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The NHL and its television network partners say ad sales are pacing ahead of last year, while ratings remain flat at best.
NBC claimed an impressive list of advertisers for its first game of the season over the weekend. It signed Heineken and Dodge as sponsors of the intermission reports. It also has deals with Anheuser-Busch, ADT and Verizon Wireless, which recently signed an NHL sponsorship deal.
“We are much more on the same page this year,” said the NHL’s deputy commissioner, Bill Daly. “We are doing everything jointly, coordinating what Versus and NBC are doing in the marketplace.”...
Media buyers say they are attracted to the NHL’s demos, which hit young, affluent suburbanites, but they balk at some of the rates being charged.
“We aren’t doing hockey yet,” one ad buyer said. “It’s still football season. We won’t concentrate on other sports until football season is over.”
ALFREDSSON, KIPRUSOFF AND JOKINEN NAMED NHL’S THREE STARS OF THE WEEK
Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the past week.
FIRST STAR – DANIEL ALFREDSSON, RW, OTTAWA SENATORS
Alfredsson led all scorers for the week with nine points (three goals, six assists), including the game winning goals in all three Senators victories. He began the week with one goal in a 5-2 win over Boston on Jan. 9. In New York on Jan 11, he notched one goal and two assists as Ottawa defeated the Rangers 6-4 and he followed that with one goal and four assists in a 8-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Jan 13. Alfredsson is second on the Senators with 46 points (15-31—46) in 42 games played. The Senators, 9-3-1 in their past 13 games, are third in the Northeast Division with 54 points (26-19-2).
from Habs Inside/Out,
Cude was sitting to a post-game dinner with his wife, his nerves more raw than his steak, when he picked up the meat and hurled it across the room, plastering it to a wall.
Legend has it that the goalie said, “If the steak comes down, I’m through.”
read on and check out the wonderful picture of old-time goalie Wilf Cude…
from the Nashville City Paper,
“A hockey team’s chemistry is huge. You need the guy who will go into the corner and take a check. You need a guy who will get a cross check to his back or a stick to his head to make a play to a guy in front to score a goal. You have to have something in common off of the ice. Our guys get along well as a group.”
One area Poile particularly likes is the way the role players fulfill what is expected of them.
“A great thing about hockey is it is truly a team game,” Poile said. “Kariya, Arnott and Sullivan are some our best, but the most they are on the ice is 20 minutes, one-third of a game. You have to have contributions from everybody and we are getting contributions throughout our lineup.
When Luc Robitaille and Jimmy Carson broke into the NHL as Kings rookies 21 years ago, few would have predicted that Robitaille would be the one whose jersey would be retired this Saturday night in Staples Center and Carson would be the one flying in for the ceremony to honor his longtime friend.
Robitaille, two years older than his teammate and a ninth-round pick in the 1984 draft, was considered a long shot for NHL stardom.
Carson, the No. 2 pick in 1986, was said to be a sure bet.
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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
If Senators senior management is waiting to see how the Senators do down the stretch and into the playoffs to decide if Murray is still their man, there is a risk attached to that strategy.
If the Senators continue their march up the standings and have some success in the playoffs, Murray’s value and bargaining position are going to go up.
Sometime in the not too distant future, there is a point of no return.
If the Senators continue to play the way they have lately, it will be better for Murray not to sign with the Senators and see what happens.
Who knows what opportunities might be out there?
from the Star-Telegram,
“I’m in a position now where I can help,” Daley said. “Today that’s the biggest thing, resources and money…. If I could help one kid, I could help 10,000 kids.”
Economics might be the biggest obstacle to many would-be black hockey players. But racism still exists in hockey, though it’s nowhere near as vicious as it was in O’Ree’s time.
Daley, 23, said he heard far more racial taunts as a youngster than he did as he moved up the ranks to the NHL, where he says he has never had a problem.
from the News-Democrat,
Tom Calhoun felt the same goosebumps as the fans on the night Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky made his St. Louis Blues debut in 1996.
Calhoun had a rinkside seat when Paul Cavallini lost the tip of his finger at the old St. Louis Arena and once tried—very briefly—to keep Detroit’s Bob Probert from climbing out of the penalty into the stands during a brawl.
Calhoun recently celebrated his 20th anniversary as the public-address voice of the Blues, a streak made even more remarkable when considering the 56-year-old Millstadt resident has not missed a game.
A few games have early start times today. I would imagine the arenas will be filled with kids, many who are off from school, celebrating Martin Luther King Day in the USA.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
So here’s the crux of it - if Renney is so concerned scratching Kasparaitis will create a negative-energy matter within the team, the Rangers should deal with the issue before it actually becomes one. If Renney doesn’t believe Kasparaitis can be a productive seventh defenseman, the Rangers should waive him immediately and either promote Bryce Lampman to fill the spot, or, for that matter, even consider restoring Sandis Ozolinsh to active duty after his, uh, knee discomfort abates.
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