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from Al Strachan of Fox Sports,
So now, the next question is this: What impact will the Anaheim triumph have on the National Hockey League?
For starters, because success breeds imitation, the general managers will look at the Ducks’ success and ask if it was a fluke.
They will come to the conclusion that for the most part, it wasn’t. Granted, this should be the first time in history that a referee’s name is engraved on the Stanley Cup because without Don Koharksi’s outrageous interference call on Pavel Datsyuk late in Game 5 of the Detroit series, the Ducks might well have been on the golf course during the finals. But be that as it may, the fact remains that once the Stanley Cup final got under way, the Ducks were by far the better team.
The GMs will ask themselves why that was the case and decide that for all the NHL’s talk about giving the game back to the little man, size is still a crucial factor.
from the Hamilton Spectator,
Councillors say that Waterloo billionaire Jim Balsillie, who has an agreement to buy the NHL’s Nashville Predators for $220 million, wants them to approve his proposal to lease Copps Coliseum, Hamilton Place, and the Convention Centre at their meeting next Wednesday, June 13.
Six days later, Balsillie is slated to meet the NHL’s board of governor’s to seek approval for the sale of the Nashville team.
Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM, the company that makes the hand-held BlackBerry communications tool, is widely believed to be manoeuvering to relocate the money-losing Predators to Hamilton.
The word around city hall is Balsillie told Mayor Fred Eisenberger he believes he has a 50/50 chance of bringing the team to Copps, despite expected vetoes from NHL brass and compensation claims from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres for violating their territorial rights.
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
The National Hockey League season is over, but an important question about its television coverage remains unanswered.
Will the longest tenured play-by-play team in Canadian broadcasting, the CBC’s Bob Cole and Harry Neale, return to the Hockey Night in Canada booth next season?
It’s too early for a CBC announcement, but you can anticipate one of two decisions: Either the network will thank Cole, 74, and Neale, 70, for their long and estimable contribution to the show and say goodbye. And Jim Hughson will be offered Cole’s spot as the No. 1 play-by-play caller, and the CBC will look for additional announcing and analytical talent.
continued… *plus more about the television ratings for the SCF
From London Free Press,
Dan Maloney squared off in countless hockey battles and gained a reputation as a tough guy and a team leader.
But the former National Hockey League star and Toronto Maple Leafs head coach has waged a lonelier struggle with a much tougher opponent—alcoholism—an addiction that landed him in court yesterday.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Antropov, 27, is often injured and has seldom contributed for elongated stretches. He skated onto the Toronto scene in 1999-2000, and in the past four National Hockey League seasons he has missed 83 of a possible 328 games he has been eligible to play in because of injury. Yet his truncated participation and mediocre production resulted in his salary being doubled.
The likeable Kazak has never scored more than 18 goals in a season. Heck, Jeff O’Neill scored 20 goals this past season. Is Ferguson going to double O’Neill’s $1.5-million salary, too? Not likely.
Sure, Antropov has played on the right side of captain Mats Sundin for a couple of years now. But that doesn’t justify Antropov’s new deal. The last time we checked the Leafs haven’t won many playoff series with him.
Tonight, three Anaheim Ducks, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Chris Pronger and Brad May will appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
from the Tennessean,
The lawyer for the Predators’ prospective new owner says Jim Balsillie wants to take a run at the Stanley Cup in the coming season and that Balsillie plans to give general manager David Poile the payroll to do so.
Toronto-based attorney Richard Rodier made the comments in response to a Tennessean report which stated that Poile had not received any payroll guidance, despite the fact only three weeks remain before the unrestricted free agency period begins.
“We want to give David Poile a very generous budget to build the team however he wants, having regard only to the league salary cap and not to any budget restraints imposed by ownership,’’ Rodier said. “This is about winning, buying a team that has a shot at winning the Cup in our view.’’
NPR has put some audio online, exploring the issue of how—despite their Stanley Cup win last night—southern California still has a long way to go when it comes to loving hockey.
It’s a short piece, which can be heard here if you’re interested.
*thanks to John for pointing this piece out to me earlier today.
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