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Delivering The Game To The Fans

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from Jon Brodkin of NetworkWorld,

Sports fans demand a lot more than game tickets and newspaper box scores these days – they want constantly updated game information and access to high-quality video no matter where they are. That’s why the National Hockey League’s technology team is on a quest to upgrade its Web and mobile video capabilities.

“We know that we have a very tech-savvy group of fans, and we want to leverage technology to enhance the game,” says Peter DelGiacco, the CTO of the National Hockey League….

“In prior years we weren’t able to deliver the same quality of video,” DelGiacco said. For this season the NHL enhanced the service with high-definition video, DVR functionality, and adaptive streaming, which adjusts video quality to each user’s bandwidth. As part of the same project, the NHL and its franchises redesigned all 30 team Web sites.

“When you start watching a game, the quality starts at 400 [kilobits per second] for a few seconds, then it jumps to 800, then 1600, and it keeps going up until you say ‘now that’s good,’” DelGiacco said.

read on

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Who Do You Want To Follow?

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from CBC,

Online viewers will have personal control over a near-ice-level perspective as the Hockey Night in Canada All Access Cam makes its debut in Friday’s telecast of the Montreal Canadiens’ centennial anniversary game against the Boston Bruins.

The new camera will give viewers logging on to CBCSports.ca total freedom to choose where they focus their attention during the pre-game festivities and after the puck drops at the Bell Centre.

“It’s a cool innovation. We’re always trying to bring the event to the viewer,” said Hockey Night in Canada executive producer Sherali Najak.

Developed by Immersive Media in Calgary and sponsored by Chevrolet, the circular camera, smaller than a soccer ball, has 11 lenses working simultaneously. The different views are pieced together by computer software, giving online users a real-time 360-degree view of the action.

continued and I do believe only Canadian IP addresses can access HNIC online…

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When In Doubt? Whip Out The Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s a free for all.  Because Uncle Teddy, Dick Bernstein, Uncle Mike, Tick Tock, Gramps, the Enigma, the Oompa Loompa we don’t speak of, The Captain, Charlie Buckets, Wally, the Swedish Meatball, the Czech Miracle of Insanity, the Unibomber, his pal The Perfect Human and Vladdie all say it’s time for a hot streak.

Two games? That’s a nice little blip.  Three? It’s a run.

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Official Release Of The Shanahan Hiring

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NEW YORK (December 3, 2009)—Brendan Shanahan, one of the most prolific goal scorers in National Hockey League history, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and an Olympic Gold Medal winner, has joined the League as Vice President of Hockey and Business Development, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced today.

  On the game side, Shanahan—an original member of the NHL Competition Committee—will work with Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell and his staff, providing insights from a player’s standpoint into trends that have emerged; he also will help anticipate trends that might develop. On the business side, he will work with Chief Operating Officer John Collins and his staff to ensure that the League’s marketing efforts fully integrate and maximize the interests of the game and the players. Shanahan, who additionally will handle special projects as determined by Commissioner Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, will be based in the League’s New York office.

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Rangers Dealing With Cap Issues

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Blueshirts currently have only five healthy defensemen on the roster after sending Bobby Sanguinetti back to Hartford on Tuesday. Adding waiver acquisition Erik Christensen’s $850,000 cap hit to the roster (plus an additional $125,000 hit that represents the difference between recalled goaltender Chad Johnson and the waived Steve Valiquette) has actually pushed the Rangers over the cap and into the position where they are borrowing from next season’s bonus cushion.

It appears as though the Rangers may have to place Brandon Dubinsky, who will miss his 10th game on Saturday since sustaining a broken hand on Nov. 7, on retroactive LTI in order to clear space to promote a D from the AHL.


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Jiri Tlusty Traded To Carolina

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via the Twitter of Bob McKenzie,

Toronto trades Jiri Tlusty to Carolina. Details to follow.

update 3:31pm, Bob has updated his Twitter,

Tlusty to Carolina.- 2009 first rounder Philippe Paradis to Toronto.

added 3:45pm, via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have shipped forward Jiri Tlusty to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Philippe Paradis.

A former first round pick (13th overall) of the Maple Leafs, Tlusty has eight goals and seven assists in 19 games with the AHL Marlies. He skated in two games with the Maple Leafs in late October, recording zero points and a minus- 2 rating.

Paradis, 18, was the Hurricanes’ first round draft pick (27th overall) in 2009.

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You Have Choices

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Watch the Chicago press conference below which is scheduled to begin around 3:00pm ET.

Or catch the NHL Hour (3-4p ET) with Gary Bettman and guest Brendan Shanahan, also below.

added 3:04pm, from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed today to a five-year contract extension with captain Jonathan Toews, a 13-year contract extension with alternate captain Duncan Keith and a five-year contact extension with right wing Patrick Kane.


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Chicago In The Clear

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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

The Blackhawks will not need to make a roster move to clear salary cap space in order to sign Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions.

The NHL wouldn’t have allowed the Hawks to announce the new deals for the trio if the club did not have the necessary “tagging room” for the 2010-11 season.


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Afternoon Line

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“This is our team right now. I like our team. We just have to work through it. We have to play better.”

We’re in the third month of the NHL season. The grace period is over. This is too good a team to be sitting out of playoff spot.”

“Right now, we’re at the point where talk is cheap.  You’ve got to do what you’ve go to do when the game is on.”

-Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.  More on the Flyers from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Can The Blues Stay In The Playoff Hunt?

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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues are scoring just 2.4 goals per game, which is fifth-worst in the league. Given the talent mix this team has up front -– young and old, with both size and speed -– there is no excuse for that.

Injuries to puck-moving defensemen Carlo Colaiacovo and Eric Brewer haven’t helped matters. Due to its ever-changing lineup, this team hasn’t developed the necessary defensive zone cohesiveness….

“For sure we have the talent,” Boyes said. “That is not a question. It’s a matter of execution.

“When we get everyone going, everybody playing their roles, we’ll be all right.”

But when will that happen? The Blues can’t wait until the end of December, as they did last season. Their rivals won’t make way for them as they did in 2008-09.

Earning a playoff berth this season will be tougher than it was last season. The Blues will need to make a big push, soon, and sustain it for months.

We’ll know soon enough if they have it in them . . . or whether major changes must occur.


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