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Directv & Versus Battling Over Pricing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stuart Levine of Variety,

Versus may be off DirecTV as of Sept. 1.

Comcast-owned sports cabler that has made strides recently with the NHL playoffs and Tour de France is in a fight with DirecTV over an increase in carriage fees.

According to research firm SNL Kagan, Versus earns about 18¢ per subscriber and is asking for more.

The net is available in 75 million homes, up from 62 million three years ago.

Versus says it’s asking a fair market price for a network on the rise and is hoping a deal gets worked out by next week.

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To see what other sports networks receive per subsciber, check out this post at AVS Forum.

As we know, most of these talks go down to the wire and then some.  Hopefully for the sake of NHL fans who have Directv (me), this will be settled soon.

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  Tags: directv

The Canadian Expectations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

You said you didn’t give a f—- about hockey
And I never saw someone say that before
You held my hand and we walked home the long way
You were loosening my grip on Bobby Orr

I still get chills every time I hear that Bobby Orr line from lead singer Gord Downie. Somehow, right in that instant, Downie’s unique voice captures Canada’s obsession with the sport it invented and still clings desperate ownership to.

All of which should help underline to my American readers here at ESPN.com just what kind of pressure and hype await the host country in less than six months. When Canadian hockey fans stop me to chat Olympics these days, it’s not to ask me who I think will win men’s hockey gold in Vancouver, but rather which country I think will lose to Canada in the gold-medal game. Gulp.

read on

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  Tags: team+canada

Who Starts In Goal For Canada?

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Canada.com,

“This is it for me,” said Brodeur, swatting away any suggestion that he might still be in the goaltending picture during the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

The grand old man of Canadian goaltending would be 41 in 2014 and he knows he can’t stop pucks forever.

As it is, he might not stop them every night at the 2010 Olympics. There is a reasonable possibility Vancouver Canucks’ Roberto Luongo, seven years younger and cognizant he’ll be playing in his home rink, might actually beat him out as the starter.

more

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  Tags: martin+brodeur, roberto+luongo, team+canada

Thornton Talks Sharks

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from Matt Burt of TSN,

...But despite all the noise about the captaincy (or lack thereof), Marleau said he was not under the impression he was on his way out of San Jose.

“It hasn’t been expressed to me that way so I can’t really speculate on what’s happening in the back but as far as I know, no, it’s not going to transpire that way,” said Marleau, who will make $6 million in this, the final season under his current contract.

Thornton defended Marleau’s tenure as captain and reasserted that, by the time the puck drops on the Sharks’ regular season on October 1st, there Marleau could very well be wearing that same “C” on his jersey once again.

much more on the Sharks…

added 9:42pm, from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Occasionally, when you think you’ve wasted a little energy and a lot of time chasing down a baseless Internet rumor, there turns out to be a payoff after all.

Like today and this quote from Doug Wilson: “Patrick Marleau has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause.”

That statement — more definitive than the Sharks general manager has been in the past — came in response to a question after this one sentence showed up on what appears to be the Orange County Register’s web site: “A proposed three-team trade that would have sent Ottawa’s Dany Heatley to San Jose fell through when Sharks captain Patrick Marleau refused to waive his no-trade clause.”

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added 9:51pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTV Olympics,

One NHL source indicated yesterday the Sharks and Senators did discuss a possible deal for Heatley, but San Jose’s preference was to move former 50-goal scorer Jonathan Cheechoo in any trade, another player who looks as if he needs a fresh start.

It appears as though Marleau is safe for at least another year. Not his captaincy.

much more from the first day of camp for Team Canada…

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Update On Kovalchuk Contract Talk

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from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Thrashers general manager Don Waddell described the ongoing contract negotiations with star Ilya Kovalchuk as “constructive” and said Monday that he is optimistic that a new deal would be completed. Waddell said the two sides have exchanged contract proposals.

“We’ve had several face-to-face meetings,” Waddell said. “We’ve had some very, very long discussions.”

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuck

What Will The Sharks Do?

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

NEWS: San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson promises earth-shattering changes, then spends the summer doing almost nothing to his roster.

VIEWS: Perhaps he’s still waiting around to make a deal for Heatley. Perhaps Wilson’s decision to not make a bold move will prove to be disastrous for the Sharks. But there’s also the chance that doing nothing might be the best thing for him to do.

read on plus more topics…

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Afternoon Line

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“There’s huge progress going forward. The headaches decrease every day. My goal is to be at Detroit’s training camp which starts on September 12th.”

_Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja.  More from George James Malik of SlapShots at Mlive.

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  Tags: andreas+lilja

Smid Talks About The Trade That Did Not Happen

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from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

Ladislav Smid heard the about the trade via a 4 a.m. wakeup call.

He wasn’t happy.

Nor was he too impressed about waiting over a month to see if it would actually come to fruition.

“I thought I handled it pretty well,” said the Edmonton Oilers defenceman.

“I was trying hard not to think about it. I was just waiting to see what was going to happen. It sucked, but I was just trying to relax back in the Czech Republic, spend some time with my family and try not worry about it.”

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  Tags: ladislav+smid

Coach Scott Stevens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Can the most important player in Devils history teach the team to win again?

The decision to expand the role of Scott Stevens as a coach this season is far from ceremonial. The Devils hope the Hall of Fame defenseman, along with new head coach Jacques Lemaire, can have a positive impact on a team that has been unable to get past the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs since Stevens retired as a player after the 2003-04 season.

Stevens is ready for the challenge.

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  Tags: scott+stevens

Rick Nash Can Take It To The Next Level

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Nash has increased his point total every season since the lockout. With Columbus confident and more offensively balanced, I think we can finally see the power forward hit the numbers players of his skill level are capable of posting.

to find out how, read on....

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  Tags: rick+nash

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