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According to Bob McKenzie, the NHL and its PA "are expected to sit down in the summer and address the issue of meldonium and whether it goes on to the banned substances list."
Over half of the U-18 Russian team, as well as tennis superstar Maria Sharapova, were caught using the substance recently. Meldonium is banned for them, but not for NHL players as it was only added to the banned substance list by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Jan. 1st. McKenzie went on to note that the NHL typically follows WADA's lead with banned substances. Russia meanwhile will send their U-17 team to the U-18 tournament. Apr 7 - 10:16 PM

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Mexico City is interested in hosting NHL preseason games.

The report from the Sports Business Journal suggests that games could be played at Palacio de los Deportes which is a rink that holds between 17,000 and 20,000 people. Mexican Ice Hockey Federation President Joaquin de la Garma admitted that he has a meeting with NHL executives about playing some preseason hockey in Mexico in 2016-17.
Mar 31 - 9:16 PM

A U.S. Federal Court in Minneapolis got their hands on some e-mails between high-ranking NHL officials regarding the link between fighting and concussions.

The e-mail chain is between several different people including Gary Bettman, Brendan Shanahan and Bill Daly. Here's a portion of an e-mail exchange between Daly and Bettman. Daly said: Fighting raises the incidence of head injuries/concussions, which raises the incidence of depression onset, which raises the incidence of personal tragedies." Bettman replied: "I believe the fighting and possible concussions could aggravate a condition. But if you think about the tragedies there were probably certain predispositions. Again, though, the bigger issue is whether the [NHLPA] would consent to in effect eliminate a certain type of ‘role’ and player. And, if they don’t, we might try to do it anyway and take the ‘fight’ (pun intended)."
Mar 28 - 8:02 PM

The NHL Draft lottery selections will e had on April 30th, 2016.

The playoffs will be well underway by this point, so there's no risk of potentially miscasting the order. The bottom three teams in the League will be vying their fortunes for drafting position with the Entry Draft about five weeks later.
Mar 19 - 8:49 PM

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that the 2016-17 cap is projected to be at about $74 million with the escalator factored in.

Without the escalator, the cap would be flat next season. As it is, this represents a fairly modest growth from the current $71.4 million cap hit, though that's not surprising. As was the case last summer, we might see some big trades that are motivated primarily by a desire from one club to stay under the cap.
Mar 16 - 12:21 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman didn't mince words at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday.

After Boston Bruins' star goalie had already said he had "had enough" of the NHL's three-on-three overtime format, Bettman did little to dampen the flames. "Shut up. Don't complain. Why would you demean your own product?" was the full quote, according to Nicholas W. Goss of NESN. If only the commissioner would always be so candid and direct.
Mar 11 - 6:01 PM

According to Darren Dreger, there are some NHL GM's that would like the language of Rule 48.1 adjusted.

Rule 48.1 is the infamous headshot rule which is worded as such, "A hit resulting in contact with an opponent's head where the head was the main point of contact and such contact to the head was avoidable is not permitted." Dale Tallon of Florida, Ken Cheveldayoff of Winnipeg, and Jarmo Kekalainen of Columbus, among others, want to change the language of the rule to specifically guard against "unavoidable" hits to the head. As it stands only "avoidable hits" to the head are judged. The GM's simply want any hit to the head penalized. They'll be able to make their case next week in Boca Raton, FL at the Board of Governors meeting.
Mar 10 - 11:07 PM

The NHL salary cap could reportedly drop by as much as $4 million in 2016-17.

At this time of year, any report about what the NHL salary cap might look like next season has to be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, the cap only had a modest increase from 2014-15 to 2015-16 ($69 million to $71.4 million) and another small increase, or even a drop would hurt big market teams disproportionately. It would be especially hard on Chicago given Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane's matching $10.5 million annual cap hits.
Feb 12 - 6:12 PM

Bill Daly isn't worried about players not playing for their national teams.

"I think we’re going to have the best players. I don’t think we’re going to have a problem with opting out," the deputy commissioner said. "But in this case, it’s personal choice." Of course players who a pair of events to attend with 2017's World Cup in Toronto, and 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The first 16 players from all eight World Cup teams will be revealed on March 2nd, which ought to give an idea of how on board, or not, the NHLPA is with the NHL's blatant cash-grab and attempt to undermine the IOC.
Jan 31 - 4:08 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has signed an extension with the NHL through the 2021-2022 season.

His new contract will expire at the same time as the CBA. The Commissioner has been in place since Feb. 1 1993. He's made the owners a boatload of money during his tenure so it's no surprise that he'll stay on.
Jan 31 - 10:55 AM

Commissioner Gary Bettman said on Saturday that the NHL would not accept an application from the City of Seattle for an expansion team.

There is no arena in Seattle that is suitable for an NHL franchise and nothing on the horizon as far as a new one is concerned but the NHL put out bids last year and nothing came from anyone wanting a franchise in Seattle. "If someone wanted to give us an application right now, we wouldn’t take it," Bettman said Saturday. The NHL would love a team in the Pacific Northwest but if no one is coming forward, it's not happening.
Jan 31 - 7:49 AM

The NHL will donate $200,000 to female hockey player Denna Laing.

Laing suffered a serious spinal injury in the Women's Winter Classic in Boston on Dec. 31 and the league is trying to help cover some of the costs of her rehabilitation. The league will also donate a Honda Odyssey equipped with everything she needs to get around.
Jan 30 - 5:27 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league isn't going to rush the expansion process.

The league will likely expand in the near future with Las Vegas, Quebec and Seattle all being potential destinations. "We’re going through an orderly process, this is a very important decision," said Bettman. "Lots of things have to be evaluated and considered." Expansion isn't a slam dunk, but should the executive committee decide to add more teams, they'd need at least one year to prepare before joining the NHL. The earliest we'll see an expansion team is 2017-18.
Jan 30 - 4:44 PM

The city of Los Angeles will host the 2017 NHL All-Star game.

The NHL will be celebrating their 100th anniversary next year, while the Kings will be in their 50th year of existence. "We’ll be in another city where the building of an arena transformed its downtown into a destination after years of just the opposite," said the Commissioner. "The 2017 NHL All-Star events will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles." This will be the third time the Kings franchise will host the All-Star game (1981, 2002) and the second time the event will be held at Staples Center.
Jan 30 - 4:27 PM

The Washington Capitals' scheduled contest against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday has been postponed.

It was announced Thursday night that the game had been moved from 7:00 p.m. ET to 5:00 p.m. in light of an expected severe snowstorm. However, upon further review today, it was decided that the best course of action was to not play. There will be a makeup game, but the date of that hasn't been announced yet. This snowstorm might also impact the Capitals' game against Pittsburgh on Sunday, but the NHL will wait until Saturday to make a decision regarding that contest.
Jan 22 - 2:03 PM

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