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Report: Just two outdoor games next year?


Interesting note here from Sportsnet’s John Shannon:

During the Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed there would be less than the six outdoor games held this year — the Winter Classic at Ann Arbor, four Stadium Series games at Dodger Stadium, Yankee Stadium and Soldier Field and the Heritage Classic in Vancouver — but more than the one already confirmed, the 2015 Winter Classic in Washington.

“This year we used those games in a variety of ways. Part of it was promoting us going into the Olympics, part of it was promoting it coming out. And doing it in New York [around the Super Bowl] with two games…we had to do lots of stuff,” Bettman explained. “Our people did an extraordinary job, but we really taxed things to the limit. But also, interestingly enough, the Olympic break let us set up for more games.

“So, it’ll be more than one and less than six next season.”

If Shannon’s report is accurate, next season’s other outdoor game could very well be in the Bay Area. Two weeks ago, reports that San Jose was expected to host a game (possibly at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants) surfaced; what’s more, Wild beat writer Mike Russo recently wrote that Minnesota’s proposed outdoor game “might not come to fruition” this year.

Max-ed out: Bruins waive Talbot

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Boston has placed veteran forward Max Talbot on waivers, per TSN.

Talbot, 31, was acquired from Colorado at last year’s deadline and appeared in 18 games for the Bruins, scoring three points.

Based on training camp and preseason action, it was clear Talbot was fighting for a fourth-line forward role along with the likes of Finnish free agent signing Joonas Kemppainen, former Flyer Zach Rinaldo and Tyler Randell, a 24-year-old AHL farmhand that’s spent most of his professional career with AHL Providence.

Talbot is in the last of a five-year, $9 million deal with an average annual cap hit of $1.8M.

From a financial standpoint, the Bruins can bury roughly 50 percent of that in the minors, should Talbot clear waivers and be sent to AHL Providence.

Report: Leafs waive veteran d-man Robidas

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Looks as though 38-year-old blueliner Stephane Robidas will be hitting waivers today.

Per multiple reports, Toronto is set to put Robidas on the wire at noon ET, a move that comes just one year into the three-year, $9 million deal he signed last summer.

Robidas, who recovered from two serious leg fractures prior to signing with the Maple Leafs, never really fit into Toronto’s lineup. He appeared in just 52 games last season, missing time both with an upper-body injury and while sitting as a healthy scratch.

Unlike today’s other big waiver move — Philly putting Andrew MacDonald on the wire — Robidas won’t give Toronto much financial relief (should he clear waivers and head to the AHL Marlies). Because he was signed as an over-35 player, the Leafs can only recoup $100,000 of his $3M cap hit.