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					IIHF encouraged by NHL's potential return to Olympics in '22

IIHF encouraged by NHL's potential return to Olympics in '22

08/07/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29942356
Projecting Sweden's 2022 Olympic roster

Projecting Sweden's 2022 Olympic roster

08/07/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29942029

With Olympic participation reportedly included in the NHL and NHLPA's modified collective bargaining agreement, it's time for hockey fans to think about what the tournament may look like. This edition forecasts Team Sweden's roster.

The Swedes have performed relatively well in Olympic Games involving NHL players. Canada has won three of the last four gold medals (2014, 2010, 2002), but Sweden was victorious in 2006 and grabbed silver in 2014.

Others in this series:
Canada
USA
Finland - July 8
Czech Republic - July 10
Russia - July 12

Head coach: Rikard Gronborg

Gronborg led Tre Kronor to back-to-back gold medals at the 2017 and 2018 World Championships. He's even made some noise about becoming the NHL's first European head coach in nearly 20 years.

Forwards

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LW C RW
Gabriel Landeskog (29) Mika Zibanejad (28) William Nylander (25)
Filip Forsberg (27) Elias Pettersson (23) Viktor Arvidsson (28)
Victor Olofsson (26) Nicklas Backstrom (34) Elias Lindholm (27)
Andre Burakovsky (27) William Karlsson (29) Rickard Rakell (28)
Joel Eriksson Ek (25)

(All ages as of February 2022)

Extra: Adrian Kempe (25)

This would arguably be Sweden's deepest group of forwards since the 2006 team. The timing is excellent, too, as the majority of these players will be in their primes in 2022. Backstrom is an exception, but the intelligent playmaker should age gracefully, and Zibanejad and Pettersson would be able to shoulder the load down the middle of the ice.

The last three spots were tough decisions. Burakovsky's combination of size and speed - along with his breakout season with the Colorado Avalanche - earned him a position. Wanting to take a defensive center, we project Eriksson Ek will be more effective in that role than Mikael Backlund in 2022. Continuing with the youth movement, Kempe earned a job over veteran wingers like Jakob Silfverberg and Gustav Nyquist.

Just missed the cut: Backlund (32), Silfverberg (31), Nyquist (32), Jesper Bratt (23), Calle Jarnkrok (30)

Defense

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LD RD
Victor Hedman (31) Erik Karlsson (31)
Rasmus Dahlin (21) John Klingberg (29)
Hampus Lindholm (28) Jonas Brodin (28)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (30)

Extra: Oscar Klefbom (28)

While the forwards are impressive, Sweden's blue line remains its bread and butter. It's arguably the best group of any nation. Injuries have slowed down Karlsson, but he can still be a difference-maker if healthy. Hedman, Klingberg, and Dahlin were all locks, but we could've gone in many directions for the last four spots.

Brodin and Lindholm aren't flashy and don't get much media attention, but they're two of the best defensive rearguards in the game. The shutdown pairing complements the dynamic top four very nicely.

Chicago Blackhawks phenom Adam Boqvist could force his way on this team with a hot start next season - and it helps that he's right-handed - but he came up just short with so much experience available elsewhere.

Just missed the cut: Boqvist (21), Mattias Ekholm (31), Niklas Hjalmarsson (34), Adam Larsson (29)

Goaltending

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Robin Lehner (30)
Jacob Markstrom (32)

Extra: Linus Ullmark (28)

It's a passing of the torch in Sweden's goal. Henrik Lundqvist will be 39 for this tournament, so he wasn't a legitimate consideration. But the Swedes are still in good shape. Lehner is one of the best goalies in the NHL, and Markstrom, who just had his best season, isn't too far behind.

Ullmark is coming off a breakout year and could contend for the backup role.

Just missed the cut: None

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Williams hungry for another Cup: 'I didn't come back to play 20 games'

Williams hungry for another Cup: 'I didn't come back to play 20 games'

08/07/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29942028

Justin Williams is determined to add a fourth Stanley Cup ring.

The 38-year-old sat out the majority of the 2019-20 season as he pondered his future, but he returned to the Carolina Hurricanes for 20 games before the campaign was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I didn't come back to play 20 games," he said on a video call, according to The Athletic's Sara Civian. "I came back for a chance to win a Stanley Cup."

The Hurricanes finished the season as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, setting up a qualifying-round matchup against the 11th-seeded New York Rangers. The Canes lost all four games against the Rangers in the regular season by a combined score of 17-9, but Williams isn't concerned.

"Washington had our numbers last year, also. Playoff hockey is very different," he said, per Michael Smith of Hurricanes.com. "We're a Stanley Cup contender and we know that."

The Hurricanes went on a Cinderella run to the conference finals last year, beating the defending champion Capitals in seven games and sweeping the New York Islanders before being swept by the Boston Bruins.

Williams, a former Conn Smythe Trophy winner known as "Mr. Game 7" for his playoff heroics with the Los Angeles Kings, remained productive with eight goals and three assists in 20 games this season.

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					NHL, NHLPA announce tentative deal for return to play, extension of CBA

NHL, NHLPA announce tentative deal for return to play, extension of CBA

07/07/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29941727
The NHL is in position to resume playing in less than a month — with 24 teams in action, all in Canada.

https://www.foxsports.com/florida/story/nhl-nhlpa-return-to-play-agreement-070720
NHL, union tentatively agree to return-to-play plan, 4-year CBA extension

NHL, union tentatively agree to return-to-play plan, 4-year CBA extension

07/07/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29941140

The NHL and players' association reached a memorandum of understanding on a return-to-play plan and a four-year extension of the current collective bargaining agreement, the league announced Monday.

The deal must now be ratified by the NHL's board of governors and the union's executive board followed by the full NHLPA membership. A simple majority is needed from the players while three-quarters of owners must vote in support of the plan, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

If ratified, the CBA will run through the 2025-26 campaign. The review and approval process will take place over the next few days, the league adds.

Training camps will begin July 13, and teams will travel to their respective hub cities July 26 before the qualifying round of the 24-team playoff format starts Aug. 1.

Edmonton and Toronto are expected to be named the hub cities, with the former reportedly hosting the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final.

TSN's Frank Seravalli reported the following details of the tentative agreement Saturday:

  • Any player wishing to opt out of the league's return plan can do so without facing any discipline.
  • The salary cap upper limit will be frozen at $81.5 million until hockey-related revenue hits $4.8 billion - the amount projected for the current season before the pandemic.
  • NHLers will participate in the Beijing (2022) and Milan (2026) Olympics pending an agreement with the IOC.
  • Escrow for players will be capped at 20% next season, and that total will dip to 6% by 2025-26.
  • Players will defer 10% of salary and signing bonuses next season, which will be paid back in three installments in 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26.
  • All no-trade and no-move clauses will follow players to their new teams if they are dealt, even if the clause hasn't kicked in yet.
  • Players on teams that are not participating in 24-team format, plus players who opt-out of participating, will be eligible to sign contacts outside of North America but won't be able to return for 2021-22 NHL season

Some key health and safety protocols for Phase 3 and 4 of the league's return include:

  • On-ice officials and coaches are not required to wear face coverings during games
  • All participants involved in Phase 4 will be required to undergo daily temperature and symptom checks to detect for possible infection
  • Each club will be permitted to bring a maximum of 52 people to the Phase 4 Secure Zone, including club ownership, players, coaches, executives, staff, and all other personnel
  • Rosters will include no more than 31 players
  • Personnel who are authorized to leave the bubble - either for medical reasons or personal circumstances - will be required to quarantine upon their return pending four negative tests over a four-day span
  • Personnel who leave the bubble without authorization may be subject to consequences. For teams, these repercussions include significant penalties, potentially including fines and/or loss of draft choices
  • All players must complete a pre-participation medical examination and be cleared as "fit to play" by a cardiologist and team physician before returning to game activity

The league announced Monday that nine more players tested positive for COVID-19 in the last seven days, bringing the total number of positive tests to 35 since Phase 2 began June 8.

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NHL, union tentatively agree to return-to-play plan, 4-year CBA extension

NHL, union tentatively agree to return-to-play plan, 4-year CBA extension

07/07/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29940993

The NHL and players' association reached a memorandum of understanding on a return-to-play plan and a four-year extension of the current collective bargaining agreement, the league announced Monday.

The deal must now be ratified by the NHL's board of governors and the union's executive board followed by the full NHLPA membership. A simple majority is needed from the players while three-quarters of owners must vote in support of the plan, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

If ratified, the CBA will run through the 2025-26 campaign. The review and approval process will take place over the next few days, the league adds.

Training camps will begin July 13, and teams will travel to their respective hub cities July 26 before the qualifying round of the 24-team playoff format starts Aug. 1.

Edmonton and Toronto are expected to be named the hub cities, with the former reportedly hosting the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final.

TSN's Frank Seravalli reported the following details of the tentative agreement Saturday:

  • Any player wishing to opt out of the league's return plan can do so without facing any discipline.
  • The salary cap upper limit will be frozen at $81.5 million until hockey-related revenue hits $4.8 billion - the amount projected for the current season before the pandemic.
  • NHLers will participate in the Beijing (2022) and Milan (2026) Olympics pending an agreement with the IOC.
  • Escrow for players will be capped at 20% next season, and that total will dip to 6% by 2025-26.
  • Players will defer 10% of salary and signing bonuses next season, which will be paid back in three installments in 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26.
  • All no-trade and no-move clauses will follow players to their new teams if they are dealt, even if the clause hasn't kicked in yet.

Some key health and safety protocols for Phase 3 and 4 of the league's return include:

  • On-ice officials and coaches are not required to wear face coverings during games
  • All participants involved in Phase 4 will be required to undergo daily temperature and symptom checks to detect for possible infection
  • Each club will be permitted to bring a maximum of 52 people to the Phase 4 Secure Zone, including club ownership, players, coaches, executives, staff, and all other personnel
  • Rosters will include no more than 31 players
  • Personnel who are authorized to leave the bubble - either for medical reasons or personal circumstances - will be required to quarantine upon their return pending four negative tests over a four-day span
  • Personnel who leave the bubble without authorization may be subject to consequences. For teams, these repercussions include significant penalties, potentially including fines and/or loss of draft choices
  • All players must complete a pre-participation medical examination and must be cleared as "fit to play" by a cardiologist and team physician before returning to game activity.

The league announced Monday that nine more players tested positive for COVID-19 in the last seven days, bringing the total number of positive tests to 35 since Phase 2 began June 8.

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NHL, union tentatively agree to return-to-play plan, 4-year CBA extension

NHL, union tentatively agree to return-to-play plan, 4-year CBA extension

07/07/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29940975

The NHL and players' association reached a memorandum of understanding on a return-to-play plan and a four-year extension of the current collective bargaining agreement, the league announced Monday.

The deal must now be ratified by the NHL's board of governors and the union's executive board followed by the full NHLPA membership. If ratified, the CBA will run through the 2025-26 campaign. The review and approval process will take place over the next few days, the league adds.

Training camps will begin July 13, and teams will travel to their respective hub cities July 26 before the qualifying round of the 24-team playoff format starts Aug. 1.

Edmonton and Toronto are expected to be named the hub cities, with the former reportedly hosting the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final.

TSN's Frank Seravalli reported the following details of the tentative agreement Saturday:

  • Any player wishing to opt out of the league's return plan can do so without facing any discipline.
  • The salary cap upper limit will be frozen at $81.5 million until hockey-related revenue hits $4.8 billion - the amount projected for the current season before the pandemic.
  • NHLers will participate in the Beijing (2022) and Milan (2026) Olympics pending an agreement with the IOC.
  • Escrow for players will be capped at 20% next season, and that total will dip to 6% by 2025-26.
  • Players will defer 10% of salary and signing bonuses next season, which will be paid back in three installments in 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26.
  • All no-trade and no-move clauses will follow players to their new teams if they are dealt, even if the clause hasn't kicked in yet.

Some key health and safety protocols for Phase 3 and 4 of the league's return include:

  • On-ice officials and coaches are not required to wear face coverings during games
  • All participants involved in Phase 4 will be required to undergo daily temperature and symptom checks to detect for possible infection
  • Each club will be permitted to bring a maximum of 52 people to the Phase 4 Secure Zone, including club ownership, players, coaches, executives, staff, and all other personnel
  • Rosters will include no more than 31 players
  • Personnel who are authorized to leave the bubble - either for medical reasons or personal circumstances - will be required to quarantine upon their return pending four negative tests over a four-day span
  • Personnel who leave the bubble without authorization may be subject to consequences. For teams, these repercussions include significant penalties, potentially including fines and/or loss of draft choices
  • All players must complete a pre-participation medical examination and must be cleared as "fit to play" by a cardiologist and team physician before returning to game activity.

The league announced Monday that nine more players tested positive for COVID-19 in the last seven days, bringing the total number of positive tests to 35 since Phase 2 began June 8.

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					NHL, NHLPA reach tentative deal to extend CBA, return to play on Aug. 1

NHL, NHLPA reach tentative deal to extend CBA, return to play on Aug. 1

07/07/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29940953
The NHL and NHLPA announced a tentative agreement Monday to return to play this season and extend their collective bargaining agreement by four years.

https://www.foxsports.com/midwest/story/nhl-nhlpa-tentative-deal-cba-extension-return-august-1-070620
NHL, union tentatively agree to return-to-play plan, 4-year CBA extension

NHL, union tentatively agree to return-to-play plan, 4-year CBA extension

07/07/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29940906

The NHL and players' association reached a memorandum of understanding on a return-to-play plan and a four-year extension of the current collective bargaining agreement, the league announced Monday.

The deal must now be ratified by the NHL's board of governors and the union's executive board followed by the full NHLPA membership. If ratified, the CBA will run through the 2025-26 campaign. The review and approval process will take place over the next few days, the league adds.

Training camps will begin July 13, and teams will travel to their respective hub cities July 26 before the qualifying round starts Aug. 1.

Edmonton and Toronto are expected to be named the hub cities, with the former reportedly hosting the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final.

The following details of the tentative agreement were reported by TSN's Frank Seravalli on Saturday:

  • Any player wishing to opt out of the league's return plan can do so without facing any discipline.
  • The salary cap upper limit will be frozen at $81.5 million until hockey-related revenue hits $4.8 billion - the amount projected for the current season before the pandemic.
  • NHLers will participate in the Beijing (2022) and Milan (2026) Olympics pending an agreement with the IOC.
  • Escrow for players will be capped at 20% next season, and that total will dip to 6% by 2025-26.
  • Players will defer 10% of salary and signing bonuses next season, which will be paid back in three installments in 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26.
  • All no-trade and no-move clauses will follow players to their new teams if they are dealt, even if the clause hasn't kicked in yet.

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