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via RDS (tranlated),
Sad news. Our colleague and friend Jacques Demers suffered a second stroke within six months.
The former Canadiens coach was admitted to hospital earlier this afternoon.
We have no details about his condition at this time.
At Jacques and his family, the thoughts of the whole team of RDS with you.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
A hair before David Krejci pulled the puck into the offensive zone, Ryan Spooner, driving the middle at full roar, sprinted over the blue line. Driscoll and Meyer did not spot Spooner’s premature entry into the zone. Only the two cameras positioned at each side of the blue line concluded the play should be considered null and void.
It was the video provided by those cameras, initiated by Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice’s challenge, that scrubbed the goal and the 11 seconds of events — Krejci’s backdoor feed to Spooner, Spooner and Danton Heinen digging for the puck on the wall, Krejci’s heavy forecheck to force a Ben Chiarot turnover — before Chara’s shot went in the net.
“I get why it was put in there,” said Bruins president Cam Neely of the coach’s challenge. “But it’s such a fast game. There’s blatant offsides that happen. I don’t know. I’m a little ambivalent about the rule.”
Neely’s gripe is a common one. The coach’s challenge, introduced in 2015, was meant to overturn the slam-dunk whiff.
more pluse additional league-wide topics...
DDoS attacks have been happening on the web starting early today.
Twitter is down, at this point NHL.com is down (team websites too) and I just tested the NHL.TV app and that is down too. I am also a cord cutter and PS Vue is down,
So who knows what the situation will look like later today but access to many sites at this point is hit or miss.
update 4:30pm, Well Twitter and NHL.com are back up for me.
from Dan Saraceni of Lighthouse Zeitgeist,
Yet another popular hockey website has gone offline as its founders have accepted a job within the National Hockey League.
The NHL has announced the hiring of the founders of NHL.com, the league’s flagship website, as hockey information directors effective immediately. NHL.com was rendered inactive following the announcement, leaving hockey fans to collect and compile their own news, scores, standings or team and player stats as well as tangentially hockey-related puns on their own from now on.
“We are proud and thrilled to bring the creators of such a valuable hockey site into our organization,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We’re looking at adding a wide spectrum of proprietary tools for our internal, private use, and the NHL.com experts can provide those tools for us.”
NEW YORK/TORONTO (Oct. 20, 2016) – As an extension of the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association’s (NHLPA) Player Development Program, the NHL and NHLPA today announced the launch of the NHL/NHLPA Core Development Program. Core Development Program (CDP) aims to help NHL Players become better professionals both on and off of the ice.
from Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight,
In 1989, the Soviet hockey federation gave mid-level winger Sergei Priakin permission to pursue an NHL career. Other players soon followed (with or without government consent). From Fedorov to Mogilny and Bure, electrifying talent was up for grabs.
“I don’t know that this has ever happened [before] in any other sport, where the floodgates were opened to a new talent base,” hockey writer Gabriel Desjardins told me. “Teams jumped on it immediately.”
Chief among them was the Winnipeg Jets, led by a contrarian general manager who did not play professional hockey and held a doctorate in Russian studies: Mike Smith. Smith thought he could get Russian players under other teams’ radar (appealing for an American who felt excluded from what he described in an interview as the “boys club” of Canadian GMs) and believed more in Soviet-style possession hockey than the North American dump-and-chase strategy.
“You would ask a player who played for a coach that said ‘dump it in,’ [and] the player would say to his teammate, ‘We worked like hell to get the puck and then he wants to dump it in,’” Smith told me. “It just didn’t make any [sense], particularly if you had skilled players. … Why would you take a Rolls-Royce and make it into a battering ram?”
NEW YORK (Oct. 18, 2016) – The National Hockey League issued the following statement today regarding a change to its ticket procedure at League Special Events:
Over the last number of years, the League's procedure for its Special Event games (e.g., NHL All-Star, NHL Winter Classic, NHL Stadium Series and NHL Heritage Classic) has required that any fan, regardless of age, be required to have a ticket to gain entry. After reviewing this practice, the League has decided to adopt a standard that more closely mirrors that of similar entertainment events and that to which local NHL Clubs adhere. While the League will strive to adopt such policy for these Special Event games, in some instances, it may not be possible or practical in a particular venue.
This new procedure will be effective for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ in Winnipeg on October 23, and, as such, children two years and older must have a ticket in order to gain entrance to Investors Group Field for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™. Children under two years of age may enter without a ticket but must sit on the lap of an accompanying adult.
Any fan who purchased 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ tickets from authorized outlets for the event (i.e., the Winnipeg Jets, the Edmonton Oilers the National Hockey League or Ticketmaster.ca) for children under the age of two may obtain a refund for such a ticket on the day of the game by bringing their ticket and child to the main box office at Investors Group Field prior to the start of the game.
from Sean McIndoe at Sportsnet,
So today, let’s look at a half-dozen early trends from the first week of the season that hockey fans should be hoping will continue, even though we know they probably won’t. At least we’ll be able to say we enjoyed them while they lasted.
Scoring is up
The NHL has spent the better part of two decades wringing its hands over an ongoing decline in scoring, without ever actually doing all that much about it. That continued this year when the league announced that they'd introduce smaller goaltending equipment, only to fail to have it ready in time for the season.
Maybe we didn't need it after all. Through the first few games, average scoring is up by roughly half-a-goal per team. We've seen scores like 7-4, 6-5, 6-4 and then 7-4 again, and so far there hasn't been a single shutout on the season (kind of).
Best of all, the increase hasn't simply been caused by more power plays, like the 2005-06 spike that turned out not to last. And it's all adding up an unusually high number of big comebacks. So what's going on? It's tempting to shrug it all off as just a quirk of small sample size, but that doesn't seem to tell the whole story.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
General Fanager quickly became the go-to resource for all financial aspects of the game, including player contracts, known no-trade or no-movement clauses, waiver and arbitration eligibility, historical earnings and even insider details such as specific performance bonus thresholds in player contracts.
Other online hockey contributors have been hired by NHL teams in recent years, including War-on-Ice.com co-creator Sam Ventura, who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup last season. Prominent analytics writer Eric Tulsky was hired by the Carolina Hurricanes as a hockey analyst after his work was popularized on BroadStreetHockey.com.
The NHL has declined to integrate salary data into their website, with commissioner Gary Bettman repeatedly saying there is not an “appetite” from fans for the information. The metrics and online buzz would beg to differ: teams used General Fanager as a reference in a sport where personnel moves are sometimes entirely dictated by dollars.
Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated gathered a group of "media voices" for a Q & A.
John Shannon of Sportsnet when asked this question...
What is a story in the NHL that is being under-covered and why is it being under-covered?
To me it’s the amount of influence the equipment manufacturers have in trying to streamline goaltenders’ equipment. For years, the manufacturers have changed the quality and size of equipment to the detriment goal scoring, and as far as skaters’ equipment, they have increased the price of equipment, not just in the NHL but throughout every level of the game. The league has tried in the last decade or so to monitor and take control of the process, to little success. The manufacturers have far too much power.
many questions and answers from the media types....
Those participating are:
• David Amber, studio host, “Hockey Night in Canada,” Sportsnet (Canada)
• John Buccigross, “SportsCenter” anchor, college hockey gamecaller and NHL analyst
• Isabelle Khurshudyan, Capitals reporter, Washington Post
• Mike Harrington, Sabres reporter, Buffalo News
• Sean McIndoe, hockey writer, Vice Sports, Sportsnet, and Hockey News
• Tracey Myers, Blackhawks reporter, CSN Chicago
• Aaron Portzline, Blue Jackets reporter, The Columbus Dispatch
• John Shannon, studio analyst, HockeyCentral, Sportsnet (Canada)
• Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo Sports, editor of Puck Daddy blog
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