Evan’s NHL Daily: 84 Game Season Coming? Examining a Rodrigues Extension
If you like NHL hockey, you might get to see more of it next season. Not a ton more, but two additional regular season games are apparently an option, as the league is looking at options that might raise the salary cap. On the ice, the Florida Panthers are now one game away from moving on to the Stanley Cup finals, but may be without their top center.
With the Colorado Avalanche, we took a look at what a potential Evan Rodrigues extension could look like, assuming both sides want to make it work in Colorado.
All that and more in this Tuesday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
Evan Rodrigues was a solid addition to the Avalanche lineup, but was on a great deal. That deal expires on July 1, so what could a potential contract extension look like?
Season in Review continues, with a look at J.T. Compher. The soon-to-be free agent had the best season of his career, but after the trade deadline, things fell apart a bit.
I’m assuming people have repressed most of the 2010’s from their memory, but if you’re looking for a reminder, look no further than the current World Championships going on.
For Tuesday, look for a mailbag with new questions, and on Wednesday, part one of a multiple part film room of top Russian prospect Nikolai Kovalenko.
NHL Season About To Get Longer?
Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported that the NHLPA is willing to discuss increasing the NHL schedule to 84 games, in hopes of potentially increasing the salary cap. The league and the PA are set to meet this week to go over a variety of topics, one of which might be shortening training camp.
What do you think of a longer season? To me, the regular season is already too long as it is. Obviously, they’re looking to do this to help the cap go up as much as it can, but two games isn’t much. I would have to imagine a shorter preseason would have to be looked at if you’re adding to the regular season.
Sergei Bobrovsky is earning that $10 million paycheck, as he shut out the Carolina Hurricanes, giving the Panthers a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
The unfortunate news, however, is that the Panthers lost Alex Barkov in the first period and he never returned. Something to keep an eye on moving forward.
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BHN: Are the Bruins and Oilers a good match to make a deal?
SJHN: Get to know some of the top prospects in the NHL Draft off the ice.
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MHN: The Canadiens chose to keep one trade retention spot open. Are they going to use it this summer?
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Bobrovsky has been unreal. In the conference finals he has allowed 4 goals in 135 shots against. He’s on a 67 save streak as of last night. Just ridiculous…
Would Florida even be playing right now if it weren’t for him? I don’t think so.
What’s crazy is the panthers on the verge of sweeping the hurricanes. The hurricanes that beat the rangers lol. Pretty crazy how the bruins and rangers had stacked teams and got bounced.
Totally. They’re about to sweep the Canes after having been completely outplayed by them too. If it weren’t for Bob…
The title of the BHN article is, “Bruins Need Centers; Oilers Need Defense. A Match?” Who else has the same problem as the Bruins?
I’m really interested to see if the avs are gonna actually play some of there prospects as mainstays like foudy and meyers. To be honest they have 20 million in cap with landy on LTIR. Byram is gonna eat a chunk of that and they still gotta find a 2nd center. Then they have compher and erod to resign If they choose. Toews is on his final deal. I wonder if they will do an extension or trade him at the deadline. I know the cap is suppose to go up by 4 million next season. I think if they… Read more »
There are some tough decisions this year. While not a total rebuild, the middle 6 needs big changes. A 2C and 3C. What to do with Newhook and Foudy? I think that before some of the changes occur, the team needs to decide what to do with the UFA’s. Compher could get close to $5m and Rodrigues $4m somewhere else. Does Cogliano return? Is Meyers ready to be the 4C or do they think about keeping Eller? I think it is time for Meyers to be the 4C. Hopefully with more play and confidence the scoring will pick up. Eller… Read more »
While a longer season may allow an increase in salary cap, it may also mean more injuries. We definitely do not need that. I agree that the season is already too long.
Evan, great write-up. Quick note: The “The Golden Knights Secret Weapon That Changed Their Playoff Fortune” links to the “Reminders of the Dark Years..” article, nothing to do with the Vegas Golden Knights. Figured that was a mistake. (it happens).
Yikes, the season already drags on at 82 games! Needs to be shorter not longer.
31 other teams to play home and home, so that’s 62.
7 other teams in the division, play them home and home again, so that 14 more.
Total – 76 games season. Do that.