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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is on the airwaves from 4-5 p.m. ET today for the NHL Hour on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com.
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**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
from Internet Retailer,
NHL.com does not disclose its sales, but Cooper says they are up 35% over last year, and the conversion rate is up 23%. Cooper says most of those increases come from an improved product configurator introduced on the site last summer that makes it easier for customers to add a name and number to a team jersey, and to see what the jersey will look like. Team jerseys account for 40% of the site’s sales.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Here’s a question for Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk: Could you possibly have screwed this season up even worse?
What’s that? You fired your coach and replaced him with your general manager, the one you elevated from the coaching ranks after you fired the general manger who got you to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history?
What in the name of Phil Esposito were you thinking?
via Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
(Marian) Hossa said he heard whispers about landing in Boston, where he would have been reunited with fellow Slovakian Zdeno Chara, former Atlanta teammates Marc Savard and Glen Metropolit, and ex-Senators Peter Schaefer and Shane Hnidy.
“I heard news about Boston too, but it never happened,” said Hossa. “I always enjoy playing with Big Z. Maybe one day again. We’ll see.”
Hockey fans are all whiners who bitch and moan, never go to actual games, and sit around in a little circle of fellow bitchers and moaners who complain all day long.
How do I know this? Jamie Samuelssen told me, in a nice little 9:23 rant that’s available for your listening pleasure on WDFN.
Samuelssen claims that Red Wings fans and all hockey fans—with enough “you people” references to usually merit a lawsuit—are negative Nancies, each and every one, and he feels that the trade deadline brings out the worst in what hockey fans are.
from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,
While the Sharks’ general manager was making a big splash with his acquisition of all-star defenceman Brian Campbell from the Buffalo Sabres, Malcolm Bordelon, the executive vice-president of business operations, was working behind the scenes to set in motion a marketing strategy for the team’s newest prized asset.
Within hours, the team had replica jerseys in its store and was ready with a few T-shirts and player pucks, Bordelon said between meetings after the big trade.
The team website also featured a photo montage of Campbell in action (as a Sabre and an all-star), as well as backup goaltender Brian Boucher, the team’s less illustrious acquisition on trade day.
from the Courier-Post,
Several Flyers said they were happy to see Holmgren commit to his core group of players, many of whom have not played more than one Stanley Cup playoff series.
“Not only is there a lot of potential in this core, we’re fairly young and a lot of us are good friends off the ice,” Umberger said. “If you keep this core together it gives us a good chance to do something special.”
more on the Flyers…
from Marcia C. Smith of the OC Register,
Getzlaf, right wing Teemu Selanne and goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere were selected as runway models for the first Anaheim Ducks Wives and Significant Others Fashion Luncheon, which raised $120,000 on Tuesday for Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Tall, slender, well-appointed women – green beans, really – walked through the sunshine and gingerly high-heel-stepped onto the stage to model designer dresses. They didn’t smile much or speak.
But neither did the three dapper Ducks when event emcee and comedienne Cindy Burns asked them – “these hot, hot, hot guys,” she called them – each to strike a pose….
Giguere, who was introduced as “Gee-gahr,” put his left foot forward, pushed back the tails on his dark Canali sportcoat, sunk his hands in pockets and vogued. (His fair cheeks turned pink as he probably was wishing he could just lower a goalie mask.)
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues coach Andy Murray, who consults with Davidson when making out the lineup, says, “There’s a code of conduct that has to be learned to be a professional. And David isn’t quite there yet.”
That code requires being at practice on time, giving his entire attention to drills, treating teammates with respect and understanding nuances of the game on and off the ice.
Perron admits he’s guilty of some infractions. At times this season, he’s been seen flailing his arms in frustration after a line partner fails to handle a pass.
“You’re going to go like this,” Murray says, waving his arms, “to Keith Tkachuk? You’ve got to be careful.”
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock somberly said his players were shocked over losing their friends and leaders, and it almost seemed that way afterward. In contrast to a surprisingly upbeat morning—when players were given a chance to vent over the trades that were made and the ones that weren’t and then seemed ready for the task—last night they seemed, well, depressed.
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