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from On Frozen Pond by George Richards of the Miami Herald,
What’s happened to all the Leaf fans in South Florida? Are the Ontario-based snow birds staying home due to global warming and /or the high cost of renting a one-bedroom efficiency in Broward County these days?
Used to be a time when the Panthers could count on the Blue-and-White to help fill the CorporateSponsorship Arena in the swampland. Those days aren’t over just yet, but they ain’t happy either.
The Leafs—Team Canada in some circles—was another attendance bust at CSA Thursday. Despite the team giving away ticket vouchers in bars/restaurants and selling choice tickets for $7 online, seats were available en masse.
from NHL.com’s Bill Meltzer:
Read a very interesting article in the current edition of the SIF’s “Hockey” Magazine. After seeing a study in a Swedish medical journal about the positive connection between the use of a saline nasal spray with reducing the risk of the flu, the team doctor for the Lulea HF team in Elitserien (the Swedish Elite League) began to proactively use the nasal spray with the team’s players while they still felt healthy. So far, the results have been promising, although there’s no long-term proof yet that it prevents flu outbreaks on the hockey team.
Nevertheless, if this technique proves successful (in a team based near the arctic circle, no less) it could be a major breakthrough in the way hockey team’s reduce the risk of losing players to the flu and having the bug spread around the lockerroom.
Otolaryngologists (Ear-Nose-Throat doctors) recommend nasal irrigation for most of their patients. It’s not pleasant, but as someone who’s had significant corrective sinus surgery, I can tell you firsthand that it works.
Chris Chelios was just on Detroit radio and was asked if the players are noticing the lack of buzz in Detroit.
Chris said he looks around the Joe Louis Arena and sees empty seats. He said “they tell us they are sold out”, but he said that is not true. He bought 40 tickets on the day of a game for a youth hockey group.
Chris said he is concerned about league wide attendance and ratings, even in Canada ratings are down.
Chelios also mentioned the new uni’s are great, fans will love them.
Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com has picked his could have been all-star team…
So the forwards would line up like this:
read on for the rest of the team and what do you think; could they beat the All-Stars?
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
When St. Louis Blues President John Davidson started to investigate the possibility of hiring Andy Murray as his coach, he was impressed to discover that Murray, fired by the Los Angeles Kings last season, still had an 87.5% approval rating.
Davidson called 16 people who had knowledge of Murray’s performance as an NHL coach, and 14 “were off the chart positive” about Murray, one was non-committal and one said he wouldn’t hire Murray. “And the one who said no called back later, and said, “You know, I think it is the right choice,” Davidson recalls.
from the San Francisco Chronicle,
San Jose is racking up mind-boggling numbers with its continued and consistent success skating with at least one more player than the opposition. The Sharks lead the league with a 26.5 percent conversation rate on the power play, a figure that is better than any since Calgary posted a 27.7-percent mark in 1989-90.
“Our power play is phenomenal, the best I’ve ever had,” said Ron Wilson, who is in his 13th season as an NHL coach.
more... and as a Wings fan, It feels like 50% of Sharks pp goals have been scored against the Wings…
Sports Illustrated has a photo slideshow of all the starters for the All Star Game.
Check out the video from the Dallas/Colorado game back in November.
Video is about 6 minutes long and about 60MB.
Press release regarding the HD camera for the NHL All-Star Game.
Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated opens his mailbag…
From Bryan Whitman of Manitoba: With Jeremy Roenick watching the game at a restaurant across the street, who’ll deliver the annual All-Star Game hit?
Now that’s funny! I’ll put my money on Ryan Smyth, with Bouwmeester on the receiving end.
Sharon Hunt of Nashville writes: There’s no basis for this story. Craig Leipold specifically said he would never move the team.
It’s clear that Leipold has no strong desire to move the team, so his opening gambit does a good job of keeping the fans on his side. But remember that this is a business, and the Preds aren’t getting the corporate support they deserve in Nashville. That’s not a tenable situation long term….
from Sports Illustrated,
In the NHL, there always seems to be a tug of war between fans who long for the traditional days—when fighting was in vogue and the NHL had yet to migrate south—and those modern fans who favor a player’s grace and skill, and don’t mind attending games in T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops.
continued... good stuff, especially for the old school….
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