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Fehr downplays possibility of rejoining baseball union

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With the CBA and now the Olympic negotiations behind him, there’s been speculation that NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr will step back from his current job so he can accept a new post. Specifically, there’s been reports that Fehr might resume his old job as leader of the MLBPA.

When talking about it though, Fehr made it sound like a return to baseball in the near future was unlikely.

“I haven’t commented about baseball since I left,” Fehr said, according to Toronto Sun. “That’s (executive director) Mike Weiner’s job and the other people who are there. I continue to have enormous confidence in Mike and his judgements. And they just named Tony Clark (No. 2 man), an extraordinary individual who was on my bargaining committee.

“If I can give somebody advice or something like that … if they need it, they’ll (ask). Marvin Miller did that for me a long time and I’m happy to do that. I have an enormous amount of affection for those guys, but I have a job and I really like it.

“When you go through what we went through (the four month NHL lockout), it’s a rite of passage, a trial by fire. You get to know guys on good days and bad. I said at the beginning that I took this job because I really like the players. And I feel more strongly about that every day.”

It seems like Fehr is more focused on the growing the sport of hockey.

“This is an extraordinary product,” Fehr said. “It has cross-ocean appeal and I think it has worldwide appeal. You see things in this game you don’t see anywhere else, because the players are moving so much faster in a much smaller defined area. It requires the kind of athletic performance you just don’t see other places.

“What I’m hopeful is that we’re going to be able to demonstrate that to people who don’t follow hockey and it will be the next big thing.”

The Olympics are an opportunity to show off hockey to those that wouldn’t normally watch it, but last year Fehr also spoke about his desire to see the World Cup of Hockey return. More recently, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed that the NHL has been talking about the possibility of a World Cup with the players’ union.

BREAKING: Flames fire head coach Bob Hartley

Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley gives instructions during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 5, 2016. The Flames won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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The Calgary Flames have decided to move on from head coach Bob Hartley. The team made the announcement via their Twitter account on Tuesday morning. Associate coach Jacques Cloutier has also been informed that he won’t be back next season.

Hartley and the Flames surprised many last year when they won 45 games and made the postseason. Hartley was awarded the Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s top coach.

What a difference a year makes. Unfortunately for the Flames, they won just 35 games in 2015-16 and finished 26th in the overall standings. They were also the NHL’s worst defensive team, and that doesn’t reflect well on the coaching staff.

The Flames have called a press conference at noon ET.

More details to come.

Kris Letang will have a hearing for hit on Marcus Johansson

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Many expected it to happen and now it has. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety confirmed that Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will have a hearing for his hit on Caps forward Marcus Johansson in Game 3.

After Brooks Orpik was suspended three games for this hit on Olli Maatta in Game 2, many people are expecting a similar outcome for Letang. It’s important to note that there are certain similarities between the two hits, but there are also some key differences.

Both victims definitely took shots to the head, there’s no doubt about that, but to say that the hits are identical isn’t accurate. First, although Letang’s hit appears to be late (0.6 seconds after the puck is gone is considered late), it isn’t as late as Orpik’s hit on Maatta. Another key factor to consider is that unlike Maatta, Johansson returned to the game.

Letang was given a two-minute penalty for interference on the play.

TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie breaks it down perfectly:

A decision is expected to be made later on today.

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoffs schedule for tonight

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The Stanley Cup playoffs continue with three games on Tuesday night. You can catch tonight’s games via the NBC Sports Group’s television and digital platforms.

Tampa Bay at NY Islanders (7:00 p.m. ET)

The TV broadcast of Game 3 will be on NBCSN. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.

San Jose at Nashville (9:00 p.m. ET)

The TV broadcast of Game 3 will be on the USA Network. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.

Dallas at St. Louis (9:30 p.m. ET)

The TV broadcast of Game 3 will be on NBCSN. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.

Here’s some reading material to get you ready for tonight’s action:

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PHT Morning Skate: Adam Henrique wants to make NHL 17 great again

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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.

Martin Jones is a calming presence in the Sharks’ net. (Sports Illustrated)

–The Rangers should go after Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. (The Hockey News)

–Some people have pretty wild hockey tattoos. (BarDown)

–Watch the highlights of last night’s game between the Penguins and Capitals. (Top)

–A great piece on how Bruce Boudreau impacted the Ducks and Capitals. (Sportsnet)

–It should be an interesting off-season for the Anaheim Ducks. (Daily Breeze)

Adam Henrique is a funny guy. He took to Twitter to try and get himself on the cover of NHL 17: