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So, I'll risk the outrage, three overtimes - or the equivalent of a second game - is enough and a fourth overtime is too much. If the NHL can use four-on-four and is about to include three-on-three for regular-season overtime, there's no reason those measures would be out of place beyond a certain point in a playoff game. And once in a very early morning blue moon, a playoff shootout just might be necessary.
-Dave Hodge of TSN where you can read more on this plus Wings/Lightning.
via the CP at NHL.com,
International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel says it will "not be easy" to reach a deal for NHL players to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Fasel tells The Associated Press that the IIHF has started the process of consulting players and officials over a deal for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Fasel says "our goal is to bring the NHL to Korea," but he adds that it is a "long process" and "will not be easy."
The IIHF must reach a deal with NHL officials, the NHL Players' Association and the International Olympic Committee. Insurance for player injuries is a perennial sticking point.
For the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, a deal was reached seven months before the games.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Rogers Media isn’t the only struggling partner in the NHL’s $5.2-billion, 12-year Canadian broadcast deal. The league itself is hurting, too.
The contract with Rogers is paid in Canadian dollars, which sharply declined in value against the U.S. dollar after the deal was announced on Nov. 26, 2013. As a result, the NHL is taking a large hit in the contract’s first season: One NHL governor, who spoke anonymously because league officials are forbidden to publicly discuss NHL business, said the currency hit for the 2014-2015 season was pegged at about 17 per cent, which, based on the annual average rights fee of $433-million, works out to a $73.61-million loss for the league.
This comes in addition to the revenue declines that all seven Canadian-based NHL teams are experiencing. They generate about 35 per cent of the league’s revenue, which hit a record total of $3.66-billion (U.S.) for the 2013-14 season. The NHL tracks its revenue in U.S. dollars.
When Rogers and the NHL first announced the deal, the Canadian dollar was worth 94 cents U.S. On Monday, after a week-long roller-coaster ride, the Canadian dollar closed at 81.71 cents U.S., an improvement from the March low of 78.2 cents.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
An update on a blog I wrote a few weeks back about team personnel compensation:
There has been confusion in NHL circles about where exactly fired coaches/executives fit into all this if they remain under contract.
The initial explanation on this I got from someone in the know was that he thought if you were fired, even if still under contract, that the team in question did not qualify for draft pick compensation from the team hiring the fired person. It is also what most team executives I had spoken with thought.
However, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who authored the memo on this, told ESPN.com Monday that for coaches, general managers or presidents of hockey operations who are fired but remain under contract, their teams are privy to draft pick compensation if they choose to pursue it.
But the team can also waive the draft pick compensation if they want, Daly said.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The trial season-ticket drive by prospective owners of a new NHL franchise in Las Vegas is expected to top the 11,000 mark by the end of Monday, a source told ESPN.com.
While there remains widespread belief within the hockey community that the NHL will become the first major professional sports league to put down stakes in the gambling mecca, it is now believed that the earliest a team would begin play is the 2017-18 season.
Bill Foley, the main investor in the group, had initially expressed optimism that an expansion team could take the ice in the fall of 2016, about four months after the Las Vegas Arena is expected to open on the strip.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
... if the hockey gods existed at all, they would have been smiling their faces at a team like the Columbus Blue Jackets, one that didn’t stain the reputation of the league like a few others by deliberately tanking their seasons to get a shot at McDavid.
The Jackets stayed put at No. 8 overall where they’ll get a very good player, but it would have been great poetry had the team that ran one of the best records in the league over the final two months been granted some sort of payoff for that.
Instead, you’ve got an Oilers team that has re-written the definition of ineptitude ever since thrilling their fans with a surprise trip to the 2006 Cup finals. They haven’t made the playoffs since, and are undergoing what, their third rebuild?
"Not fair at all," is how one NHL team executive responded via text Saturday night, his club not in the lottery.
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is in Nashville on Friday to attend Game 2 of the Predators' first-round series against the Blackhawks. Before the game, he discussed Nashville's impact on the NHL and league-wide topics.
On if it was good for the league to have a "non-traditional" market like Nashville have significant on-ice success:
"I'm not sure i'm comfortable any longer with the term 'non-traditional.' Fact is there are some cities that have franchises longer, but Nashville has built its own tradition, its own history. This team is very well-owned by Tom Cigarran and his partners. The team on the ice has been built the right way by David Poile, who's one of the preeminent general managers. And we're in a place as a league where we have incredible competitive balance, best in our history, probably the best in all of sports. We've got 20 teams that could have won the Stanley Cup in all probability and four of them didn't even make the playoffs.
And as we sit here at the very beginnings of the first round, the Stanley Cup is up for grabs and that's great news for fans. It's great news for fans in Nashville as there are high expectations and a team that performed extraordinarily well in the regular season."
On Las Vegas's pursuit of an NHL franchise:
"Mr.(Bill) Foley, who's the person interested in having an NHL franchise in Las Vegas, wanted to assess the strength of the fan base, potential fan base in Las Vegas. Las Vegas in that regard is at least perceived to be an unusual market. He began his ticket drive and while I'm not prepared to announce the results, because it's actually still ongoing, it has been very successful to date."
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
There's a significant jackpot awaiting the winner of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).
The team winning the lottery will be able to choose between two players projected to be generational talents eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft: Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University freshman Jack Eichel. The draft will be held at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., June 26-27....
Balls numbered 1 to 14 will be put into a lottery machine that selects four balls to provide a four-number combination. That will be matched to a chart containing all possible four-number combinations that have been assigned to each of the 14 teams on the basis of their percentage chance to win the lottery.
The Buffalo Sabres, who finished with the fewest points in the regular season, have a 20.0 percent chance of winning the lottery. If they don't win the No. 1 pick, they are guaranteed No. 2, because the rules dictate no team can move back more than one spot.
The Arizona Coyotes (13.5 percent), Edmonton Oilers (11.5 percent), Toronto Maple Leafs (9.5 percent) and Carolina Hurricanes (8.5 percent) round out the five teams with the best odds of winning the No. 1 pick.
“The media debates it a lot, but we don’t get a lot of negative feedback from fans. In fact, when you see the way the races played out and the importance of every game in the regular season, there are teams that wish they had a couple of points from October and November they would have liked to have down the stretch. The point system is working extraordinarily well.”
-Gary Bettman when questioned about the current point system in the NHL. Craig Custance of ESPN has more (ESPN Insider).
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