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Important to note some of the information starting to come out regarding the expansion draft process.
via Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
Sometime this week, the NHL and NHLPA agreed on expansion draft rules. No-move clauses are protected, and teams will not be able to expose those players. What’s next? A meeting of the NHL’s Executive Committee, the most powerful group of 10 owners. It’s chaired by Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs. It’s expected that group will be called together in the next week or two. If they approve, the final hurdle would be a full Board of Governors meeting. We’re getting close to knowing one way or the other.
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
The National Hockey League and the Players’ Association have agreed upon the rules of engagement for an expansion draft.
While the NHL’s executive committee has yet to recommend expansion, this is a major hurdle cleared.
The NHL has hundreds of steps to go through before expansion can potentially become a reality and getting an agreement with the NHLPA was viewed as near top of the list. The executive committee would not have recommended expansion to the NHL’s board of governors for the purpose of a vote without an agreement in place with the NHLPA, and in particular, a resolution on how existing no-trade and no-move clauses will be handled.
An NHL source confirmed the agreement on Friday morning but would not offer specifics on the expansion draft.
Time is getting tight for the NHL if it is going to expand. The league has stated if it is going to expand for the 2017-18 season it would have to inform general managers prior to this year’s upcoming entry draft in late June. A source said Friday if expansion is going to move forward, mid-May is the timetable for an announcement.
NEW YORK (April 28, 2016) – The 2016 NHL Draft Lottery, which will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, will be held on Saturday, April 30, at Sportsnet’s Hockey Central Studio at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. The results of the Draft Lottery will be announced during live television coverage of the event (8:00 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVAS). Both the Draft Lottery Drawing and the broadcast will take place at the CBC.
All clubs that did not qualify for this season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs, will participate.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
American centre Auston Matthews remains the consensus No. 1 prospect for the 2016 NHL draft, but Finnish goal-scoring winger Patrik Laine is doing his best to chip away at Matthews' No. 1 status.
That is one of a number of intriguing developments in TSN's Top 15 rankings, the Draft Lottery Edition.
At face value, nothing has changed from TSN's Mid-Season NHL draft rankings. Matthews is still No. 1; Laine is still No. 2.
But when 10 NHL scouts were surveyed by TSN in late January/early February, all 10 had Matthews at No. 1. This time, in a survey of the same 10 scouts – conducted in the run-up to Saturday's NHL draft lottery – two of the 10 said Laine is now No. 1 on their team's lists. Others suggested they had to think long and hard about their decision to keep Matthews at No. 1.
NEW YORK (April 26, 2016) – The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and hosted by world-renowned actor Will Arnett. In addition, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas will serve as NHL® Headquarters during the 2016 NHL Awards.
from Dave Hodge of TSN,
The game is the thing, not where it’s played or what the players or wearing. So passionate fans are better to use their voices to tell NHL teams what the game should look like. Hockey fanatics deserve to be heard if they wish to react to low-scoring games, fights, lengthy video reviews, confounding rules and all of the things that NHL bigwigs should care about to keep customers happy.
The fans’ money is more important than revenue from jersey ads, which will eventually be ignored the same as board signs. The World Cup can be better than the Olympics, whose formats and procedures are boring and confusing.
“Thumbs up” to fans who will save their concern for the state of the game, never mind stuff that really doesn’t matter. Like Las Vegas. Yes, the NHL will make its money any way it wants and nothing will stop it. And a visit to the arena near you by the Las Vegas Dealers is liable to be more interesting than a game against the Arizona Coyotes.
more plus the Penguins dominate...
from Nick Butler of InsideTheGames,
A decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) not to pay transportation or insurance costs for National Hockey League (NHL) players to participate at Pyeongchang 2018 has left a "difficult financial situation", the head of the sport's world governing body has admitted.
The IOC have contributed to costs for all five Olympic Games NHL players have participated in ever since they first appeared at Nagano in 1998.
They have now changed their stance, however, meaning there is far more pressure on the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the NHL to shoulder the financial burden.
“The IOC took the decision not to pay transportation and insurance costs for NHL and NHL players to come to the next Olympic Games," IIHF President René Fasel, who has led the body since 1994, told insidethegames during the SportAccord Convention.
"We had a meeting with the NHL last week and the prognosis is not really good.
from Jesse Spector of The Sporting News,
“It starts with, which is more important, to be fast or to get it right?” Bettman said. “I know there’s been some criticism about, ‘Get rid of the whole system! It takes too long!’ The fact of the matter is, does it really matter if the skate is this much offside? Well, yeah, it matters. Frankly, if we don’t get it right, and it’s an important or deciding factor in the game, we’re going to hear about it.”
Bettman is right about this. There are calls from decades ago that still draw the ire of hockey fans. Not all would be subject to review or challenge under the current system, but getting more calls correct is a reasonable objective. Sacrificing a little bit of time in the name of fair competition is a worthwhile thing.
“It’s a close call sometimes, and sometimes it’s a hard call to make,” Bettman said. “Our guys are doing the best that they can to get it right. That’s the most important thing. The more we do it, the faster it will get. We added cameras on the goal line for the playoffs. We added cameras in the crossbar. We’re constantly trying to move forward with the technology that’s available to us.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The expectation seems to be that Vegas will get a team, but Quebec probably won’t; that William Foley, the billionaire entrepreneur who has been patiently awaiting news from the NHL’s executive committee about his bid, already has the bones of a hockey hierarchy in place.
Murray Craven, the former Philadelphia Flyers player, would assume a leadership role, maybe even as team president. Craven has a previous relationship with Foley and has been acting as his unofficial adviser throughout this process.
Scott Mellanby, a former teammate of Craven’s, is one of a handful of candidates for a position in hockey operations, maybe even as general manager.
Whenever the NHL wants to admit new ownership – either via expansion or relocation – it requires three things: An owner with deep pockets, a building that’s ready for occupancy, and a market that can help the league grow the game. It helps, too, if the prospective owner isn’t too public about his wishes, but is willing to quietly bide his time while the NHL ponders the pros and cons of taking this next step.
Once upon a time, expansion was nothing short of a money grab for NHL teams. Nowadays, the primary decision-makers in the game can see beyond the short-term windfall that a $500-million expansion fee will produce.
Throat-slash gestures are taken very seriously by the NHL, which last month levied maximum fines against Toronto’s Nazem Kadri and Anaheim’s Josh Manson for their unsavory pantomimes that inflicted no damage on anyone.
But actual throat slashes with a hockey stick that injure an opponent? Well, that’s a horse of a different color?
Or should we say, Penguin?
-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on this topic.
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