March 25th, 2016 In Detroit Red Wings, Long Read, The Business of Hockey, Top Stories 0 comments

On March 23rd I was joined by Mark Howe in an exclusive interview, which the audio can be found here. Mark Howe is a former professional hockey player from 1973-1995. He played left-wing from 73-79, defense from 79-95 and was the 25th overall draft pick in the 1974 NHL entry draft. He accumulated 742 points in 929 career NHL games and is a...

March 21st, 2016 In Hockey History, The Business of Hockey, Top Stories 0 comments

An incredible 20 years ago, a now little known technological invention took the hockey world by storm, for reasons both good and bad. After securing the rights to broadcast NHL games in the United States, a man named David Hill, who at the time was the head of Fox Sports, envisioned a way in which to attract greater attention to the game, as...

March 12th, 2016 In News, The Business of Hockey 0 comments

The NHL Officials' Association released a statement on Saturday morning that strongly disagreed with the independent arbitrator's decision to reduce Dennis Wideman's suspension from 20 games to 10 games. James Oldham, the arbitrator appointed to oversee Wideman's appeal, made the decision earlier this week, despite already sitting 19 games....

February 26th, 2016 In Commentary, Editor's Choice, The Business of Hockey 0 comments

On Wednesday February 24th, Classic Auctions issued a news release reporting that Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Ed Belfour had sold 66 items of hockey memorabilia. The items, including his 2002 Olympic Gold Medal ($41,200), and one of his masks ($18,292) worn from 1992 to 1994 while with the Chicago Blackhawks, sold for about $215,000. Other items of...

February 17th, 2016 In Philadelphia Flyers, The Business of Hockey 0 comments

Last season, the Philadelphia Flyers traded veteran defender Braydon Coburn to the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Radko Gudas and first- and third-round picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. While Coburn was a valued part of the Flyers defensive force for the majority of the last nine years, Gudas has been seen as a fringe NHL player. In his...

February 10th, 2016 In Commentary, Dallas Stars, Editor's Choice, The Business of Hockey 0 comments

What does the NHL want? More scoring! When do they want it? Now! Where do they want it? Apparantly not on NBC Sports Network. The Dallas Stars appeared on NBCSN for the second time this season last night against the Minnesota Wild. They play the St. Louis Blues on NBCSN next Tuesday in what will be Dallas' final appearance on NBCSN in...

February 9th, 2016 In Florida Panthers, The Business of Hockey, Toronto Maple Leafs 0 comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in year one of what will likely be a seven-year journey towards success. Years one to three will be the gruelling, painful years. Years of bottom-feeding the league in hopes of having Edmonton Oilers type luck in order to win a couple of draft lotteries. So far, so good in year one of that plan. The Leafs are tied...

January 31st, 2016 In News, The Business of Hockey 0 comments

With the All-Star Weekend underway, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has reportedly had his contract extended through 2022, according to SI's Michael Farber. The 63-year-old commissioner declined to comment on the situation saying that he "never discusses his own situation." Bettman became commissioner of the league in December 1992, moving to...

January 26th, 2016 In Commentary, The Business of Hockey 0 comments

As we all know, concussions are becoming more frequent in the professional sporting world. Or, perhaps, it is only now that athletes, and the sporting community as a whole are coming forward to admit that these injuries are occurring with such great frequency. In the NHL, and in particular Hockey as a whole, this injury is nothing new,...

January 25th, 2016 In Commentary, News, The Business of Hockey 0 comments

It's no secret. The NHL's coach's challenge has not gone as smoothly as hoped in its inaugural season. It was put into place in order to give teams an option to challenge goals which they thought were not 'good goals' as deemed by the NHL rulebook. However, the two times when a coach can challenge (offside or goaltender interference) are...

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