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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that there's been no decision made regarding the NHL's Olympic participation.
That being said, Bettman noted that it's fair to call the Board of Governors' sentiment towards the Olympics as negative. He also added that NHL players might not end up going to the Olympics even if the expenses are covered. So while nothing has been made official yet, it seems fair to be pessimistic about the NHL's chances of allowing their players to participate in the next Winter Games. Dec 8 - 6:20 PM

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The NHLPA has rejected an NHL proposal where the league would agree to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in exchange for a three-year extension to the CBA.

NHLPA executive director Don Fehr still hopes to work out a deal that would allow the players to participate in the Olympics, but not on those terms. If the players had agreed to the proposal, then the existing CBA would have been extended to 2025. Part of the NHL's hesitation to participate in the Olympics stemmed from the idea that the IIHF and IOC wouldn't cover costs of insurance, accommodation, and travel that could run up to $10 million. However, IIHF president Rene Fasel recently suggested that those costs could be covered for the NHL. Still, Olympic participate means suspending the NHL temporarily during the heart of the season and putting star players at risk of injury outside of NHL games. NHL players have participated in the last five Olympics though.
Source: TSN.ca
Dec 2 - 6:19 PM

The NHL officially announced that the newest franchise entering the NHL at the start of the 2017-18 season will be named the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

At the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, every team will have to submit a list of 'protected' players who will not be eligible to be selected by the new Golden Knights franchise in an expansion draft. Teams can either protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender or eight skaters and one goaltender. All players who have played less than three professional hockey seasons will automatically be protected. The Golden Knights team logo can be viewed by clicking the link located at the bottom of this post.
Nov 22 - 9:32 PM

The NHL would like to return to Europe to play more regular season games, and even play pre-season games in China as early as next season.

As Pierre LeBrun notes "it's getting a little late in the calendar", so the 2017-18 season for these events may be a bit soon. But it looks like the logistics just need to be sorted out. The NHL was last in Europe with games in both Berlin and Helsinki five years ago.
Oct 27 - 9:04 PM

The NHL has announced that the 2017 trade deadline will be March 1st.

It should be a fun day and obviously Rotoworld will be covering it extensively. It will be interesting to see which potential 2017 UFAs have re-signed by that point and which ones might be among those might be part of trade talks before the deadline passes. Some of the notable potential 2017 UFAs include Ryan Miller, Ben Bishop, Dennis Wideman, Brent Burns, Patrick Sharp, Jarome Iginla, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Milan Michalek.
Oct 7 - 5:01 PM

Las Vegas has their first team president, and it's Kerry Bubolz now-formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bubolz, who has been with the Cavaliers for the last 13 years in various front office capacities, also helped oversee the Cleveland Monsters (AHL) and the Cavaliers' D-League team in Canton. Prior to all of that, he was the president of sales for both the Hurricanes and the Stars. You can read the rest of his resume below, which, to be honest, is mighty impressive.
Oct 3 - 4:19 PM

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

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.
Source: NHL.com
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.
Source: NHL.com
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

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