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DENVER, CO - MARCH 05:  Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on March 5, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Predators defeated the Avalanche 5-2.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Report: Predators to name Fisher as new captain


The Nashville Predators are expected to begin a new era Thursday, by naming Mike Fisher as the club’s next captain, according to a report from The Tennessean on Wednesday.

Fisher, who has played more than 1,000 NHL regular season games, is 36 years old and has played in Nashville since the 2010-11 season.

Last season, he scored 13 goals and 23 points in 70 games, but had five goals and seven points in 14 post-season games, as the Predators made it to Game 7 of the second round.

Shea Weber had the ‘C’ from 2010 until June 29, 2016, when he was traded from the Predators to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for P.K. Subban.

It’s been more than two months since that blockbuster deal went down during what turned into one of the most chaotic, memorable and controversial days of the offseason.

In a recent piece for Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman revisited the deal with Predators GM David Poile.

As the Predators are reported to be moving on with a new captain, Poile made sure in Friedman’s piece to express his appreciation for what Weber did for the franchise in Nashville: “Some day, I don’t know if it’s going to be this year or whenever, I’m going to have another conversation with Shea so he understands how much he meant to us. It’s important he recognizes that. When a player hears he’s been traded, he doesn’t hear anything else you have to say.”

NHL announces national anthem protocol for World Cup

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 13: Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens stands during the anthem prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 13, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Canadiens 5-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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With pre-tournament games for the World Cup of Hockey scheduled to start Thursday, the NHL has released the anthem protocol for the upcoming competition.

From the NHL:

The national anthems of the respective countries competing in each game will be played as part of the pre-game ceremonies in each of the WCH pre-tournament and tournament games. For Team North America, the national anthems of both Canada and the U.S., will be played before their games.

With respect to Team Europe, after careful consideration and consulting with team management and the Players in its leadership group, a determination was made to forego any form of musical tribute prior to Team Europe’s games. Participants from Team Europe were strongly of the view that notwithstanding their commitment to work together as a team toward a common objective in this tournament, their passion and loyalty for their own respective homelands and anthems made any surrogate musical tribute somewhat artificial and therefore unnecessary. Accordingly, only the anthem(s) of Team Europe’s opponent will be played before that team’s games.

The tournament officially gets underway on Sept. 17.


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Former Flyers d-man Bob Dailey passes away at age 63

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Former Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Bob Dailey passed away Wednesday after a battle with cancer at the age of 63, the organization has announced.

“Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Flyers lost another great player today with the passing of former defenseman Bob Dailey after a long battle with cancer,” said Flyers president Paul Holmgren in a statement.

“Bob was an integral part of the 1979-80 Flyers team that had a 35-game unbeaten streak and played in the Stanley Cup Final that year. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Originally selected ninth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1973, Dailey played 561 games in the NHL, registering 325 points.

After more than three seasons in Vancouver to start his NHL career, he joined the Flyers midway through the 1976-77 season, and played his next five-plus seasons in Philadelphia.

His career was shortened, however, due to injuries, including a shattered ankle in November of 1981, according to the Flyers.

“It’s not often as a coach that you have a defenseman who can change a game by himself. At his best, Bob Dailey could do that,” the late Pat Quinn once said of Dailey.

“If Dailey would have stayed healthier when he was a young player, I think he might have been reached the same type of level in his career as players like Larry Robinson or Denis Potvin. He had that kind of talent, although he wasn’t as consistent.”

Report: Coach’s challenge to be part of World Cup

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The coach’s challenge made its NHL debut last season and provided its share of controversy (click here and here) and criticism (click here, here and here).

And yes, the coach’s challenge is part of the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, too, as per a report from Puck Daddy at Yahoo Sports, quoting NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

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This is a significant change from other IIHF events, as the challenge system that debuted in the NHL last season will be used in international competition. “There will be Coach’s Challenges and they will be decided in the same way as in the NHL,” said Daly.

That means reviews on offside calls and goaltender interference on goal-scoring plays will be up for review, with on-ice officials reviewing the plays.

All other video reviews outside of the challenge system – like plays reviewed to determine if a goal was scored – will be handled by the Situation Room in Toronto, with NHL-only personnel making the calls.

The coach’s challenge was discussed at the general manager’s meetings in March, while it was still in its initial campaign.

But despite its share of controversial moments throughout the season — one such issue was on goals scored from potential goalie interference infractions deemed as “50-50” judgment calls — the concept was met with positive reviews from some league GMs.

“If you look at the big picture, we’re in a better place than we were a year ago. The whole point of the coach’s challenge was to try to get rid of those ones that are egregious. I think we’ve accomplished that,” Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman told ESPN.

“In the process, you talk about every single thing, but at the end of the day, it’s a judgment call, and we’re not going to agree on everything because it’s not definitive, it’s not if the puck went over the line.”

Wearing the ‘C’ for Team North America could be a ‘good trial run,’ says McDavid

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 03:  Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 3, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Oilers shutout the Flyers 4-0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Connor McDavid won’t turn 20 years old until January, but for months now, he’s been mentioned as a candidate to become the next captain of the Edmonton Oilers.

That, the young phenom forward has said before, would be a huge honor.

As Edmonton’s bench boss Todd McLellan pointed out already, the new Oilers captain will be determined during NHL training camp. While Team North America’s captain for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey is expected to be named this week. And yes, McDavid is a candidate for the position.

McDavid addressed that possibility on Wednesday, following a team practice in preparation for its first pre-tournament game against Team Europe in Quebec City on Thursday.

“If I were to wear the ‘C’ here it would obviously be good experience if I wear it in Edmonton,” said McDavid, as per video from Sportsnet. “I don’t want to comment too much on it. Obviously it would be a huge honor, but it would be a good trial run and good … practice if it happens in Edmonton.”

It’s possible that some time within the next few weeks, McDavid — already with the support from teammate Cam Talbot — could become the youngest captain in the league’s history.

As for this tournament, Team North America is stacked with young talent. Are they the most intriguing team heading into the competition? You could make an argument for that.

Team North America’s captain would join an impressive list that includes the likes of Sidney Crosby (Canada), Anze Kopitar (Team Europe), Joe Pavelski (Team USA) and Alex Ovechkin (Team Russia).

The wait continues.