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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- The Department of Player Safety has become the NHL’s Fail Safe Operation, as six of the past eight suspensions and eight of 15 overall levied by the league this year have been assessed for plays on which no penalties were called by the game referees. And major penalties were assessed in only four of the incidents.
Perhaps the Board of Governors could ask Stephen Walkom for an explanation before giving the league’s VP of Officiating a standing ovation next time.
-So it seems as if Rough Rider Paul MacLean wasn’t the problem any more than original Devil Dave Cameron is the solution to the deteriorating and toxic situation in Ottawa.
Apparently the Senators don’t have quite enough Hamburglar Helpers.
- The question isn’t whether the Jackets are seeking to deal Fedor Tyutin, it is whether ownership will eat half of the $9 million remaining on the former Rangers defenseman’s contract over the next two years in order to get it done.
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NEW YORK (Jan. 21, 2016) – NHL fans and country music stars Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Charles Kelley and Chris Young will serve as celebrity coaches for the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday, Jan. 31, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game will broadcast live at 5 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. CT on NBCSN, CBC and TVA Sports.
Bentley, Gill, Kelley and Young will join NHL head coaches Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers, Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars, Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings and Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals behind the bench.
As part of the new format for the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game, the All-Stars will take part in a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, and featuring teams representing each NHL division.
The 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star celebration marks the first time the city of Nashville and the Predators have hosted the NHL All-Star festivities. NHL Network™ and NHL.comwill provide comprehensive coverage of the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star festivities. Follow the NHL on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (‘nhl’) and join the conversation via the official hashtags #NHLAllStar and #NHLFanFair.
from Rob Oiler of the Columbus Dispatch,
The NBA benefits from the marketing power of LeBron James, while Rob Gronkowski brings appreciated levity to the super-serious NFL. The NHL would profit from having similar high-profile athletes.
This is more lament than lecture. More sigh than solution. One cannot simply wave a wand and create the next Gordie Howe or Chris Chelios. That said, with the All-Star game coming up, it would be nice to see a few more familiar names with big personalities among the NHL talent.
Or maybe they’re out there and we just don’t know it? That is the case presented by former NHL players-turned-broadcasters Ray Ferraro and Eddie Olczyk, who mentioned Patrick Kane and the hirsute Brent Burns as players who should be attracting more attention.
“Brent Burns is an absolute character in San Jose,” Ferraro said. “If he were in New York people would go crazy over him.”
Olczyk is enamored with Kane, describing him as “a superstar who is an American kid.”
Then there is Connor McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 draft who was attracting attention before breaking a collarbone on Nov. 3.
from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
The NHL continues to proceed cautiously on expansion as the league's 10-member executive committee met Wednesday in New York to discuss what to do next.
Las Vegas and Quebec City have formally applied to join the 30-team NHL. But there was nothing forthcoming from the meeting to indicate the NHL is any closer to making a decision. The fee to join is expected to be $500 million per team.
A source with knowledge of the meeting who wished to remain anonymous said that while both bids were discussed, no decisions were made and the process will continue. That was pretty much what Bill Foley, the billionaire businessman who is heading Las Vegas' bid, thought would happen.
"I would say it's expected news," said Foley, who was not invited to the meeting at the NHL's Manhattan office. "We didn't think any decisions were going to be made."
Foley said a final decision is still a couple of months away. The Board of Governors will meet at next week's NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, Tenn., and will be brought up to speed by the executive committee, which is chaired by Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs.
"I think it will be March or April, and then we can start putting one foot in front of another," said Foley, adding that he doesn't plan to attend the All-Star Game.
Foley sensed that the owners are struggling to find a solution for a potential expansion draft. The NHL Players Association said it expects the owners to honor the contract of any player that has a "no move" clause and not subject that player to expansion.
Scott Morrison takes an in depth look at the NHL changing the overtime rules to three-on-three and the perception from the players and front office personnel.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
A U.S. judge in Minneapolis has ordered the National Hockey League to unseal a series of emails sent to and from NHL executive Colin Campbell, emails Campbell had asked the court to keep secret because they would embarrass him and hurt the NHL’s reputation.
Among the documents that are now poised to be unsealed are emails sent by Campbell in which he uses various obscenities. A 2013 email chain will also be unsealed in which Campbell calls an NHL team trainer a “freaking idiot” after the trainer suggested methods for treating concussed players.
Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron did, however, rule that the NHL has the right to keep secret some documents and emails, including records of its board of governors meetings and a market research study commissioned by the league which “could ‘potentially’ divulge confidential and commercially sensitive business strategies and recommendations.”
There were two phases of the John Scott campaign. There was the ballot-stuffing itself, a movement promoted by our podcast, that of Steve Dangle and then taken to incredible heights by the Reddit hockey board. No one is seeking to ret-con why that happened: As a joke, like electing the class clown as class president; as an affront to the NHL; as pure anarchy; but also as a way to add a level of entertainment and intrigue to an event that’s lacked it.
And then Phase 2 was the aftermath, when the influence of the fans ended and the decisions made by Scott, the Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League would dictate how it was going to play out.
With due respect to Don Cherry, calling the fans “jerks” and blaming them for the embarrassment that’s landed Scott in Newfoundland is lazy and nonsensical – unless we’re all suddenly endowed with the power to trade players and/or demote them to the AHL.
-Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy where you can read more on this topic.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Initially, Kapsalis contacted Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute via former athletic director Jim Knowlton, a longtime friend. A team of approximately 20 engineering students tried to devise safer boards. They did not arrive at a solution.
Next, Kapsalis cold-called Dean Sicking, an engineering professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Sicking is well known in automobile safety. He is the former director of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, a research organization at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sicking developed the SAFER barriers used in motorsports to absorb and distribute energy in high-speed crashes. He has influenced highway guardrail technology.
“I picked up the phone, which I don’t normally do,” Sicking recalled. “He had this idea for hockey boards, which he pitched to me over the phone. It was interesting. I told him, ‘In the last 6-7 years, I’ve had over 100 calls like this. I’ve taken 2-3 of them. Don’t get your hopes up.’ He came down two weeks later to Nebraska to meet and pitch the idea to me.”
Kapsalis’s proposal interested Sicking. The issue with current systems is how they move. CheckFlex, the one mostly used in NHL rinks, moves at the top along with the glass. But the boards do not give at approximately 12 to 18 inches off the ground, the height at which headfirst impact typically occurs.
“What we wanted with a wall that can move and displace was a wall that can reduce the force level and extend the duration of the event,” said Cody Stolle, research assistant professor at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, who worked with Sicking on the SAFIR Hockey design. “By doing both, you’re reducing the load on the body and decreasing the likelihood of acceleration that can cause spinal injury or concussion.”
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NEW YORK (Jan. 14, 2016) – Grammy-award winning artists Vince Gill and Jennifer Nettles, CMA and ACM winning artist Lee Brice, and Lennon & Maisy, music duo and real-life sisters from the television series, “Nashville,” will lead the entertainment for the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday, Jan. 31, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game will broadcast live at 5 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. CT on NBCSN, CBC and TVA Sports.
Gill, a country music legend and longtime Nashville Predators season-ticket holder, will perform the U.S. national anthem while Canadian-born duo, Lennon & Maisy, will perform the Canadian national anthem. Brice will give a pre-game performance, including during player introductions. Nettles will take the stage during the second intermission.
Country music group Sixwire will entertain fans as the house band for Sunday’s 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game while Nashville’s own Small Time Rock Stars will handle similar duties for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, Jan. 30 (7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
LAWLESS: Did you go to Woodstock?
LAWLESS: Did you have a beard?
BETTMAN: I don't remember. If you do the math, that was a long time ago.
LAWLESS: Long hair?
BETTMAN: Yes, I had long hair. You’ll have to dig to find pictures.
LAWLESS: How did you get there?
BETTMAN: We drove. We were only there for a day because it was a little bit of a mess. When we got there it was time to go.
LAWLESS: Safety is a huge issue in all sports. Have you made an imprint as commissioner on that area in the NHL?
BETTMAN: I believe we have. Of all of the leagues, we have been leaders in player safety, particularly on the issue of concussions and that is something we continue to work on, on a daily basis. It's something that gets a lot of time and attention because it's important.
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