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from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Amid new reports linking the NHL to expansion, most notably to Las Vegas, Gary Bettman again played down the league’s plans to add more teams in the near future.
The commissioner said at Brian Burke’s Prime Time Sports Management Conference on Monday that the board of governors would not hold a vote on expansion at next month’s meeting.
“All I’ll do is continue to report on the levels of interest that are being expressed,” Bettman said. “There’s no effort crying out for immediate expansion. But we are getting expressions of interest. Even if we decided tomorrow we’re going to do it, it still wouldn’t happen for two, three years.”...
Bettman also threw cold water on the possibility that advertisements are coming to NHL jerseys sooner than later. It might be inevitable because of the money available, Bettman conceded, but the league isn’t in any rush.
“We’ll watch what’s going on with other sports and the magnitude of the opportunity,” Bettman said. “But it’s not something that we’re focused on right now because, frankly, I think we’ve got the best uniforms in all of sports. I think this is one of those where we’re never going to be an initiator.
from Stu Hackel at The Hockey News,
When the league’s GM’s meet on Tuesday, the Coach’s Challenge is supposedly an agenda item again, as it has been periodically since Florida GM Dale Tallon proposed it 2010.
But predicting what might happen is a fool’s errand. In the winter of 2013, it seemed the managers favored implementing a challenge but nothing came of it. Six months later, the GMs actually approved expanding video review to be sure all four-minute high sticking penalties were correctly called. Mysteriously, NHL Hockey Ops never implemented it.
Once upon a time, the NHL’s video remedies to get the call right was the sports industry standard. Now,they’ve fallen behind, the league having resisted any expansion, including the Coach’s Challenge. After last March’s manager’s meeting, Coyotes GM Don Maloney summarized a few of the reasons why. “We all have sat there through goals being reviewed and how long it takes,” Maloney said. “We’re really concerned about taking the game away from the on-ice officials and taking it up to big brother and having the game regulated from above, and nobody wants that, including big brother.”
more with numerous video examples of why there should be a coach's challenge...
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The NHL’s “cap recapture” bothered me, which is why I sat down with NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly in New York last Monday, to have him explain why this concept is kosher.
Cap recapture is a punishment clause jammed into the 2013 NHL/NHLPA collective bargaining agreement. Basically, teams that operated under the rules of the 2005 CBA are punished in the new CBA for what was an otherwise legal activity — back-diving a contract.
Wild fans might one day become all too familiar with this. If Zach Parise and/or Ryan Suter retire before their contracts expire in 2025, the Wild is in trouble.
Let’s say one retired in 2020: The team would be charged a $3.938 million salary cap penalty in each of the next five seasons. Let’s say the other retired in 2021: The Wild would be charged a $5.038 million cap penalty in each of the next four seasons. It gets much higher in 2022-25.
There are several scenarios (even if traded) that force teams to pay back the cap advantage they received if a player with this type of contract retires prematurely (see www.capgeek.com). It affects about 20 players.
continued plus more hockey topics...
“I’m not at all surprised that there’s this spirited debate about fighting in the aftermath of [the McDavid incident],” he said. “Any time a player of that prominence is in a fight it raises the subject of whether the sport needs that.
“The way I see it, fighting in the NHL is silly. Almost all of the fights are staged and I still don’t know what they accomplish. It’s their designated fighter against your designated fighter. It can be embarrassing.
“When I played, fighting was meant to intimidate the other players. It was more of a message. I don’t think it serves that purpose anymore. If someone fights Matt Martin, John Tavares is not going to be intimidated...."
-Mike Bossy on the fighting issue. More from Bossy by Larry Brooks of the New York Post plus a look at the "snubbing" of Eric Lindros for the HHOF.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
A lot of debate about the cap after The New York Post’s Larry Brooks reported it may not go up. The league usually gives a preliminary estimate at the December Board of Governors meeting. Right now, it depends who you talk to. Some teams are pessimistic, while others are cautiously optimistic they’ll end up in the low 70s.
The biggest variable is the Canadian dollar, but, there are teams saying that, for the first time, they are uncertain what the NHLPA will do. Only once (2006) has the union failed to use its annual option that raises the salary cap by five per cent. The CBA also allowed for the new Rogers TV money to be applied in advance, but the players decided only half could be used, putting the ceiling at $69M, not $70M. How many teams needed that extra million?
Why only half? The players feel they are losing too much to escrow. That’s also why the NHLPA refuses to budge on cap relief for Slava Voynov while he is being paid; it doesn’t want that replacement counting against its 50 per cent. The league wants nothing outside the system, hence the stalemate. So, if you’re a team, you’re wondering, “Are the players worried enough about escrow that they won’t use all options to raise the cap? I’m not sure right now, but I’d better have a plan in case the answer is yes.”
much more including Vegas talk...
via CNN YouTube channel,
The NHL Commissioner talks gambling & a possible team in Las Vegas, plus the future of hockey, including at the Olympics.
And we get...
I'd rather listen to five minutes of this...
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
The NHL is counting on Nobel Prize winner Daniel McFadden to help fight a high-stakes lawsuit in which a group of hockey fans are trying to change the way NHL teams sell their broadcast rights.
McFadden won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2000 for his theories on how consumers are offered choices and how they make those choices.
In a lawsuit filed two years ago, some angry hockey fans claim NHL restrictions on broadcasting games violated U.S. anti-trust laws and were inappropriately driving up the cost of sports cable TV packages.
Since 1985, the NHL has prevented teams from selling their broadcast rights to most of their games outside of their local area.
from Alan Snel of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
MGM Resorts declined to comment Wednesday on the Maloofs’ efforts. AEG officials were unavailable for comment.
Bill Daly, the NHL deputy commissioner, was in Las Vegas recently to attend a sports lawyers meeting. He said he “took the opportunity to review progress on the arena. It was nothing more than that,” according to ESPN.com.
The New York Post reported Wednesday that the NHL had picked Maloofs-Foley as the owners for the Las Vegas expansion team, citing anonymous sources.
Foley denied that.
“We haven’t made any decisions on expansion yet, much less expansion to Las Vegas,” Foley told the Review-Journal. “We have not discussed or identified potential ownership groups publicly.”
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