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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Can you describe what it's like for a guy like you to be on a team like this at this stage of your career, a team with young, talented players but rife with inconsistency?
"I don't think it's easy for anyone. In our business, if you win you feel good and everyone is excited after the game. It's amazing the difference of emotions after a win or a loss. It's a results-oriented business so definitely the days when you're not winning are a lot tougher, a lot harder. But I feel like right through the League there are not many teams that are powerhouses, and we look at ourselves and what we look at is our one-goal games. If we could pull out a few more here and there -- I know that is what-ifs -- but it makes it so we feel like we're not so far behind a big group of teams. A third of the season is up. There are a lot of games still left but at the same time you have to start winning two out of three, three out of four, get on a streak. We haven't had a big streak yet and every team seems to go through one. So if we could get on a four- or five-game winning streak it would give us not only the points in the standings, but also the confidence of feeling good and knowing that we can climb back."
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
As enticing as a $17 million check would be for each of the NHL’s 30 owners in exchange for inviting a new city to join their exclusive fraternity, the deliberation to expand Quebec City and/or Las Vegas is more nuanced than that.
The question on the mind of most inside Monday’s Board of Governors meeting was: How would expansion affect my team?
Long before commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL’s executive committee can even pose a vote to the full Board of Governors on expansion, a bevy of details must be sorted out, starting with the format of an expansion draft.
No such deliberations took place at the scenic Inn at Spanish Bay on Monday. The league's presentation on expansion took up 15 to 20 minutes of the two-hour full board meeting, according to Bettman, and did not include “substantive discussions of those issues.”
“There are a myriad (of issues), and within that are a lot of sub-issues that have to be addressed,” Bettman said. “For example: When? What will be the terms of the expansion draft? What would be the terms of an expansion draft if it’s one team or if it’s two teams? What will be the role or the position in the entry draft?”
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
Ray Bourque on Monday stood in the same locker room he couldn't get to quickly enough in 2001 on the night he took the Stanley Cup home after helping the Avalanche win it at the Pepsi Center.
"I was a little delayed. I didn't get to the room right after because they took me to the media room," Bourque recalled of the events after the Stanley Cup Final Game 7 victory over the New Jersey Devils. "So I missed probably 20 minutes of the celebration right after the game in here. That I'd like to have back, but the celebration continued to about 3 a.m., and actually for me, it probably went to about 5 in the morning because Pierre (Lacroix) told me to go home with the Cup. I brought it home and had a whole bunch of family with me. We had a big van with a cooler in the van, and people came out of their houses at 3 in the morning to celebrate with me until 5 a.m. right on my street where I lived in Littleton. That was a special night."
Bourque, 54, is among 15 Avalanche alumni or current players on the 20th anniversary team who were honored before Monday night's game against the visiting Minnesota Wild.
Watch the ceremony below...
Referee Time Peel had enough of the act from James Neal and let's him know about it. Two minute for embellishment.
Almost three minutes of highlights from those games.
The NHL's Board of Governors met on Monday, and NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports that the Board of Governors received an estimate as to where the 2016-17 salary cap's upper limit might lie...
The NHL's salary cap for the 2016-17 season could go up approximately $3 million, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday at the Board of Governors meeting.
The salary cap for the 2015-16 season is $71.4 million. It increased $2.4 million from 2014-15 to 2015-16.
"We gave them a very, very, very rough projection on what the cap could conceivably be next season, which will be somewhere between where it is now and up $3 million, in that range," Commissioner Bettman said. "That will depend on a variety of factors."
And the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno reports that the NHL is considering its options for its centennial season...
Plans for the NHL's centennial celebration are ongoing, and Bettman said the NHL had hired former IMG executive producer Steve Mayer as executive vice-president and executive producer, programming and creative development. Even though no announcements were made about what's to come in 2017, Toronto and Montreal are expected to be focal points.
"We think it's important to recognize the 100th anniversary of the league, which happens to be in conjunction with the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal, Canada's sesquicentennial and the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup," Bettman said. "We're looking forward to that."
But what are the plans regarding expansion? That's harder to determine, as the Associated Press notes:
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
The Florida Panthers future in South Florida will likely be determined in a county meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The Broward County Commission is expected to vote on a financial package in which the team's long-term lease at the county-owned BB&T Center will be rewritten, with the Panthers getting more tourist tax money to help offset massive losses.
The Panthers and county administrators negotiated the terms over the past year.
Those terms, which would give the team a financial package worth $86 million, were presented to the commission at an October meeting.
I have been following this topic over the last few days and what I have read is the vote should pass.
from Thomas Drance of Sportsnet,
The Canucks have right wing Radim Vrbata and defenceman Dan Hamhuis on expiring contracts, and though both players are on deals that include no-trade protection, they could garner considerable interest at the trade deadline. As could fourth-line tough guy Brandon Prust.
Based on the way the first eight weeks of the season have unfolded, netting quality future assets for veteran pieces who don’t fit into the club’s long-range plans should be a necessity. Exploring the possibility of swapping out an inconvenient contract with a longer-term commitment to an aging player, like Chris Higgins or Alex Burrows, could also add some worthwhile flexibility going forward.
The rewards for being awful aren’t quite what they used to be, but the top of the draft is where NHL teams are still most likely to find elite talent. And there’s a large handful of intriguing names that will be called in the top-five at the 2016 draft, even beyond consensus first-overall selection Auston Matthews.
via Pierre LeBrun tweets,
Executive Committee meeting has wrapped up after close to three hours. Gary Bettman says no decisions taken on expansion.
Bettman says the exec committee owners were given research data regarding the Vegas and Quebec expansion bids. Says process continues...
Bettman will update full Board of Governors starting at 630 pm ET on expansion and other matters
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