Posts Tagged NHL Schedule

Morning Hits: Coyotes update, Schedule release mid July, Ruff named Stars head coach

  • Nick Kypreos: “Hearing Glendale council will not approve 15M cash demand by RSE group 2 manage #Coyotes arena. RSE asked for 15M to help secure #125M loan.” … “Council believes debt created by team is so gr8 that team is all but guaranteed to fail + move shortly because of loses created by no equity” … “#NHL experiencing issues caused by debt loads on some clubs like #Devils. Seattle appears not to b option as rink won’t be ready til 2014-15″ … “Sorry folks, sounds like another yr of #NHL owned #Coyotes unless Bettman finds buyer willing to take less than 15M guaranteed from Glendale”
  • John Shannon: The NHL may be targeting July 17th to release next season’s schedule. Waiting for Olympic and Coyotes situations to be resolved.
  • Stars PR: The Dallas Stars announce that Lindy Ruff will be the teams 22nd head coach.

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Schedule breakdown … Cap-exempt recall … $32.9 million cap hit for Weber? Player images

  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Bill Daly on the NHL schedule: ”Not [today]. Sometime at the end of the week or over the weekend.”
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Each team will play: 4 games vs. two Divisional opponents (8); 5 games vs. two divisional opponents (10); 3 games vs 10 Conference rivals (30). Looking like a 48 game schedule starting on January 19th. Training camps will open no later than Sunday January 13th if everything goes well.
  • Cap Geek via twitter: “Rather than sign players to one-game amateur tryout contracts in emergency situations, teams will be allowed cap-exempt recalls, provided they less than or equal to the league’s minimum salary plus $100K. ($625K this season).”
  • Daniel Tolensky via twitter: Hypothetically, if the Predators traded Shea Weber after 6 years and he retired with 1 year left, the Predators would get a $32.9 million salary cap hit for 2025-26.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: NHL teams are not allowed to use player images on their sites until the CBA gets ratified. Could face a fine a they do.

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Bettman set to cancel the season next Thursday … 48 game schedule for Jan. 19th with 7 divisional games

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: A veteran member of the NHL Board of Governor’s has said that Gary Bettman is prepared to cancel the season next Thursday if a deal is not complete or appearing to be imminent. The NHL believes the that Don Fehr won’t do a deal until after Bettman cancels season. That Fehr is slowing down the process one last time to put pressure on Bettman according to the governor. The governor also theorized that if Bettman canceled the season, Fehr would wait a day or two before one last leverage attempt that would be better for the players. If the season is lost, the NHL may pull their 50-50 share and will look for a revamped package.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sources are saying there is a 48 game scheduled created to start on January 19th. The first day of the season would feature lots of rivalry games, and would be played throughout the day. Under this schedule, teams would play 7 games against their division rivals, and a home and away with each of the remaining conference teams. They could have went with a 52 game schedule starting January 12th if a deal was done by this weekend.

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Sides could meet on Tuesday … Some owners have issues with what was in their proposal … Some things the players should like

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Not a 100% finalized, but both sides are tentatively scheduled to resume negotiations on Tuesday in New York.
  • Aaron Ward via twitter: The NHLPA will have a conference call at 4 PM today for the Executive Board and Negotiating Committee.
  • Lance Hornby via twitter: Steve Fehr on Saturday’s talks: “I agree with what Bill said. Hopefully we can continue the dialogue, expand the group, and make steady progress.”
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: There still hasn’t been a reaction from the NHLPA on how they felt Saturday’s meetings went. Both sides will consider what was discussed at those meetings, inform their committees, and then formulate a plan going forward. The NHL and NHLPA will have to decide how far they will bend on certain matters. Things could still get ugly if there isn’t room to compromise.
  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: Some owners don’t like some of the salary cap provisions that the owners have presented. One, is that performance bonuses are not counted to get to the salary cap floor. Another, is that all salaries over $105,000 are counted towards the salary cap, including players on team’s minor league rosters. Teams that operate near the salary cap floor are not thrilled about bonuses not counting, as they’d have to spend more money to get to the floor. Teams that may not like this could include: Panthers, Predators, Islanders, Stars, Blues, Capitals, Ducks and Avalanche. Another group of unhappy people may be the veteran AHL players who may see their salaries capped at $105,000. Some AHL veterans are earning $300,000.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Some things the NHL as proposed in the past:

    1) artificially inflate the salary cap in Year 1 so teams don’t have to trade or release players; 2) trade player salary and cap charges in trades (this is something both teams and players have wanted); 3) eliminate re-entry waivers; 4) Increase revenue sharing with further increases as revenues grow, and the top grossing teams making the biggest contributions (revenue sharing is something Don Fehr is passionate about; wants it so the teams that really need assistance are assisted); 5) Introduction of appeal rights to a neutral third-party arbitrator in cases involving on- and- off-ice discipline (player-proposed wish).

    Some things the NHLPA should like:

    1) Joint NHL/NHLPA Health and Safety Committee with equal representation by the league and union; 2) Establishment of a “standard of care” and “primary allegiance” obligations between the team medical staff and players (this is directly due to the tragic Derek Boogaard situation that remains ongoing); 3) Offseason rehab activities would no longer be required in the team’s home city; 4) Players have access to second medical opinions at the club expense; 5) Ice time restrictions and days off during training camp; 5) Improved facility standards in visiting locker rooms; 6) Ice condition improvements and standards; 7) More player friendly rules for parent-son trips, teams would have to pay for parents travel and lodging to first-ever games, other milestones; 8) Different standards for rent and mortgage reimbursements from teams; 9) increased access to tickets for visiting players and also a game ticket policy that minimizes the tax impact on players; 10) And also, the league has agreed to consider a player proposal for single rooms for all players on the road, which would be thousands of extra dollars spent on travel. Typically, players share rooms on the road unless you’re a longstanding player (600 games), or in a lot of cases, goaltenders.

  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: If a new CBA is signed and the season were to start on December 1st, a 64 game schedule against only conference teams is possible. 6 games against division rivals, 4 games against others.

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