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from Kevin of BfloBlog,
Via press release, the Sabres confirmed what their schedule has shown for some time - that the next four Sabres games will not be televised.
“Out of our 82-game schedule, the MSG Network has broadcast rights to 70, and the Versus Network has rights to a maximum of eight,” said Larry Quinn, Buffalo’s minority owner/managing partner. “As such, we needed to select four games to be radio only. We chose these west coast games due to their late starts.”
Very clever, LQ. It’s MSG’s fault! But you were the one who negotiated the deal with MSG in the first place. You negotiated away the four road games. No city in America draws higher ratings for hockey than Buffalo, but we surely wouldn’t stay up past 10:00 to watch our team, right?
(I’m sure it has nothing to do with cost though…)
But not to fear, we at least get them on the radio, right?
NEW YORK, NY - Beginning Thursday, Jan. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 25, NHL Network will be on location at the 2009 NHL All-Star Celebration in Montreal to provide viewers with 15 hours of live HD* coverage from the star-studded event. NHL Network’s Brian Duff and Gary Green and contributors Dave Strader and Joe Micheletti will bring viewers inside the festivities with interviews featuring NHL players and coaches, live broadcasts from the All-Star practices and expert analysis.
But Pierre has a good excuse.
from Puck The Media,
The NHL On NBC’s regular “Game of the Week” timeslot debut was even with last year’s. The Rangers/Penguins game scored a 1.1/3 overnight, #2 in non-football programming that week (behind college hoops on ABC).
The matching game from last year, Rangers/Bruins on 1/18/08, also drew a 1.1. This likely means the final rating will drop below a 1.0.
Today on NHL Home Ice XM204, Paul Kukla will be joining Mick Kern and Dan Blakeley of the War Room to talk about the All Star Game, about the NHL in general, and to take phone calls and answer question from hockey fans.
Paul will be on at approximately 11:25 am ET, but the show runs from 11-12pm. If you don’t already have an XM subscription, you can register for a free, 3-day trial, here.
Update 2:07pm ET: Here is the audio of Paul’s conversation on XM Radio this morning.
Note: Original post-time was 10:00am ET
NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man Mike Lange of the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7:30 ET.
Over at NHL.com, I take a look at the 2nd half of the regular season. The race is on for the playoffs!
from M.L. of The Islanders Opimer,
I spent exactly one season in the press box for the Nashville Predators. I sat in the box, talked to the players and coaches after the game and even made a couple of appearances on the local news. Then I realized that most of the guys sitting next to me in the press box are more like Eklund and B.D. Gallof than authentic journalists. Not that “authentic” writers are any better, they just collect a modest salary for their writing. At the end of the day, they are all just squirrels trying to get a nut. Nothing more than common fans, who think they have the capacity to write about sports. They are message forum posters. They are internet savants. They are losers.
Five minutes of the best goals, saves and hits from the NHL.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Given the coverage the issue has received, it seemed fitting that NBC’s first Sunday of the NHL regular season would feature a fight.
The battle in this case, however, wasn’t on the ice.
It was in the studio where commentators Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury traded verbal blows over the pros and cons of fisticuffs, with Milbury ending it by giving McGuire a sharp slap to the chest.
“Keep your head up,” he said.
“I always keep my head up,” replied McGuire.
It was heated, but for the Canadian audience, there wasn’t much new presented in the debate,...
continued and not just for the Canadian audience Mr. Houston, hockey fans world wide have been following the fighting debate…
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