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from Jeff Paterson of Straight.com,
For a league that has already hired a commissioner away from the National Basketball Association and placed franchises in cities far better suited for hoops than pucks, it’s time to borrow from basketball yet again. The NBA’s developmental league has come up with a novel twist on the playoffs that would be perfect for the National Hockey League: allowing teams to pick their postseason opponents.
Now, it’s not as radical as it sounds. The top finishers in each conference get to select from the lower-ranking qualifiers in the first round only. In the NHL’s case, let the three division winners in each conference pick from the teams that round out the playoff field.
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Remember all those dire predictions from the NHL lockout four years ago?
This is the last league that can afford a lengthy work stoppage, doomsayers said.
It will permanently alienate its fan base.
It will never attract new fans.
It will die a wretched death.
Well, lookie here: The NHL’s on fire. Partly by luck, partly by design, the league everyone loves to bash (often with good reason) is producing a consistently entertaining product that is attracting increased numbers of paying customers and television viewers.
CapitalsKremlin has a picture from last night’s Rangers game that showed some virtual advertising on the glass.
Now if the hockey networks could use the technology to display those annoying in-game commercials that pop-up on the screen during play, I would be a happy viewer.
thanks to GreatestHockeyLegends for the pointer…
The Thrashers put out this PSA (public service announcement) yesterday.
added 9:40am, Caps coach Bruce Boudreau wasn’t happy the video was shown, he doesn’t like the mocking.
Watch Boudreau’s post game presser below, the topic starts at the 50 second mark.
added 12:50pm, As a commentor just mentioned, the first video is no longer working (it was earlier) but check the comments for a link to the vid.
from Stan Fischler of the Hockey Journal,
Commissioner Gary Bettman should immediately put a stop to one of the most ridiculous off-ice practices, which is spreading across the NHL. That happens to be the issue of dressing room carpets, of all things.
More and more teams have oversized team logos on their rug. That is fine in theory, but the nuttiness, which started in Tampa several years ago, has it that nobodyis allowed to step on the logo.
Violators – usually unknowing media types – face a shouting down from trainers, p.r. people or the players themselves. What’s the fuss all about? Isn’t a rug to be walked on?
“It’s a respect thing,” says Blackhawks forward Adam Burish.
If that’s the case, hang the darn thing on the wall. And by the way, what about all the center-ice logos that players skate over endless times during a game? The commissioner should have the rug hung on the wall or the ceiling or – better still — have the silliness stopped once and for all.
read on for more hockey notes from The Maven…
from P.J. Stock of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
...The game has changed. The players have changed and so has the perception from the fans watching the game. I think it’s a direct reflection of our changing society. We live in a world of always worrying to be so PC (politically correct, folks). The game has changed because our society’s influence on it has almost forced some of its changes. No more so than in interpretation of the game’s physicality.
What used to be a battle along the boards, a fight for the puck, a mano-a-mano confrontation is now called like a basketball game. Two minutes for illegal use of the hands or two minutes for being too strong or too tough. I believe the game needed changes to get out of the trap era, but why interfere with what so many people have fallen in love with? The toughness of players playing the toughest game out there….
Fighting is a no-no now, hitting someone who is watching their pass is a crime and body checking someone in the head … purgatory.
I loved the game the way it used to be. I’m worried about the direction the game is going in.
A profile of 2009 NHL Entry Draft prospect John Tavares.
I have to run out for a dental appointment but will return around 4:00pm ET.
In the meantime, anything on your mind regarding our great game?
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The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the first round of the 2009 Entry Draft, will take place on Tuesday, April 14th. The result of the Draft Drawing, and the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2009 Entry Draft, will be announced at 8:00 pm, Eastern Time on on TSN (Canada) and Versus (U.S.) as part of a 30-minute live Draft special from TSN’s studios in Toronto, which will also be streamed live on NHL.com.
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