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Darren Dreger of Insider Trading on TSN talked about the plans for outdoor games next season in the NHL.
Contracts are not signed and some details need to be "ironed out", but this is the plan.
Watch the full edition of Insider Trading on TSN here. Other topics discussed were league security and NHL awards.
Brendan Shanahan discusses the hits around the boards in this educational video.
from Chris Stevenson of the Toronto Sun,
The National Hockey League is ramping up security at its rinks in the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon Monday.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly responded “yes,” in an email to QMI Agency when asked if the league is increasing security at its games.
“We have coordinated with all of the buildings in which NHL games are being played and appropriate steps are being taken to ensure the buildings are secure and safe,” wrote Daly.
Follow the two referees as they prepare and call the recent game between the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs.
A good behind the scenes feature.
added 3:30pm, Read a statement below on today's meeting.
Patrick Burke and Gary Bettman were on CNN this morning to discuss the You Can Play initiative.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
In only 13 months, the You Can Play project has gone from fledgling concept to unstoppable cultural force. Its raison d’etre – the eradication of homophobia in all athletic endeavors – and the passion behind it has been embraced so swiftly and by so many people, YCP has become the go-to organization for anyone who wants to be educated about gay and lesbian issues in sport.
But the place where it all began for YCP was the hockey world. In some ways, you can say it truly began in the dressing room of the Miami University men’s hockey team in late 2009, when then-team manager Brendan Burke told players he was gay and received overwhelming support for who he was and his goal. But after Burke’s tragic death in a car accident in February of 2010, his brother Patrick and father Brian have worked wonders to honor his legacy – first by founding YCP and then by relentlessly promoting its message – and they’ve succeeded in large part because dozens of hockey players and thousands of hockey fans believe in their cause.
The Maloofs have met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and have for months looked into buying a hockey franchise, with Las Vegas among the possible destinations. Their interests also have expanded and included opportunities in Major League Baseball.
- Ailene Voisin (via sources) of the Sacremento Bee. More on the Maloof brothers.
Brendan Shanahan explains why no supplemental discipline was handed out on these types of hits.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
This might be hard to hear, but here goes: Gary Bettman was right. The commissioner of the National Hockey League knew what he was doing as he weighed the risks and rewards during the lockout. In reality, the risks were never that great. The rewards already are.
Bettman made a calculated business decision. He sacrificed a few months and ticked off a lot of people, but he secured a better labor agreement for the owners and could count on the fans and sponsors to come back, based on history and cold, hard data.
By salvaging a 48-game regular season, Bettman set up the NHL to rebound immediately. The league returned for the time of year when it always draws the most attention and generates the most revenue, anyway, and it amped up the competition with a compressed, every-game-matters sprint to the playoffs.
For all the loud protests and dire predictions, the fans haven’t seemed angry or apathetic. They have seemed eager and engaged. Just 2-1/2 months after the NHL got back to business, business is booming, and the league is looking at ways to goose growth to record levels in the future.
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