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Bill Daly On European Expansion

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The NHL, likely to name Seattle soon as its 32nd franchise, for years has eyed the possibility of expanding to Europe, as well as Scandinavia and Russia. It remains a curiosity, said Daly, but there are myriad impediments, including the obvious long-distance travel challenges as well as arena suitability.

“I think the biggest issue now is probably facility availability,” he said. “The facility is such a big part of the revenue of our sport now — the business and economics of our sport — and I just don’t think it’s even close to the same level in Europe in terms of arena sophistication and amenity standpoint.”

All sports leagues — except maybe the NFL because it only plays once a week — would need “a core number of cities” added simultaneously overseas to make such an expansion viable.

“I don’t know what that number of cities is,” said Daly, “but it’s more than one.”

more topics including the Vegas Golden Knights and the NHL/China...

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Saturday Hockey Notes

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- The analytics community likes to bash Brooks Orpik, the Washington defenceman. Let them bash. In three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, heading into Saturday night, Orpik had been on the ice for four even strength goals against in 16 games. Analytics darling Jake Gardiner was on the ice for five goals in one game against Boston.

- Focus and attention to detail may cost the Winnipeg Jets their shot at the Stanley Cup. They have the most talented team left in the playoffs, but their propensity for being scored on right after they score may see them eliminated against the Golden Knights of Vegas.

- Even after he wins the Vezina Trophy, which he will, how do the Nashville Predators bring Pekka Rinne back to play goal next season?

a few more hockey notes...

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Sweden and Switzerland Will Play For Gold At The World Championship

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Sunday, the bronze medal game will be at 9:30am ET and the gold medal game at 2:00pm.

Switzerland beat Canada 3-2 and earlier Sweden beat the USA 6-0.

 

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Marian Hossa Says He “Will Not Play Hockey Anymore”

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from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The next time No. 81 is seen at the United Center, it will be either for his inevitable “One More Shift” ceremony, or his jersey retirement ceremony.

“I will not play hockey anymore,” Hossa told Novy Cas.

That doesn’t mean Hossa is officially retiring. He can’t, not without slapping the Hawks with significant recapture penalties that would greatly affect their salary cap moving forward. Hossa will live out the last three years of his contract in Slovakia — he recently put his Gold Coast condo up for sale — before, he hopes, he returns to Chicago in another capacity. He told the Slovakian paper that he’s already discussed a future job in the organization....

Hossa told Novy Cas that the NHL sent him to a clinic in Minneapolis before last season to confirm that his medication would not allow him to continue playing. That allowed the Hawks to place him on long-term injured reserve and avoid his $5.25-million cap hit.

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A Disappointing Loss For Team USA

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The 2018 U.S. Men's National Team outshot Sweden, 41-20, but fell in its semifinal game, 6-0, at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship

“Today’s outcome is disappointing, especially with how pleased we were of our play in the first and third periods,” said Jeff Blashill, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team. “I thought our effort was there but Sweden was able to capitalize on special teams and that was the difference. Our guys know there’s still a medal at stake tomorrow so now it’s time to pick ourselves up and find a way to win a hockey game.”

The United States (5-2-0-2/W-OTW-OTL-L) will play in tomorrow’s (May 20) bronze medal game against the loser of tonight’s Canada-Switzerland semifinal. Puck drop is set for 3:45 p.m. local time (9:45 a.m. ET) in Copenhagen at Royal Arena and will be televised live on NHL Network.

For the complete game recap, click here.

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Noteworthy Hockey Topics Of Interest

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- ...If a team of almost entirely perceived third-liners and fourth and fifth defensemen advanced to the conference finals (with a 3-1 lead, no less), would everyone be raving about the general manager (and scouting department) who constructed the club, or the coach instead?

Because honestly, has there ever — ever — been a better coaching job in the NHL than the one Gerard Gallant has turned in this year for the Golden Knights?

Fred Shero with the Flyers in 1973-74, maybe?...

- Either the use of video review is limited by the rule book, or it isn’t. Except not in the NHL, where the league makes up rules on the fly.

If they “wanted to get it right” in Game 4 of Washington-Tampa Bay when Yanni Gourde rather than Victor Hedman was mistakenly sent to the box for tripping T.J. Oshie before the officials corrected their mistake upon checking video, will everyone be on board with getting it wrong in the final?

Or will we find out, much like with Brett Hull’s in-the-crease 1999 Cup winning goal, that a memo had been sent out weeks earlier?

more on the Vegas Golden Knights plus a good chance David Quinn is the next cooach of the New York Rangers....

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Afternoon Line- Patrick O’Sullivan

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Pressure Is Now On The Washington Capitals

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

There are two ways of looking at how the Eastern Conference final came to be tied heading into Game 5: either the Tampa Bay Lightning stole back two games on the road or the Washington Capitals gave away an opportunity to close out a series.

For most onlookers, it’s the latter.

And so, here we are talking about choking again. Will this be another post-season where the Capitals failed to finish off an opponent on the ropes, failed to come up with the key play at the key time, and failed to advance despite being the better team? Will it be another missed opportunity for Alex Ovechkin?

From here, it’s starting to look that way. Whatever momentum the Capitals gained from winning Games 1 and 2 on the road has now swung back to the Lightning after winning Games 3 and 4. Now, it’s Washington with its backs against the ropes and once again having to face the ghosts of the franchise’s past.

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Morning Line- James Neal

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“It’s so hard to win in this league, it so hard to get where we are. You try to say that. You try to preach that stay-in-the-moment. Just with everything that’s gone on the whole year, we have to continue to focus on our next task. When we’re a little bit older and we have a summer to dissect it and look back on it, that’s when you can sit back and relax. But right now, we’re fully engaged and involved in a huge playoff series – and we’ll continue to battle here.”

James Neal of the Vegas Golden Knights.  Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic has more (paid subscription) from last night's game.

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One Win Away

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from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

I’m not a big fate guy when it comes to sports. Save the supernatural power nonsense for movies and books and television shows about vampires.

But the idea of controlling one’s destiny — you always have the opportunity to turn one way or the other — is at times a more reasonable basis for why the unthinkable occurs.

Hence, the Vegas Golden Knights.

The season no one predicted (at least sober), the NHL expansion team nobody thought would still be playing anywhere near this deep into May, or in May at all, the 500-1 longshot back in October, the story of a town and a franchise connected through the tragedy of a mass shooting and then blended into an alliance of loyalty and endearment, has come to this:

Vegas is one win from reaching a Stanley Cup Final.

Welcome to Impossible?

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Below, watch the best action from last night's game and Reilly Smith and Marc-Andre Fleury post-game.

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