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Analyzing The Forbes List

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By now you've probably seen the Forbes list of most valuable franchises. Christy at Behind the Jersey breaks down the Wing-specific segments for us.

A few interesting tidbits from the Detroit section… 1) The average Red Wings game ticket is $51, which is $6 more than the New York Rangers’ average ticket but $19 less on average than the Toronto Maple Leafs’ tickets. The Dallas Stars worth $10 million less than the Wings has the average ticket price at $60. And here I am complaining about ticket prices at the Joe. 2) I thought that it was interesting that the Detroit revenue has fallen from the 2003-2004 season, which the Wings made $97 million, to the $89 million revenue from last season. In 2001-2002, the Wings not only won the Cup but made $114 million in revenue and were valued at $268 million.
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Young Yzerman

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Looking around You Tube today and found this video. Grainy, not the best quality but...wow. If it's been a while since you've seen highlights of the early stages of Yzerman's career, take a look. Watch this and you'll have no doubt why Blackhawk fans have nightmares about #19.

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Roy Shies Away From Latendresse Issue

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Choosing instead to allow the media to focus on this weekend's Hall of Fame induction. Via Sportsnet,

As much as Roy hasn't endeared himself to the Montreal media for his critical comments, the media has not made Roy eager to respond. One Montreal radio station host even called him on Thursday pretending to be Latendresse's father, and the entire conversation was recorded and played on the air. At a time when Roy is supposed to be celebrating his Hall induction, there has been little mention of his accolades.
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The Norway Connection

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Patrick Thoresen met on a sheet of ice in Oslo, Norway, in the early 1990s. "We were probably only 7 or 8 years old," said Tollefsen, a rookie defenseman for the Blue Jackets. "Just little kids playing hockey, that’s all." Last night, when the Blue Jackets played host to the Edmonton Oilers in Nationwide Arena, the two made NHL history as the first Norway-born players to go headto-head in an NHL game.
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On JLA crowds, Williams and hits to the head

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pointing you to a couple of places this morning addressing Wednesday's Oil/Wing game, the crowd at JLA and the hit on Williams. First, a dose of bitterness from Alanah at Hot Oil (a recent addition to the blogroll on the left).

Whenever I hear Detroit referred to as "Hockeytown" without a trace of irony, it's all I can do to keep my head from exploding. Hockeytown, my ass. In a true "Hockeytown," fans would stick around the arena until the final buzzer or, you know, actually sell out the games in the first place. In a true "Hockeytown," the cheers when Winchester was knocked flat on his back tonight would have been deafening. In reality, all the TSN microphones were able to pick up were a few halfhearted "whoo"s. Pathetic.
I grudgingly see her point (although it would have been better received had it not come the day after the Wings dominated her team). Dead crowd, or so it appeared on tv, last night too. Two big rivalry games and a fairly mild audience. Before you blame the fans though, Alanah, you might want to point the finger at the organ-I-zation. While we're on the subject of the Oil/Wing game, we return to The Hit. I've expressed my opinion that I believe it was clean. Some of you disagreed, and I can see why. It's turned into quite the debate. I'm going to point you to two different sites where opinions are being intelligently expressed. Matt Saler and Brian List are really nailing this topic at On The Wings, as is Jeff from SISU Hockey. I suggest you visit both sites and read the accumulation of opinions on the Torres hit, and hits to the head in general.

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More Housekeeping: A2Y Glossary

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The A2Y Glossary is back. Now, hold your horses. I'd stricken a few. "Sasquatch" doesn't apply because Pronger kicked our butts. The inevitable self-destruction we called "the implosion" didn't occur so I took that out, too. And, I think another entry may carry the same title soon so it's gone for now. There may be a few others I've forgotten. If you recall any, please let me know and I'll get them back in there. You can find the glossary under the Head to Hockeytown section on the left, or click here. As always, if you have suggestions feel free to comment here or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Let’s Get It Right

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette points out, Ron Wilson raises a good question ...

"I wish when we're making these kinds of critical decisions in this league, why can't one referee ask the other what he saw before you're kicking a guy out or disallowing a goal?" Wilson added. "I've never understood that. I don't stand on the bench and always make decisions on my own. If I'm confused, I ask my assistants...."
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Disclosure Please

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

This business of non-disclosing injuries is a byproduct of head coaches strung out on paranoia. Virtually every head man in pro sports believes he can't hiccup without someone cataloging his actions and planning a counter-hiccup move that will lead to a crucial turnover with time running out. To all these coaches, I'd like to say, "Get a life." But that's like asking Britney Spears to stick with K-Fed. So, is there something the NHL can do to stop this injury-reporting silliness before it reaches epic proportions? ("Bobby Orr? That would be a lower-extremity, upper-ankle booboo of the third kind.") The NHL could force its teams to tell the truth but, guaranteed, there'll be a franchise in Wawa, Ont., before that happens.
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Everyone Goes To The Net

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from the Edmonton Sun,

Now, with the NHL clamping down on some of the defenceman's best means of deterrence - hacks, slashes, crosschecks and punches to the back of the head - it's open season on goalies. "Guys are braver, they know they don't have to take the abuse anymore,'' said Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco. "There have always been crease crowders, but now we've got all these brave new souls who never entered that twilight zone before. "But it was inevitable, I guess. One guy gets there by accident, who hasn't been there for years, and says this isn't so bad.''
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Greg Johnson Dealing With Heart Condition

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from the Tennessean,

"I saw or talked to five different doctors — everywhere from the Mayo Clinic to the Cleveland Clinic — and not one doctor would clear me to play,'' Johnson said. "All five of them had the same diagnosis, that I'd be crazy to ever step on the ice again.'' So now Johnson, 35, finds himself dealing with a wide range of emotions.... "I think that Detroit — maybe because of Jiri Fischer or whatever — pursued things a little more in depth, to see what was going on instead of passing it on as an athlete's heart.'' Maybe more than anything at this stage, so soon after his involuntary retirement, Johnson still feels frustration.
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