NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!
- The NHL on TV – Too Many Men On The Site is going to be doing a multi-part series on the NHL and television. In the forward to this series, Frank Walker takes a look at a controversy in another sport: the Columbus Crew of the MLS and their TV deal. For those unaware, the Crew used to televise their games on Fox Sports Ohio, a channel every cable subscriber in Ohio has access to (it is also the home network for the Columbus Blue Jackets). Due to a busy lineup, the Crew weren’t always given the spotlight on the channel. When their deal expired, the Crew decided to move their home base to Time Warner Sports, who had promised to make them the prime focus of the channel. Great for the Crew, bad for the majority of Crew fans who don’t have Time Warner and therefore do not have Time Warner Sports. The Crew put blackouts in place in the areas surrounding Columbus, so fans can’t even pay to stream the game. This situation is a lesson to the other major sports, like the NHL, on how not to handle your TV deal. [TMMOTS]
- Fantasy Hockey: Why you should be playing – For hockey fans, there is no question: you should be playing fantasy hockey. Not only does it make every game more interesting, it expands your knowledge of players beyond the ones on the team you root for. Someone who is only familiar with the Tampa Bay Lightning can quickly become an expert on all 30 NHL teams in one fantasy season. Seemingly boring match-ups can become the game of the week depending on the composition of your roster. [FanSided]
- Dallas Stars may retire jerseys of Zubov and Lehtinen – Mike Modano‘s name and number were raised to the rafters of the American Airlines Center at the end of last season. Now it appears he may be getting some company. According to Dallas Stars president Jim Lites, the team is considering retiring the numbers of Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen, both of whom were part of the 1999 Dallas Stars championship team. [FanSided]