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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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New Opportunity For Montoya

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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Word gets around the NHL quickly on which teams provide ample opportunities, and when goalie Al Montoya was traded to the Coyotes last year, he embraced it wholeheartedly.

“I was excited,” said Montoya, who was part of the Fredrik Sjostrom trade to the New York Rangers that also brought Marcel Hossa to Phoenix. “It was my first trade, so coming here to an organization where they look to prospects to come up and do things, I felt ready to play in the NHL and ready to make that move.

“This is a good opportunity. They told me that to come out and do what I can, and they’re going to give me a shot. So it’s encouraging, but at the same time you’ve got to do what you have to do. New York was a great place, but I wanted to be playing, and this is a great place to play.”

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The Rangers Say Goodbye to another J.D.

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

As was reported here on Kukla’s Korner, Sam Weinman’s Rangers Report, Steve Zipay’s Blue Notes, Andrew Gross’s Ranger Rants and his own blog of course, John Dellapina is leaving the New York Rangers beat to go work for the National Hockey League.

He will certainly be missed by many of the beat writers on this team, especially Sam Weinman of The Journal News’ Steve Zipay of Newsday, who not only remember Dellapina for his hockey knowledge, but his knowledge on the game of life.

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Get In Shape Wellwood

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from the Canucks Nation Blog at the Vancouver Province,

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault didn’t say Kyle Wellwood is a lost cause but he did leave some tread marks on the waiver-wire pickup after he drove the bus over him.

AV took direct aim at Wellwood’s fitness level after the two-day training camp in Whislter.

“His commitment to conditioning and being a professional athlete probably wasn’t where it needed to be for him to have success,” said Vigneault. “His test results showed from early July [to training camp] significant improvements. That being said, it’s still not NHL calibre.”
Ouch. And that wasn’t the only shot that Wellwood absorbed.

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added 9:17pm, More on this from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun…

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