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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Great moments in unintentional comedy, Rogers wonk Keith Pelley insisting his company’s new $5.2-billion TV deal with the NHL won’t affect its journalistic standards.
I, for one, believe him. Then again, I believe Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix have been living in the south of France for the last 40 years and have their own band.
And finally, you wonder if Gary Bettman will acknowledge the debt: The NHL commissioner and his league owe their financial success to Canada’s insatiable appetite for hockey.
The new Rogers mega-deal emphasizes that point with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, but it also raises some profound questions. Almost certainly, Bell Media, TSN’s parent company, which was shut out of the new contract, will begin clamouring for a second franchise in Toronto. You might say they’re owed.
TVA, which is owned by Quebecor, also overpaid greatly for the French-language rights, and that’s being interpreted as the first step towards a new franchise for Quebec City.
With the Rogers deal, Canada and its seven franchises will represent almost half the league’s overall revenues next year. That number would also grow exponentially with new teams in Toronto and Quebec.
read on plus some Canucks and Team Canada goalie talk...
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The game-winning shootout goal by Joe Pavelski featured a nifty move where he applied the brakes in front of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, then fired a quick shot that he couldn’t stop. The puck never stopped moving forward, but whether Pavelski did was subject to debate.
As was whether that mattered.
The Ducks were unhappy, but they weren’t exactly sure whether they were entitled to be.
“We don’t [know the rules]. That’s the problem,” Ryan Getzlaf said afterward. “Everything’s interpretation. I can’t even make a comment on it because I don’t really know what the rule is. Whatever they think is the rule that night.”
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau knew the rule – puck must keep moving forward, but not necessarily the player – but allowed as to how his view of it would change based on what side of the shot he was on.
“I thought he stopped,” Boudreau began. “It’s not a vague rule but it’s a weird rule that you are allowed to stop but the puck is not allowed to stop. He came to a dead stop, but they OK’d it in Toronto.”
more on the game... and watch the shootout goal below...
LATE GAME HEROICS
Three close games saw a goal scored in the final minute of regulation on Saturday:
*Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom notched a short-handed, game-tying goal with 48.5 seconds left in the third and Alex Ovechkin scored 2:07 into overtime as Washington rallied for their second straight win past regulation. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Washington player to score a shorthanded, game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation was Michal Pivonka on Jan. 24, 1990.
* Mike Cammalleri scored the game-winning goal, his 10th of the season, with 23 seconds remaining in regulation as Calgary ended Los Angeles’ franchise record-tying 11-game point streak.
After the first period of the late game on HNIC, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean get together again to talk hockey.
Last night topics included the play of Drew Doughty, the Paciorettty goal and Getzlaf and Perry.
from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,
This time, I really mean it. It seems every year for the past three, I write a column on this being the “Year of the St. Louis Blues.”
Turns out I was just ahead of the game — or completely wrong.
Two years ago, St. Louis’ 109-point season was spoiled in a sweep in the second round by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. The Kings again dispatched the Blues last season in a hard-fought 4 vs. 5 matchup in Round 1.
This year? Nobody’s beating the Big, Bad Blues.
At 18-4-3, they’re one of the best teams in the NHL, a well-balanced team from top to bottom with four lines that can be rolled, a deep defense corps of six and two great goaltenders in Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott.
Offensively, they rank second. Defensively, they rank fifth. Their power play stands atop the rest. Their home rink has been a place of dominance.
continued plus other hockey notes...
If anyone thinks TSN’s coverage will diminish, consider that Bob McKenzie, the network’s go-to insider, broke the news of the Rogers blockbuster. McKenzie is among the on-air folks — others include Darren Dreger, James Duthie, ex-Bruin Aaron Ward, Gord Miller, Jim Hughson, Elliotte Friedman, Ron MacLean — who are the best at what they do at TSN and CBC. They have illuminated the game. Hopefully they will continue to do so at their current workplaces or elsewhere. Fans will lose out otherwise.
-Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe on the Rogers NHL broadcast deal. Read on for more on this topic and other hockey subject....
First Rany Carlyle post-game...
Watch the Pacioretty goal below...
If you want more Alfredsson talk, The Malik Report has it covered.
Hiller, to Marleau, to Thornton back to Marleau...
George here on the late shift with some food for thought.
The New York Post's Larry Brooks believes that the concussion lawsuit filed against the NHL has merit, and he also believes that both players and those who covered the game back when concussions were supposed to be something you either "shook off" or "played through"--which was as little as ten-to-twelve years ago--should have been asking harder questions, and Brooks believes that those who played need to do the same thing that those who shrug off wearing visors as a matter of "choice" or those who defend fighting as a matter of "self-policing" need to do today: wake up to the fact that there are some parts of the body that you can't fix once they're broken:
I started covering the NHL in 1976. The players back then didn’t ask the kinds of questions that have been raised in the class-action lawsuit, and neither did I. We should have asked, we should have known. We didn’t. Did the league executives? Did the club physicians and medical trainers? If they did, for shame. If they did, if it is proven they did and colluded in a cover-up, they will pay.
I have spoken in the past week with a substantial number of players I have known for almost four decades. They all seem to have mixed feelings about the lawsuit, and few believe they were lied to by responsible parties. These guys bemoan their lousy pensions, but they don’t blame the league. They don’t think they were lied to, and they don’t even blame the Players’ Association for their plight.
If they blame anyone and anything, they blame themselves, they blame their culture, and they blame their time. They took blows to the head, they took an aspirin, and they got back on the ice.
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