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NHL ANNOUNCES 2015-16 SCHEDULE
The NHL released its complete schedule for the 2015-16 season. The 1,230-game slate begins on Wednesday, Oct. 7, with four contests, highlighted by the Blackhawks raising their third championship banner in the past six seasons. The regular season concludes on Saturday, April 9, with all 30 teams in action.
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BOARD AUTHORIZES PROCESS FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST . . .
The NHL’s Board of Governors authorized the undertaking of a formal process to evaluate expressions of interest from markets and ownership groups interested in obtaining NHL clubs. To the extent parties may be interested in applying for an expansion team, the League will make applications available starting on Monday, July 6, and applications should be filed no later than Monday, Aug. 10.
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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
GTA Sports and Entertainment CEO Graeme Roustan, who has been attempting to construct an 18,000-plus seat arena in the Markham area for several years, confirmed Wednesday night that his organization definitely will pursue the opportunity .
“I’d say that in the coming days we intend to reach out to the league about bringing another NHL franchise to southern Ontario,” Roustan said in a phone interview with Postmedia Network.
Roustan’s comments came less than an hour after commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the league will open a formal process in which expansion applications will be accepted. The deadline to submit the paperwork for the interested parties will be Aug. 10.
“(The league’s announcement) means different things to different people,” Roustan said. “We’re now seeing an opportunity for a process to apply for an NHL franchise which we’ve privately been hoping for.
“We’re going to proceed with the process. Hopefully we’re successful with it.”
added 8:16am, Zeisberger with more on the expansion talk...
Jonathan Pitre is a boy that suffers from the extremely rare Epidermolysis Bullosa, but faces every day with a positive heart and a love of hockey, inspiring the Ottawa Senators and the whole NHL community.
Jiri Hudler after winning the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy...
First joke drops just after 7:00pm ET on NBCSN and Sportsnet.
Feel free to comment on the show as the awards are given out.
As for me, I will try to update the award winners in the comment section but my main priority is to try to relax a bit, a big workload ahead for the next two weeks or so.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Despite all the cautious word games played by league officials Wednesday, in which Bettman reiterated that Foley had to file the same paperwork as any other potential bidder, the expectation is not if Foley and Co. will land an expansion franchise, but when that might happen.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the earliest possible expansion date a new team could play would be the 2017-18 season.
Bettman said he was impressed by the work the Vegas group has done to date, but cautioned: “There is no list, there’s no priority, there’s been no determination other than – we’ve been listening for a while. Let’s take a look.
“Expansion is a serious and important business decision. You don’t do it frivolously.”
The waters get murkier beyond Vegas, however. Quebec would be a logical choice, because it has an established fan base, a new 18,500-seat arena set to open in September, plus a well-heeled prospective owner in Videotron, the cash-rich subsidiary of media giant Quebecor.
From an NHL perspective, the problem with Quebec, or any other potential Eastern Conference candidate, is its geography.
With 16 teams already operating in the Eastern time zone, the NHL would ideally prefer to put two more teams in the West, for a balanced 32-team league. Vegas and a team in the Pacific Northwest would fit the bill. Seattle and Portland have both been linked to NHL expansion in the past, though neither city is anywhere nearly as close as Quebec to putting together a viable bid.
At some point, any number of groups representing metropolitan Toronto may also come out of the woodwork, though Bettman has always been lukewarm about that possibility.
LAS VEGAS (June 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League Board of Governors today approved rules changes for the 2015-16 season that will change the overtime format to 3-on-3 for five minutes, expand the use of video review to include a Coach's Challenge within a limited scope of scenarios and amend face-off protocol.
The Board acted on the series of recommendations it received from the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee and the NHL General Managers.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
A change to the overtime format and the expansion of video replay to include a coach's challenge were approved by the NHL Board of Governors on Wednesday.
The change in overtime will see the League go to a 3-on-3 format for a five-minute period in regular-season games tied at the end of regulation. Previously, the League played 4-on-4 overtime. Regular-season games tied at the end of overtime will continue to be decided by a shootout.
The coach's challenge will be limited to goals scored on potential offside or goalie-interference plays.
The Board also approved a change to faceoff procedures that will have the defensive player place his stick on the ice first in all faceoffs not held at the center-ice dot. In the past, the visiting team player had to declare first; under the new rule, the only time the visiting player must declare first will be on center-ice faceoffs.
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added 4:53pm, Press conference is over but Sportsnet still talking, not sure how long that will last.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The time has come. The NHL is ready to expand beyond 30 teams.
Barring something unforeseen, commissioner Gary Bettman will emerge from today’s board of governors meeting at the Bellagio Hotel and announce that the league is opening a formal expansion process, according to several sources.
It will be the first time it’s happened under Bettman’s watch.
John Ziegler was still running the league when Ottawa and Tampa Bay joined for the 1992-93 season.
Gary Bettman will be addressing the media around 5pm ET today, after the BOG meeting.
2015 NHL AWARDS
The 2015 NHL Awards take place tonight live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT). The show will be broadcast on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada.
Red carpet arrivals for the 2015 NHL Awards begin at 5:15 p.m. ET / 2:15 p.m. PT. NHL Network will provide coverage from the red carpet, including interviews with finalists, presenters and performers.
NHL, NHLPA ANNOUNCE TEAM PAYROLL RANGE FOR 2015-16
The NHL and NHLPA announced that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2015-16 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $52.8 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $62.1 million and an Upper Limit of $71.4 million.
REMINDER: 2015-16 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT
The NHL will release the schedule for the 2015-16 regular season on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Clubs will be able to announce their home openers beginning today at 12:00 p.m. ET.
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