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  1. The CAA is still standing. However, the interior of the arena has been converted to a sound stage used by production studios to film TV shows and large musical acts to practice for an upcoming tour. I'm sure everything could be converted back to make the arena playable for hockey again, but I highly doubt the Islanders will go down that road. I'm sure they will be back at Barclays next year if there is a season with fans allowed to attend games. If no fans are allowed to attend games, then I highly doubt there will be a season at all. But if there was, they could possibly use their practice facility at Northwell for games as it is an NHL sized sheet with an NHL locker room (at least for the home team - might have to build out a visitors locker room) that has low cost overhead.
  2. I don't think so. I thought they stated that the playoffs are deemed to begin only after the play-in series are completed and the remaining 16 teams vying for the Stanley Cup will be considered playoff teams for the draft format. Only the NHL can say that in one breath, then say that the stats from the play-in games will count as playoff statistic in another, even through the teams that lose their respective play-in series will not be considered playoff teams. So, in effect, you have players that will accumulate playoff stats that never actually played in a playoff game. Totally makes sense.
  3. Beat me to the punch on this. I saw the same thing. If that's true, it will be tough for a number of teams to operate without substantial financial backing from the league.
  4. I read somewhere that the NHL has been modeling different scenarios. In the one where they are required to keep fans at a 6 foot distance in all directions, most arena capacity will drop to anywhere between 2500-2800 people. I can't imagine the teams (especially mid and small market teams like the Devils) will not lose a ton of money in that scenario which will call into question whether the next season should restart without fans or with limited numbers of fans in the building due to social distancing. The Devils have been really good about dealing with STH's and payments for next year throughout this entire crisis. They have given fans the option of doing what they need to at this time while other teams have been holding ticket holders to their agreements and taking their money per normal circumstances like the Rona never happened. I'm critical of this organization when necessary, but I have to give them props too when they deserve it.
  5. I couldn't agree with this more. I wear the mask indoors when shopping, but its usually a short period of time and I absolutely hate every minute of it. As much as I want to go back to the Rock and watch some Devils hockey, I doubt I will be doing it if I have to wear a mask for 3 hours.
  6. From what I read, it's approximately $500 million across all TV deals in the US, Canada, and abroad. Not chump change, and losing that revenue will have a very real impact on the cap at some point. That is the main reason why both the owners and players are so interested in making sure a playoff occurs. While the league is more gate driven then the NFL, MLB, and NBA, its TV contracts are not insignificant and still make up a good chunk of hockey related revenue on an annual basis. On the other hand, the AHL is completely gate driven and the fact that they would have to restart without any fans in the buildings makes no sense financially for them. That is why they cancelled the remainder of their season today. In fact, if they have to start next year without fans, don't be surprised if the AHL cancels all or part of their 2020-21 schedule if they do not receive any direct financial support from the NHL. The NHL should go on points percentage and re-start this season with the 1st round of the playoffs. Bringing back teams like the Devils and Detroit to play meaningless regular season games in front of empty arenas makes no sense. However, these clubs have sponsorship contracts and their own individual TV deals to live up to, so I'm sure the owners would like to finish the regular season to prevent having to refund significant money remaining on those deals. I just don't see that being feasible though.
  7. From what I understand, if the Playoffs don't happen, then the NHL owes NBC a large portion of its TV revenue for the 2019-20 season back. It could be the same for Sportnet in Canada as well. According to Bettman, NBC pre-pays for each season, which means that the NHL would not receive the equivalent to the lost TV revenue for the 2020-21 season, or that amount could possibly be stretched out over the remainder of the TV contract, which isn't that long. That is a large chunk of league revenue that will vanish, and have a severe negative effect on the cap for 2020-21 and/or 2021-22. The League is trying to avoid that chaos by attempting to finish out this season. As much as there is opportunity (if the NHL were the first sports league to open up again, the viewership would break records for them) and tradition (nobody wants to play 80% of a season and not have the Cup awarded) involved in this decision, the money usually controls. Unfortunately, there is no great solution here and the PA will have to decide whether 3-4 months away from their families for certain players is worth it considering the economic fallout that could come from canceling the remainder of this season.
  8. I had that hat too. The logo without the circle just looks right on the black jerseys for some reason, the same way it did on that hat. I don't like it on the red (at all) or white (it's ok but not great). The more I look at this mockup, the more I'm hoping for something like it if/when they introduce a 3rd that isn't a retro.
  9. That's one of the better 3rd jersey concepts I've seen. I'm not a fan of the all black look, but that is pretty good overall. I like the state outline on the pants too. Well done.
  10. Very surprised that they let Gallant go. He is a good coach, so I wouldn't be opposed to having him behind the bench next season. However, Seattle might be itching to get him since he has experience building a successful team out of nothing already.
  11. I think it is the opposite. Based upon the press conference, it sounds like Ray was ready to break it down and start Rebuild 2.0, while the owners want to win now and aren't ready to wait for another 3-5 years before we can contend for a playoff spot. Basically the exact opposite of trusting the process and what they did with the 76ers. The way they approach the trade deadline will be telling. This is just a mess now. I don't understand not offering Hall any contract at all, allowing Ray to trade him, then firing the guy a few weeks later saying that the team doesn't win enough as the reason for his dismissal. Hall was the best player on this team. If you are going to try to contend in the near term, you need players like him in your lineup. IMO, when Ray came to the owners and said his plan was to trade Hall, that would have been the time to fire him based upon their lame reasoning given in yesterday's press conference. I started watching the Devils in 1985. Maybe its selective memory or the fact that I was young and didn't comprehend or care about the front office stuff, only what was happening on the ice, but while they were bad back then, I don't remember this level of dysfunction.
  12. Rangers want to move the Queen, but he doesn't want to go anywhere and has a full NMC. If he went to them and agreed to waive, the Rags would move him in a second in order to keep Shestorykin (sp) and Georgiev as their cheap goaltending tandem for the next several years. Rumor is that they brought the kid up to play recently in order to avoid having him go back to the KHL as he wasn't happy playing in Hartford. Rags are in a tough, but enviable, spot with their net situation right now. My hope is that the Queen refuses to move and plays out the remainder of his contract forcing them to trade Georgiev.
  13. It's all about jersey sales. Generally speaking, fans buy more of the home jersey than the road jersey.
  14. He was basically floating the idea that the Devils are shopping Palms (and everyone else on the roster not named Hughes and Hischier), the Bruins would be a perfect fit for Palms as he would slot in as their 2RW, and all it should take is Bjork and a 4th round pick, a la the Charlie Coyle deal from last year. Cites to 1 unnamed assistant GM for backing as well as the fact that Palms trains up in Foxboro in the offseason. This trade makes total sense for the Bruins and very little for the Devils. I believe Bjork, although a good prospect, has had 2 major shoulder injuries already, and is on the last year of his ELC. If Shero made that deal, I would be really pissed. Palms is under contract for another year at a reasonable AAV. He loves playing here, is great in the community, is a consistent producer, and can help teach these kids how to be pros. We can't have a roster full of 20 year olds. There is no reason to trade him unless the return is something ridiculous that you can't turn down. This seemed like a filler piece by the writer because there are no real stories to write about during the dog days of the NHL season.
  15. That was the best offer the Devils got for Hall. It's a typical offer for a high end rental player. Shero should have allowed teams to speak with Hall's agent RE: an extension if he expected a return better than this, although that was likely to be a futile game considering he seems hellbent on going FA on 7/1. Unfortunately, this sets back the rebuild another 2 years IMO. So disappointing after the optimism that we had this offseason.
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