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General Managers Held A Meeting Today

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added 3:54pm, via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

NHL and its GMs finished their meeting last hour. Things to know: no certainty about starting date/format for the 2020-21 season. Too many unknowns (border, etc.) to commit to anything, although conversations with NHLPA Return to Play Committee should begin in next while (1/x)...

There was an in-depth conversation about draft lottery. There are teams that would like to see a change in the format. NHL asked for specific proposals, and we will see where that goes...(2/x)

There is an appetite to begin next season with something special from a unique site. Lake Louise was discussed, but that won't be possible. But that's the kind of idea that's being brainstormed...(3/4)

Jan. 1 remains the "target date," as the NHL indicated yesterday. But, again, no guarantees. (Fin)

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A Partnership Between The National Hockey League And The American Gaming Association

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WASHINGTON (Oct. 23, 2020) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and the American Gaming Association (AGA) announced a partnership today to promote responsible gaming activity through the Have A Game Plan.® Bet Responsibly. public service campaign.

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Will They Find Common Ground?

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Hearing I believe is on the 25th of this month.

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Morning Line- Jeremy Colliton

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...We have had a focus on development, since I got here, anyway. When I look at our team and trying to look forward, I'm not that interested in being a bottom-half team, being a bubble team, hoping to sneak in, catch lightning in a bottle, win a couple rounds. It does happen; we can all point to the success stories and things where teams go on a run, but it's not sustainable. We are more interested in, we want to be an elite team, we want to be a Top 10 team where every year we're in the mix to go deep into the playoffs, so everything we do here should be with that end in mind.

So as a coach, we're still trying to win. Part of the development is being in competitive situations and playing in big games. Our playoff experience in Edmonton was tremendously valuable for our young players, and so we want to get ourselves in those situations as much as possible but we want to do it while playing young players. And I think this past season was a perfect example where we had a lot of young guys in the lineup, a lot of them played big roles. At times it looked like they weren't ready but we give them feedback and help them along, and I think a lot of those guys were huge parts of the success we did have and that's how we're looking at things.

-Jeremy Colliton, head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.  More from Colliton in a Q & A by Charlie Roumeliotis of NBCSports Chicago.

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Ken Holland On Going Into The Hockey Hall Of Fame

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via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

“I’ll have a range of emotions and nervous will be one of them,” said Holland, admitting it’s totally different than listening to Steve Yzerman or Nick Lidstrom speak about making the Hall.

When’s the last time Holland would be this nervous?

“Probably my first NHL game (as a goalie),” said Holland.

At least he could let the puck hit him. “Yeah, 86 percent of the time.”

Holland is getting into the Hall for his smarts as a scout, then a manager, not his hockey ability.

“Anytime you’re going into unchartered waters … playing your first game, a Hall of Fame speech, you’re nervous. You gain experience the more you do something, but your first game is a one-off, and so’s your Hall of Fame opportunity to thank all the people that helped make the dream a reality,” said Holland, GM for three Stanley Cups in Detroit.

“About half the 2002 Detroit team went in (Hall) and I’ve been to all of their inductions. (Chris) Chelios, Yzerman, Lidstrom, Brendan Shanahan, (Igor) Larionov, Brett Hull. I made it a point to be there for all the players who helped on the ice,” he said.

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TSN Insiders Tonight

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With COVID-19 numbers rising across Canada, including Alberta, how concerned is Hockey Canada about complications that could arise regarding the upcoming WJC in Edmonton? A start date has not been proposed for the next NHL season, but what progress is being made towards that? The Insider Trading panel shares the latest on that and more.

Watch at TSN.

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2021 Winter Classic And All-Star Weekend Have Been Postponed

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NEW YORK (Oct. 22, 2020) -- The National Hockey League today announced the postponements of the 2021 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and 2021 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.

The 2021 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, featuring the Minnesota Wild facing the St. Louis Blues at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., was originally scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021. The Florida Panthers were to host the 2021 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., originally scheduled for Jan. 29-30, 2021. Both events have been postponed due to the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus. The League intends to return to both Minnesota and Florida for these signature events in the near future.

“Fan participation, both in arenas and stadiums as well as in the ancillary venues and events that we stage around the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend, is integral to the success of our signature events,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer. “Because of the uncertainty as to when we will be able to welcome our fans back to our games, we felt that the prudent decision at this time was to postpone these celebrations until 2022 when our fans should be able to enjoy and celebrate these tentpole events in-person, as they were always intended. We are also considering several new and creative events that will allow our fans to engage with our games and teams during this upcoming season.”

Today's announcement does not impact the joint declaration by the NHL and National Hockey League Players' Association on Oct. 6 that we are targeting on or around Jan. 1 as the start date for the upcoming NHL season.

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Does This Mean No Canadian Division?

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from Bryan Passifiume of the Toronto Sun,

The federal government will replace mandatory 14-day quarantines with rapid COVID-19 tests for international air passengers, the Sun has learned.

The move will mandate that arriving passengers be required to submit to a rapid COVID-19 test to ensure they are free from the potentially deadly respiratory disease upon arrival, and replace the problematic and rarely enforced mandatory two-week quarantine for all incoming international travellers.


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Brian Burke On The Recent Moves By Steve Yzerman

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from Mark Falkner of the Detroit News,

While on his book tour last week to promote "Burke's Law: A Life in Hockey," the 65-year-old Burke said Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman is fast becoming the NHL's Mr. Fix-It after a last-place 17-49-5 season.

"He's MacGyver," Burke said of Yzerman, who signed free-agent forwards Bobby Ryan and Vladislav Namestnikov, defensemen Jon Merrill and Troy Stecher and goalie Thomas Greiss last week. The week before, he acquired defenseman Marc Staal and a 2021 second-round draft pick for future considerations.

"He's overhauled that team completely all on short-term deals," Burke continued. "No headlines, just solid signings. Bobby Ryan, who I drafted. Jon Merrill, who we tried to draft but he hit the gap on us. Stecher is a really good right-shot defenseman. Bringing back (Sam) Gagner, Namestnikov who I love. Greiss, Staal. In my mind, they are dramatically better than a year ago. It's sheer genius."

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added 3:02pm, if you are interested in the sweater numbers for the new players...

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All About Sports Ratings On The Networks

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from Kevin Draper of the New York Times,

It feels as if television networks should be panicking about their ratings for sporting events, pondering existential questions about how viewing habits have changed amid the coronavirus pandemic and the U.S. election.

But they’re not — despite some eye-popping numbers and a lot of armchair criticism.

Ratings for the N.B.A. finals were down 49 percent, and the N.H.L.’s Stanley Cup finals were down a whopping 61 percent. Baseball, golf, tennis, horse racing and other sports have all seen huge declines. Even the usually untouchable N.F.L. was down 13 percent through Week 5.

So what is going on here? A lot. Too much, actually, to pinpoint simple answers. Should everyday fans care? Not particularly — and there are good reasons not to overreact.

To decipher all that the ratings are and are not telling us, we need a sharper understanding of the practical functions they serve.


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