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Last month’s KK Challenge to write the best argument about why your team deserves to win the Stanley Cup, produced hundreds of great entries. Fans were clearly well-motivated by the prospect of a new NHL team jersey of their choice!
Contest entries were all judged by the crack writers at NHL.com, and we’d like to give them a big ‘thank you’ for helping out.
The surprise of the contest was that there was a tie, so TWO winners will be picking up new jerseys! One fan for the Vancouver Canucks and one fan for the Buffalo Sabres. Both will be contacted by email this week to make arrangements to get them the jersey of their choice.
Now, please read their contributions. And our thanks to everyone who shared their team spirit.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
It’s a well-deserved reputation with as rich a hockey tradition as any Canadian city. It’s the place where Gordie Howe became an icon. They’ve won 10 Stanley Cups here, trailing only Toronto and Montreal in that regard.
But something is changing, and it’s a troubling development for one of the NHL’s oldest franchises: the Red Wings can’t sell out the Joe Louis Arena for playoff hockey.
Amid ongoing speculation of a coaching change, Dallas Stars general manager Doug Armstrong emerged from a meeting with team owner Tom Hicks on Friday and immediately informed the Stars coaching staff that Dave Tippett will not be relieved of his duties.
Assistant coaches Mark Lamb and Rick Wilson will also be kept on in an effort to build on what Dallas management believes was a strong season.
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
A better Avery
Sean Avery did not play a Sean Avery game.
He looked more like Ryan Hollweg than anything else. He skated hard and was aggressive, while throwing some decent hits, but he didn’t come close to crawling under anyone’s skin, like only he can do.
Although the Rangers had 34 shots on net, a lot of those shots were long shots, or taken from bad angles, with no one crashing the net for rebounds. Traffic in front is a must.
from the NY Post NHL Blog,
I’ve said before that Hasek is the weakest link for the Red Wings, and I’ll say it again. When Mikkaa Kiprusoff can face more than 250 shots, Hasek faces about 125, and the series still goes six games (and easily could have gone seven had Johan Franzen not been the 2OT hero) ... then Detroit isn’t getting the kind of stellar netminding it needs….
Keep in mind that this is a fan blog, and that my statements on here are in no way meant to reflect “objective journalism” ... I simply don’t like Hasek because of his attitude, whether towards his teammates or opposing players.
from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
The question: Does the NHL need the Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals?
Another playoff season brings this question to the forefront and whaps it in the faces of hockey fans. It causes guys like MSNBC contributor Mike Celizic to stroke the keys in rhapsodic tones in favor of New York’s men of old Broadway playing for the grandest, hardest-to-obtain prize in North American pro sport.
And the question is pure, unadulterated bull. The answer is simple: No.
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
San Jose has officially created a new kind of system: the offensive trap. OK, it’s just puck-possession with great forechecking, but Detroit’s hardly getting a sniff of the puck in the final frame, which must be maddening, since they were supposed to be the puck-possession team.
more on both games from last night…
fro Buffalo Business First,
A quick Google search found Zakowicz’ unofficial site among more than 600 Sabres-related sites and blogs. Those include the team site, Sabres.com, and unofficial ones such as Sabresreport.com, Sabreslegends.com and NewBlueandGold.com.
All boast Sabres facts and updates. Some go one step further by offering highlight clips of TV broadcasts originating from “Hockey Night in Canada,” the MSG Network or NBC.
In legal terms, blogging or running a Sabres-related site is perfectly legal - a First Amendment right. But when unofficial sites use official logos, game footage and images - as many do, including Zakowicz’ - copyright questions arise.
“It’s difficult to police, but we are doing the best we can,” said Michael Gilbert, Sabres’ director of public relations.
via Sports Business Daily,
NBC earned a 0.7/2 final Nielsen rating for its national coverage of Devils-Lightning Game Six last Sunday, down 41.7% from a 1.2/3 for regional coverage during the comparable Sunday during last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Sunday’s NHL coverage on NBC was sandwiched between the National Heads-Up Poker Tournament and the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, which earned a 0.9 and a 0.8, respectively.
The net’s national coverage of Flames-Red Wings Saturday earned a 0.8/2, down 20.0% from a 1.0/3 for comparable regional coverage last year
A fascinating story of rambunctious vagabond gold seekers who, in typical Klondike fashion, dream big and become Stanley Cup silver seekers.
It’s a story about the players, the trip, and life in the north.
Most importantly it’s a story about hockey - the common passion.
Read the whole story at Legends of Hockey.
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