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from Dan Rosen of NHL. com,
The NHL and Major League Baseball Advanced Media unveiled details for three redesigned digital platforms on Monday aimed at giving hockey fans a better user experience on all devices.
The redesigned NHL.com, NHL app and NHL.tv (a rebrand of NHL GameCenter Live) are scheduled to launch this weekend.
The announcement Monday came 175 days after the NHL and MLBAM announced their digital rights deal, which began with the redesign and relaunch of NHL Network prior to the start of the season.
"These platforms are going to give us the ability to provide more and more content to the hockey fans, and it's also going to make it more user friendly," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We couldn't be more excited and, perhaps more importantly, more pleased with the start this relationship [between the NHL and MLBAM] has gotten off to."
Just six more sleeps until the NHL All-Star Game, and if you’re not excited about a three-on-three tournament in Nashville with Dierks Bentley as a celebrity coach then, brother, you’re not living.
-Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on some serious hockey topics...
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Little word has leaked out from last week’s NHL executive committee meeting in New York, but deputy commissioner Bill Daly said via email Monday that “work remains ongoing” in the expansion process. Daly refuted a report in Sunday’s Seattle Times that the 10-member executive committee “recently shelved expansion decisions until March, maybe April,” citing concerns about the Canadian dollar. The NHL has reiterated over and over again that Seattle - which still has done nothing to bring their arena situation into focus - is not part of this expansion process, despite claims the league is stalling to wait and see what develops there.
Jaromir Jagr is $1.5 million richer after playing his 45th game of the season on Saturday, triggering a games-played bonus in his contract. That brings his guaranteed salary for 2015-16 to a total of $5 million and his career earnings north of $130 million. He can earn an additional $200,000 this season for hitting set point plateaus and $205,000 if the Panthers win two playoff rounds - the latter of which seems infinitely more possible now than it did when he signed the deal last April. Florida romped on both of last year’s Stanley Cup finalists by a combined score of 9-2 on back-to-back nights over the weekend. Contract talks have not begun yet between Jagr and the Panthers on an extension. Jagr, who turns 44 in three weeks, told reporters Saturday that he plans to attend this week’s All-Star festivities in Nashville. Whether he plays in the actual All-Star Game remains to be seen, amid speculation that Jagr preferred to bow out.
NEW YORK (January 25, 2016) – The National Hockey League today announced the details of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey’s top talent on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.
from Dave Hodge of TSN,
It may be another five weeks before we find out where Steven Stamkos will be on March 1st. Those five weeks can also be described as 35 dog days, each one filled with countless trade rumours that amount to nothing.
More than 200 games will be played, but they don’t matter nearly as much as the games that will follow, the ones that feature the rosters that will exist come playoff time, when the games really matter.
Tampa Bay fans bide their time these days thinking of another run to the Stanley Cup final, and then they splash cold water on their faces and realize that may not be possible without Stamkos. If he’s leaving via trade, they’d prefer to know that this month, so they and the Lightning can adjust and move on from a drama that won’t be dramatic until somebody says or does something. If Stamkos is destined to finish the season in Tampa without a new contract, let the fans know that so they can deal with it and at least hope their favourite captain has a Stanley Cup ring to take with him when he goes in July. And if there’s a way to keep Stamkos in Tampa, let the fans read the contract details soon so they can rejoice and dry their faces and think seriously about Stanley Cup possibilities, for many years.
Waiting too long to get to the heart of the hockey season isn’t just about the Lightning and Stamkos. It’s about Winnipeg and Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd, St. Louis and David Backes, Carolina and Eric Staal, New York (Rangers) and Keith Yandle, New York (Islanders) and Kyle Okposo, and the list can be made much longer.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- The Department of Player Safety has become the NHL’s Fail Safe Operation, as six of the past eight suspensions and eight of 15 overall levied by the league this year have been assessed for plays on which no penalties were called by the game referees. And major penalties were assessed in only four of the incidents.
Perhaps the Board of Governors could ask Stephen Walkom for an explanation before giving the league’s VP of Officiating a standing ovation next time.
-So it seems as if Rough Rider Paul MacLean wasn’t the problem any more than original Devil Dave Cameron is the solution to the deteriorating and toxic situation in Ottawa.
Apparently the Senators don’t have quite enough Hamburglar Helpers.
- The question isn’t whether the Jackets are seeking to deal Fedor Tyutin, it is whether ownership will eat half of the $9 million remaining on the former Rangers defenseman’s contract over the next two years in order to get it done.
read on for more including time to put an end to fighting...
NEW YORK (Jan. 21, 2016) – NHL fans and country music stars Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Charles Kelley and Chris Young will serve as celebrity coaches for the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday, Jan. 31, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game will broadcast live at 5 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. CT on NBCSN, CBC and TVA Sports.
Bentley, Gill, Kelley and Young will join NHL head coaches Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers, Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars, Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings and Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals behind the bench.
As part of the new format for the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game, the All-Stars will take part in a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, and featuring teams representing each NHL division.
The 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star celebration marks the first time the city of Nashville and the Predators have hosted the NHL All-Star festivities. NHL Network™ and NHL.comwill provide comprehensive coverage of the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star festivities. Follow the NHL on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (‘nhl’) and join the conversation via the official hashtags #NHLAllStar and #NHLFanFair.
from Rob Oiler of the Columbus Dispatch,
The NBA benefits from the marketing power of LeBron James, while Rob Gronkowski brings appreciated levity to the super-serious NFL. The NHL would profit from having similar high-profile athletes.
This is more lament than lecture. More sigh than solution. One cannot simply wave a wand and create the next Gordie Howe or Chris Chelios. That said, with the All-Star game coming up, it would be nice to see a few more familiar names with big personalities among the NHL talent.
Or maybe they’re out there and we just don’t know it? That is the case presented by former NHL players-turned-broadcasters Ray Ferraro and Eddie Olczyk, who mentioned Patrick Kane and the hirsute Brent Burns as players who should be attracting more attention.
“Brent Burns is an absolute character in San Jose,” Ferraro said. “If he were in New York people would go crazy over him.”
Olczyk is enamored with Kane, describing him as “a superstar who is an American kid.”
Then there is Connor McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 draft who was attracting attention before breaking a collarbone on Nov. 3.
from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
The NHL continues to proceed cautiously on expansion as the league's 10-member executive committee met Wednesday in New York to discuss what to do next.
Las Vegas and Quebec City have formally applied to join the 30-team NHL. But there was nothing forthcoming from the meeting to indicate the NHL is any closer to making a decision. The fee to join is expected to be $500 million per team.
A source with knowledge of the meeting who wished to remain anonymous said that while both bids were discussed, no decisions were made and the process will continue. That was pretty much what Bill Foley, the billionaire businessman who is heading Las Vegas' bid, thought would happen.
"I would say it's expected news," said Foley, who was not invited to the meeting at the NHL's Manhattan office. "We didn't think any decisions were going to be made."
Foley said a final decision is still a couple of months away. The Board of Governors will meet at next week's NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, Tenn., and will be brought up to speed by the executive committee, which is chaired by Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs.
"I think it will be March or April, and then we can start putting one foot in front of another," said Foley, adding that he doesn't plan to attend the All-Star Game.
Foley sensed that the owners are struggling to find a solution for a potential expansion draft. The NHL Players Association said it expects the owners to honor the contract of any player that has a "no move" clause and not subject that player to expansion.
Scott Morrison takes an in depth look at the NHL changing the overtime rules to three-on-three and the perception from the players and front office personnel.
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