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The 2014–15 NHL season was the 98th season of operation (97th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). It lasted from October 8, 2014 to June 15, 2015.

The Los Angeles Kings became the first team to miss the playoffs after winning the cup the previous season since the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006–07.

The Boston Bruins also became the third defending Presidents' Trophy winner to miss the playoffs (and the first since the Buffalo Sabres missed the playoffs in 2007–08 after winning the Presidents' Trophy in 2007).

The Winnipeg Jets clinched a playoff berth for the first time since the team's relocation from Atlanta in 2011.

The San Jose Sharks' playoff streak ended at ten years. The Ottawa Senators also became the first team in NHL history to make the post-season after trailing for the final playoff spot by 14 points.

League Business

Canadian TV Rights

The 2014–15 season brought a significant realignment for NHL broadcast rights in Canada, as it marked the first year of Rogers Communications' 12-year, $5.2 billion contract for national television and digital media rights to the league.

The networks of Sportsnet (including the Sportsnet regional channels, Sportsnet One, and Sportsnet 360) replaced TSN as the English-language cable broadcasters of the league.

National French-language rights were sub-licensed by Rogers to Quebecor Media with TVA Sports replacing RDS as the national French-language television broadcaster of the NHL in Canada.

CBC Television (the previous over-the-air television broadcaster of the NHL) continues to participate in coverage to an extent: Rogers reached a deal with CBC to license the "Hockey Night in Canada" brand and maintain the network's traditional Saturday night games, along with post-season coverage and exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. HNIC began to air across CBC, City, the Sportsnet networks and FX Canada (typically an all-U.S. game).

As part of the arrangement, CBC did not pay a rights fee to either Rogers or the NHL, but all of the telecasts are brokered and produced by Sportsnet. CBC is allotted advertising time during the games to promote its own programming, but Rogers receives all ad revenue from the telecasts.

City also introduced a new primetime game of the week on Sunday nights (known as Rogers Hometown Hockey) which was hosted on-location from various cities by Ron MacLean. Similarly to TSN under the previous contract, Sportsnet also has a flagship, national Wednesday night game.

With the loss of national cable rights, TSN's NHL coverage began consisting solely of regional coverage using its new TSN3, TSN4 and TSN5 channels. The three channels broadcast regional Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators games respectively.

Regional rights to the Toronto Maple Leafs were split between TSN4 and Sportsnet Ontario beginning this season with TSN4 airing 26 of these games; Bell and Rogers own a joint majority stake in the team's parent company Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.

TSN5 began airing regional Senators games as part of a new 12-year deal between the team and TSN's parent company Bell Media (which also included French-language regional rights for RDS, and an extension of CFGO's radio rights), replacing Sportsnet East. The Senators were replaced on Sportsnet East by the Montreal Canadiens under a new three-year deal with Rogers.

TVA Sports' national French-language coverage consisted of themed games on selected nights of the week; its flagship telecasts, La super soiré LNH, primarily aired the Montreal Canadiens' Saturday night games, along with the All-Star Game, Winter Classic, and Stanley Cup playoffs.

RDS continued its long-standing relationship with the Montreal Canadiens for French-language television coverage under a new, 12-year regional contract.

As such, French-language broadcasts of the Canadiens on RDS are now blacked out for viewers outside of the team's home market of Quebec and eastern Canada.

Agreement with GoPro

Midway through the season, the league signed an agreement with GoPro to use the company's wearable cameras to record content for the league's television broadcasts and other video productions.

They were first used by players in the 2015 All-Star Game.

Changes to the NHL Draft Lottery

On June 24, 2014, the NHL Board of Governors approved changes to the draft lottery format, starting with the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Beginning in 2015, the odds of winning the first overall pick will be adjusted down for the first four lowest point-gaining teams and adjusted up for the following ten.

The change was made in order to "reflect the current state of competitive balance in the League."

In 2016, the Draft Lottery will be used to choose the first three overall picks, rather than just the first.

Rule Changes

The following rule changes were voted upon by the NHL Board of Governors in June of 2014 and were approved by the Players' Association in September of 2014:

  • The trapezoidal areas behind each net in which goaltenders are allowed to play the puck are to be made 4 feet (1.2 m) wider than their current width.
  • The width of the hashmarks outside the faceoff circles will be extended from their current 3.5 feet to five feet, seven inches apart (international markings).
  • Prior to any overtime period, both teams will change ends and the ice will be dry-scraped by an ice resurfacer. The league hopes that the "long line changes" and the better ice surfaces will increase scoring in overtime, and thus decrease shootouts.
  • Coaches no longer have to submit a list of shootout participants as it begins. The coaches will be free as to who they will pick next.
  • Teams that ice the puck can only use one center to take the ensuing faceoff. If that player attempts to get kicked out of the faceoff to buy his team time, he'll get a two-minute delay-of-game penalty.
  • The NHL's "situation room" will have more latitude to conduct video reviews of goals that don't fall under the guidelines of what can be reviewed but that clearly weren't scored legally.
  • The wording "embellishment" will be changed to allow an escalating scale of fines to repeat-offense players and coaches.
  • The "spin-o-rama" will no longer be allowed on penalty shots and during the shootout.

At the league's General Managers Meeting in November, it was decided to immediately end the dry-scrap prior to overtime, as it was felt that the average time of five minutes was too long and it seemed to have no significant difference.

The GMs also voted to allow officials in the "situation Room" to buzz the arena to have play immediately stopped for a video review without waiting for a whistle.

Uniforms

  • The Anaheim Ducks added a new away jersey to match the alternate "webbed D" as their new primary jerseys, replacing the old home/road jerseys that bore the “Anaheim Ducks” word mark on the crest.
  • As part of the deal approved by the City of Glendale to keep the team from relocating, the Phoenix Coyotes changed their name to the Arizona Coyotes.There will also be a throwback alternate based on the Kachina-styled jerseys they wore from 1996 to 2003.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks NHL Winter Classic uniform was inspired by the 1957–58 jersey worn by the Chicago Blackhawks. This uniform is nearly identical to the road uniform that the Blackhawks currently wear. The main differences between this design and the current road design comes in the form of the lace up collar, the name/number block font (which is serifed), and the C-Tomahawk logo, which is mostly red, black, and white (with a tad bit of yellow) instead of being mostly red, yellow, green black and white.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets wore a special patch to commemorate hosting the 60th National Hockey League All-Star Game.
  • The Los Angeles Kings wore alternate throwbacks based on their inaugural 1967 gold uniforms, instead of the purple ones they have been wearing since 2011. The Kings' 2015 NHL Stadium Series featured the top half of the jersey in silver, bottom half white, a black horizontal stripe runs through the middle of the jersey behind the team crest. On the collar are two crowns, one for each Stanley Cup "crown" the team has won throughout their franchise history. On the white pants is a large "LA" logo as seen on the jersey. The numbers on the back and sleeves were enlarged.
  • On December 5, 2014, Montreal Canadiens added a number 4 patch to their jerseys on the upper-right corner in memory of their former captain Jean Beliveau, who died on December 2 at the age of 83, for the remainder of the season.
  • The New York Islanders wore a special shoulder patch during their final season playing inside Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and replaced their black third jerseys with the jerseys they wore in the 2014 NHL Stadium Series. The venue has served the franchise for 43 years.
  • The Philadelphia Flyers wore their 2012 Winter Classic jersey as a full-time third jersey during the season.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins wore a throwback alternate jersey, featuring the shade of gold the team wore on the uniforms from 1980 to 2002 (the color has been recently referred to as "Pittsburgh gold") instead of Vegas Gold, which the team has been wearing in its primary home and road uniforms since 2002. The jersey was revealed via the club's Twitter page on September 19, and they resemble the black (road) jerseys the team wore during the two seasons it won its two first Stanley Cups, 1991 and 1992.
  • The San Jose Sharks' Stadium Series uniform featured the top half in teal, bottom half in black, with a horizontal white stripe serperating the two. Centred on the white stripe is the San Jose Sharks logo. The entire back of the jersey is teal with large player numbers in white (extremely large on the sleeve). On the shoulder is a new logo paying homage to San Jose's Northern California fans, a star placed in the location of San Jose. The numbers on the back and sleeves have been enlarged.
  • The St. Louis Blues had new home and away jerseys; the alternate remained along with the new set. The uniforms reflect a modernized version of the classic traditional look worn by the team from 1997 to 2007. The uniform leaves the long-lasting, iconic Blue Note unchanged, symbolizing the club's pride and history. The team is not the first to move from a jersey design that was modernized by Reebok when the league started using the new Edge jersey template in the 2007–08 season, to a cleaner, more traditional look. The change removes the irregular curves on the cuff stripes and the apron string piping.
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning replaced the alternate jersey they wore with the "BOLTS" script on the front from 2008 until 2014 with a new black alternate. The new third jersey is black and features the popular BOLTS logo from previous seasons across the front, with white trim and has blue and gray as secondary colors. The club also wore a black version of their signature lightning bolt pants and black gloves as part of their new third jersey system.
  • On November 26, 2014, the Vancouver Canucks added a patch decal "PQ" in memory of Pat Quinn to their helmets for the remainder of the season. Quinn died on November 23 at the age of 71.
  • The Washington Capitals NHL Winter Classic uniform was vintage deep red to symbolize hockey's deep roots in Washington. The stripes on the shoulders, waist and legs bring in elements of Washington professional hockey jerseys from the 1930s, predating the Capitals' formation in the 1970s. A large “W” on the front of the jersey, offset in blue to contrast the white Capitals wordmark, offered a unique look never seen before on Capitals jerseys. A large “W” on the front of the jersey is offset in blue to contrast the white Capitals wordmark and features a silhouette of the Washington Monument. They also wore special patches to commemorate their 40th NHL season.
  • For the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, the two teams wore black/neon green jerseys, a far cry from any other jersey that has been used for the special game

Regular Season

Coaching Changes

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 2013–14 coach 2014–15 coach Story/accomplishments
Carolina Hurricanes Kirk Muller Bill Peters Muller was fired on May 5, 2014, after accumulating a 80–80–27 record in three seasons with no trips to the playoffs. On June 19, 2014, Peters succeeded after serving three seasons as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings.
Florida Panthers Peter Horachek Gerard Gallant Horachek was fired after one season on April 29, 2014, after going 26–36–4. On June 21, 2014, Gallant succeeded after serving two seasons as an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens.
Nashville Predators Barry Trotz Peter Laviolette Trotz was fired on April 14, 2014, after fifteen seasons. He accumulated a 557–479–160 regular season record and a 19–31 playoff record. On May 6, 2014, Laviolette succeeded after serving six seasons as head coach with the Philadelphia Flyers. He guided the Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals where they lost in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Pittsburgh Penguins Dan Bylsma Mike Johnston Byslma was fired on June 6, 2014, after serving on the team from 2009 to 2014. He accumulated a 252–117–32 regular season record and a 43–35 postseason record. In 2009, he guided the team to win the Stanley Cup. For his efforts during the 2010–11 season, he was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the league's most outstanding coach. On June 25, 2014, Johnston succeeded after serving on the Portland Winterhawks as a head coach from 2008 to 2014, where he compiled a record of 231–114–10–10. In 2013, he guided the team to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup.
Vancouver Canucks John Tortorella Willie Desjardins Tortorella was fired after one season on May 1, 2014, after going 36–35–11. On June 23, 2014, Desjardins succeeded after two seasons as head coach with the Texas Stars. In his tenure with Texas, he went 91–40–21, won two division titles, a Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for finishing with the most points in the regular season, a Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award as the league's most outstanding coach, and a Calder Cup in 2013.
Washington Capitals Adam Oates Barry Trotz Oates was fired after two seasons on April 26, 2014, after compiling a 65–48–17 record. In his first season, he took the Capitals to the playoffs by winning the Southeast Division. They ended up losing to the New York Rangers in the first round 4–3. On May 26, 2014, Trotz succeeded after fifteen seasons as head coach with Nashville Predators. In his tenure with Nashville, he accumulated a 557–479–160 regular season record and a 19–31 playoff record.
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach Story/accomplishments
Ottawa Senators Paul MacLean Dave Cameron MacLean was fired on December 8, 2014, after posting a record of 11–11–5 through 27 games this season. He has served as the head coach since the start of the 2011–12 season. He left with a 114–90–35 record over parts of four seasons. The team made the post-season twice under his tenure despite going 8–9. For his efforts during the 2012–13 season, he was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the league's most outstanding coach. On December 8, 2014, Cameron accepted the promotion from assistant to head coach. He served as an assistant since the 2011–12 season.
Edmonton Oilers Dallas Eakins Todd Nelson (interim) Eakins was fired on December 15, 2014, after posting a 7-19-5 record through 31 games this season. He has served as the head coach since the start of the 2013–14 season. He left with a 36–62–14 record over parts of two seasons. On December 15, 2014, Nelson who was coaching the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League at the time, received the call for the head coaching vacancy with the main club. In parts of four seasons with the Barons, he went 176–111–12–34. In 2011–12, he took the Barons to its first division title.
New Jersey Devils Peter DeBoer Adam Oates and
Scott Stevens
DeBoer was fired on December 26, 2014, after posting a 12–17–7 record through 36 games this season. He has served as the head coach since the start of the 2011–12 season. He left with a 114–93–41 record over parts of four seasons. He guided the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals where they lost in six games to the Los Angeles Kings. On December 27, 2014, the Devils revealed that Adam Oates and Scott Stevens will both take over as the head coach for the remainder of the season. They both served as an assistant coach before the promotion to become co-head coaches.
Toronto Maple Leafs Randy Carlyle Peter Horachek (interim) Carlyle was fired on January 6, 2015, after posting a 21-16-3 record through 40 games this season. He has served as the head coach since March 2012. He left with a 91–78–19 record over parts of four seasons. In 2012–13, he guided the team to its first postseason since the 2003–04 season. On January 7, 2015, Peter Horachek accepted the promotion from assistant to interim head coach. He served as an assistant since July 11, 2014.

NHL Winter Classic

The 2015 NHL Winter Classic (the annual regular season outdoor game was held on on January 1, 2015 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.. The game (the seventh Winter Classic) featured the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals.

NHL Stadium Series

2015 NHL All-Star Game

Postponed Games

League-wide Mumps Outbreak

Player Statistics

Scoring Leaders

Leading Goaltenders

NHL Awards

Milestones

First Games

Last Games

Major Milestones Reached