Kukla's Korner

Talking OLN

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A couple of stories today. Fist we have Larry Brooks from the NY Post giving Cablevision viewers some good news.

Despite repeated OLN claims to the contrary, the NHL's new cable network partner does not have the contractual right to black out games carried by Cablevision on a digital subscription tier, unimpeachable sources have told The Post. As such, Ranger fans with Cablevision will be able to watch their team's Oct. 5 season-opener in Philadelphia that will be telecast exclusively over OLN. They'll also be able to see every regular-season and playoff game carried on an exclusive basis by the national cable network. According to sources with access to the contract between OLN and the NHL, the specific language granting the right to black out games that do not appear on basic extended cable applies only "on a going-forward basis." This is terminology in the cable business legally understood to mean any future agreements that might be struck between OLN and new cable system carriers.
more (reg. req.) and an alternative link... Then we have an article on how important the NHL is to OLN.
With hockey returning this fall after the 2004-05 season was canceled due to a labor squabble, there were legitimate questions about the value of the sport on TV. Disney/ABC's ESPN crunched the numbers and projected the ad and subscriber revenue and declined to exercise its option to match the OLN offer. If it were just about ad revenue and current sub fees, the critics would be right. However, the hockey deal is about a lot more than that. It will drive distribution of OLN from its current sub count of about 65 million to around 80 million over the next couple of years and allow OLN to significantly raise the fee paid by cable operators, which is currently around 12 cents per subscriber. ESPN, which has rights in other major sports, gets a reported $2.60 per sub, so there is a lot of upside potential. "It's a viewership play. It's a brand play. It's a distribution play," said Gavin Harvey, president of OLN. "There's so much the NHL brings to us. It all comes down to the value proposition." By "value proposition" he means the benefit that will be perceived by consumers, advertisers, the media and cable system operators. "Hockey is a tremendous crown jewel acquisition for us," Mr. Harvey added. "It is going to help our network in many ways. It's one of those transformative events."
more

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Impact Of The Shootout

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Who knows what to expect when the premier NHL snipers are turned loose in shootouts? In the past, goalies have tended to do well on penalty shots, but those occur only rarely. What will happen when a goalie faces a shootout every three or four games? For starters, the rate of success will increase. Most NHL goalies are creatures of habit. They approach penalty shots in a specific way, and in the past nobody bothered studying their tendencies. The circumstance simply was too unusual.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Another Zetterberg Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Once again rumors are flying around Zetterberg is headed to Toronto, but in the Swedish newspaper Afton Bladet today, his agent says (translated) regarding the Toronto rumor and others, "the has I not consulted to be spoken about, the is enough more a spekulation. We have initiated negotiation with Detroit as shown that the wants to have him left, says Gunnar Svensson." Basically he says he has not spoken with any other team and it is speculation. The article translated if you can understand it: The negotiations with Detroit ridded Wings goes sluggishlily. Now, Henrik can Zetterberg last on road to Toronto Maple Leafs, according to Detroit Free pressure Reda Wings general urging gives Ken Holland orders the newspaper Detroit Free pressure that klubben to try to link to itself Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, but that the parties are long apart. - the is not exceptional that one says to sow in the middle of a negotiation, says Zetterbergs agent Gunnar Svensson to Sportbladet. According to Detroit Free pressure requires Zetterberg 2,5 millions dollars in salary and Datsyuk 4 millions dollars. - during ongoing negotiation gives we no comments about totals, says Svensson. After to have typed contracts with the slopes Mathieu Schneider and Chris Chelios means Detroit Free pressure that ridded Wings only has 10 millions dollars to pay on Datsyuk, Zetterberg, the Swedish slope Niklas Kronwall, yet another back, a goalkeeper and after pairs fourth chain players. A next until impossible equation. Good opportunities On Detroit-tidningens question about the can become so that klubben must spare Datsyuk or Zetterberg replies Ken Holland: - all is possible. According to same newspaper is speculated now Zetterberg last on road to Toronto Maple Leafs. - the has I not consulted to be spoken about, the is enough more a spekulation. We have initiated negotiation with Detroit as shown that the wants to have him left, says Gunnar Svensson. - I assess the opportunities for Detroit-Zetterberg as good. När are calculated all last clearlily? - the exists no deadline. The can take a hour, the can to take a month.

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Hockey Marketing 101

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Attracting (will open WMP video) the southern hockey fan.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

More Scoring Coming

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun via Slam,

You wanted more goals? You're going to get them. The revamped NHL rulebook seeks to reward offensive creativity and punish slower, sluggish teams. Whether it's the crackdown on obstruction or the elimination of the red line, fans are excited to see a faster, more skilled version of the game when the NHL finally returns to the ice.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

The History Of Hockey- Alberta Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Slam,

Alberta's hockey history is older than the province itself. In fact, a dozen years older. The first recorded hockey game took place at Calgary's Star Skating Rink Jan. 4, 1893, where the Town Boys beat the Tailors 4-1 in a game that saw seven players -- a goalie, two defencemen, three forwards and a rover -- play per side. Long before the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers became the top two teams in the world through much of the 1980s, and long before the NHL came to Wild Rose Country, hockey was fully ingrained into the province.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Trying To Sell Tickets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Herald-Sun,

Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos was in Durham on Friday for the team's "NHL Re-Launch Party" at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the American Tobacco Complex, an event co-sponsored with the baseball club that had the Bulls play a game wearing not their usual royal blue and Texas orange but instead the Hurricanes' red, black and white. Karmanos said the new labor contract, which included salary caps and revenue-sharing for clubs that might temporarily struggle at the gate, should allow the Hurricanes a chance at success for a very long time. But he said everyone around the game has some hard work to do right away. "There's no magic formula" for filling the RBC Center and other buildings around the league, Karmanos said. "We've got to keep working at it, keep talking about where the game's going."

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Wake Up Wirtz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Northwest Hearald,

For Chicago-area Hawks fans, the excitement again will be limited. Team president Bill Wirtz refused to lift the local blackout of games at the United Center. During a July 25 news conference after the announcement that a labor deal had been reached, Wirtz became agitated when asked about the much-criticized team philosophy. "It's not our policy to give away our product for free," Wirtz said. "I'm sure newspapers don't give away their papers for free. Please don't make this whole press conference about that.

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Howard Considered #3 Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Of interest to Wing fans... from Maine Today,

Jimmy Howard's ascent through professional hockey will not be rushed, according to Jim Nill, the Detroit Red Wings' assistant general manager. Howard signed a three-year deal with Detroit last week, giving up his senior season at Maine, and is expected to head to Grand Rapids, Mich., to play for the Wings' top minor-league team.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Rags Should Extend Offer Sheet To Kovalchuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Joe Thornton won't be available next summer, and neither will Vincent Lecavalier. Martin St. Louis and Marian Hossa are locked up, too. In other words, all that cap space the Rangers will have available for a franchise player in 2006 is looking more and more as if it will be nothing more than vast, empty air. Moreover, it is likely to remain that way in 2007 and 2008. Liberalized freedom in the NHL has essentially erased the distinction between restricted and unrestricted free agents. If a new paradigm has been established in this first capped off-season in league history, it's that teams will pay whatever is required to keep young, marquee talent off the open market. Which, among other reasons, is why the Rangers should immediately extend a six-year, maximum-contract offer sheet of $7.8 million per year to Atlanta's unsigned Ilya Kovalchuk, the 22-year-old left winger who, three seasons into his career, has emerged as the NHL's most dynamic goal scorer.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 9639 9640 9641 9642 9643 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla’s Korner

Kukla’s Korner is updated around the clock with the work of our own talented bloggers, plus links to the best hockey writing around the internet.  We strive to bring you all the breaking hockey news as it happens.

The home page allows you to see the latest postings from every blog on the site. Subscribe here.  For general inquiries and more, please contact us anytime.

image

 

Most Recent Posts

Feed

KK Hockey

Feed

The Malik Report

Feed

Abel to Yzerman

Feed

The Puck Stops Here

Feed

The Sabres Observer

Feed

The Upper Canadien

Feed

F Street Faithful

Feed

Above the Glass

Feed

Oil Patch

Feed

Hockey News Wire

Feed

KK Members Blog

Most Recent Comments