Archive for February 2nd, 2007

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

NHL hits Titan-ic iceberg

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From Rick Carpiniello of the Journal News:

“The NHL can say what it wants about its popularity, but it stinks (the Islanders and Devils were both outrated by New York Titans indoor lacrosse last Saturday; the Devils with a low-as-you-can-go .01 rating).”

Reports of plummeting attendance and ratings for NHL games have been a hot topic as of late, but it seems that it took a lacrosse game to break the camel’s back. The New York Titans recently launched their inaugural season in the National Lacrosse League, so naturally they were eager to alert the news media that the telecast of their match against the Rochester Knighthawks was watched on SNY by 10,271 households. Compare that to the 8,103 homes that took in the Islanders game on FSNY, and the outrageous and embarrassing 736 that watched the Devils on MSG. Gary Bettman, we have a problem. Richard Sandomir of the New York Times examines the issue in depth today, so check it out.

You won’t like him when he’s angry

Rangers Rumors & News

If Brendan Shanahan looks happy here, well, he’s not. Once again, the 38-year-old first-year Ranger has taken the team by the reigns and shown why he is one of the best leaders in the game today. John Dellapina of the New York Daily News states in jest that perhaps Mark Messier will let Shanny take down his retired #11 from the Garden rafters and wear it for the rest of his Rangers career. Says the AP, "Brendan Shanahan isn’t the captain of the New York Rangers, he’s just the guy who sticks up for him."

After Wednesday night’s critical 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Shanahan unleashed his venom on the officiating, stating that he felt the refs had been prejudiced against Rangers superstar and captain Jaromir Jagr all season long. "Guys hit him late, guys hit him high, guys hook his hands," said Shanny. "He doesn’t complain. He just goes out and plays and plays and plays. The referees just have a different set of …

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