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It’s Time To Play

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

In one sentence, Ryan Smyth summed up the feelings of both the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes on the eve of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. "It's time to play," said Smyth, the Oilers' veteran forward. eams with time off have not fared well this postseason. But for the Oilers, the break was a tonic in ridding the team of a lingering flu bug that had plagued most of the team against Anaheim. Smyth said in recent days, the players have gotten back into the swing of things.
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Watching the NHL & NBA Finals

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

Again, why would a true hockey fan, or even an intelligent general sports fan who enjoys marquee events and contagious excitement, base a decision on whether to pay attention to the Stanley Cup finals on population of Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas? Does that mean if the combined populations of the two cities involved don't cross a certain threshold, it's not worth tuning in or even following? That just doesn't make sense to me, and yet that's the implicit assumption in a lot of what I'm reading and hearing as the Cup finals approach.
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Good News - Bad News

from the Tennessean,

The good news for the NHL: The league's salary cap and revenue-sharing plan is working. The bad news for the NHL: The league's salary cap and revenue-sharing plan is working. This is not what the NHL needed, certainly not for its greatest showcase in this post-lockout season. Bettman and the more radical owners (Nashville's Craig Leipold among them) will never admit it, but they wanted at least one if not two big-market franchises to skate it out for Lord Stanley's Cup, thus putting some pep in the TV ratings and giving hockey more international buzz. Instead, we get Tobacco Road against Prairie Home Companion. They'll play freeze-out on TV ratings.
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All About The Ads

from Media Life,

In addition to standard hockey signage on dasherboards and in concourses, branding can also be placed on team benches, in penalty boxes, wrapped around a Zamboni and in the ice. Additionally, advertisers can customize their campaigns with on-ice intermission events, interactive concourse displays, player appearances and co-branding using team logos. Promotions can include events like youth hockey players appearing at halftime in branded jerseys. Advertising messages are often placed in areas of the arena, like the team bench and penalty box, that are picked up in television coverage. “We have an advertising space behind each player bench,” says Minnesota director of corporate sales Mike Snee. “Frequently during the game they’ll show a closeup of a player or coach there.” Creative for areas that will be scanned by TV cameras is often the sponsor’s logo in a repeating pattern, Snee says. “It’s most effective to have their logo so when they show a coach or player there’s at least one isolation of that logo behind them." Ad-wrapped resurfacing machines are a popular sponsorship option, says Chris Hibbs, senior vice president of Sunrise Sports & Entertainment. “There’s usually a promotional tie-in, like giving away rides on the Zamboni.” Creative can tie into the hockey theme. For example, Toyota wrapped a Zamboni to make it look like one of its trucks.
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Milbury Still Around

from Alan Hahn of Newsday,

Milbury consistently has said he is trying to set the table for the new GM by giving him as clean a plate as possible. But he also is looking out for the people who worked for him. However, the recent activity - along with the absence of a new GM - has prompted several credible hockey people to surmise that Milbury might not really be on his way out. Speculation among NHL people is that Charles Wang might emerge from the GM search proclaiming he has not been able to find a candidate who meets his satisfaction, and that - brace yourselves - he's sticking with Milbury.
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Watch Them Talk

NHL.com has set up a very nice media page. You can watch the numerous interviews from the participants, starting with interviews from Sunday. image image

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Stanley Cup Finals- Old School

from the Globe and Mail,

Of the 2,324 names on the Stanley Cup, one of the more obscure belongs to Harry Taylor. In a long hockey career, Mr. Taylor skated a single shift in a single National Hockey League playoff game. He didn't score a goal or register an assist. He wasn't even assessed a penalty. All he did was jump over the boards to take a spin on the ice at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Those seconds earned him a spot on the Cup, his name engraved alongside those of better known teammates from the 1948-49 Maple Leafs.
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Irrelevant

via the Toronto Star (the rest of the story talks about other sports),

On the eve of the Stanley Cup final, ESPN's The Sports Reporters made not one mention of hockey. Even Toronto product John Saunders, who often is the lone NHL voice, ignored the series. When America's top sports channel snubs you, you know you're irrelevant.
That folks, is the main reason why the NHL decided to go in another direction. ESPN recently promotes shows affiliated with ESPN or ABC, other than that, forget about it...

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Kukla’s Korner Stanley Cup Challenge

One more challenge to the KK Readers! Tell me who wins the Stanley Cup, pretty easy, eh? For the tie breaker, tell me who scores the Stanley Cup clinching goal. If more than one entry gets both correct, and the chances are quite good, the winner will be drawn randomly. As an added bonus, all losing entries will be eligible for a consolation prize. The winner will receive a $50 gift certiicate and the consolation prize will be a $25 gif certificate, both from IceJerseys.com. This is my way of saying thank you to all of the KK readers. My first year at doing this was a tremendous success, and I wanted to give something back to all of the readers. So .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) your pick for the winner of the Stanley Cup and who will score the series clinching goal. Entries must be timestamped by Monday, June 5th at 6:00pm ET. The original challenge is still alive, in case you missed it. added 7:45am June 5th,The sticky has been removed from this post, but I have changed the original posting date from June 2nd to today so it would remain on the first page. Over 280 participants as of 7:00am today.

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SCF Primer

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Stanley Cup finals are upon us. Herein our final series primer, or, eight things you should know about the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes. Pisani must be stopped! Perhaps for the first time ever, an opposing coach was asked how he was going to shut down Fernando Pisani. Not Smyth or Pronger or Sergei Samsonov, but Fernando Pisani. Not that it was a bad question. Pisani is tied for the NHL playoff goal scoring lead with nine. Not bad for a guy who had 18 goals during 80 regular-season games. MacTavish acknowledged the 29-year-old might have done even more.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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