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e since the city was granted the NHL’s 32nd franchise http://www.officialislanders.com/authen ... ddy-jersey , Commissioner Gary Bettman announced a couple more rewards for the future franchise’s investment.Bettman said the league has promised Seattle it will host All-Star weekend within its first seven seasons, with the team slated to begin play in 2021-22. Bettman also says Seattle will host the NHL draft, and that event will likely be awarded before the All-Star Game arrives.“It doesn’t mean we are going to wait seven years,” Bettman said. “We’re going to be bringing league events here. This is where we want to be.”Bettman’s unexpected and informal announcement was part of his first visit to Seattle since the franchise was approved by the league’s Board of Governors in early December. Bettman met with members of the ownership group, political leaders in the city, fans who have placed deposits on season tickets and reviewed the status of the massive renovation of the arena at Seattle Center where the team will play.Seattle’s ownership group has put up over $1.5 billion in expansion fees, upgrades to the building formerly known as KeyArena, and a state-of-the-art practice facility that is expected to open in time to host the first training camp.“If you talk about in terms of kicking the tires, the tires are in great shape,” Bettman said. “We couldn’t be more excited. When the board made the decision to come to Seattle, we knew it was the right decision, it would be a great decision and everything that has transpired has not only lived up to expectation but has exceeded our expectations.”The franchise initially hoped to open for the 2020 season, but it is using the additional year to ensure the arena is operational well ahead of the team’s home opener. It also gives the team more time to put together its hockey staff.The team still doesn’t have a name or color scheme. Bettman said the league would mostly stay out of the selection process, aside from working with the Seattle franchise in colors, trademarks and other logistical parts of the expansion name. Seattle team president and CEO Tod Leiweke said the goal is to have a name announced by the middle of 2019. The franchise will be taking major input from fans that have put deposits down on season tickets.Leiweke said the team’s goal is to have a portal launched within the next 60 days for season-ticket depositors to provide feedback and to inform them of the timeframe for decisions and announcements moving forward.“If I have my way, their fingerprints are going to be all over this franchise. Certainly a team name http://www.floridapanthersteamshops.com ... mer-jersey , but they’re going to help us build this,” Leiweke said.Some fans are hoping to see a return of the Seattle Metropolitans — a historic name in Seattle, since the Metropolitans won the Stanley Cup in 1917. That name might be off the table, though, since the NHL has a division with that name.Bettman was asked if that name can be ruled out.“Viscerally, yes,” he said, “but I never say never to anything.” Mired in a long losing streak to close 2018, the Edmonton Oilers shook things up again.After swinging two deals to shore up a depleted blueline, the Oilers look to avoid their sixth straight loss Monday night against the visiting Winnipeg Jets.Despite two goals from captain Connor McDavid, Edmonton’s slide continued Saturday with a 7-4 setback to the San Jose Sharks. Even though McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have combined for more than 45 percent of the Oilers’ points this season, coach Ken Hitchcock, who took over behind the bench six weeks ago, continues to tout the need for grit over glitz.Article continues below ...“When you play with skill, you play with high risk and we’re not built that way http://www.hurricanesshoponline.com/aut ... ner-jersey ,” he said Sunday. “When we get down a goal or we get down two goals, we’ve tried to break it wide open, and now we’re down three or four goals.”The losing streak has helped drop Edmonton (18-17-3) into 11th place in the Western Conference.“If you’re going to continue to collect points, you’re going to have to defend,” Hitchcock said. “In this conference, you can’t skill your way through games. You’ve got to work your way through games.”Hitchcock’s comments came after the Oilers acquired Alex Petrovic from the Florida Panthers for blueliner Chris Wideman and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Petrovic had one assist in 26 games with the Panthers this season and is well-known to Nugent-Hopkins.“Big body, can really shoot the puck and he’s a smart player who knows when to move it and jump up in the play,” Nugent-Hopkins said of his juniors teammate, adding that Petrovic plays with an edge.Hitchcock said Petrovic will make his team “sturdier” as the Oilers’ defensive corps has been decimated by injuries. Kris Russell could be back Monday from an undisclosed injury that’s sidelined him since Dec. 11, but high-scoring Oscar Klefbom (hand) will be out for up to another month.Later on Sunday, Edmonton picked up defenseman Brandon Manning and prospect Robin Norrell from the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Drake Caggiula and blueliner Jason Garrison. Now in his seventh season, Manning had three points in only 27 games with Chicago after career highs of seven goals and 12 assists with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2017-18.Three years ago, Manning and McDavid were involved in a hard collision along the end boards in Philadelphia. McDavid, then a rookie, missed almost three months with a broken collarbone.Winnipeg (24-12-2) will also have to get by without a key on defense after Dustin Byfuglien suffered a lower-body injury during a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Byfuglien, who has four goals and 25 assists http://www.hurricanesshoponline.com/aut ... ams-jersey , won’t need surgery but is expected to be out until after next month’s All-Star break.“We’re going to miss the guy, for sure, in almost every facet of your game — size, physicality, offense, zone time; If it gets a little wobbly out there, calming a game down,” coach Paul Maurice said. “But we’ve got other men who can each do a piece of what Dustin does.”The Jets, who are tied with the Calgary Flames atop the West, have won seven of their last eight on the road. Maurice said the Oilers shouldn’t be taken lightly despite not winning since Dec. 14.“Anybody on the outside (of the top eight in the conference) now is going to fight like playoff hockey right until the All-Star break,” he said.Maurice could also be calling on the Jets to take up that mindset as they’ve been held to one goal in each of their last three games and four of the past five. Patrik Laine leads the team with 24 goals but has only three in December, while Mark Scheifele (22 goals) scored once in his last five games.Heading into the finale of the season series, Winnipeg is 4-0-1 in its last five meetings with Edmonton.

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