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It’s Gary Bettman’s Stage

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

“We have a trade to announce.”

Those six words have to rank among hockey fans’ favorite phrases. And ironically, that’s especially true when they’re spoken by one of the sport’s most unpopular figures: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

That’s because “We have a trade to announce” has become Bettman’s go-to catchphrase when a deal is struck during the NHL draft; they’re the words he uses to inform fans that they’re going to want to stop booing him long enough for him to break down the details. Sometimes the deal that follows is a blockbuster; sometimes it’s just a boring flip of draft picks. But you never know until Bettman lays out the details, piece by piece, into a live microphone in front of a few thousand fans.

And make no mistake, Bettman seems to relish the moment. This is a guy, after all, who spends pretty much all of his time getting pelted with hockey-fan venom. Whether he’s introducing the draft or giving a press conference or handing out the Stanley Cup, he’s basically on the receiving end of a nonstop barrage of negativity. Why wouldn’t he savor the one opportunity to soak in some good vibes?

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NHL Short Notes

2014 NHL DRAFT
Round 1 of the 2014 NHL Draft takes place tonight at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

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Teams Will Be Compensated For Losing Personnel To Another Team

via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

Today, NHL also approved compensation for a team losing someone hired to be head coach, GM or President/Hockey Ops with another club.

Generally, we're talking a third-round draft pick, and the club doing the hiring will have a window of three years to give it up.

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What Was Discussed At The BOG Meeting

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

If the game goes to a shootout, under the approved changes, coaches would not be required to give a list of shooters but instead could go down the bench and pick players as the shootout progresses. Players would still be allowed to shoot only one time.

The League and the NHLPA are discussing the possibility of making the spin-o-rama illegal in shootouts. The Board of Governors also approved the recommendation to give the Situation Room in Toronto more latitude to review goals that may not fit one of the review categories but clearly were not scored in a legal fashion. This is under rule 38.4 in the NHL Rulebook, Situations Subject to Video Review.

An example would be the game-tying goal scored by the Detroit Red Wings against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 18. Niklas Kronwall's shot was deflected off the mesh, came back into play, hit goalie Jonathan Quick's back and went into the net. Under the current rule that goal was not subject to video review, but if this change is approved the Situation Room would be allowed to review the goal and make a ruling on it.

In addition, the Board of Governors approved the proposal to widen the trapezoid on the goal line by two feet at each post and to extend the width of the hash marks outside the faceoff circles to five feet from their current 3 1/2 feet. They also agreed that a tripping penalty should be called on a player who trips another player regardless of whether he touches the puck first after diving and reaching out with his stick.

Also subject to change pending approval by the NHLPA Executive Board are rules governing faceoffs after an icing. One player on the offending team would be eligible to take the faceoff after an icing and a second violation would result in a two-minute penalty.

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Quick Notes After The BOG Meeting

via Dan Rosen tweets,

Bettman says they hope to have a firm cap number worked out with NHLPA and announced by tomorrow. He said it could come as early as tonight.

Bettman said BOGs were consistent with GMs and Comp Committee on changes to OT, trapezoid, hash marks, faceoffs, embellishment.

They will make no announcements on any changes until they are all confirmed by the NHLPA. The PA exec board meets in July.

via TSN,

Changes to the NHL Draft Lottery were voted in on Thursday by the league's Board of Governors.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, the league still needs to confer with the National Hockey League Players' Association before they become official.

The NHL's general managers met in New York during the Stanley Cup Final and at that time, Sabres general manager Tim Murray told LeBrun that potential new changes would not take effect in time for next year's highly anticipated 2015 Draft that will feature Connor McDavid.

added 4:51pm, via Katie Strang of ESPN,

The NHL's Board of Governors has approved changes for next year's draft lottery system, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

Those changes, which must also be approved by the National Hockey League Players' Association, would go into effect for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, a heavily-anticipated draft class that features the highly-touted prospect Connor McDavid.

The exact changes that were approved when the Board of Governors met Thursday in Manhattan are not immediately clear, but they will likely be a source of consternation for some, especially those with a stockpile of high picks for 2015.

So these changes may be made before next year's draft?

added 5:49pm, Video of Bettman after the BOG is below....

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How About No NHL Draft?

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

So let’s say there was no draft right now. Teams would have a week to wine and dine eligible 18-year-olds. Aaron Ekblad might well choose Buffalo or Florida. He might want to be a Leaf. He could, theoretically, choose to go to Chicago if the Blackhawks had the room, even knowing he might not be able to break into the NHL for another couple of years.

Next year, Connor McDavid could be courted. Those teams that didn’t get him might have the wherewithal to chase Jack Eichel. Might a team be able to get both? Theoretically, sure. But they’d have to do it within the confines of a rookie cap and a salary cap.

Why reward teams for being terrible with high picks? Why force talented young players to join lousy organizations?

The draft is an orderly way to distribute talent, sure, but whether it’s an effective way to distribute talent, maintain competitive integrity and motivate teams to improve their organizations is much less clear.

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Video- Top Prospects Tour Philadelphia

Some of the top players in the NHL Draft went on a tour of Philadelphia...

 

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More Transparency Needed With The Hockey Hall Of Fame Voting

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

Again, this is 2014. Clarence Campbell isn’t running the league, the Norris family no longer controls more than one team, yet when it comes to the Hall of Fame, we’re still operating under a set of circumstances more suited to a Cold War mentality than the actual era in which the NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame operates.

Oh, yes, and along those lines, another year with no women inducted. You’d think after snubbing the female game for years and years, the Hall would be in a catchup mode.

Nope. Were any women even nominated by a group that is totally comprised by men?

Only they know. And they are sworn to secrecy.

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NHL Short Notes

2014 NHL AWARDS
The 2014 NHL Awards take place tonight live from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas (4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET). The show will be broadcast on NBCSN in the U.S. and CBC in Canada.
 
Red carpet arrivals for the 2014 NHL Awards will begin at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET. NHL Network will provide extensive live coverage from the red carpet, including interviews with finalists, presenters and performers.

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Players Talk About Having A Team In Las Vegas

from Craig Huber of Fox5 (Las Vegas),

"Obviously there's a lot of entertainment things in this town, and hockey would be a great addition, of course," New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore said.

"I think it'd be great. Any time you can expand the game and add more teams and just kind of grow the game across the country, that always helps. There's tons of kids people growing up in warm states, cold states - doesn't matter - they all love hockey," Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny Dekeyser said.

Hall of Fame inductee Ted Lindsay, who will hand out the award that bears his name, is confident the game would consistently draw a crowd in Las Vegas.

"It's the greatest game in the world - let's start there. What I say is if you've got enough people, if you've got 18,000 to 20,000 people to show up for the greatest game in the world, then yes, Las Vegas is the right place," Lindsay said.

Ryan Getzlaf, who captains the Anaheim Ducks, has benefited from the spoils of a team located in a non-traditional market.

"That would make for an interesting road trip," Getzlaf said. "It would be a tough building to play in, I'll give you that. Where we are, it's a hot climate. Much the same as this [Las Vegas], there's much to compete with and we survive where we are."

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Below, watch Gary Bettman and a few more players discussing Las Vegas as a hockey city....

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