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The NHL salary cap could reportedly drop by as much as $4 million in 2016-17.
At this time of year, any report about what the NHL salary cap might look like next season has to be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, the cap only had a modest increase from 2014-15 to 2015-16 ($69 million to $71.4 million) and another small increase, or even a drop would hurt big market teams disproportionately. It would be especially hard on Chicago given Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane's matching $10.5 million annual cap hits. Feb 12 - 6:12 PM

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Bill Daly isn't worried about players not playing for their national teams.

"I think we’re going to have the best players. I don’t think we’re going to have a problem with opting out," the deputy commissioner said. "But in this case, it’s personal choice." Of course players who a pair of events to attend with 2017's World Cup in Toronto, and 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The first 16 players from all eight World Cup teams will be revealed on March 2nd, which ought to give an idea of how on board, or not, the NHLPA is with the NHL's blatant cash-grab and attempt to undermine the IOC.
Jan 31 - 4:08 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has signed an extension with the NHL through the 2021-2022 season.

His new contract will expire at the same time as the CBA. The Commissioner has been in place since Feb. 1 1993. He's made the owners a boatload of money during his tenure so it's no surprise that he'll stay on.
Jan 31 - 10:55 AM

Commissioner Gary Bettman said on Saturday that the NHL would not accept an application from the City of Seattle for an expansion team.

There is no arena in Seattle that is suitable for an NHL franchise and nothing on the horizon as far as a new one is concerned but the NHL put out bids last year and nothing came from anyone wanting a franchise in Seattle. "If someone wanted to give us an application right now, we wouldn’t take it," Bettman said Saturday. The NHL would love a team in the Pacific Northwest but if no one is coming forward, it's not happening.
Jan 31 - 7:49 AM

The NHL will donate $200,000 to female hockey player Denna Laing.

Laing suffered a serious spinal injury in the Women's Winter Classic in Boston on Dec. 31 and the league is trying to help cover some of the costs of her rehabilitation. The league will also donate a Honda Odyssey equipped with everything she needs to get around.
Jan 30 - 5:27 PM

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league isn't going to rush the expansion process.

The league will likely expand in the near future with Las Vegas, Quebec and Seattle all being potential destinations. "We’re going through an orderly process, this is a very important decision," said Bettman. "Lots of things have to be evaluated and considered." Expansion isn't a slam dunk, but should the executive committee decide to add more teams, they'd need at least one year to prepare before joining the NHL. The earliest we'll see an expansion team is 2017-18.
Jan 30 - 4:44 PM

The city of Los Angeles will host the 2017 NHL All-Star game.

The NHL will be celebrating their 100th anniversary next year, while the Kings will be in their 50th year of existence. "We’ll be in another city where the building of an arena transformed its downtown into a destination after years of just the opposite," said the Commissioner. "The 2017 NHL All-Star events will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles." This will be the third time the Kings franchise will host the All-Star game (1981, 2002) and the second time the event will be held at Staples Center.
Jan 30 - 4:27 PM

The Washington Capitals' scheduled contest against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday has been postponed.

It was announced Thursday night that the game had been moved from 7:00 p.m. ET to 5:00 p.m. in light of an expected severe snowstorm. However, upon further review today, it was decided that the best course of action was to not play. There will be a makeup game, but the date of that hasn't been announced yet. This snowstorm might also impact the Capitals' game against Pittsburgh on Sunday, but the NHL will wait until Saturday to make a decision regarding that contest.
Jan 22 - 2:03 PM

The Washington Capitals will host the Anaheim Ducks at 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday instead of the originally scheduled time of 7:00 p.m.

There's a severe snowstorm that's expected to hit Washington, D.C. and that was their motivation for starting the game two hours earlier. This snowstorm might also impact Washington's afternoon contest against Pittsburgh on Sunday, but that hasn't been determined yet.
Jan 21 - 6:17 PM

According to ESPN hockey insider Pierre Lebrun, each NHL team will get a five-day "bye week" next season.

The NHL is throwing the players a bone since they signed off on the new 3-on-3 all-star game format. The bye weeks will take place between January 1st and February 28th. An extended break during the "dog days" of the season can only help keep players healthy during the stretch run.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 09:57:00 PM

Big changes are coming to the NHL All-Star Game this season.

First, say good-bye to the player's fantasy draft. They don't want it, and so we'll never have another deliciously awkward moments brought you by the brilliance of Alex Ovechkin. Second, this year's game will be separated into three 20-minute, three-on-three games culminating from a four-team mini-playoff. The teams will be divided by conference, which will give way to a final between each side's representative for a 20-minute three-on-three game - with a cash prize! Looks like things are going to be a bit crazy in Nashville this season.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 10:13:00 PM

During his hit on TSN 690 in Montreal, ESPN/TSN hockey insider Pierre Lebrun said that NHL expansion isn't guaranteed.

"Gary Bettman cautioned to governors and owners that this is a slow process," Lebrun said after talking to different governors around the NHL on Tuesday. "(Bettman) specifically said, by the way, that 'we may expand by two, we may expand by one or we may expand by zero.' And I think that's important to remember here because I've found that the league is saying this more often in the last month or so than they used to, the possibility of not expanding."
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 09:37:00 PM

According to Yahoo's Joshua Cooper, Las Vegas has also advanced to phase three of the expansion process.

The Quebecor confirmed that they have entered into "Phase III" as well. The NHL will now review the business plans and revenue projections of Las Vegas and Quebec City. If everything goes well then expansion franchises can be awarded as early as September.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 07:38:00 PM

Quebec City has been retained for the third phase of the expansion process.

The organization in charge of the bid made the announcement on Friday via Twitter. Quebec and Las Vegas were advanced to the second phase in early August. We don't know where the Las Vegas bid stands, but that news could follow shortly.
Source: TSN.ca
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 05:14:00 PM

The NHL has announced that the preseason schedule will begin Sunday, Sept. 20.

Boston will play New Jersey, while Florida and Nashville will face off in a split-squad doubleheader. There will be 104 exhibition games over a 15-day span. Check out the source link for the full schedule.
Source: NHL.com
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 01:27:00 PM

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