NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Monday Edition): Marc-Andre Fleury says he needs to be better, Evgeni Malkin not suspended for Game 3 and television ratings in the U.S. are down from last year

Posted by Richard Pollock in Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 1, 2009 — 1 Comment

Stanley Cup Final

Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4)

Teams that are not in the playoffs

  • New Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk says he learned a lot from the likes of Cliff Fletcher, Bob Gainey and Lou Lamorieollo during his playing days.  Tim Cowlishaw thinks Tom Hicks is hoping for a Nolan Ryan-like effect from Joe Nieuwendyk on the Stars organization.  Brian Burke thinks Nieuwendyk will do a good job.
  • While the team may be a bit of a mess now, there are certainly some nice pieces in the Avalanche organization, writes Adrian Dater.
  • Chris Zelkovich comments on how odd it was to not hear Bob Cole’s voice calling Game 1 of the final.
  • The United States television ratings on NBC were down from last year and Jason Brough of the Vancouver Province is wondering why the ratings story was the only story not working on nhl.com

The Coyotes situation

Calder Cup Final

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  • I caught the ratings article via CBC last night and my initial thought was so much for bowing to NBC pressure. But then if you looked at what they were comparing it wasn’t exactly equal.

    “The NBC telecast drew a 2.6 rating and a five share, compared with a four-game NBC average of a 3.2 rating and a six share one year ago.”

    Then they go on to compare the first NBC game this year with the first NBC from last year. Only problem is that NBC did Game 3 last year and Game 1 this year.

    Seems like they are comparing apples and oranges.