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Talking Ales Hemsky

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Journal reporter Jim Matheson has been around Oilers ace Ales Hemsky, 26, since Hemsky broke into the NHL at age 19.

Now, with two years to go on his $4 million a year deal, Hemsky has been mentioned (by fans and bloggers at least) in trade talks and management hasn’t exactly been bursting with superlatives in terms of his play.

But what does Hemsky think? Matheson, a Hockey Hall-of-Fame reporter, provided a few major clues in a candid live chat talk he and Dan Barnes did with fans today.

Here are some of Matheson’s entries:

* “Hemsky will be going in two years when he’s unrestricted free-agent. Bet on it.”

* “I say they give Hemmer one more year then they will look around. They would have to trade him to a team that wants to re-sign him and keep him around to get full-value for such a young forward.”

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The Playoffs Are Fun Again

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Yes, the NHL deserves credit for making the playoffs fun again. When it decided to open up the game after the lockout season, it was with the intention of making the game more watchable and it has hit a home run on that one. At the same time it was considering all the changes that have made the post-lockout game so entertaining, it came within a Rob Blake vote on the competition committee of going to 4-on-4 in overtime (His vote was the deciding one and he decided against it).

That would have been fine, too, but we can see now it also would have been unnecessary. Because when it comes to overtime now, hockey fans are getting a bountiful amount of a good thing as opposed to the pre-lockout days when it was getting way, way too much of a bad thing.

So far this playoff season, seven of the 20 games have gone into overtime and not a single one of the extra sessions has hit the 15-minute mark. The average overtime in this year’s playoffs is 5:43, with the longest being 13:19 and the shortest 31 seconds.

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Why Do People Still Consider Bleacher Report As A Source?

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from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

So the solution would seem simple: Get the Bleacher Report off of Google News as others have called for, or have BR label their news-reader headlines correctly as “satire.” Or “plagiarism,” which can also sometimes be accurate.

read on for another mistake from them…

 

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Scott Niedermayer - Media Guy

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from Curtis Zupke of the OC Register,

While it’s one thing to answer questions after a game, it’s another to deliver instant analysis on live television with thousands awaiting his first misspeak.

That’s the position Niedermayer found himself in last Thursday, when he did guest commentary on the NHL playoffs for ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Niedermayer had never done television analysis before, let alone on a stage like “SportsCenter.”

How did it go?

The Register tagged along with a slightly nervous Niedermayer for his broadcasting debut at ESPN’s Los Angeles studio:

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Bad Luck Sharks

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from Mark Masters of the National Post,

The San Jose Sharks have experienced their share of playoff heartache over the years, but on Sunday night the team seemed to hit a new low. After dominating the eighth seeded Colorado Avalanche for basically the entire game the top-seeded Sharks lost in overtime after defenceman Dan Boyle scored on his own net….

A headline in the San Jose Mercury called the sequence of events ‘A truly unbelievable blemish’ but in truth, it is only the latest chapter in the star-crossed playoff history of the San Jose Sharks. 

Here’s a quick look back at some of the playoff disappointments in San Jose history.

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Talking NHL Attendance

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from Matthew Coller of The Biz of Hockey,

SportsBusiness Daily reported that overall attendance in the NHL is down 2.2 percent from last season.  In December, Biz of Hockey looked at how attendance was doing and found that it was down almost 5 percent from where the league finished in ‘09.  The second half of the NHL season saw a sizable recovery possibly due to momentum gained from the Winter Classic.

continued with a chart showing first half and second half attendance figures…

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Marc Savard Feels Great

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog,

Marc Savard, symptom-free for over a week, skated on his own for the first time this morning and said he felt like his old self.

“I feel great,” Savard said. “The biggest thing is that over the last seven days, I’ve had some great days.”

Savard passed an exertion test yesterday. Savard plans to skate on his own again tomorrow morning, then undergo a neuro-psych test in the afternoon.

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Vezina Trophy Finalists

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Just announced on NHL Live:

Martin Brodeur

Ilya Bryzgalov

Ryan Miller

added 12:25pm,

NEW YORK (April 19, 2010)—Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes and Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres are the three finalists for the 2009-10 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today.

      The general managers of the 30 NHL clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 23, during the 2010 NHL Awards that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada

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Morning Line

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Earlier in the game, Carcillo, supposedly one of the toughest guys in the game, pretended to be hit in the face by Mike Mottau’s stick. Replays showed it wasn’t even close, even though Carcillo jerked his head back like he’d been bitten by a mamba. No penalty was called—indeed it was a rare moment the undisciplined Flyers weren’t whistled for an infraction Sunday as they took eight minors through the first two periods—which is perhaps the only reason the hockey gods, if they exist, allowed Carcillo his moment of joy 3:35 into the first overtime period.

Still, it’s the kind of play, especially for a tough guy, that is the hockey equivalent of knocking down an old lady for her purse.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN.  More from Scott plus other hockey topics too.

added 12:16pm, On Coach’s Corner last night, Don Cherry addressed the diving going on.

Watch below…

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NHL Playoffs- Still A Niche Sport On TV

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from Mark Kreidler at ESPN,

When the Canadians were playing for the gold medal in their own country, with the U.S. as the designated black hat, it made for grand theater and killer ratings. More than 27 million people in the United States watched the game, and roughly the same number did so in Canada; astonishing, considering that it accounted for nearly 80 percent of the population of that country. Surely great things loomed.

But the reality is this: The NHL playoffs, which began Wednesday, remain one of television’s ultimate niches. The Versus and NBC numbers, at their tip-top, rarely make a serious run beyond about a 1.0 rating, which equates to roughly 1.2 million viewers. Not precisely Olympian. (On Versus, its 52 regular-season games averaged 297,000 viewers.)

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