Negotiations between the NHL and its players’ union resume today in New York as the two try to salvage what already will be a shortened regular season.
“I think the really unfortunate part of where we are is not only the fact that we’ve done significant damage to this season's revenues,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Nasvhille Tennessean, “but the bottom line is, by missing games, by missing training camp, by being in a labor dispute and a work stoppage, we're certainly risking and threatening a slowdown to some of the momentum that we've had or been able to generate — some of the popularity we've been able to build throughout the league, including in some of the non-traditional markets.
“And I think the longer-term impact of that dynamic is as scary as anything else to us, and something we jointly should have an interest in trying to minimize at this point.”
One of the many sticking points between the owners and players is the distribution of league revenue and how to support the NHL’s small-market teams like the Predators, Coyotes, Islanders, Panthers and Blue Jackets.
The NHL has proposed a plan in which $190 million will go toward small-market teams. The players’ have crafted a plan that has $260 million going to those teams.
“We’re suggesting using less room on the top end and more room on the bottom end as a way of constructing the range that's more friendly to small markets,” Daly said, “but also creates a dynamic where there will be less player escrow, so there will be less dollars at risk for the players.”
The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!
After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.
JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.
Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.
In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.
Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.
But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.
Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]
Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.
While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.
In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020.
Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short.
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