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Recap Of The General Managers Meeting

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

As the NHL’s general managers gathered at Montreal’s historic le Windsor hotel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the league, the post-meeting talk was more about recent rule changes and an unexpected uptick in goal scoring.

“I think it’s without question the game is going in the right direction,” said Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello. “How much more has to be done is an unknown because right now I think we’ve got a great game.”

There was little trade chatter emanating from the GMs’ meetings, who were gathering primarily to begin the process of reviewing the latest changes to the game.

That includes the crackdowns on slashing and interference, as well as the new tweak to the offside challenge rule that costs a team a delay-of-game penalty if it fails to win an offside challenge.


Below, watch a few GMs discuss the meeting....

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Afternoon Line- Dale Tallon

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Video- The Best Team In Canada Is…

The Winnipeg Jets?

Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon discusses...


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The Portrait Painter

from Stephen Smith of the New York Times,

A hundred years after the National Hockey League was born in Montreal’s grandest hotel, the Windsor, the league is back where it all began this weekend.

The hotel is gone, but the nearby train station is still there, next door to the Montreal Canadiens’ home rink at the Bell Centre.

Gathering there — on paper, at least — are the 100 players deemed to be the best to have played in the N.H.L.

For the past year, the artist Tony Harris has been at his easel trying to translate the speed and color and glory of hockey into oil paint.

Last week, he finished the final two 11-inch-by-14-inch portraits, depicting the Canadiens speedy winger Yvan Cournoyer and Wayne Gretzky in the Edmonton Oilers’ blue and orange. On Saturday, all 100 paintings will be shown together in public for the first time.


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Here Comes The U.S. Born Players In The NHL

from Cork Gaines and Mike Nudelman of Business Insider,

The percentage of NHL players who are from Canada has fallen to 46.1%, according to data collected by QuantHockey.com. Meanwhile, the percentage of US-born players in the NHL is up to 25.7%, its highest level ever.

The gap between the two nations (20.4%) is the narrowest ever. Just 16 years ago, the gap was 40.3%. Just three years ago, the NHL was still mostly Canadians, with over 50% of the players born above the border.

If the trend seen over the last few years continues, the NHL could be more American for the first time by 2028. In 11 years, US-born players are projected to be above 30% and their Canadian-born counterparts are projected to fall below 30% of all NHL players.

continue for a graph of the above stats...

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Radko Gudas Offered An In-Person Hearing


Watch the slash below if you missed it last night.

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General Managers Meeting In Session

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On The Agenda For Today’s GM Meetings

Besides the slashing calls....

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,


The GMs will discuss how to better get the officials and the players on the same page as to what is and what is not allowed....


When the NHL allowed coaches to challenge potential offsides when a goal was scored, a Pandora’s box opened up. Suddenly, everything was being challenged with no consequences. This year, a failed challenge results in a penalty....


This one is interesting and it sort of makes a lot of sense. When a penalty is called in overtime, play becomes 4-on-3. That’s a massive difference than 5-on-4 play during regulation time....


Don’t expect this one to get solved anytime soon, but there is talk again of whether officials should determine a player’s intent when a puck goes out of play....

more on each of the above plus the slashing calls and goalie interference...

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Report- A Seven-Year Contract Extension For Cam Atkinson In Columbus

via NHL.com,

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson has agreed to a seven-year contract worth $40.25 million, The Athletic reported Thursday.

It has an average annual value of $5.75 million and will run through the 2024-25 NHL season. The 28-year-old could have become an unrestricted free agent after this season, the final of a three-year contract worth $3.5 million annually, according to CapFriendly.com.

added 10:48am,


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Videos- A Tribute To Ben Bishop And A Unique National Anthem Performance

A nice tribute to Ben Bishop on his return to Tampa Bay as a member of the Dallas Stars.



Below, 92 year-old Master Sergeant Cliff Zalay performed the National Anthem on the harmonica last night.

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