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Report- Theodore Signs With Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

It appears as though the Minnesota Wild have a backup plan after losing Josh Harding for the season.

Montreal radio station CKAC is reporting that the Wild have signed goaltender Jose Theodore to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.


added 11:13am, 10/2/2010, via Glen Andressen of Wild.com,

“Jose’s a veteran who’s won 245 games in the NHL,” said General Manager Chuck Fletcher in a hotel lobby in Helsinki. “We’re fortunate he was still available. He makes us a deeper team and we have a terrific one-two punch again.”

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Turris Will Try To Keep It Simple In Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Vest of The Desert Dog Blog at Coyotes.com,

On Friday morning, Turris learned he’d made Phoenix’s roster for the big trip to Prague to start the regular season.

For the third overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the goal he set after his final AHL game in 2009-10 has been reached. Now, he says, it’s on to the next goal.

“I’m really happy right now but I realize this is just the beginning,” Turris told me Friday night. “That was only training camp. Now I have to work hard and help contribute wherever they want me to.”

I asked Turris what his main role on this team will be. His response:

“I think it’s a combination of things, but I think I need to try and keep it simple, and try to create things offensively while at the same time not be a liability defensively.”


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Fox Networks issues update on Dish Network impasse

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

As Paul noted this morning, MSG Network is no longer being carried on Dish Network, nor are any of Fox’s cable channels,Fox Sports included.  Fox Networks issued an update regarding their situation:

At Midnight, September 30, 2010, DISH Network wrote another chapter in its legendary history of irrational negotiations with television programmers by allowing the expiration of its carriage agreement to carry Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, FX, and National Geographic Channel. On October 31, the satellite operator’s agreement to carry Fox television stations also expires.

“We’ve been attempting to negotiate with DISH for almost six months,” said Mike Hopkins, President, Fox Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing. “We have made fair and reasonable proposals that are consistent with our agreements with hundreds of other cable and satellite companies with which DISH competes, and they have yet to engage in a constructive dialogue.”

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A Show Within A Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

“Hockey Night in Canada has become a program about itself.”

There is nothing new to this statement – apart from the fact, perhaps, that it has now been typed and printed – as it has been said now for some time by those who were once part of the CBC’s sports flagship program and is often said by those still involved with it.

Think of the recent HNIC as the Seinfeld of TV sports, a program that, in the final analysis, is really about very little, at times nothing, but the characters, often outrageous, who come and go between commercials – or, in this case, between periods. If only it were as funny.

It has become a program about itself, when it should be about the game.


added 11:02pm, from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Cherry, 76, is the face, spirit and personality of a show that begins another season next week, with special Thursday night broadcasts of two season openers, Montreal at Toronto followed by Calgary at Edmonton.

Currently, CBC has no succession strategy and considering his impact, that’s disaster in television. Think, All In The Family after Archie. As a metaphor for the challenges facing the show, he’s the perfect symbol. Just as the network must replace Cherry ultimately, it needs to adapt to the realities of new media.

In interviews with The Globe and Mail, former Hockey Night producers Ralph Mellanby and John Shannon stress that the program must be a trend-setter.

“Right now it’s still a good show, but it’s a little predictable,” Mellanby says. “The intermissions are the biggest challenges to make innovative [and] news-driven. I’d put the stuff from the pregame half-hour show into the body of the show and move the all the panels into the half-hour show. I get tired of all the talking heads on Hockey Night, TSN, Sportsnet, NBC. You need to tell stories, not just use talking heads.”


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Can Goalies Go Wild?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

According to TSN they can…

part 2 is below…

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Wellwood Released By Coyotes

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via Dave Strader tweet,

Wellwood released by #Coyotes. He’ll get a job somewhere but congrats to Kyle Turris. He earned the spot!

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Questions Will Become Answers

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The NHL has a new national advertising campaign.  What do you think?


Alexander Ovechkin

See more videos below plus the NHL press release…


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NHL On The Fly Returns On Monday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK/TORONTO (October 1, 2010) – The NHL’s media platforms— NHL.com, NHL Network™ and NHL Radio, are primed to cover every minute of action for every game during the 1,230-game regular season over the course of the next 200 days, the National Hockey League announced today.

NHL Network’s daily staple for fans, NHL On The Fly, will re-launch on Monday, Oct. 4, at 8:00 pm. ET with a special preview of the Eastern Conference.  The Network’s expert panel will then review and analyze the Western Conference on Tuesday (8:00 p.m. ET), while NHL On The Fly Premiere Edition will air on Wednesday (8:00 pm. ET), to break down the League’s six season-opening games in Europe.  NHL Network’s newest addition, David Amber, will make his debut alongside veteran NHL On The Fly host Brian Duff and a panel of special guests and analysts, including returning experts Kevin Weekes, Gary Green, Craig Button and Mike Johnson.  Brad May and Bobby Holik, who each enjoyed 18-year NHL careers, will also provide their insight when NHL On The Fly returns next week. 

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The biggest thing is the uncertainty of planning.  Whenever you’re trying to put a team together under any system, it’s about planning ahead. Obviously going forward here, there’s a lot of uncertainty. The ability to plan … it just seems we shouldn’t be in this position of such uncertainty.”

-Dean Lombardi, GM of the Los Angeles Kings on the CBA.  More from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Habs roster battle: decision time approaches

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Losing Ugly

The Canadiens didn’t look great last night against the Buffalo Sabres, a team that only landed in Montreal two hours before the game and still managed to outplay the Habs.

Alex Auld looked weak on a few goals, giving up five along the way. The Habs responded three times, including a rare goal by Ryan O’Byrne. Mathieu Darche and Tom Pyatt rounded out the scoring for the Canadiens.

Too many cooks?

Not only did the Habs keep a lot of players late into camp, some are starting to question the number of veterans they’ve signed.

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