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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

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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

The NHL and the KHL are closing in on a transfer agreement that would see teams get compensation if a player hopped from one league to another.

As of right now, the NHL and KHL have an agreement to just respect each league's contract. This would allow players under contract to potentially leave the NHL or KHL, while their team would get compensation for their rights. This format resembles the transfers that occur in European soccer.
Jun 7 - 5:53 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has an interesting perspective on sports gambling, and it's potential impact on the game.

While Bettman notes he's not "prude" on the subject of sports gambling he rather asserts that, "You don't want people rooting for anything other than the team that they love and the players that they think the world of to win. We don't want there to be another agenda." To wit he doesn't "worry about the integrity of the game." Perhaps what's most curious about Bettman's point of view, aside from the appearance that he's speaking out of both sides of his mouth, is that he noted the disparity between NBA and NFL gambling compared to NHL gambling. "I think if I'm football and basketball I'm looking at it differently, because most of the betting takes place on those games," Bettman said. "Relatively, a very small percentage of betting takes place on hockey and even baseball because of the nature of the game and the scoring." Pandora's Box or nothing to fret about? We may find out together in due time.
Source: Scott Lewis
Jun 5 - 8:37 PM

The NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee has approved the use of a coach's challenge for goaltender interference and offside plays.

The coach needs to have his timeout to challenge the play in question. The recommendations must be approved by NHLPA Execrcutive Board and the NHL Board of Governors to be put into effect. The Competition Committee didn't recommend changes to overtime because a consensus couldn't be reached, but discussions will continue.
Jun 4 - 5:20 PM

Look for the coach/executive compensation system to eventually be changed, but not before January 1st.

The system was put in place to help teams that are being disproportionately farmed by other organizations for coaches and executives. The Detroit Red Wings have typically been a good example of a franchise that benefited from this rule being put in place at much earlier time. However, in practice teams are demanding compensation from other organizations for the firing of coaches and executives they fired. They've been able to do that because fired coaches and executives are still under contract, even if they're not being used. That's not what the NHL likely had in mind though and the end of that practice is the most likely change to this new system. However, for any compensation already agreed to will not be altered.
Jun 3 - 6:27 PM

The topic of 3-on-3 overtime will be discussed when the competition committee meets on Thursday.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman has reported that we may see 3-on-3 overtimes during the preseason as an experiment, but the official change probably won't be made for the 2015-16 regular season. If the rule passes, it would certainly add some excitement to the extra frame.
May 31 - 1:40 PM

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