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Fan interest in the shootout means that it won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
The NHL introduced three-on-three overtime last month as a way to curtail the amount of games decided by the skills competition. However, commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t think it will go away, at least while he’s in charge. "I think to the extent some people wanted to see fewer shootouts, this will get us there, and that’s fine. The shootout isn’t going anywhere," Bettman said. "You go to a building during a shootout, everybody’s on their feet, nobody is leaving, which is what it was designed to do. It’s exciting, it’s fun, it’s entertaining, and so if we’re going to try and reduce the number of shootouts, this may do it." Jul 26 - 4:08 PM

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Gary Bettman has already said that he's looking forward to attending the Islanders' first game in Brooklyn.

"I'm generally in places where something special is happening," Bettman said. "Whether it's hoisting the Stanley Cup banner, whether it's the first game in a new building, that's what I do...I think everybody's very excited about their future in Brooklyn ...It'll be different but it's a nice place to go and the Nassau Coliseum was and is past its due date and so the Islanders needed a new facility. Was [Barclays] built especially for hockey? No, but it'll be great." The commissioner also added that the arena is just 22 minutes away from his desk.
Source: Newsday
Jul 25 - 8:52 AM

The NHL has confirmed that it received expansion bids from Bill Foley to put a team in Las Vegas and another from Quebecor to create a Quebec City team.

"Our purpose, in initiating the expansion process in the manner we did, was not only to explore the possibility of admitting new members to the NHL but also, at the outset, to set realistic guideposts to distinguish between bona fide expressions of interest (i.e., those which have at least substantial ownership capabilities and an arena or the realistic possibility of an arena) from those indications of potential interest which were, at best, merely hopes or aspirations. Apparently, only Mr. Foley and Quebecor have the confidence in their ability to secure an arena and suitable ownership capability to move forward with this process," the NHL said in a statement. The NHL is now exclusively focusing on Las Vegas and Quebec City when it comes to its current process. That doesn't necessarily guarantee that Las Vegas and Quebec City will be getting NHL franchises, but it does seem like those will be the two locations if the NHL does expand in the not too distant future.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 21 - 11:41 AM

Las Vegas and Quebec City were reportedly the only cities to file expansion bids to the NHL.

Other perspective locations such as Seattle, Kansas City, and Hamilton, passed on the opportunity to attempt to secure an NHL franchise. That's an interesting development because the declining Canadian Dollar might make Quebec City a less attractive candidate. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman previously made it clear that the NHL still might not expand, so just because Las Vegas and Quebec City were the only two bidders doesn't automatically mean that they will be granted NHL franchises.
Jul 20 - 4:40 PM

Prospective Seattle NHL owner Victor Coleman will not submit an expansion bid by the NHL’s July 20 deadline.

Coleman was one of Seattle’s best hopes to bring hockey to the city, but he will not pay the $10-million application fee until he finalizes the location for a new stadium. Coleman is relying on $200 million in public funding for a new arena, but the City will not provide the money until an NBA franchise is awarded. Coleman says he is still committed to bring hockey to Seattle, but Connecticut-based investment banker Ray Bartoszek now has a chance to get the job done. Bartoszek is in the process of buying land to build a privately funded arena, though it is still unknown whether he will submit a proposal to the NHL by Monday.
Source: King 5 News
Jul 18 - 10:08 AM

The National Hockey League and the Kontinental Hockey League failed to reach a transfer agreement on Thursday.

As Deputy commissioner Bill Daly sees it, "Ultimately, the KHL wasn’t interested in a player transfer agreement." In light of the increased Russian presence in the NHL, and North American presence in the KHL, the two sides were looking to create an agreement similar to what the NHL has with other European leagues. Essentially a fee-based transfer agreement. Without a new agreement however, the two leagues will continue to honor their memorandum of understanding through June 2016. But that doesn't mean there isn't hope for KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko, "We will continue to work toward this goal and strive to reach a far better level of co-operation with our friends across the Atlantic."
Jul 2 - 10:24 PM

Anthony Leblanc, Coyotes owner, and NHL deny team moving to Las Vegas.

The New York Post claimed two unidentified sources indicated the Coyotes were being sold to billionaire William Foley and moved to Las Vegas. However, when the story was published Tuesday evening, Bettman said the story "was garbage." Leblanc said the story was 'one hundred per cent false. There's no truth to it. I'm not an unidentified source, I'm a principal, so I think I should know." The Arizona Coyotes saga is very interesting to say the least.
Jul 1 - 3:52 AM

Board of Governors OKs 3-on-3 OT, coach's challenge.

The change in overtime will see the League go to a 3-on-3 format for a five-minute period in regular-season games tied at the end of regulation. Previously, the League played 4-on-4 overtime. Regular-season games tied at the end of overtime will continue to be decided by a shootout. The coach's challenge will be limited to goals scored on potential offside or goalie-interference plays. The Board also approved a change to faceoff procedures that will have the defensive player place his stick on the ice first in all faceoffs not held at the center-ice dot. In the past, the visiting team player had to declare first; under the new rule, the only time the visiting player must declare first will be on center-ice faceoffs.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 25 - 3:58 AM

Gary Bettman announced the NHL is beginning a formal expansion process.

"Over the past several years we have received numerous expressions of interest from potential markets and ownership groups that have indicated an interest in joining the National Hockey League. The Board decided today to examine those expressions more formally and also to welcome any other groups or markets that may be considering pursuit of an NHL team," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "The fact that we are beginning this process does not necessarily mean that any expansion teams will be granted as a result of this process." He also confirmed that groups in Seattle, Las Vegas and Quebec have interest in an expansion team. The NHL will probably accept formal applications for expansion in early July and Bill Daly said the earliest possible date an expansion team could play is 2017-18 season.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 24 - 5:44 PM

Pending Board of Governors approval, the NHL will head straight to three-on-three overtime in 2015-16.

It'll be three-on-three for five minutes, and then to a shootout if no goal is scored in 2015-16. Perhaps most interestingly it was the NHL Players Association was "adamantly opposed to AHL-tested model", which runs four minutes of four-on-four and then three minutes of three-on-three before the shootout. It seems the players simply want to end the game as soon as possible after regulation.
Jun 23 - 8:22 PM

The 2015-16 NHL salary cap has been set at $71.4 million.

The floor is consequently $52.8 million. That's up from $69 million, but it's still less than what was being projected early in the NHL season. The likely reason for the decline is the Canadian dollar, which slumped in comparison to its American counterpart. That hurt the Canadian clubs, which pay out player salaries in American, but generate ticket revenues in Canadian dollars. The lower than initially expected salary cap has been anticipated for a while now and it's sparked the talk of Patrick Sharp being shipped from Chicago. We might see other veterans on contending teams moved as well as they work to stay cap compliant.
Jun 23 - 12:26 PM

Both the General Managers and the NHLPA are in favor of changing the overtime rules, but they can't necessarily agree on what the changes should be.

The General Managers prefer the AHL format, which sees the teams start overtime with four skaters on each side and eventually that gets reduced to 3-on-3 later on in the extra period. The players prefer going straight to 3-on-3 action once overtime begins. It will be interesting to see which side get their way or if a compromise can be reached.
Jun 21 - 3:35 PM

The NHL will announce the entire 2015-16 schedule on Thursday.

Most teams have already announced their preseason schedule. Regular season action should begin during the week of October 5th. Many sports betting websites have the Chicago Blackhawks as the odds-on favorites to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions.
Jun 21 - 10:29 AM

During Monday's Cup presentation, Commissioner Gary Bettman called Chicago's three Cups in six seasons 'a dynasty.'

Whether you agree or not is a matter of opinion for sure, but all things considered, it's a reasonable claim. If one extends their streak of dominance back to 2009, Chicago has been to five Conference Finals in seven seasons. Along with their three Cups in six seasons, perhaps in a salary cap era that's about as good as one franchise can do.
Jun 16 - 2:11 AM

Good news fans, blackout restrictions have been lifted on your favorite NHL team.

In fact, fans will now be able to buy Game Center packages for just their favorite NHL team. While this settlement is expected to last the next five seasons starting in 2015-16, it's still pending "approval by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan." Single-team packages are expected to cost "around 20%" less than league-wide packages, with an additional 17.25% taken off for renewals and early birds. Meaning some fans will be able to watch their favorite teams from wherever they are for just $105.
Jun 12 - 6:42 PM

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