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Welcome to China
Gary Bettman announced yesterday that the NHL is going to Asia next year! No, not to the 2018 Winter Olympics, that’s probably not happening. The LA Kings and the Vancouver Canucks will be play a two game series in China during the preseason next year. With the KHL expanding their league to the country this year adding the HC Kunlun Red Star, it makes sense why the NHL would want to get in there as well. There are plans to make this series a greater international movement as members of the Chinese government were present at the announcing. Bettman said something that was pretty interesting. Paraphrasing, he said he wanted to grow the sport and that the World Cup was a launch of international efforts. You know what would be a great way to grow the sport internationally? Going to the Olympics Gary!
Ever since the rules of protecting players were released, people began putting together their own lists. Even sites such as CapFriendly created an expansion tool to play around with. It was fun, but not that fun as you had to guess who the teams are protecting and who they’re leaving exposed. Well you can’t say that on June 18th. The league announced that these lists made by each team will be available to the public before the expansion draft. Just a reminder, teams can choose to either protect seven forwards, three defencemen, and a goalie; or eight skaters and a goalie. The league did good in making the expansion draft more emotional for fans. We’ll all get to see who our teams left exposed and hope that they get passed over for someone else. Mark your calendars down, expansion is coming.
Game Time Karlsson
The Ottawa Senators have had a great season with new coach Guy Boucher. After 75 games, they sit second in the Atlantic Division with 91 points. The playoffs are a probable, but in this last stretch, they look to eclipse Montreal for the top spot. If you’re a Sens fan, it may not be good to hear that captain Erik Karlsson will be a game time decision tonight. Karlsson blocked a shot in Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers that may keep him out. It will end the Senators captain’s iron man streak of 324 games, but it could have more serious implications. The Maple Leafs are four points behind Ottawa, and with a stretch of wins that spot could be in danger. So what do you do? Sit or play? Playing through injuries is a philosophy around this time in the season. However, if it’s more serious, rest would be the better option.