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Overnight Ratings For NBC This Weekend

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Sabres/Sens on Saturday 1.2 rating and a 3 share
Ducks/Wings on Sunday 1.6/4

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New Division In Order To Increase Revenue

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via Tripp Mickle at Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

The NHL is proposing the creation of an enhanced club services division that will share business practices in hopes of increasing league revenue by at least $85 million over the next five years.
Teams would be asked to help each other boost revenue by sharing business practices.
The proposal, which will be brought before the board of governors for a vote on June 20, calls for the creation of four account teams that will work with eight clubs each. Like the NBA’s team marketing and business operations department, the group will be designed to help those clubs maximize ticket and sponsorship sales, team sources said.
The NHL acknowledged that there is a proposal but declined to discuss it in advance of the board of governors meeting.

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Sabres Face Changes

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

Drury said part of the pain on Saturday was the knowledge that faces were going to change in the next few months.
“Yeah, it certainly is,” he said.
“We’re not going to be a group anymore. After nine months, that is hard to take.
“And even teams that win, you know, like Carolina (in 2006), there are always changes, new faces. We know there are going to be changes here, and it’s hard because you do build friendships and you battle with guys
“Ultimately I guess that’s just the job we do and that’s sports.”

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Many Nations In The NHL

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from Bill McGraw of the Detroit Free Press,

But the more you look into the nationality thing in hockey, the more nothing makes sense, stereotypes disintegrate and Don Cherry sounds like a resounding gong or clanging cymbal, in the words of one famous hockey writer.
First of all: Brian Burke, the guy who built the proto-Canadian Ducks. He was born in New England and grew up in Minnesota. He might be uptight, but he’s no Canadian.
In Sunday’s game between the Wings and Ducks, there was absolutely no pattern to nationality. I checked.

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The Other Side Of Heatley

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Meet Dany Heatley, playmaker.
The Senators left winger, often facing withering defensive attention because of his goal-scoring skills, has turned into a set-up man.
He is the NHL’s leading playoff scorer with 21 points, moving ahead of linemate Jason Spezza with a one-goal, two-assist performance Saturday as the Senators earned their first trip to the Stanley Cup final.

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Wings Left Wondering

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The best team in the Western Conference final is not winning the Western Conference final.
The deeper and stronger team on the ice is not leading 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
When summer hits, and the Wings have not been part of any kind of parade, they may well look back at yesterday’s game at Joe Louis Arena, and at Game 4 in Anaheim, both of them one-sided, and tear themselves apart wondering how they let this opportunity pass.

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How Much Money Is Involved

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from the Ottawa Business Journal,

The deeper the Sens go, it seems, the more people crowd into area sports bars and pubs and hold tailgate parties. Is there a monetary spin off to the local economy when an NHL franchise goes four rounds into the playoffs? If so, how much? And while Sens fans are encouraged to “Be Red,” is the club itself in the black?
Club management is tight-lipped on questions surrounding exact revenues, although experts peg the amount an NHL team earns per playoff home game somewhere between $1 million and $2 million, depending on the city, by adding up gate receipts, merchandise, parking and concessions and deducting expenses.
It’s likely higher still in Ottawa, since team owner Eugene Melnyk owns the building. Consider as well that ticket prices rise the deeper the team heads into the playoffs.

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Huge Win For Ducks

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from the LA Times,

“It’s huge,” Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf said. “To come up in this building and steal a game tonight and battle back the way we did, to stay focused and stay on the job at hand, it’s good for our group.
“We’ve just got to continue on, and hopefully we can get it done at home.”
Game 5 had been the Red Wings’ domain in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs — they won it in the first two rounds against Calgary and San Jose to help them close out those series in six games.

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Too Many Issues

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from Bob Keisser of the Long Beach Press-Telegram,

Anyone who has ever considered himself a hockey fan would testify on a Zamboni-sized bible that it’s a great sport and one of the most exciting to see in person. The Detroit-Anaheim series that the Ducks now lead has been every bit as entertaining as the Warriors-Mavs and Suns-Spurs NBA series.
But the sport has made so many errors over the years that it has fallen from one of the Big Four sports to a sport barely in the top 10. Chances are if you’re not a hockey fan, you probably think a Red Wing is something on the menu at Hooters and a Blue Jacket something you buy at J.C. Penney.
Seriously. After the NFL, baseball and the NBA, NASCAR has become one of the Big Four. They’re followed by the Olympic Games, college football, college basketball and golf. Tennis may even rank higher since it at least has four majors.

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Special Game Goes Sour

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from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,

It wasn’t just the Datsyuk call that bordered on the ridiculous. The Wings got a power-play opportunity in overtime that was unwarranted when Travis Moen was nailed for hooking Danny Markov that challenged the Datsyuk penalty in lameness.
You don’t want special teams deciding special games such as these, but the NHL can’t see beyond its tunnel vision. But doesn’t the league see the headlights of the approaching train?
How stupid is this league?
It changes the rules to promote more offensive creativity with the hope of attracting more television viewers, then it lets NBC hijack the overtime period for what proved to be the decisive game in the Eastern Conference finals Saturday for 30 minutes of Preakness prerace coverage.

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