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from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
First went Sidney Crosby, followed soon after by Vincent Lecavalier.
Then Roberto Luongo waved farewell, with Martin Brodeur going next and, finally, Joe Thornton last night….
It’s a Final Four made up of the four best teams. The MVPs have all gone home.
NEW YORK (May 8, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today sales of NHL-licensed product increased on Shop.NHL.com for the eighth consecutive month and online sales for the month of April increased 56.32% compared to the same period last year.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
The two teams still alive, the Sabres and Senators, are the perfect models for post-lockout success.
We’re not talking about the salary cap here. That’s for accountants and Gary Bettman’s sycophants to worry about.
No, we’re talking about pure hockey, playing the game the way it can be played now that restraint has been minimized.
Many Wings fans know Hasek has been bothered by a left hand problem.
Our Detroit media types don’t keep us posted on some of the possible injuries players may have… But TSN does…
from Brian Cazeneuve at Sports Illustrated,
This six-game series didn’t fully convey how well the Wings have been playing. They have now allowed two goals or fewer in eight straight playoff games, and have been remarkably resilient. This was only the first game during the series with San Jose in which Detroit never trailed….
The series was a case of a better team being led by veteran players and a captain, who made a timely game-changing play, something the Wings have been used to for years. They’ll need a lot more of that kind of leadership and heroics against the Ducks.
more and thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
from John Feinstein at the Washington Post,
What’s really too bad about people not watching the hockey playoffs is that they are missing truly great theater. Because hockey flies under the radar most of the time, it is easy to forget just how dramatic playoff hockey can be….
Hockey fans are rabid like no other sports fans. They bleed for their teams and feel an attachment to them like no other sports fans; perhaps because they understand that there are fewer of them, perhaps because hockey players remain the most accessible professional athletes we have.
from TBM at NBC Sports,
In other words, the Sharks need to grow a set, and I don’t mean teeth.
What the San Jose does have in abundance is depth, at almost every position. GM Wilson has made astute moves before, but now is forced to question the very foundation of his group, and wonder if it’s good enough to win the big prize.
from Chris Russell of the Sporting News,
The NHL was dealt a psychological blow on Sunday afternoon because the Rangers and New York City could finally deliver the exposure, ratings and casual interest that every sport needs and every show or form of entertainment needs.
Ottawa and Buffalo will put on a fantastic conference finals and for the NHL’s sake, here’s hoping that the Sabres can advance because if Ottawa and say Anaheim are in the Cup Finals, you will have a complete ratings disaster.
read on... And I must disagree with Chris, I want to see the two best teams in the SCF, whoever they may be.
Enough ratings talk, hockey fans want the best hockey, we are not concerned about the ratings at this point of the season.
NEW YORK (May 8, 2007)—The National Hockey League today announced complete broadcast coverage for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Finals, which begin in the Eastern Conference on Thursday, May 10, when the Buffalo Sabres host the Ottawa Senators. The Western Conference Final will pit the Detroit Red Wings against the Anaheim Ducks and will start on Friday, May 11.
National rightsholders CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada and NBC and VERSUS in the United States will provide exclusive broadcast coverage of the Conference Finals. All games also will be carried on NHL Radio.
From Pat Hickey at the Montreal Gazette,
Alexander Perezhogin is headed back to Russia.
There were reports last week Perezhogin had signed with Avangard Omsk, but agent Don Meehan said last night the forward has signed a contract with Salavat Yulayev Ufa, another Russian Super League team.
Meehan said that Perezhogin will net $1.7 million U.S.
“That works out to about $3.4 million gross in the NHL and it’s unlikely the Canadiens could match that,” Meehan said. Perezhogin earned $627,000 last season.
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