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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The NHL is preparing to take a glimpse into the future by using player-tracking technology at the upcoming all-star game.
Officials from the league and NHL Players’ Association will be in Columbus for testing early next week, according to two sources, with the goal of employing the Sportvision system during the Jan. 24 skills competition and Jan. 25 all-star game at Nationwide Arena.
That would see computer chips placed in the sweaters of each player, plus the puck, to chart what is happening on the ice. As a result, everything from how fast and far a player skates to how hard he shoots and positions himself would be measured in real time.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Nothing has been finalized, and we are being told there are still several issues to be settled, but the NHL and NHL Players' Association are discussing a World Cup tournament field that would include USA, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, plus a European All-Star team made up of players from other countries and a team made up of top young players from North America....
This plan would allow us to see Slovenia's Anze Kopitar, Switzerland's Roman Josi, Austria's Thomas Vanek, Norway's Mats Zuccarello, Germany's Christian Ehrhoff and a legion of Slovaks led by Zdeno Chara.
Out-of-the-box thinking is also how we landed on the idea of patching together a team of rising young stars to compete as the eighth team. Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon probably won't make the Canadian team, but he will be the No. 1 center on this team. Florida's Aaron Ekblad could be the top defenseman and Anaheim's John Gibson could be in net.
It's a creative plan to be sure, but would it make the World Cup a better tournament?
Of course not.
The public's love for country vs. country competition is well-established. Could you imagine soccer's World Cup embracing this idea?
from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,
Another topic for the media was the ongoing discussions between the IIHF and the NHL in particular for a continuation of the NHL’s Olympic participation for a sixth consecutive time since Nagano 1998 when the event goes to PyeongChang, Korea, in 2018.
“We are discussing about the World Cup of Hockey in 2016, and as soon as we have a decision we will discuss about the 2018 Olympics,” Fasel said. He admitted that being in Asia may be a challenge with the time difference for North Americans. But the growing Asian market offers important chances for hockey.
“We will also be in Asia in 2022 in China (Beijing) or Kazakhstan (Almaty), and I believe China is the favourite. I know the players want to go to the Olympics. I’m confident about that.”
The re-establishment of a World Cup of Hockey is planned for September 2016 with eight teams. It’s planned to form teams from Canada, United States, Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic while two more teams are open.
NEW YORK (Jan. 4, 2015) – The National Hockey League announced today that it has fined the Philadelphia Flyers' organization for the team's travel to Nashville on December 26, 2014. This team activity was in violation of Article 16.5(b) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association.
The League will have no further comment on the matter.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
... Wembley Stadium in London is what I’m thinking on Jan. 1, 2017.
Rangers-Kings, Rangers-Penguins or maybe Rangers against the Canadiens or Maple Leafs. But yes, the New York Rangers.
The NHL is still somehow light years behind where it should be in Europe, still unable to scratch even the surface of the profitable partnerships and creative endeavors the league should have been cultivating for years. Really, it is inexplicable.
But staging the Winter Classic in London, where the temperatures are traditionally in the upper 40s to low 50s on New Year’s Day and the time change fits perfectly (but what about the rain?) wouldn’t be so much about selling the game to Europe as it would be uniquely selling the event as a world-class showcase and the NHL as a world-class operation.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The Philadelphia Flyers appear to have violated the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement by travelling during the recent holiday break, Sportsnet has learned.
The team departed for Nashville at 8:24 p.m. ET on Dec. 26, according to their flight log on FlightAware, during what is considered a restricted period for team activity in the CBA.
Article 16.5 (b) in that document states: “December 24, Christmas Day, and December 26 shall be off-days for all purposes, including travel.”
The Flyers refused comment through a spokesman when asked about the flight. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly did not respond to an email asking whether the team was under investigation.
from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,
Ryan Getzlaf said he was not encouraged by a Ducks official to stage the team practice he arranged Friday during the NHL’s mandatory holiday dead period.
The NHL is investigating the practice because it happened during a time that was negotiated through the collective-bargaining agreement as a mandatory three-day break.
A league spokesman said the NHL wants to know whether Getzlaf acted on his own or was urged by anyone in the organization to gather the players.
Getzlaf, the Ducks’ captain who ranks second in the NHL with 30 assists, said Tuesday that he informed Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau about the Friday practice before it happened.
“He [Getzlaf] said that’s what he wanted to do, and I said, ‘OK, fine,’ ” Boudreau said. “To this day, I don’t know what time they skated, don’t know how many guys were there. I’m glad they did, but it was all Ryan’s idea.”
Getzlaf said he rented ice for teammates “because I felt I needed to skate. We had [children] on the ice, very informal, we kind of putted around for 20 minutes.”
Kerry Fraser of TSN answers a few questions regarding a Thomas Vanek goal on Saturday...
Every apparent goal is reviewed by a staff member in the Situation Room in Toronto, in addition to the Video Goal Judge on site and must be confirmed as a 'good goal' prior to the next puck drop. A final decision is rendered and then communicated by the Situation Room personnel to the penalty timekeeper at ice level to issue a 'thumbs up' to the referee at centre ice. This is the signal to the ref that a 'good goal' has been determined and he is allowed to drop the puck and resume play. A 'thumbs up' is not issued until there is concrete evidence that the puck entered the net.
The quick decision to confirm the tying goal credited to Thomas Vanek as opposed to placing the play under formal review however is somewhat confusing to us based on the broadcast replays that were offered. A formal review provides additional time within the process to look at every available angle and confirm beyond even the slightest doubt that a valid goal was scored. Replays shown by various camera angles on the Hockey Night Broadcast, in addition to postgame recap on NHL Game Center Live footage create reasonable suspicion (and even a pretty clear impression) that the puck went post to crossbar and straight down onto and ahead of the goal line without ever entering the net as you suggest...
more and watch the goal below...
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
A look at what to expect around the league in the new year:
What are the Kings' chances of repeating as Stanley Cup champions?
If it were easy to repeat, someone would have done it since the Red Wings won in 1997 and 1998. The Kings miss the mobility and smarts of suspended defenseman Slava Voynov, who faces a domestic violence charge, and as a team they might have begun to feel the heavy-legged fatigue of playing 64 playoff games the last three seasons. Some players also participated in the Sochi Olympics, increasing their mileage.
If not the Kings, then who will win?
The West still looks stronger than the East, where the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins look to be the cream of the crop.
n the West, the Chicago Blackhawks — who lost a seven-game conference final to the Kings last spring — have looked formidable. The St. Louis Blues' signing of all-time wins leader Martin Brodeur gave them depth and Stanley Cup championship experience in goal. The Ducks have been among the West leaders most of the season thanks to a young, mobile defense and the off-season addition of Ryan Kesler, who provides depth and strong two-way play at center.
When it comes to outdoor games, can there be too much of a good thing?
Elliott also looks back at the year in hockey....
If you missed the hit, watch it here.
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