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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly announced Monday that next season's salary cap is expected to remain flat, depending on whether the NHLPA exercises its five percent growth escalator.

The salary cap for the 2016-17 season was set at $73 million, and Daly said it would grow to "$77 million and change" if the inflator is used by players.

Growing the cap also grows players' escrow, which has been an ongoing problem when it comes to collective bargaining between the NHL and NHLPA.

Daly said the NHL and its players will meet next week to discuss whether the escalator will be used.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Preds got robbed in game 1.


Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final has come and gone, and yet, most of the hockey world is wondering what the heck just happened.
The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 5-3, but this was no ordinary contest.
The GoodPredators' Defense
While observers sit back and mock the Penguins for failing to muster a shot for 37 minutes, why not dish out some credit to the Predators' defense?
By now, we all know Nashville's strength is its blue line, and they stifled the playoffs' best offense unlike we've ever seen, allowing just 12 shots in the loss.
P.K. Subban in particular was dominant. In his first Cup Final game, Subban logged 22 minutes, and was on the ice for a team-leading 17 of Nashville's 36 even strength shot attempts. He even scored a goal ... kind of. We'll get to that.
Entertainment value
While the second period was a 20-minute snoozefest, there was no shortage of talking points to take away from this one.
This pretty much sums it up:
A goal disallowed, fight back from a 3-0 hole, no shots allowed for 38 minutes, still lose. Even country songs aren't that heartbreaking.
β€” Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) May 30, 2017
The badEkholm's own goal
BONINO BONINO BONINO! Nick Bonino banks it off Ekholm! #Pens take a 3-0 lead#StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/9bBgRyVXOR
β€” Casey Baker (@CaseyBake16) May 30, 2017
Already facing a 2-0 deficit, a seemingly harmless play turned the Predators' tough first period into a full-blown disaster.
Cruising down the boards, Penguins winger Nick Bonino shoveled the puck toward the goal, where it bounced off Pekka Rinne, then defenseman Mattias Ekholm, and into the goal.
Funnily enough, the Penguins' next shot on goal was Jake Guentzel's winner.
Offside reviews
This cost the Predators a lead.
A closer look. πŸ‘€Still 0-0. pic.twitter.com/6pPnt0E0R3
β€” Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 30, 2017
While by the book it's correct, hockey fans have long dreaded the moment a coach's challenge would effect a Stanley Cup Final game, and we finally got it.
Pittsburgh gained possession, gave it away, then watched Subban pick the corner with a perfect shot before this play was deemed illegal. Something needs to change.
The uglyRinne's save percentage
One of the main reasons Nashville has reached this point, Rinne would be best to forget his Game 1 performance.
Pittsburgh may have lulled him to sleep by essentially taking him out of the game, but Rinne finished with a .636 save percentage, the worst single-game effort in the expansion era.
The catfish
(Photo Courtesy: Action Images)
Nashville's catfish-chuckin' tradition made its way to Pittsburgh for Game 1, and it was gross.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins finished with the NHL's second-best record, so common sense would have you believe they'd be rewarded with weaker playoff opponents given their strong regular season.

However, with the NHL's strange divisional playoff seeding, Pittsburgh had to face the NHL's fourth-best team (Columbus) in the first round, and the NHL's top-seeded team (Washington) in the second round in order to advance to the conference finals.

On the other hand, Ottawa, who finished 12th in league standings, faced the 13th-seeded Bruins in Round 1 and the ninth-seeded Rangers in Round 2, where they still somehow had home-ice advantage.

This left many people in the hockey universe hoping the NHL would revert back to it's previous format, where the conference's top seed would face the eighth seed, the second seed would face the seventh seed, and so on. It doesn't appear this will be happening, though.

"Obviously this was a unique year with a lot of strong teams in one division," said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, according to Chris Johnston from Sportsnet. "That doesn't happen every year and I think to pick kind of one unique year and to scrap a whole system based on that is probably a little bit short-sighted. Let's see what the future brings."

Daly was referring is the Metro Division which finished with the first-, second-, fourth-, and ninth-ranked teams in league standings.

One of those teams, the fourth-ranked Blue Jackets, got pretty shafted by facing the defending champs on the road in Round 1. It was the best season in franchise history, but they were ousted in just five games.

"I don't think it was designed for this," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in March. "I don't think it was intended for this to happen."

Even players have chimed in about their opinions on the format.

"It's stupid. It's the stupidest thing ever," Capitals forward Daniel Winnik said. "It doesn't work. It doesn't make any sense."

Daly and the NHL appear to be content with their playoff seeding format, so it would likely take multiple debacles like this season in order for them to revert to the previous system.

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One Nashville Predators fan's moment of glory will come at a price.
Jacob Waddell, the fan who threw a catfish on the ice during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night in Pittsburgh, has been charged for his actions, according to 1020 KDKA Morning News anchor Paul Rasmussen.


Waddell is charged with possession of an instrument of a crime, disorderly conduct, and disrupting a meeting, according to Rasmussen.
Furthermore, Rasmussen notes that police say Waddell bought the catfish in Tennessee, vacuumed sealed it, put it in his compression shorts, and then took it out inside a bathroom in the arena before chucking it onto the ice. Shortly after that Waddell was escorted out of PPG Paints Arena by security.






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Former NHL defenseman Scott Stevens has resigned from his position as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wild.

Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said Stevens made the decision so he can spend more time with his family.

Stevens was hired on June 7, 2016 as an assistant to head coach Bruce Boudreau and resigns after just one season with the team.

"We thank Scott for the hard work and dedication he provided our team this past season," Fletcher said in a statement posted on the team's official website.

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lobo316 wrote: One Nashville Predators fan's moment of glory will come at a price.
Jacob Waddell, the fan who threw a catfish on the ice during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night in Pittsburgh, has been charged for his actions, according to 1020 KDKA Morning News anchor Paul Rasmussen.


Waddell is charged with possession of an instrument of a crime, disorderly conduct, and disrupting a meeting, according to Rasmussen.
Furthermore, Rasmussen notes that police say Waddell bought the catfish in Tennessee, vacuumed sealed it, put it in his compression shorts, and then took it out inside a bathroom in the arena before chucking it onto the ice. Shortly after that Waddell was escorted out of PPG Paints Arena by security.






Jacob Waddell, the Nashville Predators fan who launched a catfish onto the ice surface at Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night, revealed his master plan for sneaking it into PPG Paints Arena, and boy, it's something.
Waddell has been charged with possessing an instrument of crime, disorderly conduct, and disrupting a meeting, but Tuesday he explained to Sean Gentille of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette how he managed to get it done.
Waddell proclaimed himself to be "a dumb redneck with a bad idea," and his complete itinerary for the stunt included:
    Buying a pair of $350 upper-bowl tickets, and transporting the fish from Tennessee to Game 1 in Pittsburgh.Dousing the fish in Old Spice cologne to compensate for the smell.Filleting the fish and running it over with his truck multiple times because"the head was too damn big."Stuffing the fish between his underwear and a pair of compression shorts, which were covered up by a pair of baggy pants.Wandering down to the lower level with the fish wrapped in a complimentary T-shirt, then launching it onto the ice.
Waddell apparently shared his idea with a local radio station, which offered to pay any fine in support of taking "Smashville Fever" on the road.

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Ottawa Senators forward Derick Brassard will have surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder and is expected to be out four-to-five months, general manager Pierre Dorion announced.

The news comes after Dorion revealed in Monday's press conference that 14 players had played through various injuries during the playoffs.

"After undergoing tests following the team's playoff series against Pittsburgh it was determined that Derick suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder that will require surgery to repair," Dorion said in a release. "The procedure will take place in the near future, with the expected recovery time for this type of injury being four to five months. We are hopeful that Derick will be ready for the start of the 2017-18 regular season."

The 29-year-old is coming off his first season with the Senators after being acquired from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Mika Zibanejad. He posted 14 goals and 39 points in 81 regular-season games and another four goals and 11 points in 19 playoff games.

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Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan didn't completely shut the door Tuesday when asked about the potential of trading the face of his franchise, Alex Ovechkin.

MacLellan said he's not ready to trade him, but "maybe" if a hockey deal came about, according to Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post.

The unofficial definition of a "hockey deal" is a straight up player(s)-for-player(s) deal to make both teams better immediately, in each GMs respective opinion. The Ryan Johansen for Seth Jones blockbuster is a great example.

What a hockey deal isn't is a salary cap dump, or dealing a star player away for an abundance of prospects.

Here is the full statement from MacLellan:

People are looking for a major solution to what we have going on. I think part of it is they watch certain things in (Ovechkin's) game and then it shows up and they say, 'That's not acceptable.' But he's a big part of our franchise, a big part of our history. He's been a big part of where we're at as an organization and just to casually say, 'Let's trade him for what for who?' I don't think it makes sense from an organizational point of view. Maybe at some point if there's a legitimate hockey deal that came available, but I don't know that that's where we're at right now. I just think he's got a history here, he's a big part of this franchise and he'll continue to be going forward.

Ovechkin has taken plenty of criticism for his team's playoff woes as the Capitals have failed to advance past the second round of the playoffs in the Ovechkin era, despite taking home the Presidents' Trophy in each of the past two seasons.

To make matters worse, their seasons have ended at the hands of Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins in consecutive years. This year's ending was more bitter than most considering Pittsburgh was without star defenseman Kris Letang, starting goalie Matt Murray, and the fact that Washington has multiple pending free agents.

The talk of trading Ovechkin comes in the wake of one of his worst seasons, scoring just 33 goals and recording 69 points.

Ovechkin has a cap hit of $9,538,462 through 2020-21, or his age 34 season, a lot of money for someone MacLellan intimated has become a one-dimensional player, primarily due to his lack of footspeed.

"The game's getting faster. He's going to have to train in a different way - a more speed way instead of a power way," he told Whyno. "He's going to have to think of ways he can evolve into a player that still has a major impact on the game."

Ovechkin is listed at 239 pounds, one of the NHL's heaviest for an offensive-minded player.

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Catfish (Nashville), Rats (Florida).....everyone wants to get in on the Red Wings Octopus craze!!!

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PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins kept Pekka Rinne plenty busy this time.

Too busy for Rinne and the rest of the Nashville Predators to keep up with the surging defending Stanley Cup champions.

Jake Guentzel, Scott Wilson and Evgeni Malkin scored 3:18 apart early in the third period as the Penguins chased Rinne and pulled away for a 4-1 victory in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 2-0. Game 3 is Saturday night in Nashville in what amounts to a last stand for the Predators and their suddenly very average-looking goalie.

The 22-year-old Guentzel finished with two goals to give him an NHL-high 12 during the playoffs, the second-most by a rookie in postseason history. His 19 playoff points are the most by an American-born first-year player and he'll have at least two more cracks at adding to that total.

If the Predators don't get it together back home in ''Smashville,'' it might only be two.

Matt Murray played spectacularly at times through the first two periods, buying his teammates enough time to find their footing and get to Rinne. Murray finished with 37 saves in all as he helped move the Penguins to within two victories of becoming the first team to go back-to-back since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998.

Pontus Aberg scored the lone goal for the Predators, who were once again undone by a sudden barrage from the NHL's highest-scoring team.

In Game 1, the Penguins pushed three goals by Rinne in a span of 4:11 in the first period to build a 3-0 lead. The Predators rallied to tie before Guentzel's go-ahead goal with 3:17 remaining put the Penguins ahead to stay.

This time, Pittsburgh's flurry came a little bit later. And it was once again led by the baby-faced son of a coach who has no problem shouldering the responsibility of playing alongside star Sidney Crosby.

The game was tied at 1 at the start of the third period when Guentzel jumped on a rebound 10 seconds into the period to put Pittsburgh ahead. Wilson was credited with his third of the playoffs just over 3 minutes later when a centering pass caromed off Nashville's Vernon Fiddler and by Rinne.

Malkin added his ninth of the playoffs and second of the series just 15 seconds later and Rinne was skating to the bench in favor of backup Juuse Saros after stopping 21 of 25 shots. Rinne fell to 0-5-0 in five career starts in Pittsburgh and he has never beaten the Penguins anywhere as a starter.

The Penguins vowed to put more pressure on Rinne than they managed in their 5-3 victory in Game 1, a win they managed despite going 37 minutes without throwing a single puck Rinne's way and none in the second period, the first time that's happened in a Cup Final since the NHL started tracking shots in 1957.

The Penguins matched their entire shot total from the opener (12) by the end of the first period but still found themselves trying to keep up with the Predators. The Stanley Cup newbies were disappointed but not dismayed by their Game 1 loss, pointing to the way they carried play for long stretches as tangible proof they weren't just happy to be here.

The result was the kind of up-and-down play that showcased the speed on both sides and included more than a dash of antagonism, particularly early.

Nashville's Matt Irwin drilled Pittsburgh's Matt Cullen from behind into the boards in the first period, a hit that left the 40-year-old Cullen headed down the runway for a quick check but didn't result in a penalty. Minutes later, Penguins forward Chris Kunitz became tangled up with P.K. Subban and ended up cross-checking Subban in the head, part of a sequence that saw Malkin go off for hooking. Malkin and Subban even ended up fighting in the third period when things got out of hand.

It was a scene hard to imagine through the first two taut and chippy periods.

The 23-year-old Aberg beat Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta to a puck in the Penguins zone, passed it through Maatta to himself and then patiently drew Murray out of the net before flipping it by the sprawled goaltender.

The Penguins, as they've done when pressed throughout the postseason, responded almost immediately.

Guentzel, who snapped an eight-game goalless drought when he pumped the winner by Rinne with 3:17 left in the series opener, tied it later in the period. The 5-foot-11 rookie planted himself at the post and jabbed a backhand rebound to tie it.

Pittsburgh stayed in it thanks to Murray and when Pittsburgh returned to the ice for the start of the third they, as coach Mike Sullivan is fond of saying, ''got to their game.''

A style that now has the Penguins two victories away from history.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks have tied up a loose end.

Columbus will send this year's second-round pick - No. 55 overall - to Vancouver as compensation for hiring Tortorella in October 2015, the Blue Jackets announced Wednesday.

The Blue Jackets had to cough up either this year's pick or a second-rounder in 2018 as a condition for hiring the former Canucks bench boss.

The practice of offering compensatory picks for coaches and executives from other teams was eliminated Jan. 1, 2016.

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Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello suggested Wednesday the team may forego naming a captain for the 2017-18 season.

"Right now that isn't something in the forefront," Lamoriello told TSN's Pierre LeBrun. "I think we had tremendous leadership this year with a lot of young players."

The Maple Leafs improved dramatically in 2016-17 after finishing last in the league the year prior. Auston Matthews, the 2016 No. 1 overall pick, led the way with 40 goals and 69 points in his rookie season, and many expected him to be the heir to the team's "C." Lamoriello, however, insists there's no rush to change a system which led the team to a surprising playoff berth.

"I would not be surprised if we did not have a captain next year."

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The Stanley Cup Final has been a hot topic this week, but a lot of that chatter has to do with some fishy business.

Wednesday was more of the same before Game 2 in Pittsburgh, with a local restaurant offering up a very unique dinner special.

Just saw this outside the arena in Pittsburgh.. #RallyCatfish #Preds pic.twitter.com/70j3evzw9x

β€” Brandt Snedeker (@BrandtSnedeker) May 31, 2017
No word yet on whether the offer comes with compression shorts.

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A former NHL head coach is officially a free agent.

Paul MacLean will not return as assistant coach of the Anaheim Ducks next season in what the club described as a mutual decision following the expiration of his contract.

The 59-year-old had been a Ducks assistant since joining former Anaheim bench boss Bruce Boudreau's staff in June 2015.

MacLean spent three-plus seasons as head coach of the Ottawa Senators from 2011-14. He was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in 2012 and 2013, but was fired in December 2014 after the Senators started 11-11-5.

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Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall expects his club to be on the podium when the second overall selection is made at this year's draft.

Speaking at the NHL Combine on Friday, Hextall admitted that the team is listening to calls regarding the No. 2 pick, but that he expects to keep it.

"I've said this a couple times, but we'll listen," Hextall said, according to NHL.com's Adam Kimelman. "I'm not doing my job if I don't listen. You never know what's going to come along. As I said initially, I don't anticipate trading the pick but you never know what comes along. You gotta be open to making your franchise better. If something comes along that makes us better we'll consider it. But I do anticipate making the pick."

The Flyers finished the season with the 12th-worst record in the NHL, but were gifted the second overall selection at the draft lottery.

The pick will be the team's highest since 2007 when the club drafted current Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk second overall.

With Nolan Patrick as the consensus No. 1 pick in this year's draft, it's looking more and more likely that the Flyers will end up plucking Halifax Mooseheads forward Nico Hischier.

That is unless someone is able to sweep Hextall off his feet.

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