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from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
No one likes someone who blows the whistle, but it was pretty difficult not to like former NHL referee Art Skov.
The genial Skov, 80, died Sunday after suffering through declining health in recent years.
“He was a real players’ referee,” said retired NHL linesman Matt Pavelich, who worked many a game with his fellow Windsorite.
“He did his job well and he was well respected by everyone in the game. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard someone saw anything bad about Art.”
NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 20, 2009) – The lists of the three finalists for each of the NHL’s most prestigious regular-season awards will be announced beginning Wednesday. The 2009 NHL Awards, to be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on June 18, 2009 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada, will bring together the League’s best players, celebrities and other NHL VIPs in celebration of the season’s brightest stars.
from John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal,
MSG Network is the country’s first regional sports network to run virtual advertising during its live NHL games, a potentially important application to attract advertisers during the economic recession.
The New York-area RSN successfully tested the virtual advertising by superimposing Subway’s logo on the glass above the dasherboards during the final week of the NHL’s regular season. MSG Network was set to expand on the application during the Rangers’ first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals.
continued and thanks to SBJ for releasing the paid link to KK readers…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
When the regular season ended Sunday, some 350 NHL players completed the final year of their contract, an average of just under 12 free-agents-to-be per team.
What does this portend for the days leading up to and including the June draft, as well as the start of free agency July 1?
Three general managers (two off the record) provided mixed opinions. Locally, Boston boss Peter Chiarelli noted that there was a lot of talk about trades prior to last June’s draft, but talk did not turn into much action.
many more NHL topics discussed…
The Hotstove on HNIC last night touched on numerous subjects including John Tavares, the next Edmonton coach. the Minnesota Wild, Jim Nill & Steve Yzerman.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
There’s no better example of the NHL’s intention to turn its referees into automatons programmed by VP of Officiating Stephen Walkom than the decision not to use Kerry Fraser in the playoffs. It’s sad, indeed, to see this signature referee treated with such disrespect by Gary Bettman and the league office.
Why didn’t they just slap him across the face at center ice then send it Toronto for video review?
It’s sadder, still, when people like Bill McCreary—who failed to see Scott Hartnell throw his stick at the puck when Petr Sykora was winding up to shoot in Game 2 of the Penguins-Flyers series—and Dave Jackson get the call to work the postseason instead of Fraser.
more plus some Leafs and Messier talk…
Want to talk Rangers/Capitals or anything hockey related? Surprised Simeon Varlamov is starting in goal for Washington?
Feel free to comment below.
From Lyle Richardson (Spector) at Fox Sports:
One game does not a series make but the opening games of the 2009 Stanley Cup conference quarterfinals have brought some interesting factors to the fore which could affect the outcome of these series.
—The San Jose Sharks entered the postseason hoping to finally shed the label of playoff chokers, but their 2-0 loss in the opening game of their first-round series against the underdog Anaheim Ducks isn’t likely to allay the fears of their supporters or the barbs of their critics.
continued… with notes on all 8 playoff series after the first game
from Mike Lopresti of USA TODAY,
We are not here to offer deep analysis on the road to the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Pssst ... that’s the trophy that goes to the team that wins). Far from it. Just some basic tidbits, for those who have trouble remembering that Columbus, Ohio, has a hockey team.
NHL Playoffs for Dummies. Which I am.
No. 1. If you like overtime games, you’ve come to the right place. Last spring, nearly one in every five playoff games went extra periods. San Jose and Dallas had a marathon-on-ice, where three games went into overtime and the clinching sixth game lasted four overtimes.
In case you missed it, Alanah has posted the blogger segment of the HNIC Playoff Preview Show they did last night.
Although we had only about six minutes of air time, we were able to touch on a few hockey topics.
I had fun, my first time on TV and as the producer in Windsor said, ‘just look into the red light.” With that statement, let the playoffs begin!
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