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The AHL has changed it's rules to allow three-on-three hockey during part of its overtime period.
How it will work is teams will play four-on-four hockey for three minutes of overtime and if no one has scored, they'll switch to three-on-three hockey for the an additional four minutes. The idea is that it will reduce the number of games that finish with a shootout and if it's successful, then we might see the NHL adopt a similar policy. Jul 11 - 9:52 AM

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The NHLPA vetoed allowing the new contract with Canadian television to be part of the 2014-15 revenue.

While adding the contract would have given teams a larger cap rather than the $69 million that has been agreed to by both sides, the players association did not want an extra three percent of their contracts being placed in escrow. This will hurt teams up against the cap like Boston and Chicago and could hurt some UFA players who may not get offered a contract in the off-season. Should the revenues exceed the amount agreed upon, the players will still get 50 percent of all extra revenue to share at the end of the season.
Source: NY Post
Jun 29 - 9:23 AM

The NHL salary cap for the 2014-15 campaign is set at $69 million.

That's lower than was projected earlier this year and that's a big deal for teams like Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston, which are now up against the ceiling. This also obviously isn't great news for unrestricted free agents, but there are still plenty of teams out there with lots of space, so we don't think it will end up having a serious impact on that market.
Jun 27 - 4:50 PM

The NHL released the full 2014-15 schedule on Sunday.

Training camp opens on Sept. 18, with the preseason kicking off on Sep. 21. The regular season commences with a four-game slate on Oct. 8. There's a Christmas break from Dec. 24-26 while the All-Star Break takes place from Jan. 22-26. The season ends on April 11.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 22 - 4:05 PM

This weekend the NHL will announce the full 2014-15 season schedule; while on Monday the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 will be revealed.

In addition to the schedule and Hall of Fame class announcements, this Thursday the NHL Board of Governors will meet in Philadelphia to discus possible rule changes. On Friday June 27, the much anticipated first round of the NHL Draft will take place at the Wells Fargo Center. Free agency starts on July 1st, while the deadline for teams to use their amnesty buyouts approaches on July 4th.
Jun 20 - 8:16 PM

The NHL buyout period will begin on Monday as NHL rules dictate they begin 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Final ends.

There are many players who could be bought out at this time, including Brad Richards, Ville Leino and Martin Havlat. Stay tuned.
Jun 15 - 9:00 AM

Gary Bettman touched on a variety of subjects in his state of the league address prior to Game 1 on Wednesday night, including the World Cup of Hockey, expansion, concussions and the league’s success.

The league is not ready to announce any official details for the World Cup, but Rogers Sportsnet and ESPN are reporting that the tournament is likely to be revived in Sept. 2016 in one host city, most likely Toronto. Bettman said the league has not talked about participating in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, but are working hard to reinstate the World Cup which was last held in 2004. Bettman did not provide any new details about expansion talk, revealed that the amount of concussions went down by approximately 10% this season, and said that 2013-14 was the most successful year in league history based on attendance, TV ratings, the Olympics and the Stadium Series.
Source: Sportsnet
Jun 4 - 8:42 PM

The schedule for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship has been released.

The tournament will take place from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, 2015 and be hosted by Toronto and Montreal. Three of Canada's four round robin games will get the primetime slot (8:00 p.m. ET). The exception will be the United States vs. Canada, which will air at 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday December 31, presumably to avoid competing with the New Years Eve coverage.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 3 - 1:16 PM

Game 7 of the Western Conference Final between Chicago and Los Angeles broke NBCSN's overnight ratings record for an NHL game.

The contest drew a 3.17 metered market rating. That topped the previous high of 3.10 set by Chicago and Boston in Game 3 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. Sunday's game drew a 22.7 rating in Chicago, which is a new NBCSN high for a Blackhawks contest. It also attracted a 3.7 rating in New York as Rangers fans watched to see who they would play in the Stanley Cup Final. That's the highest New York rating for a non-Stanley Cup Final game that didn't involve a New York team.
Jun 3 - 9:45 AM

A report in the Denver Post indicates that a class-action lawsuit regarding concussions might explain why NHL teams are even more prone to label them "upper-body injuries."

From a fantasy perspective, hearing a vaguer term can make it more difficult to tell if a player is out longer term, so this could be a significant headache for owners. Then again, it could also be a matter of teams being increasingly secretive about injuries.
Jun 1 - 2:44 PM

The Stanley Cup Final will begin on Wednesday June 4.

From there, games will be played every two to three days, with the last possible contest occurring on June 18. Even if both series go to Game 7, the Eastern Conference Final will end on Saturday and the Western Conference Final will be done on Sunday, so we will have at least a few off days before the last series starts.
May 28 - 2:12 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly met with Seattle city officials earlier this month to gage the status on a new multi-sport stadium that could house a potential new hockey team.

"The possibility of a new arena is at best uncertain," Bettman said. "And that's what we learned (on the trip)." Investor Chris Hansen has the rights to build a new arena in the city, but has no interest in owning an NHL team. Hansen is chasing a new NBA franchise, and will not proceed with building a stadium until the NBA agrees to expand to Seattle. Although Hansen would want an NHL team as a tenant in his building, expansion talks for Seattle still have a long way to go before coming to fruition.
May 23 - 7:55 PM

As we approach the end of the second round, the NHL remains very happy with how the impact of the new playoff format.

"I think it's been spectacular," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. "It emphasizes rivalries. We don't have a team in the second round that has to travel 400 miles, which is nice in terms of the wear and tear of our athletes." The first two rounds of the playoffs now pit teams in the same division against each other, with the only potential exception coming from a scenarios where Wild Card teams advance. After that, it goes to the familiar alignment with the Conference Finals and then Stanley Cup Final.
May 12 - 12:09 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the returns on the playoffs thus far have been "terrific."

The NHL realigned to a four-division format that primarily seeds the teams based on their position in their respective divisions rather than conference. "We wanted to emphasize geographic rivalries, both in the regular-season schedule and the playoffs," Bettman said. "And if you look at the matchups, whether it’s Rangers-Flyers or Bruins-Detroit, this is pretty good stuff." Unless the NHL realigns again, it shouldn't be too uncommon for the same teams to routinely face each other in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Apr 23 - 1:37 PM

The KHL has plans to add three new teams for the 2014-15 campaign.

Most notably is the addition of Finland's Jokerit based in Helsinki, which brings the number of nations represented in the KHL to nine. Sochi is also expected to get a team after hosting the Olympics. Meanwhile, Spartak Moscow might not survive due to financial difficulties.
Source: R-Sport
Mar 19 - 1:37 PM

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