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by Paul on 11/16/05 at 05:54 PM ET
Peter Karmanos was driving around in his car and out of the blue called in to WXYT radio in Detroit. The topic was how is the NHL doing, etc....
Karmanos said the NHL is very happy with the move to OLN. ESPN only cares about promoting themselves while OLN is concerned about promoting the NHL. ESPN tried to low-ball the NHL and OLN outbid them by $50 million. ESPN only cares about themselves, not the sport itself.
He said talk of the NHL players not liking the new rules is false. The players love the new rules and the excitement it generates. Look at the Center Ice package, all the games are top notch and keep you glued to the TV.
The league is playing to 92% capacity and fans are loving the game....then his cell died, may continue conversation later...
, Back on, he said he is very surprised about his team, thought they would be ok but is very surprised about the start they have enjoyed. Karmanos was asked about the Fedorov trade, is this type of trade going to happen more often. He said if a big salary player is not performing up to expectations and another team feels a change of scenery may help him, then a trade will be made. He expects more of these types of trades to happen and says over the next few years, the talent pool will be spread out over the whole NHL.
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