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Local TV Ratings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nielsen,

NHL Local Ratings Box Score

• The Washington Capitals‘ ratings are up 140% compared to a year ago, thanks in part to reigning NHL MVP, Alex Olvechkin, continuing his great play and leading the Caps to first place in the Southeast division.

• The Chicago Blackhawks are televising all of their regular season home games for the first time, and viewers are responding to their exciting young team with a 71% boost in average ratings from last season.

• Not only are the San Jose Sharks on top of their division, they also have an impressive 50% increase over last season’s ratings in the SF-SJ-OAK Market..

more team ratings…

Thanks to Capitals Insider for the pointer.

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Briere Out 4-5 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via On The Fly at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

Flyers center Danny Briere will be sidelined for the next four-to-five weeks with a groin strain, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

Briere left last night’s 4-3 overtime win over Tampa Bay after the second period. Prior to that game, he had missed the 14 of the previous 16 games with various injuries.

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Brooks On Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Gary Bettman’s decision to indefinitely suspend Avery pending a hearing tomorrow in New York is extraordinary, unprecedented, and most importantly, an abuse of power that the NHLPA must vigorously oppose even if a vast majority of its membership would just as soon see Page Six Sean receive a dishonorable discharge from the NHL.

This suspension must be challenged in an independent forum where the burden of proof would be placed on the commissioner to demonstrate that saying the words “sloppy seconds” represents “[conduct] detrimental to [the NHL] or the game of hockey,” as Bettman is claiming in citing the language in By-Law 17 and Article 6 of the NHL constitution as grounds for imposing discipline.

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You do know there is a very simple solution to all of this?  Stars waive Avery, he clears, spends a few weeks in the minors.  Stars recall Sean, he gets picked up by Calgary.  Case settled!!!

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All Star Game Voting in the West

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

New York (December 3, 2008) – The Calgary Flames and NHL Winter Classic 2009 host Chicago Blackhawks heat up the Western Conference XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports. Meanwhile, Red Wings fans continue to vote in droves to support their Stanley Cup champions.

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom extended his dominance in the balloting among defensemen by gaining over 75,000 votes last week to remain, for the second week in a row, the highest Western Conference vote-getter. Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf has a stronghold on second place, while Wings’ Brian Rafalski (135,074)is holdingoff Chicago’s Brian Campbell (133,265) for third place among defensemen.   

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg, hockey+fans

The Hockey News Is On The Air

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Toronto, ON – The Hockey News, North America’s leading hockey publication announced today the launch of a brand new radio show on XM Canada, the country’s leading satellite radio service. The Hockey News Radio Show will air on XM Canada’s NHL HOME ICE (XM Channel 204) every Friday afternoon from 3pm – 4pm EST with a repeat on Sunday afternoon’s from 6pm-7pm EST.

The show, hosted by THN’s Adam Proteau and XM Canada’s Mike Ross, will be a one-hour hockey magazine style show focusing on current events, controversies and hot topics with weekly high profile guests.

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Afternoon Line

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“It’s ridiculous we’re even talking about this, because our game is about great people doing great things and yet the attention our game is getting today in the U.S. is over this.’‘

-Wings coach Mike Babcock on the Avery issue.  More comments from the Wings from Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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Who’s the Best GM in the NHL?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Pierre LeBrun asks readers of his blog at ESPN:

Best GM in the NHL? The ESPN.com puckheads delivered again.

Ken Holland was the most popular answer, followed by Lou Lamoriello (Devils), Doug Wilson (Sharks) and Brian Burke (Toronto), among others. Because there’s been so much focus on Burke over the past week, we needn’t bother going over that again here.

Let’s take a look at other GMs:

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Coyotes Acquire Joakim Lindstrom from Anaheim in Exchange for Stephenson

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Alanah McGinley

via Phoenix Coyotes Press Release:

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired forward Joakim Lindstrom from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Logan Stephenson.  Lindstrom will join the Coyotes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.

Lindstrom, 24, has recorded 7-14-21 and 33 penalty minutes (PIM) in 21 games this season for the Iowa Chops of the AHL, tying him for the team-lead in points.  In 2007-08, Lindstrom split the season between the NHL and AHL, collecting 3-4-7 in 25 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets and recording 25-35-60 in 49 games with Syracuse.  He established both NHL and AHL career-highs in goals, assists and points last season.

 

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  Tags: joakim+lindstrom, logan+stephanson

Sakic Out Minimum 6 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN :

Joe Sakic will be lost to the Colorado Avalanche for at least six weeks due to a herniated disc in his back.

The captain originally injured his back during weight training but aggravated the injury on his first shift of the November 28th game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

“He’ll continue to be monitored by our medical staff who will prescribe a treatment regimen that will hopefully allow Joe to be back playing as quickly as possible,” said executive vice president and general manager Francois Giguere.

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Note: The URL for this post has been changed as it was posted on the wrong blog initially. My error and my apologies.

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Laviolette fired; Hartsburg might be next

Blog: KK Members Blog By Slasher98

The Carolina Hurricanes have just announced that they have fired head coach Peter Laviolette, who led the team to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship. They have replaced him with former Hurricanes and Maple Leafs head coach Paul Maurice.

Sources say Maurice will remain on as head coach at least until the end of the season, at which point the position will be re-evaluated leaving the Hurricanes the freedom to head in a different direction, or sign Maurice to a long term contract.

The Hurricanes missed the playoffs the last two seasons and are 12-11-2 this season after Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

The team has called a press conference to announce the news…

The next NHL head coach that might be shown the door is Senators’ head coach Craig Hartsburg, and that might be very soon as the Senators are struggling to avoid the league’s basement. Tonight the Sens face the Atlanta Thrashers, the only team keeping them from being dead last in the Eastern Conference. A loss against the Thrashers, who lost 5-4 to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, could be the last nail in Hartsburg’s coffin.

As I previously stated in a previous blog, Hartsburg is on a short leash since the beginning of November. Ottawa went 4-5-3 in 12 games, scoring only 23 goals (1.92 goals/game). A loss against the cellar-dwelling Thrashers might force GM Bryan Murray to make a coaching change to sparkplug his hapless team. From: http://www.nhl-northeast.com

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  Tags: hartsburg, laviolette, murray, ottawa, senators

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