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The Winter Classic Becomes A Profit Maker

from Richard Sandomir and Ken Belson of the NY Times,

The N.H.L.’s Winter Classic, which began with snow-globe quaintness on New Year’s Day in 2008 in the home stadium of the Buffalo Bills, has turned into a profit center for a league that strives to be different.

The third Classic, between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday afternoon, is expected to generate $8 million in ticket sales at Fenway Park and $3 million in ad revenue at NBC, triple the total of two years ago.

Thanks largely to the midseason game, the league says that its sponsorship sales are growing at a 66 percent annual pace and its merchandise revenue, led by the throwback jerseys inspired by the first classic, is soaring.

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New Year’s Day Belongs To The NHL

from Dan Shaughnessy at Sports Illustrated,

The NHL rarely gets it right. Professional hockey is a consensus Number Four (and we don’t mean Bobby Orr 4) whenever we get around to ranking sports that grip the American mind. Like Ringo, hockey is always the caboose, rarely taken seriously and unable to compete with John, Paul and George.

But now hockey owns New Year’s Day the way baseball owns the Fourth of July and football owns Thanksgiving. Sure, there’s still plenty of college grid action on the first day of the year, but many big bowls have been pushed back in the name of ratings and rankings. The NHL has stepped in with the Winter Classic which will be held this year at Fenway Park, featuring the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Outdoor hockey brings the sport to its roots. Most of the players who make it to the NHL spent time skating on ponds, rivers, or open-air rinks. Putting the world’s best players outdoors is decidedly old school and makes for great television. It’s the Currier & Ives effect. Even the neutral zone trap looks good inside a snow globe.

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Will The Winter Classic Be A Throwback Game?

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Neither team emphasizes rough stuff these days. The Bruins take the eighth-fewest penalties and while the Flyers lead the league, a coaching change earlier this month was made to enforce team discipline. The Flyers have been winning recently by taking half as many penalties as before.

“It’s going to be interesting what style they play on the 1st,” Johnson said. “The Flyers cast themselves in the Broad Street Bullies image when they acquired Chris Pronger, in the mold of the 1970s teams coached by Fred Shero. But you need Bernie Parent to pull that off. Parent isn’t walking out the door of that dressing room and Kate Smith won’t be singing.”

The Flyers roughed up Orr pretty good in 1974 and Johnson hasn’t forgotten it. He also credits the Bruins’ success in Boston for Philadelphia becoming one of the 1967 expansion teams.

“I didn’t like those Flyers teams and what they did to Orr was a shame, like taking a hammer to the Pieta,” he said. “Orr put food on the table of everyone in hockey. It’s competition, but do it clean and proper, not a mugging.

“It is interesting that they chose the Flyers. (Flyers chairman) Ed Snider saw the success and appeal of the Bruins. In that era, we had the Celtics winning championships and the Bruins usually failing to make the playoffs, but the Celtics averaged 8,000 fans and the Bruins sold out the 13,909-seat Garden every game.

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Ice Sculptures For The Winter Classic

It starts out kind of slow, but gets better…

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Guy Wins Winter Classic Package On The Price Is Right

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Morning Line

Obviously things are sliding downhill and we just need to stick together in this.  I look at our team and we’re having a hard time scoring right now, and I look at our roster and I wonder why. . . . Even our good players were fighting things tonight. Guys that can make plays and can score goals were throwing the puck away for no reason.

-Flyers GM Paul Holmgren after losing to the Panthers last night.  More from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Too Comfortable In Philadelphia

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Holmgren was desperate on Dec. 4, just 17 days ago, when he impetuously fired coach John Stevens after losing six games in 17 days. Where was the desperation this week? The Flyers have won just three times in 16 games.

This team needs a shakeup. The players are waiting for it. With that vote of confidence, the Flyers had as much jump on Saturday - against a team with an almost identical record in the Rangers - as a car battery left in the snow.

Knowing that all of their buddies were still in the lineup, the Flyers should have played to prove Holmgren right.

“I would have thought we would’ve ripped the hinges off the gate tonight to get out on the ice,” coach Peter Laviolette said after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers. “I can’t think of one reason why we would come out flat, but we did.”

Instead, not making a move allows these players to rest comfortably over the holidays.

We know who isn’t leaving: Simon Gagne, Danny Briere, Mike Richards, Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger. All of those players have some sort of no-trade or no-movement clause in their contracts.

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Panthers Still Angry About Ricards Hit

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

How does David Booth feel toward Flyers center Mike Richards, who dealt him the concussion that’s caused him to sit out two months and at least three more weeks?

“Uh…yeah, I mean, that’s…you know…uh…there’s…uh…I don’t know. I can’t say anything,” Booth said, unable to muster more in a span of 15 seconds.

Is Booth angry?

“Yeah I’m angry. How could you not be angry? Everyone would be angry.”

The Florida Panthers will play the Flyers on Monday night for the first time since Richards drove his left shoulder into Booth’s head at full speed on Oct. 24, a hit that dropped Booth flat on his face on the Wachovia Center ice and sent him to the hospital.

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Not The Time For A Philly Trade

from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,

They do not need to trade a spare part on the roster for a different spare part just to get everybody’s attention - because that has already been accomplished with the arrival of new coach Peter Laviolette. They certainly do not need to sacrifice an important player, to cut off a significant appendage, just to wake everybody up.

Everyone knows this is a better team than it has shown in the last month. Now is the time to give the roster a chance to show it. The coach has hinted at a locker room that isn’t tight enough and, well, fine. The truth is that the talent is there - or has everyone forgotten that this team was once 12-5-1?

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Flyers Trying To Adjust To New System

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

“There’s good players in that room,” Laviolette said, pointing to the Flyers’ locker room. “I’m not looking for a trade. We’ve got good players coming back at some point this week. I’m looking for our guys to dig in.”

He says that his system - which includes a risky offensive style, a strong and structured team concept and rigid discipline - takes time.

“These guys don’t like change,” Laviolette said. “Change is hard. Change is tough. This is a complete change in philosophy. In Carolina, it didn’t happen right away.”

Laviolette called out Danny Briere yesterday for his crosschecking penalty against the Devils and made him skate in front of the entire team.

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