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Is Gary Bettman Afraid of the Leafs?

From Alan Adams at Sportsnet.ca,

News item: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman isn’t sure a second franchise in Southern Ontario is a good idea.
“Frankly, I live in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area and it’s tough for all the clubs to get media attention, particularly when they’re having tough years on the ice. There’s some real downside to having multiple teams in one market,” Bettman said Monday in his state-of-the-union address.
My spin: Is Gary Bettman that afraid of the Toronto Maple Leafs? Do the Leafs have that much power that they can veto a second team coming to Southern Ontario?


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In From Finland

from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,

It was 14 or 15 years ago, before I came to the NHL, I guess I told some of my friends that if I ever got to the Stanley Cup Final, they could come too,” Selanne laughed. “They obviously have good memories.”
These weren’t just hangers-on. You know the kind. Pals when they need something from you. No, not these guys.
“We’ve been friends since we were about 6 or 7, ” he added, motioning about knee-high. “Real good friends.”


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Sens Physically Dominated

from Scott Morrison at the CBC,

We all know that one game does not make a series, but one game certainly can shake one up.
And that is what the Anaheim Ducks did in the opening game of the Stanley Cup final: Shake things up.
They did it in the truest sense, by physically dominating the Ottawa Senators at times, very long times actually, and they did it by ignoring an early goal by the visitors and then a one-goal deficit entering the final period and arranging an impressive 3-2 victory.

read on

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The Ongoing Effort

from Poynter Online,

As the Stanley Cup finals began Monday in Ottawa between the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks (Quick, could someone please tell the mainstream media?!), hockey folks find themselves stuck in that tired just-who-is-a-journalist argument again.
For a professional sport that often has to go begging for coverage, blogs should be a godsend.


from the Universal Cynic, the blog of freelance writer Erin Nicks,

Here’s a synopsis of last week’s events: I was told by my editor at Sun Media that accreditations for the Finals would be extremely hard to come by (hardly a surprising revelation). Traditionally, accreditation request forms have a set number of spots. Sun Media had already accounted for all spots in Anaheim and Ottawa—which I was fully expecting. After all, they had to tend to their employees first, whereas I am a contracted writer.

read on

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Moen Takes Center Stage

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan, was a one-elevator town until they tore it down. Now it’s a one horse town.
That horse, however, is Travis Moen. And today he’s the toast of the town.
“In Stewart Valley, they’re jumping around right now,” said Regina native Ryan Getzlaf.


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Now That’s Hockey

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

Now that’s what I call hockey!
You can debate all you want about the way NHL hockey is played these days, with a greater emphasis on skill over obstruction, but you’d have to go a long way to find a better game than the opening tilt of the 2007 Stanley Cup final.


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What Is Arnold Thinking

Arnold Schwarzenegger meets Don Cherry.
Part of the Behind the Scenes videos the guys at NHL.com are doing.
Watch the video.


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Live From Germany

from the Ottawa Sun,

It has become the routine over the past couple of months, a group of about 50 gathering at Billy’s, a bar and restaurant in Straubing, Germany, at 2 a.m.
They gather around the TV set to watch Christoph Schubert and his Ottawa Senators teammates battle for the Stanley Cup.
Call it Hockey Night in Bavaria.


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Hey, It’s California

from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It was pointed out during a media welcome party last night held by the NHL that, at least from a media point of view, the Stanley Cup final is starting to look a lot like the Grey Cup.
Mostly Canadian media, and many of the same faces….
Doesn’t this seem a little weird to anybody? I mean, this is distant California, not Alberta or even a border state. It’s sort of the reverse juice to that which we’ve all grown up with in Canada, namely the overwhelming presence of U.S. media and culture. In this Stanley Cup final, however, NBC won’t even be showing up until Game 3.

read on

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Sens #1 Line Needs Wake-Up Call

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ducks hammered the Senators, knocked them down, hacked them, pounded them.
The Senators absorbed it all and, to their credit, gave some back, but were clearly overmatched in the Ducks’ 3-2 win.
This is what was expected, right?
Nothing pretty here among the palm trees, no cosmetic enhancements for which L.A. is famous, just hard slogging for the Senators against a big, hard-working team.
The Senators might be perceived as the faster of the two teams, but there were good stretches when they were outplayed at even strength last night by the Western Conference champions


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