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Michael Farber examines the Penguins' controversial 1983-84 season in which the team may have tanked to land the No. 1 pick, which they used on Mario Lemieux.
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Rogers, Canada’s new home for hockey, today unveiled its 2014-15 NHL national broadcast schedule, delivering double the number of games on free over-the-air TV and twice as many Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night games than ever before for Canadians.
Rogers’ marquee national broadcast schedule showcases an abundance of premium Canadian matchups and all of the marquee events of the season, including the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Game and the favourite Canadian tradition: Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.
In addition to the more than 200 national games unveiled today, Rogers will announce its remaining national and regional broadcast schedules in the coming weeks. In total, Rogers will deliver 350 national regular season games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada.
“The NHL delivered what we believe to be a best-in-class broadcast schedule,” said Scott Moore, President of NHL & Sportsnet, Rogers. “This schedule is a hockey fan’s dream – the biggest names, classic rivalries, more games on more nights, and more ways to watch. We are looking forward to providing Canadians with the best seat in the house every week of the NHL season.”
NEW YORK (June 22, 2014) – The NHL’s 2014-15 regular season (link to schedule, all teams) will commence on Wednesday, Oct. 8, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Los Angeles Kings raising their second championship banner in the past three seasons. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude on Saturday, April 11, with all 30 clubs in action.
“He’s a really good sort of jack of all trades, he can go up and down in your lineup. Obviously I don’t think there’s any more expanded growth in Steve Ott’s game — he is what he is. We want to do fair contracts, but we don’t want to be anybody’s retirement package.”
-Doug Armstrong, GM of the St. Louis Blues and the possibility of signing soon to be UFA Steve Ott. More on the Blues from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
from Aaron Vickers of CalgaryFlames.com,
He hasn’t always been the grizzled face on the draft floor.
Once upon a time, Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke was a fresh-faced rookie tasked with navigating his first National Hockey League draft day.
“My first draft was as assistant GM in Vancouver with Pat Quinn and Pat was in a difficulty with the League because he had coached LA, gone to Vancouver and they suspended him briefly so he wasn’t at the table,” Burke recounted. “It was my first draft and I’m running the draft. There were scouts there who have been doing it 20 years. I was 31 or 32. My previous experience was six years as a lawyer. I’d never been at a draft table before.
“We took Rob Murphy, who worked out pretty well. He played a fair amount for us and a fair amount for Ottawa. He still works for Ottawa. Great kid but I remember being terrified.
"You’re at the table with guys who have been doing this 30 years and you’re trying to say, ‘this is the type of player we want’ and they’re looking at you like, ‘hey, kid, you’re brand new at this. You’re American to boot so shut up and sit there’. It was intimidating.”
continue for Burke's draft history...
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Defense is an area where the Avs might try to do the most shopping. Roy used the newly crowned champion Los Angeles Kings as a template for what he hopes to have for a "top six" on defense. Roy said the Kings had strong top-three defensemen in Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov and Alec Martinez, with good complementary role players as partners in Jake Muzzin, Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene.
"We're not that far away on defense," Roy said. "You look at (Erik) Johnson, who had a really good year, we have (Tyson) Barrie, who played really well at the end of the season, and we have Nick Holden, who we think is a solid defenseman. Are they where (the Kings are)? The answer is no, but now the (question) is, 'Who are we going to add?' You cannot just add the top players. You have to have a great mix, and you look at some teams as a model, and I think L.A. is a good example. If we could get the good mix — stay-at-home, physical defensemen playing with high-skill defensemen — I think that's the approach that we'd like to have, and I think we're heading in a pretty good direction. I think the future of our franchise on the defensive side of the game is a lot better than people think it is."
The Avs may look to recruit a couple of those Kings defensemen. Mitchell, 37, and Greene, 31, can become unrestricted free agents, and it appears unlikely the Kings will be able to keep both. Other attractive D-men in the league who might be available include Pittsburgh's Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, and the New York Islanders' Dan Boyle.
more on the Avalanche...
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
The Lightning will not be issuing a qualifying offer to goaltender Anders Lindback, allowing the 26-year-old to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
In order to retain Lindback’s rights as a restricted free agent, the Lightning would have had to issue an offer equal to the $2.2 million salary he played for last season.
Lindback finished last season 8-12-2 with a 2.90 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in 23 games before posting an 0-3 record, 3.91 GAA and .881 save percentage in four playoff games.
But Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman said the book on Lindback is not closed, and though the team intends to test the free agent market for a potential backup, Lindback remains a consideration.
continue for more on the Lightning...
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
In the coming weeks, the Coyotes likely will execute the bulk of their roster decisions, shaping not only the expectations for 2014-15 but also the realistic results. The draft, which usually coincides with the first wave of trade activity, starts Friday, and free agency opens July 1.
And ownership already has handed General Manager Don Maloney a budget that is higher than the one he initially anticipated retooling the Coyotes with this summer — an obvious perk of having bosses in adjacent offices rather than in NHL headquarters.
"It's fair to say we will be right in the middle when it comes to where we have approved Don to go to in regards to payroll," President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said.
Considering the salary cap is rising and the Coyotes already have a No.1 goalie, elite defenseman and depth at center, it's entirely possible this budget is enough to flip their fate next spring.
"Does my gut tell me we'll make some moves?" LeBlanc said. "Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised to see us make some moves."
Tomorrow, finalists for the NHL Awards will be made available to the media from 2:30pm until 4:00pm ET. in Las Vegas.
Even though the atmosphere is much more relaxed than let's say a post-game dressing room plus all different types of media probably have been granted access, I don't think I would want to be in Sidney Crosby's shoes.
Assuming he will be in attendance, I am sure he will face a barrage of questions regarding the current state of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The hockey media types will want his opinion and will ask him the same type of questions but with different angles. The media who are in attendance for the event itself, well you don't know what type of questions Crosby will be asked and it could be a long 1 1/2 hours for Crosby.
At an event where everything usually has a positive vibe to it, it just may be the opposite for Crosby.
added 2:30pm, Just received an update, Crosby will not be at the media availability event tomorrow but will be at the Red Carpet event on Tuesday.
added 2:42pm, This may explain the reason why Crosby is not available (Babcock too) on Monday.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
In the last three years, while fighters have left the NHL via retirement and attrition (and in Boogaard’s case, a death via drug and alcohol overdose on May 13, 2011), younger sluggers have not filled the gloves they’ve left on the ice. Within this window, players who fit this category are Patrick Bordeleau, Luke Gazdic, Tom Wilson, and Anthony Peluso. There’s more going out than coming in.
The NHL revolves around a cycle of refreshing. Mark Recchi goes out on top. The Bruins give most of his shifts to Tyler Seguin, then coming off his rookie season. Nicklas Lidstrom closes out his glorious career. The Red Wings ask Danny DeKeyser and Brendan Smith to assume some of the shifts taken by the best defenseman of his generation. Martin Biron retires last October. Cam Talbot, 26, takes over as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup with the Rangers.
And on and on and on. The exception, however, looks to be in the mitt-dropping segment.
Come July 1, John Scott, George Parros, Mike Rupp, Krys Barch, Kevin Westgarth, Steve MacIntyre, Zenon Konopka, Deryk Engelland, and Arron Asham will be looking for work. They may not get it in the NHL. Their current employers may not replace their pugilistic skills with more of the same.
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