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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Jay McKee was telling a story about the serendipity of finding some old sticks and how it relates to this magical season. But he might just as well have been telling a story about finding himself again. In a season that saw many veteran players, especially defensemen, lose their way, become irrelevant or worse liabilities, McKee has become a shining example of a player that has emerged as not just capable, but crucial. Former NHL coach and one of the game's top analysts, Pierre McGuire, lights up when McKee's name is brought up. "He's my favorite player," McGuire told ESPN.com. McKee has been able to adjust and thrive in the new NHL because he can skate, McGuire said.read on
The National Hockey League announced the following updates to the Conference Semifinal schedule for the 2006 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: * Th(e dates for Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference Semifinal Series 'L' (Anaheim Mighty Ducks vs. Colorado Avalanche, if necessary) have moved to Tuesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 18, respectively. * The start time for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series 'J' (Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils, if necessary, Tuesday, May 16) has moved to 7 p.m., ET * The start time for Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinal Series 'K' (San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers, if necessary, Wednesday, May 17) is 9 p.m., ET
The New Jersey Devils, winners of three Stanley Cup Championships since 1995, face off against the Carolina Hurricanes, who eliminated the Devils en route to the 2002 Stanley Cup Final, Saturday on NBC at 2 p.m. ET, presented in high definition. The Devils enter this Eastern Conference Semifinal series having won 15 straight games (11 regular season, 4 postseason). On Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, the Colorado Avalanche will visit the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in Game 2 of their Western Conference Seminal matchup. Chris Cuthbert (play-by-play), Peter McNab (analyst) and Cammi Granato (inside-the-glass reporter) will call New Jersey at Carolina; Mike Emrick (play-by-play), John Davidson (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) will call Colorado at Anaheim.
People who are on the road through the playoffs have emailed me to ask if I knew of any way they could watch their team in the playoffs. My suggestion was always you have to find a sports bar with CI, OLN, etc. I have also suggested using a fairly new product called Slingbox.
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via Sports Business Daily (paid reg.),
OLN averaged a 0.3/ (212,000 HHs) cable Nielsen rating through the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, down from averages of 482,000 HHs on ESPN and 370,000 HHs on ESPN2 for the first round in ’03-04. OLN’s average of 289,669 viewers is up 78.6% from 162,163 for regular-season coverage, and is up 93.8% from its year-ago time-period average of 149,486.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu still doesn't know the full extent of an eye injury he suffered during the first round of the NHL playoffs but he says all signs point to him making a full recovery. "It looks like the vision will be back 100 per cent," Koivu said Friday. "But we have to wait until all the blood is gone before we know for sure."more photo via the AP
from the Hockey News,
The new NHL includes shootouts, but what about offer sheets? It’s a question agents and GMs are asking themselves heading into the first summer of free agency under the new collective bargaining agreement. And the likely answer is…not yet, if ever. With the salary cap projected at up to $46-million for 2006-07, there has been talk that high-profile restricted free agents such as Tampa center Brad Richards ($3.4 million this season) or Philadelphia’s Simon Gagne ($2 million) might attract offer-sheet interest.continued
from the Meridian Booster,
No one thought the officiating in the NHL would be figured out completely in one season, but they still have a ways to go. Buoyed by the declaration from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman that officials would be forced to call the game as they had in the regular season, the men in stripes have not only kept up that pace but may have actually increased the tightness of the calls. To the long-time NHL observer this flies in the face of everything that should be playoff hockey – a war decided by the players on the ice not the referee. For better or worse it is safe to say that brand of hockey is dead. It is quite ironic actually, that with the NHL’s advertising campaign building up the game as war on ice – pulling every cheesy Hollywood trick they can – they don’t want the game to be anything like that. It’s quite sad really.more
INHD is now listing two HD games. The May 8th & May 10th games between NJD & Carolina. The May 14, 16 & 18th games between these two teams are scheduled for HD too. INHD hasn't put these games on their schedule yet, or maybe they just won't show them.
from the Calgary Sun,
* Sutter must hand over the coaching reins and concentrate on his GM duties. * Find a team -- any team -- to take 14-goal man Tony Amonte and his grossly over-inflated $1.85 million salary. * Ditto slooooooow Chris Simon and his $1.216-million deal. He doesn't score and he's too slow to be a consistent physical presence. Nice hairdo, though. * Make sure fourth-liners remain on the fourth line. That means the Flames need three of them, not nine.more
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