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from Matt Larkin of The Daily Faceoff,

Perusing that sponsor-laden list feels like reading house-league hockey standings. But as NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly explained to Daily Faceoff in a conversation last week at the NHL Player Media Tour in Las Vegas, it’s a necessary step toward making back the catastrophic NHL revenue losses that occurred when the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons and vacuumed up gate revenues. The same rationale went into teams debuting ads on helmets during the 2020-21 season.

The eight teams opening 2021-22 with jersey ads won’t be the last. As Daly explains, the only reason the NHL doesn’t have all 32 doing it yet is because the other teams haven’t struck deals yet with sponsors willing to pay what the ad space is worth. Daly anticipates the jersey ad sales will be a “significant revenue stream” for the league, so the clubs will demand large sums of money to rent the space.

“I think that process plays out over a period of years,” Daly said. “Once it plays out, it’s a very significant piece of real estate being sold by the clubs, and it’s a great opportunity for potential sponsors, and I think it’s going to continue to be very valuable.”


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An Eight-Year Extension For Nathan MacKinnon

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DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Nathan MacKinnon to an eight-year contract extension starting in 2023-24 (runs through 2030-31).  He has one year left on his current deal signed on July 8, 2016.

The first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, MacKinnon was a finalist for the Hart Trophy in three of the last five seasons (2017-18, 2018-19, 2020-21).  He won the 2020 Lady Byng Award and 2014 Calder Trophy and was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in both 2017-18 and 2019-20.

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P.K. Subban Has Decided To Retire

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Zdeno Chara Announces His Retirement

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Keith Yandle Is Retiring

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via Sportsnet,

Defenceman Keith Yandle, who holds the NHL's iron man streak for most consecutive games played, has retired after 16 seasons.

Yandle made the announcement Tuesday on the Spittin Chiclets podcast.

The 36-year-old from Boston played 1,109 games and recorded 103 goals and 516 assists for 619 points with the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers.

Yandle was drafted by the Coyotes in the fourth round, 105th overall, in 2005.

Starting March 26, 2009, Yandle played an NHL record 989 consecutive games. He surpassed Doug Jarvis (964 games) earlier this year on Jan. 25 and Yandle's streak came to an end on March 29 after the Flyers announced him as a healthy scratch for the following game.

Yandle, who had signed a one-year deal with the Flyers after being bought out by the Panthers, finished the season with one goal and 18 assists in 77 games.

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Prospect Observations

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“I think it’s a great opportunity for all these kids to come in with Detroit and learn not only our staff in Grand Rapids -- and some of these kids will be in Grand Rapids -- but learn what the pro daily routine is, the gameday routine, how you do meetings, how you practice, in between periods, postgame,” Griffins coach Ben Simon, who coached the prospects, said. “Playing three games in four nights gets you in game shape and ready for training camp so that maybe these kids have a little leg up on Day One.”

Simon shared his impressions of several prospects:

Sebastian Cossa, goaltender: “He played extremely well here. … You can see that he’s ready, he’s hungry, and let’s see what happens in camp. … I always defer to the goalie gurus we have, but I thought he played the puck pretty well (Monday), not that that was a perceived deficiency, but it was noticeable that he was competent coming out and playing the puck.”

Simon Edvinsson, defenseman: “I think you can see the poise he has with the puck, his play recognition for the most part is elite. He’s going to be a really good player for a really long time. He’s still very young, though, that’s important to understand. Some of these kids that come in here, there’s all this hype and expectation, sometimes it just doesn’t happen overnight. He will make rookie mistakes. Veterans have made rookie mistakes. But he does a lot of little things well for a younger player and has the confidence that bodes well for his future.”

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Video- Sebastian Cossa Feels He Is Ready For Grand Rapids

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick Sebastian Cossa believes he’s ready for pro hockey and is offering evidence to support that verdict.

The 6-foot-6 goaltender turned in another strong performance — stopping all 16 shots he faced — in the Red Wings’ 4-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in their final game at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Mich. Cossa finished the tournament with 33 saves on 34 shots on goal for a 1.00 goals-against average and a .971 save percentage. He played about 30 minutes in Detroit’s two tournament wins, although he didn’t get credit for either win.

“I think I kept my stance pretty tight,” Cossa said. “This weekend I was playing composed hockey. I was calm. Playing my own game. I was keeping pucks in. Was getting a little crazy or a little scrambly in net sometimes. I thought it was pretty good, especially coming in today halfway, those are tough games and I thought I did a pretty good job composing myself and just taking it shot by shot.”


Watch Cossa below after a win against the Toronto prospects today.

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KK- Back To Work

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It has been a much longer day/night than expected, but I am home and ready to get to work.

Enough doctors, time to think about our game again.

Thanks to the Fischler Report at The Hockey News for this and make sure to read the whole article, a lot of bits and pieces around the hockey world.

Kukla's Korner is a superior daily read so here's hoping Pal Kukla is on the route to recovery from his latest setback.

Today's News

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Jake Virtanen. Evander Kane. Zack Kassian. Andrew Cogliano.

How do those four names end up in the same column lede, on the day the Edmonton Oilers made headlines by signing Virtanen to a professional tryout?

Well, read on.

Virtanen arrives at this training camp tryout after standing trial in B.C. Supreme Court in July on a count of sexual assault, stemming from a 2017 incident in Vancouver. Virtanen claimed in court that the encounter was consensual and a jury of his peers found him not guilty on July 26.

“It was very tough to go through, very hard to go through,” Virtanen told the media in Edmonton on Monday. “You learn a lot about yourself, who you are as a person. There’s a lot of self-reflection on who you are. Your self-worth… It was a long process.”


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Wings Prospects End Tournament With A Win

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Red Wings top Maple Leafs, 4-1, in 2022 NHL Prospect Tournament finale
Mitchell Martin, Eemil Viro, Cross Hanas and Riley Piercey score as Detroit finishes with 2-1 tournament record

from Jonathan Mills at DetroitRedWings.com 

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Detroit Red Wings concluded their 2022 NHL Prospect Tournament schedule on a high note.

On Monday, the Red Wings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1, in their NHL Prospect Tournament finale at Centre ICE Arena, finishing the five-day competition with a 2-1 record.

Toronto opened the scoring at 4:56 of the first period, but the Red Wings tied the game, 1-1, roughly four minutes later when free-agent invitee Mitchell Martin sprung out of the penalty box and scored on a breakaway.

Detroit took a 2-1 lead with 18 seconds left in the opening frame when defenseman Eemil Viro, who was the Red Wings' 70th overall selection in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, fired a shot from just below the blue line that got past Maple Leafs netminder Luke Cavallin.

"He's a great skater," Detroit prospect coach Ben Simon said about Viro. "I like his competitive nature. He's got a good motor to him, a high battle level and he's not afraid to get his nose dirty in the corners."

At 18:35 of the second period, 2020 second-round pick Cross Hanas, assisted by Elmer Soderblom (159th overall pick in 2019) and Simon Edvinsson (sixth overall in 2021), converted a breakaway bid to put his club ahead, 3-1.

"Cross had a good tournament," Simon said. "He's another kid who has a solid skillset that we're looking forward to, if he ends up in Grand Rapids, working with."

Red Wings free-agent invitee Riley Piercey sealed the victory when he scored an empty-netter with 17 seconds left in the game.

Detroit goaltender prospects Jan Bednar and Sebastian Cossa shared the crease against Toronto. Bednar got the start and finished with six saves, while Cossa stopped all 16 shots he faced.

When reflecting on the NHL Prospect Tournament, Simon said he saw "growth" from the club's rising young talent.  

"It's a great opportunity for all these kids who come in with Detroit to learn," Simon said. "Not only our staff at Grand Rapids, but learn what the pro daily routine is."

On Wednesday, the club will host the 2022 Training Camp Golf Classic, presented by Suburban Imports of Farmington Hills, at Traverse City Country Club. Then on Thursday, the 2022-23 Red Wings will hit the ice for the first time for training camp. A full training camp roster and complete schedule will be announced at a later date

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Open Post Wings-Leafs

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I'm a bit late. Sorry folks...


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