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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman talks about looking into expansion to Las Vegas and the Hockey Central analyzes the possibilities.
The salary cap was also discussed...
Cap projection $73M.
Owners received update on expansion, as expected. NHL is listening to expressions of interest but not starting formal process.
added 5:49pm, via Elliotte Friedman tweet,
Governors told if Canadian dollar stays at 88, cap will be around $73M
added 5:56pm, via Darren Dreger tweet,
Bettman says there is no formal expansion process. No vote taken. No agreement. However Vegas interest is real.
Potential owner in Las Vegas is going conduct a season-ticket drive. NHL board approved.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
World-class arena that does not rely on public funding to finance construction? Check.
Deep-pocketed owners that include a strong local presence? Check.
A marketplace that does not levy state income tax, hence making it an attractive place for players and their families? Check.
Growing population? Check.
Add in the fact that expansion fees are not shared with the players, and there is a compelling argument to be made that Las Vegas represents a strong fit for the NHL's owners.
"I think there are a good core of hockey fans in the valley," said Jeff Sharples, who played 105 NHL games and retired from the game to Las Vegas, where he is now based as a pilot. "Las Vegas has always been able to generate buzz and there is a lot of money around town. I would love to see the NHL in Las Vegas."
What makes the entire discussion about Las Vegas as a potential home for an NHL franchise so compelling, so difficult to quantify is the very nature of the city itself. For a community that will attract 40 million visitors this year, it's easy to forget that the visitors do not necessarily define the community, even if they represent billions of dollars of revenue to said community.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at CTV,
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league has been in contact with team doctors and training staffs about best practices to prevent the spread of mumps, which has caught everyone off guard.
"It is certainly an outbreak that was unexpected and has caused unwanted disruption at the team level, but it is not something we have any significant control over," Daly said. "As long as our clubs are doing what they need to do to minimize risk of contraction, we are hopeful that the wave of cases will run their course and life will return to normal in the relatively near term."
Nine out of some 600 players getting the mumps is not a full-fledged epidemic, but the lack of familiarity about mumps has made it a talking point around the league. As Wild star Zach Parise joked to the Star-Tribute in Minneapolis: "What is this, the Oregon Trail? Where are we right now? Every team seems to get the flu once a year, but the mumps?"
You will see Beleskey's stick touch the left leg/toe of the goalie, not sure if there was enough call a two minute penalty for goalie interference or even waive off the goal.
added 9:36pm, My mistake, the call was actually on Beleskey for interference on the dman.
The BOG meetings are on Monday and Tuesday...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The salary cap: This is the annual meeting during which the league gives clubs their first projected number for next season's salary cap. It's a projection, not an exact number, but normally it gives teams enough direction in order to plan head for next season. There's been much hand-wringing among some of the bigger-market, high-spending clubs that the salary cap isn't quite going up as much as they thought it was going to, which is leaving them pressed up against the ceiling trying to juggle how to re-sign and keep their core together.
International update: There isn't expected to much talk about future Winter Olympics participation at this meeting, however, there will definitely be a formal update on how plans are going for the return of the World Cup of Hockey, a source said....
The event is scheduled to return in September 2016, hosted entirely in Toronto....
Legal updates: There will be several reports for governors to hear from the league, including the business report and a legal report. Within that legal report, the league will update owners on the ongoing concussion litigation with former players and the league's motion to dismiss those claims.
Quebec update ... but not about expansion: Pierre Dion of Quebecor, whose TVA Sports French TV network has begun a 12-year national relationship with the NHL, will also make a presentation....
Two minutes, tripping.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazetts,
Over the past 12 months, the value of the loonie in relation to its U.S. counterpart has dropped from 94.46 cents to 87.91 cents.
With more than one-third of the NHL’s hockey-related revenue being generated in Canadian dollars, the decline has a direct effect on the salary cap. Last spring, GMs were figuring out ways to spend the extra money generated by the new 12-year Canadian TV deal with Rogers worth $5.2 billion. But the loonie’s drop and the decision to apply some of that new revenue to this season’s salary cap has teams facing a stark reality — for the first time since the end of the lockout in 2005, the cap might not go up from its current $69 million U.S.
That would create problems for a number of teams, including the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks have 15 players under contract for next season and have committed nearly $65.8 million to that group. They will have an average of $400,000 to spend on the eight players to fill out their roster for next season if the cap remains the same, and the minimum salary in the NHL is $575,000.
from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey,
Recent reports forecasting the possible stagnation of the NHL salary cap for 2015-16 serves as a potentially stark lesson of how it could handcuff teams with limited cap space.
Here’s a look at some painful truths we’ve learned over the years about the NHL salary cap.
It will eventually hurt free-spending big market teams. Sure, they can afford to keep pace with a rising cap ceiling every year, and as the always-invaluable CapGeek.com indicates, many of them willingly do so. Abetted by clever “capologists”, some teams manage to ice competitive rosters with limited cap space each year. They have a talent for bringing in the right players at the right price, provided the salary cap consistently rises at a healthy rate each season.
But if the cap fails to increases significantly, it can have serious consequences. The Philadelphia Flyers are learning that lesson the hard way this season, as they lack sufficient cap space to improve their struggling roster. It’s also why the Chicago Blackhawks were forced to shed salary during the summer of 2010 and why they’ll have to do it again in the summer of 2015.
Watch as linesman Derek Amell is hurt after taking a slew foot from a Colorado player.
Amell did miss some time but did return to finish the game.
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