Just a few things as we get ready for the first round of the NHL draft tonight.
First, Kevin DeLury of the New York Rangers Blog dropped me this note:
“Just wanted to let you know that sales of the Derek Boogaard memorial logo t-shirt has raised $5,500 for Defending the Blue Line (Boogaard’s charity).
Sales end tonight at midnight and I would love if you could maybe make a mention on your blog or thru Twitter to help get to $6,000.
Shirts can be purchased here: http://www.glassbangers.com/products/LIMITED-EDITION:-Derek-Boogaard-Memorial-Shirt.html
The Rangers & Wild have publicized the sales through Facebook and Twitter plus Steve Somers of WFAN gave it a mention during his opening monologue the other night which you can listen to here: http://www.nyrangersblog.com/2011-articles/june/rangers-support-boogaard-t-shirt-sales.html.”
Second, MSG Network notifies us that it will present two Hockey Night Live specials. Here’s the announcement:
“HOCKEY NIGHT LIVE” WRAPS UP SEASON WITH NHL DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY SPECIALS
Draft Special – Sunday, June 26 at 11:00 p.m. on MSG Network and MSG Plus Free Agency Special – Friday, July 1 at 10:00 p.m. on MSG Plus
New York, NY – June 24, 2011 – MSG Networks will wrap up the 2010-11 season of “Hockey Night LIVE” with two special episodes over the next week. The Draft Special will premiere on Sunday, June 23 at 11:00 p.m. on both MSG Network and MSG Plus, and the season finale Free Agency Special will be telecast on Friday, July 1 at 10:00 p.m. on MSG Plus.
Sunday’s “Hockey Night LIVE” Draft Special, hosted by Al Trautwig and featuring former Devils great Ken Daneyko, former Rangers forward Dave Maloney and NHL correspondent Billy Jaffe, will examine the 2011 NHL Draft and its implications for next season. MSG contributor Steve Cangialosi will report from the draft, at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and will interview the top picks and team executives from the Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Sabres. The episode will also include special sneak peeks into the teams’ draft parties.
Next week, on Friday, July 1 at 10:00 p.m., the first day of the NHL’s free agency period, the “Hockey Night LIVE” Free Agency Special will be telecast on MSG Plus. Trautwig will again host the program and will be joined by Daneyko, Jaffe and Islanders analyst Butch Goring. The panel will dissect the day’s free agent activity from around the league.
For more information about “Hockey Night LIVE,” including video from previous episodes, go to www.msg.com/hnl.
AFTERNOON UPDATE, 2:52 pm:
Mitch Beck at the Howlings blog just posted that the Rangers have re-signed Dale Weise. He’s working on the details.