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Some of the top players in the NHL Draft went on a tour of Philadelphia...
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
Again, this is 2014. Clarence Campbell isn’t running the league, the Norris family no longer controls more than one team, yet when it comes to the Hall of Fame, we’re still operating under a set of circumstances more suited to a Cold War mentality than the actual era in which the NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame operates.
Oh, yes, and along those lines, another year with no women inducted. You’d think after snubbing the female game for years and years, the Hall would be in a catchup mode.
Nope. Were any women even nominated by a group that is totally comprised by men?
Only they know. And they are sworn to secrecy.
2014 NHL AWARDS
The 2014 NHL Awards take place tonight live from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas (4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET). The show will be broadcast on NBCSN in the U.S. and CBC in Canada.
Red carpet arrivals for the 2014 NHL Awards will begin at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET. NHL Network will provide extensive live coverage from the red carpet, including interviews with finalists, presenters and performers.
from Craig Huber of Fox5 (Las Vegas),
"Obviously there's a lot of entertainment things in this town, and hockey would be a great addition, of course," New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore said.
"I think it'd be great. Any time you can expand the game and add more teams and just kind of grow the game across the country, that always helps. There's tons of kids people growing up in warm states, cold states - doesn't matter - they all love hockey," Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny Dekeyser said.
Hall of Fame inductee Ted Lindsay, who will hand out the award that bears his name, is confident the game would consistently draw a crowd in Las Vegas.
"It's the greatest game in the world - let's start there. What I say is if you've got enough people, if you've got 18,000 to 20,000 people to show up for the greatest game in the world, then yes, Las Vegas is the right place," Lindsay said.
Ryan Getzlaf, who captains the Anaheim Ducks, has benefited from the spoils of a team located in a non-traditional market.
"That would make for an interesting road trip," Getzlaf said. "It would be a tough building to play in, I'll give you that. Where we are, it's a hot climate. Much the same as this [Las Vegas], there's much to compete with and we survive where we are."
Below, watch Gary Bettman and a few more players discussing Las Vegas as a hockey city....
Official Hockey Hall of Fame press release is below...
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants at the Star Tribune,
The NHL has implemented a significant change from last year regarding the free-agent interview period that begins next Wednesday.
In a memo sent yesterday to all teams and subsequently forwarded by the NHL Players’ Association to all agents, the league will now allow clubs and agents to discuss general parameters of a potential contract for a pending restricted and unrestricted free agent....
In the June 18 memo (read over the phone to me by an agent), the league states, “After discussions with a number of general managers, we have revised and hopefully clarified with regard to last summer the permissible parameters of player contract and communication during the applicable interview periods.
“Please be advised that clubs are permitted to discuss the potential interest in as well as general parameters of a potential future contractual relationship with another club’s pending RFA or UFA during the applicable interview periods. The clubs may not enter any agreements or make any binding offers, promises, … oral or written concerning the terms of a potential SPC (standard players contract) with another club’s pending RFA or UFA.”
NEW YORK (June 19, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2014 NHL Draft, June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 27 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and TSN and RDS in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET. Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 10 a.m., ET, with NHL Network providing live coverage to viewers throughout North America.
Visit NHL.com/draft for comprehensive Draft coverage, including prospect profiles, scouting reports, rankings and video.
While social media and universal web access has taken the discourse to an inclusive realm, it has created an obsessive and pathologically invested fanbase and a media that stretches itself thin to fulfill the 24-hour new cycle. Take a breath folks. Go outside. Do something extraordinary. Expand your horizons. Go love up on a Bruins fan. Take a day at the beach. Spend a week without checking hockeydb.com or capgeek.com. Leave the sport alone for a few minutes. It'll still be there when you get back.
-Mike Spry of BarDown where you can read more on this topic.
I really wish I could.
NEW YORK (June 18, 2014) – Current and former NHL stars, including members of the 2014 Stanley Cup® champion Los Angeles Kings, headline the lineup of presenters, nominees and special guests for the 2014 NHL Awards™, the National Hockey League’s celebration of the best of the 2013-14 season, on and off the ice. Hosted by renowned television and radio broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos, the 2014 NHL Awards will broadcast live from the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC in Canada.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
NHL teams have been told to expect the upper limit of the salary cap to be set around $70 million for next season — the final accounting is still being completed — and maintaining as much payroll flexibility as possible under that threshold is imperative.
Any money removed by buyouts or expiring contracts will soon be replaced by new deals, with negotiations in full swing on a number of fronts. While July 1 remains the date that unrestricted free agents can sign with other teams, players in that situation are allowed to start interviewing with potential suitors on June 25.
This is a new wrinkle in the CBA that saw a two-day trial run at the end of last year’s lockout-shortened season, with David Clarkson among the few who visited multiple cities across the continent to field pitches. That won’t be necessary this time around since the interview period opens before the June 27-28 draft, which leaves UFA’s the chance to meet teams in Philadelphia, although some may still choose to go directly to the places where they might potentially end up playing.
It is a relatively weak free-agent class — headlined by Marian Gaborik, Paul Stastny and Thomas Vanek — so most teams looking for upgrades will have to explore other avenues as well.
In speaking with general managers after their meeting in New York last week, the general opinion seemed to be that a busy trading period around the draft awaits. There are certainly big names (and big contracts) available. However, as a word of caution, we have heard this type of talk before and then had the realities of the salary cap limit movement.
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