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Afternoon Line- Larry Brooks On The Possibility Of Another Lockout

Correct me if I’m wrong (please don’t; this is a figure of speech, not an invitation), but I do not believe Bettman wants to go four-for-four (after 1994, 2004, 2012) when it comes to lockouts following the expiration of labor agreements. The NHL can be expected to give the players a way out of striking by proposing a narrowed band within the 50-50 split of hockey related revenue that would reduce both the cap and escrow.

This, of course, would be a terrible solution that would reduce choices for pending free agents, increase the number of buyouts and arbitration walkaways, and eviscerate the ability of powerful teams to remain intact. But the league will push it with the expected backing of many agents, who attempted to influence to union into taking this path in 2006 before activists shut it down.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on this topic plus other hockey notes.

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Proposal of the century? Predators pro helps fan pop the question in epic style

By Stacy,

If you wanted to pull off the ultimate marriage proposal, where would you choose? A fancy restaurant? The top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris? A hot air balloon? Or maybe you would take your girl to see a hockey game and ask the big question while you were there?

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Space For The Center

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The low-and-slow approach has its place, and not just on the grill with a hunk of pork shoulder.

It’s one of the guidelines that centers have to keep in mind in the defensive zone. Today’s game encourages go-go pace. But the men in the middle require alternative thinking if they are to perform their jobs correctly. ...

Centers are best known for being playmakers. Pivots such as Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, John Tavares, Nicklas Backstrom, and Evgeni Malkin excel on the attack by driving play, controlling the puck, and amplifying the skills of their wingers. They earn their paychecks for how they put numbers on the scoreboard and dollars in their teammates’ accounts.

But the hardest part about playing the position takes place at the other end of the rink when they’re chasing pucks instead of handling them. Centers, more than any other players, have to master the art of spacing to shadow opponents, support teammates, and initiate the defense-to-offense transition.

more plus additional hockey topics...

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How About 34 Teams In The NHL?

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The NHL's commitment to considering Seattle as its 32nd team makes it tempting to wonder whether the NHL is en route to becoming a 34-team league....

This was a logical step for the NHL because there has long been a fascination with Seattle’s potential. Plus, Seattle is a natural fit to join the Western Conference, thereby balancing the league again with 16 teams in each conference.

From there, it’s not a significant leap to see the NHL embracing Houston as the 33rd team and then Quebec City becoming No. 34. Houston is the USA’s fourth-largest city in terms of population. Adding Houston expands the NHL’s television reach.

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A Weird Night For Hockey Related Tweets

First off Adrian Dater with a night he will probably never forget.

It started out good...

 

Getting bad...

 

Tme to get nervous...

 

Finally, and there are more tweets within his timeline...

 

Below, let's turn our attention to VGN tweets and media in Nashville...

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NHL Short Notes

 

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps

Columbus 5, NEW JERSEY 3
WASHINGTON 4, NY Rangers 2
Vegas 4, NASHVILLE 3 (SO)
CHICAGO 3, Buffalo 2 (OT)
Minnesota 3, ANAHEIM 2 (OT)

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Salary Cap Talk For Next Season In The NHL

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The cap is projected to rise to somewhere between $78 and $82 million for next season, up from $75 million this season.
 
After growing a combined $3.6 million over the last two seasons, the cap will climb at least $3 million next season thanks to a healthy 8 per cent increase in league revenue.
 
“We’re having an extraordinarily healthy growth in revenues,” commissioner Gary Bettman said. “The league has never been healthier. The game has never been healthier. Our franchises have never been healthier.”
 
Bettman projected the NHL to hit a record $4.54 billion (U.S.) in league-wide hockey-related revenue. That figure does not include the $500 million expansion fee paid by the Vegas Golden Knights to join the league, but their addition as a 31st club was definitely a factor for the increase.
 
The NHL still lags well behind the other three major sports in North America in revenue. For perspective, in 2016 the NFL generated approximately $14 billion, MLB surpassed $10 billion for the first time and the NBA is north of $6 billion.

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Optical Technology Coming To The NHL

via TSN,

Frank Seravalli joins Gino Reda at the NHL Board of Governors meetings to discuss how the NHLPA is apprehensive to the idea of chips being implanted in jerseys and skates of the players and how the league is looking at Optical technology as another option. Seravalli also talks about how the league will be testing player tracking technologies at the All-Star game in Tampa Bay.

Watch (no geoblocking) at TSN.

added 2:42pm, from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

 The NHL is working to invent revolutionary player-tracking technology it hopes to implement for the 2019-20 season or, potentially, as early as the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday.

The technology would not require tracking chips on the players, instead relying upon camera-based technology, Commissioner Bettman said Friday at the conclusion of the two-day Board of Governors meetings.

"We're in the process of working with some technology companies to invent technology that doesn't currently exist, because it's more complicated to do this than in any of the other sports for a whole host of reasons which relate to the attributes of our games, the physical contact, the sticks, the speed and everything else," Commissioner Bettman said. "But we're committed to doing it and we're investing a fair amount of money to do it."

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On Today’s BOG Agenda

added 11:03am,

 

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The Bookmakers On The Vegas Golden Knights

Todd Dewey Las Vegas Review-Journal,

If the Knights can keep their magical run going and reach the postseason, they would deliver a cross-check to bookmakers.

“We get killed if they make the playoffs, and we close if they win the Stanley Cup,” William Hill sports book director Nick Bogdanovich said....

Bettors at the Westgate sports book put their money on the Knights to win their division. While the most tickets bet on any other team to win their division was 11 on the Blackhawks, there were 67 tickets wagered on the Golden Knights at odds ranging from as high as 200-1 before the season to 8-1 when the Westgate closed the division odds in mid-November.

“For them to win the division, we’d lose, for hockey, a huge amount,” Westgate sports book manager Ed Salmons said. “It’s funny. I expected to see a big loss if they made the playoffs, but we actually win money on that. Before the season started, nobody had any confidence in them, and then when they started the way they did, everyone got on board.”...

The action on Knights’ games is at least twice as much as any other game on each night’s NHL card. The Golden Knights-Blackhawks game on a Tuesday night in October generated a larger betting handle at Station Casinos than the Jets-Dolphins game played the previous NFL Sunday.

“The handle on the Golden Knights games has far exceeded expectations,” Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito said. “Now they’re so good at home, it doesn’t matter what the price is. As strange as it sounds, we can’t make it high enough. Bettors continue to place wagers on them at home.”

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