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Fleury’s Streak Unmatched in Pro Sports

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There’s not much Marc-Andre Fleury hasn’t accomplished over his NHL career. Part of five Stanley Cup Finals and winner of three of them, the 35-year-old goaltender has been fortunate to play on competitive teams for most of his career, but here’s something fans and I doubt even Fleury is aware of.

Fleury currently holds the longest active playoff streak of any individual player across the four major sports leagues in North America. This postseason will mark Fleury’s 14th consecutive trip to the playoffs, a streak unmatched by even Tom Brady, LeBron James, and Sidney Crosby.

Fleury played in his first NHL playoff series at the age of 22 back in 2007, and he hasn’t missed a postseason yet.

Marc-Andre Fleury’s Playoff Run

14 Straight Postseasons
142 Games Played
78-62 Postseason Record
4176 Saves
3 Assists
5 Stanley Cup Appearances
3 Stanley Cup Rings

Most would’ve assumed that Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were on the same path, but both missed the entire 2011 postseason due to injuries. Another former teammate Chris Kunitz was ahead of Fleury but broke his streak last year as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. So currently, the Golden Knights goaltender leads the entire league in appearances in 14 straight postseasons.

The athlete that is the closest to Fleury plays in the NBA. It’ll shock you. New Orleans Pelicans sharpshooter J.J. Redick is technically tied with Fleury with appearances in 13 straight postseasons. However, in the NBA’s loopy return-to-play format, Redick and the Pelicans have eight regular season games, and then some to clinch a playoff bid. So while Fleury is already locked in at 14 consecutive, Redick still has some hurdles to jump.

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Can NHL Match NFL’s Virtual Draft?

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As a Patriots fan, I tend to lose interest after the first ten picks of an NFL draft. For the good part of two decades, New England would select towards the end of the draft, or trade out of the first round like they did last Thursday. However, the idea of a virtual draft fascinated me, and after the first pick I was hooked. Obviously things were different this year, but the NFL set a good standard for the NHL to follow.

Oh and by the way, the NFL shattered viewership records.

For the most part, the NFL’s virtual draft went well, even the glitches and missteps fit. It was actually quite refreshing considering the current times. Viewers weren’t expecting everything to run smoothly when the commissioner is announcing the selections from his basement and players are finding out through FaceTime. But somehow they made it work and it was entertaining.

When you think about the amount of people that are in separate places I thought it went really smooth. It was interesting to see, you get a little peak into everybody’s personality. I thought some of the outfits were interesting. -Brad Treliving, Flames GM

The digital minds at the NHL need to be as loose and self-deprecating as the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell were. The normally stiff Goodell wasn’t as awkward as expected. He stole a page from Gary Bettman, embracing the boos from NFL fans. Heck, the first round even featured a wardrobe change by the commissioner. Bettman should skip that step, hockey fans don’t care what he is or isn’t wearing.

So how can the NHL enhance their virtual draft?

Certainly our draft is going to be remote, that would be safe to say. For sure I’m going to be watching (the NFL draft) and doing a lot of homework on not only that, but different ideas of how we could potentially do our draft. -Treliving

A virtual draft allows for imagination and innovation, and hopefully the league uses the opportunity to loosen up and entertain. Show us Bettman’s basement. Have cams set up to show players and their families huddled around TVs. Give us a personal glimpse into the lives of the players. Invite us in to see Pete DeBoer and his children hanging out like the NFL did with Raiders coach Jon Gruden. Split screens of GM’s and players on the phone, or using FaceTime. Add some personality to a league that lacks it.

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Cost To Move NFL Team Higher Than Expected Cost Of NHL Expansion Team

It’s long been rumored that the NFL is planning on picking up one or two franchised and dropping them in the home of the Los Angeles Kings (is there other stuff there?).

The relocation fee an owner must pay for the right to move a franchise, which Rapoport reported is $550 million per team. – Kevin Patra, NFL.com

So let me get this straight. It costs $50 million more to move an existing franchise in the NFL than it does to be awarded a brand new franchise in the NHL?

GD. It almost makes that insanely high $500 million price tag they are rumored to be charging The Creator to bring hockey to the valley look like a steal.

Obviously the leagues are in no way comparable right now, but it does go to show the NHL how far it has to go if it ever wants to compete with the NFL. However, it also shows the earning potential professional sports have in this country.

One of the holdups in the expansion process is the financial decision of whether or not the $1 billion in cash for expanding to two cities is worth the addition of two teams to TV revenue sharing. It’s an important issue, but there’s a good chance the NHL’s Board of Governors is looking at it the wrong way. Why not have your cake and eat it too? Take the up front money and expand to a city that has the potential to grow the sport in a way not many others can.

Las Vegas is influential. When it snows here, news outlets race to the Vegas Sign to take the first picture. When the Cosmopolitan pool lights on fire, it’s headline news around the globe. And when some scum of the earth loser woman purposely drives on the sidewalk killing one and injuring 30+ others, CNN covers it for weeks.

Imagine being the first league to successfully plant itself in Las Vegas. I know people here will care, and I think The Creator has proven that as well. But what the league may be missing, is how much the rest of the world cares about our city. Expanding to Las Vegas won’t take the NHL and turn it into the juggernaut that the NFL has become, but I can assure you of this, it certainly won’t hurt.

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