraps. If just about everyone the ice knows what an injury is, why shouldn’t the people in the stands?
Transparency, then, is the answer.
So, I'll risk the outrage, three overtimes - or the equivalent of a second game - is enough and a fourth overtime is too much. If the NHL can use four-on-four and is about to include three-on-three for regular-season overtime, there's no reason those measures would be out of place beyond a certain point in a playoff game. And once in a very early morning blue moon, a playoff shootout just might be necessary.
-Dave Hodge of TSN where you can read more on this plus Wings/Lightning.
via the CP at NHL.com,
International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel says it will "not be easy" to reach a deal for NHL players to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Fasel tells The Associated Press that the IIHF has started the process of consulting players and officials over a deal for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Fasel says "our goal is to bring the NHL to Korea," but he adds that it is a "long process" and "will not be easy."
The IIHF must reach a deal with NHL officials, the NHL Players' Association and the International Olympic Committee. Insurance for player injuries is a perennial sticking point.
For the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, a deal was reached seven months before the games.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Rogers Media isn’t the only struggling partner in the NHL’s $5.2-billion, 12-year Canadian broadcast deal. The league itself is hurting, too.
The contract with Rogers is paid in Canadian dollars, which sharply declined in value against the U.S. dollar after the deal was announced on Nov. 26, 2013. As a result, the NHL is taking a large hit in the contract’s first season: One NHL governor, who spoke anonymously because league officials are forbidden to publicly discuss NHL business, said the currency hit for the 2014-2015 season was pegged at about 17 per cent, which, based on the annual average rights fee of $433-million, works out to a $73.61-million loss for the league.
This comes in addition to the revenue declines that all seven Canadian-based NHL teams are experiencing. They generate about 35 per cent of the league’s revenue, which hit a record total of $3.66-billion (U.S.) for the 2013-14 season. The NHL tracks its revenue in U.S. dollars.
When Rogers and the NHL first announced the deal, the Canadian dollar was worth 94 cents U.S. On Monday, after a week-long roller-coaster ride, the Canadian dollar closed at 81.71 cents U.S., an improvement from the March low of 78.2 cents.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
An update on a blog I wrote a few weeks back about team personnel compensation:
There has been confusion in NHL circles about where exactly fired coaches/executives fit into all this if they remain under contract.
The initial explanation on this I got from someone in the know was that he thought if you were fired, even if still under contract, that the team in question did not qualify for draft pick compensation from the team hiring the fired person. It is also what most team executives I had spoken with thought.
However, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who authored the memo on this, told ESPN.com Monday that for coaches, general managers or presidents of hockey operations who are fired but remain under contract, their teams are privy to draft pick compensation if they choose to pursue it.
But the team can also waive the draft pick compensation if they want, Daly said.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The trial season-ticket drive by prospective owners of a new NHL franchise in Las Vegas is expected to top the 11,000 mark by the end of Monday, a source told ESPN.com.
While there remains widespread belief within the hockey community that the NHL will become the first major professional sports league to put down stakes in the gambling mecca, it is now believed that the earliest a team would begin play is the 2017-18 season.
Bill Foley, the main investor in the group, had initially expressed optimism that an expansion team could take the ice in the fall of 2016, about four months after the Las Vegas Arena is expected to open on the strip.
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