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via Dan Rosen tweets,
Bettman says they hope to have a firm cap number worked out with NHLPA and announced by tomorrow. He said it could come as early as tonight.
Bettman said BOGs were consistent with GMs and Comp Committee on changes to OT, trapezoid, hash marks, faceoffs, embellishment.
They will make no announcements on any changes until they are all confirmed by the NHLPA. The PA exec board meets in July.
Changes to the NHL Draft Lottery were voted in on Thursday by the league's Board of Governors.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, the league still needs to confer with the National Hockey League Players' Association before they become official.
The NHL's general managers met in New York during the Stanley Cup Final and at that time, Sabres general manager Tim Murray told LeBrun that potential new changes would not take effect in time for next year's highly anticipated 2015 Draft that will feature Connor McDavid.
added 4:51pm, via Katie Strang of ESPN,
The NHL's Board of Governors has approved changes for next year's draft lottery system, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.
Those changes, which must also be approved by the National Hockey League Players' Association, would go into effect for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, a heavily-anticipated draft class that features the highly-touted prospect Connor McDavid.
The exact changes that were approved when the Board of Governors met Thursday in Manhattan are not immediately clear, but they will likely be a source of consternation for some, especially those with a stockpile of high picks for 2015.
So these changes may be made before next year's draft?
added 5:49pm, Video of Bettman after the BOG is below....
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
So let’s say there was no draft right now. Teams would have a week to wine and dine eligible 18-year-olds. Aaron Ekblad might well choose Buffalo or Florida. He might want to be a Leaf. He could, theoretically, choose to go to Chicago if the Blackhawks had the room, even knowing he might not be able to break into the NHL for another couple of years.
Next year, Connor McDavid could be courted. Those teams that didn’t get him might have the wherewithal to chase Jack Eichel. Might a team be able to get both? Theoretically, sure. But they’d have to do it within the confines of a rookie cap and a salary cap.
Why reward teams for being terrible with high picks? Why force talented young players to join lousy organizations?
The draft is an orderly way to distribute talent, sure, but whether it’s an effective way to distribute talent, maintain competitive integrity and motivate teams to improve their organizations is much less clear.
Some of the top players in the NHL Draft went on a tour of Philadelphia...
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
Again, this is 2014. Clarence Campbell isn’t running the league, the Norris family no longer controls more than one team, yet when it comes to the Hall of Fame, we’re still operating under a set of circumstances more suited to a Cold War mentality than the actual era in which the NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame operates.
Oh, yes, and along those lines, another year with no women inducted. You’d think after snubbing the female game for years and years, the Hall would be in a catchup mode.
Nope. Were any women even nominated by a group that is totally comprised by men?
Only they know. And they are sworn to secrecy.
2014 NHL AWARDS
The 2014 NHL Awards take place tonight live from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas (4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET). The show will be broadcast on NBCSN in the U.S. and CBC in Canada.
Red carpet arrivals for the 2014 NHL Awards will begin at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET. NHL Network will provide extensive live coverage from the red carpet, including interviews with finalists, presenters and performers.
from Craig Huber of Fox5 (Las Vegas),
"Obviously there's a lot of entertainment things in this town, and hockey would be a great addition, of course," New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore said.
"I think it'd be great. Any time you can expand the game and add more teams and just kind of grow the game across the country, that always helps. There's tons of kids people growing up in warm states, cold states - doesn't matter - they all love hockey," Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny Dekeyser said.
Hall of Fame inductee Ted Lindsay, who will hand out the award that bears his name, is confident the game would consistently draw a crowd in Las Vegas.
"It's the greatest game in the world - let's start there. What I say is if you've got enough people, if you've got 18,000 to 20,000 people to show up for the greatest game in the world, then yes, Las Vegas is the right place," Lindsay said.
Ryan Getzlaf, who captains the Anaheim Ducks, has benefited from the spoils of a team located in a non-traditional market.
"That would make for an interesting road trip," Getzlaf said. "It would be a tough building to play in, I'll give you that. Where we are, it's a hot climate. Much the same as this [Las Vegas], there's much to compete with and we survive where we are."
Below, watch Gary Bettman and a few more players discussing Las Vegas as a hockey city....
Official Hockey Hall of Fame press release is below...
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants at the Star Tribune,
The NHL has implemented a significant change from last year regarding the free-agent interview period that begins next Wednesday.
In a memo sent yesterday to all teams and subsequently forwarded by the NHL Players’ Association to all agents, the league will now allow clubs and agents to discuss general parameters of a potential contract for a pending restricted and unrestricted free agent....
In the June 18 memo (read over the phone to me by an agent), the league states, “After discussions with a number of general managers, we have revised and hopefully clarified with regard to last summer the permissible parameters of player contract and communication during the applicable interview periods.
“Please be advised that clubs are permitted to discuss the potential interest in as well as general parameters of a potential future contractual relationship with another club’s pending RFA or UFA during the applicable interview periods. The clubs may not enter any agreements or make any binding offers, promises, … oral or written concerning the terms of a potential SPC (standard players contract) with another club’s pending RFA or UFA.”
NEW YORK (June 19, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2014 NHL Draft, June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 27 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and TSN and RDS in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET. Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 10 a.m., ET, with NHL Network providing live coverage to viewers throughout North America.
Visit NHL.com/draft for comprehensive Draft coverage, including prospect profiles, scouting reports, rankings and video.
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-Mike Spry of BarDown where you can read more on this topic.
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