Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin sign big endorsement deals before playing a single NHL game


seguinandhall.jpgThey might not receive a $100 million endorsement deal before playing a single pro game like Lebron James did, but regardless of which player goes No. 1 Friday, Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin both landed deals with big hockey equipment companies. TSN has the story.

Bauer Hockey and Easton Hockey both say they got their man, as the equipment companies signed the players to head-to-toe endorsement contracts – Seguin with Bauer and Hall with Easton.

Seguin has agreed to wear Bauer equipment on-ice beginning with the 2010-11 NHL season, and will work with the company’s development team to contribute to future product direction. He will also be featured in Bauer’s global marketing efforts, joining the likes of Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos and Eric Staal.

Hall has commited to Easton under a similar arrangement to wear and market Easton gear and participate in the brand’s global marketing campaign, “Confidence is Everything.” Hall will also be involved in the development of future equipment designs, the company says. Easton’s other signature endorsees include Marian Gaborik, Henrik Zetterberg and Mike Cammalleri.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed, but both are believed to be multi-year, six-figure agreements.

The Hall-Seguin debate will go on far beyond draft day, but either way the two stand to face quite a bit of pressure. One will be in the tough spot of being the new savior for the struggling Edmonton Oilers franchise while the second pick will play in big market Boston.

I can’t say I have a problem with the two signing big endorsement deals, though. The NHL has a wise – but not particularly capitalistic – setup that puts a ceiling on what a rookie can make in the first three years of an entry-level deal. When you consider the already ballooning salaries (even with guys just on their second deals; see: Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin, etc.), it’s nice that owners can protect themselves from their own extravagances in at least one area. So, really, the two rookies-to-be have every reason to make money off the ice, too.

The question is: will they be good enough to make kids want to buy their gear? We’ll find out beginning in October (unless, somehow, they fail to make their NHL teams).


NHL on NBCSN: Red Wings face Lightning in ’15 playoff rematch

Steven Stamkos, Henrik Zetterberg
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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2015-16 campaign tonight when the Detroit Red Wings host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can stream the game online here.

The Lightning made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015, but their journey almost ended in the first round at the hands of the Red Wings. Detroit shutout Tampa Bay twice in that series and the two squads were locked in a scoreless tie until the third period of Game 7.

Despite the fact that the Red Wings were a mere hair away from advancing instead of Tampa Bay, the Lightning are often mentioned as serious Cup contenders while Detroit is typically regarded as a good, but not amazing team. However, that gap isn’t entirely unjustified.

After all, Tampa Bay has a very effective core of forwards that features Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, and Ondrej Palat. If the highly regarded Jonathan Drouin, 20, is able to build off of his strong start to the 2015-16 campaign then the Lightning’s offense could be even more dangerous this season.

Detroit certainly has some offensive star power too in Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, but the duo is 35 and 37 years old respectively. On top of that, injuries have been a recurring issue for Datsyuk, who isn’t expected to make his season debut until November after undergoing ankle surgery.

As good as those two forwards still are, the Red Wings have to hope that their younger players will be able to lead the charge sooner rather than later. The good news is that 19-year-old Dylan Larkin‘s campaign is off to a strong start with three points in two games while 23-year-old Teemu Pulkkinen scored twice on Saturday.

The Red Wings have opened the season with back-to-back wins against Toronto and Carolina, but tonight’s game represents their biggest test to date. Meanwhile, the Lightning are similarly undefeated after three games, but this contest will be particularly trying for them given that it’s their third game in four days.

PHT Morning Skate: Columnist argues McDavid’s already NHL’s most important player

Connor McDavid
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Although Connor McDavid‘s NHL career has only just gotten started, is he already the league’s most important player? (Sportsnet)

While we’re on the subject of McDavid, what should we expect from him for the remainder of his rookie campaign? (NHL Numbers)

Jack Jablonski was paralyzed on Dec. 30, 2011 at the age of 16 while playing high school hockey, but that hasn’t ended his pursuit of a career in hockey. He’s spent the last two years hosting a weekly hockey-talk radio program and has now joined the Los Angeles Kings as a communications intern. (Orange County Register)

Arizona State has earned its first NCAA victory. (Arizona Republic)

The 2015 Calder Cup champion Manchester Monarchs got their rings. (LA Kings Insider)

The Anaheim Ducks and the Make-A-Wish Foundation gave 13-year-old Kai Quinonez, who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia four years ago, a tremendous experience. (Orange County Register)