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Saturday’s Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- What can $800 million buy you these days? It bought Scotiabank the naming rights to the Air Canada Centre.And the people happiest about this? The NHL Players’ Association. Half of the $40 million paid annually for naming rights goes to hockey-related revenue, which should have a positive influence on the salary cap.

- Remember when Paul Maurice was supposed to be getting a contract extension in Winnipeg? Didn’t happen. Looks like the Jets have put the onus on Maurice to turn this team around and if he does that, he will be rewarded. If not, he’ll be bounced as coach.

- On my top 50 NHL players list, I had no players from the Vancouver Canucks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche or Vegas Golden Knights and I didn’t get to the New York Rangers until pick No. 49, with Ryan McDonagh.

a few more hockey notes....

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The Sport Of Hockey Is Behind When It Comes To Concussion/Brain Research

from Josh Cooper at ESPN,

Dr. Ann McKee, a concussion specialist, wants the hockey community to step up its game when it comes to posthumous brain donation.

McKee, the chief of neuropathology at VA Boston and director of Boston University's CTE Center, has been at the forefront of football concussion research for years -- but she has yet to see the hockey community donate brains posthumously at the same rate as football.

"We're not nearly as far in hockey [research] as we are in football because we just don't have the same numbers," McKee said in a phone interview with ESPN.com.

Released in late July, McKee's study showed 177 of 202 deceased football players' brains had chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- commonly referred to as CTE. This included 110 of 111 brains of NFL players.

According to a Boston University CTE Center research assistant, neuropathology has been completed on just 16 hockey players' brains, nine of which were found to have CTE. All six of the NHL players' brains in the study had CTE. In total, 19 brains from hockey players have been donated to the center.


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Rene Fasel Hoping For A Miracle

from Nick Butler of inside the games,

"It would take a miracle, maybe [for the NHL to fully participate]," Fasel told insidethegames during the IOC Coordination Commission inspection visit here.

"But I think the decision was done the NHLPA and NHL, so I think it would take something really special to happen.

"All the NHL players who would like to participate so they have to be on the long list from October 1, concerning World Anti-Doping Agency testing etc.

"The NHLPA and the NHL have to find a way.

"Actually the [NHL] PA is looking into  if this is possible, on the legal side.

"The League decision is the owners' decision, so there are some legal questions to find out over if the players are allowed to come or not.


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Going Global

from SportsBusiness Global,

The NHL will begin its "largest effort yet outside of North America" next month when it holds exhibition games in China, "part of a newly launched long-term plan to grow the game and league globally," according to Ian Thomas of the SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. It is not the league's first attempt.

The NHL held a series of int'l games between '00 and '03, and another series between '07 and '11 but those efforts "were curtailed" by the '04-05 and '12-13 lockouts. The new effort, which will cost the league an estimated tens of millions of dollars, is "promising a long-term presence" through grassroots programs and assistance in building hockey infrastructure as well as games and potentially future World Cup of Hockey events, rather than the previous years' one-off games.

The NHL is targeting 10 to 15 countries, focusing "primarily on those already strongly interested in the NHL and hockey," such as Sweden and Finland.


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Afternoon Line- Brandon Dubinsky


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The iBench System

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

During the 2017 playoffs, the first in which NHL teams used the iBench system, then-Pittsburgh assistant Rick Tocchet regularly used one of the team’s tablets in games to show Kessel what he, his teammates, and opposing penalty kills were doing on the power play. Coach Mike Sullivan does not believe it was a coincidence the Penguins scored on 20.5 percent of their power plays, or that Kessel led all playoff performers with 11 man-up points.

“The main areas where we probably gained the most use out of it was special teams, because you get immediate feedback,” the two-time Stanley Cup-winning coach said of the technology. “You can make subtle adjustments on the fly. In the playoffs, you might only get two power plays a game. So if you have the ability to make an adjustment that might lead to an opportunity to score or generate a scoring chance, that could be the difference between winning and losing.”

Just before the puck dropped on the playoffs, the NHL gave teams the green light to use iBench. It is a system powered by XOS Digital, the Wilmington-based company that provides video solutions to 25 NHL teams, including the Bruins. Based on the teams’ needs, iBench gave coaches like Tocchet and Sullivan any degree of video replay to show their players during TV timeouts or even while play was ongoing.

read on plus many more topic including a bridge deal may work best for the Bruins and David Pastrnak...

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The Russian Plan

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

... And Marchenko’s signing, just like that of Markov, Nesterov, Grigorenko and so on, is simply another part of the plan the Russian Hockey Federation has had since the NHL announced it wouldn’t be sending players to the 2018 Olympics. Following the NHL’s early April declaration, the RHF released a statement saying it would attempt to keep its top talent in Russia and persuade top Russian free agents to play in the KHL, giving them the opportunity to suit up in Pyeongchang — an opportunity they seemingly won’t have in the NHL cut.

Russia hasn’t medalled at the Olympics, let alone stood atop the podium, in more than 15 years. Not since 1998 has Russia won a silver medal. And it’s been more than two decades since a gold medal was awarded to the nation. Russia is planning on changing that in February, though, and it’s starting with bulking up by brining any and all potential national team members home.


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The NHL Is Missing An Opportunity By Not Going To The Olympics

from Emily Kaplan at ESPN,

In September, the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will each travel 6,000-plus miles across the Pacific to play two preseason games. The exhibitions in Beijing and Shanghai -- the NHL's first venture into China -- signal that the league might emulate a strategy the NBA initiated more than a decade ago. Growth opportunities in Asia, as the NBA has learned, are significant.

That's why it's perplexing -- and, to many, disappointing -- that the NHL is skipping the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

But the NHL isn't just whiffing on a chance to expand its global footprint. The Olympic boycott is a momentum killer when it comes to promoting the league's young talent, especially in the United States.


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Bill Daly On Kansas City As A Possible Destination For The NHL

from Dave Caldwell at ESPN,

"Kansas City has never been entirely 'off our radar screen,'" Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, wrote in an email to ESPN.com. "We have talked to potentially interested stakeholders in the past, and it's certainly a market that in the right circumstances (including a desire by our board to entertain further expansion) our league would fairly evaluate and consider.

"In evaluating potential locations for NHL teams, we typically look at three things: One, whether the market has or is building a suitable arena facility; two, the demographics of the market and whether they suggest an ability to support an NHL franchise; and, three, whether there is qualified and interested ownership to own and operate the franchise.

"While the Sprint Center certainly checks off the first of those boxes, the other two issues remain a work in progress.

"We opened a formal expansion process in June of 2015 and we did not receive an application for a Kansas City franchise. Further, we have never studied whether the market demographics of Kansas City are likely to be suitable for an NHL franchise long-term because there has not yet been a need to do so."


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Referee Patterns

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

(Imke) Reimers and her colleagues collected data from every NHL game from Jan. 1, 1996, to Dec. 11, 2015. They were interested in particulars such as a referee’s total number of games, penalties called, a referee’s years of experience, and number of games a referee worked with a specific team.

Experience varies from old-timers like O’Halloran to Garrett Rank, who first pulled on NHL stripes on Jan. 15, 2015. The veteran crew of Dave Jackson and Marc Joannette, for example, called the Montreal-Detroit game on Oct. 17, 2015. Combined, the duo had worked 205 Canadiens games and 134 Red Wings games over their careers. Conversely, Eric Furlatt was the lone referee for the Montreal-Detroit game on Feb. 11, 2002. Furlatt had only worked five Canadiens games and one Wings game before then.

Some of the results of their research:

■ A first-year referee calls an average of 24 penalty minutes per game. A second-year referee averages 18 PIMs per game. Expected penalty minutes decline by 0.262 for each additional season of experience. A two-referee team with 10 total seasons calls 2.6 fewer penalty minutes per game than a duo with no experience.

■ Each additional season of a referee’s experience with a specific team decreases penalty minutes per game by 0.972.

■ Of all the months, referees call the most penalties in October.

“What we were really interested in is if you have a regulatory agency — in banking, finance, stocks, anything, really — we are concerned with fairness,” Reimers said.

more plus other hockey topics like under 14 teams in the USA won't allow icing on the pk...

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