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Sale will usher in a new, era for the Hurricanes, and dramatically different - aliciahuang - 01-12-2018

expect Dundon to personally evaluate every single aspect of the franchise, from hockey operations to ticket sales to marketing to concessions to game presentation to parking to broadcasting to merchandising to accounting. Given that history,Based on how he has run his businesses in the past, expect him to spend money where he thinks it will make an impact and prune excess where he thinks it won't.

so while an outdoor game at Carter-Finley Stadium is probably going to remain a pipe dream until the Hurricanes have a higher national profile (or more ex-Blackhawks players), they might actually get to participate in one at some point. It's too soon to get another All-Star Game,And remember that the NHL likes to do nice things for new owners, but maybe the draft could return in the next few years. There are already rumors the Hurricanes could play in Finland next season.

not so well in many others - that's been a long time coming. Anything's possible at this point,This ownership transfer is going to be disruptive in every sense of the word, including the franchise finally publicly acknowledging its lineage as the Hartford Whalers, and for a franchise that's been run essentially the same way for 20 years - well in some areas, which was generally forbidden under Karmanos. (If nothing else,adidas Martin Jones jersey, a preseason game in Hartford and a Whalers Night in Raleigh both sound like licenses to print money.)

what's it going to mean? Right away,Given all that, probably not much.

are likely to be given a chance to see if they can do things the way Dundon wants them done. Both have embraced analytics in recent years,General manager Ron Francis and head coach Bill Peters,adidas Brent Burns jersey, which bodes well for their futures. Dundon is likely to be more involved in day-to-day management decisions than in-game coaching decisions, like everyone else, so this transition will have a bigger affect on Francis, but that's an area to watch in the longer term.

from the locker room to the treatment areas to the guest facilities. Dundon can't unilaterally do those things at PNC Arena; they have to be done in concert with the authority,One area to watch will be Dundon's interactions with the Centennial Authority. One of the first things Cuban did after buying the Mavericks was completely retool the team's quarters behind the scenes,adidas Vladimir Tarasenko jersey, which oversees the building.

the authority won't stand in his way in areas the Hurricanes occupy and control. It gets trickier when it comes to the building's common areas,If he's willing to pay for changes, whether that's upgrades to the scoreboard to improving wireless service to adding or removing concession stands, and he certainly appears poised to do that, lounges and restaurants. The authority gets a say in that,Authentic Carter Hutton jersey, even if Dundon writes the check.

let's say Dundon decides he wants to do something as simple as change the color of the seats in the building. That would require a three-way negotiation among the Hurricanes, N.C. State and the Centennial Authority, and students of history will remember what a toxic flashpoint that has been throughout the arena's history,Just as one example, what should have been called the Pantone Wars but weren't.

It works both ways: The authority has put a hold on plans to expand the south entrance plaza of the arena and add office space on the north end until a new owner is in place. Dundon will now be able to sign off or modify those plans.

since the arena opened,Additionally, managed and booked the arena themselves. While the Hurricanes have found that to be quite profitable, the Hurricanes have, Dundon could outsource some or all of that operation to a national operator like AEG, SMG or Spectra if he prefers to focus on the hockey team.

which manages a large number of outdoor amphitheaters - including Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheater - and a few European arenas, is looking to get into the indoor arena business in the states. Earlier this year, Live Nation tried to buy SMG but was outbid,There are also indications Live Nation, and it is a partner with the Oak View Group that won the right to renovate Seattle's Key Arena in hopes of landing NHL and NBA teams.

it's possible the Hurricanes could enter into an agreement with a booking partner like Live Nation - as Raleigh's Red Hat Amphitheater does - or try to join the Oak View Group's Arena Alliance,Even if Dundon retains control of the arena operation itself, Authentic Brent Burns jersey,which includes independently run arenas like Madison Square Garden and Atlanta's Philips Arena.

especially after talking to the Hurricanes players who have met with him: He's not going to hesitate to change anything he thinks needs changing. And for a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs in eight years and ranks 30th out of 31 NHL teams in attendance,One thing is clear about Dundon, that could mean just about everything.

The NHL has officially announced its rosters for the upcoming 2018 NHL-All Star Game in Tampa Bay, and among the names are some familiar faces and a few newcomers.

a three-on-three tournament set up between the NHL’s four divisions. Last season,A total of 44 NHL players were chosen a week after the league closed the fan poll and announced the captains of each of the league’s four divisional teams. The format works the same as it has in years past,Authentic Martin Jones jersey, the Metropolitan Division won with Wayne Simmonds as the All-Star Game MVP.

assists (22) and points (39). He will be part of the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend scheduled for Jan. 27-28 at Amalie Arena in Tampa which again will feature a three-game tournament,Eichel leads the Sabres in goals (17), played in a 3-on-3 format. Teams are competing for a $1 million winner-take-all prize pool.

Brad Marchand (Boston),Eichel is part of the Atlantic Division team, defensemen Mike Green (Detroit), Auston Matthews (Toronto), and Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay), coached by Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Also on the team are forwards Aleksander Barkov (Florida), Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay), Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay) and Erik Karlsson (Ottawa), adidas Alex Pietrangelo jersey,and goalies Carey Price (Montreal) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay). The coach is Jon Cooper of Tampa Bay.

” Eric Staal said. “They’ve got quickness. They’ve got, it looks like, a better belief in the style of game they need to play. When you’re that far behind the eight-ball the way they were last year,“They’ve got some good young players, sometimes it’s difficult to be up for games. But they’re real competitive.”

placing them – for the time being – in one of the West’s wild card spots. Remarkably,Authentic Alex Pietrangelo jersey,That 7-2 mark represented the Avalanche’s fifth consecutive victory, they’ve generated 47 standings points in 41 games in 2017-18 after generating just 48 in all of 2016-17.

With all of that in mind, it might be entertaining and informative to do a deep dive on the Avalanche. Let’s look at what’s been working during the winning streak and beyond.

The most obvious reason is one that sticks out like a frostbitten thumb: Nathan MacKinnon‘s explosion from very good player to superstar.

as we’ve already done so here and here. Just note that MacKinnon has an absurd 12 points during this five-game winning streak (three goals,We won’t beat that drum too much again,Authentic Vladimir Tarasenko jersey, nine assists) and is ranked second in scoring with 52 points overall.

but Samuel Girard has five points in as many games, so Avs fans shouldn’t fret about Matt Duchene starting to heat up in Ottawa. Young players are driving much of Colorado’s success, as Alex Kerfoot would probably be getting more attention as a strong rookie in a weaker Calder year,Don’t look now,adidas Jake Allen jersey, while Mikko Rantanen continues to ascend the ranks alongside MacKinnon.

Gabriel Landeskog isn’t quite old,adidas Carter Hutton jersey, but he’s experienced compared to some of those other names. The sturdy Swede has 32 points in 37 games this season,At 25, just one short of tying his 2016-17 total.

Much like James Reimer in Florida,Authentic Jake Allen jersey, Jonathan Bernier is a backup with some starting experience who’s taking advantage of an opportunity to shine with his team’s starter on the shelf.

yet he’s been burning it up during this run. The former first-rounder is on a four-game winning streak,Bernier hasn’t been lights-out overall, allowing five goals and nabbing one shutout.

The Department of the Army filed a formal opposition by Wednesday’s deadline against the Vegas team’s ownership with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office over the use of the Golden Knights’ trademark and moniker, as the Army’s official aerial parachute demonstration squad also is known as the Golden Knights.

” the NHL’s Golden Knights said Thursday in a statement. “Indeed,“We strongly dispute the Army’s allegations that confusion is likely between the Army Golden Knights parachute team and the Vegas Golden Knights major-league hockey team, the two entities have been coexisting without any issues for over a year and we are not aware of a single complaint from anyone attending our games that they were expecting to see the parachute team and not a professional hockey game.

in light of the pending trademark opposition proceedings,“That said, we will have no further comment at this time and will address the Army’s opposition in the relevant legal forums.”

Max Pacioretty broke a long goal drought to help the Montreal Canadiens end a five-game losing streak.

Paul Byron scored in a shootout and Montreal beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Thursday night.

Byron was the only player to score in the shootout. Pacioretty scored in regulation for Montreal in its first victory since Dec. 22. Nikita Kucherov scored for Tampa Bay.

Pacioretty opened the scoring at 20 seconds of the second period.

traded by Montreal to Tampa Bay for Jonathan Drouin in June,Mikhail Sergachev, sent a weak pass up the left boards that was picked off by Pacioretty. The Canadiens captain skated into the slot and beat Andrei Vasilevskiy up high to end a 13-game goal drought dating to Nov. 30.

getting one taken back (for offside) the next game,"No one will really understand what it's like when you go from a stretch where you're not scoring, feeling confident in your game but not producing, getting robbed the first shift one game," said Pacioretty, a five-time 30-goal man who has nine this season.

coming off two straight shutouts, saw his shutout streak end at 184 minutes,Vasilevskiy, 49 seconds.

Only 44 seconds after the Canadiens took the lead, Kucherov skated into the slot and wristed his 26th goal of the season through traffic to beat Carey Price.

when I saw it was going to a shootout, I thought this could be a long one,"I'll be honest," Tampa Bay coach John Cooper said. "But Byron made a really nice shot.

"That would go in on pretty much anybody. But if I'm going to sit here and circle the best (goalies) in the league, I think we may have just watched two of them."

The Lightning wasted a big chance 6:33 into the third when Karl Alzner mishandled the puck at the far blue line, but Kucherov's backhand on the ensuing breakaway went well over the crossbar.

" Pacioretty said. "Our line played great. Carey played great. Their goalie played great. You could feel the energy in the building. All things considered,"That was the most fun I've had playing hockey in a long time, fans were really having fun tonight and really enjoyed the effort in the game. We have to take that in and remember how it feels and play for them and ourselves."

NOTES: Montreal's Jacob De la Rose played his first game since Dec. 7, replacing Daniel Carr. ... Ryan Callahan returned to the Tampa Bay lineup after missing eight games with an upper-body injury.