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Allow NHL Contract To Be Restructured?

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

It took all summer and into the first day of training camp for the Bruins and David Pastrnak to settle their disagreement. Flexibility may have saved both sides time and anxiety.

Under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, which expires on Sept. 15, 2022, players on their entry-level contracts, such as Pastrnak was through 2017, cannot earn more than $925,000 annually in base salary.

One season of data is enough evidence that Auston Matthews is a prodigy. But the 2016 first overall pick cannot start earning what he deserves until his fourth NHL season. By then, the center coming off a 40-29—69 rookie season could be chasing Connor McDavid’s $12.5 million annual threshold.

A possible solution is to eliminate some of the rigidity in the CBA. It would allow players and teams to take erasers to contracts that are currently written in permanent marker.

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Ease Up Boys

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What’s Next For The NHL And China?

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

If you’re going to go to China, commit to it. Don’t be half-baked. Don’t expect six days in September to suffice as “growing the game.” Do it, and do it well. And do it beyond 2022. Don’t disappear after the Olympics. If this market is as fertile as many suggest, it means continuing to play games, and create awareness for years — YEARS — to come.

All to often we have seen enthusiastic plans followed by corporate apathy.

That can’t happen this time.


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Morning Line- Travis Green

"The responsibility once we leave is, how do we get kids on the ice? How do we get kids playing hockey and falling in love with the game the way it is in North America? It's a great game. It's a fast game, competitive. I think it's a great sport to watch, especially live in person.

"Hopefully we can get people to fall in love with it in China, and the next time we come over there's more people playing the game."

-Travis Green, head coach of the Vancouver Canucks.  Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com has more on the future of hockey in China.

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Your 2018 All-Star Game Logo

NEW YORK (Sept. 22, 2017) – Tampa Bay Lightning fans were the first to catch a glimpse of the awaited logo for the upcoming 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at tonight’s preseason game against the Nashville Predators. The League’s mid-season showcase will take place at AMALIE Arena on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28 and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the Honda NHL® All-Star Game, respectively.


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Video- Retired Ref Paul Devorski Helps The Winnipeg Jets To Become More Disciplined

Not a bad idea at all.


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Shane Doan Could Join The NHL’s Hockey Operations Department

from TSN,

Shane Doan could be headed for a role in the NHL's front office.

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reported Thursday Doan has been in contact with the league regarding a position in the hockey operations department.

Doan retired after 21 NHL seasons  in July when he failed to land a contract in free agency. He spent his entire career with the Arizona Coyotes franchise.

LeBrun reports Doan's role, if negotiations go well, would fall under Colin Campbell, the NHL's director of hockey operations.


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A Yawner In China

from Nathan VanderKlippe of the Globe and Mail,

When the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings showed up at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai for a practice earlier this week, they found an ice sheet shrouded in fog, as cold air inside the arena mixed with the city's humid air to create a scene a few wry fans likened to a horror movie.

By Thursday night, the mist had been vanquished by 25 specially installed dehumidifiers. But as players lined up for the Chinese national anthem, the NHL's Shanghai problems weren't quite over. This time, they came from the stands, where several yawning sections of empty seats looked down on a 5-2 Kings win.

"Personally, I think the NHL blew it," said Phil Esposito, the hockey legend who has become a kind of unofficial ambassador for the game in China.

"You have got to promote. This game tonight – I looked in the papers," he said in an interview before play began. "There wasn't a goddamn word about it. Not one word."


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Stephen Walkom On The Slashing Calls

from Mike Sawatzky of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The NHL’s crackdown on slashing isn’t even a week old, but the league’s director of officiating believes the tougher approach is already having the desired effect.

"It’s early, but so far there’s a real buy-in," Stephen Walkom said over the phone Thursday morning. "Even the players on the competition committee were concerned about this area.

"I think (the referees are) applying the standard we want them to apply, relative to the hacking and whacking around the hands. And I’m already seeing player conformance and a lot of players haven’t even played two games yet. The players seem to be adapting and thinking out there, but old habits die hard."...

The safety issue is real. Most fans can remember a slash from Minnesota’s Eric Staal breaking Johnny Gaudreau’s finger, sidelining the Calgary Flames star for 10 games last season, or Sidney Crosby’s slash in which the Pittsburgh Penguins captain nearly severed the pinky finger of Ottawa Senators defenceman Marc Methot.

"I would think those two incidents were the tipping point," Walkom said. "It was something that had slowly crept into the game since the restart in ’05-06, when players weren’t allowed to hook anymore. They started to walk that line of tapping and reaching out to touch someone. Playing the same way but not hooking the guy and over time, not that they weren’t calling slashing penalties, but players were getting the benefit of the doubt when it was around the hands.

"It got to the point where players took advantage of that grey area in the game."


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The “First Step” In China

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The kids skated out in full uniform and lined up in the corners. Two days ago, they mobbed the Los Angeles Kings for autographs after practice and learned from some of their alumni at a hockey clinic. Now they greeted the Kings and Vancouver Canucks before the first NHL game ever played in their country.

They slapped gloves with the players as they came out, lined up on the blue lines with them for the Chinese national anthem, then took off their skates and helmets and headed up to the third level of Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Still in full uniform, waving rally towels, taking pictures with their smartphones, sitting on the edges of their seats, they watched the Kings' 5-2 preseason win Thursday in the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging. Until now, they had never seen an NHL game live, never experienced the skill, the speed, the size.

"They skate one step," said Marco Huo, 8, "and for me, I have to skate five steps."

This was a first step for the NHL.


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