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Parity

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The feel-good narrative about Vegas’ success on the ice in their first year has another side to it, of course, though you’ll not read much about it.

And that is, that the Golden Knights (who may have to change their name if they lose the trademark lawsuit brought against them this week by the Department of the Army) have benefited at the expense of the NHL’s other 30 teams, all of whom were weakened by the exceedingly generous rules attached to the expansion draft.

So even as remarkably talented teenagers enter the NHL on an annual basis, the product already harmed by the hard cap is further diluted. And just wait until Seattle, which will pay $650 million to enter the league as opposed to Vegas’ $500 million ante and is thus likely to benefit from even more liberal expansion draft regulations, gets its hooks into everyone else’s roster.

Gary Bettman and the folks on Sixth Avenue love the fact the NHL’s 31 teams are largely indistinguishable. That’s been the objective since the 2004-05 Owners’ Lockout II proposal that the league office be a central clearing house to disperse players to the then-30 clubs. They forever confuse parity with mediocrity, forever conflate close games with good games and tight standings with exciting races.

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The Lifestyle Of NHL On-Ice Officials

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

NHL referee Dan O'Rourke, like most frequent fliers, is a meticulous packer. For every work trip, his suitcase weighs exactly 52 pounds. Should an airport attendee measure it at, say, 51 pounds, O'Rourke knows he must have left something at home. And he never leaves for a trip without his black-and-white striped uniform -- which he is responsible for transporting (and laundering) himself between cities -- his skates, gym clothes, toiletries and a high-powered blender. That's right, a blender. After burning 1,000 calories in a regulation game, how else is he supposed to replenish without a protein shake?

"Some teams have gotten better over the years in how they treat us," says O'Rourke, an 18-year NHL vet. "Sometimes there's a hot meal waiting for us after the game, with a protein and vegetables. But other arenas ..."

Let's just say that O'Rourke must be resourceful. Welcome to the secluded and highly regimented lifestyle of NHL officials, who call themselves the league's 32nd team. The parallels between the 68 men in stripes who regulate the game and an actual NHL team are hard to ignore.

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Video Evidence- Those Offside Challenges

 

We had another close challenge last night.  Ended up with the correct call which IMO should be the end game.  Get it correct, isn't that what everyone wanted?

 

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Gary Bettman On The Passing Of Bruce Hood

NEW YORK (Jan. 5, 2018) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of former NHL referee Bruce Hood:

“For 21 NHL seasons, Bruce Hood brought professionalism and integrity to every game he worked and earned the respect of the players, coaches, general managers – as well as his peers.  In addition to his command of the game and his ability to communicate on the ice, Bruce had a characteristic calmness that brought his excellence to the fore when the pressure was greatest.

“We also remember Bruce for all that he gave back to the game away from the rink, inspiring countless young officials to pursue his chosen career.

“We extend our deepest condolences to his family and his many friends, both in his community and around the hockey world.”

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Your NHL All-Star Sweaters

Portland, Ore. / New York (January 3, 2018) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and adidas today unveiled the new adidas ADIZERO Authentic jerseys and pants for the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game, which will be hosted by the Tampa Bay Lightning at AMALIE Arena on Sunday, Jan. 28 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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Morning Line- Allan Walsh

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Winter Classic Numbers

STAMFORD, Conn. – December 28, 2017 – NBC Sports presents the 10th anniversary of the NHL’s signature regular-season game on New Year’s Day, as Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres face off against Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field in New York City on Jan. 1, 2018, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

Listed below is a “By the Numbers” highlighting the 2018 NHL Winter Classic:

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Your Entertainment Lineup For The 2018 Winter Classic

NEW YORK (Dec. 27, 2017) – Max Weinberg and Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, musician Ace Frehley and Every Voice Choirs will join the Goo Goo Dolls in the game day entertainment for the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Buffalo Sabres® and New York Rangers® on New Year’s Day at Citi Field.  The outdoor game will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

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Videos- Saturday Headlines And Coach’s Corner

The biggest topic discussed by the panel- Kris Letang may become available for trade after the trade freeze is lifted.  More topics discussed too.

 

 

Below, catch Coach's Corner too which includes the play of Mathew Barzal.

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Morning Line- Emily Kaplan On The Christmas Break

I know I sound like a Grinch who wants to rob NHL players of their Christmas experience. But let's be honest: you can get creative about when you celebrate. Let's say the Predators were playing at the Blues at 1 p.m. local St. Louis time. All the Blues players would be able to wake up with their kids to open presents and be home by dinner. The Predators would take a team charter back immediately and probably be home for a late dinner too. And I'll bet Predators coach Peter Laviolette wouldn't be a scrooge, and would give his players the next day, or another day that week, off to celebrate with their families.

Emily Kaplan of ESPN on the Christmas break for the NHL.  More on this topic with Greg Wyshynski too.

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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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