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NHL Suffers With NFL Network Announcement

Forbes points out the NHL and Comcast are losers due to the announcement that the NFL Network was chosen as the network to broadcast select NFL games beginning next year.

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The Demise Of The Blues

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues’ lame-duck management dumped their (Sillinger & Weight) salaries and got table scraps in return. There is no earthly reason to pay NHL prices to watch AHL hockey –- which is what the Blues offer now that their top goal scorer and top point-getter are gone. The Lauries are still trying to sell this franchise. In the meantime, they and their minions are working as hard as humanly possible to destroy the team’s remaining fan base.
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NHL Ratings On NBC- 1/28/06

NHL on NBC for the games of January 28th had a 1.3 rating and a 3 share. Same as the first week and better than last week.

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Report- Moreau Hurts Leg Playing Basketball

via Sportsnet,

Ethan Moreau's next contract may force him to stick to just playing hockey. Sources tell Sportsnet the Oilers' forward injured his leg this morning in a game of pick-up basketball. The Oilers fear the leg is broken, but won't confirm anything more than a "sprain" until the severity of the injury is confirmed by doctors in Phoenix.

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via NHL.com,

Columbus Blue Jackets forward David Vyborny, who tallied seven points (two goals, five assists) in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, January 29. Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco, who led the Stars to four victories, three by shootout, with a 1.65 goals against average and .933 save percentage, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.

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Coaches Going In Different Directions

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Talk of (Mike) Sullivan being dumped has suddenly gone silent. Did the thoughtful coach suddenly remember how to do his job? Like players, did Sullivan simply go through a coaching slump? In Toronto, meanwhile, the sharp knives are once again out for coach Pat Quinn.

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Report- Weight To Canes

via Sportsnet,

The St. Louis Blues continue to clean house. Sportsnet has learned the Blues have sent Doug Weight to Carolina.
more to come update 1:15pm, More from Sportsnet... update 1:28pm, via TSN,
The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired Doug Weight from the St. Louis Blues but it is just one part of a much larger trade involving other players and draft picks that won't be made official until after the Hurricanes and Blues complete the official trade conference call with the NHL.
update 1:57pm, The TSN link from above has been updated with the official trade. Word is Weight priority is to sign with St. Louis in the off-season after the team is sold and becomes more stable... update 2:11pm, from the Carolina Hurricanes,
"Doug is one of the premier forwards in the National Hockey League and will add a strong element to our top lines," said Rutherford. "His skill, leadership and experience will be a great benefit for our team."

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NHL Broadcasts

Ken Schanzer, NBC Sports President, explained it as follows: "Let me start by saying that no sport televises better in HD than hockey. The access to HD needs to expand first, but it's the spectacle of the game that just shows better. It's not just about (seeing) the puck. It's the vividness of the whole sport." Then tell me Mr. Schanzer, why are you only televising one of three games a week in HD? HDTV owners are a funny sort, once we see a game in HD, we want all games in HD. All we hear is how the NHL is enhanced with HD, but we are getting minimal games and we want more! While on the topic of NBC, do you think you could spare a five minute wrap-up show after the games instead of joining a show which is already in progress? The almost fiasco at the end of the Wings/Stars shootout needs to avoided, and it would be if you had a post-game show. While on the topic of NHL broadcasts, the HD version of the OLN Flyers/Rangers game on Comcast will once again be delayed and can be viewed at 1:00am tomorrow and again at 8:00am. Why not use INHD2 to show the game live? To the local Fox Sports Net Detroit affiliate, get with it quickly. Don't you think we have waited long enough for Wings games in HD? The ratings are fantastic, best in the U.S., yet Detroit fans have no HD. Your production truck is capable of high definition, what is the delay?

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One Year Ago

One year ago today, to the minute, I started what I thought would be a blog (scroll to the bottom) that would last maybe two weeks. Little did I know what it would turn into. It sure seems like ages ago, but then again, those days of going to bed at 2am and waking at 6am to start gathering news of the lockout sure kept me in touch with all of the CBA talk. At times I had three different radio streams going on at the same time, trying to keep up with all of the latest lockout news. I don't know about you, but I sure am glad those days are behind us. Super Bowl week has finally arrived in Detroit. I will be attending a few of the events leading up to the game on Sunday and therefore posting frequency this week may be limited at times.

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Why Wednesday

from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

The NHL believes it will have a larger turnout from corporate sponsors and business partners by moving its All-Star Game to midweek (Jan. 24, 2007). “We believe that for business partners, it’s a much better proposition [to hold events during the week],” said Ken Yaffe, the league’s senior vice president of business affairs. “There’s such demand between trade shows, Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game that time of year.” “We thought it would showcase the game better,” said Mark Fein, OLN senior vice president of programming, who noted that the league came to OLN with the idea, but that OLN’s internal ratings analysis determined that a weeknight was probably the best time slot. “This isn’t going to hurt us in any way and maybe it will help bring focus and attention on the game itself.” Sponsorship experts are not quite sure if the move will have the desired effect. “We represent over 90 brands, and I’ve never heard weekend versus weekday being an issue,” said Ray Clark, CEO of The Marketing Arm, which is based in Dallas. “I would cater to the fans first, the corporate audience second, because fan interest is what drives the corporate interest.”

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