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TORONTO (May 9, 2013) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that centre Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, right wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and right wing Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been nominated as finalists for the 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award. The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.
Tiger, Phil and a few others seem to be named the most.
from the CP at CBC,
NHL GMs discussed reducing the size of goalie equipment and increasing video review Wednesday, while both the league and NHL Players' Association sounded a desire to grandfather in mandatory visors.
"Every little piece of goaltender equipment is now a project for a goalie to get bigger," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's vice-president of hockey operations.
Campbell said the instructions to Kay Whitmore, the NHL's goalie guru, are "Do what you have to do within reason to make sure they're still protected to reduce the stopping area."
Current rules allows goalie pads to go 55 per cent of the way between your knee and your pelvis, says Whitmore.
from Nick Cotsonika at Puck Daddy,
Is the NHL Players’ Association ready to support a grandfathered visor rule?
The union at least will ask its members what they think. If they are in favor, the rule likely would go from the competition committee, to the NHL Board of Governors and into the book.
But we’ll see.
“We’re definitely going to look at talking to the guys about grandfathering them in,” said Mathieu Schneider, the special assistant to NHLPA executive director Don Fehr, at the NHL general managers’ meeting. “We’d probably do some type of poll.”
The NHL has been in favor of mandatory visors or at least a grandfathered rule, and the NHLPA has encouraged its members to wear visors. But the league cannot force the players to wear visors without their consent, and the last time the NHLPA polled its members, they were heavily in favor of personal choice over a grandfathered rule.
continued, Schneider mentions more topics which were discussed today...
added 6:23pm, Watch video below of Schneider talking with the media...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
• For starters, the NHL will have the GMs split into breakout groups that will focus on different items. For example, one group will talk about interference on the forecheck, another group will talk about diving/embellishment, etc. The groups will then report back to the main group for general discussion later in the day. The breakout groups are an annual practice at the GMs meetings, although usually they’ve got three days to work with.
• There will be discussion about the merits of a coach’s challenge for video review of goals. This was brought up a couple of years ago by Dale Tallon but got very little traction with GMs at the time. Now, it appears there is more appetite for this conversation. Part of the conversation as well could be simply to give the war room in Toronto a bigger scope in terms of what it can review on goals. Right now, it’s essentially just whether the puck was in or not and on kicking plays. But if the GMs want, it can widen the war room’s scope to include goalie interference plays on controversial goals, etc. Should be an interesting discussion.
We all know the division and conference set-up for next season, so here is the wild card plan as described by Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The Stanley Cup Playoffs will still consist of 16 teams, eight in each conference, but it will be division-based and a wild-card system has been added as a new wrinkle.
The top three teams in each division will make-up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, based on regular-season points and regardless of division. It will be possible, then, for one division to send five teams to the postseason while the other sends three.
The seeding of the wild-card teams within each divisional playoff will be determined on the basis of regular-season points. The division winner with the most points in the conference will be matched against the wild-card team with the lowest number of points; the division winner with the second-most points in the conference will play the wild-card team with the second fewest points.
The teams finishing second and third in each division will play in the first round of the playoffs. The winners of each series will play for the divisional championship.
read on for the complete realignment plan...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The NHL and NHL Players' Association have agreed to change this season's escrow rate to 20 percent, sources confirmed to ESPN.com.
That's up from the 10 percent rate both sides had agreed upon in late January shortly after the season began.
The change comes as a result of lower than originally projected NHL revenues for the lockout-shortened season.
That means players, as of this week, will fork over 20 percent of every paycheck into an escrow fund until both the league and NHLPA figure out the final numbers next summer or next fall in terms of hockey-related revenue.
Toronto (March 7, 2013) – NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr issued the following statement this evening:
“After discussions with the Executive Board, the NHLPA has given consent to realignment, to be re-evaluated following the 2014-15 season.”
NEW YORK (March 7, 2013) -- Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, released the following statement regarding the proposed Plan for Realignment:
"The NHL Players' Association confirmed to us today that it has consented to a revised Plan for Realignment, effective for the 2013-14 season. Our next step will be to bring the proposed Plan for Realignment to the NHL Board of Governors for its consideration. We will update the status of the process as future developments warrant."
Sportsnet’s Chris Simpson asks Donald Fehr about his and the NHLPA’s feelings about realignment among other inquiries.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
While these divisions do make people like Dallas, Minnesota, Detroit and Columbus happy, they also seem to invite peril for the future. What if Phoenix eventually has to move, and the best location is to move to the East? What if you want expansion teams, and the best locations are in the East? Are you really going to send Detroit or Columbus over there for a couple of years and then toss them right back in the West?
And, seriously, Florida and Tampa with Ottawa and Toronto?
Yeah, if I’m the players, I have all sorts of problems with this set-up.
So why haven’t we seen other options? You and I can think up a few right now. How about a minor tweak of the current system that is designed to patch a few holes, but also leave the door open for bigger changes in a year or two?
Would you have a problem with this:
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