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Broadcast NHL Games On The Web

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Maney of Daily Finance,

A large chunk of NHL fans would welcome being able to see their favorite teams on a laptop screen if they can’t see those games on TV. The NHL does offer live games via the Web, but it’s a premium service that costs $159 a year—and the price kills the convenience for all but the wealthiest and most devoted fans.

Last year, I interviewed Ted Leonsis at a telecommunications industry event. Leonsis, who helped build AOL in the 1990s, owns the Washington Capitals NHL team. I asked him about the NHL’s decades-long struggle to get even lukewarm TV ratings. What would he do about it, if he could start from scratch?

Without hesitation, he said he’d move the league to the Web, in a huge way. He’d put every game online—live, supported by advertising, and free to viewers. Web sites like Hulu are finally bringing high-quality programming to computer and TV screens via the Internet. It seems like an opportune time for the NHL to take a daring leap into a new medium, and making the NHL the premier sports league of the digital generation.

Leonsis’s idea doesn’t just sound provocative—it sounds right.

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Those Damn Vancouver Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The cheeky monkeys at Spike TV have blasted away at the Olympic city, calling Vancouver Canucks fans the fifth-most annoying in all of sports, and the most regal butt-pains in the NHL.

Habs fans are ninth on account of infrequent bathing, and tormenting their star players (we’ll defer to French Immersion on both accounts). Mysteriously, Leafs fans don’t make the top 10.

Canuckleheads lose points for their arrogance in the face of “zero Stanley Cups, no Hall of Fame players,” and they rank ahead of English soccer hooli…fans, and the brainwashed disciples of Al Davis and Jerry Jones.

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It’s Comin’ Back Home To You Now Bitch…A Win One Or Else Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So I did a little research today.  The kind we’ve become famous for here at A2Y.  And I found some tidbits I think you’ll find interesting.

Of all the teams that have lost a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals?  None, and I mean none, have won more than 40 games the next season.
Of all the teams to have started a season 0-2, none have defeated the team that finished directly behind them in the division the previous season the first time they played them the current year.
Of all the teams to lose a 40-goal scorer, none have won more than 27 games the next year without replacing that 40 goal scorer with at least a 30 goal scorer.
Of all the teams to have signed a mass murderer, none have won more than three games the following season.

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Can Phoenix Really Make The Playoffs?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

Just a week or so before the start of the season, I had the occasion to speak to Sean Burke, the newly appointed goalie coach of the Phoenix Coyotes….

“The Phoenix Coyotes are a playoff team,” he said. “I believe that, but more importantly these players believe that. They know they have to go out and prove it every night, but they believe in themselves. They believe they were on this path last season and they believe, to a man, they will succeed this season.”

Truthfully, they were then, and are now, in the minority on that subject. But after two starts this season—road wins at Los Angeles and, more importantly, Pittsburgh—they at least have my attention.

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Habs Skate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pat Hickey of Habs Inside/Out,

They skated with pucks for 20 minutes to start the session and after 40 minutes of drills designed to encourage quick breakouts and one-on-one battles. coach Jacques Martin had his team do sprints – groups of five, four lengths, completerd in 45 seconds or less to avoid an extra length – in what Mike Cammalleri described as a “good old-school bag skate.”

“I thought I was ready to (vomit),” said goaltender Carey Price who expressed his frustration last night by taking out a piece of the drywall in the visitor’s dressing room.

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Frozen Four Configuration Changed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from College Hockey News,

With ticket sales not going as briskly as was hoped or expected, the NCAA and Frozen Four organizers have changed the seating configuration for Ford Field. The change lowers the capacity from an effective 60,000-plus to approximately 36,000.

The Frozen Four will be played this year, for the first time, in a football stadium venue. After selling out 10 straight years, that track record was already going to be tested.

Under the new configuration, instead of the rink being situation at midfield, it will be moved to the west end zone, and the opposite end zone seats will be closed off. A riser system will be set up on the east side of the ice.

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Pens/Flyers Tonight - Not Just Another Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

(Ray) Shero, of course, understands the significance of the Pronger addition.

“I think you have to pay attention to it. It was a dramatic move to get Pronger,” he said. “It really makes their defense stronger. Do we react to that?”

Not really.

“I think you have to build your team the way you want it to look,” he said.

As for Thursday’s clash, even though it is one of 82 games on the schedule, Shero said he doubts there ever will be such a thing as “just another game” with the Flyers.

“They’re probably our biggest rival,” he said.

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Mark Parrish Signs PTO With Norfolk Admirals

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

NORFOLK, Va. - The Norfolk Admirals announced today that they have signed former NHL All-Star forward Mark Parrish to a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO).

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Brad Staubitz Gets One Game Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (October 8, 2009) – San Jose Sharks forward Brad Staubitz has been suspended for one game, without pay, for making excessive physical contact on an icing play, in NHL game #32 against the Los Angeles Kings, October 6, the National Hockey League announced today.

Staubitz was assessed a minor penalty for charging Kings player Davis Drewiske on the play, which occurred at 13:24 of the second period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Staubitz will forfeit $2,590.67. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

added 3:21pm, Watch the hit below (you’ll get a better view of the hit near the end of the video)...

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We had (Brad) May in a couple of games in exhibition and no one got hacked or whacked or touched. We don’t have him and we get run. You get tired of watching that.

“Our guys do a real good job of competing hard, but we don’t have a team that twists off helmets at stoppages and when you start seeing it all the time, it’s just nice when you got someone to look after that stuff now.

“Tough guys always play tough, I got no problem with that. But the guys that aren’t tough, when they play against you and are tough, that drives me crazy. So we’ve seen enough of that.’’

-Detroit Coach Mike Babcock.  More from Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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