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from Ryan Pyette at Best of Seven,
As the first-round NHL series reach their mid-point, let’s rank which ones are holding our attention and which ones are so boring, there’s no sense even turning on the TV.
Here’s the ranking system: Extremely intriguing (four stars); Has potential (three stars); Not living up to the hype (two stars) and finally, Yawn . . . What else is on? (one star).
Rangers-Devils: Extremely intriguing.
from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,
That list includes Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester, Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter, Anaheim’s Corey Perry, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury, Columbus’ Pascal Leclaire, Washington’s Mike Green, Minnesota’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Montreal’s Andrei Kostitsyn, Ottawa’s Andrej Meszaros and Nashville’s Martin Erat, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.
While their respective clubs intend to re-sign them, the longer it takes, the greater the threat of an offer sheet becomes.
This gives those RFAs considerable leverage in contract negotiations. In the past, the only option they would’ve had to land a better deal was to stage a holdout, which rarely worked well for the player in terms of dollars and performance.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 14, 2008)—National Hockey League Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell today issued the following advisory on the interpretation of Rule 75 -
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: “An unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty (Rule 75) will be interpreted and applied, effective immediately, to a situation when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender’s face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play.”
From Robin Brownlee at Metro,
Did Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe overpay when he inked Tom Gilbert to a six-year deal worth $24 million US Friday? Probably.
Did Lowe overpay when he signed Sheldon Souray to a five-year contract for $27 million? Definitely — by as much as $1 million a season over any other offer, according to my sources.
On both counts, the luxury of such a debate didn’t exist under the NHL’s old collective bargaining agreement — the Oilers couldn’t bid on free agents and couldn’t afford to keep their own players. Under the new CBA, Lowe hasn’t hesitated to put his money where his mouth is in offering long-term contracts to players he deems cornerstones of the franchise.
via TV by the Numbers,
The Flyers/Caps game fared better in the local markets, drawing a 3.8 in Philadelphia and 3.0 in Washington, DC, which is very good for a town not considered by many not to be a hockey town. It looks like Ted is converting them slowly, though neither Philly or DC is like Detroit which had a 9.8 local rating for Saturday’s game. Nashville had a 2.0 local rating for the game.
Steve at Eye on the Media has some national numbers if you missed it…
From Paul Kukla at Hockey.com:
One quick question for you- Are you following all the games during the playoffs or are you just concerned about the results of your team?
The reason I ask is when the NHL came back after the lockout year, it seemed to me the majority of fans were just interested in their team. The league and the other teams really were not of interest; it was all about the team.
Now that we are three years into the redefined NHL, I am beginning to see more and more fans not only following their team, but also the NHL in general. Am I right?
and more, including a sample from the panicky emails showing up this week
Flashbacks To: 1928, 1931, 1942, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1960
April 14, 1928 • In only their second season as an NHL franchise, the New York Rangers captured the 1928 Stanley Cup with a 2-1 triumph over the Montreal Maroons in the final game of the best-of-five title series.
The Rangers became only the second American team in history to win the Stanley Cup, joining the 1917 champion Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association.
from Eric Francis at Best of Seven,
First question I had for the coach after the game was who his starting goaltender would be Game 4.
“I thought you might ask to start a controversy,” was his opener.
“We’ll have to wait and see.”
Guess who is starting a controversy Mikey? You and only you.
If indeed there is a one in a million chance you’re actually thinking about starting Game 3 replacement Curtis Joseph instead of Miikka Kiprusoff I assure you you are the only one in North America who thinks it would be wise.
The correct answer would have been: Miikka.
Instead, you risk further infuriating one of the game’s premiere netminders who is the only reason the Flames have a shot at pulling off an upset over San Jose.
from Ted’s Take,
I reached out to Mike Milbury last night via NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Gary called me and we spoke. And then Mike called me and we spoke late last night.
Mike calmly explained that he meant no harm. He had a slip of the tongue when trying to start a commentary about our play. He meant to say the Washington Caps but instead he said the Washington Craps. He laughed and then stated we weren’t playing well at that time in the game and we were playing like the “Crapitals”. He was trying to be funny and trying to recover - on air - and he misspoke.
From Michael Schuerlein at IslesBlogger.com,
There comes a time when you sometimes need to step back from the fun stuff and take a serious look at life. This is one of those times - please read on.
My buddy’s brother-in-law Hank was recently diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. Hank has already been through one round of chemo and after being back at work part-time for a few months, his last day of work was Tuesday. He’ll be out of commission again for 3-4 months while he undergoes a stem cell transplant.
read on for more of Hank’s story and what Michael is doing to help.
Donations for the Shave to Save campaign—note: Hank’s wife will be shaving her head if she can raise $10,000 to help others suffering from this disease—can be made here.
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