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Islanders On YouTube

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from the New York Islanders,

The Islanders have launched their first ever official YouTube team page!

The page will be the home to hours of video clips, features and music videos and a can’t miss destination for Islanders fans all over the world.

continued and here is their YouTube page.

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Avalanche Think Speed

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The mystery is whether they’ll be able to pull it off in the wake of Tony Granato’s re-elevation to the head coaching position. So far, they’ve talked a good show — or about putting on a good show — and Sakic is part of it.

“It’s speed,” he said. “It’s forechecking, attack with two guys and go hard to get it instead of sitting back on the trap. Use your speed to try to create a good forecheck. . . . Up-tempo is continuing to move your feet. You’re not posting up. You’re always moving your feet and skating. We have a lot of speed here. If you have a lot of speed, you can play that way.”

But is it enough speed? I don’t pretend to know the answer, but I wonder. The few changes the Avalanche made at forward, plus the accompanying willingness to stand pat, at times seemed to contradict that “up- tempo” mandate

read on

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Always Prepared

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from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,

When the fastest game in sports comes to a halt because a hockey player is down on the ice or heads to the bench trailing blood, it’s time for the Columbus Blue Jackets medical team to kick into gear.

Athletic trainers and three doctors are at every game, as well as a paramedic crew from the Columbus Division of Fire.

Head team trainer Mike Vogt is the first person to head onto the ice to assess players who need medical attention. He tells the medical staff what he’s learned with one of two hand signals: If he points to the bench, he needs a doctor. If he raises a fist, everyone—assistant trainers, team doctors and medics—is to respond.

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Get Your Hockey Fix In China

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from Financial News USA,

XFMedia, a leading media group in China, announced that it has invested US$ 2 million for a 15.5% stake in All Sports Network (“ASN”). ASN is scheduled to be launched by Hong Kong based Yes TV in September 2008. XFMedia has exclusive distribution rights via mobile, television, internet and radio, to ASN’s content in China. ASN will offer exclusive coverage of North America’s biggest sports leagues in HDTV (high definition television), including the NHL (National Hockey League), the NFL (National Football League), NCAA basketball and football, March Madness and the Final Four.

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I know we have a loyal bunch of readers who live in China, hopefully this is good news for you.

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Hands Off

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from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,

“The new rules are going to be even more stringent on defending in the defensive zone,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Sunday after the club completed its second day of training camp. “Anything with the free hand — before, players were allowed to put that stick in there. Any type of movement with that stick and arm to stop progression of a player, they’re going to be very, very strict on it.

“They don’t want that ability to pin (along the boards), and hold people on the wall. They want that freedom. There will be very little pinning. There will be free hands, but there won’t be grappling.”

As opposed to favoring speed-type players, the rules interpretation might give more freedom for bigger, stronger players to work their magic in the corners and behind the net.

more

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Come Tryout Shanny

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...the Rangers have invited free agent Brendan Shanahan to training camp on a tryout basis, The Post has learned. Hoping for a guaranteed contract, the winger who only wants to continue his NHL career wearing the Blueshirt, has thus far refused the offer.

“Brendan is welcome; I’ve told him that before and I’m going to call him again to make sure he knows that,” GM Glen Sather said yesterday. “I’m not in a position to offer a contract at this time, but that does not mean it can’t happen or won’t happen after we evaluate what we have here.”

more

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Redden Meets His Old Team

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Wade Redden can finally turn the page on his career with the Senators tonight.

The former Senators defenceman is getting accustomed to life in Manhattan, but he’ll get his first real look at Broadway tonight when he makes his debut on the New York Rangers blue line against his ex-teammates.

Redden, who spent a decade in an Ottawa uniform, isn’t sure how he’ll feel when he looks across the ice at all the familiar faces, however, he’s excited about the possibility of suiting up for New York.

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Only Memories Now

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from Mick Kern at the XM NHL Home Ice Blog,

Each autumn I can feel the clock tick a little louder; another step towards the grave.  The closing of Yankee Stadium is yet another small step in that direction.  Just another part of my past that now is gone.

Add it to the roll call of other great buildings.  Maple Leaf Gardens, the Detroit Olympia, Chicago Stadium, Boston Garden, the Montreal Forum.  And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.  No doubt you have your own arenas/stadiums to add to that list.

For me, it’s Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, the Montreal Expos, the Calgary Cannons, the St. Catherines Stompers, and Ottawa Rough Rigers.  The Hartford Whalers, Winnipeg Jets, and Quebec Nordiques.  The Atlanta Flames at the Omni.  The Winnipeg Arena, though I never saw a game there, but once peered in through the windows and caught a glimpse of the seats.  10 cent chocolate bars at the corner store, milk in glass bottles, Saturday morning cartoons, and playing outside without sunscreen.

more

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Defensive Points

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

So with Gonchar and Whitney out of the lineup for extended periods of time possibly, what exactly have the Penguins lost?

Quite a bit.

Only one team, the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings, can boast having a pair of blueliners currently on its roster who have produced more points than Gonchar and Whitney since 2005-06.

A look at all 30 teams and the highest two point totals by defensemen on their rosters since the lockout:

more for the list…

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Quenneville Facing DUI

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from the CP via TSN,

Former Colorado Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville is due in court next month on a drunken driving charge.

Police in the Denver suburb of Lone Tree say Quenneville was stopped around 8 p.m. Friday for driving without his headlights on. After further investigation, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and failure to use headlights.

Sgt. Dan Seaman says Quenneville’s license was confiscated after he refused to take a chemical test.

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