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from Josh Kosman of the New York Post,
Philip Anschutz’s AEG is weighing putting its LA Kings hockey franchise on the block soon after the Stanley Cup Finals, The Post has learned.
“I can assure you there will be a de-coupling of [AEG’s] content from real estate,” one well-placed banker said. A sports banker said the NHL’s Western Conference champ, which is battling the hometown Rangers for ice hockey supremacy, has been essentially for sale for the past five years for anyone having interest in buying the money-losing team.
Morgan Stanley is readying potential suitors, a third banking source said. The bank declined to comment.
from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
Add veteran NHL coach Ron Wilson to the growing list of candidates lining up for a crack at the Panthers' vacant head coaching job, according to a team source.
And apparently there's more to come as the source indicated that the Panthers may wait until as late as June 23 or the end of the AHL Calder Cup Finals for a chance to interview Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins as well as Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens, who's a tad busy in the Stanley Cup Finals until possibly June 18.
Wilson was interviewed by General Manager Dale Tallon earlier this week as was Canadiens assistant Gerard Gallant, who has helped guide the Habs to two consecutive playoff berths.
Tallon has already met with former Stanley Cup-winning Avalance coach Marc Crawford as well as Red Wings assistants Tom Renney and Bill Peters, who Tallon hired to coach the Rockford Ice Hogs of the AHL when he was the Blackhawks GM.
via the Hollywood Reporter,
Metered-markets give the Los Angeles Kings-New York Rangers showdown a 3.8 rating among households. That's a a drop of more than 20 percent from last year. Still, the game was up considerably from the last time the Kings, Wednesday's overtime winners, had a stake. The 2012 game one featuring the Kings and the New Jersey Devils delivered only a 2.4 rating.
All initial ratings are subject to change, but as it stands, hockey viewership in Los Angeles was also up. The game took a 7.1 households rating in the nation's biggest market -- the third-best ever for a hockey game in the town.
Adjustments will likely paint a slightly tweaked picture, but, as it stands, NBC leads the night with a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49.
TORONTO (June 5, 2014) - Eric Duhatschek, Vice-President, Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, and Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, announced today that KEVIN ALLEN will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism and PAT FOLEY will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.
Kevin Allen has been USA Today's hockey expert since 1986, and is the only writer to make Hockey News’ Top 100 list of most influential people in the sport each year of the list existence. In 2013, Kevin received the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, only the fifth media member so honoured since the award debuted in 1966. He has also written 17 hockey books.
from Suzanna Bezyan of LA Kings 101,
Barry Melrose, a former Los Angeles Kings coach and current NHL Network contributor, commentator and NHL analyst for ESPN, was recently asked if he were made the Commissioner of NHL broadcasting what changes would he implement to make the game more television friendly. The five points he discussed were; Show athlete’s personalities more, do anything to make the game faster, enforce embellishment, make the players not wear helmets during shootouts, and for television packages to be split.
1. “I'll talk more about on the ice, some things I would like to see done. I would like to see our athletes' personality showing more. We have great guys. They are funny guys. They have got great stories. I don't know if anyone knows the Dominic Moore story, what's happened with Dominic Moore and what he's went through; what Marty St. Louis has went through. Every team has those stories. I would do a better job of letting people see what our athletes are like.”
2. “I would do anything to make the game faster. I think speed is where the game's at. I think for the American viewer, that's what they want to see, speed; they want to see things happen at a high pace. So all of the rules I would implement would be to make the game faster. I would continue really stressing the hooking and holding in the neutral zone, take that completely away. Anything to do with slowing people up when they don't have the puck, I would really enforce. “
3. “I would enforce embellishment totally, if a guy embellishes, throw the book at him. It's embarrassing.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So there was Williams, on Wednesday night, in the opening game of the Stanley Cup final against the New York Rangers, earning a new nickname.
Mr. Game 1!?
"I'd like to call him Mr. Game 1, 2, 3 and 4,” said Kings’ defenceman Willie Mitchell, after Williams scored the winning goal 4:36 into overtime to give the Kings a 3-2 victory over the visiting New York Rangers and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. “It takes four wins. If he can do that three more times, that would be really nice."
Nice might be an understatement.
Williams’ goal helped the Kings produce yet another remarkable comeback in a playoff season full of them. They fell behind 2-0 early, playing an uncharacteristically sloppy brand of hockey. In all, they gave up three shorthanded breakaways, oodles of odd-man chances and generally played a game that is largely at odds with its defence-first mantra.
“Justin is the most underrated player on our team by a mile,” said Kings’ defenceman Drew Doughty. “He doesn't get enough credit for what he does. There are two guys on this team that I want to give the puck to, and that's him and Kopy (Anze Kopitar). When they have the puck, plays happen.”
Elliotte Friedman of HNIC with the interview...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
I have to say that I feel as good about our chances now as I did going into this game,” Lundqvist told The Post following the Kings’ 3-2 overtime victory on Justin Williams’ goal from the slot following a fatal Dan Girardi turnover at 4:35. “I went into the game thinking it would be 50-50, and that’s how I still feel.
“We were right there.”
The Blueshirts were there for the first 40 minutes, but really nowhere for the third period in which they were outshot 14-0 over the first 11:43 and 20-3 overall. Seriously, they might as well have been in Pasadena smelling the roses as on the rink playing for a championship. They were bystanders most of the way, and not innocent ones.
Winning a game in the Stanley Cup finals takes a minimum of 60 minutes. The Rangers came up short by at least a third. You could say that every single one of them knows it, too.
“In the first period we accomplished what we set out to do, the second was all right, but then in third, obviously it wasn’t good enough,” said Marc Staal, who had a bumpy ride. “The second half of the game we didn’t get the puck in and get on the forecheck, and they seemed to gain energy from being on the attack.
“Hanky still gave us a chance, but we’re going to have to be better next game. We’ll go over our mistakes and correct them.”
The curse of the two-goal lead and/or perhaps some delayed jet-lag setting in? The Los Angeles Kings fell behind 2-0 against the New York Rangers, who had rest on their side coming into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but after the Kings rallied to tie the game 2-2, the Kings came out with legs full of lead in the 3rd period, getting out-shot 20-3, and while Henrik Lundqvist stopped almost everything he saw, he wasn't able to steal this snipe shot by Justin Williams 4:36 into OT (Dan Girardi had a terrible giveaway, and his teammates all "flew by" and skated the other way, yielding a mini one-on-none):
The Kings prevailed 3-2 despite Lundqvist's 40-save performance, and now things get interesting: the Kings won the first game, which supposedly garners you a 77% chance of winning the Stanley Cup, but both Los Angeles, which had two days to turn around after beating the Hawks, and the Rangers, who had nearly a week off before taking their cross-continental flight on Monday, will BOTH be able to re-set and refocus in a big way as Game 2 doesn't take place until Saturday (7 PM EDT start).
Does momentum transfer from game to game, or will the series essentially re-set after two days of rest and recuperation for both clearly mentally and physically exhausted teams, at least given their play over the first 40 or so minutes?
We'll find out on Saturday night.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The World Cup of Hockey is expected to be held in Toronto when it is reborn in September 2016, Sportsnet has learned.
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association are currently working on the final details of an agreement that will fill out the international calendar for the next several years and believe that the Air Canada Centre is the ideal location to relaunch the World Cup, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.
When the event was last held in 2004, it was split between seven different venues in North America and Europe. The final was held in Toronto and won by Team Canada.
Several different formats were considered for the relaunch of the event before the sides agreed that the biggest impact would be made in the world’s largest hockey market.
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