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In Don Cherry’s NBC debut Monday night (mentioned earlier on KK) there was a spirited discussion about fighting in hockey. Don argued his opinion that fans generally don’t mind a fight in the game. NBC Sports decided to put up a poll to ask viewers their opinion and here are the results online as of about 2am EDT.
Incidentally, Cherry also appears to have won the support of fans for his fashion sense Monday night. Poor Brett Hull didn’t know what hit him…
Update June 5, 2007:
The video of Cherry and Hull’s NBC report can be found here.
Jim Balsillie’s $220 million purchase of the Nashville Predators last month may reflect renewed confidence in the future of the National Hockey League.
In selling the Predators, Tennessee businessman Craig Leipold almost tripled the $80 million he paid for the expansion team in 1997, even though the club lost $15 million this season and is ranked in the bottom third of the league in attendance.
“The league continues to be on the rebound, attendance and revenues are strong, and the limited number of teams to buy right now is driving demand,” said Rob Tilliss, chief executive at investment banking firm Inner Circle Sports LLC in New York.
more… *including a brief look at how NHL franchise values measure up against those of other major league sports
From the CP via CBC,
It might be time to turn out the lights on the Ottawa Senators’ dream season.
Only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs have ever erased a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final and these Senators don’t have the look of a team about to join them in the history books. Ottawa thoroughly outplayed Anaheim in the first period of Game 4 on Monday night before going completely flat in a 3-2 loss. “It’s hard to explain,” said forward Mike Fisher. Indeed, none of the Senators seemed to have any explanation for what had just happened.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Donald Fehr, MLBPA general counsel Michael Weiner and former National Basketball Players Association executive director Charles Grantham are scheduled to meet with members of the NHLPA in Toronto this month.
“I met with [Fehr, Weiner and Grantham] and we’d be crazy not to listen to these guys,” said Detroit Red Wings defenceman Chris Chelios, whose dogged questioning of Saskin’s hiring and in-office tactics led to his ouster. “Major League Baseball has the best union in sports and they’re willing to help us.”
from the Dallas Morning News,
Veteran Stars center Mike Modano said Monday that he has talked with organization officials recently about criticisms that his fiancée, entertainer Willa Ford, directed at the team’s management and coaching staff in an Internet interview last month.
“I just wanted to clear some things up with them, and I think they had some concerns, too,” Modano said. “They understand how I believe, and I believe we’re moving in the right direction.”
Among what Ford told ESPN.com: There was friction among the coaches; the team needed to acquire better wingers to play with Modano; and stripping him of the captaincy before last season was classless.
A quick review of Don on NBC with Brett Hull and Bill Clement. Don said the the biggest mistake the NHL has made is the instigator penalty. People want to see fights, just ask the fans.
Both Don and Brett can’t believe what Alfredsson did at the end of the 2nd, Cherry called him awful dumb if he did it on purpose and Brett said he has lost a lot of respect for him.
Feel free to add your comments if you saw Don on NBC.
If you happened to just land on Kukla’s Korner, make sure to check out the blog post Alanah did earlier today on Don Cherry.
added 6:18am on 6/5/07, from the Toronto Star,
“The fans love the fights,” he said, repeating his oft-heard claim. “The players love the fights. People go nuts on the fights and I have to laugh and I hate to give NBC heck and everything but I’ve been told the reason they cut it down they wanted U.S.A. people to watch it.
“Can you believe that? It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. U.S.A., NASCAR where there’s crashes, football, kill the quarterback, ultimate fighting.
“Who’s kidding who?”
Courtesy of filmmaker Shawn P. Roarke at NHL Connect Stanley Cup 2007...
A great rendition of “O Canada”.
Keep an eye on the NHL Connect Stanley Cup 2007 Headquarters tonight. Evan Grossman just added some video and I will let him describe it…
Here in Canada, one of the money shots to get for the game broadcast is of the players arriving in their street clothes. Here are some shots of the TV cameras recording the entrances of some players like Wade Redden.
from the AP via Yahoo,
“There’s going to be an attempt to draft some type of rule about a hit directly to the head,” Ducks GM Brian Burke said. “My prediction is it’s going to be hard to draft it, but I think we owe it to our players to try.”
Added Sabres GM Darcy Regier: “For me, for our organization, I think it’s a step in the right direction.”
read on... plus others changes discussed but no resolutions…
added 7:11pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The league will almost certainly introduce a major penalty for interference (currently there is none on the books) to prevent another Tomas Kaberle-Cam Janssen sort of incident and will also ensure that all face-offs will occur at the nearest dot.
And while Nashville Predators’ general manager David Poile believes that bigger nets will eventually have to come, there was little support for that change in the here and now, according to the Minnesota Wild’s Doug Risebrough.
more on the head shots too…
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