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Morning Line- Jerry Bruckheimer

“I think what we’ve seen so far is what a great job Las Vegas has done in the personnel hiring and also how they’ve branded themselves and how they’ve engaged the fans. So we’re certainly looking at that franchise to see how they’ve developed a winner very quickly.’’

-Jerry Bruckheimer, part of the NHL Seattle group.  Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has more from Bruckheimer.

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Ban The Bodycheck?

from Scott Stinson of the National Post,

This is what the idea of eliminating bodychecking from the game will run up against: decades of play in which contact between opponents has been an intrinsic part of the sport.

That’s not to say that those talking about the removal of hitting do not have a point. As deftly reported by my colleague Michael Traikos last week, luminaries like Ken Dryden and Eric Lindros broached the idea of non-contact hockey at a concussion symposium in London, Ont. Dryden noted that all the work that has gone into treating head injuries is not as effective as avoiding them in the first place. “The problem is science takes time and the games are being played tomorrow,” Dryden said. This matches what neurologists have been saying about blows to the head for years: as much as there is much uncertainty in the science about the specific risks of long-term brain injury from contact sports, the only certain way to reduce that risk is to not suffer blows to the head.

So, if hockey leagues want to truly reduce the concussion risk as much as they can, the solution is to ban the bodycheck.


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Afternoon Line- Carey Price

“I know what they are trying to accomplish, I just don’t know if it’s happening. It’s such a small difference, I don’t know if you are getting the result you really want. It’s kind of hard to explain.”

“I am not saying the sky is falling or anything but I think we just have to make sure it doesn’t get carried away and that the guys feel comfortable because the last thing you want is guys moving away from pucks when that’s not what we should be doing.”

-Carey Price on the new chest protector.  Kevin Woodley of inGoal has more.

added 1:25pm,


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Ready To Talk Your Favorite Topic, The CBA?

from Katie Strang of The Athletic,

According to the CBA, ratified in January 2013 after an 113-day lockout and slated to run through 2022, the NHL has the right to terminate the current agreement early on Sept. 1, 2019. The NHLPA has the same opt-out right on Sept. 15, 2019. That’s just a little more than a year away.

Will either side take the opportunity to terminate the agreement and opt for a labor standoff?

Taking a look at the parameters of the current CBA, the general health of the league and the lack of a large gulf on any of the major issues that have triggered previous standoffs, one may believe there is no good reason a new deal cannot be reached. The prevailing sentiment in this camp is that there are some tweaks to be made here and there, concessions required from both the NHL and NHLPA, but no ground-shifting, wholesale changes necessary. That, assuming neither side tries for a massive transfer of wealth or change in dollar flow, there is a deal to be made that both sides can live with.

more ($$$)

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Video- Red Berenson Joined The NHL Network Today

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News Is Slow

It's a long, slow summer since early July regarding the hockey world and we probably have another four weeks of 'not much news out there'.

I do keep an eye on the 400 people or so I follow on Twitter but lately there has been more tweets on everything other than hockey.

I do follow many websites too, but unless you want lists of all sorts ranging from best sweaters, best players not in the Hockey Hall of Fame to players who could have a good or bad year, well the real news is just not out there.

I am used to this, after all, I have been doing this for around 15 years but this summer has seemed much slower than the past years.

One topic that pops up every so often is line combinations and many are coming from fans who are playing GM.

It happens in the summer, but I would only put my faith in a trusted bingo site to shake up the bingo balls.  Other than that, what you are reading or hearing is make believe at this point.

For me personally, this time is used to re-charge and catchup on some movies I have missed the last few years.

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NHL Preseason Highlights And Schedule

NEW YORK (Aug. 13, 2018) -- Overseas contests in China, Germany and Switzerland highlight the 2018 National Hockey League composite preseason schedule. The 19-day, 110-game slate begins Saturday, Sept. 15.

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United States Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Gordon "Red" Berenson, Natalie Darwitz, Leland "Hago" Harrington, David Poile and Paul Stewart will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2018, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

The 2018 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration will take place at the JW Marriott Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, December 12, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event will go on sale on Monday, August 13, at 10 a.m. ET at USHockeyHallofFame.com.

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Wayne Gretzky Headed To China

from NHL.com,

Wayne Gretzky is helping to promote the growth of hockey in China ahead of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games, when the Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins will play preseason games Sept. 15 (Shenzhen) and 19 (Beijing).

Gretzky was named a global ambassador for the Kunlun Red Star, China's only professional hockey team that plays in the Kontinental Hockey League. He'll help with youth development and training for players aged 8-17 in Beijing and Shenzhen, with the goal of expanding to at least 20 locations in China.

Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leader in goals (894), assists (1,963) and points (2,857), will visit Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai from Sept. 12-18.

"To now have him part of the growth of hockey in China in the buildup to the 2022 Winter Olympics (in Beijing) will promote interest and participation in the sport, especially among young people," Ao Meng, Kunlin's executive director, told China Daily.


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Afternoon Line- Alexei Kovalev

Your thoughts?



Kovalev on other topics, Google translate link.

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