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One of the other topics discussed at the GMs meeting today. It starts tonight.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
You can't just dust off the old World Cup of Hockey logo and expect people will give a darn, especially when they were halfway out the door on the mistreated property a dozen years ago.
This new event must have pizzazz, it must have panache and it must resonate not just in Toronto, where the tournament will reportedly be held, but around the hockey world.
It has to be embraced by players and fans everywhere.
It has to mean something. It has to get the juices flowing and the imagination turning with thoughts of Wayne Gretzky to Mario Lemieux and the 1987 Canada Cup.
It has to promise hockey magic and then it has to deliver it.
Or else this will blow up like a dime-store gag cigar.
Although I would like to see the words 'is considering' replaced with 'will have'.
via Darren Dreger tweets,
GM's mtng: Source suggests dry scrape could be abandoned as early as wknd. Full shovel crews would handle pre-OT clean in 2 mins or less....
...Toronto and Buffalo are among arenas that use full shovel crew during commercial breaks. GM discussing today. Not a done deal
Lately, I thought the dry scrape has been much quicker than at the start of the year and I don't mind it all.
Goal should be to get the ice in the best condition possible but if the shovel crew can do the same job in less time, fine with me.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Today, the Department of Player Safety ‘‘war room’’ is on the 12th floor of the Manhattan building that contains the NHL’s offices. The room is not the same as the league’s Situation Room in Toronto, where every goal is reviewed. In New York, every second of every game is watched, but the purpose is to log anything notable — from accidental collisions, to clean checks, to incidents that might require supplemental discipline and much more. They even monitor whether broadcasters are getting rules right or wrong and beat-writer Twitter accounts to ensure incidents are correctly reported to fans.
The Player Safety room has 12 high-definition TVs and workstations that include 10 monitors that show the home and road feeds for every game. Stephane Quintal, in his fifth month as Brendan Shanahan’s replacement as senior VP of player safety, runs a department made up of Echevarrieta, Director of Player Safety Patrick Burke, manager Evan Rand and coordinators Paul Treyman, Chris Nastro, Peter Livera and Michael Grover. They are assigned usually one game each night to log everything on a laptop.
Based in St. Louis, 2000 league MVP Chris Pronger now works in the department. Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine advises in an unofficial capacity, and Quintal is looking to hire more ex-players.
Tacked to the walls are depth charts for all 30 teams, lists of repeat offenders (if you’re suspended twice in 18 months, your lost salary is per game, not per day) and lists of prior incidents (suspensions or not) that can be used for quick reference.
You can watch all the induction speeches at NHL.com.
A recap of the inductions by Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The parties discussing the revamped World Cup of Hockey are prepared to make some dramatic changes to the tournament format, Sportsnet has learned.
The eight-team event is now expected to include two all-star entries along with the top six hockey nations — Canada, U.S., Sweden, Finland, Russia and Czech Republic — when it returns in September 2016, according to multiple sources.
The first all-star team is expected to feature the best players from the remaining European countries: Slovakia, Switzerland, Latvia, Germany and Slovenia, among them.
The makeup of the other mixed squad is still to be determined, although one idea being considered is bringing together all of the top young stars in the sport.
Organizers looked at staging a pre-tournament qualifier to determine the final two spots, but don’t believe there is time to pull everything together. They also like the idea of doing something different than the World Cups and Canada Cups of the past and think that adding all-star teams will make for a more competitive event.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
If there’s one thing you can be sure of when Brian Burke comes to town, it’s that you don’t want to miss him.
Burke, now the president of the Calgary Flames, co-hosted the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference on Monday, what’s become a can’t-miss media event tied into the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies....
But it was really the Burke show.
Just as when he was president and general manager of the Maple Leafs, Burke appears to say the first thing that pops into his head, followed quickly by the second thing. Sometimes those two things seem contradictory, but no matter, they are insightful, often memorable if not outright entertaining.
Take the fact Burke himself moderated the conference’s symposium on analytics in sports, with guest speakers like Kyle Dubas, the assistant general manager of the Maple Leafs, who is famed for his use of advanced statistics.
As it was pointed out by a few on Twitter, Burke running an analytics symposium is a lot like a Creationist moderating a conference on evolution.
from the CP at TSN,
Dry scraping the ice before overtime will be among the topics discussed at Tuesday's NHL general managers meeting, and the possibility exists that the idea will get scrapped earlier than planned.
For the first time, regular-season games are being paused before overtime so the ice can get a "dry scrape." The hope was to improve the quality of play and reduce the number of shootouts deciding games.
Early evidence suggested that it — along with changing ends in overtime — was working, but GMs will discuss the dry scrape because of the time it's adding to games and the momentum that it may be stopping at the end of regulation....
Another topic that's expected to be on the agenda once again is three-on-three play in overtime. The American Hockey League is trying some of it this year, and a prospects tournament in Traverse City, Mich., also experimented with it.
Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland has long been a proponent of making three-on-three part of NHL overtime. But Daly isn't sure the rest of the crowd is ready to get on board.
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