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Signs Point To NBC Not Picking Up Broadcast Option

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The online publication SportsBusiness Journal reported this week that the NHL has started preliminary talks with ESPN about replacing NBC as a television partner in 2008-09.
In response, an NBC spokesman said it was premature to speculate on what the network will do with its 2008-09 option.
What’s more, NBC will employ a flexible NHL schedule in 2007-08, from which it will pick the best matchup — a move that should push up ratings.
“This is the first opportunity that NBC will have to really fight for the rating number that it considers to be its target,” an NHL source said.
Still, if the NHL is talking to ESPN, it’s almost certain NBC has informed the league it is preparing to pull out.
Networks make programming decisions months in advance. It’s unlikely the NHL would have approached ESPN unless it knew NBC was not planning to pick up its option.

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Update 2:30am ET:
More thoughts from TIB,

Giving up exclusivity for publicity would be a smart move for the young network.  ESPN, which has mocked the channel on occasion, would now be helping remind its audience it not only exists, but carries similar content.  Somewhere Alanis Morissette is smiling.
Despite the jokes directed at Versus, Comcast has done a good job getting it onto more cable systems since the NHL deal was signed, and continuously improving the hockey broadcasts as they’ve gone along.

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Put…the…pipe…DOWN

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Helene St. James, most likely out of boredom, has created a firestorm.  The boards are buzzing.  Rumor sites are blasting “Forsberg to Detroit?” headlines…all due to this sentence:

General manager Ken Holland has told Forsberg’s agent, Don Baizley, that the Wings are interested in adding the Swedish superstar to their lineup.

My opinion on this matter is well known by now: he’s not coming here. Not now, not ever.  The Wing lineup is sturdy enough.  The Cap money is in the bank, collecting interest for March.  And there is little doubt in my simple mind that whatever Holland told Baizley (and when) comes with a caveat from Bandwagon Central.  And that caveat is this: “whatever the Wings offer, we raise them a dollar.”

But that’s just my opinion.  In the interests of offering you as many views…as misguided and pathetic as they may be when they are in contrast to mine…I present to you Floppa-mania.

 

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We All Have A Lot Of Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you are like me, then you must be searching for hockey news whenever possible.
Today at my NHL.com blog, I point to a few hockey blogs that may help you with that search.

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Rangers Re-Sign Marcel Hossa

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via the New York Rangers,

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Marcel Hossa.

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Hockey 101

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from InTheNews,

Ice hockey is a fairly straight-forward sport. Think of it as football – except on ice, with big sticks and a smaller ball (the puck).
The aim is to score more goals than your opponent into a net, guarded by (funnily enough) a net-minder or goal-tender.
The rest of the team is comprised of five players, who play in a number of positions, similar to those on a football pitch. Two defensemen generally remain at the back of the five and are larger and more heavily-built than their team-mates. A centre is usually positioned in the middle of the rink and is the playmaker of the team, usually showing good all-round skills but particularly excellent vision and a solid and reliable pass.

continued... it sounds so easy!

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All Things Considered, The NHL Stands Out

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In a perfect world, fans across the sporting world would be lining up at the NHL’s door. They would be saying, let us in, give us tickets, tell us where to watch you on television, where to buy your jerseys and pennants….
This multitude of fans would say, as they clutched their rubber pucks to their hearts, we’re tired of star athletes who mutilate dogs or keep guns or beat up their girlfriends or who are shot at or who shoot at others.
In a perfect world, the NHL would become the people’s choice, not just because of the game itself, but also because of the atmosphere surrounding the game and its environs, environs that have, for the most part, remained immune to the kinds of cripplingly bad press we’ve seen other leagues and sports endure this summer.

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Sitting Down With Jeremy Jacobs

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

NHL.com recently sat down with Jeremy Jacobs, newly elected chairman of the NHL’s Board of Governors, for insight into his new role, his team and the future of hockey….
NHL.com—What do you see as your role as chairman?
Jacobs—Good stewardship, that’s the role I see for myself. The NHL is on a sound footing and at this point, the NHL needs, perhaps, some tweaking here and there, but it’s in good shape overall. This game is very much under Gary’s direction and my role is to help him and support him and be a tireless advocate for the sport and its owners.

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Chris Kelly Re-Signs With Ottawa

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via the Ottawa Senators,

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has re-signed centre Chris Kelly to a one-year deal.
Kelly returns to the Senators for his third full season in the NHL. He recorded his best season in 2006-07, scoring 15 goals and adding 23 assists for 38 points in 82 games. The Toronto native also had seven points (three goals and four assists) while playing in all 20 post-season games.

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Sabres Have Only Themselves To Blame

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres also could have established the market price for their own players rather than have the league do it for them. How? You get Drury and Briere signed in the $5 million range, acceptable for both players. You reference their contracts while aggressively pursuing Vanek long before he hits the market. It would have been the Sabres’ contribution to cost certainty.
At the very least, Buffalo would have had options before getting Vanek’s seven- year contract worth $50 million forced halfway down their esophagus. Who would have blamed them, with Drury and Briere locked up, for walking away and taking four first-round picks from Edmonton? Certainly not me.
For a team quick to blame others for jacking up salaries, the Sabres did a pretty good job themselves.

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Jamie McLennan Heads To Russia

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from the Calgary Herald,

Jamie McLennan figures he has it coming to him.
For six different National Hockey League clubs over 10 seasons, the prankster puckblocker wasn’t above poking a little fun at the Europeans with whom he shared a dressing room. Now that the former Flame has signed with defending Russian Super League champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk, an outfit featuring not a single other North American player, the skate is on the other foot.

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