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Your King Clancy Memorial Trophy Finalists

NEW YORK (May 2, 2018) – Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel & Henrik Sedin, Nashville Predatorsdefenseman P.K. Subban and Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker are the finalists for the 2017-18 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community," the National Hockey League announced today.

The winner will be selected by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. The King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner will receive a $40,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice and the two runners-up will each receive a $5,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice.

Following are the finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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Afternoon Line- Daniel Carcillo

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Video- DoPS Explains Unavoidable Head Contact

via NHL.com,

The Department of Player Safety examines and explains "unavoidable head contact" under Rule 48.


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Too Many Replays

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I don’t think this beautiful game was ever meant to be slowed to Zapruder-film levels so we could try to determine if the guy going 100 mph lifted his skate a hair above the blue line (although I’m well aware that such reviews helped the Penguins the past two years).

The Get-it-Right zealots will argue with me, but I would say to them: What about the 3-on-1 that is mistakenly blown down on a bad offside call? Is there any recourse for that?

You’re never going to “get it right.” Not all of it.

How about we scale replay back to (imperfectly) reviewing goals only?

more and yes the no goal call against the Pens is touched on...

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Video- Camera Angles Can Play Tricks

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Embedded In The Draft Lottery Room

from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,

Hockey fans had to wait until about 10:15 p.m. ET Saturday night to find out which team won the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery but the results had been determined more than three hours prior to then.

Typically, the lottery results are unveiled all at once but this year the process was stretched out across the first two periods of Game 2 between the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks to make the annual event more dramatic for the TV audience.

What people see on TV is quite different than what happens behind the scenes. Picks No. 15 through No. 4 were unveiled during the pre-game show and the three remaining teams were the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens. As those fan bases eagerly awaited the final results of the draft lottery, there was a group of individuals eagerly waiting to leave the slightly-too-warm-for-comfort NHL Draft Lottery room they were sequestered in.


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Are The Stanley Cup Playoffs Too Long?

from Ry MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

The playoffs simply take too long.

As Randy Turner, the admirable writer with the Winnipeg Free Press, tweeted Wednesday evening, “When the #NHLJets won their first playoff series in 31yrs i didn’t know it was going to take another 31 years for the 2nd round to start.”

Complaining about the length of the hockey season is certainly nothing new. The last time the Ottawa Senators won a Cup in my city, 1927, it was widely held that pushing the season all the way to April 13 was a mistake.

“The season was but three days short of five months,” Citizen sports editor Ed Baker wrote, “entirely too long in the opinion of many well-informed hockey authorities....

A better idea would be to speed up the playoff rounds. Back in 1939, when the league made its switch from a best-of-five format to best-of-sevens, the Boston Bruins took the Cup in only 10 days. Why it takes two months now is, simply, ridiculous.

The best idea of all, however, is the original one that used to determine every hockey season.

When the ice goes out, the season is over.


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NHL Draft Lottery Details

NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 26, 2018) – The 2018 NHL Draft Lottery, which will determine the order of selection for the first 15 picks in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft, will be held on Saturday, April 28, in Toronto.

New this year, the results of picks 15 through 4 of the NHL Draft Lottery will be announced live during the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery show beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet, NBCSN, CBC, and TVA Sports. The remaining three picks will be revealed live on broadcast during the second intermission of the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks game (8 p.m. ET, NBC, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Morning Line- Bob McKenzie

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Just saw the NHL’s format/timing for Saturday’s draft lottery. Picks 15 thru 4 between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. ET, picks 3 thru 1 in the second intermission of an 8 p.m. ET game. Huh. I suppose we should be happy they aren’t doing one pick a day for two weeks.

If you need more details on the lottery, I posted it earlier today.

added 11:31pm,


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NHL Department Of Player Safety Video On Point Of Contact

via NHL.com,

The NHL Department of Player Safety explains how they determine the main point of contact of a hit under Rule 48.


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