Tip Ins: European Expansion, NHL14 Dynamic Ratings, and Olympic Camp Rosters

Posted: July 27, 2013 by Lamar Lester in Tip Ins
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Tip Ins is a weekly update for all the news that happened in the NHL.

Here's a look at how the new "Dynamic Ratings" will work. NHL14 will be released on September 10, 2013.

Here’s a look at how the new “Dynamic Ratings” will work. NHL14 will be released on September 10, 2013. (EA Sports)

  • Disregard Seattle and Quebec City. Some are thinking European expansion. “Do we have plans to add European clubs? I do not think our view on this issue has changed over recent years,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly adding, “it’s a real possibility, and in due time it will be seriously considered.” Oh boy. (The Score)
  • NHL 14 will be introducing Dynamic Ratings Updates to the series, which bases in-game updates on real-world NHL performance. If an NHL player has performed exceptionally well over a stretch of games, they may receive a temporary boost to their ratings. But if a player’s performance has been lackluster, you may see their ratings change negatively. Sounds fun, but it also has that “could be cool or terrible” feel to it. It’s optional though, so it shouldn’t be an issue. (EA Sports)
  • USA Hockey recently released their Olympic Orientation Camp rosters. Highlighting America’s list are: At forward; Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Zach Parise, and Bobby Ryan. On defense; Erik Johnson, Paul Martin, and Ryan Suter. In goal; Jimmy Howard, Ryan Miller, and Jonathan Quick. (USA Hockey)

  • Hockey Canada did the same. Highlighting their list: At forward; Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos, and Claude Giroux. On defense; Duncan Keith, P.K. Subban, and Kris Letang. In goal; Roberto Luongo, Corey Crawford, and Carey Price. (Hockey Canada)
  • As did Russia: F; Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin, and Alex Ovechkin. D; Slava Voynov, Sergei Gonchar, and Andrei Markov. G; Sergei Bobrovsky, Semyon Varlamov, and Evgeni Nabokov. And Sweden: F; Nicklas Backstrom, Gabriel Landeskog, Daniel/Henrik Sedin, and Henrik Zetterberg. D; Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Erik Karlsson, and Niklas Kronwall. G; Jhonas Enroth, Viktor Fasth, and Henrik Lundqvist. And Finland: F; Jussi/Olli Jokinen, Mikko/Saku Koivu, Jarkko/Tuomo Ruutu, and Teemu Selanne. D; Toni Lydman, Joni Pitkanen, and Kimmo Timonen. G; Antti Niemi, Tuukka Rask, and Pekka Rinne. (TSN: Russia, Sweden, and Finland)
  • Former Predator, Alex Radulov on the allegation of missing curfew and showing up to the hotel drunk: “Not true. Do you want to know what happened? We were in Phoenix, and the only places to go out and eat were on the other side of town from our hotel. Almost the entire team went to this restaurant, but I arrived back fifteen minutes after curfew, so it was a breach of the rules. I said to them at the time, “Come on, I’ll do the tests and they’ll show that I haven’t even had a glass of beer, and you can even take a blood sample.” They said that they didn’t need to test me, and just repeated the accusation of being drunk.” I believe him. (KHL)
  • Here’s a cool map of where every player that played in the NHL last season was born(not necessarily raised). The end result counted 921 total players and 497 different birthplaces. There were some weird ones in there too. Penguins’ Craig Adams was born in Seria, Brunei. Kings’ Robyn Regehr was born in Recife, Brazil. Flames’ Akim Aliu was born in Okene, Nigeria. (Sporting News)
  • More changes for goalies in the NHL as the Players’ Association has approved a change in the maximum allotment for each goaltender’s knee to hip measurement from 55 percent to 45 percent. With the average NHL goalie measuring around 20 inches, that amounts to a two-inch trim off the top of each pad and, in theory, a four-inch opening of their 5-hole. What happens when goalies just get better(as they always have) and offense continues to decline? Bigger nets? No equipment for goalies? No goalies!?! (InGoal Magazine)
  • Because it’s late July,Yahoo! Sports decided to rank the NHL’s starting goalies for particular reason other than that it’s late July and what else are they gonna do? #1 is Jonathan Quick. #30 is Karri Ramo. (Yahoo! Sports)
  • The Saddledome will be ready to start the season. The dressing rooms are being rebuilt and mechanical equipment is being replaced. “From a public standpoint, and from a hockey standpoint, we want everything to be operational,” Flames’ president and CEO Ken King said Wednesday, “and the answer is yes.” (The Globe And Mail)
  • VIDEO: And here’s Chicago Blackhawk and Stanley Cup Champion Andrew Shaw… twerking. Yes, you read that right. And if you don’t know what twerking is, well then, I envy you. (Vine)


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