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Canadian NHL Revenues

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC:

[Gary] Bettman told interviewer Ron McLean before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final in Pittsburgh that interest in Canada is helping drive revenue but that it was partly a reflection of market forces and not cause for concern.

“It’s a little disproportionate and I think that may be a good thing, because if you go back seven or eight years ago when people were saying we’d only have one club left from Canada, the revenues were disproportionate the other way,” said Bettman.

“What it means is we’ve done a very good job of getting the Canadian clubs healthy. Frankly revenues are growing across the board — it isn’t just the Canadian dollar and it isn’t just the Canadian clubs and any suggestion to the contrary is somebody trying to get a headline.”

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Note: McLean’s questions were motivated by this article from Rick Westhead in last Thursday’s Toronto Star. There’s also an audio online at FAN 590 featuring an interview with Westhead about his report.

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  Tags: cba, gary+bettman

Lonely Down By The Riverside?  Well Come On In To The Game 4 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That’s an easy one.  Name the song.  Reports from the Stress Train are that the Hasek’s been full since noon.  Frigging lushes.  Well, this should help.  We’ve got a sponsor.

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Defencemen Tops in the Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Traikos at the National Post,

After Stamkos, the next five North American skaters are all defenceman. But the order in which they will be drafted depends on whom you ask and when.

According to Central Scouting, Peterborough’s Bogosian is ranked the highest at second overall. Four months earlier Guelph’s Doughty (third) was the top-ranked defenceman. One league scout believes Kelowna’s Tyler Myers (fourth) has the potential to become the best of the bunch five years down the road, while another puts Kelowna’s Schenn (fifth) and Niagara’s Pietrangelo (sixth) at the top because they are the most NHL-ready.

“There’s no slot after No. 1,” said Rick Dudley, assistant general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks. “With most organizations, there’s a difference of opinion over who’s the second to sixth player in this draft. That’s a little unusual.”

Trying to choose between five defencemen who have the capability of becoming franchise players is so difficult that teams are asking the players themselves for advice.

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  Tags: 2008+nhl+draft

Rituals of the Logo

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob Duff at the Windsor Star via Faceoff.com,

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With the crush of media here covering the Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings, feet are constantly in close proximity of the logo.  What’s puzzling about all this is that as the players doff their equipment, they fire their Penguins sweaters into said trash cans blocking access to the Penguins logo.

So it’s alright to toss your sweater in the trash, but don’t tread on the logo.

Also, as the Penguins take the ice, one of their rituals involves the players punching a Penguins logo.

 

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  Tags: hockey+superstitions

“Jules” Responds

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We seem to have created an icon with the Game 1 recap.  While Osrt and I were swilling 9 buck beers at the Joe last Saturday, we kept a close eye out for the Pens fans surrounding us.  It was an experiment of sorts, just kind of observing as their mood changed from one period to the next.  In the recap, we introduced you to “Jules”.

Well, apparently, our nickname stuck.  Read below.  A classy response and a tip of the cap to the Wing fans who played host to our counterparts last week.

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Lilja or Chelios?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Haven’t seen anything at all regarding Uncle Mike’s tough call on who mans the third defensive pairing with Brett Lebda tonite.  I’d like to see Chelios.  But no one’s talking much.  Kevin Allen had this to say yesterday.

A gut feeling is that Lilja plays one more game there but it is just a gut feeling, it’s hard to tell. Cheli struggled later in these playoffs and I think there was a sense that when Lilja got back in, there was a little more stability and a little less erratic play from that third pairing but that wasn’t his best game either and when Chelios has been out before and come back in, he’s really stepped up his game so there’s arguments both ways and I think this is going to come down to Mike Babcock’s gut feeling at game time.

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Mama Mia

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail shares some random news from the SCF today, including:

Red Wings’ defenceman Niklas Kronwall has a connection to the Swedish rock group ABBA; his father, Hasse, who passed away in 1992, toured with the group briefly before meeting his mother and marrying and getting out of the music business. However, Kronwall suggested that his family’s ABBA connection was “a little overblown. At some point, he was working with them; I don’t know exactly what his position was; he was traveling with them a little.”

Still, Kronwall counts himself an ABBA fan. “All Swedes are fans of their music; obviously, we don’t listen to them as much as back in the day, but I like the music and I think the musical Mamma Mia is great.”

ABBA, Nik? All Swedes?  So cliché, but I suppose it’s better than that disaster pointed out earlier.  Still, just once I’d like to hear about a Swedish hockey star listens to something less predictable and who has no idea what an IKEA is.

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All’s Rosey

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stressing?  Of course you are.  It’s the law.

Here.  For you, courtesy of our pal Gabe.

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Homer: Game-time Decision

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

All indications out of the Igloo are that Tomas Holmstrom is in there tonite.  Wing officials are calling it the GTD, but everyone else sounds pretty positive.
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Mike Babcock: “Basically what we’re going to do is he felt quite good (at the morning skate), we’re going to come back at the game tonight, see how he feels. If he’s ready to go, he’s playing. If not, obviously he’ll be scratched.”

Holmstrom just left the trainers’ room and confirmed that he’s a game-time decision.

“It felt pretty good,” said Holmstrom. “We’re going to wrap it a little different. It looks good. It’s a game-time decision.”

MacLeod had blogged earlier, following the Wings’ morning skate, that they’d practiced as if he was going to be in there.  He was on the top line, Cleary and Maltby on the third and fourth, respectively.

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Saturday with Wings Coach Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

        Q.  Could we get an update on Tomas Holmstrom, we saw he skated a bit this morning and went off?

        COACH MIKE BABCOCK:  He did just what everyone else did.  And basically what we’re going to do is he felt pretty good.  He’s going to come back for the game tonight, see how he feels.

        If he’s ready to go, he’s playing.  If not, obviously he’ll be scratched.

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  Tags: interview, mike+babcock, quotes, transcript

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