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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
... Las Vegas is intriguing, Daly admits. In fact, out of curiosity, Daly queried a bunch of service industry folks — bartenders, waiters, drink servers, dealers, pit bosses — last weekend about whether they felt a professional sports team could thrive there.
“I got a variety of different responses,” Daly said. “The demographics of the market are pretty good in terms of average annual income. Las Vegas natives earn good salaries, good livings. I think they genuinely like sports. It’s a nighttime city, so it would have to be uniquely scheduled in terms of focusing maybe on industry nights as opposed to your typical Thursday-Saturday nights where everybody would be working.
“Clearly we think for a Las Vegas market to support a professional sports franchise, you need the support of locals.”
There’s little doubt casinos would gobble up tickets for customers and high rollers, but Daly said, laughing, “You can’t depend on tourists to fill your building every night — even rich ones. You really need a local fan base.
“What’s difficult on making a call on Vegas is it’s such a unique market. It’s really hard to know. The owners are going to have to be satisfied that the prospects of putting a franchise there are good and the fundamentals are solid.”
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
There’s no doubt it may take some getting used to, if indeed the NHL goes this route. In fact, 3-on-3 is so uncommon that the 3.3 minutes the Leafs and Avs played the other night constitutes 90 per cent of the 3-on-3 in the NHL this season and 4 per cent of the 3-on-3 played league-wide in the last eight years. It occurs so infrequently that there is only about 11 minutes of 3-on-3 each season, spread over all 1,230 games. There’s no question that those have been exciting parts of games, however.
In a typical NHL game, teams generate roughly 2.4 goals and 29 shots per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play. That rises to 2.8 and 32 shots per 60 minutes if you go to 4-on-4.
But 3-on-3 is a whole new animal. Teams have put up more than 60 shots and scored more than eight goals per 60 minutes, with all the odd-man rushes and chaos proving great fun for everyone but the coaches.
The quality of chances is so high that the average shooting percentage at 3-on-3 is more than 13 per cent, way up from the 8 per cent average at 5-on-5.
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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Seems rather silly.
The NHL has invested millions of dollars to outfit every NHL arena with state-of-the-art technology and has the ability to review every single goal at its multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art Situation Room in Toronto that has been copycatted by other professional sports leagues.
Yet night after night, unreviewable “incidental contact” rulings by referees — Wild fans are very familiar with these — are wiping out goals in a league that’s always searching for more offense.
Even a goalie like Wild veteran Niklas Backstrom, who is appreciative of the league’s directive to officials to protect goaltenders and feels that many laymen don’t understand how a simple bump can inhibit a goalie’s ability to stop the puck, thinks this type of washout should be double-checked and potentially overturned by the league’s team of video reviewers in Toronto.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
NHL general managers are no longer operating under the assumption that the cap is going to increase next season.
The projected decline in the Canadian dollar — up at least temporarily a tick to 88 cents on the U.S. dollar as of Friday — has had an impact on discussions regarding extensions in at least three cases, front office sources have told The Post.
Further anecdotal evidence suggests these are not isolated instances.
Given the fixation of escrow under which the players currently are having 14 percent of their pay withheld, it certainly is a realistic possibility the NHLPA will not exercise a 5-percent escalator for 2015-16.
That might mean a stagnant cap in the $69 million range, which fall some $5 million to $6 million shy of previous optimistic projections.
continued and other topics including player talk on Ryan Clowe, Cory Schneider, Slava Voynov but it doesn't stop there...
from Stephen Burtch of Sportsnet,
Earlier today I attended the Pittsburgh Hockey Analytics Conference at Carnegie Mellon University, hosted by Andrew Thomas and Sam Ventura – the founders of the analytics website WAR-on-ice.com.
The day touched upon a variety of interesting topics to the NHL and hockey community at large including introductory remarks explaining the history and current state of analytics in hockey, the adoption of analytics by mainstream media, and where we should expect analytics to trend in the future.
Here are five interesting things we can take away from today’s discussion:
1. There is a growing appetite for data driven analysis amongst hockey fans – as attested by the 200-plus people registered for the event, many of whom came in as analytic neophytes. Cross pollination amongst sports will also be helpful for improving methodology, approach, and improving the dialogue between management, coaches, players, and analysts.
via the Situation Room blog,
At 9:44 of the first period in the Columbus Blue Jackets/Carolina Hurricanes game, a "good goal" call for Carolina was signalled by the referee in the attacking zone. After the four on-ice officials huddled it was determined that Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin pushed Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney into the net with the puck. According to Rule 78.5 (ix) "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when a goaltender has been pushed into the net together with the puck after making a save." This is not a reviewable play therefore the final on-ice decision by the referees stands - no penalty and no goal
from the CP at TSN,
A senior Canadian ice hockey official believes NHL players will return to the Winter Olympics, and is urging an early decision this time.
The participation of NHL players in the Olympics is contentious because of disruption to the league season and teams' concerns over injury risks.
Bob Nicholson, a vice-president of the International Ice Hockey Federation and former Hockey Canada chief, was asked Friday about the prospect of NHL players competing at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"The players want to go but it's very difficult for the NHL," Nicholson said. "If everyone agrees to take some and leave some on the table, I think we'll see NHL players in the future."
"You never like it to go down to the wire, because everyone loses," he added. "The sooner you decide to go, the better it will be for them and for all of the countries participating."
NHL players have participated in every Winter Olympics since 1998. Doubts have been raised about the league's participation in Pyeongchang because of, among other things, a lack of hockey tradition in Korea.
Last night Chris Johnston of Sportsnet posted this on Ashton...
The use of Clenbuterol cost Alberto Contador a Tour de France title and Guillermo Mota the chance to win a second World Series with the San Francisco Giants.
Now it might keep Carter Ashton from continuing his NHL career.
Officially, the Toronto Maple Leafs winger was hit with a 20-game suspension for a positive test of the banned substance, but the ultimate penalty will likely end up being quite a bit steeper than that.
Fairly or not, Ashton is now going to be labelled as a user of performance-enhancing drugs. That the 23-year-old claims he accidentally ingested the fat-burning stimulant through a friend’s asthma inhaler won’t change much in the court of public opinion.
The Situation Room in Toronto has no control of plays like this since the referee ruled incidental contact of the goalie.
Agree or disagree, the final say on a play like this should be made by the Situation Room where they have access to replays like this.
If the NHL wants to get as many calls right as possible, things have to change. We are seeing these types of calls on a nightly basis.
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