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The Tragic Life Of Brian Spencer

from Brian Cronin at the Fabulous Forum,

Spencer was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 5th Round of the 1969 Draft. He would be called up at the end of the 1969-70 season for 9 games, but 1970-71 was his first full season in the league (and his official “rookie” season).

Here’s where Spencer’s story takes a bit of a dramatic turn from the typical into the bizarre (and tragic).

Spencer’s father, Roy Spencer, was a stern man. A skilled mechanic, he was the one who instilled in Brian the attitude and drive that would serve Brian in the NHL. On the other hand, he also most likely taught him anger and a weakness for alcohol. By his mid-teens, Brian was already a heavy drinker and had spent time in reform school. However, he was still a talented hockey player, so he had a way out of Fort St. James. One of the proudest days of his father’s life was when Brian was drafted. As it turned out, Roy was perhaps a bit too proud.

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What Brian Burke Really Said Today

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Brian Burke appeared on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at Noon on Tuesday. And the bombastic Toronto Maple Leafs general manager did not disappoint.

On roster needs this summer
“We’ll have to try to acquire that piece through trade — the conventional old-fashioned way and give up assets to get it — or we’re going to try to sign that player as a free agent. Our biggest need is we need a forward who can score, preferably a good-sized one.”

Translation: Chicago’s 6-foot-1 Patrick Sharp or Anaheim’s 6-foot-2 Bobby Ryan would make great additions.

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Nashville Needs A New Captain

from David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper,

The time has come for Shea Weber to replace Jason Arnott as team captain. Arnott has had the job for three seasons, and given the current state of things, that’s long enough.

There are plenty of reasons Weber should assume that role. For example, he’s one of the best players in the NHL.

Throughout the years, the organization has been loath to put too much responsibility on young players. It’s true that Weber is only 24 (he’ll be 25 by the start of next season), but he’s already played in an NHL All-Star game and was one of the top players for Canada’s gold-medal team at the Olympics in February.

His age is a virtue — there’s no reason to think his performance will start to decline anytime soon.

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Ratings- Best Game 2 Ever

NEW YORK – June 1, 2010—Last night’s Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final registered the best overnight rating for a Game 2 on record. The 4.1 overnight rating and 7 share for the Philadelphia Flyers-Chicago Blackhawks Game 2 is higher than all other Stanley Cup Final Game 2’s since 1975. NHL overnight data prior to 1975 is unavailable. NBC again won the night, as it did Saturday for Game 1, finishing No. 1 in primetime (2.4, A18-49).


Game 2 posted a 21-percent increase over last year’s Game 2 (3.4) between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby.

Last night’s game peaked at a 4.7/8 in final half-hour. Chicago led all markets with a 25.1 rating and 39 share. Philadelphia followed with an 18.5 rating and 28 share.

The two-game average overnight rating for Games 1 and 2 is a 3.5, the best two-game average overnight rating for the first two games of a Stanley Cup Final in 11 years (3.8 on Fox in 1999, Buffalo vs. Dallas,) and up 17 percent over last year (3.0).

Top 10 Markets
1.  Chicago 25.1/39
2.  Philadelphia 18.5/28
3.  Buffalo 10.2/16
4.  Indianapolis 6.3/10
5.  Pittsburgh 4.9/8
6.  Detroit 4.4/7
7.  Seattle 4.1/9
8.  Denver 3.8/7
T9. Ft. Myers 3.7/6
T9. Las Vegas 3.7/6
 

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It’s Official- Lidstrom Returning

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

The giant breeze that rolled up the freeway arteries leading out of downtown was the collective exhalation of a Red Wings’ organization relieved to know that one of the best players of this generation will be back.

Nicklas Lidstrom, who is widely considered the world’s best defenseman in hockey, will return for a 19th season, signing a one-year contract, the Red Wings announced Tuesday.

“I get to watch him every day,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “I still think that Nick is the premier two-way defenseman in the world. There might be some player that maybe a little bit more productive, offensively, but I think when you factor in who good Nick is defensively, how he played the last half of the year, certainly the last 30 games … I still think we have one – if not the – best defensemen in the world. It’s a great day for Red Wings’ fans.”

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Watching Game 2 SCF

from Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune,

One in four Chicago homes, on average, were tuned into WMAQ-Ch. 5’s broadcast of the Blackhawks’ 2-1 Game 2 Stanley Cup finals victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, according to overnight numbers from Nielsen Media Research.

The 25.1 household rating locally translates to nearly 879,000 area homes, and means a 39 percent share of those with their TVs on were watching throughout as the Hawks grabbed a 2-0 lead at home in the best-of-seven National Hockey League championship series on NBC….

Fast national overnight ratings for Game 2 of the Hawks and Flyers series, covering all 56 metered markets, were to be released later Tuesday. But Monday night’s game, presumably like its outcome, was more popular among viewers in Chicago , the nation’s No. 3 TV market, than Philadelphia, the nation’s No. 4 TV market.

The game drew an 18.5 percent household rating and 28 percent share of the viewing audience in Philadelphia, according to the overnight figures.

more ratings talk…

added 11:53am, via TVbytheNumbers,

NBC’s second game of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, just edged ABC’s combination of The Bachelorette and True Beauty to top the adults 18-49 ratings on Tuesday.

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Oilers Long Time Scout Won’t Return

from JoAnne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

When the purge of long-serving Edmonton Oilers employees began, amateur scout Chris McCarthy figured his days might be numbered. But it didn’t make the departure any easier.

McCarthy got a call last Thursday informing him that his tenure with the club was over. He had been on the scouting staff since 1992. Working from his home base in Boston, he covered the United States, with most of his focus on the east, the provinces of Quebec and Ontario and Europe. In short, there weren’t a lot of regions and rinks he hadn’t scouted….

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said on Monday that the intent was not to shrink the size of the scouting staff, but to restructure the group.

“We’re continuing to change the way we scout — from an amateur perspective and a professional perspective,” said Tambellini.

He would not indicate if there would be more personnel changes. The contracts of scouts Brad Davis and Mike Peluso are up at the end of June.

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Flyers Missing Two Key Elements

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Goaltending and depth.

It has the Flyers at death’s door, with the series shifting now to the Wachovia Center and the Hawks on a 7-0 run on the road.

“I’m not sure we should be frustrated,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette, with hope in his voice. “I don’t think we got outplayed … probably out shot them, out-chanced them a little bit and didn’t get the result we were looking for.”

If you would have told the Flyers they would score five goals in Game 1 and not take a single penalty, Laviolette would have bet the Rocky statue that his team would win. If you told him that through two games, the Hawks first line of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Dustin Byfuglien would combine for a grand total of one assist, he would have been thinking sweep.

Instead, all of those things occurred and the Flyers are going home in a mighty big hole. Down to a team that has now won seven straight playoff games and 10 of its last 11. Chicago is on a 13-2 run since a slow start to Round 1 against Nashville.

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Blues Hire Scott Mellanby As Assistant Coach

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that former Blue Scott Mellanby has re-joined the organization as Assistant Coach to Davis Payne’s staff. He is currently a Pro Scout with Vancouver and will serve that role until July 15th.

“I’m excited to add a quality person like Scott to our staff, who was highly respected as a player on and off the ice,” said Head Coach Davis Payne. “He has great knowledge of the game and will be a valuable addition to our staff.”

“In my current role with Vancouver I have scouted many Blues games and feel this team, with this talent, is headed in the right direction,” said Mellanby. “St. Louis is my home and my family and I are thrilled to be back in the Blues organization.”

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Morning Line

“Steve Yzerman could be the best thing that ever happened to Vinny Lecavalier.  What Vinny really needs right now is direction from a man like Steve.”

-Jacques Demers.  More on Lecavalier from Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times.

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