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With five days left in the NHL Regular Season, many people are already turning their attention to the opening round of the Playoffs which start early next week. The Pittsburgh Penguins will be back to try to defend their title from last year’s playoffs, as other teams like the Canadians and Senators seem poised to make a run of their own at the crown.
Only three playoff spots currently remain unsettled, and all of them being from the Eastern Conference. The other 13 spots have been clinched with 5 days to go still in the rest of the season.
New York Islanders center John Tavares will receive the Steven Stamkos treatment when it comes to his 2018 potential unrestricted free agency. The build-up will start next summer. Every team that would have bid on Stamkos will covet Tavares. It will be speculated that he will get $10.5 million per season, just as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane did in 2014.
With the December NHL schedule kicking into high gear most of the NHL teams are beginning to find out where they fit in terms of the overall standings and the playoff pictures. Furthermore, some teams such as the Tampa Bay Lightning have many decisions to make as the season progresses and may look to move some big name players such as Ben Bishop to help them to fill voids left behind as a result of the Steven Stamkos injury. There will be many decisions to make for those who like to bet on sports online as to where the teams will end up at the end of the season.
The National Hockey League (NHL) has hired a gambling watchdog to monitor and look for any suspicious gambling activity. This move comes as the NHL prepared to inaugurate a La Vegas team. With NHL betting picks, suspicious gambling activity can be an indicator of cheating in the sport. Sportradar is the sports data company that was hired by NHL, the contract financial terms was not disclosed.
And now for something completely different… Compliance buyouts can begin just after midnight on Monday,June 16th.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) June 14, 2014
With just over a week of the NHL 2014 regular season remaining, the race to make the play-offs is set to go down to the wire in the Eastern and Western Conferences. Although ten teams have already clinched their place in the Play-Offs, several others stand a realistic chance of joining them to retain the dream of lifting the infamous Stanley Cup trophy. Many may look back to the business conducted before the trade deadline of March 5th and reflect on whether their acquisitions have provided the required impact, or had a detrimental effect on their chances of making the Play-Offs or winning their respective division. The latter may be felt by the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, with both teams eliminated from Play-Off contention in what can only be considered as hugely disappointing seasons for both teams. Trading can make all the difference between success and failure, with sportsinteraction.com allowing NHL fans to predict who will make a name for themselves with their new team and fire them into the Play-Offs.
It’s not always easy retiring from pro sports. For every 33-year old millionaire with a mansion, a yacht, a TV contract and his whole life ahead of him, there are 10 washed-up, broke alcoholics with chronic knee pain and no way of easing back into the working life that normal folks experience every day. Greg Mueller’s story is one of the positive ones.
Is it possible Hockey Hall of Famer Glen Sather, 70, may be thinking of retiring as a general manager if the New York Rangers make the playoffs this season? I’ve heard that. There was no response to a recent inquiry by me from Sather. If true, the Oilers can get his banner raised next season. The Oilers have put off a ceremony because Sather, the first member of the Oilers’ organization to make the HHOF in 1997, has been a GM with another team.
McKenzie: The NHL party line hasn’t changed. There are no formal plans for expansion but if they expand and everyone assumes at some point, they’re going to, the common knowledge is that Seattle is the primary target in the Pacific Northwest.
In the first Coach’s Corner since the hockey broadcasting landscape was forever changed earlier this week, Don Cherry pleaded his case to the Canadian public — and his potential future bosses.