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The Phoenix Coyotes on Friday fired play-by-play television announcer Curt Keilback, the voice of the NHL franchise for the past 27 seasons.
Keilback said he was told by team officials that his contract was not being renewed.
“I certainly didn’t see it coming,” Keilback told the East Valley Tribune. “To all of a sudden to be told just out of the blue, ‘That’s it. You’re done,’ is devastating.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Here along the edge of the Detroit River in the place they call Hockeytown is where making history and repeating history intersects.
The Detroit Red Wings (desperate to recapture some Stanley Cup magic in the face of a string of playoff letdowns) and the San Jose Sharks (desperate to make good on Stanley Cup expectations instead of becoming the Ottawa Senators of the West) find themselves deadlocked at two games apiece with a pivotal fifth game set for Saturday afternoon.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
After all, it’s television that has the most to gain from a change in format and it’s television that has the most to lose under the current format.
The way the NHL does overtime in the playoffs today, there are no commercials, a huge loss to TV in that it doesn’t make a lot of money on hockey to begin with and when games go to lengthy overtime, TV not only has to absorb the costs of paying a great many union-rate techies and production people, but it also sees the games cutting - sometimes cutting deeply - into regularly scheduled programming.
That’s a triple double hit for television in that not only does it not earn any additional revenue from the extra sessions and has to pay extra production costs, but it loses revenue already committed because it has to dump regularly scheduled programming and it’s already sold advertising.
The local NBC affiliate in Detroit just mentioned if the Wings/Sharks game goes into Kentucky Derby time, they will run both events on a split screen.
Not sure if this is a national decision or a local one, but that is the plan for the Detroit area.
form the Ottawa Sun,
Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has a message for Toronto Maple Leafs fans.
Get on board with Ottawa’s drive for the Stanley Cup.
When the Anaheim Ducks eliminated the Vancouver Canucks with a 2-1 double overtime victory last night, the Senators became Canada’s lone hope for a Stanley Cup triumph this season….
“All you Leaf fans, all I can say is get on the bandwagon because we’re going all the way this year,” he said.
continued... and I wonder if Melnyk realizes he just provided bulletin board material for the Devils and Rangers or Sabres?
I am a sucker for old hockey photographs and throughout the year, Habs Inside/Out has displayed the photos of James Rice…
You’ve likely seen James Rice’s historic hockey photographs without ever knowing they came from his bulky box camera.
There is Rice’s most famous image of all, a finely detailed study of Canadiens legend Howie Morenz. It is by far the most widely published photo of the player voted the greatest hockey talent of the past century’s first 50 years.
Then there’s his shot of Georges Vézina outside the Forum, almost the only picture ever seen of the goaler. Vézina is looking down his battered stick to the asphalt beneath his bare skate blades, a year or so before he died of tuberculosis in 1925.
read on and spend some time there, you will come away feeling better about the game…
from the CP via the Sporting News,
“Once you’ve experienced it, winning the Stanley Cup is something you can never get enough of,” Draper said. “We’ve been fortunate to win three Cups in the last 10 years.
“Ask anyone in this dressing room and the guys who have won it want it more and the guys who haven’t won it want to experience it for the first time. That’s what makes this time of year so great, given the opportunity that sits there right in front of you.
“When you do win, it’s the most rewarding feeling a hockey player can have. Two months of traveling and playing every other night, the sacrifices you make and your family makes and, when the moment arrives when you’ve got that Stanley Cup, everything is worthwhile.”
from the CP via Metro News,
One by one the Buffalo Sabres came off the ice at Friday’s pre-game skate and immediately took a peek at the big-screen TV in their dressing room to catch the score in the Canada-Belarus game at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
And then the pot shots began. With players from Canada, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Germany, Finland, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and the United States on their roster, national pride makes for interesting banter while the tournament is going on overseas.
SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks announced today that Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Sharks and Red Wings on Monday, April 7 is TBD at 6 or 7 p.m (Pacific). and will be broadcast on FSN-HD.
The exact start time is conditional to the New Jersey and Ottawa game on Saturday evening. Should New Jersey win on Saturday, there will be a Game Six between Ottawa and New Jersey on Monday. In this situation, the Sharks and Red Wings game will begin at 7 p.m. (Pacific).
Should Ottawa win the series on Saturday, the Sharks game on Monday will start at 6 p.m. (Pacific).
from Brian Cazeneuve at Sports Illustrated,
There has been talk about ways to shorten OT games—play four-on-four after a period; go to a shootout after two periods; flip hockey cards after three periods. It all seems like the same thing to me. OT is a tradition as glorious as the Stanley Cup itself. Yes, the NHL needs to find ways to market and to modernize, but changing overtime sounds too much like playing with the steak rather than the sizzle. Hey, it’s May. Anyone for steak?
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