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How The Winning Started In Chicago

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

The Blackhawks playoff success has revitalized the franchise in the Second City. Obviously owner Rocky Wirtz has become a folk hero, with the team going to the final for the first time since 1992. Former GM Dale Tallon has received credit, as has Joel Quenneville and the Bowmans (Stan and Scotty), but for my money John McDonough has to be given his own due for what has happened with the Hawks.

McDonough was Wirtz’s first hire after taking over the team. He came from the Chicago Cubs, a franchise that has done an outstanding job selling the experience of Wrigley Field. McDonough has brought much of that experiential feel to the United Center. He started with mimicking the Cubs by creating a team convention in July. Then he partnered the club with the same radio and TV stations (WGN) as the Cubs, and he welcomed back some of the teams’ alumni.

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Paying To See The SCF

from Noah Love of the National Post,

While there aren’t any Canadian teams represented in the upcoming Stanley Cup final, Canadian hockey fans saddled with tight budgets might just be OK with that.

Tickets prices to the final between the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks, which begins Saturday, are skyrocketing.

FanSnap, the leading live event ticket search engine in the United States, reports that the average ticket price for Games 1 and 2 (and Games 5 and 7 if necessary) is US$993. For Games 3 and 4 (and potentially Game 6) in Philadelphia, tickets run on average at $906.

“It is up dramatically over the last couple of years. In part because they’re great hockey towns, and we’ve also got teams that haven’t been there for awhile, so that definitely plays a part,” says FanSnap spokesman Christian Anderson.


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All The Stanley Cup Final Odds

Thanks to Bodog for supplying the information.

Who will win the 2010 Stanley Cup
Chicago Blackhawks             -275
Philadelphia Flyers               +225

2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Exact Series Result
Chicago Blackhawks 4-0         6/1
Chicago Blackhawks 4-1         3/1
Chicago Blackhawks 4-2         4/1
Chicago Blackhawks 4-3         7/2
Philadelphia Flyers 4-0           25/1
Philadelphia Flyers 4-1           14/1
Philadelphia Flyers 4-2           7/1
Philadelphia Flyers 4-3           7/1

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Your SCF On-Ice Officials

via a Darren Dreger tweet,

S.Cup officials. Referees (4): McCreary, O’Halloran, Sutherland, Walkom. Linesmen (4):Devorski. G, Miller, Morin, Racicot.

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Bad Numbers

from Patrick Rishe of Forbes,

I undertook a simplified statistical analysis of data from the 2005-06 through the 2009-2010 season in an effort to answer this question quantitatively.

I presumed that managerial inefficiency was akin to spending the most money for the least amount of victories and postseason appearances.  Thus, the metric used to assess managerial inefficiency was to identify teams with the highest average payroll cost per win AND with no more than 1 post-season appearance in the last 5 years.

Using this metric coupled with the postseason filter, the 3 most inefficient franchises of each league from the last 5 years are:


1) Edmonton Oilers, 2) L.A. Kings, 3) Toronto Maple Leafs…Oh no, Canada.  To hockey lovers north of the border, it is probably disturbing that 2 of the 3 least efficient NHL franchises reside in traditionally strong hockey markets.  These 3 teams were each between $1.1 - $1.2 million in player costs per win over this stretch.


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Mats Zuccarello Aasen Signs With Rangers

from NewYorkRangers.com,

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Mats Zuccarello Aasen.

“Mats is a highly skilled player with excellent hockey sense,” stated Sather.  “He has produced at every level he has played, and we think his offensive abilities, both as a scorer and play maker, make him a valuable asset to the organization.”


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Chicago Fan Waiting For The Cup

from Matt Schiffman of ESPN Page 2,

When it comes to the Chicago Blackhawks, Bob Gertenrich has seen it all.

Well, almost.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Philadelphia Flyers will mark Gertenrich’s 2,022nd consecutive Hawks home game. He’s been a season ticket holder for 44 years, yet he’s never seen his team hoist the Stanley Cup.

But Gertenrich believes that’s about to change.

“I think they could handle Philly,” Gertenrich said.

And if the Blackhawks do win their first Stanley Cup since 1961, Gertenrich will be cheering from his seat in section 333 of the United Center.


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Morning Line

“If you wonder why we’ve worried about Lidstrom leaving, it’s because look what happens when Pronger leaves teams.  They don’t recover. It’s pretty apparent what he does for teams and he’s even more appreciated when he’s not there because you come to appreciate all he does. Look at Edmonton. They had one great year. That wasn’t an accident. Look what’s happened to them since.

“It was all because they had Pronger. Those kind of special players can do that for a team.”

Ken Holland, GM of the Detroit Red Wings.  More on Chris Pronger from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.

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Yzerman Says Goodbye To The Organization

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

“Can I come by the house?” Steve Yzerman asked….

He hung up and told his wife, Marian, that Steve was on his way. They had gone through this a few months earlier when, unbeknown to most people, Yzerman nearly accepted the Minnesota GM’s job. He had come by the house then, like a dutiful son, and Marian Ilitch was so broken up by the thought of Yzerman leaving she stayed in the back, crying.

This time she and Mike sat in the family room and listened (albeit, Ilitch admitted, with “teary eyes”). They listened to Yzerman thank them over and over. They listened to him say how much he had learned.

And they listened to him say farewell.

“Since he’s been 17 years old,” Ilitch said Tuesday, from home, voice catching. “I mean, talk about family. That’s legit family. But he’s 45 now and it’s time.”

read on and for more Yzerman coverage, make sure to check out the work George Malik put in at Snapshots...

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Ville Leino’s Scouting Report On The Blackhawks

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

“They have a lot of skilled players; they’re really good offensively, and they move the puck well,” said Leino, who played in the Stanley Cup Finals with the Red Wings last season. “That’s a really good team, and we just have to play our own game.”

But he sees weaknesses the Flyers can exploit when the teams meet in the Cup Finals starting Saturday in Chicago.

The Blackhawks are the NHL’s youngest team with an average age of 26.2. The Flyers - with thirtysomethings Simon Gagne, Blair Betts, Arron Asham , Danny Briere, Kimmo Timonen, Chris Pronger, and Ian Laperriere - have a lot more experience.

“I think they all turn the puck over if they try to make too many plays,” Leino said of the Blackhawks. “We have to be hard on their key guys and get them a little frustrated [because] they can get a little emotional. We just have to have the solid effort we’ve had the last two games.”


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