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With the Sacramento Kings being sold and moving to Seattle (to be called the Supersonics), a new arena will be built that will be able to host basketball and hockey. The Phoenix Coyotes will be sold to an interest in Seattle and will move there the year after the basketball team moves into the new arena. What will they be called? The Seattle Metropolitans (first American team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917). How about The Seattle Pilots? The Seattle Navigators? The Seattle Sound?

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What will they be called? The Seattle Metropolitans (first American team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917). How about The Seattle Pilots? The Seattle Navigators? The Seattle Sound?

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Some interesting deals to lure fans back in some of the non-traditional markets. Not the case here is Cup Angeles as they have more than 15,000 season tickets sold with less than 100 total season ticket packages left and most of the single game seats already sold out all season long as the champs return completely intact to make another run.

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10 interesting highlights from the NHL

After 113 long days of negotiation, bluster, PR posturing, and some more negotiation, we finally have a new NHL CBA. These laws will govern the league for at least the next eight years, hopefully 10 if both sides choose against using their opt-out clause.

In perusing the Summary of Terms of the new CBA sent out by the NHL, a few interesting little details stand out. Remember, the CBA isn't just figuring out percentages of revenue and contract terms, there's also notes pertaining to things from drug testing to hotel rooms on the road.

Here are 10 highlights of the new CBA we found to be interesting:

• This CBA is a 10-year agreement, but both can choose to opt out after 8 years. The NHL will have first crack to do so by Sept. 1, 2019. If they decline, the NHLPA can decide to opt out by Sept. 19, 2019. The 10-year deal expires Sept. 15, 2022. Start your lockout war chests.

• Re-entry waivers has been eliminated. No more half-price discounts.

• By the time this CBA expires in 2022, the NHL's minimum salary will be $750,000.

• Supplementary discipline that results in fines can go up to $10,000 for the first offense and up to $15,000 for each and every one after that. Still not even a slap on the wrist for offenses that don't warrant suspension. There will also be a neutral third party if a player chooses to appeal a suspension of 6 games or more.

• Beginning with the 2013-14 season, teams must schedule between 6-8 preseason games.

• Random drug testing will take place during training, regular season, playoffs and off-season.

• Beginning with a players' second contract, they are entitled to their own hotel room on the road.

• The new Christmas break will consist of Dec. 24, 25 and 26. In seasons where Dec. 26 is a Saturday, the break will fall on Dec. 23, 24, and 25.

• Intermission lengths are increased from 17 to 18 minutes and all between-periods activities are shortened from 5 minutes to 4. This is to help improve the ice surface. So mites on ice, hurry up!

• Teams (if asked by the NHL) must participate in at least one international game over the course of this CBA. The NHL Premiere Games in Europe don't appear to be going anywhere.

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Lots of waiver action today. Leafs waive Tim Connolly and his $4M salary and lose Keith Aucoin (future AHL HOF'er) to the Isles on a waiver claim.

Haven't seen any Red Wings news today.

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Lots of waiver action today. Leafs waive Tim Connolly and his $4M salary and lose Keith Aucoin (future AHL HOF'er) to the Isles on a waiver claim.

Haven't seen any Red Wings news today.

Aucoin wasn't going to make the club, kind of saw that coming. There is a neat story on him getting from St. Johns (where the marlies were playing) back to Toronto this past Sunday or Monday trying to make it back for camp.

Very happy about the Connolly move, he is not a good player.

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Scrivens gets the start for the Leafs tonight, Reimer, by all accounts, got out played pretty bad during training camp.

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Corey Schneider makes his long-awaited first start as the Canucks' #1 goalie ... and gets yanked 6 minutes into the 2nd after giving up 5 goals on 14 shots. Whoa! Luongo in. 6-2 Ducks after 2, in Vancouver.

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Leafs start the season off with a win. Pretty ugly game all around, rust is still being worn off. Kostka, who was playing his first NHL game at 27, was the best player on the ice.

Be interesting to see who the Canucks start in goal tonight.

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NHL TV ratings 2013: NBC scores best hockey ratings since 2002, local numbers huge - SBNation.com

You saw the hashtags, the commercials and the t-shirts. We were all a little skeptical to believe it. If Saturday's ratings figures are to be believed, however, hockey is back.

NBC drew a massive (for hockey) 2.0 overnight rating for regional coverage of the Penguins and Flyers as well as the Kings and Blackhawks, which included the Kings' banner-raising ceremony. This was the best overnight rating for a regular season NHL telecast (not counting the Winter Classic) since Jan. 12, 2002. That day, ABC was airing regional coverage, led by Rangers-Flyers, which was Eric Lindros' return game to Philadelphia. That gives you an idea of how long it's been since we've seen NHL ratings this high.

As is often the case, the local markets won the day for the network and the league. Pittsburgh drew a bonkers-for-the-regular season 19.4 rating. That's an indoor record for an NHL game on NBC in the market. The same was true for Philadelphia (7.8) and Chicago (6.6). Los Angeles, which hosted it's banner-raising, drew a 1.5 in the market. That was the best in L.A. since 2007. While that might not seem too high, remember that not only is Los Angeles a huge market, the game was a blowout fairly early on.

In case you're curious, NBC's first broadcast out of the last lockout (obviously in a full, 82-game season) drew a 1.5 overnight with regional coverage -- led by Rangers-Red Wings -- on Jan. 14, 2006.

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I dare someone to find another team in pro sports that sells out every game and you couldn't tell if they were playing in front of 20,000 people or at a funeral.

The ACC must be the most friendly place to play in the league, absolutely no energy from the suits in Toronto.

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Defending Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson out for season after surgery on a lacerated Achilles tendon. What a blow for Ottawa. Karlsson had picked up right where had left off last season.

Matt Cooke involved in the incident - opinion mixed whether it seemed intentional or not.

Karlsson out for season after Achilles surgery - NHL.com - News

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to make the playoffs.

Dang right they are! This a whole new brand of hockey they are playing. They lead the league in hits and fighting majors. The Leafs are no longer an easy team to play, they work hard and play sound defensive hockey. First time in 10 years it looks like they are half way decent.

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And Scott Gomez scored, period.

Looks amazingly similar to Dats' goal against the Kings, except Dats split the D clean and scored with skill, not desperation.

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