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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Bettman, who usually says little about the internal workings of the board, acknowledged that he supported one of two alternatives, either retaining the status quo, or adopting the least dramatic change — which would have reduced the number of divisional games from eight to seven and replaced them with four out-of-conference games.
If Bettman had pushed harder for a change, could that have swung a couple of votes to the yes side?
He didn’t think so.
“Some of you think I throw lightning bolts,” said Bettman. “The fact is, I do report to a board and the board has the final say. “Unlike lots of other things we’ve done as a league, where everybody can focus on doing things from a league-wide basis, the schedule’s kind of personal. It’s market-specific. It’s rivalry specific. It gets emotional….”
from the Montreal Canadiens,
An unexpected knock on your front door early on Sunday morning is rarely met with much enthusiasm. That is unless it’s the Canadiens who are standing on your front porch.
As the winner of the “Grande Visite” contest, nine-year-old Maxime Dubé ran to the door that morning along with five of his friends to welcome Steve Bégin, Francis Bouillon and Guillaume Latendresse, who arrived bright and early at 8:30 am.
Men and women in uniform returning from the Persian Gulf for rest and recovery got a special All-Star welcome Tuesday.
A pair of NHL All-Stars greeted the 120 service members arriving at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and New Jersey Devils defenseman Brian Rafalski shook hands with arriving troops.
pic via Reuters
He puts Nashville and Buffalo at the top!
Based on the number of arenas with empty seats and falling TV ratings, “obviously, their marketing is not working very well,” said sports marketing expert Brad Robins, who likes the league’s new Internet content ventures, but says it is still not doing enough to expose the game to new audiences.
Take the All-Star Game, which has been moved back to midweek from its previous Sunday slot. The league thus avoids clashing with NFL playoffs and other sports that crowd the U.S. calendar. But more important, NHL owners no longer lose their regular Saturday night games, by far the most profitable on the schedule.
The all-star game is returning to Montreal.
The Canadiens will host the big contest during the 2008-09 season, which coincides with the club’s 100th anniversary.
The announcement was made by the NHL today in Dallas, home to the all-star game Wednesday.
Breakdown (pdf file) of players participating in the different skills competition.
The NHL will stay the course and will not change the regular schedule for at least one more year.
That was the decision made the the league’s board of governors on Tuesday in an effort to deal with its much-debated scheduling concerns.
Two players enjoying stellar seasons have different approaches to a few days away from the grind of the NHL.
On the morning of his first day at an All-Star celebration, Jason Blake found himself singing “Happy Birthday” to a 5-year-old patient in the bone marrow transplant unit at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.
continued... Shanny prefers to stay in his room and catch a movie…
Notice the blue tint in AO’s visor!
Pic via the AP
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