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Center Ice Close To Broadband Use

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Associated Press via Broadcast Newsroom:

The National Hockey League is close to skating its live games to broadband.
The league is currently testing distribution of its cable and satellite NHL Center Ice out-of-market game package on the Web, and it could make it available to any hockey fan with a high-speed-Internet connection before the end of the season, according to Keith Ritter, president of NHL Interactive Cyber Enterprises.
Ritter said the league is currently beta testing a broadband version of the $169 package, which offers around 40 out-of-market games per week. He added that the NHL wants to make sure its broadband package is secure in order to protect its broadcast partners: NBC, Versus and the regional sports networks.
“We’ve been testing it, but our primary concern is the security of the gating and the ability to make sure our broadcast partners are protected,” Ritter said. “So far, the test is going very well, and I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to offer it in the not-too-distant future.”

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Bolts Want Another Banger

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the St. Petersburg Times:

General manager Jay Feaster, who acquired tough guy defenseman Shane O’Brien Saturday, said he would like to upgrade the roster again before Tuesday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
O’Brien’s 140 penalty minutes and 12 fighting majors add toughness to a team that has few enforcers Andre Roy, but Feaster said he would still like to acquire another player who could give the Lightning some grit on the bottom two lines.
“I still have three or four lines in the water,” he said. “You never know because they all have different life. Certainly my Saturday afternoon wasn’t planned around making a trade with (Anaheim GM Brian) Burke.
“It definitely isn’t a one and done.”

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Oilers Can Point To Division Record

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers have now lost nine of their last 10 divisional games.
Do they play each other so often, their opposition has them figured out?
“Right now I’d sure like them to think that. We have a lot of divisional games left and we’re going to have to start making the most of them,’’ said coach Craig MacTavish.
Edmonton is now 9-13-1 versus the division. Minnesota is 11-6-3. In the five games in which the Oilers could have put themselves back into contention they’ve been outscored 20-6.
You don’t need to draw a picture.

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Canucks Not Close To A Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Sun,

“I’m not close on anybody.” Nonis said. “I’m having lots of conversations, but there isn’t much coming out of them. That can change quickly, but right now, as we stand here, no, we’re not close.”
The trade deadline has been pushed up by about three weeks this season and Nonis thinks that has had a rather dramatic effect.
“There’s far more teams in the playoff hunt, which means there are fewer players on the market, which means the prices have gone crazy,” Nonis said.

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Flyers Are Not Rebuilding

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier-Post,

...club chairman Ed Snider was asked if he considered his team in a rebuilding mode.
“No,” Snider said sternly. “We don’t understand what rebuilding is.”
“(Zhitnik) knows we’re going through a tough time and he was willing to stick it out and be part of the what’s going to happen next year,” Holmgren said.
Holmgren obviously wanted to use the word “rebuilding” at the end of that sentence, but since the word has been erased from the Flyers’ lexicon, he was unable to verbalize it.

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Teams Are Interested In Blake

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

As of last night, the source said, Snow was in the process of considering offers from Nashville, Vancouver, Detroit, San Jose and Dallas. The Islanders would not trade Blake to an Eastern Conference rival.
Details of the offers aren’t known, and Snow was not available for comment per club policy. But it’s quite possible that Blake could bring something comparable to the price St. Louis received from Atlanta yesterday in exchange for Keith Tkachuk:

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Report: Darcy Tucker May Have Deal with Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

TSN reports,

According to the Toronto Star, the Toronto Maple Leafs have tentatively agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with Darcy Tucker.
Tucker will earn an average of US$3-million per season for at least three years, reports the newspaper. A possible fourth year, structured around a no trade clause, would allow the Leafs to get out from under cap implications if neccessary.

continued… (Toronto Star direct link will be added later)

Update: 4:55am ET: Damien Cox in the Toronto Star

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Iron Man Record Ends for Avs D-man Skrastins

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via IHT,

Colorado’s Karlis Skrastins, who injured a knee in Saturday’s shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings, had his NHL-record, consecutive-game streak among defenseman snapped at 495 games. He broke Tim Horton’s mark nine games earlier. Skrastins had not missed a game since Feb. 18, 2000.

more… includes a round up of Sunday’s NHL games

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You Don’t Deal With The Devil

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And that’s exactly what the St. Louis organization is thinking.  Trading “within the division” is a minor consideration where the Wings are concerned.  The levels of hatred, bitterness and jealousy in that town, directed toward Detroit, is so pervasive that we should all be ridiculed for thinking for one second that Holland has a shot at Guerin, or that Tkachuk was a serious possibility.

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Stressing Out and Wacking The Chief

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Dateline: Fresno, San Diego, DC and Norfolk.

Bastards.  I’m getting killed.  So, I get all replies sent to my little electronic leash, AKA the Blackberry.  In a meeting today, I get these two and start laughing out loud (LOL to Dique fans and Ozzie’s Bunny Brigade).

A2Y is the Robert Lang (Enigma) of Red Wings blogs. Flashes of greatness, made only more frustrating by long cold streaks.
Posted by Borat on 02/25 at 06:30 PM

At this rate maybe he’s more like the Jiri Hudler of Bloggers: some visible upside but never quite enough IT to know for sure… wink
Posted by Hockeyinhd on 02/25 at 06:37 PM

 

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