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Last night Chris Johnston of Sportsnet posted this on Ashton...
The use of Clenbuterol cost Alberto Contador a Tour de France title and Guillermo Mota the chance to win a second World Series with the San Francisco Giants.
Now it might keep Carter Ashton from continuing his NHL career.
Officially, the Toronto Maple Leafs winger was hit with a 20-game suspension for a positive test of the banned substance, but the ultimate penalty will likely end up being quite a bit steeper than that.
Fairly or not, Ashton is now going to be labelled as a user of performance-enhancing drugs. That the 23-year-old claims he accidentally ingested the fat-burning stimulant through a friend’s asthma inhaler won’t change much in the court of public opinion.
The Situation Room in Toronto has no control of plays like this since the referee ruled incidental contact of the goalie.
Agree or disagree, the final say on a play like this should be made by the Situation Room where they have access to replays like this.
If the NHL wants to get as many calls right as possible, things have to change. We are seeing these types of calls on a nightly basis.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Is it finally time to re-name the NHL's major awards?
Several years ago this subject was first broached by NHL executive vice president Colin Campbell, the idea of renaming some of the major awards after more modern-day hockey icons.
It didn’t generate enough support at the time within the league’s top power brokers. But when asked about it again by ESPN.com this week, Campbell said that he’s open to discussing it again, especially keeping in mind that the league’s 100-year anniversary is around the corner.
He has not yet broached it with the commissioner’s office or the NHL’s Board of Governors, but he’s discussed it within his own staff.
"It’s something I’ve been passionate about for a long time," Campbell said.
Whether or not it goes anywhere, well that remains to be seen.
continued plus other topics include Player Safety candidates and paying the coaches...
Me, keep the names of the trophies, change the names of the divisions.
Regarding the Player Safety candidates, my question is why didn't the NHL do this in the off-season? To me they should have had everyone in position before the season started.
If you missed the news earlier, start here and I agree with Westhead and I did not even include the "jersey ads" in the main story since I felt Collins was talking in general terms.
Yet it has become a hot topic of the day elsewhere.
from Ian Thomas of SportsBusiness Daily,
The NHL has ridden a wave of momentum in recent years, taking revenue from $2.2B in '06 to approximately $4B now. In a one-on-one interview during Day 1 of the ’14 NeuLion Sports Media & Technology Conference, NHL COO John Collins outlined some of the successes that brought the league to this point, and talked about what will continue to drive the league forward....
WORLD CUP: The league is still moving forward with its plan to host a World Cup of Hockey. Collins said the current plan is to feature eight national teams at a single destination in a 16- or 17-game tournament that will span a couple of weeks with no qualifying games. Previous versions of the tournament, held in '96 and '04, were played in a variety of venues around the world. The tournament would likely be held in September and feature a best two-out-of-three final, Collins said. The league, along with the NHLPA, would own the tournament and could sell the rights to a broadcasting partner.
CONFLICT WITH OLYMPICS: Commenting on the revenue that might be realized from a World Cup of Hockey, Collins said the key difference between that event and the Olympics is that the World Cup would be “our IP, and the Olympics isn’t.” Collins said the league has not always received “full value” from having its players participate in the Olympics, as having the NHL “go dark” during the Games is a problem. Collins noted that the timing of the Olympics also presents a problem for its rights holders. Games played in some time zones, such as during the '10 Vancouver Games, can be shown in primetime, However, at other Olympics, like the '18 Pyeongchang Games, “a game being shown at 4 a.m. isn’t good.”
from Sports Illustrared wire service,
The NHL is testing virtual advertising technology on dasherboards, Sports Business Daily reports.
Seventeen teams already use virtual advertising above the dasherboards in broadcasts, but the league is exploring options to expand the technology to create “dynamic dasherboards.”
The new digital billboard replacement, which is being tested by European company Supponor, would allow for broadcasters to sell dasherboard inventory even when a team is playing at an away venue.
The in-venue signage would also generate more revenue, though problems arise when deciding how to split it (the $$$).
from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,
Today, the NHL draft lasts for a quick and tidy seven rounds. Through much of the 1980s, it lasted for 12. But for most of the 1970s, the draft lasted … well, pretty much as long as the teams wanted it to. Back then, there was no set number of rounds; teams could keep picking players until they chose to pass. Once every team had passed, they were all allowed to hang up and go home.
Some teams took this as an opportunity to add a handful of prospects who their scouts liked. Others saw it as a chance to draft everybody. It wasn’t unusual for the number of rounds to drift well into the late teens, often with just a few teams still participating. You know that guy in the front row who keeps putting his hand up even though everyone else has already packed away their stuff and just wants to go home? He was an NHL GM in the 1970s.
The most extreme example of this phenomenon came in 1974. The league featured 18 teams, all of which stuck around for the first seven rounds. That’s when teams started to pass. By Round 12, a dozen teams were left. By Round 14, it was down to eight. After 15 rounds, all but five were done.
McIndoe also brings up the Wheel (picture here) the NHL used to spin for the draft order...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Up until (John) Scott went predictably postal, the NHL had played 105 exhibition games and 119 regular-season games without a suspension for supplementary discipline, the longest stretch in the player-safety-department era.
Consider that last year there were seven suspensions in the exhibition season alone (totalling 38 games) and nine more for another 42 games up to and including Nov. 1. Some of the offences were particularly memorable and egregious.
Scott, for example, received seven games for a brutal elbow to the head of the Boston Bruins’ Loui Eriksson; the Buffalo Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta got 10 for a dangerous hit to the head of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Jack Johnson. It was nasty stuff – and didn’t even include a trio of five-game sentences handed out to Maxim Lapierre for boarding Dan Boyle, Ryan Garbutt for charging Dustin Penner and Cody McLeod for boarding Niklas Kronwall. None of those was pretty either.
In short, a year-over-year comparison shows that suspensions are way down – 16 handed out by Nov. 1 of last year compared to just three this year (to Scott, the New York Rangers’ John Moore and the Vancouver Canucks’ Alex Burrows). Of course, there have been three more since the start of the month – Ference, plus two games for the Los Angeles Kings’ Jordan Nolan and four for the Nashville Predators’ Anton Volchenkov.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
There is a collection of "hammers" forming atop the DPS, but couldn’t they use some perspective from a few former "nails" like a Paul Kariya or a Dean McAmmond, another Pronger victim. Brian Leetch used to be part of the DPS equation, but has since moved on. Pat Lafontaine has a working role with the NHL and is consulted, but he is closer to deputy commissioner Bill Daly’s department than Quintal’s.
The issue that many of us have with the DPS is that it always seems busier protecting the rights of the perpetrators than the victims (same with the NHLPA, which defends the rights of the hitter far more vociferously than the victim, in our opinion). Like, who exactly is protecting the Daniel Sedins, these days?
"I don’t know," Daniel admits.
Cross the dressing room to Kevin Bieksa’s stall, and you get a perspective that fairly represents the vast majority of those non-Sedin types.
"You see all of Scott Stevens’ highlight-reel hits. Today they’d all be five- or 10-game suspensions. But, that’s the way the game was played back then," begins Bieksa, who has never been suspended. "I think you want those guys in those positions. If you had people who’d never played the game, or skill guys who never really walked the line in those capacities, maybe we’d question whether or not they had the experience for it? The mind for it?"
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