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Report- NHL May Play More Games Overseas Next Season

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Marijuana Talk And The NHL

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

As of July 1, marijuana use will be legal in Canada.

Marijuana is not a performance-enhancing substance and therefore it’s not on the National Hockey League’s banned substances list. So, theoretically, there could be an argument made to allow for its use for medicinal purposes in the league.

Chat amongst yourselves.

To be clear, at the moment, marijuana is among the variety of drugs the NHL and National Hockey League Players’ Association test for under the umbrella of the joint Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health Program, so legalizing its use in Canada doesn't mean it will automatically be dropped from that list.

a bit more and other topics...

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November Is Hockey Fights Cancer Month

 NEW YORK/TORONTO (Nov. 1, 2017) – Hockey Fights Cancer™, a joint initiative between the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL) as well as a program of the National Hockey League Foundation and NHL Foundation, begins today. The campaign, which unites the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families, will feature ceremonies, observances, and fundraising efforts throughout the month of November. All 31 NHL® Member Clubs are designating one home game as the official Hockey Fights Cancer™ in-arena awareness night, with unique programming and partnerships with local cancer organizations.

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Wednesday Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Freidman of Sportsnet,

- A few GMs/executives saw the same thing in the first week. As one said, “A lot of teams are really thin on the blue line.” You could probably name 10 clubs with a strong defence corps, but how many of them are confident enough to subtract from that group in a trade? There’s a squeeze. That’s where Vegas comes in, but right now it’s an old-fashioned staring contest between George McPhee and his peers. As one GM said, “The guys we want are the guys he wants to keep.”

-  Tampa Bay beat Washington on Monday with a four-forward overtime power play — Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos. Good luck defending that.

- The NHL and NHLPA’s next face-to-face meeting about the international calendar is Thursday in Toronto. There is some question about whether or not everyone wants to go back to China, because it didn’t make money. (The promoter takes the risk, not the league or union.) I can’t believe this is even an issue. You’re going to go once and give up, four years from the Olympics? I’d like to see them go to France and Germany, too, since the world championships were just there.

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$2.7M Donated For Hurricane Relief In Florida

TAMPA/SUNRISE/NEW YORK/TORONTO (Sept. 12, 2017) – The Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL) today announced a joint donation of $2.7 million for hurricane relief to those affected across the state of Florida by Hurricane Irma.

Extensive damage was caused to the entire state of Florida by the Hurricane which made landfall in the state on Sunday, first hitting the Florida Keys. Negative impacts have been felt by millions of people in many different ways across the state, including Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Naples, Lakeland, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville.

Fans and members of the community who wish to support these efforts can donate through The Lightning Foundation, The Florida Panthers Foundation or by making contributions at the teams’ home preseason games, which begin next week. For more information, please visit NHL.comNHLPA.comfloridapanthers.com or tampabaylightning.com.

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Hockey’s Declaration Of Principles

NEW YORK/ TORONTO (Sept. 6, 2017) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) today unveiled hockey’s Declaration of Principles – developed by and for hockey stakeholders – to advance policies, programs and initiatives, while inspiring fans, players and communities to create the best possible experience for the entire hockey community. This joint statement advocates the game of hockey as a powerful platform for participants to build character, foster positive values and develop important life skills that transcend the game.

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Rene Fasel Hoping For A Miracle

from Nick Butler of inside the games,

"It would take a miracle, maybe [for the NHL to fully participate]," Fasel told insidethegames during the IOC Coordination Commission inspection visit here.

"But I think the decision was done the NHLPA and NHL, so I think it would take something really special to happen.

"All the NHL players who would like to participate so they have to be on the long list from October 1, concerning World Anti-Doping Agency testing etc.

"The NHLPA and the NHL have to find a way.

"Actually the [NHL] PA is looking into  if this is possible, on the legal side.

"The League decision is the owners' decision, so there are some legal questions to find out over if the players are allowed to come or not.


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Talking Hockey On A Lazy Saturday In July

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Connor McDavid is right. He should be going to the Olympics in February. And he should be mad about it. All NHL players deemed eligible should be going to PyeongChang. But what hockey fans needed was for McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Carey Price, Alex Ovechkin, Auston Matthews and Erik Karlsson to go against the culture of their sport and stand up and speak out against the NHL. They needed to have their voices heard, representing the four best hockey-playing nations in the world, and they needed to put pressure on the league and their historically lame Players’ Association, to find a way to make a deal ... I’m the last thing from a Bob Goodenow fan but I can’t believe Goodenow would have allowed this Olympic blackout if he was still in charge of the PA.

- Centres I’d rather have than Ryan Johanssen: Crosby, McDavid, Toews, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Anze Kopitar, Patrice Bergeron, Matthews, Leon Draisaitl, Jeff Carter, Jack Eichel, Nick Backstrom, Sasha Barkov, Ryan Getzlaf and Tyler Seguin. And I’m probably missing a few. David Poile is normally the most prudent of general managers. He seems to have overpaid for Johanssen at $8 million a year.

- Price is going to have to be exceptional to get what’s left of the Montreal Canadiens into the playoffs.

- Your name is Lou Lamoriello and you have $6 million to spend on the Maple Leafs. What do you do?

Do you, as he did, spend the $6 million and change on the soon-to-be 38-year-old forward Patrick Marleau? That took a three-year commitment.

Or do you, as he chose not to dabble, spend the $6 million a year for one fewer season, and bet on a slow horse named Andrei Markov?

All negotiations being equal, if I’m sitting in the general manager’s chair, and knowing the strengths and weaknesses of this Maple Leafs team, I’m offering a deal to Markov, who has now left the NHL, before I’m considering offering it to Marleau.

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NHL Stars Should Be More Involved With The CBA

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The best players in the NHL have historically sat on the sidelines during collective bargaining, but it's time for the likes of Crosby and McDavid to get involved.

So Connor McDavid is “really upset” about NHL players not participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. In that case, McDavid might want to take a number and get in line because there are a lot of star players who feel the same way. Sidney Crosby doesn’t like it, either. But the NHL is not in the business of catering to their star players, particularly when they feel it doesn’t serve their business interests very well.

Some star players, particularly those of the Russian variety, have talked about going rogue and playing in the Pyeongchang tournament anyway. So make no mistake, the star players who have the most to lose by not playing in the Olympics are not a happy bunch.

And that’s all well and good, but now is the time for those same players to use their clout to shame the NHL into doing the right thing in 2022 and their own Players’ Association into enshrining it into the next collective bargaining agreement. 


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