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Ready For Dynamic Dasherboard Advertising?

NEW YORK (October 3, 2022) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced the debut of Digitally Enhanced Dasherboards (DED), an advanced approach to dynamic dasherboard advertising that will launch for the 2022-23 season. The DED system allows for the digital replacement of camera-visible arena dasherboards within local, national, and international NHL game broadcasts, ushering in the next wave of innovation to create new opportunities for the League, its Clubs and their media and corporate partners.

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Hockey Is In The Air

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Just because Sergei Fedorov could play defence, or just about any position for that matter, while playing for Scotty Bowman doesn’t mean Marner could do it. The odd forward, Brent Burns to name one, has been able to switch positions that way. The odd defenceman, Red Kelly being the best example, was able to do the opposite. Phil Housley could do both rarely comfortably. I could see Marner being a regular forecheck target if he was put on defence for more than the occasional shift.

- When radio broadcasters from the Maple Leafs and Raptors didn’t travel on the road during COVID-19, that made some sense. It doesn’t anymore. Having a Hall of Fame broadcaster like Joe Bowen working from home when the Leafs play on the road is an insult to Bowen and an insult to radio listeners. I completely understand if the underfunded stations don’t want to pay for travel, but then Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment should pay. Paul Jones and Eric Smith need to be with the Raptors, just as Bowen and Jim Ralph need to be with the Leafs. This is the largest city in Canada treating its radio broadcasters like they’re working in Hooterville.

- There are almost silly rumblings about that the NHL is considering a third expansion to Atlanta, which makes zero sense, which is why it might happen.

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The Puck Drops Soon On The NHL Global Series

NEW YORK – The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks are set to face off in the 2022 NHL Global Series™ in Prague, Czech Republic, to open their 2022-23 regular season at O2 Arena on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8. Both games are set to start at 8 p.m. CET (NOVA Sport1, NOVA Action, Sky Sport Mix, MySports 8, V Sport 1 Suomi, YLE, V sport Vinter, Viaplay, NHL Network, Sportsnet, NBCS-California, Bally South).

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Talking Future Cap Numbers

from Ellitte Friedman and Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

The NHL salary cap rose for the first time in three seasons this year, setting at $82.5 million for 2022-23. As the league continues to recover from the revenue challenges presented by COVID and returns to normalcy, that upper limit should begin to rise considerably more in the coming years. 

According to multiple sources NHL teams have been given some guidance on where the cap could be going over the next few seasons. Please understand these are projections and possibilities and an educated guess on where we could be going, not a guarantee of where things will be. 

 

YEAR

POSSIBLE SALARY CAP

2022-23

 

$82.5 million

 

2023-24

$83.5 million

 

2024-25

$87.5 million - $88 million

 

2025-26

Approximately $92 million

 
 

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Canada Lifts Vaccination Requirements

from ESPN News Sevices,

The Canadian government confirmed, on Monday, that non-citizens entering the country -- including professional athletes -- will no longer be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning in October.

The Associated Press reported, last week, the decision was imminent.

Removal of the vaccine mandate means unvaccinated Major League Baseball players would be allowed to play in Toronto in the playoffs should the Blue Jays make the postseason.

It would also apply to the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. Unvaccinated players are currently not allowed to cross the border into Canada.

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Sunday Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- It’s easy to talk about firing Kyle Dubas at the end of the season or, in the more demure way, not re-signing him as general manager. The better question: Who do you replace him with? And who would do a better job? Montreal fired Marc Bergevin after a long run as GM and replaced him with Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes. If there’s a Jeff Gorton out there and available, Toronto would be wise to investigate.

- I’ve never heard a bad word said about Zdeno Chara. Not by those playing with him. Not by those playing against him. It’s hard to find any player who was as universally respected as Chara was. He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2022. Probably alongside Duncan Keith, who won three Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks and also won two Norris Trophies and, maybe the most important award, one called the Conn Smythe.

- Not sure P.K. Subban, great as he was, electric as he was, so much the personality, did enough to make the Hall of Fame. He did win the Norris and that works in his favour. The only retired Norris winner not to make the Hall is Randy Carlyle. One day in history we’ll look back and see that Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer, Drew Doughty and Victor Hedman only won one Norris, and collectively we’ll shake our heads. And to think, Brad Park never won but he did finish second eight times, usually behind a guy named Bobby Orr.

- In 2004, Jaromir Jagr was the highest-paid player in the NHL at $11 million a season. There was no salary cap then. All these years later, Nathan MacKinnon is the highest-paid player at $12.6 million. No athletes in pro sports have been as underpaid, big picture, as NHL stars. The salary cap hasn’t done a thing for hockey stars but limit their value … By comparison, the highest-paid player in the NBA in 2004 was Shaquille O’Neal at $27 million a year. Steph Curry is the highest paid now at $48 million. Second highest-paid player in 2004 was Dikembe Mutombo at $19.4 million. The second-highest paid player in the NHL today is Connor McDavid at $12.5 million. The second highest-paid player in the NBA today is Russell Westbrook at $47 million.

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TSN Insiders Tonight

TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger have the latest on contract extension talks with Canucks captain Bo Horvat, the NHLPA's search for a replacement for Donald Fehr, former Islanders bench boss Barry Trotz's plans to return to coaching in the NHL, and more.

Watch at TSN

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It’s Connor Bedard And Everyone Else

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Connor Bedard is No. 1 on TSN’s Pre-Season Rankings for the 2023 NHL Draft.

Ten out of 10 scouts surveyed by TSN have the Regina Pats’ 5-foot-10, 185-pound centre at No. 1 to start the 2022-23 season for the Class of ‘23.

Was there ever any doubt? In a word, no.

“Didn’t have to overthink this,” one scout said.

From the moment the North Vancouver, B.C., native was granted exceptional status in 2020 (to enter the Western Hockey League as a 15 year old) and then burst onto the scene as a “double underager” who scored seven goals in seven games at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship in 2021, the giddy anticipation has been that the 2023 NHL Draft would be the Connor Bedard Sweepstakes.

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Czech Government Doesn’t Want Russian NHL Players Playing In Prague

I tweeted about this yesterday, but in case you missed it.

from The Athletic,

Russian players who are scheduled to participate in NHL games in Prague next month will not be welcomed by the Czech government because of its stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to a report from The Associated Press.

The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks are slated to face off at the Czech capital’s O2 Arena on Oct. 7 and 8. While rosters are still to be set, Russian forward Yakov Trenin plays for the Predators while forward Evgeny Svechnikov is a member of the Sharks. San Jose defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov is injured.

“We can confirm that the Czech Foreign Ministry has sent a letter to the NHL to point out that, at this moment, the Czech Republic or any other state in the (visa-free) Schengen zone should not issue visas to the Russian players to enter our territory,” Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek said in a statement, according to AP.

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Two Different Types Of Defensemen Retired Yesterday

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

Could you have had two more different characters?

That Zdeno Chara and P.K. Subban chose to retire on the same day created common ground between the two superb athletes that for the most part, beyond their shared extreme competitiveness, didn’t otherwise exist.

Indeed, 50 years ago, they were characters that would have been unimaginable to North America’s hockey culture. A towering 6-foot-9 defenceman from Slovakia, a country that didn’t even exist back then, and an African-American blueliner from Toronto. The imagination of the sport has surely expanded since the days a tall hockey player was 6-foot-2, only Canadians played in the NHL and black athletes were simply not seen on hockey rinks. Still, even with somewhat more diversity in the sport today, Chara and Subban both managed to leave unusual, indelible imprints on the game in a way most players simply don’t.

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