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Bettman on Winnipeg, relocation and balanced sked

Wednesday, 01.06.2011 / 8:49 PM / News Articles
By Dan Rosen  - NHL.com Senior Writer
VANCOUVER -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman revealed more than just the change from Colin Campbell to Brendan Shanahan in his State of the League address prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Here are some of the other topics he discussed:

* If the relocation of the Atlanta franchise to Winnipeg is confirmed by the Board of Governors at their meeting on June 21, something Bettman said shouldn't be a problem, the team formerly known as the Thrashers will be play in the Southeast Division for the 2011-12 season with assurances that they will be moved to the Western Conference starting with the 2012-13 season. There is a possibility that the League will go to a more balanced schedule to adhere to the geographic challenges.

* The League's revenues are "certainly within chipping distance" of $3 billion for the 2010-11 season, Bettman said. They were at $2 billion when the League came back from the work stoppage.

* There is no further update on the situation regarding the Phoenix Coyotes other than that the City of Glendale will continue to fund the potential losses of the club while trying to negotiate a sale to an owner that will keep the team in Southern Arizona.

* Finally, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed that the salary cap is expected to go up to at least $60 million for the 2011-12 season and possibly as high as $63 million. The salary cap for the 2010-11 season was $59.4 million. Bettman said the landmark 10-year deal the League recently signed with NBC Sports Group is part of the reason why the cap is going up.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01