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via Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
Speaking of surly, former NHLer Bob Probert was outside the Caps dressing room after the game. He introduced himself to Ovechkin. The star walked away and asked somebody, “Grobert? Who’s Grobert?”
AO, I’d like you to meet Grobert….
from the Buffalo News,
With the Sabres’ record at 6-7-1, it’s clearly become bothersome for Vanek. His coach has noticed, his teammates have noticed and so has anyone who’s been watching.
“Sometimes, his emotions are right out there for everyone to see how frustrated he is,” Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller said. “It’s going to be part of his maturing process. You can’t let the other team see that. There’s little talks with him, but I think that’s part of his personality. I’m kind of OK with him doing it. I think he plays his best hockey when he’s holding himself accountable. It’s just you don’t want to get to the point where you’re beating yourself up.”
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson is still getting a read on the club, measuring strengths and weaknesses.
A game like tonight’s could expose both of those.
“Detroit is the best team in the NHL, probably right there with Ottawa,” Howson said. “You could call it a barometer game for us, absolutely.
“I thought the Anaheim games (earlier this season) were those kind of games, too, and we fared pretty well. But you always want to measure yourself against the best.”
Today the OneGoal Hockey Show begins at Cobo Hall in Detroit. OneGoal is a non-profit organization that’s helped kids get involved with hockey by providing affordable equipment and fundamentals clinics, working in partnership with Hockey Canada and the major equipment manufacturers to raise awareness of and interest in the game.
OneGoal’s partnered with the industry manufacturers to make sure that a portion of the hockey equipment industry’s profits, especially at its major trade show, goes back into growing the game itself, and that’s what this weekend’s show is all about—except that the public’s invited to take a gander at the equipment industry’s 2008 product for the first time.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
But numbers tell some stories. Here’s a look at the NHL’s first five weeks by the numbers starting play Thursday unless noted:
Minus 11: Brad Richards plus-minus for the Tampa Bay. He’s generally recognized as a star, and he’s earning $7.8 million per season and he has the second-worst plus-minus in the league. In fairness, he is the only forward in the NHL playing an average of more than 25 minutes per game.
12,000: The Predators’ estimated average attendance this season. They need 14,000 to make the team work in Nashville.
from Multichannel News,
National Hockey League games on Madison Square Garden Network and Fox Sports New York have skated to a fast start during the 2007-08 season from a ratings perspective.
Through its first 11 New York Rangers telecasts, MSG averaged a 0.85 household rating in the New York DMA, according to Nielsen Media Research data, an 85% jump over the same number of contests last season. Network officials also noted that the Broadway Blueshirts have notched a better than 1.0 mark in four of their last five telecasts.
more and some Devils numbers too…
via the AP,
Philadelphia Flyers left winger Simon Gagne was scratched from Thursday’s game against the New Jersey Devils after complaining of dizziness stemming from a collision with Pittsburgh’s Gary Roberts.
“He went back to the hotel and he said he was a little dizzy and had a headache,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Thursday. “He was a little better this morning, but as the day went on he was a little shaky. He’ll see the doctor in the morning.”
from Bill Clement at MSNBC,
Count on the Red Wings making a 17th straight playoff appearance as this team is driven to win its first Stanley Cup since 2002. And come June they certainly could be living that dream.
Detroit, which broke from the gate by winning 12 of its first 15 games, has the right pieces in the right places. The Red Wings don’t fear any opponent, and if the playoffs started today they could beat any team. On coach Mike Babcock’s roster are the best all-around forward and best defenseman in the game plus a whole lot of other talent.
In the two seasons since team owners canceled the 2004-05 campaign to force a salary cap on the players, the 30 NHL franchises have increased an average of 23% in value, and the league has gone from an operating loss of $96 million to a profit of $96 million.
The average hockey team is now worth $200 million and last season posted a profit (in the sense of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $3.2 million on revenue of $81 million. Even small-market hockey teams are hot properties: Tampa Bay Lightning owner William Davidson, who bought the team, the operating lease to the arena, and 5.6 acres of surrounding real estate for $115 million in 1999, is on the verge of selling that package for $206 million.
much more and should be a must read for every hockey fan…
According to Habs Inside/Out, the Wings have placed Aaron Downey on waivers.
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