Kukla's Korner Hockey
Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that the Preds and Blues are in the same boat when it comes to flagging corporate support:
—The modern NHL business plan calls for heavy underwriting from the local business community. That is the only way mid-market teams can sell all those expensive lower bowl seats. Ordinary people have been priced out of the good seats.
—Corporate ticket purchases are notorious bandwagon riders. Nashville rallied its business community around its expansion effort. Those purchasers stayed through the honeymoon period . . . until the novelty wore off. So even as the Predators turned the corner and began to win, they were drifting away.
—The economy in most markets isn’t all that great. How many local businesses are flush with cash? This is not a boom era in America by any means.
—The corporate landscape in St. Louis has changed dramatically since the Blues moved downtown. This market no longer boasts a disproportionately high number of major headquarters. Newer, smaller employers have replaced some of the larger employers like the old Monsanto and the old Southwestern Bell.
—The idiotic NHL lockout sped the decline of corporate sales in markets like St. Louis. And for what? To gain a salary cap that is at least $10 million too high for most hockey markets?
Miss604 has a review of "Road Hockey Rumble", which appears on OLN (yes, not Versus) in Canada.
The idea of roaming around the country and sparking up street hockey games is pretty fun, and I don’t have a problem with the low-budget Canadian programming. If it was more of a documentary style, I think I’d be much more excited. I think the over-compensating cheese and raw manly humour (fit for SpikeTV) is what makes me not like this as much as I should. Although, this is only episode 2 so I’m willing to give it another chance.read on...Too bad we can't see this on Versus in the States.
In case you missed the NBC postgame with Brett Hull, you can view it here.
from the Ottawa Senators,
“It felt really good to be out there, but we’re going to stick to until after the all-star break (for his return),” Spezza said. “I was a little rusty out there, and the guys were laughing at me and having fun because I bobbled a couple of pucks I usually wouldn’t. I’m not ready to play right now. I still have work to do.”
HF Quick Hits asks the question: “Martin Grenier has had a couple of shots at the NHL and is no doubt looking for another, but did have he one shot too many Thursday night?”
From the Lowell Sun,
Police arrested a member of the Philadelphia Phantoms hockey team after they say he urinated on Central Street downtown Thursday night. Martin Grenier was charged with indecent exposure.
via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
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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