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fom Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
The Kimmo Timonen saga took a bizarre turn Thursday night with Flyers coach Craig Berube saying during his pre-game meeting with reporters that the former All-Star defenseman was returning to the team.
A little over an hour later, general manager Ron Hextall, who hinted Wednesday that things were “moving along” in a positive manner for the Timonen's return, said Berube was wrong.
“There’s no definitive decision on Kimmo coming back,” Hextall said.
He said he hoped to have a final answer later this weekend and that Timonen still had not been medically cleared to play.
“There’s still a process going on and quite frankly, since I last talked to you guys, it has not moved forward,” Hextall said. “It’s at the same spot.”
— Is the NHL done with the Olympics? Depends on whom you ask. The owners don’t want to go, and league officials seem pessimistic. The players do want to go, and union officials seem optimistic. They agree on one thing: A lot depends on whether they receive concessions in Pyeongchang like they did in Sochi – insurance costs, travel costs, access, et cetera. Serious talks have not even started with the IIHF and the IOC, but most expect a decision to be made sooner than last time.
— NBC has paid billions for NHL and Olympic rights in the United States. It certainly would prefer NHL players go. But it might not pressure the NHL to participate in Pyeongchang. It might not care as much as you might think. If NHL players stay home, NBC could air other events – say, more figure skating – or hockey in whatever form it takes. One TV perspective: “It’ll still be Olympic hockey, and it’ll still outdraw the NHL’s ratings.”
-Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo where you can read more hockey topics.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the league’s Board of Governors has formally and unanimously approved the steps necessary to create a Pacific Division within the AHL beginning with the 2015-16 season.
The Board has approved the following:
from Jeff Blair of Sportsnet,
It seldom ends in a nice, neat package any more, because we are in sports Viagra era.
We live longer and our idols tend to perform at passable or better levels for longer periods of time because of better training, nutrition, medicine, travel — and, drug-testing often being half a step behind the cheaters, sometimes chemical intervention.
Go hard, don’t worry about going home.
It’s still said that if Wayne Gretzky can be traded, than anyone can be traded. True. The addendum is that if Gretzky can play out the string with the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues, than anyone ought to be able to play out the string for whomever and for however long they want.
Still, watching Martin Brodeur retire from the NHL on Thursday surrounded by the logo and colours of a team for which he’s played all of seven games seemed a little much, even by todays standards of disposability.
He’s a New Jersey Devil — no, he IS the New Jersey Devils.
continued which includes an interview Elliotte Friedman did with Brodeur today...
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from David Pollak of The Mercury News,
The NHL will make it official Thursday afternoon: Five franchises -- including the Sharks -- are moving their top American Hockey League affiliates to California next season.
The 12:30 p.m. PT announcement will be made at the SAP Center -- the rink both the Sharks and their relocated development team will call home. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and AHL president David Andrews will be on hand along with representatives of the Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.
"It really helps us with the most important things that we do, draft and develop players" Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Wednesday.
Watch the press conference below, it is scheduled to begin at 3:30pm ET...
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
NHL sponsors say they expect the league to use next year's World Cup of Hockey to trial on-uniform advertising.
Every North American sports league has weighed the added revenue putting ads on uniforms would generate against fan backlash. ...
In September, NHL officials told team presidents that the league would prefer not to be the first major league in North America to feature on-uniform ads, even though the move might generate $120 million.
But more recently, in the wake of the NHL's announcement of the eight-team World Cup of Hockey, sponsors say they expect the league and NHLPA to be aggressive with its marketing efforts. NHL officials have said privately that they hope the tournament generates close to $100 million. (The league recently sold the World Cup's Canadian TV rights to Rogers Communications for about $30 million, NHL sources tell TSN.)
The NHL has informed sponsors that it will feature about eight categories of sponsorships for the World Cup, selling each for about $1.5 million. To have a corporate logo featured on a team jersey would probably cost about $2 million per team, sources tell TSN.
moving this to the top of page so everyone has a chance to see and participate. original post was 1/28/15 at 10:48am.
Two days late with this week's game. Due to the weather warnings in the northeast, we decided to postpone this week's game until Thursday, so here we go.
Here is your chance to win $50 in this free fantasy game presented by BoltDraft. Just register and/or play, use passcode kukla17 if needed, then pick one forward, one defenseman and one goalie from the 22 NHL teams in action on Thursday.
Then sit back and watch how the games play out.
Easy to play and fun to compete against other KK members and readers.
Scoring rules are below and if you have any questions regarding the game, the Rules/FAQ page at BoltDraft should be of help.
via Mark Master tweets,
Shane Doan on if he's thought about asking out of ARZ so he gets one more shot at Cup; says that plan rarely works for players.
Doan: "Everyone talks about the way Ray Bourque did it ... storybook ending, but there's a lot of guys that it doesn't work for."
Doan: "If you make that decision you have to understand the consequences that go along with it. This is my home."
WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, February 2, President Obama will welcome the 2014 NHL Champion Los Angeles Kings and the 2014 MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy to honor the teams on winning their Championship titles. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.
WHEN: Monday, February 2, 2:00 PM EST
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