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The Broadcasters Talk Stanley Cup Final

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Don Cherry, Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire, Mike “Doc” Emrick and Keith Jones took part in a tele-conference today.

Q.  Just a question on the goaltending matchup.  Long held belief you needed kind of a really good big-ticket goaltender, goaltending was so important.  Ken Holland over the last couple of years says you don’t always need to spend a ton of money on your goaltending.  I wanted to get your thoughts on this matchup, and is there a shift, maybe a shift in philosophy coming with goaltending?

  DON CHERRY:  Well, again, Leighton is my guy and everybody’s waiting for Niemi, whatever his name, to falter, and he hasn’t.  So it’s really funny, two guys that they thought it’s their weak spot.  Philadelphia has always had a weak spot.  And everybody’s been saying about Chicago, they’ve got a good team; but their goaltender was suspect.  Now here they are in the Finals.

  I think it’s going to be which one falters.  And boy it’s going to be something.  Of course, you know what I think of Leighton.

  PIERRE McGUIRE:  I think a big part of what’s allowed these goalies to prosper in the post season is the fact that both teams have unbelievable defensemen in front of them.  Just to go to Don’s theory about what Ken Holland said.

  The reason why Detroit can get by with Chris Osgood or, quote/unquote, no name goaltenders is the fact they had Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski and Brad Stuart and Niklas Kronwall, unbelievable depth on defense.

  You’ve got the same thing happening with both these teams.  While both goaltenders have had great post seasons, the truth of the matter is the defensive in front of them, and Don and Mike would appreciate this being former defensemen, those guys aren’t getting enough credit on both sides, the defense for both teams has really helped the goaltenders to survive.

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Evening Line

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“My thinking is if I stopped doing that and get out of the way of pucks, I might as well retire because nobody is going to want me.  The day I start thinking like that, I’m done because they’ll take a younger guy that will do my job for half the price.”

-Ian Laperriere of the Philadelphia Flyers.  More on Laperriere from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com.

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The Stanley Cup Final Takes Over The Windy City

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from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It may not have the pizzazz of the Super Bowl’s now famous media day—we didn’t see the Cartoon Network working the room at the United Center on Thursday—but the NHL’s annual pre-Stanley Cup finals event has definitely evolved into a big day on the playoff calendar.

There is a bit of a carnival feel with the broadcasters and roving bands of journalists moving from table to table, and the players sporting their cool new hoodies. And there is never a shortage of anecdotes and stories to be told as the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers gear up for Game 1 on Saturday night.


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KK- Light Night From Me Until Later In the Evening

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I am taking a little down time tonight, knowing I won’t be able to enjoy the full Memorial Day Weekend due to the Stanley Cup Final.

I should be back by 9:00pm tonight with any necessary posts.

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Twice The Outdoor Fun

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from TSN,

While outdoor hockey may well be the last thing on fans minds at the moment, the NHL will formally announce the locations of dual Winter Classic games next season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on New Years day, while the Montreal Canadiens will travel to Calgary sometime in February to face the Flames at McMahon Stadium.


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Season-Ticket Prices Going Up In Detroit

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from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

For the first time in eight seasons, the Red Wings are raising season-ticket prices.

Senior vice president of business affairs Steve Violetta said Thursday that season-ticket prices will go up an average of 11 percent next season.

“For eight years we held back and we absorbed the cost,” Violetta said. “Our cost didn’t go down during those eight years but we didn’t raise our prices.”


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What Does It Feel Like Winning This Cup?

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The Blackhawks Secret Weapon

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from PRNewswire-USNewswire,

The Chicago Blackhawk team physicians began diagnosing and treating vitamin D deficiency in all Blackhawk players about 18 months ago. Apparently, most players are on 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day. To confirm this assertion, simply ask the Blackhawk organization.

After many losing seasons, last year the Blackhawks came out of nowhere to get to the Western conference finals. This year the Blackhawks are playing even better.

According to my sources, improved athletic performance is only one of the benefits for the Blackhawk players. The other is a reduction in the number and severity of lower respiratory tract infections and a reduction in the number and severity of repetitive use injuries.

continue for more on vitamin D…

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Business Growth Continues For The NHL

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NEW YORK (May 27, 2010) – With U.S. television viewership at its highest level in eight years, with attendance soaring beyond 103% of capacity, with digital platforms showing explosive growth and with merchandise sales up significantly, the National Hockey League enters the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks (No. 3 U.S. media market) and the Philadelphia Flyers (No. 4 market) riding a wave of positive momentum in all areas of the business. Consider these highlights:


• NBC’s 1.89 million average viewer figure is the most for national broadcast TV in the U.S. through three rounds since 2002 (2.31 million on ABC) and up five percent over last year

• VERSUS’ 0.9 household rating is their highest three round NHL playoff rating ever and up 29 percent over last year

• NBC/VERSUS combined three-round average Men 25-54 viewer figure (432,000) is the most since 2000 (471,000 on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)

• The NHL Playoffs on CBC are averaging 1.95 million viewers, a 70 percent increase over last year (1.5 million)

• The NHL Playoffs on RDS are averaging 765,000 viewers, up 106 percent over last year (372,000 viewers)

• The NHL Playoffs on TSN averaged 1.1 million viewers, gaining 70 percent over last year (645,000 viewers)

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Wings Sign Brendan Smith To Entry Level Contract

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

DETROIT—The Red Wings announced today that the club has signed defenseman Brendan Smith to a three-year entry level contract.

Smith, 21, was Detroit’s first round draft pick (27th overall) in the 2007 NHL draftt. The Mimico, Ontario, native spent the past three seasons playing for the University of Wisconsin in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association under the watch of head coach Mike Eaves, father of Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves.

“Brendan improved tremendously in each of his three seasons at Wisconsin,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. “He was a dominant player at the collegiate level, in particular at his position, and we feel he is ready to take the next step in his career at the professional level. We look forward to having him at training camp in Traverse City in September.”

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