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from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
The new motto of the organization is Whatever It Takes, and the Blues have already done enough that on Oct. 30 there were 14,222 in attendance to see a team that had won six of its first nine games. That was still 5,000 short of capacity but, says Davidson, one of Checketts’s first hires, “last year, on a Tuesday in October against Phoenix, we probably would have had six [thousand].” Revenue from tickets sold this season has already surpassed the ticket revenue from all of 2006-07, a solid start for a team that was 7-5 through last Saturday.
The resurgence truly began last winter when the Blues hired the person with the foresight to include every employee in the team picture: coach Andy Murray.
From John Buccigross at ESPN,
Last Friday afternoon, I was sure of two things:
1. You will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever see me in a pair of Crocs.
2. Jeremy Roenick would never say no to anything media related.
The first will forever hold true. But, much to my surprise, while Roenick was answering your e-mails over the phone, he told me that media exchanges like this will be few and far between this season.
STOP THE PRESSES!
Video below features ESPN’s Top Plays of the Week:
A League-high six players from the defending Eastern Conference champion and 2007-08 top-ranked Ottawa Senators have been named to the ballot in XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports, which opens Nov. 13.
The Senators, off to the League’s best start with a 12-1-0 record, are represented by forwards Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson, the League’s top-scoring trio in both the regular season and Stanley Cup playoffs in 2006-07; defensemen Chris Phillips and Wade Redden, teammates on the Senators blueline since 1997-98; and goaltender Ray Emery, who is making his first appearance on the All-Star ballot after backstopping the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final last season.
continued & uh-oh, no Homer Detroit fans….
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News, their weekly look at players of the future to keep an eye on:
1. John Tavares, C – Oshawa Generals (OHL): The phenom continues his dominant ways, notching 18 goals and 41 points in just 17 games.
2. Steven Stamkos, C – Sarnia Sting (OHL): Excuse the pun, but until further notice, it’s Stammer Time.
While John Tavares may get all the publicity, it’s Sarnia’s Stamkos who is the front-runner to be drafted No. 1 overall at the NHL entry draft this year.
And why not?
continued… with 15 picks total, including a sleeper pick each week
The best hits, save and goals from the past week in the NHL…
from Pierre LeBrun at Sporstnet,
Given Monday’s setback in Sweden when Forsberg left practice with the national team after feeling some discomfort in his right foot, who knows what it means for his NHL future?
Which brings things back to Sundin.
His contract is up after the season. He’s the perfect rental. Whether or not Sundin would want to leave Toronto and whether or not Ferguson would want to trade the big Swede is a question no one has the answer for at this point. Sundin insists he wants to win in Toronto and doesn’t want to leave. Time will tell.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
At thehockeynews.com, we don’t ask how or even how many. We ask: How many of them were important?
That’s the crux behind Campbellnomics, a statistic unique to THN.com that measures meaningful goals. We’re not concerned with who scores the sixth goal in a 6-1 game. We’re more concerned with the players who can be counted on to contribute when it matters most.
continue to see why Crosby leads the league in this stats breakdown…
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
This is not an out-of-the-blue development, but all indications are Eric Lindros will finally get around to announcing his retirement in his hometown of London, Ont., when he will be part of a news conference with University of Western Ontario sports injury guru, Dr. Peter Fowler, on Thursday afternoon.
fro PR Newswire via CNN,
Level 3 maintains the largest HD fiber network in the United States, with direct HD connectivity to more than 100 professional sporting and multi-purpose venues in the U.S. Level 3 is now leveraging its HD expertise to help usher in the HD video age to the Internet.
“Level 3’s HD broadcast backhaul services are an important element of the NHL’s delivery of live events, and we are pleased to see Level 3 has added streaming to its portfolio of content delivery services,” said Grant Nodine, vice president technology for the National Hockey League. “The delivery of HD streaming services is a natural extension for Level 3 and will enable rights holders to meet demand for high quality, online distribution of live and on-demand video.”
from Kevin Kaduk of the Northwest Herald,
It didn’t take long Monday for Rocky Wirtz to answer the questions many of us have been wanting to ask for about, oh, the past two decades or so.
At any point, did he ever set dear old Dad down for a talk about TV and its magical ability to provide a free three-hour commercial for his product, Chicago Blackhawks hockey?
And did he ever try to argue against the archaic notion that televising home games would hurt the turnstile count?
He had to have said something, right?
“Absolutely,” Wirtz said of his father, Bill, who died in September. “And it usually started and stopped about there.”
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