NHL Pushing Through with 2024 World Cup of Hockey Plans
2024 World Cup – National Hockey League commissioner Bill Daly has announced that officials decided to push forward with their goal of organizing the 2024 World Cup of Hockey. Daly said at least eight national teams are playing in North America and Europe for the event. However, the decision is still up to the NHL Players Association. The event was last held in 2016 in Toronto. It involved NHL stars playing on national teams, a European all-star squad, and a collection of young talent.
The NHL plans to stage the event in February 2024. They will be using a 17-day window, much like the league used when shutting down for the Olympics. They failed to organize the tournament this year in Beijing due to coronavirus or 2018 for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Previous World Cup hockey tournaments took place in 1996 and 2004. They served as previews of Winter Olympic competitions two years later. The staging of the World Cup of Hockey after eight years will benefit online NHL betting fans, who love to place their wagers on national hockey teams. An exciting competition awaits international squads that will field their best lineups for the tournament.
Phil Kessel Signs One-year Deal with Golden Knights
Veteran forward Phil Kessel has signed a one-year deal with the Vegas Golden Knights, who are looking to boost their depth in the position. The transaction was worth USD1.5 million, as Kessel is coming off his worst season in the NHL. The signing gives the 16-year veteran another opportunity to play with a playoff contender. Vegas general manager Kelly McCrimmon expresses excitement with the acquisition of Kessel. It was recorded 399 goals and 557 assists in 1,204 career games. McCrimmon described Kessel as a player with a “high-end skill set” and “unique” in his position. The 34-year-old forward played with Boston, Toronto, Pittsburgh, and Arizona, where he played for three years.
In another development, the Knights hope that the goalie tandem of Laurent Brossoit and Logan Thompson will help fill the responsibility left off by goaltender Robin Lehner. The 31-year-old Lehner underwent hip surgery that will sideline him for about ten weeks. McCrimmon said he hopes the presence of Brossoit and Thompson on the pipes will produce wins for the Golden Knights, who are looking to make it to the 2022-23 NHL playoffs after missing the previous postseason. Lehner played 44 games for Vegas and finished with a 23-17-2 win-loss-draw record.
Islanders Sign Dobson, Romanov
Defensemen Noah Dobson and Alexander Romanov have inked three-year deals with the New York Islanders. The 22-year-old Dobson led Islanders’ defensemen in goals (13), assists (38), and points (51) last season. The former first-round pick also topped the team in power-play points (22) and average time on ice (21 minutes and 28 seconds). Romanov played 79 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season. The Moscow native registered three goals and ten assists in his stint with the Canadiens.
New York acquired Romanov and a fourth-round pick from Montreal in exchange for the Islanders’ first-round pick in the draft in July. The Islanders also signed forward Kieffer Bellows to a one-year deal. Bellows played for three seasons for New York and scored 11 goals and 14 assists in 67 games. Dobson, Romanov, and Bellows will help the Islanders’ campaign in the 2022-23 season, as they aim to clinch a playoff ticket after missing the previous season, online NHL oddsmakers have said.