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“It’s hard to keep pointing to bright spots and positives right now, but if you fall down seven times, you get up eight. That’s what we have to do right now, and there are good signs. The power play got another one tonight, I know we want more than that, but the power play has been starting to get goals for us. Our big-name guys are starting to find the back of the net to get points. That’s another good sign, but we need wins. Generally we’re a team that we preach the process and we’re better that way for sure but we’re beyond that.”
-Mike Yeo, head coach of the Minnesota Wild after a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. Michael Russo of Russo's Rants has more.
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via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
As Sabres rookie Dan Catenacci was bent over looking for a puck, Gudas barreled in to drop the forward. The referees issued a five-minute major for charging and five minutes for fighting when Jake McCabe exchanged punches with Gudas.
“The guy’s an idiot,” Foligno said. “He’s dirty, goes after a rookie, goes right for his head. He’s an idiot.”
Catenacci, who had to be helped off the ice, underwent concussion testing after the game.
“There’s no question it’s a head hit,” Bylsma said. “I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”
It will take you just over four minutes to catch up on the NHL action from last night.
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Ryan Murray to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Murray, 22, has tallied four goals and 13 assists for 17 points with 32 penalty minutes in 55 games this season. He ranks third on the team in time on ice average (22:27) and is second among club defensemen in goals and points. He is one of three Blue Jackets – Boone Jenner and Gregory Campbell – to have played in every game this season.
“Ryan Murray is a talented, smart player who has been a very steady performer on our blue line and we are extremely happy to have this deal completed,” said Kekalainen. “Ryan has earned more ice time, showed steady improvement and contributed in all situations for us throughout the season. We look forward to his continued growth and development with our club.”
from Eben Novy-Williams and Gerrit De Vynck of Bloomberg Business,
The NHL has a loonie problem. The Canadian dollar fell to 68¢ last month against the U.S. dollar, a 13-year low, and analysts think it could drop an additional 13 percent in 2016. The weakened state of the currency may cost the NHL hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue.
The NHL does all its business in U.S. dollars, and all players are paid in greenbacks. The league also computes its total annual revenue in U.S. currency. Revenue for the league’s seven Canadian teams comes in the form of Canadian dollars, which is then converted into U.S. dollars. This season it’s going to take many more of the weak loonies to help the league reach its revenue target, estimated to be $4 billion. Chances are growing slim that the league will hit its mark.
That has implications for more than team owners. The teams and players split revenue 50-50. Money is withheld from each NHL player’s paycheck and kept in escrow. If league revenue at the end of the season doesn’t meet its target, money is taken from escrow to ensure an even split with the owners.
For the 2011-12 season, the players’ haircut was 0.5 percent of their annual salaries. At the start of this season, the players’ escrow accounts withheld 16 percent of salaries: That number just rose to 18 percent, as the Canadian dollar declined. Representatives are warning the players not to expect much back. “No one is happy about it,” says NHL players agent Allain Roy.
via Mark Lazerus tweets,
Gary Bettman says the NHL is "extraordinarily pleased" with the challenge system. Calls it close to perfect.
Gary Bettman says it's supposed to be a judgment call. Says the NFL doesn't do replay for pass interference, so it's a new idea.
Bettman brushes aside criticism of http://NHL.com , saying people always resistant to change. Says people need to "play with it."
NEW YORK (Feb. 11, 2016) – The Chicago Blackhawks® will host the 2017 NHL Draft™ at United Center, the Blackhawks, National Hockey League and city of Chicago announced today. The Draft will be held over two days – Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, 2017. NHL® club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while more than 15,000 fans and hundreds of print, television and radio media are expected to attend.
The 2017 event will mark the first time the Blackhawks and the city of Chicago host the NHL Draft.
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins issued the following update on goaltender Malcolm Subban, who sustained a fractured larynx after being struck in the throat with a puck on Saturday, February 6 during the Providence Bruins game against the Portland Pirates in Portland, ME:
"Malcolm underwent successful surgery on February 8 at Mass Eye & Ear Hospital in Boston to repair his larynx fracture. He is doing well and has been released from the hospital. While there is no definitive timetable for his return at this time, he is expected to be out a minimum of eight weeks."
NEW YORK (Feb. 11, 2016) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for inappropriate gestures aimed at Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano during NHL Game No. 805 in Calgary on Tuesday, Feb. 9, the National Hockey League announced today.
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Are we continuing to see the shift in the NHL's power balance from the West to the East?
After years of the West being the best, I remember writing a piece last March about how it appeared that the Eastern Conference closing the gap on the West in terms of the competitive balance. I think we're seeing more of that this season.
Let's look at the wild-card races to begin with: the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins hold those two spots with 62 and 61 points, respectively. Compare that to the wild-card placeholders in the West: the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche have 59 points apiece. The ninth-place New Jersey Devils in the East have 61 points, and 10th-place Montreal has 58. Of course, the true measure of excellence for me has always been the quality of the elite teams, which is where the West has been dominant for a good decade now,
in my opinion. When you're talking true, veritable Cup contenders I'd give you the Chicago Blakhawks and Los Angeles Kings at the top in the West, followed a notch below by the Anaheim Ducks, then another notch down go the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues. That's subjective, of course. In the East? Washington stands alone as the top Cup contender, followed by the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, then the Rangers. Again, it's subjective, and I would still give the West a slight edge in this department, but the gap is closing for sure. Thoughts?
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