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Updating a previous item, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman believes that the 2015-16 salary cap number will be closer to $71.5 million.
There was an earlier report saying that Bettman projected the cap to be in the mid-70 million range, but the tweet has since been clarified. This is what most people were expecting, as Bettman previously mentioned that $71.5 million was the likely number. May 21 - 9:39 PM

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Whether or not the NHL can continue to blackout games based on where a given viewer is watching a given game is being challenged in court.

U.S District Court, to be exact, as granted by Judge Shira Scheindlin. In short, along with the NHL's, the MLB's anti-trust exemption is being challenged in court with class-action status stating that it does not apply to television broadcasting rights. If the plaintiff wins, all teams would be free to offer their services a la carte to all potential viewers as opposed to today's grouped packages and blackouts based on proximity to a participating team.
May 15 - 11:15 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expects next year's salary cap is projected to be $71.5 million.

The 2014-15 cap was $69 million. The weak Canadian dollar is obviously a big reason why the cap isn't going up even more next year. It will be interesting to see what the final number will be as we approach the beginning of next season.
Apr 26 - 5:46 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that Las Vegas, Seattle and Quebec City have shown interest in getting an expansion team.

Bettman also added that there is no team in danger of being relocated. Many experts believe that Las Vegas may be the next team in line to get a team, but that obviously hasn't been confirmed yet. The Commissioner also mentioned that it's up to the board of governors to decide when expansion will occur.
Apr 26 - 5:35 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is still non-committal on hockey expanding to Las Vegas, but he does have an expansion fee in mind: $500 million.

While speaking to a gaggle of Associated Press Sports Editors on Friday, Bettman noted that the half-billion figure seemed like a "reasonable" figure. He also stated, "I think NHL franchises should be worth at least that." If you're wondering what the expansion fees were for Atlanta, Columbus, Minnesota and Nashville in the 1990's, it was $80 million each. However it's worth noting that the fee will be set by the NHL Board of Governors, whenever they get around to considering Sin City seriously that is.
Apr 24 - 8:50 PM

The NHL draft lottery will be held on Saturday, April 18th at 8:00 PM ET.

The Buffalo Sabres have the best shot at landing the first overall pick at 20 percent. The Arizona Coyotes are second at 13.5 percent and Edmonton is third at 11.5 percent. Every team that failed to make the playoffs will have at least a slim chance of picking first. Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are the premiere prospects in the draft. For each team's odds of winning the lottery, click on the link below.
Apr 12 - 12:58 PM

The NHL released its first round playoff schedule and there will be four games on Wednesday and four games on Thursday.

The Wednesday matchups are: Ottawa-Montreal, New York Islanders-Washington, Chicago-Nashville and Calgary-Vancouver; while Thursday will see Pittsburgh-New York Rangers, Detroit-Tamp Bay, Winnipeg-Anaheim and Minnesota-St. Louis. Click on the link for the complete schedule of games for the first round.
Apr 12 - 9:06 AM

The NHL is testing player- and puck-tracking technology during All-Star weekend.

This technology could revolutionize data collection -- and how fans view the game on TV -- as it will be able to track where the players/puck are on the ice, the speed both are traveling, the trajectory of the puck and players' ice time. The league is partnering with Sportvision to insert tracking chips inside pucks and the back of players’ jerseys. Saturday night these devices interacted with 10 infrared cameras throughout Nationwide Arena, and the NHL will expand on it Sunday. From commissioner Gary Bettman: "This is, if I can coin a phrase, in the embryonic stages of a work in progress, but ultimately we are hoping to deliver the kind of data that will create insights and tell stories that avid and casual hockey fans will enjoy. In short, we are attempting to embark upon a journey that hopefully will enable us to create and then maintain a digital record of everything in our game and compile a complete digital history."
Jan 24 - 9:41 PM

While the dropping Canadian dollar could still conceivably alter things even more, Gary Bettman said that he doesn't expect the situation to be as dire as some anticipate.

Bettman expects the cap to fall somewhere in the $72 million range ($71.7 million to $73 million). This is good news for GM's and could help spur movement at the trade deadline.
Jan 24 - 1:57 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that the league's involvement in a 2016 World Cup of Hockey has "no bearing" on possible Olympic participation in 2018.

The event could be every four years, much like the Olympics. It's difficult to imagine the NHL and NHLPA hopping into international competition every two years, but we'll need to wait an see.
Jan 24 - 1:38 PM

Commissioner Gary Bettman and the head of the NHLPA Donald Fehr are expected to hold a news conference Saturday to announce the 2016 World Cup.

The event is expected to be held in September 2016 with Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic participating as well as a team from the rest of Europe as well as a team of 23-and-under Canadians and Americans.
Source: LA Times
Jan 24 - 7:32 AM

According to reports Monday, the 2016 Winter Classic will take place at Gillette Stadium with the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins as the participants.

The NHL is expected to make an official announcement about the game during the All-Star weekend festivities.
Jan 20 - 9:56 AM

Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that the NHL is going to put cameras in the goal posts to help with video replay.

Sometimes it is tough to tell when the goalie has the puck in his glove, if the whole puck is over the goal line and the new technology will help determine that. The NHL is hoping that all the bugs will be out of the system by the start of the playoffs and if so, it should provide some more answers if a goal goes to the Situation Room in Toronto.
Jan 18 - 8:49 AM

The 2015 Winter Classic might not start at 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday as currently scheduled.

The glare from the sun is a potential factor that might cause the contest to be delayed. The players have been advised to be prepared for the game being pushed back.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 04:59:00 PM

Forbes has released their valuations of the 30 NHL franchises and the average team's value has increased 18.6% over the last year.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are once again leading the charge with a valuation of $1.3 billion, but the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens are also worth over a billion dollars. The Florida Panthers finished at the bottom of the pack with a value of $190 million.
Source: Forbes
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 12:23:00 PM

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