First up MacLean's has a good article about the Thrashers move to Winnipeg.I seriously think that Atlanta didn't have a chance, not because of location, but because of how management handled the team (teams if you include the Flames previously).
Playing in a league that bounced between 17 and 21 teams, the Flames made the playoffs six times, but never won a series. Over a decade in a 30-team NHL, the Thrashers made the post-season only once—winning their division in 2006-07 and then getting swept by the New York Rangers in the first round.
The Hockey News is reporting that the NHL will take the word "blindside" out of the head shot rule. Good news.
The NHL is looking to crack down further on hits to the head next season.
General managers drafted an amendment to rule 48 during a meeting at the Stanley Cup final on Wednesday that would give referees more leeway in assessing a penalty for hits to the head. As it currently stands, the rule only covers those that come from the blindside.
TSN is reporting that Balsillie might still be able to get a NHL team, kinda shocking.
According to Forbes magazine, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has told Balsillie that he will get an NHL team in the future if he does not "create any more spectacles or bad publicity for the league".
But TheStar is saying that the NHL is denying it.
"No, we have not had any conversations or communications with Mr. Balsillie or any of his people regarding the potential acquisition of an NHL club," NHL vice-president Bill Daly replied in an email Thursday.