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from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,
* The Boss of All NHL Bosses is not Gary Bettman; it is Jeremy Jacobs.
* As longtime Chairman of the league's Board of Governors JJ is the NHL's Godfather.
* So when Double J says there'll be no expansion in the foreseeable future, you can figure that Quebec City, Seattle, Toronto and other points east and west just ain't gonna be in Bettman, Inc. for a long time.
* My money is on Ryan Malone as the best, underrated pick-up of the off-season.
* Credit to Glen Sather who -- throughout his managerial career -- has been willing to gamble on rehabs where other execs fear to tread.
NEW YORK, NY (September 23, 2014) – Premium TV network EPIX and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today that they have formed a partnership to produce and distribute a two-part original series, debuting on EPIX in December 2014, that will bring hockey fans onto the ice and behind-the-scenes with the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as they prepare to compete in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks on their road to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.
Produced by 52-time Emmy award winner Ross Greenburg, the series will offer viewers an exclusive look inside the world of the NHL, with strategically placed cameras and microphones providing an all-access pass to players’ homes, locker rooms, training rooms, and the arena.
Gary Bettman and George Strompolos were at the Canadian Club of Toronto today and discussed numerous topics including expansion.
You can watch more videos on different topics today at Sportsnet's YouTube page.
from Michael Babad of the Globe and Mail,
“The opening of National Hockey League training camps … will be welcomed by a range of Canadian businesses including stadiums, bars and clothing retailers,” associate economist Alexander Lowy said in a weekly report on Canada by Moody’s Analytics, a sister company to the well-known ratings agency.
“Canada’s favourite professional sport often has a measurable impact on economic activity,” he said, noting part-time employment as arenas hire, and the boost for food and shelter as “fans gather in bars and restaurants” to take in the games.
In Canada, the total output in sports and performing arts is “particularly tied” to hockey, Mr. Lowy said.
via Renaud Lavoie tweets,
Pre-season games will start tomorrow with the regular on ice officials even if they don't have a new CBA yet.
The on ice officials have no intention to go on strike and as of right now they will be their for the start of the regular season.
from Scott Stinson of the National Post,
NHL training camps opened on Thursday, so there was the requisite talk about working hard, making the best of opportunities and, of course, “compete level,” since a law was passed two years ago that prevented anyone associated with the league from saying “competitiveness.”
There was little talk of luck. No one really wants to open a 10-month slog by saying their team needs luck, but it remains that every team in the NHL does. Luck matters more than it should in this league, because it still settles regular-season games with the shootout.
Rather than eliminate the game-ending coin flip, the NHL instead chose to tinker around the edges: a quick scrape of the ice after regulation time to improve ice quality and a change of ends for overtime that will force each time to have to use the further bench, which increases the chances of poor line changes that lead to odd-man rushes.
Will these moves have a noticeable effect on cutting down the number of games — almost 15% of them — that are decided by hockey’s version of a home-run hitting contest? Possibly. But the changes aren’t going to catch teams by surprise. Having to make long changes just might encourage teams to be extra cautious when making them, rendering overtime periods less exciting than they already are, when too often it seems that both sides are willing to take their chances with the dice roll at the finish.
This article is about a week old and I saw it when it first came out but decided to pass, but in the last few days a few KK members brought it to my attention which tells me I should have posted it in the first place.
from Emily Cornelius at The Huffington Post,
As hockey fans, one of our favorite things to do is criticize the players. 'He's a bum', 'he's washed up,' 'we are paying him how much?' It's innate. They make a ton of money to do what we wish we were doing, they can take a little ribbing from us lowly fans.
But are we giving these players enough credit? How hard is it actually to 'make it,' to 'go to the show,' to 'get the call?'
Early 2013, Jim Parcels, a former Peterborough Petes trainer and Ken Campbell, a writer for The Hockey News, co-authored Selling the Dream: How Hockey Parents and Their Kids Are Paying the Price for Our National Obsession. In the book, Parcels breaks down the odds of a kid from Ontario making the NHL. Out of the select 30,000 players they studied, 48 were drafted by an NHL team, and 39 of those 48 actually signed contracts with an NHL team. Of that 39, only 32 actually played in the NHL, and only 15 of those players played more than one full season. And finally, of that 15, only six played the minimum 400 games to qualify for the NHL Player Pension.
So if we count the 400 game league minimum for the Player Pension as having a 'career' in the NHL, then 0.16 percent will get drafted into the NHL and only 0.02 percent of hockey-playing boys in Ontario will make a 'career' out of hockey.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
The NHL has once again said no - for the time being - to selling prime space on team jerseys to sponsors, a move the league estimates would generate at least $120 million.
During a recent meeting of NHL team presidents in New York, league officials estimated they might raise $4 million per team by allowing corporate sponsors to put their logos front and centre on jerseys, a person familiar with the matter told TSN.
"Gary (Bettman) and owners like the money, but they don't want to be first out of the box with this in North America," the person told TSN. "They'll wait for the NBA or baseball to do it and then be second or third."
The NHL, like other mainstream North American sports, to this point has resisted breaking with tradition, even though NHL jerseys already carry advertising since jersey maker Reebok's logo is so prominent.
from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With an Edge,
Get ready for an onslaught of numerical algorithms and trends.
Computer geeks and calculus wiz’s have been the pop-hires this summer. All of a sudden every team has to have one, and there seems to be great fanfare from social media whenever another obscure number-cruncher is added to a hockey staff.
It’s ‘Revenge of the Nerds’, 200 by 85.
Over the past couple of seasons we’ve all been introduced to Corsi and Fenwick, at least the names Corsi and Fenwick if not what they actually mean. I’ll admit to only having a cursory knowledge of the statistical info they provide, and I’m fine with that.
Don’t get me wrong; stats have a place.
At their best they are illuminating and validating, but they have to be deployed in that manner - they have to enhance, not lead.
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Rob Vollman, author of Hockey Abstract, was the driving force behind the event. And it fits, as Vollman's Hockey Abstract is all about using objective analysis to evaluate players and teams.
With a variety of speakers bringing different experiences, there was something for everyone who might be interested in hockey analytics - from those just wading into the pool and wanting to learn more, to hard-core programmers considering new and different ways of manipulating data.
That all said, I got to attend and take a few notes:
Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey Blog, Edmonton Journal
What's it about? With the Summer of Analytics taking away some of the most valued resources in the analytics community, including the Extra Skater web site and the work of Tyler Dellow (@mc79hockey), the discussion was about what comes next? Who is ready to step into the void?
- During McCurdy's discussion, Rob Vollman insisted that there is still plenty of great content, but it may require going to more than five or six core sites.
- The big question: Who is going to have the site that welcomes in a broader audience?
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