Saturday night will remain Hockey Night in Canada on CBC.
The NHL confirmed Tuesday that the CBC has secured English-language rights to games in a sub-licensing agreement with Rogers Communications.
The 12-year, $5.232 billion deal through 2025-26 between the NHL and Rogers is the largest media rights agreement in league history and subject to approval by the league's board of governors at a meeting in in Pebble Beach, Calif., on Dec. 9-10.
I can't think of a reason why this won't be approved. It's a shame NBC doesn't follow the lead of the CBC and make the same kind of commitment to broadcast more games on their free main television network.
Third Degree Assault is defined as "knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person." (In rare cases, a different definition is used based on accidentally causing injury with a deadly weapon.) Notice that there has to be "injury" in order for the charge to be supported. However, pain, by itself, constitutes injury - even if there was no physical damage to the person assaulted. As shown in the table above, the maximum sentence for this type of assault is two years in the county jail.
The evidence lead to the charge being laid. I seriously doubt that this will affect his induction into the HHoF.
The National Hockey League is always looking for ways to improve its accuracy rate when it comes to ruling on controversial goals.
NHL Hockey Operations is expected to meet with a group in the near future that has designed a camera system that can be installed in the posts of the nets. This system may provide a more clear view of the goal line and by design may assist the league in determining - conclusively - whether or not the puck crosses the line.
This meeting was planned well before Tuesday night's game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators where midway through the third period, it appeared Ottawa's Kyle Turris had given his team a 3-2 edge. Turris' shot ricocheted off both of Nicklas Grossmann's skates and from the camera angles provided, it seemingly crossed the goal line.
Veteran referee Paul Devorski immediately waved off the goal and a lengthy video review was unable to warrant overturning the call on the ice.
I've believed that this sort of technology has been long over due. I think it would rub the referees the wrong way, especially after Uncle Gary has "pumped their tires" during the length of his administration (save for the threats of bringing in scab replacements), saying the League has the "best officials of any major sport". However, I also think that the League has been woefully slow in attempting to put properly trained on-ice officials in their games; Bettman telling telling the world about the great job his officials are doing doesn't necessarily make it so.
I doubt that this "new technology" is going to appear anytime soon, but...
TORONTO -- Ken Holland has long been one of the leading proponents of extending overtime to decide more games before going to a shootout, and the Detroit Red Wings general manager said Tuesday he thinks support for such an action is growing among his peers.
Overtime was one of the popular subjects at the GMs meeting in Toronto. Holland has proposed in the past to have five minutes of 4-on-4 overtime followed by five minutes of 3-on-3 before going to a shootout.
Reinventing the wheel? As stated above, this proposal of extending the length of the overtime period has been presented before. Is this s case of the General Managers souring on the idea of the shootout (a "gift" from Uncle Gary after Lockout One)? Overall, is the basic idea of a longer overtime period in the regular season good/bad/indifferent for the "greatest fans in the world", players and the game as a whole.