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Financial Outlook Of The NHL

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Mike Steinberger of the Financial Times (UK) takes a look at the issues facing some of the major sports leagues. 

He spoke with Andrew Zimbalist, an economist at Smith College in Massachusetts who specializes in sports and Zimbalist thinks the National Hockey League, in particular, is apt to see a few teams change hands and several clubs may end up relocating to other cities.

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Good Excuse - Better Answer

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Stan Fischler writes in his post-game column after the Rangers lost 4-0 to the Panthers today…

My theory is that the Rangers, for no particular reason, do poorly in day games.

“We’re paid to win,” is Renney’s answer. “Day or night.”

I also pointed out to both the coach and Lundqvist that, historically, home teams rarely win right after Thanksgiving. You know; too much turkey; too many family distractions.

“I’m Swedish,” Lundqvist shot back, “I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving!”


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Orr Tribute Video- Oshawa Style

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On Thursday, the Oshawa Generals retired the jersey of Bobby Orr. 

Watch the tribute video to Bobby.

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The #1 Bad Boy Of Canadian Hockey

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from Gary Dimmock of the Ottawa Citizen,

Although Ottawa Citizen investigative reports sparked an Ontario Provincial Police investigation into the sex exploitation allegations, Frost, who said nothing to the media as he walked out of a Napanee, Ont., courtroom Friday, spoke exclusively with the newspaper on Saturday.

“They (the authorities) played me up to be the bad boy of hockey; well, now I’ll show them how much of a bad boy I can be,” Frost said.

On his website, http://www.hockeygodonline.com he bi,lls himself as the No. 1 bad boy of Canadian hockey.

It includes “Frosty’s favourites” — his take on top players — hockey pool information, premium details for aspiring players, and a “Hockey Hottie” of the month, a feature that has a place for pictures of female hockey fans wearing nothing but a jersey with the chance of winning prizes.

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Frost about the site...

This web site is going to be the most knowledgeable and at times controversial site in Hockey and we will dive right into all that is Hockey from the players to the management of the teams.

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No Lead Is Safe

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from Jeff Z. Klein & Stu Hackel of the New York Times,

A hockey cliché maintains that a two-goal lead is the worst lead a team can have. Still, the truth was that in the N.H.L., a team with a two-goal lead almost never lost. But not this season. Now it seems almost no lead is safe.
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Teams have regularly stormed back against big and small leads alike. Seesaw games are a regular feature and holding any lead is a risky matter. On the same night earlier this month, Pittsburgh and Calgary sprinted to 5-0 advantages, only to escape with one-goal wins that came down to the final buzzer.


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Stars Trade For Andrew Hutchinson

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FRISCO, Tex. - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Andrew Hutchinson from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for right wing Lauri Tukonen, who is currently playing for Lukko Rauma in the Finnish Elite League. Hutchinson is expected to join the Stars in time for their upcoming two-game road trip to Calgary and Edmonton.

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Are You Ready For Some…Hockey!

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Four games today, but only two televised.  Still better than watching the Detroit Lions, even though they don’t play today!


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The Websites Of Sports Stars

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from Todd Leonard of the San Diegeo Union Tribune,

In this age when millions of facts are literally available in the palm of our hands, when baseball games can be followed pitch-by-pitch on a computer and football highlights are enjoyed on your phone, top-level athletes and coaches are only beginning to scratch the surface of the Internet’s potential for their career and their lives.

Some are already big-wave Web surfers: Woods, Kobe Bryant, Lance Armstrong, Maria Sharapova, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Curt Schilling, Pete Carroll….

Good Web sites aren’t cheap. McKamey said a basic setup can be built for about $15,000. A site with incredible graphics and layers and layers of information can run up to $80,000.

Some are getting around the costs by putting up pages on MySpace or Facebook.

“One of the biggest problems with the athletes is that they don’t want to pay for them,” McKamey said. “These guys are millionaires, with cars, houses and jewelry. The only marketing channel they have 24/7/365 is a Web site. But they’re not willing to spend $15,000 most of the time….

Sidney Crosby, the 21-year-old captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is the hottest entity in the NHL, but his official site, crosby87.com, has yet to get off the ground.

more but Crosby is the only NHL player mentioned…

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A Look At Jim Hughson

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from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

If you’d never heard Hughson call Olympics hockey or any of his work on CBC, TSN, Sportsnet, ABC, ESPN, EA Sports NHL—if you just looked at all the stops he’s made along the way (including voice of the Leafs), you’d think, “This guy can’t hold a job.”

“You name the Canadian network and I’ve had paycheques from them,” Hughson, fresh off covering some White Rock trails on a morning run, said with a laugh when the question is put to him.

With a six-year contract from CBC in his pocket to be Ma Corp’s top hockey broadcaster, replacing

75-year-old Bob Cole, who’s being eased out, Hughson is looked upon by most as the best broadcaster in Canada. (Although Chris Cuthbert is no slouch, Hughson out-Geminis him 5-2.)

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Believing In The B’s

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

What we have here now, amid Garden sellouts Friday afternoon and last night, is reason to believe. Actually, many reasons to believe. To wit:

1. Claude Julien. His coaching thus far has been masterful, among the keys the standard he set with the yanking of a gritless Phil Kessel from last year’s playoffs. The only real motivating tool a coach has is his control of ice time. Lack of production has to be met with lack of allotted playing time, be it minutes or situations (line combinations, power-play time, etc.). Julien’s X-and-O scheme is simple, straightforward, and the minutes he doles out are earned, not granted.

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