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from Ted’s Take,
The NHL had a great year. Can you name me one other media oriented company that can say they grew and grew fast across the board in terms of:
Ratings - both nationally and locally;
Season ticket renewals and season ticket sales;
Overall ticket sales;
Overall ticket pricing;
The salary cap will move up again as the players share in more than half of the revenues so the players are happy.
For the most part, the product has improved.
from Jim Adams of The Union (California),
He is the prototype of the Detroit Red Wing fan. Shane Peters is brash. At times, he is abrasive. He is in-your-face when the subject is Detroit hockey.
He walks into a road arena as the typical Wing fan ... as if he owns the place. As with most, Peters will root a bit louder in visiting arenas.
Although he hails today from Fullerton, he is a native of Warren, Michigan. On this night, he may act more like he is from Detroit’s inner-city. At games, he will search out his fellow Red Wing minions. It is as if they have an actual fraternity. They are, by far, the most obnoxious fans in the league.
From Jason Kay at The Hockey News,
A few months ago – heck, even a few weeks ago – the notion seemed ludicrous: Chris Osgood for the Hall of Fame?
Some of you may even be shaking your heads and/or laughing right now.
But with the specs for his third Stanley Cup ring about to be sent to the jeweler, the question begs asking.
THN presents all the arguments. Read ‘em and vote.
from Alan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Here we are three years into the collective agreement that was going to save the NHL, make it a better, more viable business, and you can still see fires on the horizon. Some are manageable burns; some are close to raging out of control. All require attention.
Follow the smoke and you’ll see what we mean:
In Buffalo, the Sabres business practices are rattling their NHL partners who think the team is deliberately keeping the cost of its tickets low so it can qualify for league revenue sharing.
The Carolina Hurricanes have a called a news conference for 1:30 p.m. today about the future of defenseman Glen Wesley.
Wesley is expected to announce he is retiring.
added 1:56pm, from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley today announced his retirement from hockey. Wesley also announced that he will remain with the Hurricanes, working as the team’s Director of Defenseman Development.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Last night was surely about the Detroit Red Wings and their remarkable organization, now defiantly the class of the Original Six, usurping the unofficial title held for a quarter-century by the Montreal Canadiens after the NHL expanded in 1967.Winners by a 3-2 score last night, they’ve now won four Cups in 11 seasons.
But it was also about Crosby, Malone and the Penguins, very much so. They proved they were more than the ‘83 Oilers, for they weren’t swept, as many feared they would be after Games 1 and 2. They scraped and clawed their way into the final seconds of play last night as a Crosby shot bounced tantalizingly in the crease, but stayed out.
To understand how much players and coaches and every member of an organization pours into taking a serious run at the Cup, you need to sample the atmosphere and emotion of the loser’s dressing room.
More bits on the Swedish Wings at SPORT Bladet…
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Where the Red Wings—or Penguins—were born or learned to skate wasn’t important.
This series will be remembered as the rebirth of engrossing, play-until-you-drop hockey, a gift conjured up by the supposedly doddering Red Wings and a precocious Penguins team that matured by the day and will be heard from again and again and again.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Anyway…Oh Crap five minutes left…what was the point of this…oh ya…some quick reflections of Detroit’s victory in Game Six….
-Lidstrom. He could have won the Conn Smyth, but we are bored with his greatness. He is a lousy interview, an unflashy player, and he is brilliant. They call him “The Perfect Human” in the room. It’s not far off.
-Mike Babcock guaranteed the win. It won’t be remembered like Messier in 1994, but in his office Wednesday morning I told him I had to get home for my daughter’s ballet recital Thursday, and he said “Dont worry, we’re winning tonight.”
from CBC’s 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog,
Sweden is home to so many of life’s little pleasures: The smorgasbord, for one thing. And Ingrid Bergman. And the final destination of one of the main characters in one of history’s greatest novels, Catch-22.
And, for the next few months, it’s going to be the frequent home of the Stanley Cup.
There is no doubt at least one headline out there today in the world’s newspapers with have the title “How Swede It Is for the Red Wings,” and can you blame any editor out there who falls into such punnery?
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