August 9th, 2016 In Commentary, The Business of Hockey, Top Stories 0 comments

In a League where the team always comes first, the NHL needs to take a page out of the NBA playbook and put players on center stage, specifically Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. The first go-round when Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin entered the League piqued interest and became the rivalry for hockey fans, but it didn’t push far enough...

July 7th, 2016 In Commentary, Editor's Choice, The Business of Hockey 0 comments

Former baseball pitcher turned author Jim Bouton famously observed:  “You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around.” Professional athletes retire mostly for one simple reason: their services are no longer in demand. For a very few players, retirement becomes a...

May 8th, 2016 In Advanced Stats, NHL Coaching, The Business of Hockey 0 comments

When the Arizona Coyotes hired 26-year-old John Chayka as their new general manager, it was headline news across the NHL. It was also the latest indication of hockey's evolution into a 21st century sport with the influence of analytics. Being the youngest General Manager in pro sports history, besting the Toronto Maple Leaf former GM Gord...

May 5th, 2016 In Editor's Choice, The Business of Hockey 0 comments

John Chayka was named the eighth general manager in the history of the Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. His appointment to the position makes him the youngest GM in pro sports history. Born in June, 1989, he'll be 27 in June and was born just two months prior to Gord Stellick's resignation as GM of the Maple Leafs. Stellick, 31 at the...

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...

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