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Here We Go Again

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Jerry Reinsdorf is in jeopardy.

Sources tell TSN the city of Glendale has asked Ice Edge Holdings to return to the bargaining table as a back up plan to buy the Coyotes, in the event the deal with Reinsdorf falls through.

Sources say Glendale reached out to Ice Edge late last week amid growing concern Reinsdorf’s accepted bid to purchase the Coyotes from the National Hockey League is at risk of falling apart.


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Put The Game On Versus

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from Pete Dougherty of the Times Union,

Please, ESPN, won’t you come back to the NHL?

Tonight on Versus, something that has happened throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, Bill Patrick welcomed viewers back to the studio at the conclusion of the Penguins-Canadiens game.

“We’ll be taking you to the third period in Detroit, as the Red Wings face off against the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of their series in just a few moments, but first, back to the highlights of the game you just saw.”

The italics are mine. Why do we want highlights from a game we just saw when we know another game is going on?

Such backward thinkng is typical of Versus and the NHL, which needs to find a new cable television partner.


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Fellas, It’s Too Rough To Feed Ya…STFU Gordo

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I found this to be amusing.

Art Regner at MLive

The Wings really don’t have an alternative at this point, and while Howard’s game has gone a bit south, don’t blame the rookie netminder - blame Mike Babcock.

Art Regner…really.  I thought we established a long, long time ago that this clown wasn’t qualified to comment on the Wings (irony, I know).  Now he proves it.  Memo to Regner:  Chris Osgood is the reason Chris Osgood played so little, and it’s because he played so poorly.


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Wings Need To Find A Way To Win A Game

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Ken Daniels previews game four between San Jose and Detroit.

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Following The Playoffs In Non-NHL Markets

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NEW YORK – May 6, 2010—The NHL is coming off of the most-watched Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals in the U.S. in 10 years with both VERSUS and NBC showing increases overall for the playoffs. That success has been mirrored on the NHL’s digital platforms with unique visitors to NHL.com up 33 percent over last year and video starts up 146 percent.

The increased demand for NHL content has led to growth in fan engagement across all platforms, highlighted by especially impressive growth among non-NHL U.S. markets and U.S. markets of teams not qualifying for the postseason.

Below is a summary of the U.S. markets experiencing the biggest increases for the first round on VERSUS, NBC and VERSUS/NBC combined (metered market ratings, according to Nielsen Media Research):

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A Problem In Montreal

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

There’s not much doubt what the Montreal Canadiens - and that includes management, coaching staff and players - would like to do with Sergei Kostitsyn right about now.

Kick his butt down Rue Ste. Catherine on the way out of town would appear to sum it up.

But it’s in no one’s best interest at this moment to make a spectacle of the Sergei Kostistyn situation.


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Would You Play Jordan Staal Tonight?

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

There are regular humans, there are quick healers, and then there is Jordan Staal.

The hulking centre suffered torn ligaments in his foot this past Friday in a collision with Montreal’s P.K. Subban, but barely six days later, the 21-year-old is a possibility for Thursday night’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semi-final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Canadiens.

Staal said he feels as if he could play – Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he would be “a game-time decision” – and was blunt about the stakes of this game, where a victory would give the defending Stanley Cup Champions a 3-1 stranglehold on the series.

“This is definitely a breaking point game,” he said.


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Ted Lindsay Award Finalists

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from the NHLPA,

TORONTO (May 6, 2010) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks have been selected as finalists for the 2009-10 Ted Lindsay Award. The Ted Lindsay Award will be presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

On April 29, 2010, the Ted Lindsay Award was introduced, and it remains the only award voted on by the players themselves, carrying on the tradition established by the Lester B. Pearson Award. The Award honours Ted Lindsay, an All-Star forward known for his skill, tenacity, leadership and his role in establishing the original Players’ Association.


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May As Well Address This Now Since It Won’t Go Away

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

There is a distinct possibility that Nik Lidstrom is playing his last game in the NHL.

The gallant, classy 40-year-old captain and his Red Wings face elimination Thursday night at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, who lead their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal three games to none.

The thought of “lose and go home” is motivating the Wings.


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Too Early To Talk Conn Smythe?

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Tuukka Rask didn’t even make it onto the rookie of the year ballot (Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, Colorado’s Matt Duchene and Buffalo’s Tyler Myers are this year’s finalists), but the Bruins netminder has his eye on another piece of hardware, the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

more and other observations from last night…

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