PPV is bad for hockey

It is probably the marquis match-up of the night. Ottawa is in another of its ‘mini’ slumps and their fans are once again wondering if they have a team to win. The Leafs are on the edge of making or missing the playoffs and should be in desperate hockey mode. This is a game which is both highly important and which should be highly entertaining. This is one of those games that you could sell hockey with to generate new fans. Problem is, in Ottawa, the majority of people won’t get to watch it as it is pay per view

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Is it time to sit Raycroft at home?

On the weekend Steve Simmons produced another unfair Leaf Bashing article largely criticising John Ferguson Jr. for his moves as the Leafs GM and for has lack of commitment to a youth movement. He traded away a first-round draft pick, two second-round picks, a fourth and a fifth for Brian Leetch, 36, Yanic Perreault, 36 next month, Luke Richardson, 37, and Ron Francis, 41. Once again I called him to task on this and we exchanged several e-mails. I pointed out that he was cherry picking moves that Ferguson made 3 years ago while Pat Quinn was still significantly influencing

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NHL Power Rankings – 3/6/2007

Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 1 Detroit 0.644 0.505 0.629 2 5 San Jose 0.598 0.514 0.615 3 2 Anaheim 0.604 0.514 0.612 4 6 Nashville 0.634 0.500 0.610 5 3 Vancouver 0.569 0.524 0.603 6 8 Buffalo 0.623 0.480 0.598 7 4 Dallas 0.569 0.521 0.594 8 7 Calgary 0.569 0.523 0.590 9 9 Ottawa 0.583 0.486 0.571 10 11 Minnesota 0.515 0.527 0.551 11 10 New Jersey 0.606 0.465 0.551 12 14 Colorado 0.477 0.531 0.514 13 12 Edmonton 0.462 0.534 0.507 14 13 Montreal 0.485 0.490 0.488 15 15 Carolina 0.515 0.474 0.484

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Predicted Standings – 3/5/2007

It’s time for another predicted standings update. Eastern Conference Predicted Standings Pos Team GP Pts Schedule Strength Future GP Future SchedStr Pred Pts Total Pts 1 Buffalo 65 93 0.479 17 0.460 25 118 2 New Jersey 66 87 0.464 16 0.443 22 109 3 Ottawa 66 81 0.488 16 0.447 21 102 4 Pittsburgh 65 79 0.460 17 0.507 18 97 5 Atlanta 67 78 0.473 15 0.467 17 95 6 NY Islanders 65 75 0.471 17 0.460 20 95 7 Tampa Bay 67 78 0.470 15 0.502 16 94 8 Carolina 68 73 0.473 14 0.455 15 88

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