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Age / DOB:  (65) / 6/2/1952

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Gary Bettman expressed pessimism about a Calgary new arena deal and said he would talk to NHL officials about the recent video review controversy.
During an All-Star Game interview, Bettman reiterated frustration that the city of Calgary is not footing more of the bill for a proposed new arena. He said the NHL and Flames owners are not on the same wavelength with city officials negotiating a deal, and does not know if it can get done. Speaking about high profile cases in the past week about overturned goals due to minimal goaltender interference, Bettman said he will be sending a memo out to officials reminding them that the call on the ice should stand unless there is an egregious mistake. Jan 28 - 9:00 PM
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The Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins will play a makeup game on April 8.

The NHL postponed a contest between the two squads that would have been played on Jan. 4th due to severe weather. As was the case with the original game, the April 8th contest will be hosted by the Boston Bruins. The start time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. This will extend the Bruins and Panthers' season by one day and mean that each squad will now finish the campaign with a stretch of three games in four days.
Jan 11 - 12:07 PM

The NHL has postponed Thursday's contest between the Panthers and Bruins, which was going to be played in Boston.

A severe winter storm is the reason for the decision. The NHL hasn't rescheduled the game yet, but plan to announce the makeup date later. The contest would have started at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Jan 4 - 10:48 AM

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.
Source: NHL
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 08:43:00 PM

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.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 04:23:00 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."
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 05:38:00 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.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 07:15:00 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.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 10:25:00 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."
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 10:06:00 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.
Thu, Jul 6, 2017 11:56:00 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.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 12:26:00 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.
Thu, Jun 22, 2017 08:31:00 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
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 02:16:00 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.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 01:10:00 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.
Mon, Jun 5, 2017 06:03:00 PM

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