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The Ratings Game

from Mike Chen’s Hockey blog,

The TV ratings question of doom always elicits an interesting answer from Bettman. As he told Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News:
“The answer is we’re working very hard with our partners. Both of our partners tell us not to be concerned, that these things take time. We’re committed to doing the right things over the long haul and we’re confident over time our ratings will grow.”
...You know what, though? For all of the double-talk and spin Bettman always gives, he does have one truth in there that he always emphasizes: TV sports ratings for team sports across the board have taken a nosedive. The NFL is the leader that everyone wants to emulate but other than that, the evidence shows that the NBA and MLB TV ratings are dipping just like the NHL’s.

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The Swedish Elite Team

from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press (Thursday edition) via the Mercury News,

In the old days, everybody yawned until at least the trade deadline. Now, with all NHL teams functioning under a salary cap, the Wings are learning that there’s nothing wrong with scratching and clawing for playoff positioning. There’s nothing wrong with outmaneuvering other teams to add that huge piece at the trade deadline instead of relying on an owner’s limitless resources. The situation provides a degree of drama long missing.
The Wings need Peter Forsberg. He’s available.
The former Avalanche great is wallowing in Philadelphia and just might consider waiving the no-trade clause in the final months of his two-year contract with the Flyers to come to Detroit and create an elite Swedish national team.

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added Thursday 8:25am, link to Detroit Free Press now available…

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Winter Theme In Atlanta

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Next year, hockey’s all-star game and festivities will be in Atlanta for the first time.
This week, the preparation — and the brainstorming — began in earnest.
As he sat in the lobby of a Dallas hotel, peering out the window at American Airlines Center, site of Wednesday night’s game, Thrashers president Bernie Mullin visualized Atlanta’s turn.
“What we would like to do — and we think this is a unique opportunity — is come up with some concepts that would allow us to bring a winter carnival experience to Atlanta,” Mullin said. “We’d like to do something to give people in Atlanta and Georgia a real sense of what winter sports is all about.”

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ASG- Open Post

Comments, opinions on the ASG. 
It is your thread, feel free to post in the comments.
If it involves the actual broadcast, make sure to include Versus, CBC, HD or not. 

added 7:47pm, don’t forget to check out the blogging the NHL.com crew has been doing.  You even get a chance to see Phil Coffey in action.

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Let The Streaming Begin

NHL.com has started their stream for tonight…

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET - All-Star Pre-Game
8 p.m. ET - 2007 NHL All-Star Game (audio)

note, 5:40pm The stream is now working, try again!!!

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Blogger Access

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The afternoon was spent meeting with the pro hockey writers association, where there was an interesting debate about Internet-only bloggers and accessibility in hockey. I know a few of you run your own Thrashers or hockey blogs — so what do you think? Should bloggers, who have no media-affiliation, have full-media access to NHL games? Eklund, who runs hockeybuzz.com, presented the view of the bloggers, but I’m curious what y’all think. Should Internet-only bloggers get NHL credentials?

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I would be very interested to read what Dwayne’s “view of bloggers” were!  Stay tuned folks…

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Perreault Rises From His Couch

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Why Phoenix?
According to Perreault, a variety of factors entered into his decision — their injuries, primarily to Steve Reinprecht and Mike Ricci at centre; his familiarity with coach Wayne Gretzky, with whom he played in Los Angeles and the fact that he’d played in Phoenix once before — with the Roadrunners of the old IHL.
“It was L.A.‘s farm team and I really loved the area when I played there,” said Perreault. “So I knew, coming in late in the season with my family, I wouldn’t have to waste a month, getting used to the environment.”

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Minority Programs On The Rise But Not Enough Participation

from the AP via TSN,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, opening a luncheon this week on diversity in hockey, proudly made note of 39 cities offering inner-city programs with the help of the league.
Ironically, Bettman trumpeted the programs in a city without one.
“It takes somewhat of a risk for us to be able to do a presentation (here),” said Ken Martin Jr., director of the NHL’s diversity program. “But we’re very proud of our game and where the game is going.”

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DALLAS - JANUARY 23: Willie O’Ree and Trevor Daley pose
for a photo at a lunch to discuss African Americans in Hockey.
(Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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Computer In Motion

from the Detroit Free Press,

Tonight at American Airlines Center, Lidstrom will suit up for his ninth All-Star appearance, joining several Western Conference teammates who normally find him the bane of their existence.
“He’s a computer,” Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne said of Lidstrom. “He doesn’t do mistakes. The way he can see the game and he can pass, it’s incredible. It’s going to be fun to play with him.”
“He’s one of those guys that probably drives everybody nuts because you can’t beat him,” Sakic said. “For me, and you can probably ask a lot of guys, it’s more frustrating playing against a guy like Nicklas who’s in such good position you can’t beat him than if somebody tries to take a run at you. At least then you have a chance that maybe he misses you and you’ve got a shot on goal.”

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Kasparaitis On Waivers

from TSN,

The New York Rangers have placed veteran defenseman Darius Kasparaitis on waivers. The 34-year-old has two goals and two assists in 24 games and is averaging 14:52 minutes of ice time this season. Kasparaitis has been a healthy scratch the last three games and hasn’t played since January 11.

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