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The Maloofs have met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and have for months looked into buying a hockey franchise, with Las Vegas among the possible destinations. Their interests also have expanded and included opportunities in Major League Baseball.
- Ailene Voisin (via sources) of the Sacremento Bee. More on the Maloof brothers.
Brendan Shanahan explains why no supplemental discipline was handed out on these types of hits.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
This might be hard to hear, but here goes: Gary Bettman was right. The commissioner of the National Hockey League knew what he was doing as he weighed the risks and rewards during the lockout. In reality, the risks were never that great. The rewards already are.
Bettman made a calculated business decision. He sacrificed a few months and ticked off a lot of people, but he secured a better labor agreement for the owners and could count on the fans and sponsors to come back, based on history and cold, hard data.
By salvaging a 48-game regular season, Bettman set up the NHL to rebound immediately. The league returned for the time of year when it always draws the most attention and generates the most revenue, anyway, and it amped up the competition with a compressed, every-game-matters sprint to the playoffs.
For all the loud protests and dire predictions, the fans haven’t seemed angry or apathetic. They have seemed eager and engaged. Just 2-1/2 months after the NHL got back to business, business is booming, and the league is looking at ways to goose growth to record levels in the future.
The 8th in a series of educational videos designed to help players and fans better understand how specific incidents and infractions are viewed and evaluated.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
NHL COO John Collins said the league is in high level discussions with the NHL's Board of Governors, interested teams and the NHLPA about expanding the U.S. outdoor game schedule beyond the Winter Classic as soon as next season. In 2011, the league hosted both the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic, but the Heritage has traditionally been between two Canadian teams.
"It's not necessarily a new conversation," Collins said on Sunday. "We've been looking at this and talking about it for a while. I think now, we're looking at it real hard."
The motivation for more American outdoor games is simple. The Winter Classic is a huge success each year for the NHL in driving interest and revenue for the game. There's no shortage of interested cities in hosting the game and Collins said expanding the outdoor idea is an opportunity for the league to get an outdoor game in markets that might not work nationally for the Winter Classic game and also for markets that recently hosted the game, opening up the possibility of a quicker return of outdoor hockey to cities like Boston, Chicago and Pittsburgh.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The October 2013 travelogue will feature spots such as Winnipeg, Buffalo and Newark rather than Prague, Stockholm and Helsinki.
That is because the realigned NHL will premier next season without Premiere Games in Europe, Slap Shots has been told.
The future of the Premiere Games — which opened five straight NHL seasons before being wiped off the map by the lockout — will become part of the broader conversation between the league and the union regarding a comprehensive international program.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email that the league intends to have “planning discussions with the NHLPA in the near future.”
Who knows, maybe they will play some games in Europe sometime other than at the opening of the NHL season.
The Hotstove talk was a lot of Luongo talk and also some talk regarding the NHL and Sochi.
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
The issue, surely, is not so much the size of the goalie equipment, but the size of the goalies.
At the March 20 meeting of NHL general managers in Toronto, much was made of the size of goaltending equipment and what measures might be done to harness in the outrageous padding and jerseys that turn a stick-man like Buffalo’s Ryan Miller into a Euclid truck.
Shrink the trapper, some say. Slice the pads in half. Ban the spinnaker jersey. Mike Murphy, NHL vice-president of hockey operations, has even suggested increasing the height of the net by six inches to open up more “roofing” space, whatever it takes to up the scoring.
“I know the traditionalists will say it will alter all the records,” Murphy told a Toronto newspaper, “but if it makes the game more entertaining, isn’t that enough of a tradeoff?”
Darren Dreger of TSN conducts a sit down with Brendan Shanahan to discuss player safety.
It's a short video, under 5 minutes but worth a view just to watch why Shanahan once drove 3 1/2 hours to hear two words.
It's pretty clear that either Brendan Shanahan is either over-matched for the job or that his idiosyncratic and utterly arbitrary approach is producing massive confusion everywhere.
It wasn't just the stupifying Rick Nash decision from last week, although that was a beaut, another case in which by trying to logically explain a bad decision to a favoured few Shanahan ties himself in knots and ends up explaining nothing.
It was also, however, the decision not to give Ryan Clowe the automatic 10 games for leaving the bench to start a fight. It goes back to Shea Weber's turn-buckle move on Henrik Zetterberg in the first round last year, and Duncan Keith's hit on Daniel Sedin, and then the super-sized suspension to Raffi Torres.
-Damien Cox of the Spin, where you can read more on this and other hockey topics.
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