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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Higher television revenue, booming attendance and "business fundamentals" related to a new labor deal will boost an estimated 22 of the NHL's 30 clubs to break-even or profitable status this season, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday, signs that the league is recovering from the labor dispute that wiped out the 2004-05 season. Final numbers will be compiled after the playoffs, which generate significant amounts of revenue. A league-commissioned financial review issued in February 2004 had said that 19 teams lost a total of $342 million in the 2002-03 season and that 11 teams made money, leaving cumulative losses at $272 million.more (reg. req.)
from Black Voices,
George and Darril Fosty planned a big splash with their new book, 'Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1865-1925.' The debut was to coincide with the start of the National Hockey League's 2004-2005 season. But the NHL drained the Fostys' pool when it shut down for the entire season as players and owners fought over salary cap, free agency and other issues. Now, the NHL is back, the playoffs have started, and hockey excitement is in the air. And "Black Ice" is rippling the waters of the hockey world with controversial claims that an all-black 19th Century Canadian league pioneered the style of play that dominates the NHL today.continued photo via Black Ice Book
INHD has added a NHL area to their website. The only HD game listed is Rangers/Devils on April 30th. OLN lists two HD games before that date, April 26th Rangers/Devils and April 28th Flyers/Sabres. Does that mean INHD will not telecast those two games, or will they show up on INHD2 or maybe another channel? Again, questions, but no answers from OLN!
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Although there is no indication Dallas billionaire Mark Cuban will be buying his hometown Pirates anytime soon, he could be coming to a new arena near you as a limited partner in the Penguins' new ownership group. "I have told several people who have contacted me that, although I wouldn't be the lead, or largest investor, I would kick in some money if it would help," Cuban wrote in an e-mail interview.continued
The Predators' modest streak of four straight home playoff sellouts came to an end on Sunday, when a crowd of 16,707 — about 400 short of capacity at the Gaylord Entertainment Center — watched Nashville fall 3-0 to the Sharks.- The Tennessean I noticed a few empty seats at the Joe too, for both games. It appears the NHL has yet to win back all of the fans.
A nice review of the action from last night... from the Hockey News,
- One thing is certain – when they decide who the MVP of the Avs-Stars series is, it won’t be a goalie. - We used to think the concept of “Ice Girl” cheerleaders at an NHL game was a lowbrow gimmick. Then we got a look at one of Carolina’s girls. - There must be something that happens to goaltenders when they pull a Flyers jersey on. From Ron Hextall to Robert Esche, the Orange & Black’s backstoppers have earned a reputation for being, shall we say, rather testy.more
from the Edmonton Journal via the Vancouver Sun,
Detroit general manager Ken Holland said it was never his intention to build a Swedish stronghold in Motor City. Their presence just happened to fit the team's blueprint. "Then I went to Steve Yzerman the third day in training camp and told him we're looking at a veteran forward, a Swede. 'We've got six, what's your feeling on adding one more?' Steve said, 'Is he going to compete?' I told him he would. He said 'They're not Swedes, they're hockey players.'more
Kukla's Korner has always been a stop for knowledgeable hockey fans. Well, time to prove it! I'd like to see who you think will win each series. Will teams down 2-0 right their ship and win the series, or are they toast? Since we have a better feel of each team, are upsets still in the future, will some teams bounce back, etc... Normally, I don't ask for your participation, but now is the time to let your views be known. If you only want to comment on a few matchups, that is fine too. Canadiens lead Hurricanes 2-0 Sabres lead Flyers 2-0 Lightning & Senators tied 1-1 Devils lead Rangers 2-0 Wings & Oilers tied 1-1 Avs lead Stars 2-0 Flames & Ducks tied 1-1 Sharks & Predators tied 1-1
Late night tonight for hockey fans. Center Ice schedule is Calgary/Anaheim at 10:00pm ET and Predators/Sharks at 10:30pm ET. To save you from searching your TV guide, there is NO OLN-HD game tonight.
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