NHLN Notebook: WCOH falters, shootouts and the John Scott rule

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn’t quite deserve its own article. 

Happy thanksgiving to our readers south of the border. 

WCOH struggles

What was widely considered to be one of the most exciting hockey events, it seems like the World Cup of Hockey may not have been as successful as the league hoped. 

From Ken Campbell at THN:

Each of the 184 players who was on a World Cup roster projected to to be paid between $75,000 and $80,000 (U.S.), while players who spent all 186 days on an NHL roster last season will be paid about $10,000 each. Players who were not on an NHL roster for the entire season will be paid a pro-rated amount. Players who were named to World Cup rosters and were injured before the World Cup will get less than those who played, but more than those who were not named to a roster.

On top of that, players on Team Canada will split another $500,000 in prize money for winning the tournament, with an additional $500,000 going to Hockey Canada. The players on Team Europe will split $250,000 for finishing second, with another $250,000 being split among each of the European federations that made up the team, with the amount being pro-rated based on the number of players from each federation who were members of Team Europe.

Campbell also went on to say that there was a total profit of less than $40 million, which is believed to be about half the profit that the league was expecting from this event. At the same time, the league struggled to get ads on jerseys and ended up having to settle for SAP. 

We all know how exciting the WCOH was. Seeing MacKinnon score in 3-on-3 against Sweden will forever go down as one of the craziest sequences on ice and many feel the tournament as a whole was a success.

I don’t think the WCOH is going anywhere, not until we get to have another look at the product. 

That’s not a shootout!

Tuesday night was just like any other night in the NHL, until the Islanders and Ducks went to a 14 round shootout – that’s when things got a little hairy. 

Weird one hey? The referees ended up calling it a goal and thus extending the shootout. The next three shooters – Ryan Garbutt, Johnny Boychuk and Kevin Beiksa – all missed, giving Nick Leddy the opportunity to end the game. He scored, and following the game the NHL released a statement supporting the refs decision.

The John Scott Rule

It was fun while it lasted people, but the time has come to say goodbye to goons in the All-Star game. I mean, it only happened once and that was last year when NHL fans decided to vote-in tough guy John Scott. The campaign was led by Jeff Marek and Greg Wyshynski.

On Monday, the league announced rules that will prevent having John Scott’s in the lineup. The league tried to foil the plan, and the Coyotes traded him to the Canadiens, who then burried him in the AHL. They realized it was a bad look. Face-punchers don’t belong in all-star games, which are meant to showcase the best of the NHL’s best. 

TSN:

The league announced new fan voting rules Monday that disqualify players from being named All-Star captains if they’re injured or sent to the American Hockey League. Players who are injured or in the minors won’t be on the active ballot until they’re back in the NHL. If someone is voted captain and is hurt or in the AHL, the player with the second-most votes gets in.

Fans will vote for a captain from each division — the Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central and Pacific — regardless of position. The 3-on-3 tournament of the two Eastern and two Western Conference divisions facing each other before meeting in the final will take place on Sunday, Jan. 29.

Despite the new rules, SBNation did a great job looking at some people you still can vote in. Among them, Devin Setoguchi, Steve Ott, Tom Sestito and Frank Corrado.

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