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George Stroumboulopoulos spoke to Gary Bettman about the possibility of expansion in the NHL, and what needs to happen to make that a reality.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Draft-pick compensation for the hiring of coaches and executives from other teams will be eliminated, effective Jan. 1, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday following the completion of the Board of Governors meeting.
The original policy was put into effect Jan 1, 2015, in part to allow for compensation for coaches and executives under contract who departed for a position with another team. But it morphed to include coaches and executives that had been fired but remained under contract.
Now the League will return to the previous policy, which requires teams to grant permission to its coaches and executives under contract to interview with other teams. If permission is granted and the coach or executive changes teams, there will no longer be any compensation to the team losing personnel.
"On balance, it just wasn't worth the debate, the confusion, the uncertainty that flowed from it," Commissioner Bettman said. "Frankly, I thought the old policy worked very well. I think you remember from the GM Meeting [November 2014], one of the caveats that I put into place when I agreed to implement the revised policy was that if there are any problems with this we will scrap it and go back to what we had. That ultimately happened. We deferred to the will of the GMs for a year, we tried it, and I think we were better off with the policy we had."
added 4:32pm, Below, watch Bettman talking about this change...
from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
During the Flyers’ morning skate, the team sent a tweet that general manager Ron Hextall would have an “update” on Wednesday. It turns out Lecavalier didn’t skate because he had some tightness in his back, but he is otherwise healthy. He plans to practice Wednesday.
“I don’t know what to say, man. It is what it is,” a frustrated Lecavalier said. “Obviously I’m not getting in the lineup, and I don’t know what to say anymore. I’m not going to come to the rink pissed off. I’m still going to try to come and get better. I don’t know. Wherever I get my opportunity I just want to be in shape if that happens.”
It’s no secret that the $22.5 million, five-year marriage between Lecavalier and the Flyers isn’t working. If it were as simple as filing divorce papers, both sides would be happier....
“Obviously I haven’t played in a while, but the games I’ve played I haven’t played much,” said Lecavalier, who went from having 20 goals in his first season with the Flyers to having 20 total points in his second. “I believe in what I can do. Obviously you need an opportunity and you need the ice time to produce no matter how good you are or if you’re in your prime or not. You still need the minutes to be successful and I believe if I did get those minutes, I would (produce). I believe in myself. I’ve said that all along, but I’m not in that situation here.”
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will no longer play hockey because of a medical condition related to blood clots, Dupuis and the team announced today.
Dupuis, 36, had played 18 games this season while taking blood thinners but experienced several recent medical incidents possibly related to his condition. He had to be removed from several games – most recently on December 1 at San Jose – and each time had to undergo a series of tests.
“Despite playing on a medical protocol that has worked for other players in the NHL, we feel that the risk of Pascal playing with his condition and the side effects of the tests to monitor him are just not in the best interest of his long-term health,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician.
Dupuis has been placed on the injured reserve list, and the Penguins intend to place him on long-term injured reserve.
“It was very difficult for me to make this decision to have to step away from the game,” Dupuis said. “My wife and four children have always been my first priority, and playing with my condition has become a constant worry for all of us. I want to thank my teammates and the Penguins organization for their unwavering support during this difficult time.”
We have talked about the possibility that the NHL would take advantage of All-Star weekend in Nashville at the end of January to make an announcement on expansion. We think it’s incumbent on the league to let all concerned -- Bill Foley in Las Vegas, the would-be owners in Quebec City, GMs, players and fans -- know its expansion plans at All-Star weekend, even if that means explaining that expansion will be on the shelf for the present time.
-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on this topic.
The Hockey Central at Noon panel debate how much Tampa Bay and Toronto can offer free agent Steven Stamkos.
More like Nick Kypreos.
NEW YORK (Dec. 8, 2015) – The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that nine-time Emmy Award-winner Steve Mayer has been named Executive Vice President and Executive Producer, Programming & Creative Development. Mayer joins the NHL after a 20-year career at IMG Productions. Most recently, he served as IMG’s Executive Producer and SVP of IMG Productions, the world’s largest producer of sports programming.
added 11:00am, Translated the tweet, it says his agent says back problem for Lecavalier.
KANE LOOKS TO EXTEND RUN AS BLACKHAWKS OPEN HOME-AND-HOME
Forward Patrick Kane, who has points in a franchise-record 22 consecutive games (13-23—36), looks to continue that run when the Blackhawks welcome the Predators to United Center in the first half of a home-and-home series. This marks the first of five meetings this season between Chicago and Nashville, who last faced off in the First Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – a six-game win by the Blackhawks that featured a pair of overtime contests, both of which extended into multiple periods. Kane has 17-19—36 in 43 career regular-season appearances vs. NSH, but was limited to one assist in four head-to-head games last season. He also has recorded 6-8—14 in 12 career playoff matchups with the Predators, including 2-5—7 in last season’s six-game victory.
STREAKING TEAMS MEET ON NBCSN
Two teams riding lengthy point streaks meet when the Red Wings face the Capitals at Verizon Center. Detroit has picked up points in each of its past 10 games (7-0-3), its longest such run since March 11 – April 3, 2010 (10-0-2). Washington, meanwhile, has points in seven straight (6-0-1), but suffered a 2-1 overtime loss in its most recent outing on Saturday at WPG. This marks the third and final meeting of the season between these Eastern Conference foes, who have split their past two matchups – each by one goal (1-0 W by DET on Nov. 10 and 2-1 OT W by WSH on Nov. 18). Overall, six of the last eight games between these clubs have been decided by one goal dating to the start of the 2013-14 season, including four that went into overtime (WSH: 5-2-1, DET: 3-2-3).
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
Now, the big question: will finances affect their on-ice decisions — for example, re-signing Eric Staal?
“No,” he replies, but due to the sensitivity of Staal’s local pedigree (and Cam Ward’s), he declines any additional specifics. What he does say is this: “In actual money, we’re going to have more than $20M coming off our cap, including retained salary to Jay Harrison and Tuomo Ruutu. Not everyone is going to be let go, you have to keep someone. But it will give Ron flexibility.”
“We’re a budget team, not a floor team. Our payroll is $60-61M.”
Can you sustain that number?
“Yes. We can handle that.”
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