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The Product Is Good

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Apparently, for the first time in ages, you didn’t have to be a savvy hockey fan (a.k.a. a Canadian) to realize the NHL is now producing some of the most entertaining hockey we’ve seen since the inception of the Tuuk blade.

Even Americans, who’d have an easier time finding a BP executive than a hockey game buried on Versus, stood up and took notice of a game too cool to ignore anymore.

Starting perhaps with the Winter Classic at Fenway Park, moving to the Olympic tourney staged in a perfect setting and ending with a playoff that had more storylines than a Ben Roethlisberger pub crawl, it appears the NHL has finally rebounded from the lockout of 2004-05 and is actually gaining momentum.

Oh sure, it helps that the Americans landed in the gold-medal game and teams from two traditional hockey markets starved for Stanley Cup glory landed in the final.

But at the end of the day, the product is what sells NHL hockey, and right now, the speed and skill of the game has helped make it hotter than the Slap Chop.

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Bertuzzi’s Suit Against Crawford Continues

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Lawyers for Todd Bertuzzi managed to recover from a gaffe that saw his third-party lawsuit against his former coach, Marc Crawford, dismissed because they failed to file the paperwork to send it to trial.

Ontario Superior Court of Justice case management master Ronald Dash granted a motion Tuesday morning from Robert Ben, one of Bertuzzi’s lawyers, which reinstated the lawsuit. He also granted Bertuzzi’s lawyers’ request, over the objection of Crawford’s lawyer, to conduct an examination of discovery on Crawford. But Dash limited the examination to four hours and ruled it must be conducted within the next 30 days.


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Everything You Need For The Upcoming NHL Entry Draft

TORONTO/NEW YORK (June 15, 2010)—Everything needed for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft—including in-depth player profiles, prospect videos, feature stories, scouting reports, statistics, childhood hockey pictures and more about the NHL’s future stars can be found at NHL.com/draft. The all-encompassing NHL.com microsite provides information on draft-eligible players from around the world who have been ranked by the League’s Central Scouting Bureau for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to be held on June 25 and 26 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

In addition, detailed yearly club-by-club selections, historical summaries, selections by league and country as well as many other features that had previously been contained in the League’s Entry Draft Media Guide can be found on the Microsite.

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It May Be Slow Now, But…

The off-ice action will soon pick up.  Read about at my NHL.com blog today.

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How Would You Rate The Recently Completed NHL Season?

from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

Every Sunday on TSN, the host Dave Hodge convenes a panel of sports reporters to review the week on “The Reporters,” and unlike ESPN’s Sunday morning “Sports Reporters” show, the TSN program regularly discusses hockey. After the half-hour program, Hodge leads his panel in an extra segment that is seen on TSN’s Web site, and this week’s “Reporters via Podcast” episode expanded on a point Hodge made during the telecast’s discussion of the just-concluded final (video), as he asked the question, “Was this the best season for hockey ever?” (video)

In the show and on the podcast, Hodge submitted the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, alongside the tournament during the Vancouver Games and the world junior tournament as evidence supporting the greatness of 2009-10.

Damien Cox of The Toronto Star agreed, saying the season had “a bit of everything,” including the Coyotes’ remarkable turnaround, the head shot debate and a down-to-the-wire race for top scorer and top goal scorer.

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A Great NHL Season

from NHL.com,

After a regular season that saw record-breaking business success, propelled in large part by the NHL’s strategy of engaging fans through big events and robust digital offerings, the League built on that momentum with unprecedented success during a Stanley Cup Playoffs that attracted the largest audience across all platforms in the history of the sport.

The landmark playoff run was highlighted by the most-watched NHL game in the U.S. in 36 years; the highest audience for an all-U.S. Final in Canadian television history; the most-watched first two rounds on U.S. cable in history; the most-watched NHL game in TSN’s history; record TV ratings in local markets such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Boston; television and digital growth in non-traditional markets like Memphis, Kansas City, New Orleans and San Diego; another record year for NHL.com unique visitors; the hottest of all hot markets in Chicago fueling a Shop.NHL.com one-day sales record; in-arena sales for the Final growing by 129 percent; and measurable buzz on platforms like Google and Twitter.


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Hockey Notes On A Hot Sunday Morning

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• For a long time, the assumption has been that Bill Daly would eventually replace Gary Bettman as commissioner of the NHL. That wind is drifting: Word around is that league COO John Collins, a former NFL executive, is considered heir apparent to the ever-popular commish.

• Toews is the first forward to win the Conn Smythe Trophy without scoring a goal in the Stanley Cup Final. The only other Conn Smythe winner to not a score a goal, other than goaltenders: Scott Niedermayer in 2007.

• Best thing the Leafs could do with Tomas Kaberle is work in concert with agent Rick Curran, trading Kaberle to somewhere where he will sign on long-term. Kaberle’s value is substantially more long-term than with one year left on his deal.

• Vesa Toskala told Calgary GM Darryl Sutter that he wants to be a starting goalie again. Either that or a standup comedian.


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NHLPA Vote Will Help Determine The Salary Cap Number

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The 2010-11 cap crunch facing the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks and their big- mar ket brethren will be more severe than believed if the Escrow Hawks within the NHL Players’ Association carry the day and the balloting when the 30 player reps vote on whether to trigger the 5-percent inflator at the union’s June 21 meeting in Chicago.

Following a round of PA conference calls conducted during the week, a half-dozen player reps and engaged union members told Slap Shots that the outcome of the vote appears too close to call, though one veteran suggested he thought it remains more likely than not that the union will hold to precedent and enact the 5-percent bump.

f the union votes it down, next season’s cap all but certainly will go down, too, a first for the league that is coming off a blockbuster playoffs. If the cap would increase approximately $2 million, to $58.8 million including the bump, as Gary Bettman previously has suggested, it appears as if the cap would shrink to approximately $56 million if the player reps become consumed with limiting escrow while missing the bigger picture


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Mid-June Observations

• It’s a shame Detroit area newspapers did not send a beat writer or a columnist to the Stanley Cup Final.  Even covering the last two games would have been appreciated.

• Some people are complaining Jonathan Toews received the Conn Smythe Trophy.  Remember, the trophy is awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team during the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup playoffs (not just the Final).

• Yes I write for NHL.com on a weekly basis, but I don’t work for them.  They did a great job during the playoffs including getting stories and videos up quickly for all fans to see.

• It is going to be very interesting to see if Philadelphia puts faith in Ville Leino and moves a higher paid player off their roster this summer.

• The odds are Chicago will be in the SCF hunt for next season, does the same hold true for the Flyers or will the Penguins re-group and make another Final appearance?

• Every team is 0-0-0-0 today and not one team will win the Cup in the summer months.  It may look that way at times, but the games need to be played and I for one will be watching again next season.

• The UFA rumor season is about to begin and remember, KK only reports from reputable sources.  In the past years, I received tons of emails asking about some very outlandish rumors and my answer is always the same, don’t believe it.  I am telling you the same thing in advance this season.

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Big Market Win For The NHL

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Let’s see if the NHL can make something out of this.

The last time a monster Stanley Cup drought was busted, the New York Rangers hoisted the best trophy in sports and the game seemed ready to explode into a new golden era.

Then, the NHL promptly drove into a ditch, first enforcing a season-damaging lockout and then allowing the Dead Puck Era to slow the world’s fastest game to a crawl for a decade.

Today, the league has another champion from a big market, Original Six city that waited almost five decades to witness another championship team.

Surely the NHL won’t drop kick this chance away.


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