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from the LA Times,
Thank heavens the Ducks are wearing their jerseys and carrying the Stanley Cup when they arrive at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. The Cup, after all, really is a celebrity.
Pictures are taken, autographs given, pucks passed out and the first player to run into Austin is Chris Pronger. Doctors and nurses are on alert in case Pronger checks the kid into the chalkboard.
The kid and the hockey player bond. They both have bushy blond hair, and Pronger, with two kids of his own, makes like he now has a third. Austin tells Pronger he knows the score of the final game. Pronger has been celebrating for five straight days, and it’s unclear whether he’s joking when he asks later what day it is.
“I look at these parents,” Pronger says, “and I see the pain on their faces. You know they’d rather have it happening to them than their kids, but maybe a five-minute break or distraction can help.”
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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Unrestricted free-agent winger Ryan Smyth would be a perfect complement to flank Sundin, but keep this in mind: If he was looking for a five-year deal worth $5.5 million, then his demands aren’t about to drop. Daniel Briere? Chris Drury? They might very well be too pricey.
How about what’s referred to as “The Wilbur Plan” in reference to former Leafs executive Bill Watters, who yesterday floated the idea of pursuing free-agent forwards Scott Hartnell and Paul Kariya.
Or, perhaps, do they take a flyer on Alexei Yashin at a bargain-basement price?
Then there is the issue of whether free agents even want to come to Toronto and be under the spotlight 24/7.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Jim Balsillie’s representatives and lawyers for the City of Hamilton are expected to reach an agreement this morning that if he completes the purchase of the Nashville Predators and decides to move the team, it would be moved only to Hamilton.
A source familiar with the negotiations said the Hamilton city council hopes to announce the deal, which Balsillie and his representatives insist is a contingency plan, after its meeting tonight
Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers has a no-no through 7 innings. Game on Fox Sports Detroit.
added 9:09pm, Now going into the 9th…
added 9:15pm, He did it, a no-hitter for Verlander. 102 on the radar gun in the 9th.
via the Detroit News,
Add another accomplishment to Steve Yzerman’s resume as he was one of 11 announced Tuesday as inductees in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
The former Red Wing captain, who retired last year ago after 22 seasons, is currently a team vice president.
Other inductees were Olympic kayaker Greg Barton, announcer Frank Beckmann, Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, former Michigan basketball star Glen Rice, Olympic swimmer Clark Scholes, former Pistons player and coach Ray Scott, Negro League star Turkey Stearns, St. Cecilia’s Sam Washington and former Wing Norm Ullman.
from the AP via TSN,
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and general manager Darcy Regier have agreed to new contracts, allowing Buffalo to retain the architects of a team coming off consecutive Eastern Conference finals appearances.
The deals will be announced later this week, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have not yet announced the signings.
continued... no shock here, this has been known for weeks…
John Buccigross at ESPN signs off until the fall and when asked about the NHL TV contract, this was his response…
“Both ESPN and ABC saw major viewer erosion during the postseason (NBA); both networks drew over a million fewer viewers than last year.”
The NHL is not alone. So, when you read these numbers, don’t let them affect your self-esteem. Imagine the television ratings if the Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies met in the NBA Finals. That was what we had with the Senators and Ducks in the States.
You have to take Canada’s viewers in account when you talk about NHL interest—20 percent of the NHL’s teams are based north of the border. Whether it’s ratings or money, you have to combine the two. It’s a North America game and it is healthy.
Great job Bucci!!!
from the Atlanata Journal-Constitution,
Q: The salary cap was created in part to level the playing field between big market and small market teams. With the rise in league revenues, the cap keeps rising. Doesn’t that defeat the original purpose?
A: It’s a good question, and I like how you put that because revenues are growing in the league, the cap is going up. But our team revenues are not growing as fast as the league revenues are. Your question is, are we headed into a dangerous thing as the league cap continues to go up? If our revenues don’t meet or exceed that, it’s going to start putting us, and many teams in a very difficult position.
much more from Waddell, covering all the bases…
from the AP via the Santa Barbara News,
Fans snapped up Anaheim Ducks merchandise at an NHL-record rate during the team’s Game 5 clinching Stanley Cup victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Fans spent an average of $24.70 each buying souvenirs during Game 5 last week.
That was up 45.3 percent or $9.70 over the previous record of $17 set during Game 5 of the 2002 finals between Detroit and Carolina.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
A teenage hockey goalie has won $7,500 in a lawsuit that was filed after he was cut from his his midget AAA team.
Henri Richard — a Quebec court judge and not the former Montreal Canadiens star — says the Montreal Predateurs’ decision to cut Alexandre Di Ruocco was a serious blow to the teenager’s hopes of making it to the big leagues.
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