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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Nobody hands out more post-season hardware than the National Hockey League; its historic silverware collection — housed mostly in the Hockey Hall Of Fame — is one of the rare departments in which it holds a tangible edge over its professional basketball, football and baseball counterparts.
The problem is that some of its most venerable and long-standing NHL awards have fallen into — if not disfavour exactly - then some sort of mild disrepute.
continued & numerous NHL bits…
Easter Sunday I will be in Augusta, Georgia for the final round of The Masters!!!
A lifelong dream of mine, I will be walking the same course that so many golfing greats have battled throughout the years.
What a birthday gift- We jet in on Sunday morning, stay for the final round and then jet back home Sunday evening.
All access passes and so looking forward to a little break!
In my absence, the rest of the Krew (will open wmp video) will be handling the Sunday update!
I do hope those of you who celebrate the Easter Season, have a safe and peaceful day with family and friends.
Hello, Dallas Stars, can I help you?
Yes, I would like to speak to Brett Hull please.
One minute please…
Brett, Paul from Kukla’s Korner. Any comment on the Datsyuk signing today?
Gotta go Paul, my flight to the Big Apple is waiting for me!
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday announced season ticket prices for the 2007-08 season.
Full season prices will range from $20 per game in the Upper E and F balconies to $70 per game for center ice in the A level. Half season prices will range from $25-$75 per game
The prices reflect the first across-the-board increase in Penguins tickets since 2002.
from the LA Kings,
Join the LA Kings and National Hockey League fans from around the world as the Kings open up the 2007-08 season against their cross town rivals Anaheim Ducks across the big pond in London, England.
The Los Angeles Kings Royal Journey Package Includes:
* Airfare - Roundtrip from Los Angeles International Airport to London Heathrow (Optional)
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The Avalanche have missed him. The fans have missed him.
The feeling is mutual.
“There were some great times in Denver, and, of course, you miss those times and the fans,” Forsberg said recently. “My first year in the NHL was in Quebec, but it feels like it was Colorado to me. It seems like that’s when everything started. Not to say anything bad about Quebec, because it was great there, too. But it’ll always be special for me with Colorado.”
read on and no tear shedding please…
from Alan Adams at Sportsnet,
Do or die. Must-win. Now or never. Biggest game of the season.
Name the cliché and you are bound to hear it heading into the final weekend of the NHL’s 2006-07 regular season.
There are races galore as the curtain closes on the current campaign.
Radio station WDFN in Detroit is reporting Pavel Datsyuk has signed an extension with the Wings.
Art Regner, who is now a part-timer with DFN, called in the news.
update 11:27am, Wings holding a 1:00pm press conference.
update 12:44pm, via TSN,
The contract is believed to be a six or seven year agreement that will pay Datsyuk between $6 and 7 million per season.
update 1:31pm, via the AP,
“Everyone in the organization wanted him to stay with us,” said team owner Mike Ilitch.
Ilitch singled out longtime captain and current team executive Steve Yzerman for his insistence that the Red Wings’ management retain Datsyuk.
“We felt it was extremely important to lock this player up for as long as we can,” Yzerman said at an afternoon news conference at Joe Louis Arena.
“This contract was extremely important to me,” Datsyuk said. “Especially since I have been a Red Wing since 2001.”
update 3:38pm, per TSN, $46.9-million, seven-year deal
from the Montreal Gazette,
Look for Cristobal Huet to start in goal tomorrow night when the Canadiens’ playoff hopes depend on at least taking the Toronto Maple Leafs to overtime.
The only good thing to come out of the Canadiens’ 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers was the fact that Huet made his first appearance since Feb. 14 and showed that he’s fit enough to play in Toronto.
He replaced Jaroslav Halak in the third period and stopped the eight shots he faced.
more on the Canadiens…
from the Bleacher Report,
If you’re thinking I’m one of those north-of-the-border types who have no idea how irrelevant hockey can seem in the United States, think again:
I was born and raised in Northern California.
Hockey has jumped atop my list of favorite sports in recent years—and no, it’s not because the media’s convinced me, or because my company has a cushy skybox to throw around.
The NHL is my favorite new league because it earned the top spot—one goal, forecheck, and fight at a time. And for those of you in the U.S.A. who aren’t jazzed about the Stanley Cup Playoffs, here are four simple reasons to start paying attention.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Two weeks ago, NBC’s Sunday afternoon hockey telecast outdrew ABC’s NBA coverage. Both had 1.0 ratings (number of households tuned in), but NBC produced a larger audience share.
Last week, ABC rebounded to earn a 1.9 rating (Miami-Detroit), while NBC, with two weak regional matchups (Detroit-Columbus and Los Angeles-San Jose) slumped to a .71. That’s the lowest rating for an NHL broadcast in years.
more on HNIC using the web during the playoffs…
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