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Detroit Sports Talk Radio & The SCF

Over the last few days, the talking mouths have been asking, why isn't Detroit interested in the Stanley Cup Finals? They go on to blame OLN and Bettman for the lack of coverage, etc. But I know for a fact, 99% of southeastern Michigan has access to OLN. The real problem and this even was an issue during the regular season, is these guys don't have the hockey knowledge to present the facts to the fans and they only talk about topics that they consider "hot". My solution to this problem, get some hockey experts on the radio. Kevin Allen appears 2x a week and is always taking questions from fans, other than that, Scotty Bowman was on during the season, but no questions were allowed for Scotty. Also, Mickey Redmond appears on a FM station, and he too is bombarded with questions from hockey fans. The problem is they don't talk enough about it, never will, because the simple fact is they don't know enough about the game. Fans know that, and can only shake their heads when hearing some of the stuff that comes out of the talk radio guys. A perfect example just happened on WXYT. Art Regner was asked what is going on with Steve Yzerman. Art's response, " I haven't talked to him in a couple of weeks, I don't know what his plans are". Thanks for that update Art. update 4:16pm, Peter Karmanos called in and stated the league is going to make record revenue, in part due to the value of the Canadian dollar lately. He said OLN is going above and beyond what the league expected. It was not like they had a choice, ESPN did not want the NHL. Plus ESPN only promotes what ESPN wants to promote. NBC has promises the NHL will be at the top of the sporting world on their station, so they are very happy with the TV relationship. He was asked about winning the SC by default due to the injury to Roloson. He said that a team never wins like that, you have to make sure you have good backup players. He pointed out Cole is out but you don't hear them complaining about that. He mentioned he would be a very proud person if the Canes were able to hold the cup. They started out on the bottom, so it would be very rewarding. Karmanos did state it has been a quite year for Detroit hockey this year, due to the Pistons success. He sees hockey taking over again next year, with the cap going up, Wings will get back into the swing of things. He also mentioned the NHL will continue to tweak the rules. Talked about the puck over the glass rule, then he brought up the fact that the Canes were called for a "new rule" hooking penalty two minutes after the call on Buffalo, but Karmanos said Buffalo "declined" to score on that power play. Talked about Goodenow, said he was hellbent on destroying the league. The NHL had to step up to do something to change what was going on. He claims the NHL offered the same deal they signed to Goodenow four years ago and he refused to look at it. Goodenow kept on claiming the teams were hiding money. Well, Karmanos speaks his mind today, nothing held back!!!

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Oiler Ride Turning Into A Pumpkin

from Opinion 250,

Prior to the series I stated on the radio that Carolina will win this series in 6 games. One game certainly does not secure my prediction, but the early indication is that midnight is approaching on Edmonton’s Cinderella Story. If the Hurricanes move on to win the championship, the so-called Oiler fans will go back in the closet. However, if Edmonton rallies, completes the unthinkable, and defies all odds to capture the Stanley Cup, then Santa Claus is actually alive and well in the month of June. Regardless of the final outcome, the “true” Oiler fans will continue to enjoy the ride. After all, while this Edmonton team is good, they may not be good enough to even make next year's playoffs.

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What Are They Saying

A2Y takes a tour of the Oilers and Canes bloggers. Good reading and a must bookmark until the SCF finishes.

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What Happened To Hockey

from the Boston Golbe via the Herald Tribune,

There used to be a very exciting professional sport in America. It was as physically demanding as basketball or soccer, played at the speed of lightning, and combined ballet-like grace and brutish physical violence. It was called hockey. ...Hockey is the sick man of U.S. sports; it gets operated on every few years, and each time the patient dies a little more. ...Just this year the NHL introduced new rules to cut down on rough play and open up the game. If you don't know the difference between the blue lines and the red line - and I forgive you - these "dramatic" changes are completely meaningless. ...Memo to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman: You have a problem.
read on...and his email appears at the end of the article...

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Flames Sign Kobasew

via Sportsnet,

Calgary Flames General Manager and Head Coach Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of forward Chuck Kobasew. As per club policy, terms and conditions of the deal were not disclosed.

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Next Stop Hollywood

from Hockey Refs blog,

NHL referee Mick McGeough has a very unique on-ice style - which some people don‘t like. But he’s never afraid to make calls and has consistently applied the new NHL standards. I’m thinking someone should start a Mick McGeough Fan Club. McGeough’s penalty shot call in game one was great. CBC analyst Harry Neale told viewers that he “more signals than a conductor on a railroad.”

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Getting To Know Karmanos

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Here is what we think we know of Peter Karmanos. He is the NHL owner who defiantly called out the players during the lockout, saying the NHL would stay silent for two years or more if it meant getting a salary cap. He's the man who referred to former Carolina center Keith Primeau as "a prima donna, a petulant, pouting player" during contract negotiations. He is the man who enraged other owners by tendering Detroit star Sergei Fedorov an offer sheet that included a $14 million signing bonus.

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Russian Super League Will Take On NHL Teams

from the Russian Information Agency,

The Soviet-era battle for world hockey supremacy is set to resume again after officials agreed on a series of exhibition matches between top teams from Russia's Superleague and the NHL. The agreement was clinched at talks in New York between Vladislav Tretyak, Russia's hockey commissar, and top officials from the National Hockey League (NHL) including Commissioner Gary Bettman, the Russian Hockey Federation (RHF) said Tuesday. "The sides have agreed to exchange exhibition matches next season," press secretary Vladimir Gerasimov said. "The schedule and teams have yet to be determined."

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Too Hot

from the Montreal Gazette,

You don't need a Terry Tomalty Montreal street scene, with kids in CH tuques chasing pucks through the twilit slush until they're called home for dinner. You can have a hockey game without romance, sentimentality or frostbite. What's needed, however, is an evening cool enough to wear a coat or a jacket - and something that says "hockey" louder than a Tilley hat - to the game. You want to see your breath as you approach the arena. You want to hear fresh snow crunching under your boots. You want to see scalpers blowing on their hands to keep warm. That's hockey. Or at least that was hockey until the NHL decided to expand to the Sun Belt. Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina. But hockey is sweeter where the rink needs a heater.

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Get On Your Feet

from the National Post,

"Brrr, it's cold in here ... must be some 'Canes in the atmosphere," sings the petite blonde in an impromptu cheer, as she and two others bounce down the hallway that leads to the ice surface at RBC Center. The home of the Carolina Hurricanes does seem cold, especially when you are coming in from the 32-degree heat and are dressed in a belly-exposing cheerleaders' outfit, as Holly Wilver is. As a member of the Storm Squad, her job is to get a NASCAR-loving crowd excited about a hockey game. And it can be quite the challenge.
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