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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
While it will wait until the minutes from the Glendale, Ariz., council meeting are available before proceeding officially, the Goldwater Institute plans to intercept the city’s plans to hand over as much as $25-million (all currency U.S.) to the NHL.
Carrie Ann Sitren, a lawyer for the conservative watchdog group which monitors public spending, said Wednesday that it is illegal for a city to hand over complete authority to a city manager, as Glendale did, to cut a deal without public discussion or a final vote of approval from council. On Tuesday night, Glendale council voted 7-0 to give city manager Ed Beasley the authority to forge and agreement with the NHL to pay up to $25-million of the Phoenix Coyotes’ operating losses for the 2010-11 season if the league is unable to sell the team.
“By delegating the power and responsibility of [council] to the city manager, the city has violated the law,” Sitren said.
Game starts just after 7:00pm EDT on Versus, CBC and RDS.
I say Penguins win in a blowout or Canadiens win in regulation in a low scoring game.
NEW YORK (May 12, 2010) – “As far as perspiration-based entertainment goes, it’s pretty hard to top what the National Hockey League has offered up this spring,” says the Toronto Star. And Milton Kent of AOL Fanhouse adds, “the National Hockey League is a big-time deal again… people are definitely talking about, and more importantly, watching, the NHL again.”
As the Eastern Conference Semifinals near their conclusion with Game 6 and Game 7 tonight, the compelling action on the ice is helping to fuel substantial business success off the ice. All North American TV partners are showing strong increases in viewership, the NHL’s digital platforms are experiencing explosive growth, and attendance is averaging above capacity.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
So here we are back in Steeltown, dear friends, a badly underestimated destination and home of the most charmingly decrepit arena in the NHL.
We love all things rustic, don’t get us wrong – and there are some wonderful touches to this old barn, like the “Flood like a champion tonight” signs next to the Zambonis – but this place takes things to a new level….
Herewith, a few observations from practice: when the Pens came out for their morning skate (they were up first at 10:30), they found an extra veteran on the ice.
It was Vladimir Malkin, a shorter, balder version of his superstar son Evgeni, who was shimmying around in his leather jacket a pair of pointy black street shoes and whipping passes back and forth with Maxime Talbot.
The elder Malkin, who once played for Russian team Magnitogorsk, hammed it up with the players as they came out, firing shots at the net from bad angles.
“It hasn’t been an easy season by any stretch with all that has transpired with the ups and downs and things we’ve had to face with injuries and such. But we certainly found a way to find wins, find ways to make up for key injuries and guys have stepped in and played very well. From the start of the year with our goaltending situation, with one guy going down, the next guy going in, the next guy going down and on and on. It was a bit of a carousel but, through all that, we learned an awful lot about ourselves and what it was going to take to be successful.”
-Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers via Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com.
Scott Burnside of ESPN checks-in from Pittsburgh and discusses game 7.
Also, read about it here.
Thanks to the Vancouver Province for the pointer.
from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,
And so here we are, on the cusp of Game 6, and we haven’t the slightest clue of what to expect from the Bruins. More than seven months into this season, the Bruins have been good, bad and everywhere in between. Most of all, they have been entirely unpredictable.
Much of that explains why this hockey season in Boston has been positively compelling, of course, because let’s face it: predictable is boring. Instability results in so much more drama. The 2009-10 Bruins have lost 10 in a row during the regular season and won 7 of 8 during the playoffs, the more recent stretch ending with the Game 4 overtime loss to Flyers last weekend at the Wachovia Center. At the time, most of us regarded that game as nothing more than a hiccup from a Bruins team that had rediscovered its potential and seemed destined for its first trip to the conference finals in 18 years.
But now? Now we can’t be so sure.
MONTREAL – Hockey fever rose another notch Tuesday when Canadiens fans showed their enthusiasm and support for their team by purchasing all available tickets to watch the 7th and decisive game of the Montreal Canadiens - Pittsburgh Penguins series on the Bell Centre’s giant HD screens.
Over 20,000 tickets quickly vanished as the lucky ticket holders anxiously await all the excitement of this event which is arguably the most important moment in the history if team since its Stanley Cup championship in 1993. Clearly more than ever before, we are Canadiens.
The Montreal Canadiens and evenko jointly announced that all profits from the event will benefit the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation.
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