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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,
It’s debatable what kind of impact their Cup win will have on hockey. The NHL is a copycat league and if other clubs try to mimic Anaheim’s defence-first, hard-hitting style, the new NHL won’t quite be what it had hoped coming out of the lockout.
That’s not a shot at the Ducks, who were well-built and whose determination and work ethic was unmatched this season. They deserved the Cup. But from a fan’s perspective, the prospect of other teams adopting the defence-first philosophy won’t be terribly exciting.
The kind of hockey that Buffalo, Ottawa and Pittsburgh play in the Eastern Conference is what the league was hoping to see coming out of the lockout, a breathless offensive-minded style.
more on the Ducks…
from James Duthie of TSN,
So here’s what else I remember from the Stanley Cup Final.
The Ducks are a confident group. I predicted the Sami Pahlsson line will shut down the Jason Spezza line, Anaheim will overcome another Pronger suspension and win in five, while Scott Niedermayer gets the Conn Smythe.
Is it ethical to edit diaries after the fact? I never would. I was just wondering.
Only thing worse than the Senators in Game One: Stephen Stills. Worst anthem ever.
Either Crosby or Nash would have been better. And I mean Sidney or Rick.
James Mirtle takes a look at a few of the front pages of some of the newspapers in North America. Hockey gets some exposure!
...one other is not happy…
This week Major League Baseball lobbed its second brushback pitch at Slingbox, reiterating its stance that the young company is misusing its content. It’s not the first time a content owner has expressed concerns over the legality of the trapezoid-shaped set-top box, yet no one has actually filed suit.
To refresh your memory, this is what Keith Ritter, President, NHL Interactive Cyber Enterprises said about their relationship.
“Having the most tech-savvy fans of all major professional sports, who also tend to be early adopters of new technology, makes offering NHL content through Clip+Sling a natural fit, This partnership expands the visibility of our NHL games online and we are excited and proud to be the first sports league to offer this service to our fans.”
There was no hope at NBC last night, with game five of The Stanley Cup Finals (Ottawa vs. Anaheim) at a mere 2.1/ 3 in prime time. Comparably, that was 25 percent below the year-ago overnight series average for The Stanley Cup Finals (2.8/ 4 in 2006).
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
As the 2006-07 season comes to a close, here are some of our more memorable moments from this postseason:
Hockeytown? Try Buffalo
The unbridled enthusiasm of Buffalo fans for their team was heartwarming. To see thousands crowding the areas around the HSBC Arena—while the game was going on inside—is the stuff that makes GMs around America drool. As for the place that likes to call itself Hockeytown, Detroit, they should be forced to loan that title to Buffalo after failing to sell out a single home date during the playoffs. Guess that’s what you get for driving up your playoff ticket prices when the local economy is in the tank.
many more memories…
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Something disappeared between the clinching game in the Eastern Conference final and the start of the final round, and no one could find it despite persistent probing by coach Bryan Murray.
Whether Murray will be around to help answer that question is a question. He’s now without a contract, and owner Eugene Melnyk could well be looking for a scapegoat to carry the can. He can’t be happy, not only with his team’s loss in only five games in the final, but also with the way it lost.
Maybe Murray will decide he doesn’t want to be around for another shot. He has to be bitter to see such a promising season unravel in five games.
Yet, there will be more than enough blame to go around. Few will have to worry about not getting a proper share.
Spector has some UFA talk up today and I will be relaxing just a bit.
We have the NHL Awards Show coming up next week, the NHL Draft and the craziness that is the UFA signing period which begins on July 1st.
KK will also be undergoing a major facelift and a few other surprises too.
Kick back a relax a bit today… I will have the results of the KK Stanley Cup Challenge up sometime in the next few days. It will take some work to tabulate the TOI (time-on-ice) and match them up to all the predictions.
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
Go back to the opening night loss in Anaheim, the night the Ducks served notice that they would play the games on their terms: hard, fast and physical.
The Senators, as it turned out, had no answer for that.
That Game 1 win was only a one-goal decision, 3-2, Ducks, but it served notice to anyone watching that these Ducks wanted it more. They outworked the Senators for everything they got, every goal, every chance, and every shift. They brought their winner’s game that night and they brought it to a higher level every night after that. It was a level of desire and intensity that the Senators could never quite match.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Then Scott handed it to brother Rob.
As the Cup, the first ever won by an NHL West Coast team, was passed from player to player here last night, every touch became a story.
The Niedermayers became the first brothers since Brent and Duane Sutter in 1983 to win it together.
The winner of everything there is to win in hockey, from Olympic gold to world championships, World Juniors, Canada Cups and World Cups, Scott Niedermayer won something he’s never won before - the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP this night.
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