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Face-Off Circle Changes Announced For This Season

NEW YORK/TORONTO (October 6, 2014) -- The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that the modification to Rule 1.9 – Face-off Spots and Circles will be implemented for the commencement of the 2014-15 Season. The rule change, which moves the hash marks at the end zone circles from three feet apart to five feet, seven inches apart, had been tested during the 2014-15 preseason.

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The Redesigned NHL App And GameCenter Live

NEW YORK / TORONTO (October 6, 2014) – As anticipation builds for the 2014-15 NHL® season, every aspect of the game will be at the fingertips of hockey fans around the world, courtesy of the newly redesigned, free NHL app available on mobile devices, and the NHL’s live cross-platform streaming games service, NHL GameCenter LIVE™. Hockey fans can expect more rich video content, seamless navigation, enhanced social media integrations and improved notifications among the many features that will create a more personalized experience.

The redesigned NHL app also includes a convenient integration for NHL GameCenter LIVE subscribers, which for the first time ever, has multiple camera angles for an enhanced viewing experience.

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Afternoon Line - Barry Trotz

“I think we understand each other better.

“I think there was a little uneasiness coming in, but I think we’ve talked through everything. I don’t think there’s anything we haven’t really discussed in terms of what we need to do and why.

“We’re just starting the journey. We’re going to have some hard times; we’re going to have some good times. That’s the NHL season. It’s no different than a family. We’re starting to create a little bit of a family with our group and they’re all accountable to each other.

“Just like any family you’re not always going to be on the same page with your brothers and sisters. You still love them, but you may not agree with them all the time. We’ll have a couple of those days, but other than that we’ve made great strides.

“We have lots of work to do this year to get to where we want to be, but the foundation is there and that’s the most important thing. If you don’t have a foundation it will crumble, so we’ve been working hard on the foundation.”

-Barry Trotz, head coach of the Washington Capitals.  More from Trotz by Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.

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Willie Mitchell Is The New Captain Of The Florida Panthers

Sunrise, FL- Florida Panthers Head Coach Gerard Gallant announced today that D Willie Mitchell has been named captain for the 2014-15 season. He joins Brian Skrudland (1993-1997), Scott Mellanby (1997-2001), Paul Laus/Pavel Bure (2001-2002), Olli Jokinen (2005-2008), Bryan McCabe (2009-2011) and Ed Jovanovski (2013-2014) as the other team captains in the club’s 21-year history.

Mitchell, 37, has played in 795 career National Hockey League games for New Jersey (1999-2001), Minnesota (2000-2006), Dallas (2005-2006), Vancouver (2006-2010) and Los Angeles (2010-2014), scoring 30 goals with 135 assists and 744 penalty minutes. He has played in 89 post-season games, registering 16 points (4-12-16), winning the Stanley Cup twice with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014.

Mitchell served as captain of the Wild in January of 2006 during Minnesota’s rotating captaincy as well as an alternate captain in Vancouver.

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Video- Sportsnet Tells The Story

A few of the features Sportsnet will present this season...


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Video- Two Minutes Of Slo-Mo Action From Week 2 Of The NHL Preseason

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Players Under Pressure

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

Five players in particular will be feeling the heat of the spotlight this season. Here's why:

4. Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes -- The Hurricanes are already limping into the season with the devastating news that Jordan Staal is out for 3-4 months because of a broken leg. They can't afford to have questions in goal, that's for sure. And the way Anton Khudobin acquitted himself last season, Cam Ward does not have a long leash to prove he is the guy in Carolina. Though Ward's NHL career began in stunning fashion -- he led the Canes to a Stanley Cup as a rookie in 2006 and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in the process -- it has cooled off considerably....

5. Mike Smith, Arizona Coyotes -- Ward's not the only goaltender feeling the heat. After a stunning 2011-12 campaign in which he posted a 38-18-10 record, .930 save percentage and 2.21 goals against average and helped lead the Coyotes to the Western Conference finals, Smith has posted rather pedestrian numbers since then. The Coyotes have stuck with him, though, making this a critical season for both him and the team. Failing to make the playoffs for two straight years, the Coyotes need Smith to be at his absolute best for the team to hang with the big boys in the Western Conference.

more on each plus the Top 3 players under pressure...

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All About GameCenter Live

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

GameCenter Live, the NHL’s cross-platform streaming service, has been tweaked to better incorporate stats, news, social media and video clips. The latter category is perhaps the biggest leap forward: Now you can watch highlights in a picture-in-picture format inside a live game feed.

Another innovation: Additional camera angles. GameCenter Live will feature two cameras placed above each goal net that fans can watch throughout the game, getting the same feed they receive in the NHL War Room. You can watch the action on the ice, and then watch everyone crash the net. 

There may also be feeds available from games on Rogers in Canada that include a “POV” camera placed on the players’ benches.


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Ryan Johansen Agrees To A Three-Year Contract With Columbus

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COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with center Ryan Johansen on a three-year contract, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

“Ryan is an important member of the Blue Jackets family and we are pleased to have reached agreement on a contract with him through the 2016-17 season,” said Kekalainen.  “We’ve always believed that Ryan has the chance to be a very special player and are confident that his continued growth and development will be an important part of our team’s success now and in the future.”

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The Stanley Cup Drought In Canada

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

When 2013-14 coach of the year Patrick Roy stood behind the Colorado bench for a recent exhibition game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, a banner dangling high over his head from the rafters underscored the woes Canada’s NHL teams have endured over the past two decades.

There, hanging from the ceiling of the cavernous arena, was the prestigious flag honouring the 1993 Stanley Cup champions.

The same Habs team that featured Roy as its star goalie.

Even Roy could not have predicted at the time that no Canadian team would earn the right to smear its collective fingerprints on hockey’s shiny Holy Grail for the next 21 years — and counting.

That’s how bad things have been for the NHL franchises located north of the border.


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