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Video- The Latest On Taylor Hall

12/12/2019 at 4:36pm EST

Video- Plays Of The Week

12/12/2019 at 12:04pm EST

Exactly 5 minutes to watch.

Video- Wacky Things Happen In The NHL

12/12/2019 at 10:15am EST

From the past few weeks in the NHL.

Why Peter DeBoer Had To Go

12/12/2019 at 8:51am EST

from Dieter Kurtenbach of the Mercury News,

Sharks owner Hasso Plattner couldn’t fire the entire team, so he fired head coach Pete DeBoer on Wednesday.

After five straight losses and amid a season where expectations were high, talent was ample, and disappointment has far outweighed success, the move was necessary.

Sharks owner Hasso Plattner couldn’t fire the entire team, so he fired head coach Pete DeBoer on Wednesday.

After five straight losses and amid a season where expectations were high, talent was ample, and disappointment has far outweighed success, the move was necessary.


NHL Short Notes

12/12/2019 at 6:05am EST


* John Carlson’s fifth game-winning goal and 45th point of 2019-20 helped the Capitals topple the Bruins in a showdown of the League’s top two clubs.

* Despite surrendering a multi-goal lead in the third period, the Canadiens secured an overtime win as 20-year-old Cayden Primeau collected his first NHL victory.

* Mikko Rantanen scored twice to record his 19th and 20th points (15 GP) as the Avalanche collected their 20th win and overtook first place in the Western Conference.

Report- Coaching Change Coming In San Jose

12/11/2019 at 7:45pm EST

added 7:47pm,

added 9:37pm, San Jose release is below.

Evening Line- Ken Campbell

12/11/2019 at 5:30pm EST

Even when the NHL was in the Olympics, there was no evidence it ever did anything to leverage its participation into something more. It would just show up, put on a spectacular spectacle from an entertainment standpoint, and leave, expecting all those international revenues to follow it home. No attempt was made to market in Europe or set up an NHL office there. And then it pulls out of the Olympics after warring with the International Olympic Committee and saying that the returns from participating aren’t worth the risk of injury and the disruption to the schedule once every four years. Well, as the kids say, duh.

Hockey is the greatest game in the world. It’s also one of the world’s best-kept secrets. And as long as the league has its current international “strategy” there is nothing to worry about. Because it’s going to stay that way.

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News. Read more on this topic.

Hockey Thoughts Today

12/11/2019 at 12:26pm EST

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- At last year’s December Board of Governors’ meeting, Bettman predicted an $83 million cap, only to see it end up at $81.5 million. Because that number wasn’t finalized until late June, the squeeze tortured teams and players. This time, he was more guarded, refusing to give an estimate. Instead, he recognized that the final number will come as part of a negotiation with the players, who have the right to “inflate” the ceiling by up to five per cent.

While some clubs will be careful because of what happened a year ago, others have the impression it could be $84-$85 million. Why?...

- You know who is looking for a scorer? The New York Islanders. But I’m not expecting Lou Lamoriello to tell me how he feels about Taylor Hall.

- Brendan Shanahan, asked what he would say if another club wanted to talk to Mike Babcock: “I think that’s sort of a hypothetical I wouldn’t want to get into, quite honestly. Much was made of the incident with Mike a few years ago with Mitch Marner, for instance, and I know our general manager at the time (Lou Lamoriello) had called me and let me know about it right away and had addressed it right away with Mike. Mike apologized to Mitch and there was communication with (Lamoriello) and the agent and the family. It wasn’t something that was appropriate or acceptable to us. Since then, my general manager — whether it was Lou or Kyle — had never come to us with a situation like that.

more on the first and last topic plus additional Thoughts...

Forbes NHL Team Valuations

12/11/2019 at 11:54am EST

New York, NY (Dec. 11, 2019) – Forbes today reveals the 21st annual ranking for the National Hockey League’s 31 teams and the New York Rangers maintain the No. 1 spot on the list for the fifth consecutive year, worth $1.65 billion. The Toronto Maple Leafs follow in the second spot, worth $1.5 billion, followed by the Montreal Canadiens, who take the No. 3 spot and are valued at $1.34 billion.

“Despite not making the playoffs for the past two seasons, the New York franchise has maintained their position in part because of their location in the city with the biggest companies,” said Mike Ozanian, Managing Editor, Forbes. “In the past two seasons, the Rangers have lost more games than they’ve won but have managed to make the most revenue ($270 million) and operating income ($123 million) in the league during the 2018-19 season.”

The average value of each NHL team rose 6% over the past season, to $667 million. Rounding out the top five most valuable NHL teams are the Chicago Blackhawks (No. 4) and the Boston Bruins (No.4), worth $1 billion and $925 million, respectively.


The Chicago Blackhawks Will Have Cap Issues

12/11/2019 at 10:23am EST

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Right now, the Hawks have roughly $70.1 million tied in just 16 players for the 2020-21 season. If the salary cap rises by $2 million again (as it did last summer), the Hawks would have $13.4 million to work with next summer, although Sportsnet recently reported a larger cap increase — perhaps in the $4 million range — could occur.

Regardless, Bowman will have his work cut out for him.

Dylan Strome will be a restricted free agent and will presumably ask for a salary approaching the $6.4 million Alex DeBrincat will annually receive on his extension. Strome alone could eat up half the Hawks’ space.

Robin Lehner and Corey Crawford — who currently tout $6 and $5 million hits, respectively — will both be unrestricted free agents, and the Hawks will almost certainly only have the room to retain one. That will be a painful choice to make.

Erik Gustafsson will also be a UFA and his asking price should well exceed what the Hawks can afford, thus making it very likely he’ll be dealt in February if the Hawks aren’t in close playoff contention.

Koekkoek, Dominik Kubalik and Drake Caggiula will be RFAs, as well. Even if they aren’t retained, the Hawks will need to sign some depth pieces simply to fill out the roster.


NHL Short Notes

12/11/2019 at 9:25am EST

Sorry for the delay, I feel like I just got hit with a ton of bricks.


* Dougie Hamilton capped a five-goal third period to fend off Connor McDavid and an Oilers’ three-goal comeback as Carolina outlasted Edmonton in a nine-goal affair.

* Jack Eichel extended the League’s longest active point streak to 14 games and is on pace to become the third Sabres player to hit the 50-goal and 100-point benchmarks in the same season.

* Marc-Andre Fleury (28 saves) came 27 seconds shy of posting a shutout in his first game since the passing of his father and earned the 451st win of his career.

Upcoming Key Dates In December

12/10/2019 at 5:29pm EST

via the NHL PR department,


12 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction (Inductees: Gary Bettman, Brian Gionta, Neal Henderson, Tim Thomas and Krissy Wendell) and Celebration of Lester Patrick (Recipient: Jack Blatherwick) (Washington, D.C.)

19 102nd anniversary of NHL’s first games

19-27 Holiday roster freeze in effect: For all players on an NHL active roster, injured reserve, or with non-roster and injured non-roster status as of midnight (local time) Dec. 19, a roster freeze shall apply through midnight (local time) Dec. 27, with respect to waivers, trades and loans, subject to the exceptions provided for in CBA Article 16.5 (d).

24-26 Holiday break (no scheduled practices – dressing rooms closed)

26 – Jan. 5 IIHF World Junior Championship (Ostrava/Trinec, Czech Republic)

Decade Notables

12/10/2019 at 3:53pm EST

from Kevin Allen Of USA TODAY,

The Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg. The NHL introduced the Department of Player Safety.

Steve Yzerman returned to the Detroit Red Wings. John Tavares left the New York Islanders for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Mike Babcock received a $50 million coaching contract for the Leafs, then was fired in his fifth season. The NHL agreed to expand to 32 teams.

The NHL opted not to go to the 2018 Olympics after embracing the Winter Games since 1998. League revenues grew to almost $5 billion. The league locked out players in 2012-13, then both sides agreed last fall not to reopen the collective bargaining agreement early.

The NHL has had seven different Norris Trophy winners over the past seven seasons. Fighting has all but evaporated.

Clearly, plenty has happened in the NHL over the past decade. But here are 10 people, places and things that have altered the game in that time:


Gary Bettman Today From The BOG Meeting

12/10/2019 at 2:58pm EST

via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

World Cup for Feb 2021 is off...not enough time to get it done. Commissioner still wants one, but won’t be then

Commissioner wouldn't be pinned down on a cap number -- said that will be negotiated with players (he's referring to their right to inflate the ceiling by up to 5 per cent). Current number is $81.5M, there is belief it could get to 84-85 depending on future conversations

added 3:02pm,

Why 2019-20 could be a memorable season for the Edmonton Oilers

12/10/2019 at 11:30am EST

The Edmonton Oilers are a name venerated in Alberta and are the biggest, most obsessively supported sports team in the city. Stanley Cup champions on five occasions but the last of those coming in 1990, there is a hunger within Edmonton to see their beloved team return to the pinnacle of the game.

Well, the fans may not have to wait too much longer. With a new state-of-the-art arena in place (Rogers Place to be exact) and a team with one of the best players in the league, the Oilers could be close to making a proper run for the Stanley Cup. There are still some question marks but let’s assess why there is growing optimism that this team could be about to bring the good times back to Edmonton.

The Dallas Stars Dismiss Head Coach Jim Montgomery For Unprofessional Conduct

12/10/2019 at 10:38am EST

via the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that Jim Montgomery has been dismissed as the team's Head Coach. Effective immediately, Rick Bowness, who has served as Assistant Coach since June 22, 2018, will assume the role of Interim Head Coach for the team.

Additionally, Derek Laxdal, who was serving as the Head Coach of the Texas Stars, will be added to Bowness' staff as Assistant Coach. Neil Graham has been named Head Coach of the Texas Stars. He was serving as Texas' Assistant Coach.

Statement from Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill:
"The Dallas Stars expect all of our employees to act with integrity and exhibit professional behavior while working for and representing our organization. This decision was made due to unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League."

NHL Short Notes

12/10/2019 at 8:18am EST


* Matthew Tkachuk eclipsed 200 career regular-season points and joined an elite list of U.S.-born players to reach the milestone before turning 22.

* The Islanders required the fewest games in their 47-year franchise history to reach the 20-win mark in a season.

* Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who is averaging 0.65 goals per game since the beginning of November, and Cam Atkinson, who has tallied at least 20 times in each of his last six seasons, continued to find their scoring touch.

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