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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

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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

The NHL Awards will take place in Las Vegas on June 21 and the expansion draft will be incorporated into the awards.

"We are thrilled to be in Las Vegas again for the NHL Awards," said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President. "To be able to pair this perennial show with the excitement of the expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights is a unique opportunity that we think our fans will enjoy greatly." It's the eighth time the NHL Awards will be held in Vegas.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 18 - 7:54 PM

The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will take place on April 29 in Toronto.

The Colorado Avalanche will have the best odds at winning the right to select first overall at 18%. They will be followed by the Vancouver Canucks (12.1%), the Vegas Golden Knights (10.3%) and the Arizona Coyotes (10.3%). The full list can be seen by clicking on the link below. Nolan Patrick has been the top rated prospect for over a year but Swiss forward Nico Hischier has surged up the charts and is pegged by many mock drafts as being the first overall selection. The 2017 NHL Entry Draft will take place in Chicago on June 23-24.
Apr 11 - 9:39 PM

The NHL will not participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The League released a statement Monday to announce the news: "We have previously made clear that, while the overwhelming majority of our Clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players, we were open to hearing from any of the other parties who might have an interest in the issue (e.g., the IOC, the IIHF, the NHLPA) as to reasons the Board of Governors might be interested in re-evaluating their strongly held views on the subject. A number of months have now passed and no meaningful dialogue has materialized." You can read the rest of it through the link below. This is disappointing news, but it's not surprising.
Apr 3 - 4:08 PM

NHL participation in the 2018 Pyeongchang, South Korea Olympic Games seems unlikely at the moment, if you ask commissioner Gary Bettman.

The NHL last met with the IOC in February and did not come away with much progress towards an agreement. "There are no negotiations ongoing," Bettman told Reuters. "As things stand now people should assume we are not going." That's quite grim, but it's worth noting that nothing is official and so we should take this report with a grain of salt. The NHL wants to be compensated for shutting down its season for half a month, plus insurance, travel and accommodations like it has been for the previous five Winter Games. The IOC quoted the NHL at $15M to $20M to do just that, which Bettman noted the NHL has no interest in covering. "If they don't value our participation why are we going," Bettman queried rhetorically. Again, anything can still happen. Including players going anyway, just as Alex Ovechkin has already stated he intends to. Meaning Bettman won't just have the IOC to contend with should "negotiations", such as they are, continue to drag on
Mar 21 - 5:48 PM

Tuesday night's match between the Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils has been postponed.

The NHL has rescheduled the match for Mar. 28 because of a severe winter storm impacting the area. Adjust your lineups accordingly.
Mar 14 - 11:56 AM

The NHL plans to change the way it handles the bye week next season.

The 2016-17 campaign was the first where each team had a bye week, but the end result is that teams struggled to get back into the swing of things after that time off. To combat that next season, the NHL plans to have 15 NHL teams have their bye week simultaneously followed by the other 16 teams. When teams leave their bye week, their first two games will be against other teams exiting theirs. That will help keep all teams on a level playing field.
Mar 8 - 11:24 AM

All goalies must adhere to the new pad standards starting today or they'll face steep penalties.

A violation will cost the netminder two games plus a $25K fine with another $1K to the equipment manager. Hopefully there won't be any complications moving forward.
Feb 4 - 1:19 PM

At this point, it doesn't appear that the NHL is going to the 2018 Olympics barring a "game-changer."

As deputy commissioner Bill Daly notes, "Quite frankly, we don’t see what the benefit is from a League standpoint to Olympics participation." At first it appeared the issue was that the Olympics wouldn't cover the necessary costs, but now, even though Renee Fasal has "found the money" it appears there are additional concerns to smooth over. "I think there’s concern from teams about the ongoing disruption in the season. The schedule. A whole host of other things," Bettman said.
Source: Yahoo
Jan 28 - 6:58 PM

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