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NHL Makes Landmark TV Distribution Deal With Canadian Networks, Leaving TSN and RDS In Their Dust

  November 26th is a very important day for the National Hockey League, and not only because it's professional hockey's 96th birthday. On Tuesday, the league announced a new deal with five Canadian broadcasters, changing the landscape of televised hockey distribution in the country for the next 12 years. The deal, worth $5.2 billion and one of the biggest media rights deals in Canadian history, will strip hockey coverage away from Bell Media-owned TSN and RDS, instead distributing English-language coverage of games between the publicly funded CBC -- retaining its iconic Hockey Night In Canada on Saturday nights but losing certain privileged like the All-Star Game and s...

The Islanders Are Planning To Leave In 2015

Ed Mangano can repeat himself multiple times on Twitter, stating that he is doing everything he can in his "ongoing plans" to keep the Islanders in Uniondale, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has made it clear: the Islanders will be leaving Nassau County in 2015.

A front page article was released in Newsday this weekend that had Bettman's words put directly on paper, making the harsh reality of the Islanders Coliseum problems look even more hopeless. He was quick to say that the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County have done a terrible job of trying to come up with a new plan to renovate the 40-year old arena. As a result, he is looking into other possible destinations for the New York Islanders.

U-17 Championships Day 3 Recap

Sweden vs Quebec

Sweden dominated the first twenty minutes , with Anthony Brodecki scored from Tobias Liljedahl and Robert Hagg. Fabian Gunnarsson took  a holding penalty putting Quebec in a position that they could potentially tie the game. Two giveaways on the ensuing advantage resulted in two breakaways and two goals by Leon Bristedt and Victor Ohman. Even though the shots were even at eleven for the period, Sweden was clearly the better team, using it’s size and skill to their advantage. Ohman scored his second on a one-timer to make it 4-0. Quebec’s Yan-Pavel Laplante scored a powerplay goal to cut the lead to 4-1. With Jeremy Gregoire and Anthony Duclair drawi...

U-17 Championship Day 2 Recap

USA vs Russia – 2pm

Nikita Serebryakov played incredible as he backstopped Russia to a 3-2 win over USA in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The Russian goaltender stopped 51 of 53 shots in an eventful game at the WFCU Center Friday afternoon.

Russia got off to a quick start as Sergei Tolchinski received a nice pass from Nikita Zadorov and put the puck past Hunter Miska.  Russia continued to be faster and play harder than the American squad, but in playing more physical they got caught up in it and took three straight penalties. Team USA looked sloppy, especially after coming off of a 5-1 win against the Czech Republic yesterday.  Their power play was not pr...

The Pros and Cons of the NHL's Realignment for the Montreal Canadiens

 

This week, the NHL announced a brand new format to accommodate certain scheduling issues that have risen the West, and thanks to the Winnipeg Jets. By now I’m sure that you’ve seen the details of the new four-conference format, so I’ll spare you most of the details, but it's needless to say that more than a few people are on the fence about it all.

What’s relevant to the subject matter here is that the Montreal Canadiens will essentially play with the same Northeast Division opponents they’ve known for years, with one little twist. The new mini-conference will also add the two teams from Florida to th...