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Old 10-04-21, 12:07 AM
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Official NHL 2021-22 Regular Season Thread

Well the new 2021-22 NHL Season is almost upon us - complete with a full roster of 32 teams. Welcome (Or maybe Welcome Back), Seattle! The action begins in Tampa and Vegas on October 12th.



NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced start times for the 2021-22 regular season. The 2021-22 regular season will commence Tuesday, Oct. 12 with a doubleheader that includes the Tampa Bay Lightning raising their third Stanley Cup championship banner before facing the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the first-ever regular-sesaon game for the NHL's 32nd franchise, the Seattle Kraken, who will play against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena at 10 p.m. ET. The 1,312-game regular-season schedule -- 82 games per team -- will conclude Friday, April 29, when 30 of the League's 32 teams take to the ice.

In addition, the NHL today announced the following date changes to the 2021-22 regular season:

* Game #15, Winnipeg at Anaheim, is now scheduled for Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. PT (originally scheduled for Oct. 14)

* Game #1150, Los Angeles at Minnesota, is now scheduled for April 10 at 4 p.m. CT (originally scheduled for April 9)

ESPN, Turner Sports, Sportsnet and TVA Sports are the NHL's national broadcast partners for the 2021-22 season and will provide comprehensive coverage throughout the season. A complete listing of the schedule is attached and available at NHL.com/schedule.

Olympic Break: As a reminder, no final agreement or decision has been made to this point regarding the possible participation of NHL Players in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Talks remain ongoing. Subject to reaching agreement with the NHL Players' Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation on all outstanding issues, including appropriate COVID-19 insurance for NHL Players, the League has agreed, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, to pause from Feb. 7-22, 2022 to accommodate NHL Player participation in the Olympic Games. The NHL and the NHL Players' Association will retain full authority to decide not to participate should COVID-19 conditions worsen or otherwise pose a threat to the health and safety of NHL Players, or for any other reason that may warrant such decision. In the event NHL Players participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics, the NHL regular season will resume on Wednesday, Feb. 23. If, for whatever reason, there is no NHL Player participation in the Olympics, a revised Regular Season schedule will be released which, to the greatest extent possible, will adopt the dates and games reflected in the schedule contemplating Olympic participation.
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Is it that time already? It felt just like yesterday that the Leafs blew another 3-1 lead in the first round of the playoffs.

Well let's see if this will be the 54th year without a cup (or a finals appearance).
I'm 52 and it would be neat to see it once in my life.

Cup or bust.
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Old 10-05-21, 06:59 PM
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The Pens protecting Jeff Carter was fortunate now that he has become their default #1 center for the foreseeable future.
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Panthers re-sign Alexander Barkov to an extension (starting next season) for 8 yrs/$80. You know what? Despite Florida's low tax rate and all that, and maybe you wish he would've signed for a bit less, I guess that's a decent deal. When you compare it to another contract on the team like Bobrovsky's, it looks genius. I think, aside from goaltender, Florida actually has put together a pretty solid team, and locking up Barkov was definitely the right move. For example, I'll take Barkov at $10/yr or Marner at $11/yr anyway (even though, yes, I know, Marner pays more taxes so probably actually makes less, I'm just mainly talking about the cap hit). Barkov won the Selke last year (I think) and scored over a PPG...Props to Florida....Despite me hating their uniforms and for years hating the fact that they even had a team, oh well, they'll give Tampa Bay some decent competition at least...
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Just read at the ESPN website that beginning Feb. 22nd ABC will televise a weekly Saturday night game.

I wonder what happened to the NBA and their Saturday night schedule with ABC during past seasons?

Anyway,since I am a Maple Leaf fan then I watch HNIC on Saturday nights.

Any one interested in NHL Center Ice then I just seen an ad that its being offered for 60 dollars with DirecTV. That's the cheapest price I can remember for any pro sport for an entire season.
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The Pens protecting Jeff Carter was fortunate now that he has become their default #1 center for the foreseeable future.
I didnít even know he wasnít on the Kings anymore. Thatís how out of touch with the NHL I am.
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Glad that the Golden Knights won their opener against the Kraken. Wouldn't have been able to live that down if they had lost. Kind of bummed that they only won thanks to an incredibly cheaty goa

Liked the new ESPN broadcast. Thought it was pretty slick.
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The NHL need's to change the rule about goals going in off an offensive players skate. Just disallow it.

Geez it was obvious that he did make a kicking motion in last nights winning goal for Vegas vs Seattle. Imagine that being the winning goal of a game 7(or the final game) of a Stanley Cup Final.

Actually it did happen back in 1966(it may have been game #6 but it did win the Stanley Cup) as Henri Richard scored for Montreal vs Detroit.

New rule should read:
For an offensive player to get credit for scoring a goal the puck must be shot with his stick.
Goals also allowed if the defense puts the puck in their own net or they shoot the puck and it deflects in off an offensive player's body(no kicking motion allowed).

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Yeah, was not a fan of that goal. And yes, it was once required that a puck could only go in off a stick. I remember that distinctly, because one year in the playoffs, Laurie Boschmann of the Devils had a game tying goal disallowed; He kicked the puck, but in such a way that it bounced off the blade of his stick before it went in. I was livid that it didn't count (that was before replay though).


It was hilarious listening to the announcers in the Lightning/Penguins game, when it was obvious the Penguins would win, talking about the disappointment of Tampa Bay in their pursuit of a third Cup. I was unaware that they were eliminated from playoff contention with that opening night loss.

What was coach Cooper thinking, pulling the goalie with like 6 minutes left? Yes, the Lightning needed goals (and got one), but the idea that you can keep an NHL team hemmed in their own zone for 6 straight minutes is just not realistic. After getting that goal, they should have kept the goalie in until like 2 minutes, then poured it on in a last ditch effort. But you can't reasonably skate around for almost a third of a period without a goalie and not expect the other team to get a shot at that empty net.
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^ Yeah, you don’t often see a team score three empty net goals in a game at the beginning of the season like the Pens ended up doing.
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Good first effort by the Kraken.
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11 minutes in and the Avs already have 3 goals on the board
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Not impressed with the TNT NHL Pre game show.

Too many talking heads.

I want as much news on the NHL as possible(plus video features) during the 30 minutes not what Wayne Gretzky had for breakfast.

They need to watch NHL Network on Saturday nights during the season and catch HNIC pre game show(no bullshit allowed).

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I thought the parts with Barkley were funny ... particularly the "you got beat by a guy with a perm" part. I think they spent a bit too much time gushing on Gretsky .. but assume that was just for the first show. I think this has potential, but I do think they have 1 too many people on the set (either Bisonnette or Carter should go)
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it was okay.
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Takeaways from last night:
  • Landeskog gone two games for dangerous boarding. I really like the guy, but this penalty and suspension seems pretty fair...
  • Larkin takes a dangerous hit and retaliates by punching some guy in the face. Obviously he was frustrated, and based on the replay I saw, he looked out of it, like he might be injured. Not sure whether he'd get suspended for that play, as I'd say the dude that hit him made a dangerous play himself and Larkin could've been even worse for wear...
  • Detroit's Bertuzzi scores four goals. Wow.
  • Really wish I could've watched the Tampa/Detroit game in full, as it went to OT and the Lightning won 7-6, and apparently it was largely a back-and-forth affair. Very high scoring game for the NHL, and it sounded pretty exciting. I only got to watch several highlights/clips...
  • Ottawa beats Toronto. Ha. The Leafs are the Leafs and always will be...
  • Didn't like Brady Tkachuk's negotiating tactics, what-with his father so involved and his bro going public with his support. Felt it should've remained between him and the team, and his family's support should've remained private. While I feel it's still a tad of an overpayment, I didn't realize he was like third in the league in hits last year, and that's impressive and an underrated part of the game. He just needs to increase his production in order for me to feel it's a value contract...Score some more goals and I think the contract will look good during those three middle years where he's making like $10mil+.
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Ottawa's first goal against the Leafs was kicked in and the NHL will just about allow anything that crosses the goal crease now a days.

Tampa/Detroit and just about all the NHL games are available on replay with ESPN+(unless you live outside the USA).

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The "Ultimate" Stanley Cup:

https://www.espn.com/espn/feature/st...te-stanley-cup

it's really big.
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^ The next band to be removed from the Cup will be done in 2031.
If the Leafs don't win a cup in the next 10 years, they'll no longer have their name on the Cup. No pressure.
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^ The next band to be removed from the Cup will be done in 2031.
If the Leafs don't win a cup in the next 10 years, they'll no longer have their name on the Cup. No pressure.
wow.
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wow.
Yeah. To be honest, I thought it was happening a lot sooner than that.

But 10 years is more than enough time to rebuild a team to win a cup. The Leafs have already gone through that a few years ago and are currently in their window to win one within the next like 4 or 5 years.
If they fail to win within this window, they'll probably be undergoing another rebuild. That'll only give them 5 years to rebuild and win - which will be next to impossible for them.
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Kraken!
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Yeah. To be honest, I thought it was happening a lot sooner than that.

But 10 years is more than enough time to rebuild a team to win a cup. The Leafs have already gone through that a few years ago and are currently in their window to win one within the next like 4 or 5 years.
If they fail to win within this window, they'll probably be undergoing another rebuild. That'll only give them 5 years to rebuild and win - which will be next to impossible for them.
Or just fold the team then re-join as an expansion club. I mean, Vegas has been closer to the Cup in their half-decade of existence than the Leafs in the last 40 years.
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Only 2 games but the Habs haven't looked good. They are going to miss vets like Perry and Staal, and Price not being available until god knows when ain't helping.
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Vegas looked AWFUL last night, lost to the Kings 5-2 and lost their captain Mark Stone to an injury.

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