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Game 7 Ratings

from zap2it,

Despite an exciting Stanley Cup Game 7, NBC could do little to challenge CBS' Monday night dominance. The Tiffany Network crushed the competition overall, though FOX was able to eke out a slim demographic win. For the night, CBS averaged a 5.8 rating/10 share, far ahead of the 3.9/7 for FOX. ABC was right behind in third with a 3.6/6, nipping the 3.5/6 for NBC (though NBC averaged more viewers). The WB and UPN continued to play out the string with matching totals of 1.3/2 on the night.
added 12:40pm, from Media Life,
Last night’s Game Seven averaged a 2.3 adults 18-49 overnight rating from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to Nielsen fast nationals. Those numbers measure only timeslot data, not program data, so the final number may jump when the bit airing after 11 p.m. is factored in to final ratings. Regardless, this will be the highest-rated game of the series by far. It was up 92 percent over the 1.2 final average earned by Saturday’s Game Six. It also bettered Game Five’s 1.6 average and Game Four’s 1.3 average while becoming NBC’s first game to break 4 million total viewers. In fact, it broke that barrier by a great deal, averaging 5.45 million total viewers.
added 4:57pm, from Media Week,
Game 7 of The Stanley Cup Finals on NBC (Edmonton vs. Carolina) concluded with a typically lackluster 4.0/ 7 in the overnights from 8-11:15 p.m., with an approximate 5.45 million viewers and a 2.3/ 7 among adults 18-49 in primetime. Comparably, the 2004 metered market average for The Stanley Cup Finals was a more potent 5.4/ 9.
added 7:35pm, from the AP via MSNBC,
The Carolina Hurricanes’ win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals had a 3.3 rating and 6 share on NBC on Monday night, down 21 percent from Game 7 in 2004 — the last season before the lockout. In 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Game 7 victory over the Calgary Flames had a 4.2 rating and a 7 share on ABC. “The ratings are in line with our projections,” Brian Walker, director of communications for NBC Sports, said Tuesday.

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Take A Trip Around The NHL With The Maven

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Gary Bettman promises that next season the league will give its broadcasters “The best schedule they’ve ever had.” The league – under its new broadcast boss, John Shannon -- will continue to explore ways to improve TV shows. -Paul Maurice has a simple, savvy explanation why the Oilers and ‘Canes reached the Finals: “The players move as five guys on the ice!” Sounds Russian to us. -Don’t be surprised if the NHL changes the Shootout rule to five shooters instead of the current three

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Most NHL Problems Are Off The Ice

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

On the ice, as the marvelous Stanley Cup tournament showed, the league has its house in order. There are some things to be ironed out, such as the delay-of-game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass and the bosses' tendency to micromanage the on-ice officials in big games, but these are minor matters. Off the ice is a different matter. Almost all of the problem markets remain problems. The problems come in two categories, which are usually linked — lack of interest and bad ownership. However, there is one bright spot — the Pittsburgh Penguins — although the franchise is not yet in the clear. Its future in Pittsburgh depends on securing a slots licence, which will finance a new arena.
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Report- Sakic Stays In Colorado

from RDS (translated),

According to what our colleague Renaud Lavoie learned, Joe Sakic initialed a one year old contract with the Avalanche of Colorado. The agreement will bring back to the captain of the Avalanche 5,75 million dollars
added 12:55pm, from the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Joe Sakic has agreed to terms with the club, keeping the Avalanche captain in Colorado for the 2006-2007 season. “This organization’s success has been due in large part to Joe Sakic, both as a leader and as a premiere player in this league,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “Keeping him in an Avalanche uniform was definitely a priority. He still possesses the skills and abilities that have made him so successful for so many years. Like in 2001, he had a chance to become an unrestricted free agent, but chose otherwise.”

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Greater Opportunities For American Players

from the Star Tribune,

As a hockey player who once aspired to be a dentist, Lou Nanne never has been fond of stereotypes. Case in point: Most NHL general managers in the early 1980s dismissed American players as too soft, too timid or too inexperienced to make it in their league. Nanne didn't buy it, and the North Stars general manager backed up his belief by making Brian Lawton the first American-born player chosen No. 1 overall in the NHL draft. That 1983 decision still is remembered as a risk that backfired, given Lawton's nine average seasons in the league. But Nanne's confidence in U.S.-born players has been rewarded handsomely since then. A record 12 Americans are ranked as potential first-round picks in Saturday's NHL draft, led by projected No. 1 pick Erik Johnson of Bloomington.

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A Stress Free Summer

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

In some sort of strange way, the lockout and all of its wretchedness didn't end for me until NBC went off the air after Game 7 faster than Brad Pitt rebounds from a broken relationship. It was just the latest slap to the American hockey fan. But we are used to that. We know the greatest byproduct of the internet for us, is that there are pockets of hockey love all over the world. Find them, bookmark them, watch the games and talk to your friends. Anything else is a bonus. Yes, a stress free offseason is here. An summer to look back and look ahead. The lockout is now over. Thank you, fans.

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Now What

I woke up today, did my normal morning update and then said to myself, now what? I have been doing this since February 2005 and today is the first day that I am not pointing you to CBA negotiations, something going on that I feel you would have an iterest in or an upcoming game. I may have missed a day or two, maybe Christmas, but that is about it. I will now start looking at the NHL Draft and the upcoming UFA period. Just a reminder, rumors will start flying around. I will not post anything off of the top of my head. In the title of the post if you see report or rumor, that is what the post will be based on. I find it much easier on everyone to point to something concrete, something we can grasp. If not, all we are doing is guessing. If you have something to pass on, maybe a deal that is going down in your hometown that hasn't reached the media, feel free to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at any time. I do plan on a vacation in early July and some website tweaking will also be upcoming. Nothing major, no change of format, but a few minor details need to be worked on and enhanced.

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Canucks Close To Naming Coach

via Sportnet,

According to various sources, the Vancouver Canucks are expected to call a press conference today where GM Dave Nonis will address the hiring of a new head coach. Sources told Sportsnet after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final that Alain Vigneault remains the favourite candidate, but another unnamed individual is still very much in the mix. The Canucks hope to have a coach in place before the 2006 NHL Entry Draft this weekend, which will take place at GM Place in Vancouver, BC.

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Is Sullivan Done In Boston

from the Boston Herald,

Mike Sullivan has yet to hear from the Bruins whether he still has his coaching job. The silence Sullivan has heard since his interview 1 weeks ago in Ottawa with general manager-to-be Peter Chiarelli is probably loaded with meaning. Multiple, well-placed sources said yesterday it is very unlikely that Sullivan will be back. And at least one source opined the delay by Chiarelli in making a decision may be because the Bruins are still hoping to take a run at Carolina Hurricanes skipper Peter Laviolette.

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Bleepin Right

from Michael Farber of ESPN,

The Stanley Cup was passed from Carolina Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour to Glen Wesley to Bret Hedican and then to the excitable Ray Whitney, who bellowed, on national television, "right," although the word was proceeded by a clearly audible and crude (albeit common) Anglo-Saxonism, an unfortunate adjective that, for a brief instant, turned NBC into HBO. There has been deadwood on championship teams before, but this was the first time there was Deadwood. But give Whitney his due, along with his ring. The NHL did get it -- to paraphrase Whitney- - bleepin' right in 2005-06, from the enforcement of the rules to the removal of the red line to a partnership with the players that will allow the NHL to grow the game, at least incrementally, in its 30 markets.

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