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STAMFORD, Conn. – June 3, 2014 – The Los Angeles Kings-Chicago Blackhawks Game 7 overtime thriller on Sunday night averaged 4.137 million viewers, according to The Nielsen Company, making it:
- the most-watched non-Stanley Cup Final NHL Playoff game on record;
- the most-watched NHL game ever on NBCSN; and
- the most-watched non-Olympic program ever on NBCSN.
Odds via Bovada,
Odds to win 2014 Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL Playoff MVP
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) 5/2
Anze Kopitar (LAK) 4/1
Drew Doughty (LAK) 4/1
Jonathan Quick (LAK) 11/2
Martin St Louis (NYR) 7/1
Marian Gaborik (LAK) 7/1
Jeff Carter (LAK) 8/1
I was on the War Room on SiriusXM earlier today and talked some hockey for about 20 minutes...
Today Hockey Canada and the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship host committee, along with the IIHF have announced the schedule for the 2015 tournament starting Dec. 26th and running to Jan. 5th, 2015 in Montreal and Toronto.
Both cities will host a preliminary round group while Toronto will also host the medal round. Canada's National Junior Team will be based in Montreal for the preliminary round.
NEW YORK (June 3, 2014) -- National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today ruled that the suspension to New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo will be revised to six (6) games for his actions in violation of Rule 40.4 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final in New York on May 22.
Carcillo had originally been assessed a suspension under Rule 40.3 for deliberately applying physical force to an official. A violation of that particular Rule requires a minimum suspension of “not less than ten (10) games.”
from Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger,
They did not die in peace. We should start there because, well, you had to wonder, right? The Rangers last won the Stanley Cup in 1994, and while that is not an eternity for a fan base that once suffered for a half century, a lot can happen in 20 years.
A lot did happen in the 20 years between that time and the Rangers return to the Stanley Cup Final this spring. Steve and Mike Zaretsky both got married and had two kids, making their dad Dave a proud grandfather. They all continued attending Rangers games as a family, becoming friends with many of the players they once cheered on from Section 72 in the old Madison Square Garden.
Oh, and over those 20 years they probably told the same story a few thousand times, often to disbelieving ears, about their claim to fame in Rangers lore. They are the fans who, on June 14, 1994, held up what has to be the single most famous and greatest sign in sports history.
“NOW I CAN DIE IN PEACE”
from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet,
What constitutes critical mass when it comes to prospects? You might think that you can never have enough, but effectively it might turn out that you can have too many. We’ll probably have some idea after this NHL Draft.
According to sources at the NHL combine this weekend, several teams have aggressively pursued trades with Florida and Buffalo, owners of the first and second overall picks respectively. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon has said from Day 1 that he’s entertaining all offers, though he has given no indication exactly what the price tag might be, nor what make or model he’s in the market for. For his part, Sabres GM Tim Murray has shuffled the deck aggressively since he arrived in mid-season. The prevailing wisdom in the marketplace is that Tallon and Murray might be motivated dealers.
One scout aware of multiple offers for the top two picks said, “The going price to move up into those [first two] spots would be picks — a high first and a second or third — and an established player that helps your top two lines.”
from Andrew Gross of The Record,
Twenty years ago, as the Rangers marched to the Stanley Cup, everyone, it seemed in New York, was suddenly a huge hockey fan. And it wasn’t just inside the city. The Rangers’ popularity drew in casual fans from all over.
Yet all that momentum to grow the league was wasted when a lockout erased the first half of the next season. The Rangers didn’t get to raise their Cup banner until Jan. 20, 1995.
That won’t be the case in 2014-15 as there is guaranteed labor peace in the NHL through 2020 after a third owner’s lockout.
The NHL has a chance to ride the marketing momentum the Rangers’ appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals affords.
"I think it’s great for everyone," Rangers center Brad Richards said. "Any time there’s a New York team in any sport I think it’s great. It’s an Original Six team. I’ve met a lot of people here that their grandfathers have taken them to games so I feel it’s important to a lot of people.
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Pierre has friends and enemies in the game. That is normal when you've been navigating the NHL's shark-infested waters as long as he has. He knows everybody. He's a legendary schmoozer.
Do I think he's the right person to replace Ray Shero as Penguins general manager?
Wow. That is a question I never dreamed we'd be pondering. Pierre is the talk of the town in the wake of his second interview with Penguins brass, including co-owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux, this past weekend.
As early as Tuesday, the Penguins could name a GM.
What if it's Pierre?
I am of two minds. One says, “Bad idea, PR nightmare.” The other says, “Why not?”
Perhaps unfairly, I tend to view Pierre the way I viewed Russ Grimm when he was after the Steelers coaching job. Both seem more like the guy who buys you a beer and talks about the organization rather than the guy actually leading it.
Pierre is a media guy. Has been for a long time. He's one of us!
He also has a pleasantly quirky personality that could lead one to believe he is more suited for court jester than king.
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