Report: NHL eyes documentary series for outdoor games, Olympics


Once it became clear that the NHL is going forward with a plan to host six outdoor games, one of the natural questions was: “what will it all mean for the HBO 24/7 series?” The league plans on shooting an eight-part documentary series that will run from the outdoor games all the way through to the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Sports Business Journal/Daily’s Chris Botta reports.

The series would likely air on NBCSN along with the CBC and Sportsnet, according to Botta.

The aim is for the documentaries to be styled after those 24/7 episodes, which is certainly an ambitious plan. It remains to be seen if the NHL would share the same kind of unfiltered looks that made HBO’s series so beloved by hockey fans.

Naturally, keep in mind that this is just a report, and there’s conceivably plenty of things that could railroad such a large project.

Still, if the league manages to pull this off, it could be a huge boon for fans and the sport as a whole.

Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.