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Man Behind The KHL Interested In Purchasing An NHL Team

from Alan Adams at CBC Sports,

Russian billionaire Alexander Medvedev, who has been a thorn in the side of the NHL this season, claims he is looking at buying an NHL team.

“Actually, we have considered 10 opportunities and we’re doing due diligence on three teams,” Medvedev told reporters Tuesday following an oldtimers’ game at the world men’s hockey championship in Zurich, Switzerland.

“It will help us make our decisions.”

Medvedev, who is deputy chairman of Gasprom, the world’s biggest natural gas producer, would not say which teams he is looking at, but hinted he thinks the NHL should put more teams in Canada.

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Dirtiest Guys in the NHL According to Other Players

From TSN:

Chris Pronger and Steve Ott are the dirtiest players in the National Hockey League, according to a survey of their fellow players.

A Sports Illustrated poll of 324 players that is to appear in this week’s issue has Anaheim Ducks defenceman Pronger and Dallas Stars forward Ott in a tie, each chosen by 13 per cent of their peers.

Jarkko Ruutu of the Ottawa Senators was third at 12 per cent, with Sean Avery of the New York Rangers fourth at 10 per cent, followed by Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers at five per cent.

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Update 3:11pm ET: From the Detroit Free Press, Chris Pronger responds—

Told of the survey results this morning, Pronger laughed and said he disagreed.

“That’s their prerogative,” he said, adding that it didn’t surprise him he won. “There’s always a lot of whining out on the ice,” he said.

Pronger said it was possibly based more on his past than his present (he has only six penalty minutes in the 2009 playoffs, for example – none of them against Detroit).

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Dealing With Bad Calls

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

When a team loses, just like most anything else, the immediate urge is to point the finger and pass off the blame to a party without recourse. The refs are an entity that hold ultimate power over each game and are an easy and wide open target for mudslinging, character assassination and even physical challenges. Unfortunately it’s an ugly part of this game and it’s here to stay in some way, shape, or form, but like all the other intangibles within hockey, one can grow up and take a lesson away from the rink.

Being the natural and organic game it is, human error can play a decisive role in any given hockey game. Slashes, trips and interferences go undetected or overly detected, livening up the atmosphere of a game by getting people up in arms and into the action. But what’s done is done; name-callings and death stares will linger, but regardless of what anyone else thinks, someone is going on the power play when the ref makes a call.

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Playoffs Create New Hockey Fans

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

Now is the perfect time to turn your non-hockey friends into a hockey fan. Invite them over for a viewing party, organize a get together at a local watering hole or just call them at game time and tell them to watch and keep watching.

I guarantee you the vast majority of the people you contact will want to watch another game. But you have to start the ball rolling by getting them to view a playoff matchup.

It is hard to believe this, but there are people out there that do not know anything about the game we love. By informing these people about NHL playoff hockey, you are really doing them a favor by telling them to watch a game that means something, a game built on determination and grit, style and skill too.

They may ask you what lies ahead, what team is bound to end up in the Stanley Cup Final? Your response is critical and this is what makes our game different than all the other playoffs.

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Oh No Wade

Wade Vokey - a 50 year old life time hockey fan analyzes the current state of the National Hockey League and shares his suggestions that will save the game of hockey.

His major suggestion is play 5 on 4 in the offensive zone.  He wants only four defending players in the defensive zone, with the other playing above the blue line.  If he enters the defensive zone, 2 minute delay of game penalty.

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Bettman Plans To Fix The Coyotes

from Gary Loewen of the Toronto Sun,

Forget about the Phoenix Coyotes heading back to their Winnipeg roots.

Asked on ESPN Radio what he planned to do with the Coyotes, commissioner Gary Bettman said, “We’re gonna fix them. That’s what we do when we have franchises in trouble.”

So, take that Kansas City and Las Vegas and Hamilton/Waterloo.

As for those who believe that the NHL is a Canadian game:

“If you think back to the late ‘90s early 2000s, there were numerous articles suggesting Canadian franchises other than the Maple Leafs couldn’t make it and there would be only one team left in Canada,” Bettman said.

“But we don’t buy into that hysteria.”

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After One OT, Go To 4 on 4

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

I love overtime in hockey. Who wouldn’t?

But overtime period after overtime period after overtime period? No way!

I am quite certain this will offend many and quite frankly, I don’t care.

Play one period of 5-on-5 overtime and if the score is still tied, play 4-on-4 until a winner is declared. It really isn’t a radical idea. I understand this would be a huge break from tradition, but that doesn’t mean it is wrong. The NHL went to 4-on-4 in overtime in 1999-2000 and we survived, right?

For heaven’s sake, it’s just a freaking hockey game! The fate of the world is not depending on the outcome.

continued & the SENShobo knew this type of story was coming, and prepared you for it earlier today.

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All About The NHL Email You Receive

from Laurie Sullivan of Online Media Daily,

The National Hockey League connects with fans through email every day, and sends 62 newsletter versions weekly. Online Media Daily spoke with Amie Becton Ray, senior manager of direct marketing at the NHL, about the league’s email strategy and the impact on hundreds of thousands of fans receiving messages specifically created for them.

OMD: How often does the NHL send communications to fans?

Ray: NHL’s email list includes nearly one million fans. There are 62 versions of the weekly newsletter sent each Thursday. We began sending targeted newsletters in the fall. This lets us send each person specific information about their favorite team, depending on where they live.

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Hockey Talk In Early May

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Ron Wilson took the blame for all the San Jose playoff collapses of the past. So who gets blamed now? And Wilson didn’t have Dan Boyle and Rob Blake on his defence.

• Nobody mentions Randy Carlyle among the better coaches in hockey, but they should. He might be the best bench coach in the game.

• The starting Olympic goaltenders should be: Roberto Luongo, Canada; Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden; Evgeni Nabokov, Russia; Niklas Backstrom or Miikka Kiprusoff, Finland; Tim Thomas, Ryan Miller or Rick DiPietro, USA, Tomas Vokoun, Czech Republic: Can’t wait for Vancouver.

• I worry about Jaromir Jagr. He says if he doesn’t play in Russia next season, he wants to play in Edmonton. I think he is badly in need of a travel agent or a therapist.

more hockey notes plus a look at Kyle Wellwood…

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Greater TV Exposure Needed

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Slap Shots has learned that NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly and director of business affairs Glenn Healy met with ESPN executives earlier this year, with Bettman’s knowledge and authorization. We’re told ESPN, which did in fact treat the NHL like an unwanted stepchild while it was the league’s cable rights-holder, showed substantial interest in bringing the sport back to the network.

But that interest, which included an offer of a rights fee that was reported to the commissioner, has not been seriously returned from the league, at least not yet. Versus would have to relinquish its national cable exclusivity in order to strike a deal with ESPN. From what we’re told, NBC opposes a deal with ESPN because of ABC’s parentage of the cable network.

From what we’re told, Bettman places a fair amount of stock into what NBC thinks, though we cannot imagine why.

According to sources, the NHL made approximately $3 million last year out of its profit-sharing arrangement with NBC. That’s $3 million, total, or $100,000 per team. Not even Phoenix needs that, not when the NHL’s signature series is all but shut out by the NBC, not when there’s no ESPN to showcase it.

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  Tags: espn, nbc

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