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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Can we stop the bleating about not seeing enough goals in the playoffs?
You’d swear those complaining that we’re not seeing basketball scores in the postseason had never seen a playoff game or understood what makes the NHL playoffs so compelling.
continued, plus more NHL and IIHF talk…
from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
Weeks after the cable and satellite industries completed a deal for baseball’s out-of-market package and planned MLB Channel, another sports league is involved in similar negotiations with the same companies.
In this case, however, talks between the NHL and In Demand, DirecTV and EchoStar are not nearly as acrimonious as the ones Major League Baseball had with cable for the first three months of this year. In fact, multiple cable sources said they expect to launch the NHL Network, which is currently available in Canada, on a digital sports tier before the 2007-08 season.
With its Center Ice package up for renewal, the league is leveraging negotiations around that out-of-market package to get carriage for an NHL channel. Subscriptions to “Center Ice” have been strong since the lockout, increasing by 38 percent from pre-lockout levels, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
Unlike MLB, though, the NHL is not expected to give cable or satellite operators a stake in its planned channel. It’s not known how much the NHL is seeking to charge cable operators for carriage, but it’s expected to be less than the 20 cents to 30 cents that the MLB Channel will get.
from Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
NHL regular-season and preseason revenue grew 5 percent to 7 percent this year, putting total revenue on track to grow to between $2.2 billion and $2.25 billion for the entire season.
Such growth would deliver a $100 million to $150 million increase on last year’s revenue of $2.1 billion, which was equal to pre-lockout levels. It also would push the salary cap from $44 million to between $47 million and $49 million this offseason and entitle players to between 55 and 56 percent of revenue in 2007-08.
“The percentage increases were across the board across all lines of our business,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.
update, full article now available…
from the New York Islanders,
After six days and just under 55 hours of driving – 54 hours and 27 minutes to be exact – Jeff Tambellini finally made it home to his house in Vancouver.
Despite the existence of faster travel in the form of trains and planes, Tambellini has chosen to make the long journey from Long Island to Vancouver the past couple of years by car – well more specifically, his Cadillac Escalade.
“It’s my prize possession,” said Tambellini sitting in the comfort of his house in Vancouver. “I can’t leave home without it.”
from Don Breenan of the Ottawa Sun,
Alfredsson was booed every time he touched the puck after drilling Henrik Tallinder into the boards midway through the first overtime period. No penalty was called and the hit was decried by the Don and Ron act watching the game from the Party Plaza.
Curiously, the same Coach’s Corner act-alike referred to Brian Campbell charging hard from behind into Chris Kelly about three ticks before Daniel Briere’s tying goal with six seconds left as “the essence of hockey.”
The difference between the Alfredsson and Campbell hits was minimal, as far as we could tell. Alfredsson seemed to come at Tallinder from a little bit more of an angle, but he did knock him into the boards. Campbell hit a guy who didn’t have the puck square in the middle of the back on a play that allowed for a last-second goal. If anyone should have a beef, you’d think it would be the Senators.
from the Buffalo News,
Daniel Alfredsson will line up in his usual spot on the right wing for the opening faceoff tonight. The Buffalo Sabres think he should be lining up for a suspension instead.
from the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres never have come back to win a series after dropping the first two games. Then again, two teams, including the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, performed that very trick last year.
What does it all mean? Not a thing. Do you want the numbers that matter? Let’s look at those on the back of the jerseys.
9 — Derek Roy: Playing hard but it’s time to ditch the pacifier and grow up. Got a tongue-lashing from referee Bill McCreary for his incessant bellyaching in Game One. Took a bad highsticking penalty in Game Two. Has lost 20 of 29 faceoffs in series. Might want to start pointing the finger at himself.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
It’s starting to look like higher forces at work now.
Make no mistake.
The Ottawa Senators are working so hard, want it so badly, they deserve every break that is going their way.
They are earning their luck and the hockey gods acknowledge that, rewarding the Senators during a run in which everything seems to be going right for this hockey club.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Perhaps the tint on my TV needs some adjusting, but I have to ask anyway: Did all those stationary bike sessions in the sauna turn Chris Chelios orange? Did he convert to Oompa-Loompa-ism? Has the league relaxed its laws on players camouflaging themselves during games?
more game talk... and I noticed that about Cheli. Unless he spent some time on the Cheli’s Chili Bar outside deck with album covers wrapped in aluminum foil, it looks like he may have used some kind of tanning lotion.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
While the Wings’ top forward unit of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom was again dangerous, they did not hit the scoresheet at even strength (Datsyuk did score on a 5-on-3 power play early in the third period to briefly give the Wings a 3-2 lead).
That in and of itself would have been cause for celebration for the Ducks. But throw in the line’s surprise offensive outburst and this was grinder nirvana.
“It’s the best thing you can do in hockey, scoring goals. Everyone wants to do it,” said Pahlsson, who is nominated for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward. “So, it’s a lot fun. We really love scoring, too, even if we don’t do it as much as the other guys.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
If Rob and Scott Niedermayer didn’t get along so well, if they had developed a sibling rivalry while growing up in Cranbrook, Canada, Scott wouldn’t have packed his three Stanley Cup rings and left New Jersey to share a locker room and a car pool with the brother who is 16 months his junior.
That they like each other might be the luckiest break the Ducks have ever gotten.
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