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The NHL returned to ESPN, so here’s what it lacked

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Well… do you?
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The NHL returned to ESPN on Tuesday night, with the self-proclaimed World Wide Leader celebrating itself and especially the old ESPN hockey theme.

Which… fine: It’s the most recognizable aspect of what ESPN did back in the day.

There wasn’t much else remarkable about ESPN’s debut. Most of the voices we’d seen before on NBC, save Emily Kaplan at ice-level. John Buccigross remains an insufferable play-by-play guy, as he’s always been since ESPN picked up the Frozen Four. Not only is he trying to get his catchphrases in or remind you that he was the one hockey guy on SportsCenter for the past two decades, but he’s way behind the play. That’s a minor complaint. Sean McDonough is a pro, even if I’ve grown weary of the Syracuse Big Voice style.

There just wasn’t much new, at least not yet. The score bug

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2021-22 NHL Schedule to Be Released Thursday on ‘SportsCenter’ | Bleacher Report

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The Tampa Bay Lightning just won their second straight Stanley Cup on July 7, but the NHL is already turning its attention to the upcoming season.

Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press cited a source from ESPN PR and noted the league will announce the 2021-22 regular-season schedule on Thursday during the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter.

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the league is wasting little time focusing on the start of next season as it attempts to return to normalcy with the schedule. After all, the 2019-20 campaign was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a truncated 2020-21 season that started later.

The divisions were realigned in an effort to minimize travel during the pandemic, which reshaped the playoff picture.

There are still remaining questions about what the upcoming season will look like,

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ESPN and Turner Sports to take over NHL broadcast

NBC Sports, which has been the NHL’s sole national rights holder for the entirety of the Ovechkin/Crosby Era (2004–present), is getting out of the hockey business.

Driving the news: Starting next season, all nationally-televised NHL games will be broadcast by ESPN and Turner Sports.

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  • ESPN will pay $2.8 billion over seven years for the league’s “A” package, which includes four Stanley Cup Finals. And yes, the theme song is coming back.

  • Turner will pay $1.57 billion over seven years for the “B” package. Games will be televised on TNT and TBS, and HBO Max will reportedly be included in some capacity.

By the numbers: ESPN and Turner will pay a combined annual average of $625 million, which is more than double the $300 million that NBC and Disney Streaming Services pay under the

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NHL Announces When Golden Knights, Avalanche Game Will Resume

Golden Knights and Avalanche line up on the ice.

Golden Knights and Avalanche line up on the ice.

On Saturday afternoon, hockey fans from around the country tuned in to see an incredible spectacle.

The Colorado Avalanche and Las Vegas Golden Knights took the ice for an outdoor contest. Each and every season, the NHL puts on the Winter Classic – generally in front of over 50,000 fans.

Unfortunately, that couldn’t happen this year, but the league gave fans a very nice consolation prize. The NHL set up an outdoor ice rink on the 18th fairway of a golf course in Lake Tahoe – on the California-Nevada border.

It provided an incredible view for fans who could see Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Check it out.

Colorado and Las Vegas made it through the first period of play, with the Avalanche taking a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, the weather forecast called for cloudy conditions, which would

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