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You may recall I planned to host a SCF party last night. How did it turn out, well, read on... Like most hockey fans would, I jumped at the chance to share my thoughts with the readers of NHL.com. I appreciate Phil Coffey asking me to participate.

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Still Learning

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from Terry Frei of ESPN,

It was the NHL's fourth finals Game 7 in five seasons, and all four have ended with the home team hoisting the Stanley Cup, so this should have been familiar. But there just seemed to be something a little different about it this time, including the strangely convivial atmosphere among the tailgating before the game. The many Edmonton fans -- advertising their loyalties on their backs -- were far more likely to end up being offered a Carolina Pale Ale out of a cooler than to hear taunts, whether from the folks whose kids attend school with Rod Brind'Amour's children at the Montessori School of Raleigh or anyone else. One of the things missing in the finals, given the other-planet nature of the conferences, and now more so than ever, is a bitter rivalry. In that sense, the conference finals or even the first two rounds can be more testy, and I'm talking about the fans, too.... The NHL still has problems, and I'm among the many who aren't shy about pointing out what I believe them to be. " The league was too hard to find on television this season and lost the chance to draw in fans who stumbled across a game on a familiar network. " The NHL still doesn't sufficiently promote its stars, bowing to the entrenched culture of the sport rather than entering the 21st century, a step that wouldn't necessarily have to embrace the "me, me, me" attitude more common to other sports.
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Report- Four NHL Officials Let Go

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from Hockey Refs,

“There were four officials let go,” a referee speaking on condition of anonymity told HockeyRefs.com on Monday. He was unwilling to disclose the names of sacked officials because they are “close friends” – though he expects the firings to be finalized shortly. Under the NHL-NHLOA collective bargaining agreement, no more than four full-time officials can be fired each year.

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The Business Side

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from the Toronto Star,

Fresh off one of the most exciting Stanley Cup finals in years, officials with the NHL and its players' union are scheduled to meet today in New York with several investment banks and insurance companies to discuss how the league's 30 teams might bolster their ties to Wall Street, sources have told the Toronto Star. Under consideration is a proposal that could possibly see NHL teams open their own referral business to act as a liaison between high net-worth individuals and their companies, and financial services companies looking to sell both insurance products, and retail and investment-banking services.
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Report- Malkin Signs

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from Metallurg.ru(link not translated),

19-year napadayushchiy team Russia Yevgeny Malkin, which became in the past season the best bombardier of Magnitogorsk "metallurgist", signed contract for three years with the club NKHL "Pittsburgh Pingvinz", which zadraftoval of player in 2004 under the total second number. According to the agent Of malkina of Sergey isakov, Yevgeny concluded agreement for the sum maximum for the novice. To be prepared for the new season Of malkin is assembled to begin in Magnitogorsk with the "metallurgist". "for the ocean it is intended to leave in the first days of August", said Malkin.
added 8:30am Wednesday 6/21/06, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins shouldn't have any trouble working out a contract with center Evgeni Malkin. But contrary to reports out of Russia yesterday, they haven't done it yet. Mostly because they are not allowed to, and won't be until all parties -- the NHL, the International Ice Hockey Federation and the Russian Hockey Federation -- formally sign the transfer agreement that clears the way for Malkin, and other Russian players, to come to North America.

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Game 7 Ratings

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from zap2it,

Despite an exciting Stanley Cup Game 7, NBC could do little to challenge CBS' Monday night dominance. The Tiffany Network crushed the competition overall, though FOX was able to eke out a slim demographic win. For the night, CBS averaged a 5.8 rating/10 share, far ahead of the 3.9/7 for FOX. ABC was right behind in third with a 3.6/6, nipping the 3.5/6 for NBC (though NBC averaged more viewers). The WB and UPN continued to play out the string with matching totals of 1.3/2 on the night.
added 12:40pm, from Media Life,
Last night’s Game Seven averaged a 2.3 adults 18-49 overnight rating from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to Nielsen fast nationals. Those numbers measure only timeslot data, not program data, so the final number may jump when the bit airing after 11 p.m. is factored in to final ratings. Regardless, this will be the highest-rated game of the series by far. It was up 92 percent over the 1.2 final average earned by Saturday’s Game Six. It also bettered Game Five’s 1.6 average and Game Four’s 1.3 average while becoming NBC’s first game to break 4 million total viewers. In fact, it broke that barrier by a great deal, averaging 5.45 million total viewers.
added 4:57pm, from Media Week,
Game 7 of The Stanley Cup Finals on NBC (Edmonton vs. Carolina) concluded with a typically lackluster 4.0/ 7 in the overnights from 8-11:15 p.m., with an approximate 5.45 million viewers and a 2.3/ 7 among adults 18-49 in primetime. Comparably, the 2004 metered market average for The Stanley Cup Finals was a more potent 5.4/ 9.
added 7:35pm, from the AP via MSNBC,
The Carolina Hurricanes’ win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals had a 3.3 rating and 6 share on NBC on Monday night, down 21 percent from Game 7 in 2004 — the last season before the lockout. In 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Game 7 victory over the Calgary Flames had a 4.2 rating and a 7 share on ABC. “The ratings are in line with our projections,” Brian Walker, director of communications for NBC Sports, said Tuesday.

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Take A Trip Around The NHL With The Maven

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Gary Bettman promises that next season the league will give its broadcasters “The best schedule they’ve ever had.” The league – under its new broadcast boss, John Shannon -- will continue to explore ways to improve TV shows. -Paul Maurice has a simple, savvy explanation why the Oilers and ‘Canes reached the Finals: “The players move as five guys on the ice!” Sounds Russian to us. -Don’t be surprised if the NHL changes the Shootout rule to five shooters instead of the current three
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Most NHL Problems Are Off The Ice

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

On the ice, as the marvelous Stanley Cup tournament showed, the league has its house in order. There are some things to be ironed out, such as the delay-of-game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass and the bosses' tendency to micromanage the on-ice officials in big games, but these are minor matters. Off the ice is a different matter. Almost all of the problem markets remain problems. The problems come in two categories, which are usually linked — lack of interest and bad ownership. However, there is one bright spot — the Pittsburgh Penguins — although the franchise is not yet in the clear. Its future in Pittsburgh depends on securing a slots licence, which will finance a new arena.
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Report- Sakic Stays In Colorado

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from RDS (translated),

According to what our colleague Renaud Lavoie learned, Joe Sakic initialed a one year old contract with the Avalanche of Colorado. The agreement will bring back to the captain of the Avalanche 5,75 million dollars
added 12:55pm, from the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Joe Sakic has agreed to terms with the club, keeping the Avalanche captain in Colorado for the 2006-2007 season. “This organization’s success has been due in large part to Joe Sakic, both as a leader and as a premiere player in this league,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “Keeping him in an Avalanche uniform was definitely a priority. He still possesses the skills and abilities that have made him so successful for so many years. Like in 2001, he had a chance to become an unrestricted free agent, but chose otherwise.”

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Greater Opportunities For American Players

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from the Star Tribune,

As a hockey player who once aspired to be a dentist, Lou Nanne never has been fond of stereotypes. Case in point: Most NHL general managers in the early 1980s dismissed American players as too soft, too timid or too inexperienced to make it in their league. Nanne didn't buy it, and the North Stars general manager backed up his belief by making Brian Lawton the first American-born player chosen No. 1 overall in the NHL draft. That 1983 decision still is remembered as a risk that backfired, given Lawton's nine average seasons in the league. But Nanne's confidence in U.S.-born players has been rewarded handsomely since then. A record 12 Americans are ranked as potential first-round picks in Saturday's NHL draft, led by projected No. 1 pick Erik Johnson of Bloomington.
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