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The NHL has officially announced an outdoor game on Feb. 23, 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
The Flyers and Penguins will take the battle of Pennsylvania outdoors in one of next season's stadium series games. Lincoln Financial Field is home of the Philadelphia Eagles football squad. Nov 19 - 8:43 PM
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The NHL Board of Governors has approved a new rule that would charge teams with a two-minute penalty for any unsuccessful coach's challenges on an offside call.

In other words, if you challenge an offside that leads to a goal and the ruling on the ice stands, then your team will have to kill off a penalty. The idea here is to discourage coaches from challenging offsides unless they're confident that the referees made the wrong call. If it was a borderline play then the coach might decide to let it slide rather than risk getting penalized. This punishment replaces the old penalty for an unsuccessful challenge, which was the loss of a timeout. As a result, teams won't need to still possess their timeout in order to challenge an offside.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 27 - 4:23 PM

Kansas City is still on the radar to get an NHL expansion team, according to Bill Daly.

"Kansas City has never been entirely 'off our radar screen,'" NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "We have talked to potentially interested stakeholders in the past, and it's certainly a market that in the right circumstances (including a desire by our board to entertain further expansion) our league would fairly evaluate and consider. In evaluating potential locations for NHL teams, we typically look at three things: One, whether the market has or is building a suitable arena facility; two, the demographics of the market and whether they suggest an ability to support an NHL franchise; and, three, whether there is qualified and interested ownership to own and operate the franchise."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 5:38 PM

The NHL preseason schedule will begin on Saturday, Sept. 16.

A total of 109 exhibition games will take place, including the first NHL contest in China when Los Angeles plays against Vancouver. The two-game series will run on Sept. 21 and Sept. 23. The Golden Knights will hit the ice for the first time on Sept. 17 at Vancouver and host their first match on Sept. 26 versus the Kings. Click the link for the full schedule.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 8 - 7:15 PM

The NHL has confirmed that players with active NHL contracts, even those in the minors, will not be allowed to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"A decision has been made that all players under NHL contract will be subject to similar treatment," Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. That means players signed to two-way NHL contracts or those who are loaned to minor league affiliates won't be available to skate in South Korea at the 2018 Winter Games. Daly also confirmed that players in Europe with NHL deals would be allowed to take part in the Olympics because they wouldn't be playing on their NHL contracts.
Aug 8 - 10:25 AM

Players on AHL contracts will be eligible to participate in the 2018 Olympics.

That doesn't mean that all players in the AHL will be able to play though. Anyone signed to an NHL or two-way contract might still be forbidden from participating in the Winter Games, but whether or not they will be isn't clear yet. It's also worth noting that the AHL won't be suspending its season for the Olympics, so those that participate in the Games will simply be missing AHL contests. "I would guess we’re going to lose a fair number of players," AHL CEO David Andrews said back in April. "Not just to Canada and the U.S., but we’re going to lose some players to other teams, as well. But we’re used to that. Every team in our league has usually got two or three guys who are on recalls to the NHL, so it’s not going to really change our competitive integrity or anything else."
Jul 19 - 10:06 PM

The AHL will expand from 30 team to 31 starting with the 2018-19 campaign.

The AHL expanding is important for the NHL as with the addition of the Vegas Golden Knights, there aren't enough affiliate teams to go around next season. Vegas will be affiliated with the AHL's Chicago Wolves next season, but that's left the St. Louis Blues in an undesirable situation as they don't have an exclusive AHL team anymore. With the AHL expanding too, that will only be the case for a season.
Source: AHL.com
Jul 6 - 11:56 PM

Teams can now engage in discussions with pending UFAs whose rights belonged to other squads.

Those players won't officially be unrestricted free agents until July 1, so they can't sign with a new club yet. This is just a feeling out period where potential free agents can get a better idea of what the market will be like for them and which teams specifically are interested in their services. Likewise, teams can get a sense of which free agents they might be able to land.
Jun 25 - 12:26 PM

The NHL is considering charging teams with a minor penalty if they bring forth an unsuccessful coaches' challenge.

The idea is to provide an incentive to coaches to not bother contesting borderline calls and instead only use the coaches challenge for what they feel were clear mistakes. As it is an unsuccessful coaches challenge does cost you your timeout, but given that the game has to stop to review the call, you kind of get that timeout anyways. At the same time, this will likely lead to scenarios where fans and teams alike get very upset when their team gives up a goal they felt wasn't fair, then they lose the coaches challenge and have to kill a penalty on top of that.
Jun 22 - 8:31 PM

The NHL will have a salary cap of $75 million in 2017-18.

That's not much of a cap increase compared to last season's $73 million cap, but there was some talk that the NHLPA would decline the salary cap escalator and left the cap roughly unchanged from 2016-17, so this is at least better than that scenario for those clubs that are up against the ceiling. This also means that the floor is set at $55.4 million next season. Chicago is in a particularly tough cap situation as its projected cap hit for next season is roughly $77.5 million, per capfriendly.com.
Jun 18 - 2:16 PM

The NHLPA will reportedly declined to trigger the salary cap escalator for the 2017-18 campaign, which would result in the cap staying roughly flat compared to 2016-17.

If the NHLPA decides to raise the salary cap then unrestricted free agents will have more flexibility when it comes to destinations, but players overall will lose more money to escrow. A flat salary cap might hit the Chicago Blackhawks the hardest as they are arguably in the toughest cap situation to begin with. That being said, the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion creates an opportunity for Chicago and other franchises to potentially shift some contracts to the new team, both through the expansion draft itself and trades. It's believed that Marcus Kruger, who comes with a roughly $3.1 million cap hit, will be taken off Chicago's hands by Vegas.
Jun 11 - 1:10 PM

The NHL competition committee made two rule change recommendations after their meeting Sunday night.

The more noteworthy of the two recommended changes would be to bar teams from taking a timeout after committing an icing. The team that committed an icing already can't change their players following an icing, but sometimes teams will be willing to ice the puck anyways in high pressure situations anyways and then take a timeout to rest their players. This will counteract that to some extent, but teams often find ways to delay the drop of the puck after committing an icing beyond taking a timeout as it is. The other change involves where faceoffs will occur in power-play situations where the full strength team causes a stoppage in play due to a high stick to the puck while in the offensive zone. If the rule change is adopted than such faceoffs will be made in the nearest neutral zone faceoff spot.
Jun 5 - 6:03 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman committed to there being an all-star game in Tampa Bay next season and reaffirmed that the league won't be participating in the Olympics.

In the past the NHL hasn't held an all-star game during seasons where they were working around the Olympic schedule. Although Bettman had previously made it clear that the NHL wouldn't be participating in the upcoming Winter Games, there was still an outside hope that a last minute understanding would be reached. "No possibility," Bettman said. "I think we've been about as clear on this subject as we can. The announcement six weeks ago, I reaffirmed that on Monday. I know there's a lot of people saying, the National Ice Hockey Federation, the IOC, even the players association, 'Oh no, this can still happen.' No it can't. We'll be here, looking forward to being here, and the Olympics should not be a concern."
Jun 2 - 10:36 AM

Out of the 70 playoff games so far in 2017, 44 of them (62.9%) have finished with just a one-goal gap.

To give that number some context, the record is 51 one-goal games in a single postseason year. That record was set in 2007 over 81 games (63.0%). So while this run might not end up being record-breaking, the games have nevertheless been among the closest the NHL playoffs have featured. We might see that number grow Sunday night when Nashville plays Anaheim in Game 2.
May 14 - 6:38 PM

The New York Rangers will take on the Buffalo Sabres in 2018 Winter Classic.

The game will be played at Citi Field, which is the home of Major League Baseball's New York Mets. The game will be played on January 1st, 2018. "The Winter Classic made its debut under snowy Buffalo skies in 2008, and we look forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of that landmark event by matching the Sabres with their intrastate rivals, the New York Rangers, in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "With New York City as its host, the renewal of our New Year's tradition will continue to inspire hockey memories for our clubs, our players and our fans."
May 9 - 8:39 PM

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