The Buffalo Sabres will have 15 of their games shown on one of the NBC networks this season, the second highest number in the NHL behind the 17 scheduled appearances by Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, according to a press release sent by the team.
Two of the games are scheduled for NBC, with one a flex appearance, and the other 13 are set for the NBC Sports Network. The game that definitely will be shown on NBC will be played Feb. 17 at 12:30 p.m. against Pittsburgh as part of the network's Hockey Day in America triple-header. The game against Washington on March 17 is a flex game, meaning it could be moved to the sports network.
The NHL Network will carry games Nov. 17 against Philadelphia and Dec. 1 against Boston.
The MSG Network will carry 70 games this year, and all 82 of Buffalo's games will be available in high definition.
The games scheduled to be carried by an NBC affiliate are: Oct. 16 vs. Detroit, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 24 vs. New Jersey, 7:30; Dec. 3 at Toronto, 7:30; Dec. 4 vs. San Jose, 7:30; Dec. 17 at Montreal, 7:30; Dec. 26 vs. Washington, 7:30; Jan. 9 vs. Boston, 7:30; Feb. 5 vs. Los Angeles, 7:30; Feb. 6 at Boston, 7:30; Feb. 17 vs. Pittsburgh, 12:30; Feb. 26 at Tampa Bay, 7:30; March 17 at Washington, 7:30; March 26 at Tampa Bay, 7:30; April 8 at Toronto, 7:30; April 13 vs. Boston, 7:30.
Talks resume today
NEW YORK - The NHL's collective bargaining talks are on hold until today.
Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players' Association, had originally said he was "optimistic" the union would table a counterproposal Thursday. Fehr could extend a counteroffer on Friday at the NHL's New York office.
The current agreement expires Sept. 15, when the league has said it will lock out the players.
The two sides are at odds over hockey-related revenue. The league wants to knock down the players' percentage to 46. The players' share of HRR was 57 percent last season. Fehr said changes in how HRR is calculated would see the amount of money players give up to escrow increase "significantly."
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman issued his second proposal to the NHLPA on Tuesday in New York, an offering he called "meaningful" and "significant." On Wednesday, the two sides met again, and broke the proposal down with several player representatives in attendance.
Fehr was accompanied Wednesday by NHLPA special consultant Mathieu Schneider, as well as Mike Komisarek (Toronto), Douglas Murray (San Jose), George Parros (Florida), Chris Phillips (Ottawa), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis), Kevin Westgarth (Los Angeles), Craig Adams (Pittsburgh), Nick Bonino (Anaheim), B.J. Crombeen (Tampa Bay), Alex Goligoski (Dallas) and Ron Hainsey (Winnipeg).
The NHL regular season is slated to begin on Oct. 11.
Oilers lock up Eberle
EDMONTON, Alberta - The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Jordan Eberle to a six-year, $36 million contract extension Thursday.
The move comes a little over a week after the Oilers signed forward Taylor Hall, Eberle's roommate, to a seven-year, $42 million extension.
The 22-year-old Eberle, a 2008 first-round draft pick with one year left on his entry-level contract, had 34 goals and 42 assists in 78 games last season.
"Obviously me and Taylor want to be a part of this team for a while," Eberle said. "That's why we signed this way."