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Donald Fehr weighs in on expansion

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Steve Carp spoke with two intriguing people regarding the state of expansion in the NHL. One of them is Bill Foley, the man in charge of the Las Vegas expansion franchise-to-be, and the other is NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.

We haven't heard from Fehr regarding the intricacies of expansion as of yet, but from Fehr's point of view, expansion is a good thing...

"As a general rule the players are in favor of expansion because it creates additional revenue and additional jobs," Fehr said. "If you were to be in a situation where expansion had a detrimental effect on revenue and it was impacting salaries, then it wouldn't make sense."

But Fehr's not going to budge regarding players with no-move clauses being drafted by an expansion team:

Fehr said he doesn't believe the current agreement that allows players to have a no move clause in their contract would change were there to be expansion.

"If a player has a no move, then it's a no mover," he said. "I would anticipate it would be the same if there is an expansion draft."

Carp and Fehr continue, discussing the salary cap's implications upon expansion from a spending perspective:

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Board of Governors receive salary cap update, discuss centennial season & expansion’s…status quo

The NHL's Board of Governors met on Monday, and NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports that the Board of Governors received an estimate as to where the 2016-17 salary cap's upper limit might lie...

The NHL's salary cap for the 2016-17 season could go up approximately $3 million, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday at the Board of Governors meeting.

The salary cap for the 2015-16 season is $71.4 million. It increased $2.4 million from 2014-15 to 2015-16.

"We gave them a very, very, very rough projection on what the cap could conceivably be next season, which will be somewhere between where it is now and up $3 million, in that range," Commissioner Bettman said. "That will depend on a variety of factors."

And the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno reports that the NHL is considering its options for its centennial season...

Plans for the NHL's centennial celebration are ongoing, and Bettman said the NHL had hired former IMG executive producer Steve Mayer as executive vice-president and executive producer, programming and creative development. Even though no announcements were made about what's to come in 2017, Toronto and Montreal are expected to be focal points.

"We think it's important to recognize the 100th anniversary of the league, which happens to be in conjunction with the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal, Canada's sesquicentennial and the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup," Bettman said. "We're looking forward to that."

But what are the plans regarding expansion? That's harder to determine, as the Associated Press notes:

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Friedman’s 30 Thoughts: On ‘expansion limbo’

From Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman:

[A] few things haven’t stopped nagging at me since the commissioner’s afternoon media conference. If you go back to the June announcement explaining the process, Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confidently revealed a defined plan.

Now, we’re in a kind of limbo. No one — aside from Bettman, Daly and a few confidants — really understands where it stands and, more importantly, when (or how) it ends.

The obvious answer is: look, there’s at least $500 million to be made here, so don’t kid yourself. Money talks. But Tuesday’s announcement did create some doubt. In three months, we’ve gone from “Step Right Up!” to “Hold Your Horses.”

Despite that, there are some who privately believe Las Vegas is a slam dunk. I won’t go that far, because anything can happen, so put me into the “I believe it’s going to happen” category. It’s in the west, which is shy two teams right now. It’s bold, it will create major buzz, it’s got an owner who wants to get going already and it’s the anchor tenant in an arena owned by people who know how to stage events. If the NHL doesn’t do it, the NBA eventually will.

No matter the concerns about how many hockey fans are there and who will actually attend the games, I’ll be shocked if they don’t say, “We’re going to try it.”

Friedman continues with "30 Thoughts"...

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Don Cherry waxes nostalgic about the Nordiques-Canadiens rivalry

Don Cherry engaged in some story-telling on Wednesday afternoon:

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Vegas waiting on the NHL

From John Branch of the New York Times:

In a city built on chance, it feels like a safe bet that the N.H.L. will become the first major professional sports league to plant a franchise in this gambling and entertainment oasis in the desert.

The outer walls of a new arena are going up behind the New York-New York casino, and the interior is perfectly configured for hockey, from the dressing rooms to the press box.

The wealthy businessman Bill Foley is leading the way for an expansion team, bolstering his bid group with the Maloofs, a family of market-savvy former N.B.A. team owners with long ties to Las Vegas.

A goal of securing deposits on 10,000 season tickets was met this spring faster than anyone had expected, with the number sitting at 11,500, according to Foley, plus another 1,000 unpaid commitments from casinos and other businesses.

Now, N.H.L. owners are headed here for meetings and the league’s annual awards gala Wednesday at the MGM Grand, part of the same resort company that owns New York-New York and is building the arena.

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Gary Bettman attends opener of Las Vegas season ticket drive

On Tuesday, something a little puzzling happened: the NHL's commissioner visited a season ticket drive for a franchise that does not exist--not yet, anyway--while insisting that he's not necessarily supporting Bill Foley and the Maloof family's Las Vegas expansion plans. ESPN's Scott Burnside noted the strangeness of the situation:

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who attended a news conference at the MGM Grand Casino to kick off the drive, insisted that the NHL hasn't made any commitment to anyone regarding becoming the first major professional sports league to venture into the gambling and tourist mecca.

"We're not in the expansion process and I need to keep making that clear,'' Bettman said.

Still, the optics of Bettman's presence for many observers were more powerful than words and seemed to indicate the NHL was in fact ready to make the expansion plunge provided the ticket drive is as successful, as a number of sources expect it to be.

Even before potential owners Bill Foley and the Las Vegas-based Maloof family started taking deposits on season tickets from interested fans on Tuesday afternoon, sources told ESPN.com that more than 9,000 individuals had reached out to organizers to express interest in paying to watch NHL hockey in Las Vegas.

Continued, and this is the important part:

Bettman told ESPN.com that Foley and his group have committed a lot of time and money (close to $2 million, a source told ESPN.com) and that Foley had invited him to attend the media event to see the level of enthusiasm and support for hockey in the city.

"I figured why not go out and see what he's got?" Bettman said shortly before boarding a flight back to New York.

"The event was well done," he added. "There was a big turnout and a high level of enthusiasm."

Edit: The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Alan Snel also provides the Nevadan perspective:

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Intriguing observations from the ‘Hockey World’ and ‘Three Periods’

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column is a good read, discussing the post-firing life of coaches who rebounded in their own ways in Tom Renney and Rick Bowness, but his "Short Shifts" are probably more pertinent:

- St. Louis Blues phenom Vladimir Tarasenko, who just turned 23, has 20 goals on the year, but he might have scored 30 if he had shot more. He’s got 113 shots but that only puts him seventh behind Ovechkin, Karlsson, Seguin, Giroux, Pavelski and Pacioretty. “He could be more selfish,” said an NHL pro scout, marvelling at the Russian youngster’s release. Tarasenko, who may get to the $5-million to $6-million per season range in a new contract this summer, has 16 even-strength goals, second only to Tyler Seguin’s 17. “Twenty goals before Christmas? That’s special,” said teammate Steve Ott.

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- If Vincent Lecavalier is playing right wing with Zac Rinaldo and French rookie Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in Philly, this is the end of the line for him, no?

- It should be noted that Roberto Luongo has a much better (2.35) goals-against average and way higher (.925) save percentage than Ryan Miller (.267) and .900 in Vancouver right now, but Miller has 16 wins. His team gives him way more run support than Luongo’s (11 wins) in Florida. Miller’s numbers are five-alarm stuff, but he is in the first year of a three-year, $18-million deal and he’s 34, not, say, 28.

This is probably true of more general managers (and coaches) than not, too:

-New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello is almost always around his team, home and away, but he knows exactly what’s going on with his farm team and their prospects. “He gets tapes of the games and the practices,” said former Devils defenceman Mark Fayne.

Matheson continues, and while we're doing short quips and quotes, Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned a superb "Three Periods" column discussing the Blue Jackets' resurgence and Patrik Elias' pluck, but the "Third Period" sticks:

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Talking Las Vegas

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

“I think it’s a very viable location,” Buffalo-based Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs told the Boston Globe. “I think the league would be interested if the time came when it made itself available.”

Early estimates suggest expansion costs, which were $80 million a few years ago, could soar to $250 million or more. The money would be distributed among the 30 teams, minus the 54 percent for the players, not a bad take. Bettman doesn’t see the gambling issue as a major obstacle because hockey makes up such a small percentage of bets.

“We’re small potatoes on the sports book,” Bettman told reporters in Florida. “If we were going to Vegas, we would have to focus on that issue. But I don’t think it’s nearly the issue for us as it may be for [another league].”

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“A Sure Thing”

from The Maven at MSG Network,

There will be another NHL expansion and you can put your money on Las Vegas as being the 31st team. The reasons why Sin City has the lead are many. Start with the fact that it would be very difficult for ownership to reject a HUGE entrance fee which would top anything the league has known. Plus a new rink is going up in LV and the very influential Phil Anschutz is behind the move.

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