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from the New York Times,
The Ducks, who have not lost in regulation heading into Friday’s home game against the Minnesota Wild, are hoping that success can help them become more than a novelty in Southern California’s crowded sports market. “People are paying attention to our team now,” said Brian Burke, the general manager and executive vice president of the Ducks. “I went all of last year without being recognized once, and now it’s happening routinely. I’m amazed at the change in a year.”read on
2K Sports wanted the authentic arena atmosphere. They wanted to capture the players as they truly are, what they say and do on the ice and put it in the game. Only thing is, if they use the uncensored content from Wednesday's practice session in San Jose where the Sharks, including cover athlete Joe Thornton were mic'd, the game would have to be rated M.continued
By George Malik: from the Detroit News:
A promotion in which fans could snag the right to buy two World Series tickets by purchasing a Detroit Red Wings ticket package has ended. At noon on Wednesday the offer was made to existing Red Wing season ticket holders and members of the Red Wings World fan club. All of the ticket packages were gone by 9 a.m. today, said Mike Brinich, Red Wings media relations manager. Brinich would not say how many of the packages were sold. Buyers had to purchase 20 single game tickets to be able to buy two of the World Series tickets for either Saturday's or Sunday's games. He said the promotion was a way of saying thanks to season ticket holders and members of the fan club for their support. "We thought it was a fun way for fans of both teams to participate," Brinich said.
from alan Adams of Fox Sports,
For most people, it would be an apples vs. apples comparison, the racist comments made by Sean Avery of the L.A. Kings measured against the racist comments made by former NHLer star John Vanbiesbrouck. But apparently not for the NHL. To explain. After a stellar NHL career, Vanbiesbrouck ended up buying and coaching the major junior Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. But he resigned in disgrace and sold his share of the team in March 2003 after he used a derogatory racial term when discussing defenseman Trevor Daley.continued
from Spector's Blog at Fox Sports,
It's been a while since I've had to highlight a ridiculous trade rumor, but the latest sent in to me by a reader from a supposed NHL "insider" nearly had me spitting my morning coffee on my monitor. This doozy claims that Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Evgeny Malkin isn't happy playing in the supposed shadow of Sidney Crosby, that he doesn't want to play second-fiddle to Crosby and he's used to being the number one guy on any team he's played for.continued... I also recall the trade rumor involving Malkin a few months ago, what ever happened to that one?
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
"The pressure in your marketplace to have your payroll start with a 'four' is tremendous," Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke says. "It doesn't matter what market you are in. The media and fans, say, 'OK, maybe you can't spend $44 million, but you can spend $40 million.' " NHL Players Association executive director Ted Saskin says opening-day payrolls are up 19% from last season, the highest increase in 15 years. He views the spending as a positive for the league.more
from the Pittsburgh Business Times,
The Pittsburgh Gaming Task Force has thrown its support for the city's slots license to Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. The task force did not formally endorse Isle of Capri, which has proposed a slots casino in the Hill District and would partner with the Penguins to build a new arena for the NHL team should it win the license to operate a casino. But is it seen as influential, and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has said it would consider the task force's recommendations before awarding a license, expected by year-end.continued
I received my first daily stats sheet from Hockey-Recap.com today. A free email subscription, it looks like it could develop into a handy reference first thing in the morning as you contemplate all the events of the previous day:
Hockey-Recap produces a 1-page report (for free) on a daily basis which includes the previous day's statistics, leaders and other important elements such as standings, transactions, injuries and quite a bit more. You can subscribe to the site and receive a copy of the report in your email each day or you can simply visit the site. There will be enhancements to the site every week and we'll soon have player pages with historical stats.Today's stats here...
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have recalled 6’3”, 225-pound left wing Ben Eager, 6’0”, 200-pound right wing Stefan Ruzicka and 6’2”, 220-pound defenseman Alexandre Picard from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, according to General Manager Bob Clarke.continued
from David Amber at ESPN,
Before he was the "Finnish Flash," Teemu Selanne was a school teacher who dreamed of playing professional hockey. In this edition of Facing Off, one of the NHL's craftiest snipers tells David Amber why he's not a threat to Brad Pitt's sexiest man alive title, where he came up with the nickname for best friend Paul Kariya and how he ruined his twin brother's hockey career. Question from David Amber: Before you came to the NHL, you taught kindergarten for three years. How did that happen? Answer from Teemu Selanne: When I started with the Army Service in Finland, I didn't want to start studying for a little while. So I thought it was a good idea to start working in the kindergarten. It was a fun time. We played all sorts of games. I wasn't a tough teacher. I tried to be a fun teacher.continued
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