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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Right now, it’s about turning a cow pie into an apple pie, and Davidson will do everything he can to make it happen. Davidson’s face and voice can be heard frequently on commercials, and it appears to be making an impression.
Although the Blues are still drawing light crowds to Scottrade Center, they have sold 400 new season-ticket packages since
announcing lower ticket prices for next season. And while it’s the price that drew them in, fans say it’s Davidson that has them feeling good about what they’re buying.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The NBC-NHL television deal is a revenue-sharing agreement. No rights fee is involved. But is the league making money from the NBC telecasts?
Bettman suggested revenue has increased this season. “I think it’s at least as good. And with the playoffs not having started yet, it has the potential to be even better.”
Neither side would discuss specific figures, but Bettman noted that profit from TV is distributed equally among the 30 NHL clubs.
more... plus some Versus ratings numbers…
from the Toronto Sun,
O’Neill pined for the chance to return to the lineup last night for the Leafs’ huge tilt with the Carolina Hurricanes, his former team.
The fact that he wasn’t, O’Neill said, is an indication of how much his stock may have fallen.
“Obviously I’m very disappointed,” he said. “It lets you know where you stand when you can’t crack the lineup at this point in the season.
“I think it’s a disappointing situation. I think with the (diminishing) minutes I’ve played, I’ve been a pretty solid contributor. (Sitting out) is not where I want to be.
“It’s obvious I’m not happy but (coach Paul Maurice) decided to go with other guys. Let’s just leave it at that.”
from the Arizona Republic:
Coach Wayne Gretzky said Tuesday that he hopes associate coach Barry Smith does not pursue becoming the head coach of a Russian Elite League team and stays with the Coyotes beyond this season.
Smith confirmed recent Russian reports that stated a struggling St. Petersburg-based club made initial contact with him about possibly becoming its next head coach, but Smith said he isn’t negotiating with the team.
“I’m not trying to leave here by any means whatsoever,” Smith said. “They just made contact, which is nice.”
“I’ve talked to Barry at length and explained to him his importance to me and the organization,” Gretzky said. “I think it’s something he’s going to think about at the end of the year, but right now he’s definitely leaning towards coming back.”
There’s a beauty quote of Barry discussing his acerbic style in the story…
from the City Pages,
They talk about the Boogeyman as if he were another species. At six-foot, seven-inches tall—add three inches in skates—the Wild left winger stands a head above most NHL players (one writer describes him as “yeti-like”). Weighing 250 pounds, he has a gorilla’s arms and hands the size of concrete blocks. They’re always thrown with bad intentions.
But when Derek “the Boogeyman” Boogaard arrives to meet the press, he almost looks like a model out of GQ. Wire-rim spectacles perch upon an improbably straight nose. His chiseled chin rests on battle-scarred knuckles.
from Bill McGraw of the Detroit Free Press,
As we prepare psychologically for the Red Wings to begin the Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s time to ponder one of Hockeytown’s most important and perplexing questions: Why is Jimmy Devellano not in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
Devellano’s title these days with the Wings is senior vice-president/alternate governor. He is in his 25th year with the club, and even his biggest critics must agree that Devellano played a major role — and perhaps even a crucial role — in building the franchise into the powerhouse it has been for the past decade.
The National Hockey League’s theme for this year’s Stanley Cup playoff is “Do or Die.” To promote this theme and the event’s upcoming Conference Quarterfinals, the NHL has created a promo piece featuring some of the league’s greatest players.
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from Alan Adams of Sportsnet,
The pressure is on everyone.
The pressure is on Roberto Luongo in Vancouver. He’s never played a playoff round and the expectations are high. It’s on Martin Brodeur in New Jersey. He’s slipped a little lately but nobody is counting out the undisputed King of the Crease. It’s on Detroit’s Dominik Hasek, Toronto’s Andrew Raycroft, Carolina’s Cam Ward-who won the Conn Smythe Trophy a year ago and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller.
There’s tons of pressure on Mike Dunham of the New York Islanders, with No. 1 starter Rick DiPietro on the sidelines with post-concussion syndrome.
Steve Lepore at SportsFan Magazine,
Super-zoomed in cameras are not the answer to the NHL’s television problem. Just because we’re getting closer to the ice with the angle does not give you a better view of the game, it worsens it. Watching New Jersey-Florida from Sunrise on Saturday, you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. Grinding along the boards was a mystery, a few goals were out of sight.
Also some very flattering words about Kuklas Korner,
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from the Mankato Free Press,
Professional teams quickly begin signing draft picks and free agents, grabbing some extra help for the playoffs and bolstering their minor-league stables with fresh meat.
They don’t discriminate, either. They don’t care if the players are seniors who have just completed their college eligibility, like Minnesota State’s Travis Morin, or if they’re underclassmen who have been in a team’s future plans, like Morin’s teammate Steve Wagner.
In the case of the underclassmen, the NHL comes along dangling max contracts and $85,000 signing bonuses to lure the youngsters away from school.
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