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via SportsBusiness Daily,
Versus earned a 0.62 overnight Nielsen cable rating for Game One of the Senators-Ducks Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night, down 28.7% from a 0.87 for Oilers-Hurricanes Game One last season. The net earned a 1.7 rating in L.A. on Monday, its best mark ever in the market. The three top local markets were Buffalo (3.9), Denver (2.2) and Pittsburgh.
via SportsBusiness Journal,
NBC has sold out its inventory and said that demand “has been strong throughout the playoffs.” The network claims it and the NHL both are “poised to make a profit again this year” from their TV agreement. Verizon Wireless, MasterCard, Gillette and the U.S. Marines will all advertise during NBC’s coverage of the Finals.
Versus’ sales results “are on par with last year.” However, several ad buyers said that hockey and the Cup Finals “had not been a focus for them this year, and though network sales are strong, they described cable sales as lackluster.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The Stanley Cup final has always attracted some degree of celebrity and this year is no different. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – yes, that still deserves a (!!!) – and other celebs were in attendance for Game 1 in Anaheim, adding to a fairly impressive list of famous hockey fans.
In honor of star power in hockey, let’s look at the top 10 coolest ice nuts you’re likely to recognize:
9. Kid Rock. Yeah, he might be more of a basketball fan, but Mr. Rock has followed the Red Wings nearly as passionately for years. And he shares something in common with legendary bust Alexandre Daigle: both have, um, come into contact with Pamela Anderson’s legendary bust.
read on for the rest…
from the Columbus Dispatch,
All signs point to Bob Murray being hired as Blue Jackets general manager, but an announcement probably will have to wait until after the Stanley Cup Finals.
Several NHL sources told The Dispatch yesterday that Murray, vice president of hockey operations for the Anaheim Ducks, is considered the leading candidate among the four who will be granted second interviews with club president Mike Priest and majority owner John H. McConnell.
Thanks to a KK member for the heads up via the KK Forums...
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Until now, about the only impact hockey has had on the fashion world is the creation of the dreadful mullet hairdo coupled with the toothless grin. Ottawa designer Richard Robinson, best known for his bold clothing, unveiled Monday his new Ottawa Senators-inspired red dress guaranteed to knock one’s hockey socks off.
photo via the Ottawa Citizen
from the Montreal Canadiens,
But when it comes to the calf-roping approach of winning a Stanley Cup, no one does it better than the Canadiens. The two most dominant Cup runs in the modern era each came courtesy of the Habs.
On their march to Stanley Cup No. 15 in 1968, Jean Beliveau and the Canadiens went 12-1, with their only loss coming to the Blackhawks in the semi-finals, sandwiched between sweeps of the Bruins and Blues.
The Habs were at it again in 1976 when they not only won their first of four straight Stanley Cups, but they did so in style. After sweeping the Blackhawks in the opening round, the Canadiens’ only hiccup came in Game 4 against the Islanders in the semifinals, setting the stage for a sweep of the Flyers in the Cup final.
from the Chicago Tribune,
One of the worst-kept secrets around the NHL is that the cap is going to rise next season, likely to $48 million. The Hawks, however, probably will be somewhere between $42 million and $44 million.
That means, barring trades involving significant salaries, the Hawks may not be very active when the July 1 free-agent signing period begins.
With Toews signing, the Hawks have just below $38 million committed in salaries for next season. Tallon said he expects to use the No. 1 pick in the June 22 entry draft and hopes whomever the team selects will be able to play this upcoming season in Chicago.
Tallon said he hasn’t had any discussion about trading the pick and it appears the Hawks will choose from either Patrick Kane, James VanRiemsdyk or Kyle Turris.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
By the time the Stanley Cup final rolls around, the overwhelming majority of people interested—whether they’re fans or people who make their living in the hockey business—are watching on television.
Therefore, what happens on the screen is pretty important if you’re interested in growing and expanding interest in the game, which the NHL purports to be attempting.
That said, the final opened Monday on CBC and Versus and for those who don’t have the opportunity to view the latter production, a review might be in order.
from the Ottawa Sun,
Ottawa’s downfall in the 3-2 loss to the Ducks on Monday night was because of turnovers and the big line’s inability to perform any of the offensive magic that led the team this far.
Poor ice conditions probably contributed somewhat to the latter, if not the former.
“It’s like you’re playing with a tennis ball,” Corvo said of attempts to get anything done in the off-day, on-ice workout. “(The ice) is bad and it’s chippy. The puck doesn’t want to stay flat.
from the East Valley Tribune,
“I don’t see this as a challenge. I see this as a great opportunity,” said Maloney, who had three years remaining on his contract in New York.
“This organization knows what it wants and it knows what it wants to be. We’re going to be hungry. We’re going to build from the ground up, and that’s the only way for long-term success. It’s going to take a lot of patience, a lot of hard work. For one thing, we won’t get outworked either on the ice and we certainly won’t be outworked off the ice.”
Maloney said his priorities will be to find a No. 1 goalie, preferably one who’s considered among the top 10 in the league, and plug in the many holes up front. Of the players under contract, only Shane Doan and Steven Reinprecht are considered legitimate topsix forwards.
And the Coyotes’ payroll won’t be bumping the salary cap as it did the past two seasons.
from Jerry Sullivan at the Buffalo News,
This won’t go over well with Sabres fans — particularly the die-hards who can’t bring themselves to take the flags off their cars. But if I were a betting man, I’d wager that neither Chris Drury nor Daniel Briere will be playing hockey for Buffalo next season.
My suspicions were heightened by the news that the Sabres won’t be able to spend up to the NHL salary cap next season. The cap is expected to rise from $44 million to at least $48 million. Judging from the comments by owner Tom Golisano, there’s a greater chance that the Sabres will spend less in payroll next year than in the season just past.
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