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GM Meetings In Toronto; Vegas Still Not Invited

Here we go again. Two months ago, NHL owners met for another round of the Board of Governors and their newest colleague, The Creator, was not invited. The reason given was because the final payments had yet to be made, so he was not technically an owner yet.

Well, they’ve finally put a name on this ridiculousness calling it, “franchise rights” and now it’s affecting GM George McPhee.

Noticeably absent from the GMs meeting was Las Vegas GM George McPhee. The Vegas expansion team doesn’t yet have “franchise rights” until their transaction to enter the league officially closes, which is expected sometime in the spring. In other words, not until their final payment on that $500 million expansion fee is made. –Pierre LeBrun, ESPN

Earlier this month we heard from The Creator himself on Sportsbook Radio saying he’s planning on “accelerating the payment” which should come before the March GM meetings. But he also mentioned something else that really shouldn’t go unnoticed.

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Creator Not Invited To Board Of Governors Meeting This Week

In an interview with Steve Carp of the RJ, The Creator revealed he will not be attending the NHL’s Board of Governors meeting scheduled for this Friday. The reason given was because he has not fully paid off the ridiculous $500 million entry fee the league required to award Las Vegas a franchise.

Last September all the news surrounding the Board of Governors meeting was about the official presentations of Las Vegas and Quebec City. But they also took a look at early returns on 3v3 overtime, concussion protocols, coaches challenges, and more. All important aspects that will affect the Las Vegas TBA Knights when they hit the ice in October.

The Creator’s lost invitation is just another example of the league not doing any favors to help promote their newest organization. Right now on NHL.com, the only mention of Las Vegas is a news aggregate box way down on the right side. Any time you see a team list, Las Vegas is not there. Head over to the shop, Las Vegas is no where to be found. Of course, there’s nothing to sell and nothing to really show, but would it not make sense to have placeholders? A little greyed out name that says Las Vegas. A shop that says coming soon. These are little things that keep the new franchise front of mind, something the NHL seems uninterested in doing.

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Executive Committee Formally Recommends Las Vegas For Expansion

Well, we’ve finally confirmed the news we hoped we would get when this day started.

Our sources in Las Vegas with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process have confirmed the Executive Committee formulated a positive recommendation for expansion to Las Vegas and the official announcement will come on June 22nd prior to the NHL Awards ceremony.

There has not yet been confirmation on division, expansion draft date, or any other details as previously reported by Francois Gagnon.

The announcement is currently scheduled to take place at a press conference in Las Vegas to be held before the Awards, not during. The league has had a habit of changing these types of events before, but at the moment that’s when Commissioner Bettman is expected, presumably with The Creator by his side, to say the magic words and grant Las Vegas its first major professional sports franchise.

The next step in the process is for Mr. Foley to sign the expansion contract and send it, plus $500 million, back to the league. At that point, the 30 owners will vote at the Board of Governors meeting to accept the expansion contract and expand the league to 31. Las Vegas will begin play in the 2017-18 season.

Our sources were not told directly whether or not Quebec City will also be awarded a franchise, but we were told “it’s pretty much widely assumed we’re coming in alone.”

So crack a cold one, click the link, and sing it with me people

VIVA LAS VEGAS!!!

Executive Committee Meeting Happening Tuesday, June 7th

The next step in the expansion process is set to happen tomorrow when the NHL’s Board of Governors Executive Committee meets to formalize their recommendation for expansion.

Sources have confirmed the date to us and many reporters have been told the same as well.

As we’ve reported earlier, the 9-man Executive Committee will prepare their recommendation in favor of Las Vegas and against (probably using the word “defer”) Quebec City.

After the meeting on Tuesday, the plan is to have a vote at the Board of Governors meeting in Las Vegas on June 22nd. However, there are some rumors out there indicating a special Board of Governors vote could occur slightly earlier, allowing the league to finalize specifics on the official announcement in Las Vegas.

Either way, tomorrow is a big day and hopefully somebody in that meeting will spill the beans. Even if they don’t though, just know Vegas hockey fans, you can sleep well, the wait is almost over.

 

League Gives Vague Update On Expansion Process

With the news that Commissioner Gary Bettman will address the media on Monday, rumors began to swirl about the possibility of an expansion announcement at the press conference.

Unfortunately, we’re here to once again deny those reports.

There are still a few steps which must occur before the league officially unveils Las Vegas as the NHL’s 31st franchise. Those steps include an Executive Committee meeting in which the 10-man group formulates their recommendation on expansion. Then that recommendation must then be presented to the full Board of Governors who will then vote (we’re still hearing unanimously).

The response we got from the league this morning confirms this process has yet to commence.

There is an annual Executive Committee meeting scheduled prior to the Board of Governors meeting each June, and this year is no exception to that. -Jamey Horan, NHL VP of Event Communications

When we asked if exact dates for those two meetings had been set, no response was sent.

Horan added this in the original email.

The agenda for the Executive Committee has not yet been formulated or distributed. No decisions have been made at this time as to whether there will or won’t be a formal recommendation on expansion brought before the Board at the upcoming Board of Governors meeting in June.

So, now you know everything you want to know? Right?

The process continues!!!

 

 

Sources Reconfirm NHL Expansion To Las Vegas, Update Timeline

Here at SinBin.vegas we previously confirmed the NHL is coming to Las Vegas with a mid-May announcement from the league to make it official. Sources close to the team have reconfirmed the franchise is coming, but the information they received indicating it would be announced in early to mid-May was premature.

According to our source, NHL owners were prepped by the league to be ready for a special Board of Governors meeting to finalize the expansion process. This info was relayed to the Las Vegas organization through an owner and not directly from the league, leading the Vegas team to expect an imminent Board of Governors meeting with an announcement following shortly there after.

When Bill Daly visited T-Mobile Arena last week for the Canelo/Khan boxing match he would not confirm any specific timeline only to consistently reiterate that he and the league are optimistic.

The Las Vegas organization is now back in wait and see mode and when we asked when they expected the announcement to come, we were told, “we honestly don’t know if it’ll come next week, at the NHL Awards Show (on June 22nd) or sometime in between.”

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Proposed Rules For An Expansion Draft Have Been Discussed By Owners

Superstar hockey reporter and our all time favorite person named Pierre, Pierre LeBrun has uncovered some incredibly interesting nuggets about what’s actually being discussed in the Board of Governors meetings about expansion.

One GM said to me he saw the proposed rules and he goes, ‘You could lose one of your best young players under what’s being proposed right now.’ -Pierre LeBrun

“Under the proposed rules.” Which means, there are proposed rules. They are indeed discussing topics well beyond “do we actually want to expand.”

What the executive committee has been shown as the original ideas from the league for an expansion draft has them being exposed and losing some pretty good players.

We speculated this might be the case based on the ridiculous $500 million cost of the franchise. The assumption was if the league was going to charge so much, they would have to give the new team(s) a real chance. This quote further confirms the league is indeed proposing rules which would leave some excellent players unprotected.

The unnamed GM did go on to say however the decision on whether or not to expand has not been set in stone yet.

So that’s part of the debate as well, is the yin and yang of, ‘Do we want new teams,’ and ‘How much are we going to enjoy losing a really good player or two in the expansion draft?’

Here’s the problem with the statement. If the rules are “too loose” for the liking of the owners, it absolutely should not be the reason Vegas is denied get a team. Of course The Creator, his organization, and us fans all want the team to get the best talent possible, but I’m sure we would all agree we’d rather have a bad team than no team.

This does mark the first time we’ve had a great source confirming the owners are hung up on expansion rules. We appear to have fully clearly the, “is Vegas good enough” stage, which means just one thing. It’s only a matter of time til our dreams become a reality.

Special Meeting Comes And Goes, Nothing New

The NHL Board of Governors Executive Committee met today in what they called a “special meeting” to discuss expansion. By calling it special, the NHL does not have to release any information on the proceedings at the meeting.

So, here’s what we learned today.

In other words. We learned nothing. There’s still no timeline, the process is still going well, and no one has any clue about anything. And the worst part of it, The Creator wasn’t even invited.

ARHG!! Tell us something! Anything! F WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Secret Meeting, Secret Shmeeting, Don’t Expect Announcement In January

We live in an age of irresponsibility. That’s what happens when you give a platform to individuals that couldn’t earn one on their own. Instead it’s very easy to tweet and run. It seems incredibly damaging when people report “facts” that are skewed to achieve their desired outcome. Like the guy who claims the union kept the UFC from obtaining the naming rights on the brand new T-Mobile Arena. No facts or links just another tweet and run.

This week the NHL announced that there would be a “special” meeting with the NHL Executive Committee to discuss the two formal bids from Las Vegas and Quebec. When the public was made aware of this meeting that was intended to be secretive, Twitter blew up with the NHL is going to make an announcement at the All-Star Game. Again, giving a platform to report speculation as fact.

Here are the facts. The NHL and Gary Bettman have never rushed anything in this process so common sense would tell you that it’s not about to happen now. So let’s consider a sensible option as to why this meeting is taking place.

Yes, I will get on board in speculating that the process is coming to an end. No, there will not be an All Star Game announcement.

If we’ve learned anything about Gary Bettman, we’ve learned that they are methodical at best so to think they will have a “secret” meeting and then vote at the Board of Governors meeting a short time later is comical. This is what’s going to happen, they will announce that they will be voting, in June, at the NHL Awards week, in Las Vegas. Then the announcement we’ve all waited for will happen. Giving the Las Vegas franchise 15 months to prepare. With the All Star Game in Nashville, I find it hard to believe that they would disrespect the Predators by putting the spotlight on Las Vegas.

This is what I would do as commissioner because it’s using good business judgement. I hope I’m wrong. I hope they change their ways and announce that our city finally gets to sit at the grownup table, but until Gary steps to the podium and formally announces the leagues plans you can’t just use social media to speculate without facts.

Crystal Ball Says NHL Coming To Vegas Soon

Fortune Magazine, the world leader in sports prognostication, has some good news for those of us hoping and praying for an NHL franchise in Las Vegas.

It’s no secret the NHL is looking to expand, capitalizing on a popularity surge that drove growth in revenue from $2.2 billion in 2006 to around $4 billion in the 2013-14 season. Earlier this year, the league got expansion applications from Las Vegas and Quebec City. But expect the league to approve just one new team, to be located in Sin City, for a record expansion fee of $500 million. The league is likely to want to add teams in the West to balance the league’s geography. -Ben Geier

As mentioned above, they aren’t exactly the most reliable source when it comes sports news (aside from franchise valuations), but it’s nice to see more and more people jumping aboard.

Years ago, and in some cases months ago, you were about as likely to find a pro hockey in Vegas article as you were to find an anti one. Since the last Board of Governors meeting though it’s been overwhelmingly positive when it comes to hockey in the valley.

Quebec City on the other hand is starting to lose its luster apparently.

Nous sommes désolés, amis du Québec -Ben Geier

I honestly haven’t the slightest clue what that says, but I have a feeling it’s not something my Canadian friends want to hear.

Oh well, too bad. No time to feel bad, the crystal ball says we are getting a team!

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