Tom’s Daily today: Owners Talk Shutdown, DeBoer Says Bubble Will Make Him Better Coach, Kraken Could Benefit From Flat Cap, Origin Stories and more.
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Pete DeBoer says that his time in the bubble with the Golden Knights will make him a better coach for the team next season. (NHL.com)
Here’s the full Q&A from the above article (Vegas Golden Knights)
Two VGK rearguards landed on the NHL Network’s Top 20 NHL Defensemen list. The fan vote? Not so much… (VHN)
Don’t sleep on this little nugget in a larger update article. Some NHL owners believe it would be better to just not play this season financially. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is pushing back against that idea. And when it comes to how this is all going to fall out, let me save you some time with my own unscientific analysis: February 1, 48 games, four restructured divisions for the first half of the season. (ESPN)
Not a lot of movement lately on the UFA front, but here’s a solid look at the top 15 remaining names. (Sportsnet)
I love the Edmonton Oilers signing Dominik Kahun. In my opinion he’s way underrated, and I can’t believe the Sabres let such a low-cost value go after just six games. Apparently The Hockey News agrees with me. (The Hockey News)
Looks like the Florida Panthers front office is now set with the hiring of Paul Krepelka. (FloridaHockeyNow)
Thirty-one NHL teams are freaking out about the new economic reality of the NHL in a pandemic world. Team #32 is not. Why Ron Francis believes the flat salary cap will help the Seattle Kraken (TSN)
Speaking of the Kraken and upcoming NHL Expansion Draft, our man Dan Kingerski over at Pittsburgh Hockey Now urges the Pittsburgh Penguins to use the Kraken to unload cap space.
The Sharks are turning 30? **checks notes** The Sharks are turning 30… here is the anniversary jersey and logo reveal. (SanJoseHockeyNow)
Pleasepleasepleaseplease just announce the Nordalanche throwbacks already! First Nathan MacKinnon, and now this: Did Mikko Rantanen tip off the color of the Colorado Avalanche third jersey? (Colorado Hockey Now)
I admit it, I’m a sucker for origin stories. Especially when it comes to sports logos, team nicknames and jerseys. “Fabric of the Game: The Stories Behind the NHL’s Names, Logos and Uniforms” is now available for those of us firmly in the nerd category. It covers 47 NHL franchises then and now, including the recently-introduced Kraken. Even the one named by a wartime bootlegger. This book is on my Christmas list if anyone wants to get their shopping done early… (Sportsnet)
That’s it for Tom’s Daily. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave your questions and comments below.
Tom’s Daily: Players are Pissed; Is It Time To Call The Season Off?
Tom’s Daily: The players are really angry after being asked to make even more concessions; The ECHL’s North Division has shut it down for the year; Sports Illustrated wonders if we should even bother trying to play this year.
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I am seriously hooked on those YouTube video tours of expensive houses. Alex Pietrangelo’s new digs could end up on one if it hasn’t already. Watch out Summerlin! (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Will labor unrest derail the potential for a 2020-21 season? Players are not happy with the latest ask for salary deferment and more. (TSN)
The SAP Center in San Jose is not the easiest place to get to for a game. The Sharks are trying to figure something out with the city. SanJoseHockeyNow has some ideas.
Willie O’Ree refelcts on his journey to the NHL. (Bar Down)
Humans aren’t the only thing that can’t travel across the border right now… Braden Holtby is stuck at the border with his tortoises. (Sportsnet)
Eight ECHL teams will voluntarily suspend for this season – the entire North Division. (ECHL)
Sports Illustrated wonders if we’re just at a point where we should shut down hockey for the year.
Tom’s Daily: Expanded NHL/NHLPA Return; The Sad Story of Todd Ewen Cont’d
Tom’s Daily: Vegas Golden Knights holiday charity initiatives in full swing; NHL and NHLPA expand return to play committees; Todd Ewen’s widow Kelli fighting with NHL over iPhone content.
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The team announced plans around its holiday toy drive (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Tomorrow is also the last day for the team’s canned food drive. (VGK)
The Seattle Kraken are still full speed ahead as they approach the team’s debut. It looks like several team facilities will be coming online ahead of schedule. (NHL.com)
The sad continuing story of the late Todd Ewen now includes his widow Kelli and the NHL fighting for control over text messages from his iPhone. The messages and data may play a key role in her lawsuit against the league. (TSN)
Interstate hockey has been suspended in New England and New Jersey until at least 2021. (WMUR)
That’s it for Tom’s Daily, but in case you missed it, Golden Knights prospect Lukas Cormier is off to a dominant start in the QMJHL.
Tom’s Daily: New HSK Kit; Hintz For Three in Big D
Tom’s Daily includes new Henderson Silver Knights jerseys; Hintz locked down in Dallas; Is Matt Murray going to work in Ottawa?
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The Henderson Silver Knights revealed the team’s inaugural season look last night. They look great, and when it comes to design the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. (VHN)
It’s been a while since we’ve looked at the remaining UFA player because it’s just so darn quiet out there. (Sportsnet)
The Dallas Stars assured a huge piece of the future by signing Roope Hintz to a three-year deal. (TSN)
At some point the NHL is going to get back to play, but making the ends meet is still a work in progress. (Sportsnet)
Is Matt Murray going to lead the Ottawa Senators back to glory? I believe Murray still has a lot in the tank and is a fantastic signing for the Sens. Here’s a great look at signing by Travis Yost. (TSN)
King Henrik’s new look in DC is tight. (NHL.com)
As COVID-19 rages, youth hockey continues to wrestle with the question of when and how to play. (WJAR)
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