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NHL Network Announces Partial USA Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With the successful U.S. launch this month of NHL Network, the first national network dedicated entirely to hockey, the network today announced the live regular-season game telecast package in the U.S. through November. In all, NHL Network in the U.S. will telecast 50 live regular-season games this season, in addition to classic games, documentaries, instructional shows, highlights and more. To ensure fans receive the best match-ups, NHL Network’s game telecast schedule will be released on a monthly basis. Based on the previously-announced carriage arrangements with Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Time Warner Cable, NHL Network is accessible to 75 million homes.

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  Tags: nhl+network

Canucks Need More From Their Top Forwards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Sun,

Vigneault suggested nothing figures to change until the team gets more production from its top forwards.

“Those are the guys who have been able to do it for us in the past and I firmly believe they want to do well,” Vigneault said. ” For some reason, just look at Daniel and Henrik tonight, they weren’t skating well at all and Mo and Nassie weren’t much better. We need those guys to pick their game up and be the front-runners of this team as far as offence and right now we’re not getting that.”

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  Tags: vancouver+canucks

Wrong Way, Rangers

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

It’s just like old times for Sather and the Rangers. Spend big. Lose big.

As much as I admire Drury, I hope the Rangers continue to struggle, compared to teams that build the old fashioned way.

From within. Via the draft.

By identifying YOUR guys and locking them up. And then by adding a tiny sprinkle of free agent talent as required.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

Fans Leave The Saddledome Happy

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Everyone was on their feet to salute the 5-3 comeback win.

Parade plans are sure to follow.

If there’s one thing these Flames have demonstrated this year, it’s resiliency.

If there’s one thing they’ve proven, it’s that no lead is safe against them. Even against the league’s top team.

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  Tags: calgary+flames

Early Beliefs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,

Who would’ve believed:

Mike Cammalleri of the LA Kings would be the league’s leading goal scorer? As of this writing he leads all scorers with ten goals. He’s an emerging talent and could be poised to become a big star. Right now, he’s outshining teammates Anze Kopitar and Alex Frolov, as well as more big name “snipers” like Vincent Lecavalier, Dany Heatley, and Alexander Ovechkin.

more would you have believed…

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: los+angeles+kings, mike+cammalleri

Watching Fights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Fisticuffs on the ice? Cut to a crowd shot.

The no-fighting on television rule is long gone, because today Hockey Night airs more highlight clips of fights than any comparable telecast.

To get an idea of how the show’s policy has evolved, or devolved, a good start is Ralph Mellanby’s new book, Walking With Legends….

According to Mellanby, the no-fighting rule was discontinued after Dan Kelly was hired as host of the Montreal broadcast in 1967. Kelly said he didn’t want to be associated with a show that wouldn’t air the fights.

The next year, fighting was shown, but replays were not, by edict of the sponsors, Molson and Imperial Oil.

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  Tags: fighting

Pull the Plug on JFJ

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,

John Ferguson must be replaced as general manager of the Maple Leafs before he can do any more damage to the hockey club.

This is not a 10-game overreaction to a team off to a troubling start. This is a 174-game analysis—three seasons of post-lockout Ferguson Leafs teams.

And now, basically all that stands between him and his removal is the fact that he hired no one in the front office to assist him who is capable of taking his job—the way Paul Holmgren stepped into Bobby Clarke’s position a year ago in Philadelphia.

continued…

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  Tags: john+ferguson, toronto+maple+leafs

Sharks Bonding in Banff

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Pollak at The Mercury News,

The current challenge is curling, a popular Canadian sport and the main event on the Sharks’ three-night retreat into the Canadian Rockies west of Calgary.

“This is my first time ever,” Roenick said. “Americans aren’t very good curlers.”

The Sharks are visiting here for the second consecutive year. With three days off between Monday night’s 4-1 victory over the Flames and Friday night’s game at Detroit, the NHL schedule all but dictated this stopover.

“It would be asinine to travel back here to practice, and then have another flight to Detroit,” Sharks Coach Ron Wilson said before the team left San Jose on its four-game trip. “It’s actually cheaper to do this.”

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Call Colin Campbell

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A KK reader dropped this in our email box tonight. Mike expressed concern that maybe suspensions aren’t being taken as seriously as we’d all hope:

The league’s disciplinarian should probably be aware that not only is Steve Downie flouting the suspension handed down to him, but he’s also setting up goals…

Here’s the screenshot from the Yahoo! boxscore earlier tonight:

 

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  Tags: philadelphia+flyers, steve+downie, suspensions

Fleury Feeling It Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Last season, Fleury became the Pens’ undisputed No. 1 goaltender, finishing with a save percentage of .906. However, the whispering started when the Penguins were quickly dispatched in the first round of the playoffs by the Ottawa Senators.

Those whispers grew much louder a few weeks ago when the Penguins did not start well. Sidney Crosby may not have been scoring, and still isn’t, but it was Fleury who took the criticism.

“The one thing we can’t forget is that [Fleury] is the youngest No. 1 goalie in the league,” Penguins head coach Michel Therrien said yesterday. “He is still learning. It seemed a lot of people were panicking, but we weren’t panicking because we knew his game was going to get back where it was supposed to be.”

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  Tags: goalies, marc-andre+fleury, pittsburgh+penguins

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