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From Tim Dolan,
It’s already almost that time of the year, as the 2017 NHL All-Star Game is set to be played this weekend on Sunday, January 29, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The best and most talented players in the NHL will square off in the new format that was introduced last season, with four teams -- each one hailing from each division (Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central, Pacific) -- squaring off in 3-on-3, 20-minute games, consisting of two ten-minute periods. Shootouts will determine winners if the score is tied, just like if it were a regular season game.
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
This is Year Two of the Power 25. Some new faces have made this list, people with the potential to change the path of a team, the NHL or the game of hockey itself. There is no formula used to build this ranking, because there are no analytics that can fully capture a person’s impact on the game. These people are all dynamic personalities who somehow touch hockey, albeit in different ways.
Trust me when I tell you there are certainly more than 25 power brokers in the game. Not being chosen for this list is not meant as a slight—although some will see it that way. And, of course, there are a few omissions, like Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz (though his influence is present), or Brian Cooper, the Toronto-based marketing guru whose handiwork is seen and heard at almost every puck drop. But this list does give you a glimpse of how hockey is run and the people that chart its course. Read, digest, argue and enjoy.
1. Gary Bettman
The man at the top of the list last year stays there this time around. With a doubt, Bettman’s control of the world’s best professional hockey league remains intact. And there’s no better example of it than the debate over NHLers playing at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Bettman continues to manage relations with all 31 owners very well. The trust the Board of Governors has for him is exceptional. He always seems to make good on his promises to that group. But as one insider told me, it is easy to manage the group when you set the agenda and then execute it. Bettman’s introduction of Bill Foley and his Vegas Golden Knights to the owners’ club, and his ability to manage the expectations in Quebec City are testimonies to his diplomacy and shrewd acumen. He has taken a very hands-on approach with the NHL’s centennial plans, including major events in Montreal and Ottawa next November and December. And he has revitalized the league’s global brand—with or without the Olympics.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- This is my read on Claude Julien and the Bruins: Julien is tired of being made a public scapegoat, which is why he took a shot at the roster last week. But he’s a pro. He feels he has a responsibility to the players and coaching staff, so he will push forward because that’s the right thing to do. But I’m sure part of him is saying, “Look, if you want to fire me, just do it already.”
Why hasn’t it happened? A couple of things. First, GM Don Sweeney would rather make a trade and see how things play out. I'll always remember a conversation with him when he took over, Sweeney bristling at the suggestion he wouldn’t give Julien a fair shot. He didn’t like that assumption, and it stuck with me. Second, the Bruins know Julien is a good coach. He’s going to go somewhere else and make that team better. You can make the argument it’s time, but fans forget that if your guy goes elsewhere and improves another club.
- In prepping for Hockey Night in Canada last week, we discussed whether fans were getting “Olympic fatigue” from updates about the situation with no firm resolution. The consensus? Yes. That said, here’s an update: We’re still waiting for the official paperwork, but, assuming the players do go, they will stay in Seoul and take an hour-long train trip to the facilities when necessary. They have seen the setup and find it acceptable. However, a resolution after the Board of Governor meetings this week at All-Star appears unlikely. Word last weekend was the Olympics may not even be on the agenda, since the NHL has yet to see a proposal worth discussing. So this might not be settled until later in February. This is now an NHL-vs.-IOC issue above anything else.
much more, trade talk includced. Good read.
I tweeted this earlier today but now have decided to post it too.
from SportsBusiness Journal,
Fox Sports President David Hill loved hockey the moment he saw it at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. “It’s fighting on ice,” he said recently. “I love it.”
The NHL, though, was not a big television draw, and Hill believed he knew why — in standard definition, it was impossible to see the puck on TV.
As Fox agreed to a heavily hyped five-year deal for NHL rights in 1994 that cost an average of about $31 million a year, he had an idea. “The only way to make this work would be to make the puck glow,” he said.
That led to FoxTrax, a technology that essentially put a “big blue fuzz ball over the puck, with a red rocket trail that had sparkles on it,” said the glowing puck’s inventor, Stan Honey.
The hype around the puck was breathless. Fox Sports billed it as “the greatest technological breakthrough in the history of sports” before its 1996 launch. It was a description that made Honey uneasy. “I mean, what about the wheel?” he asked.
continued with comments from NHL types. Fox execs., etc. along the way...
STAMFORD, Conn. – January 24, 2017 – With the movie capital of the world hosting the NHL’s biggest stars, NBC Sports is rolling out its biggest NHL All-Star Game engagement plan ever with “Hockey Goes Hollywood.” The multi-platform campaign weaves together this year’s NHL All-Stars with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood moviemaking, and many of Los Angeles’ world famous landmarks.
The 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sunday, January 29, at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Originally scheduled to be televised on NBCSN, this year’s contest will be the first network-television broadcast of the NHL All-Star Game since 2004.
Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 3, Los Angeles 2
WASHINGTON 6, Carolina 1
TORONTO 4, Calgary 0
Anaheim 3, WINNIPEG 2
San Jose 5, COLORADO 2
ARIZONA 3, Florida 2 (OT)
MARLEAU MATCHES NHL RECORD WITH FOUR GOALS IN A PERIOD
Patrick Marleau scored four times in the third period – including his first three in span of 7:42 – to tie the NHL record for goals in a period and propel the Sharks to their fifth consecutive victory.
* Marleau became the 12th player in League history to score four times in a single period and the first to do so since Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux on Jan. 26, 1997 at MTL.
* Marleau became the third player this season to score four goals in a game, joining Auston Matthews (Oct. 12 at OTT: 4-0—4) and Max Pacioretty (Dec. 10 vs. COL: 4-1—5). Only two others in Sharks history have accomplished the feat: Owen Nolan (Dec. 19, 1995 at ANA: 4-1—5) and Tomas Hertl (Oct. 8, 2013 vs. NYR: 4-0—4).
* Marleau, who scored his fifth career regular-season hat trick and first since Nov. 20, 2011 (also at COL), moved within three goals of 500 in his NHL career (497-563—1,060 in 1,459 GP).
* Marleau scored his 96th career game-winning goal to move into a tie with Mats Sundin for 10th place in NHL history. Only two active players have more such goals: Jaromir Jagr (134) and Jarome Iginla (97).
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
...as part of TSN's annual Mid-Season NHL Coaches' poll, we asked the head coaches this basic question:
What bugs you about the game these days?
Oh, my, the answers.
The runaway winner was the schedule. Eight of the 24 respondents ticked that box as the one that ticks them off the most. This rolls the five-day bye, World Cup compression, CBA-mandated days off and plain, old 82 games into one big ball of hate.
If we were to provide one response that typified the others, it would be this one: "My (expletive deleted) schedule bugs the (expletive deleted) out of me," the coach said.
Beyond that, coaches tended to spread their vitriol around.
The next most unpopular answer was refereeing.
"It's a big problem and it's getting worse," one coach said.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
It is a marketing function, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but you should bear that in mind when the NHL unveils the post-Original Six Era portion of its Greatest 100 Players on Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the league’s All-Star weekend.
And as such, I would expect current toss-ups — including Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Drew Doughty, Joe Thornton, Carey Price and maybe John Tavares or Steven Stamkos — to be named at the expense of others long retired and out of the public eye.
That’s OK, it is about promoting the league. But by the way, if Price is named, then Henrik Lundqvist most certainly should be on the list of honorees as well. Current bias is one thing, Canadian bias would be another.
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NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2017) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced the details of the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey’s top talent on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Prior to the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™, NHL legends will face celebrities from the worlds of movies, television and music in the 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout™, a friendly hockey game at 2:15 p.m. PT at STAPLES Center.
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