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Key Dates This Week

via Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

Sunday, June 18: Protection lists approved, UFA/RFA interview period opens

At 10:00 a.m. ET, the league is expected to make each team’s protection lists public as Vegas begins the selection process. At this time, Vegas can begin negotiating with pending RFAs and UFAs left unprotected by their clubs. If the Golden Knights sign one of these players in this window, it will count as their selection off that team’s roster for the expansion draft.

Wednesday, June 21: Deadline for Vegas to submit its picks, roster unveiling

At 10:00 a.m. ET, the Vegas Golden Knights must submit their expansion draft picks to the NHL head office and the NHLPA. At this time, the team must also submit any Standard Player’s Contracts signed with unprotected RFAs and UFAs over the expansion draft process.

At 8:00 p.m. ET, the NHL Awards Show begins. The full list of picks made and contracts signed by Vegas will be unveiled throughout the show.

Thursday, June 22: Signing moratorium, trade/waiver freeze lifted

At 8:00 a.m. ET, the expansion draft process officially ends and business continues as usual. All teams may commence trading and the Golden Knights’ exclusive negotiating window with RFAs and UFAs ends. Buyouts may commence for all teams, with the window for those closing again on June 30.

Plus the NHL Entry Draft begins on Friday night with round 1 and the rest of the rounds will be on Saturday morning.

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Time To Clean Up The Game

from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The game needs to be cleaned up, and maybe it’s as simple as enforcing the rules as they’re written to stop the slashing, the running of goalies in their crease and infringing the circle on faceoffs.

There’s no question there has been more stick work as players struggle to keep the opposition closely guarded. The constant slashing was a problem all season. It’s actually pretty simple — use a two-hander on a player across his hands or break his stick in half with a slash and it’s off to the penalty box.

In some cases, it should be a double-minor, a major or even a match penalty and ejection for attempt to injure. Think Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau, who was slashed repeatedly by Minnesota and broke his finger in November, or Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby on Ottawa’s Marc Methot in March.

Same for running goalies. The rules state no contact with the goaltender when he’s in his crease. That’s why the crease exists. But how many times have we seen goalies knocked down, or, in the case of Carolina’s Eddie Lack, knocked out after a collision?

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says goaltender interference is a judgment call. NHL referees are supposed to be the best in the world. Why then can’t they exert proper judgment and determine an infraction was committed?

read on

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Saturday And Sunday Timeframe For The NHL Teams

Timeframe for today and Sunday.

from a post on Friday....

Saturday, June 17: Beginning of trade freeze, signing moratorium, deadline to submit protection lists

3:00 p.m. ET marks the beginning of a trade and waiver freeze that won’t be lifted until Thursday, the morning after Vegas’ picks are unveiled. Starting at this time, the 30 existing NHL teams will also not be allowed to sign or re-sign any players. The only exception here are the Golden Knights themselves, who can make trades with other teams, and begin negotiating with unprotected RFAs and UFAs on Sunday morning.

5:00 p.m. ET marks the deadline for teams to submit their expansion draft protections lists to the league office.

Sunday, June 18: Protection lists approved, UFA/RFA interview period opens

At 10:00 a.m. ET, the league is expected to make each team’s protection lists public as Vegas begins the selection process. At this time, Vegas can begin negotiating with pending RFAs and UFAs left unprotected by their clubs. If the Golden Knights sign one of these players in this window, it will count as their selection off that team’s roster for the expansion draft.

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Additional Information On The NHL Awards Show

NEW YORK (June 16, 2017) - 100 Greatest NHL Players honorees Wayne GretzkyMario LemieuxMarcel DionneBob GaineyTed LindsayMark Messier,Denis Potvin and Bernie Parent will be among the presenters for the 2017 NHL Awards™ and NHL Expansion Draft™ presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 21. In addition to presenting, the Hockey Hall of Famers - joined by fellow NHL100 honoree Grant Fuhr - will be recognized during a special segment in the event honoring the best hockey players in the world and top performances of the 2016-17 season, and featuring the reveal of the first members of the NHL’s 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights. Hosted by actor Joe Manganiello and featuring a performance by alt-rock band Arkells, NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live from T-Mobile Arena at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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Key Dates For The Next Six Days

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

Friday, June 16: Deadline for players to waive no-movement clause for expansion draft
Teams were required to ask any player with a no-movement clause to waive it for the expansion draft by Monday afternoon — you can find a full roundup of those requests here — but the players don’t have to give their answer until Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Friday also marks the deadline for any player to go on waivers prior to the expansion draft.

Saturday, June 17: Beginning of trade freeze, signing moratorium, deadline to submit protection lists

3:00 p.m. ET marks the beginning of a trade and waiver freeze that won’t be lifted until Thursday, the morning after Vegas’ picks are unveiled. Starting at this time, the 30 existing NHL teams will also not be allowed to sign or re-sign any players. The only exception here are the Golden Knights themselves, who can make trades with other teams, and begin negotiating with unprotected RFAs and UFAs on Sunday morning.

5:00 p.m. ET marks the deadline for teams to submit their expansion draft protections lists to the league office.

Sunday, June 18: Protection lists approved, UFA/RFA interview period opens

At 10:00 a.m. ET, the league is expected to make each team’s protection lists public as Vegas begins the selection process. At this time, Vegas can begin negotiating with pending RFAs and UFAs left unprotected by their clubs. If the Golden Knights sign one of these players in this window, it will count as their selection off that team’s roster for the expansion draft.

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NHL Draft Order All Rounds

NEW YORK (June 15, 2017) -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas at United Center in Chicago. The first round will take place on Friday, June 23 (7 p.m., ET/6 p.m., CT, NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVAS) and the subsequent rounds (2 through 7) on Saturday, June 24 (10 a.m., ET/9 a.m., CT, NHL Network, Sportsnet).

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Afternoon Line- Ken Campbell On Video Reviews

The more I see of video review in the NHL, the more I believe it’s a boondoggle. There should be video review for one thing and one thing only. And that is whether or not the puck fully crossed the goal line. This is a game played and officiated by human beings who sometimes make mistakes.

-Ken Campbell of The Hockiey News where you can read more on this topic plus other observations from the SCF.

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Salary Cap Talk

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The expectation, affirmed in conversations within the past three days by essentially everyone on the NHL players’ side of the aisle, is that the union will decline to trigger the escalator for next season, thus creating a flat salary cap right around the current $73 million for 2017-18.

Well, not exactly. The NHLPA is not going to create the flat cap. The NHL will have done that by generating essentially no revenue growth over the past year. The players are picking their poison, choosing to go with a flat cap that restricts choices for free agents rather than creating a scenario under which escrow losses escalate.

We are told by individuals who traditionally have advocated pumping the maximum amount of dollars into the system that the infusion of dollars generated by the addition of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights has altered the equation for at least this time around.

Flatlining league revenue is one of the issues at the forefront of concern for a significant number of players and player agents that likely will lead to the installment of Chris Chelios, a hardliner from way back, as an ombudsman to the NHLPA as the union begins its preparation for the collective bargaining agreement negotiations that likely are on the 2019-20 horizon.

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Hockey Topics Of Interest

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- If you have been watching this season on broadcast, cable, or satellite TV, chances are good you can remember Led Zeppelin on the radio and “Jaws” on the movie screen. According to data compiled by research firm Magna Global for SportsBusiness Journal, the median age of NHL viewers in 2016 was 49. This is up from 42 in 2006, and 33 in 2000.

Among 16 sports, the NHL’s 16-year rise in median age between 2000 and 2016 is the second-largest after pro wrestling (26 years). In comparison, the NFL rose from 44 to 50 over the same period.

Industrywide, TV, not just in sports, is experiencing a decline. Customers are cutting the cable cord. Streaming is widely available. DVRs allow for viewing at any time with no need to watch commercials.

Magna Global’s data, however, doesn’t necessarily indicate that young viewers are turning away from hockey....

- Hockey’s competition committee, led by NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell and NHLPA special assistant to the executive director Mathieu Schneider, features heavy hitters. The players include David Backes, Mike Cammalleri, Cory Schneider, and Daniel Winnik. Peter Chiarelli, Jim Nill, David Poile, and Doug Wilson represent the GMs. Coaches Ken Hitchcock and Barry Trotz participated in the committee’s latest recommendations, although they were not voters.

Maybe that’s part of the problem.

These are indisputable insiders. They have spent their lives in the sport. They are not creative, outside-the-box thinkers when it comes to improving the game....

more on each of the above topics plus other hockey notes...

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A Different Kind Of Year

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Some time before Wednesday, the 2016-17 NHL season will finally come to a close, likely with the Pittsburgh Penguins as the winners of the final game for the second straight year. Nashville, naturally, swears that’s a premature conclusion to reach, and indeed a two-game winning streak for the Predators is hardly impossible. So we’ll see.

The lasting imprint of the ’16-17 campaign, however, will extend beyond the winner of the clash between two clubs that nearly moved to Hamilton. It was hardly a tumultuous campaign, or a controversial one, aside from the silly video reviews of offside calls we apparently are going to be stuck with for the foreseeable future.

Once the Bettman administration digs its heels in on an issue, it is not easily moved.

There are four areas of noteworthy change, however, that are worth remembering, areas that will continue to influence the league for years to come:

  • This was the year the NHL season truly became unofficially split in two; you have the regular-season champion, and then the winner of the post-season tournament, the team that’s awarded the Stanley Cup.

Once upon a time, they were, if not one in the same, clearly linked. Several teams would establish themselves as the cream of the crop from October to April, and then one would emerge as the Cup winner.

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