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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Canada’s TV numbers are in for the NHL all-star game and the numbers are down.
Sunday’s game that featured an absurd 29 goals drew 1.479 million viewers to CBC, nearly one million viewers less than the last all-star game in 2012 when 2.454 million people watched and 2011 when 2.363 million tuned in.
“Frankly it’s a little mystifying,” said Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties for Rogers. “Somebody else asked me if I have an explanation and I don’t really.
“I just think they (the numbers) seem wrong.”
The ratings for the rest of the weekend were also down significantly compared to previous years.
Saturday’s super skills drew 1.7 million viewers to CBC, down from 2.5 million in 2012 and 2.4 million in 2011.
And Friday’s fantasy draft on Sportsnet drew a hair over half-a-million viewers, compared to 1.33 million in 2012 on TSN and 1.5 million in 2011.
If you missed it earlier, some numbers for US viewers...
TORONTO (January 27, 2015) – Radek Dvorak has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) after 18 seasons.
Dvorak played in a total of 1,260 career NHL games with nine teams: the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks and the Carolina Hurricanes. He played in nine seasons with the Panthers, over two stints, for his longest combined tenure with one team. Dvorak scored 227 goals and 363 assists for 590 points in his NHL career. Internationally, while playing for the Czech Republic, he was a part of three gold medal-winning World Championship teams (1999, 2001 and 2005).
“It was an honor for me to play in the best league in the world for 18 seasons,” said Radek Dvorak. “I would like to thank to all the organizations, coaches and teammates I played for or with. Also, thank you to my parents, wife and kids who have always supported me and helped me throughout my whole career. At last I would like to thank to my fans who believed in and followed me all these years.”
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have assigned forward Mike Richards to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The 5-11, 199-pound native of Kenora, Ontario, appeared in 46 games this season with the Kings, registering 15 points (5-10=15) and 39 penalty minutes. He played in his 700th NHL game, Jan. 12 vs. TOR and recorded his 300th career assist, Dec. 12 at MTL. He had played 224 consecutive games dating back to Dec. 22, 2011, the longest active streak on the Kings.
Martin Brodeur, Dominik Hasek or Patrick Roy, who starts for you in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final?
Or maybe someone else?
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
It appears Bill Peters’ patience is being tested by Alexander Semin.
Peters, the Carolina Hurricanes' first-year coach, on Tuesday made some pointed remarks about Semin, the $7-million-a-year winger who again will be a healthy scratch Tuesday when the Canes host the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Semin, who has sat out nine of the past 13 games, has one goal and seven assists in 26 games this season. Peters has said a number of times that Semin needed to be in better physical condition and able to play at an NHL pace, and Semin has gotten in extra skating sessions after practices and morning skates....
Asked Tuesday how frustrating it has been to get so little out of Semin this season, Peters said, "Well, it's not frustrating for me. We just play the guys who dig in and work and play with speed in both directions and play hard. It's not hard."
Peters said he has had several discussions with Semin but said, "Obviously something's not right. Talk is cheap, though, right?...
"I talk about competitive people being in a competitive environment and we want to win. We are playing our best 20 players in order to win hockey players. That's the lineup. It's not hard."
(Jan. 27, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that goaltender Martin Brodeur will announce his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) on Thursday at Scottrade Center. Armstrong also stated that Brodeur will remain with the organization in a management role. The Blues will hold a press conference for the announcement on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and attendees will include Brodeur, Armstrong and Blues Hall-of-Famers Bernie Federko, Brett Hull and Al MacInnis. Neither the Blues or Brodeur will comment on the announcement until Thursday’s press conference.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Martin Brodeur is stepping away from the crease and joining the St. Louis Blues front office, Sportsnet has learned.
The NHL’s all-time winningest goalie made the decision after taking a break from the NHL team to ponder his future. Two sources confirmed that Brodeur took the Blues up on the offer of an executive role.
added 1:35pm, via Rich Chere tweets,
Lou Lamoriello says Martin Brodeur will be back with Devils but will finish this season in Blues' front office.
Lamoriello: "He could've come here if he wanted."
"...to stay. I certainly understand. Marty and I have been in constant contact."
from Travis Yost of TSN,
If there’s an individual skill that really remains underutilized by analysts and fans right now, it’s the ability of a player to draw penalties for his respective team. While the vast majority of a hockey game is played at even-strength, there is still a swath of goals scored on special teams. Getting your team into that position, of course, has value.
Most importantly, drawing penalties has been identified as something of a repeatable talent, meaning that players who exhibit ability to consistently draw penalties will likely continue to do so. Broad Street Hockey investigated this in great detail in 2013, and concluded that drawing penalties is a “real talent that a player possesses”.
The one caveat to drawing penalties as it pertains to goal differentials (and, ultimately, adding wins to the standings) is that the inverse is also true – players who take a lot of penalties cost their team valuable goals. So, drawing penalties has value, but it’s only valuable to the extent that the player does not give those penalties back in the form of penalties against.
Let’s try and identify some of the league’s best and worst players on this front.
NHL RETURNS FROM ALL-STAR BREAK
The NHL returns from the All-Star Break with an 11-game slate. A look at the League, division and individual races with 56.7% of the regular season in the books (697 / 1,230 GP):
* Twenty-three teams are within 10 points of a playoff berth. In the Western Conference, four teams are separated by four points for the final Wild Card spot (CGY, LAK, COL, DAL).
* Eleven teams are separated by 10 points in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy. In 2013-14, the NHL’s top seven finishers entered the playoffs separated by 10 points.
* In the Eastern Conference, the top five teams are separated by four points. In the Western Conference, the top five teams are separated by eight points.
* The Lightning, Red Wings and Canadiens are separated by three points in the race for the Atlantic Division. The Islanders, Penguins, Rangers and Capitals are separated by six points in the battle for Metropolitan Division supremacy.
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