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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.
Everyone is sending their congratulations to the LA Kings for their much deserved Stanley Cup win. Writing up the story that is Justin Williams winning the Conn Smythe Trophy for being the 2014 NHL Playoff MVP.
Justin Williams takes home the Conn Smythe Trophy, not to mention his third Stanley Cup. Unreal.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 14, 2014
All is great, all is deserved, all is heartbreaking at the other end of the rink as the New York Rangers watch their Stanley Cup dreams come to an end for this season.
This 2014 Stanley Cup Final series mark the first time a Norwegian-born player has laced up the skated for a shot at hoisting the Stanley Cup. Though The New York Rangers are down 3-1 in the series heading into tonight's Game 5 in Los Angeles he should be in the talks along with Henrik Lundqvist for Conn Smythe should the Rangers dig out of the hole and win Lord Stanley's Cup.
“I think with the diving, with the embellishment, I think it really detracts from the game. The players that were on the competition committee felt the same way. There’s really strong sentiment from both sides to do something about it.”
“I think they’re incumbent upon us to put in place. It’s not about really embarrassing the player, it’s about making it a better game.”
“It can become a bit of an epidemic. We want to make sure that it’s something that we can make the players know who’s doing it and I think they’d feel guilty about it.”
-Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. Read more from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe plus other topics too.
from A.J. Perez of NJ.com,
The issues of what can be challenged and other complexities regarding replay reviews were discussed in length by the NHL's general managers at their meeting at a Manhattan hotel on Wednesday. The overwhelming sense is that coach's challenges will be a part of the game -- eventually.
"I like the idea of getting it right," new Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. "That's what we always try to do. To get it right, we have to get it right. That's why we need to take our time doing it."
Rutherford said he doesn't expect the system to be approved in time for next season and the league would likely use the 2014-15 test how the system would work. Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney was a little more optimistic, saying that it was possible an agreement --- which would need the approval of the NHL Players Association and the league's owners --- could be reached before the start of next season.
Recapping some of the talk coming out the GM meeting which concluded about 25 minutes ago.
Changes will be made to the NHL draft lottery but not until after the draft next year (2015). It appears a coaches challenge will be allowed but again, not for the upcoming season.
Bryan Murray said a few teams have interest in Jason Spezza but Murray prefers to trade him to a team he won't be facing "every night".
GM Jim Rutherford in Pittsburgh has been approached with a few trade offers.
The Leafs will start making decisions on their UFAs after orginization meetings next week.
Thanks to many of the MSM who tweeted about the above information.
Surely strength is not the first word that comes to mind when describing the league’s historical relationship with big broadcasters. For years sports-TV pundits either teased the NHL or prayed for it. As it lost its relationship with ESPN — the sole entity possessing enough power to tell sports fans what to like and how to think, to dictate their tastes (such as they are) rather than follow them — hockey lost its footing in the sports mainstream. And ESPN seemed to bury the league out of spite. Lamentably, First Take will never take up Toews vs. Crosby, ESPN.com will never start a Winnipeg sub-site and Thomas Vanek will never sit down with Jim Gray to announce where he plans to sign.
It’s hard not to notice, though, that the NHL made its new bones by following the same blueprint that ESPN once used, albeit in a different business. The Worldwide Leader, which will clear an estimated $9 billion in revenue for 2014, came to best a field of broad networks at a game they had once dominated by owning a niche. The plan is perfectly logical: Make yourself utterly indispensable to a group of people, even a small one, and you can win. The big-tent days have probably passed. But here in our little igloo, it’s only getting hotter.
-Jack Dickey of Sports Illustrated where you can read more on this topic.
from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The recommendations from the committee:
- For the trapezoid to be expanded by four feet overall (two feet on each side of the goal line). That gives goalies more room to play the puck.
- Changes to regular-season overtime: Have teams change ends after regulation to force long line changes, which in theory should help create more offense. They also proposed a dry scrape after regulation to clean up the ice somewhat.
- Faceoffs in offensive/defensive zone: Adopt IIHF hashmarks, which are five feet apart (NHL currently at three and a half feet).
- The committee also wants more done to curb embellishment/diving in the NHL (perhaps via fine or additional penalty).
- Kicking pucks: Committee wants to see more leniency and allow for a bit more when it comes to kicking motion.
- And the meat of it: More discussion of expanded video review, particularly when it comes to goalie interference, but there was no real resolution on this by the committee on Monday. Simply the agreement that it will be further discussed.
added 8:06pm, from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
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