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The NHL has unanimously voted to expand to Las Vegas.
The Quebec City bid wasn't approved at this time, so starting in 2017-18 the NHL will have 31 teams. It will be interesting to see how the NHL does in Vegas, to say the least. Obviously this is a nontraditional market, which comes with its own set of challenges, but then there's also the questions that are unique to Vegas. Will the team get drowned out by the all the shows that happen at night in Vegas? Will the team draw a steady flow of tourists to its games? Will the team present itself a little differently than the rest of the NHL in a reflection of the unique city its representing? At the end of the day though, there's a lot of potential here given the city's size and the constant influx of tourists. Jun 22 - 4:57 PM

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The NHL has set the 2016-17 salary cap at $73 million.

That represents a modest increase from 2015-16's $71.4 million ceiling. This is the second straight season where the salary cap's increase was marginal after years of largely remarkable jumps earlier in the salary cap era. Still, any increase naturally helps a team like the Chicago Blackhawks, which is perpetually up against the ceiling.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 22 - 8:23 AM

The NHL released the 2016-17 regular season schedule on Tuesday.

Opening night will feature four games on Oct. 12, including Edmonton's first game at Rogers Place against the Calgary Flames. There will be four outdoor games, including Toronto hosting Detroit in the Centennial Classic at BMO Field and the Blues will play the Blackhawks in the 2017 Winter Classic at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Check out the full schedule in the source link.
Jun 21 - 3:23 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins will raise their Stanley Cup championship banner on Oct. 13 against the Washington Capitals.

The NHL announced the home openers for all 30 teams Monday and the full 2016-17 schedule will be revealed on Tuesday. The Penguins defeated the Capitals in six games in Round 2 of the playoffs. Click the link for the full list.
Jun 20 - 3:06 PM

According to a source, the NHL has settled on Las Vegas as its choice for expansion.

Another source said Las Vegas was a "done deal." Of course the organizers would have to come up with a $500 million fee for their new team. The NHL Board of Governors meeting is scheduled for June 22 and expansion is expected to be a central topic. Confirmation could come from the league after that and the 2017-18 season would be the earliest that Vegas could enter the fold..
Jun 14 - 12:49 PM

The Stanley Cup Final will start on May 30.

From there the games will be held on June 1, June 4, and June 6. If necessary games 5-7 will take place on June 9, June 12, and June 15. All contests will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET. What we of course still don't know is who will be featured in the final series. Tampa Bay holds a 3-2 series lead over Pittsburgh going into Tuesday night's contest. On Wednesday, San Jose will try to eliminate St. Louis in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.
May 24 - 5:59 PM

The St. Louis Blues don't know who their opponent will be in the Western Conference Final, but they know what the schedule will be.

The series will start on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET and Game 7, if necessary, is scheduled for Friday May 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET. St. Louis will play either Nashville or San Jose depending on the outcome of Thursday's game. Regardless of who the Blues' opponent is, Game 1 will be in St. Louis.
May 12 - 2:58 PM

The Eastern Conference Final between Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay will begin on Friday.

Game 1 is set for 8:00 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh. The rest of the Eastern Conference Final schedule isn't known yet. While that series' teams are set, in the Western Conference there is a pair of upcoming Game 7s between St. Louis and Dallas as well as San Jose and Nashville.
May 11 - 3:34 PM

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

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

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