In 2022, the National Hockey League will celebrate its 105th season. With the addition of the Seattle Kraken, the league will have 32 teams. Here, we will take a look at the standings, schedule of games, and earnings of the players in the NHL in 2022.
We’re a little more than a month away from the 2022 NHL Standings. Last April, the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup for the first time in over 20 years. We also know that the playoffs are over. So what happens next? In this article, we’ll look at how the teams will fare in the coming season.
The NHL playoff structure will be more traditional in 2022. Eight teams will make the playoffs in both the Western and Eastern Conferences. The top three teams from each conference will earn automatic bids, while the next two finishers will compete for the remaining four spots. In the Eastern Conference, the top seed will play the bottom wild card team, while the other wild card team will face the second-place team in the Western Conference.
Earnings of NHL players in 2022
As the Stanley Cup champions prepare for the next season, teams are spending millions of dollars in free agency, locking in their star players to contract extensions, and signing new players to bolster their rosters. Money is a powerful persuasion tool. This fall, the first wave of new contracts will take effect, primarily for young defensemen who recently signed contracts. In addition to the current top 25 players, five new names are expected to join the ranks in 2022.
The top NHL players will receive very large contracts in the years ahead, with the highest salaries going to the captains. For example, Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers will earn $81.5 million over seven years and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs will earn $54.5 million over five years.
In addition to the players’ salaries, the reputation of the player and his ability to attract sponsors are also big factors in setting salaries. Players who bring in a lot of goodwill are paid more. According to Forbes, the top NHL players will earn an average of $16.4 million in 2022.
Schedule of games
The National Hockey League has released the schedule of games for the 2022-23 season. The schedule includes back-to-back doubleheaders in the United States. The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning will play each other in New York City on Oct. 11, while the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers will meet in Philadelphia. Both games will air on TNT. The NHL released its full schedule on Wednesday.
The 2022-’23 season starts on Oct. 11, and is expected to last for 82 games. The preseason is scheduled for late September through early October. The NHL will take a break in February for the Honda NHL(r) All-Star Game. In addition, the Discover NHL Winter Classic will be held in Boston.
The 2022-23 season will feature new stars and plenty of scoring. The NHL will also debut the new Monday Night Hockey broadcast on Sportsnet. The show will air 155 national games in English-language. The Blue Jackets will play every team twice during the 2022-23 season. The Blue Jackets will also play in Finland in November.
Teams participating in 2022 Winter Olympics
The 2022 Winter Olympics began on Friday, and one of the most anticipated games is ice hockey. With many of the best players in the world hailing from the US, the games are bound to be incredibly exciting. Unfortunately, many NHL players will be sitting out the games.
However, the competition is not without talent. The United States men’s team will feature a roster full of former NHL players, as well as a handful of players with overseas experience. The US women’s team, meanwhile, will feature 16 members of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association and four Division I NCAA players. The roster also includes two players from the Russian Women’s Hockey League and one from the North American Hockey Academy. While there is a lack of veteran players, the roster does include one veteran player, Hillary Knight. The NHL women’s team will also feature the first female player to participate in NHL All-Star skills competition, Kendal Coyne Schofield.
While the NHL has negotiated to participate in the 2022 and 2026 Winter Olympics, they could still pull out if they didn’t want to pay for the games. In December, the league announced that it had reached an agreement for the 2022 Winter Olympics, but the league can opt out without financial consequences. The players had pushed for inclusion after not being able to play in the 2018 games. This was the first time the NHL had participated in the Olympics since the 2014 Sochi Olympics.