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Ducks Can Play Either Way

from the New York Times,

While clean and skillful play has become the prevailing style among most of the N.H.L.’s best teams, the Ducks, who will start the Stanley Cup finals against Ottawa tomorrow night, earned more penalty minutes (1,457) and engaged in far more fights (71) than any other club this season. And if the opinions available on fan-generated Web sites and blogs are any indication, Anaheim has become the team fans love to hate.
The Ducks have not toned down their act, and have been responsible for some of the postseason’s most unpleasant incidents. There have been 13 fights in the first three playoff rounds, and Anaheim has been involved in four.

more on the NHL and the NYT needs to take a better look at the UFAs they have mentioned…

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Find Markets That Demand Hockey

from Mark Sutcliffe of the Ottawa Citizen,

This week’s events should cause the NHL to take stock and review its long-term goals. Evidence is mounting that the dream of a lucrative U.S. TV contract will never be realized. The league should abandon its singular focus on that unachievable goal and reposition itself in pursuit of a better opportunity: To thrive in markets where there is demand for hockey.
Hockey will never be a national game in the United States. There are too many regions where hockey ranks behind not just the big three American sports, but a dozen others as well. But that doesn’t mean the NHL doesn’t have an opportunity to grow.

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Forget The Hogwash

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

As sure as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, you’re going to hear a tale of woe about the 2007 Stanley Cup Final because “big market” teams aren’t competing.
Hogwash!
Hockey fans will be watching and we’re going to see some of the NHL’s best players vying for the Cup. The excellence of competition goes well beyond the name of the city a team calls home. It’s too bad that elementary lesson is lost so quickly.

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Tocchet Plea Will Close Case

from the Star-Ledger,

Tocchet, who took a leave of absence from his job as associate coach of the Phoenix Coyotes after the State Police busted the ring in February 2006, is expected to plead guilty to third-degree conspiracy and third-degree promoting gambling, according to two people with knowledge of the case. The presumption in third-degree crimes is no prison time for first offenders.

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update 11:41am, from the CP and TSN via TSN,

Former NHL star Rick Tocchet has pleaded guilty to running a sports gambling ring.

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Up North Good, South Iffy

from Greg Johnson of the LA Times,

The Stanley Cup finals are approaching and hockey couldn’t be in better shape.
A late-season NHL television broadcast drew almost 10% of the country’s residents, no matter that neither team was playoff-bound. First-round playoff TV ratings dipped but rebounded nicely for subsequent rounds. And Sidney Crosby, who’s been touted by the nation’s media since he was a boy, was named NHL rookie of the year.
Wait a minute, that’s the hockey story in Canada….
South of the border, where 24 of 30 NHL teams are based, hockey remains mired in problems.

read on (reg. req.)

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Not Going As Planned

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

This is a league that does not share its attendance revenues. So a Canadian team might draw well at home, but an American owner couldn’t care less. He’s not going to see any of it. What he does know is that Canadian teams are traditionaly the NHL’s worst road draws. An owner in a major American city doesn’t want to try to sell tickets for games against teams from places like Winnipeg, Quebec and Waterloo — or even Calgary and Edmonton for that matter. He wants visits from New York, Boston, Los Angeles and so on.
Now, once Balsillie purchases the Predators, the battle will be on. He will want to move that team out of Nashville and into Canada. Perhaps, down the road, some other entrepeneur will try to follow a similar pattern with the Atlanta Thrashers or the Florida Panthers, and some of the other cities that Bettman brought into the NHL.
And while Canada is a nice place, it’s not the place to be if you’re trying to establish your sports league as a major league in the United States.
This is what Bettman has wrought.

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The Windsor Preds

Mike Stone of WDFN in Detroit wants the Predators to move to Windsor!
Mike thinks it would be cool and can just imagine the rivalry that would be created.
What do you think?  Be kind to Stoney, a good guy and the best radio sports guy in Detroit.
Wojo, his sidekick says the only way for this to happen is to call the team the Windsor Ballets (Detroit area residents can explain if it comes up).

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Another Challenge For Bettman

from Alan Adams of Sportsnet,

Bettman knows a second NHL team in southern Ontario will work. He knows Canadians live and die for hockey, and Balsillie is exactly the type of owner the NHL needs. He is on the cutting edge of communications technology.
If the NHL doesn’t let Balsillie move the Predators to southern Ontario, then Bettman isn’t Canada-friendly.
It is as simple as that.

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added 12:45pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Instead, you have a situation where, two years into the current CBA, franchises in Phoenix and Atlanta and Florida as well as Nashville still can’t operate in the black, or even at the break-even point. And when the day comes that the owners in all those markets say ‘enough’ to the losses, that’s when the migration to points north will occur.
It’s no longer a question of if anymore.
It’s only a question of when.

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Tocchet Due In Court

from the AP via Newsday,

Rick Tocchet, the former hockey star at the center of a gambling ring investigation, was due in court Friday for an unspecified reason.
The state Attorney General’s Office announced the scheduled appearance. Neither Tocchet’s lawyer, Kevin Marino, nor David Wald, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office would comment.
But unexpected court appearances can often signal a defendant is entering a guilty plea.

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Could Have Been Leafs

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Corey Perry grew up little more than an hour down the highway, played his junior hockey two hours from the Air Canada Centre, and never had the chance to be a Maple Leaf.
For Toronto, he is yet another symbol of what has been lost in the quick-fix generation,
Wojtek Wolski was born in Poland, grew up around the city, played his junior hockey in Brampton. Like Perry, Wolski would have been a perfect Leaf.

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