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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,
via Chris Johnston tweets,
The NHL is still considering expanded video review to include plays involving goalie interference. GMs will talk about it again Wednesday.
The NHL will expand the trapezoid by four feet behind the goal for next season, pending GM/board approval.
NHL teams will change ends in overtime next season. The ice will be dry-scraped by a Zamboni beforehand. Trying to cut down on shootouts.
The hash marks will be expanded to five feet apart, from three and a half, in the NHL next season (pending approval). Cut down on scrums.
The NHL believes expanded video review outside goalie interference "might create more problems than it solves," per Colin Campbell.
Colin Campbell: "We feel embellishment in the game is a real problem today. We feel it's out of control."
NHL is considering allowing a coach's challenge as a timeout like NFL. Could challenge pucks over the glass, offside goals, etc.
added 6:22pm, from the CP at TSN,
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
Get ready for a skyrocketing salary cap in the NHL, even before the league’s new Canadian TV deal gets factored in.
According to a report on Monday from Chris Botta of the SportsBusiness Journal, NHL revenues for the 2013-14 season are expected to hit $3.7-billion, which would be a 12-per-cent increase over the league’s last full campaign.
With the new TV revenue added in a year later, meanwhile, that figure will for the first time crack the $4-billion mark in 2014-15.
That’s obviously a good business story for Gary Bettman and Co., but the more pertinent result of much higher hockey-related revenues for fans (and general managers) is the impact it’ll have on the cap.
via Bob McKenzie tweets,
If all goes as planned with NHL Competition Committee (today)/NHL GMs (Wed), Coach's Challenge is likely to be instituted next year, but...
...But, at this point, subject to change, goalie interference calls would NOT be amongst criteria a coach could challenge via video review.
Until Comp Committee and GMs beat this up, nothing is in final form but limited and very specific Coach's Challenge appears to be the plan.
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