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The Latest From Rene Fasel On the Olympics

from Nick Butler of inside the games,

A final decision on National Hockey League (NHL) participation at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Games must be made by mid-July at the absolute latest, the head of the world governing body has claimed.

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) President René Fasel insists that any later would make it logistically impossible to find hotels and accommodation for the NHL delegation....

"The IOC is at a crossroads," he said.

"It has to decide where it wants to go.

"If it wants stars and professionals, it must take over the [technical] costs for it."

He also criticised NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman for making "unrealistic" demands.

"He [Bettman] claims the same rights for the NHL as a TOP (The Olympic Programme) sponsor who pays $100 million (£77 million/€91 million)," Fasel added.

"He wants to use the Olympic Rings for the NHL.

"If the IOC says yes, what do we do with athletics, swimming, gymnastics, skiing, ice skating?

"Then we would have to grant these rights to all the big sports federations.

"It is also about the principle."

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Review The Review?

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Friday night’s goaltender interference review, deciding a pivotal playoff game, was the NHL’s train wreck waiting to happen. For the Oilers, it was the second controversial goal that went the other way in as many games in the second-round.

Could you imagine what the blowback would be if one of those calls were to decide the Stanley Cup?

No changes will come between now and the end of these playoffs, but video review looms among the biggest challenges facing the NHL heading into the offseason.

So, how can the NHL fix goaltender interference?

It can start by better defining goaltender interference. Chiarelli admitted Saturday that only a “general framework” exists.

“We have our own way of interpreting it, too,” Chiarelli said. “In our minds, we tweak it a little bit. If we look at last night, I see two points of interference. One was caused by our own player pushing their player in, the other was caused by their player in my mind. It was a difference in opinions.”

Chiarelli said the definition in itself is tough to establish.

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Are You One Of The Four People Who Watches Olympic Hockey?

Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs met with the media yesterday to wrap up the season.

And also had this to say regarding the 2018 Olympics...

via Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The senior Jacobs, when asked about NHL participation in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, said, “I don’t think it’s going to happen.”...

“When you stop and think about it,” said Jacobs, “should we take those weeks out of our season, turn it off, continue to depend on these players to perform for us when they get back, if they get back, if they come back in good condition?”

Jacobs remains a proponent of the Olympics adding hockey to the Summer Games menu, an idea dating back even to before the NHL first released its players for the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.

“They won’t embrace it,” said Jacobs, referring to the International Olympic Committee. “So it is what it is.”

Jacobs also noted the time difference between North America and Korea, conjecturing that games would air on TV here at 2 or 3 a.m.

“I think the four people that watch it don’t justify it,” he added.

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The NHL Draft Lottery Was Not Must Watch TV

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Take away the crowd of Canadian teams desperately scavenging for talent and the big-name teenagers, and the NHL draft lottery turns into something akin to waiting for your number to be called at the butcher.

Necessary for the sake of orderliness, but hardly worth televising.

The New Jersey Devils would differ, of course, after ending up with the No. 1 pick on Saturday night. But with Martin Brodeur long retired, there’s not much left worth watching in Newark and probably won’t be for a long time. If you’ve been around this game a while, you’ll remember the Devils were the most ignored team in hockey until Wayne Gretzky called them Mickey Mouse.

Well, they’re back there again.

Meanwhile, the results of the 2017 lottery, let’s face it, could have simply been reported in a news release by the NHL. It sure didn’t pack the punch of the 2015 or ’16 event, with no player close to Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews, let alone Jack (The Real GM) Eichel or Patrik Laine, available this June. As well, while the lottery last year delivered five of the top six picks to Canadian teams, this year only two Canadian teams ended up with selections in the top 15.

Take out the CanCon and this event packs the same punch as NHL trade deadline day before noon.

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This Certainly Won’t Help The Relationship Between The NHL And The NHLPA

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The National Hockey League says the NHL Players’ Association has repeatedly interfered with its attempts to introduce rules over the past 50 years to limit staged fighting, better safeguard players and bolster penalties for dangerous head hits.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the allegations in a sworn affidavit filed in U.S. federal court in Minneapolis late Thursday that relates to a lawsuit filed by former players suing the league over its handling of head injuries and concussions.

In the latest twist in the high-stakes concussion case, the NHL asked the court to not certify the case as a class-action suit. Daly’s affidavit was filed in connection with that request.

If Judge Susan R. Nelson certifies the case, it would mean more than 5,000 former players, and the families of some deceased players, would automatically become plaintiffs in the case, drastically driving up the potential liability for the league.

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Video- Sights And Sounds From The First Round Of The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Take a listen to some raw sounds of hockey straight from the mouths of players, refs and coaches...

 

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Your NHL Foundation Player Award Finalists

NEW YORK -- New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds are the two finalists for the 2016-17 NHL Foundation Player Award, which is presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey - commitment, perseverance and teamwork - to enrich the lives of people in his community," the National Hockey League announced today.

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Surprising Results From A Study On The Impact Of Concussions On Retired NHL Players

from Kerry Gillespie of the Toronto Star,

The first scientific study to delve into the long-term impacts of concussions specifically among National Hockey League players has yielded some surprising initial results.

The Rotman Research Institute at Toronto’s Baycrest Health Sciences is collecting brain images and genetic data and conducting a battery of tests on retired NHL players.

On objective tests of cognitive functions such as memory, attention and processing information, the NHL alumni do about as well as the study’s comparison group, and it doesn’t matter how many concussions they had during their careers or whether they have the APOE4 allele, a type of gene that has been associated with increased dementia.

“If there was impairment, it was subtle and nobody was significantly cognitively impaired,” said Dr. Brian Levine, the study’s lead.

Given how much attention there has been lately on the long-term dangers of repeated hits to the head, particularly among football players in the NFL, that’s not necessarily what they might have expected to find.

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Once Again Gary Bettman On The Olympics, “We’re Not Going”

from Joe Knowles of the Chicago Tribune,

Even if the International Olympic Committee sweetens its offer, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman insists that his league will not participate in the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

"We're not going," Bettman said Friday during his annual meeting with a group of sports editors at league headquarters. "That decision has been made."

The issues on the table included insurance and travel expenses for players, and the IOC appeared to be willing to soften its stance on both. But Bettman said who pays for what is just part of the equation.

"We're not anti-Olympics," Bettman said. "We're anti-disruption."

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NHL Linesman Don Henderson Files Suit Against Dennis Wideman

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

National Hockey League linesman Don Henderson has filed a $10.25 million lawsuit against Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman more than a year after Wideman hit Henderson from behind during a game against the Nashville Predators.

CTV News and TSN have learned that Henderson filed his lawsuit against Wideman on Apr. 18 in a Calgary court.

Henderson seeks general damages of $200,000, special damages to pay for housekeeping, yard work and hospital expenses of $50,000, and damages for loss of income and future loss of income of $10 million.

The Flames are also listed as a defendant.

According to his lawsuit, Henderson suffered injuries to his head, neck back, shoulder, and right knee. He also allegedly suffered a concussion, pain, numbness and tingling in his right arm and hand, shock anxiety and depression, headaches and permanent and partial disability.

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If you need a refresher, watch the incident below...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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