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The TSN Insiders Tonight

via TSN,

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the likelihood of Auston Matthews signing a bigger extension than Connor McDavid, whether William Nylander will get a deal done with the Leafs before Matthews, why Nikita Kucherov could eclipse Steven Stamkos' big payday in Tampa Bay, and much more.

The more includes slashing penalties up 495% as compared to last season but power plays up only 18%.

Watch at TSN...

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Ready For More Expansion Talk?

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

There are just too many numbers that add up to adding another team and I suspect some owners will be pressing the commissioner to look at it, now.

Here are some of those numbers:

4 and 10: Houston (No. 4) and Seattle (No. 10) are the largest TV markets in the United States without an NHL team.

4: The number of years left on the league’s TV deal with NBC, and you have to think the value of the league’s media rights stand to grow if it’s in more and bigger TV markets. There’s also the possibility that both Fox and ESPN might be interested once again in a U.S. national hockey deal.

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Video- Will The Players Adjust To The Slashing Enforcement?

What do you thinkg of this call on JVR?

Okay with it or is this one example of calling it too tight?

 

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Wednesday Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Freidman of Sportsnet,

- A few GMs/executives saw the same thing in the first week. As one said, “A lot of teams are really thin on the blue line.” You could probably name 10 clubs with a strong defence corps, but how many of them are confident enough to subtract from that group in a trade? There’s a squeeze. That’s where Vegas comes in, but right now it’s an old-fashioned staring contest between George McPhee and his peers. As one GM said, “The guys we want are the guys he wants to keep.”

-  Tampa Bay beat Washington on Monday with a four-forward overtime power play — Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos. Good luck defending that.

- The NHL and NHLPA’s next face-to-face meeting about the international calendar is Thursday in Toronto. There is some question about whether or not everyone wants to go back to China, because it didn’t make money. (The promoter takes the risk, not the league or union.) I can’t believe this is even an issue. You’re going to go once and give up, four years from the Olympics? I’d like to see them go to France and Germany, too, since the world championships were just there.

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Video- Latest Hockey Talk From Elliotte Friedman

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on the Vegas Golden Knights trading some of their defensive depth, where the New York Islanders will be playing in the next few years and how a loophole might see NHL players still go to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

 

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Houston Showing Interest In The NHL

from Jack Witthaus of Houston Business Journal,

Billionaire Tilman Fertitta, the new owner of the Houston Rockets, didn’t rule out a National Hockey League franchise for Houston during his first press conference Oct. 10 at the Toyota Center after acquiring the team for $2.2 billion.

It would be the second NHL franchise in Texas behind the Dallas Stars.

“Do I want to see Toyota Center filled up 300 nights a year? Definitely.” Fertitta said. "I would put an NHL team here tomorrow (but it has to make sense)."

NHL executive Larry Tanenbaum is “very excited” to meet with Fertitta, Rockets CEO Tad Brown said at the press conference. Houston and the NHL have discussed deals in the past to bring a team to the Bayou City but nothing has worked out, Brown said. 

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Video- Coach’s Corner Last Night

A few of the topics Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed were the Chicago Blackhawks, the rules being enforced and the alley-oop pass.  

Cherry broke down a few hockey plays and more too.

 

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Notable Talk From Jeremy Jacobs

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

So with that, the good folks in Quebec City hopeful to land the next NHL franchise should take note. Jacobs does not see it coming to fruition.

“Quebec’s a great market and it has been for many years. But really when I think about it, I don’t see expansion going into the East,” Jacobs said, adding that the league is not in any current discussions with any prospective expansion group. “But that’s me, talking as Boston. I’m not talking as the league. The league may feel differently.”

It may be no coincidence that Jacobs’ Sportservice Corporation has reportedly signed a concessions deal with the group proposing to renovate Seattle’s KeyArena, but Jacobs called Rain City, a couple of hours drive from the Canadian border, a “very interesting location.” But he also mentioned Houston as intriguing, as he has in the past.

“Those are two huge markets,” Jacobs said of Seattle and Houston.

Again this year, Jacobs addressed participation in the Olympics. Though several of his players, Brad Marchand among them, are extremely disappointed that the NHL won’t be participating in these Games, Jacobs defended the league’s decision to sit this one out.

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Wrong Start Time

from Kevin McGuire of The Comeback,

Opening up against the NFL and the baseball postseason immediately puts the NHL’s regular season hiding deep in the shadows and will ensure it easily gets overlooked. Maybe the NHL has accepted its fate in the pecking order of sports. If so, then that is unsettling as the league tries to expand and grow its product. Maybe the fault falls on the teams, and perhaps it varies by market, but once again the start of the NHL season has seemed to get underway with all of the sports attention focused elsewhere. That even includes preseason basketball as the NBA continues to improve its push to promote its product. The NHL’s loss has long been the NBA’s gain. People tune in to summer league NBA games and will be more likely to discuss what’s happening in a preseason game before they even think about what happened in an NHL regular season game few knew was being played.

As a casual hockey fan myself, I generally do not tune in much to the NHL until after the college football bowl season and the NFL playoffs. 

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Video- adidas And What If Hockey

PORTLAND, Ore. / NEW YORK, N.Y. (October 4, 2017) – Celebrating creativity in hockey and the start of the 2017-18 NHL season, adidas and the National Hockey League (NHL®) today unveiled a new campaign titled “What if Hockey…” Some athletes evoke emotions, some tap into imagination, some challenge the status quo, and with each opportunity to create, these athletes are changing the game.

In a new :30 spot featuring Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, and Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars, adidas and the NHL celebrate the start to the 2017-18 NHL season through the lens of creativity. Highlighted by some of the sport’s most dynamic players in the game, the campaign showcases how embracing creativity can influence and redefine a sport by simply asking “What if…?”

 

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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