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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Perhaps hockey fans have to accept the fact that there will never be justice in officiating. But it might be nice if there were fewer injustices.
Hockey is one of the most difficult sports to officiate. In fact, it may be the most difficult.
Baseball is almost without exception, relatively simple, black-and-white calls. A runner is either out or safe. A pitch is either in the strike zone or it isn’t.
Basketball and football require a bit more judgment, especially on calls like interference and holding in football, and charging in basketball.
But until recently, hockey officiating required judgment calls and very little else. The game had evolved to the point that calls were purely subjective, varying from night to night depending on the referees’ whims.
from The Maven,
It’s difficult to imagine a team winning The Stanley Cup with the Human Sieve, Ray Emery, in goal. Yet, it could happen because the Ottawa defense is so strong…
Q. Coach, was there any question in your mind about when to pull Giguere at the end of the game?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: I guess there’s always a question of when. We just felt that with the face-off and a power play and almost a full two minutes to utilize, it would be the best time to do it.
And as I stated last night, if it works it’s a good move. If it doesn’t work, then you’re open for criticism. But that holds true with a lot of decisions you make as a coach. And that’s just part of the job. And sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Last night it did.
The Caps picked a pretty good day to sign Nicklas Backstrom, not much hockey news out there today (remember the Canadian Holiday).
D.C. Sports Bog gives us the scoop on Backstrom…
—His favorite NHL player is Henrik Zetterberg.
—A little sketchy on the details here, but apparently he studied carpentry in school. His father suggested that it was really more like masonry. I hope the Caps use this in some sort of promotional campaign about building the foundation of the new core or something like that.
from MultiChannel News,
In Demand and league representatives confirm they’ve held talks to renew distribution of Center Ice; the current pact ends after the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The package provides access to about 40 regular-season hockey games per week from outside the viewer’s home area, plus some first- and second-round playoff games.
But cable executives said that so far at least, initial discussions for a Center Ice renewal have remained separate from talks about the NHL Network, or about a planned high-definition NHL service. NHL executives would not comment on the negotiation strategy.
via the Express-News,
When the Spurs knocked out the Suns to set up their meeting with the Jazz, more than a few people speculated the nation’s viewing public wouldn’t be too interested in watching the two small-market teams.
Apparently, San Antonio isn’t all that interested, either.
For the first time in the five-year history of the AT&T Center, the Spurs didn’t sell out a playoff game.
The Spurs listed their attendance as 18,300, about 500 short of the 18,797 capacity.
hmmm, will the media be all over this one?
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
There are countless things we can and should write about after a stunning weekend of hockey that saw the Presidents’ Trophy winning Buffalo Sabres eliminated and the Detroit Red Wings, the team that tied Buffalo for the most points in the regular season, put on the brink.
Television decisions shouldn’t be one of them, but what happened with NBC in the United States on Saturday and Sunday was almost beyond comprehension for a so-called major sports league.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
Everyone loves to hate a villain, and in the NHL, the Ducks are exhibit A—as in Anaheim. Even their makeover from the cartoonish Mighty Ducks to their more Dark Wing inspired motif fits. They fought more than any team during the regular season, and they continue to win in the playoffs despite taking penalties at an alarming rate. It’s part of playing a relentless forechecking style and banging bodies at every opportunity.
Sabres/Sens on Saturday 1.2 rating and a 3 share
Ducks/Wings on Sunday 1.6/4
via Tripp Mickle at Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
The NHL is proposing the creation of an enhanced club services division that will share business practices in hopes of increasing league revenue by at least $85 million over the next five years.
Teams would be asked to help each other boost revenue by sharing business practices.
The proposal, which will be brought before the board of governors for a vote on June 20, calls for the creation of four account teams that will work with eight clubs each. Like the NBA’s team marketing and business operations department, the group will be designed to help those clubs maximize ticket and sponsorship sales, team sources said.
The NHL acknowledged that there is a proposal but declined to discuss it in advance of the board of governors meeting.
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