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from Willam Houston of the Globe and Mail,
There’s plenty on the line for the NHL. NBC has not committed to the 2008-09 season and the success of the outdoor game will help the network decide about continuing to televise hockey beyond this season.
“As we would with any property, we’ll make an evaluation as the season goes along,” NBC spokesman Brian Walker said. “We’re hopeful the outdoor game and the new flex scheduling have a positive impact on ratings.”
It would make sense for NBC to stay with the NHL in 2008-09 if only to get U.S. viewers more connected with hockey in advance of the network’s coverage of the 2010 Olympic tournament in Vancouver.
What concerns NBC, however, is giving over as many as five prime-time spots in May and June to the Stanley Cup final when the ratings are minuscule.
Also, about a month or so ago, a hockey blogger wrote, “A mutual option must be agreed upon by the January 1, 2008” regarding NBC and the NHL. I said it then and will say it now, not true.
Speeding up the conversion in Buffalo from football field to ice rink!
via the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals have named Bruce Boudreau the team’s head coach, removing “interim” from his title, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. The Capitals are 7-5-3 since Boudreau was named interim head coach on Nov. 22.
added 2:11pm, Link now available to the story at the Caps website...
from the CP via TSN,
The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a two-year contract with defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom on Wednesday.
Financial details were not available but the deal means Lidstrom will be under contract with the Red Wings through the 2009-‘10 season.
‘‘Nick has been the best defenceman in the world for several years,’’ Red Wings general manger Ken Holland said in a statement. ‘‘He’s a great captain and role model who does everything right both on and off the ice.
‘‘We’re proud to have him continue as a Red Wing for another two years.’‘
added 2:38pm, Lidstrom will earn US$7.45-million a year under terms of his new deal. He is making $7.6 million this season.
For the folks in the Detroit area, don’t you think it is kind of a slap in the face to hockey fans that this signing has not even been mentioned on the Wings radio flagship station? Things never change at that station except for the “avoid all hockey talk” as directed by their program director.
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have recalled forwards Martin St.Pierre and Michael Blunden from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. The Blackhawks have also placed forwards Martin Havlat (groin), Dave Bolland (broken finger), and Ben Eager (mild concussion) on injured reserve.
Hopefully for the Blackhawks, the moving of Havlat to the IR is just a short term issue.
It sure seemed a lot longer than 2 days without NHL Hockey.
Watch a preview video for the games tonight…
from the Globe and Mail,
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN—Pity poor Major Eric Cottenoir of the Vandoos.
A brand new hockey sweater arrived in the mail for him yesterday. But when he put it on at the hockey rink, all his friends laughed at him.
Instead of sending him the red, white and blue of the Montreal Canadiens, a big Canadian clothing chain had instead mailed the blue and white sweater of the hated Toronto Maple Leafs.
All the other players favoured les Canadiens. Nobody wanted to wear the Toronto sweater. Major Cottenoir was booed by his fellow hockey players the moment he put it on.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Oilers, however, are still in a dire situation. They likely need to garner at least 60 points in their last 45 games in order to make the playoffs in the Western Conference.
But they seem incapable of getting over the .500 mark, which they absolutely must do, and very soon, in order to finish in the top eight. There’s only six points separating sixth place from 13th in the West.
“There are more teams in it this year for the playoffs, which really brings focus to each and every game,” admitted Oilers defenceman Steve Staios.
Almost every game, in every city, seems like a one-goal game or an empty-netter to win by two goals.
Faith, hope and parity—for sure.
more on the Oilers…
from the Chicago Daily Herald,
You see it every hockey season, when teams suddenly find a strong chemistry within the dressing room that helps carry them to great things. The Hawks have that look.
“We’re just finding ways and gutting things out,” Savard said. “They’re giving their bodies and sacrificing and getting good results.
“There’s a good atmosphere. They’re playing for each other, playing for the guy next to them. They don’t care what it’s going to take, they’re going to keep bringing it.”
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