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via the NY Post (reg. req.),
It's tough to imagine that OLN could treat an exhibition game with greater disregard for viewers and a sport than it did the Stanley Cup finals, which now move to NBC. Game 2 found live play often, suddenly and indiscriminately covered by a series of large, flash-in graphics promoting shows such as, "The IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout." As the first goal was scored, OLN had diverted attention and squeezed the view with a bottom-of-the-screen graphic noting that OLN will cover the NHL draft. How about covering the Stanley Cup finals? OLN can't wait for a whistle?
from the Richmond Times-Dispatch,
With the Stanley Cup finals under way, it's probably time to announce the retirement of ice hockey as a major sport in the United States. There's a difference, of course, between retirement and disappear ance. Hockey's in no danger of extinction and remains a national obsession in Canada. In certain hockey-oriented areas - New England, Minnesota, Chicago and Detroit come to mind - the game still attracts participants and spectators in a very major way. It's not the game that's dead, it's the old idea that the "big four" major professional sports leagues are the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL.continued
from the News & Observer,
The Carolina Hurricanes did what other NHL teams usually do for the playoffs: They raised ticket prices. Was it worth it? Three groups of fans who attended Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals at the RBC Center on Wednesday weigh in: Tickets: $375 for two seats in section 304, purchased on eBay. The experience: "There were these overexcited fans sitting behind us that were commenting on everything that happened," said Meyer, 24. The best part? Watching Cory Stillman score with 2.4 seconds left in the second period to put Carolina up 3-0. "I'd say it was still worth it to go to a Stanley Cup game," Meyer said. Rating: Short of epic, but it was worth the money.more
from the Scranton Times-Herald,
Just a few short days ago, I was like a million sports fans who would rather get invited to a Duke lacrosse party than watch an NHL game. That was until three friends who aren’t hockey fans told me Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals was one of the best games they had ever seen. Not best hockey games. Best games, period.read on
Carolina Hurricanes fan Tyler Anastasi got a taste of how seriously Canadians take their hockey at the Stanley Cup finals this week. The 14-year-old, standing outside Raleigh, North Carolina's RBC Center, hung a stuffed toy buffalo from his hockey stick, a symbol of the Buffalo Sabres team the Hurricanes vanquished last week. In his other hand he held a sign, ``Edmonton, You're Next.'' A carload of Oilers fans ``wanted to cut him down, and one of them showed me his knife,'' a bewildered Anastasi said through his braces.continued
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
One wonders what name they might have for the Olympic-style mixed zone the NHL created to serve up selected players on either side of a media lunch at Rexall Place yesterday. It was the media equivalent of their 'Green Mile', except the players were stationary and the media made the walk from player to player. At the Michael Peca station, there was this exchange: "You lost one Stanley Cup with Buffalo and a second one is starting to slip away. What's going through your mind?'' asked the media man. "Just all the positive flow we're getting from reporters today,'' said Peca. "It's wonderful.''read on
from the Motnreal Gazette,
Way to go, Vancouver. In a single stroke, VANOC, the Vancouver organizing committee, has managed to kill the Olympic hockey tournament for the 2010 winter Games. NHL ice? For the Olympics? Might as well play in a boardroom. Or a phone booth. So much for the speed, grace, elegance and beauty of Olympic men's hockey on the big surface, the one time every four years when we get to see hockey as it can be, not hockey reduced to the corner scrum, chip-at-a-time ugliness of the National Hockey League.continued
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
It won't be dull, that's for sure. Whether the combination of Neil Smith and Ted Nolan will return winning to Long Island, or even coax a playoff series win out of the Islanders for the first time since 1993, will have to be proven on the ice over time. But Smith, the former Rangers general manager, and Nolan, the former Sabres coach, will undoubtedly make headlines, particularly within the context of the overall Islander picture.continued
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
His workplace consists of a small patch of blue ice where a large man whacks at him with a stick, while a second man often does the same with a much bigger stick. For Ryan Smyth, it's not a hockey game unless he parks himself in front of the other team's goaltender and engages some large whack-happy defenceman. But so far in the Stanley Cup final, Smyth's presence against the Carolina Hurricanes has been negligible, almost invisible.continued
from the Daily News,
Greg Johnson accomplished more as a member of the Nashville Predators than he ever dreamed possible. Now he wants to see what other possibilities exist for him, which is why the team captain since the start of the 2002-03 season is not particularly disappointed over the fact that he will not return to the Predators this fall. Following several conversations with general manager David Poile, the most recent on Wednesday, the team and its all-time leader in games played have decided it is time to part ways.continued
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