Apr 12, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) tries to clear the puck following a block by goalie James Reimer (34) in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: July 15th Edition

NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!

Apr 26, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) pushes Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) during the third period in game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Red Wings, 3 teams who won’t return to the playoffs in 2015 – More than half of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League will make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2015, meaning there could be considerable turnover from year to year. Teams like the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, and the Boston Bruins are expected to make a return, but teams like the Flyers, Red Wings, and Sharks could be on the bubble, or even on the outside looking in. [FanSided]
  • Designing the 90s – IceThetics did a fascinating three part series on NHL jersey design in the 1990s. The work of Ken Loh and the Mednick Group. Included in the series is a look at a potential alternate for the Philadelphia Flyers (teal!), some alternate logos for the Columbus Blue Jackets, and early Carolina Hurricanes designs. Loh enjoyed more traditional hockey designs, but was pushed by the NHL to stretch the envelope when it came to jersey design and to come up with some non-traditional concepts. It was the late 90s and “Xtreme” was in. Head on over to IceThetics and check out all three parts of the series. [Part 1: Unfamiliar Flyers] [Part 2: Expansion & Relocation] [Part 3: Epilogue]
  • Toronto Maple Leafs CEO want to host all events in 2017 – The Toronto Maple Leafs turn 100 in 2017 and to mark the centennial event, Leafs CEO Tim Lieweke wants the city to host all of the NHL’s events that season. This would include the draft, a winter classic, and the 2017 NHL All-Star game. Perhaps the Leafs could mark the 50th anniversary of their last Stanley Cup championship (barring a visit to the Cup final in the next two seasons) with the Stanley Cup Final as well. [FanSided]

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