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Include Tyler Myers In The Norris Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

While a lot of NHL experts already are conceding the Norris Trophy to Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty, it might be a good idea to add Buffalo’s Tyler Myers to the mix. Myers, the Calder Trophy winner last season, appears to be going into his second season a better player. On Thursday against the Canadiens, he logged nearly 25 minutes of ice time, assisted on two of the Sabres’ five goals and was a plus-2. Uh-huh, it’s only a preseason game, but it’s obvious he’s the real deal.

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Enough Suffering In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

Most years about this time, I find myself developing a soft spot for a team, one I quietly pull for, one typically cast in the underdog mould.

A while back it was beleaguered Buffalo, after the Sabres lost Daniel Briere and Chris Drury. Chicago became attractive as it showed signs of emerging from a black hole. Montreal felt like a Cinderella story waiting to happen in its centennial anniversary season. And the Flyers helped me win a playoff pool, so I owed them some allegiance.

This year? Turns out I’m headed back to my roots as the hometown Maple Leafs are drawing me in.

This isn’t because I think they’re poised for greatness. Rather, it’s time. Gawd, it has to be time, doesn’t it? Time for them to do something, even if it’s just qualifying for the playoffs. Toronto needs it.

The Leafs haven’t participated in the post-season since 2004, haven’t won or appeared in a Stanley Cup final since 1967. That’s not breaking news. It’s just breaking hearts in hockey’s most fervent fan base. The masses have suffered enough.

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Predictions: Atlantic Division

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Today, I carry on with my pre-season predictions.  I will rank the teams in the Atlantic Division and predict their finish.  I have already looked at Northeast Division and the West Conference.

As with any predictions, they are my best guess at what will happen in the next several months.  It is a given that things will not happen exactly as predicted.  There will be injuries, trades, slumps and streaks that are unpredicted at this point and they will change the results from these predictions.

At any rate, here is my best guess at the order of finish in the Atlantic Division:

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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.

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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.

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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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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