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LaFontaine Still Helping

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illustrated,

LaFontaine continues: "Hockey players spend time on exercise bikes, but we are not built to run and swim. There are times I think I spent 15 years as a pro athlete. I don't need this. But what gets me through training or those moments when you cramp up a little bit is the thought that, okay, there's a greater cause here. Kids are worrying about much more the sore muscles and I'm telling them to keep going." Even in retirement, the man who scored over a thousand points in a brilliant NHL career is still racking up valuable assists.
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Flyers Keep Hitch Around

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via the Delco Times,

The Flyers announced today they have named former coach Ken Hitchcock a pro scout. "I've had some discussions over the last few days with Hitch and I think that it's important that he stay close to the game, stay in the game," interim general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "I am grateful to Mr. Snider and Paul for giving me the opportunity to stay involved in the organization and help whenever I can," Hitchcock said in the statement. "I don't make any secret of the fact that I want to be a head coach again in the National Hockey League, but this is an opportunity for me to help in any way possible by watching other teams play, watching other players perform and helping Paul in the evaluation of other players and other teams."

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Yashin On Fire

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from the CP via TSN,

Ted Nolan spent his years between NHL coaching jobs as a motivational speaker and it's apparently come in handy so far this season. The New York Islanders head coach has lit a fire under centre Alexei Yashin. ''I'm not too sure what I've done, it's more so what he's done,'' Nolan said Wednesday, trying to deflect any credit.
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Alfredsson On The Block

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from the blog of Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

The presence of four Los Angeles Kings scouts at last night’s Habs-Senators game (when neither of those teams play the Kings this season) has got speculation going of an impending deal between the Senators and the Kings. Tony Marinaro, who covers the Habs for the Team 990 in Montreal, said on his station this morning he had it “confirmed” the Kings scouts were there to look at Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.
continued updated 4:56pm, from the same blog,
Senators GM John Muckler just told colleague Bruce Garrioch there’s no deal in the works to send Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson to the Los Angeles Kings. Not that I would expect Muckler to say, “Yeah, I’m going to trade his butt out of here.”

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Google & NHL Become Partners

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NEW YORK (Nov. 1, 2006)- NHL Interactive Cyber Enterprises (ICE), the digital arm of the National Hockey League (NHL), today announced a multi-year deal to provide NHL video content to Google Video. The NHL will provide in-season full-length games on delay to Google Video at http://video.google.com/nhl.html Googl.e also will receive select NHL classic games. In addition to the game content, the NHL also will work with Google to allow certain NHL themed user-generated content on http://video.google.com/nhl.html This .is the first time Google Video has worked with a major professional sports league in such a manner. To celebrate its 89th season and this increased access to video content, the NHL will be offering its content for free – without ads – for the first two weeks of November. "When web users are searching for diverse video content, Google Video is the first place they go, just as NHL.com is the first place hockey fans go when they want NHL video,” said Keith Ritter, President of NHL ICE. “The combination of our content and Google's massive reach is a terrific pairing, and we're excited to add fan-generated content to the mix." update 3:45pm, from Bufalo Business Journal,

The National Hockey League has annunced a new multi-year video content deal with Google Video making full-length games from the '06-07 season and some classic games available for online purchase on a 48-hour, tape-delay basis. Pricing is still being finalized, but games are likely to cost $2.99 each after a free trial for the first two weeks of November. The deal arrives after a beta test on Google Video, as well as an offering last spring in which condensed NHL playoff games were sold on Apple' iTunes store. Discussions about a future video content deal with Apple are still ongoing, Ritter said, as are efforts to offer live streaming of games online. No timetable exists for either initiative.
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Interactive Viewing

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from ITVT,

Canadian sports channel, TSN, will tonight begin offering a two-screen, Web-based interactive TV application to accompany its coverage of NHL When viewers access the application, they will first be asked to choose a team to support in the game, and will then gain or lose points as their team scores or is penalized. They will also be able to gain points by correctly answering hockey-related trivia questions and questions about the app's sponsor, by participating in polls, and also by playing hockey-themed mini-games that will appear in the app during half time (?) and commercial breaks.
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Stars Of The Month

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Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' of the month for October.

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Leafs Lunch- Campbell Wants Leafs GM Job

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Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch mentioned that Colin Campbell turned down the Flyers GM job. What is interesting is Watters stated Campbell wants the Leafs GM job. The pressure is always on John Ferguson Jr. added 3:29pm, from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

I believe Colin Campbell turned down the Philadelphia Flyers job because he would rather work for the St. Louis Blues and his friend John Davidson when Larry Pleau’s contract as general manager expires at the end of the season. In fact, at the Memorial Cup a good source from the Ontario Hockey League whispered in my ear that Kitchener Rangers coach Peter DeBoer was on his way to joining the Blues as an assistant coach because Campbell had offered him an assistant coach position.
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Musictown Vs. Hockeytown

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from George Johnson at ESPN,

These whacky Preds actually believe they can contend for the Stanley Cup. A team from Music City, USA. And why not? The last two franchises to hoist the hallowed mug, the Lightning and Hurricanes, aren't exactly located in traditional hockey hotbeds. After a jittery opening three games, Barry Trotz's boys have stepped on the gas and rediscovered their groove. With the Stevie Y-less, Shanny-less Detroit Red Wings revamping and the title of Hockeytown very much a debatable one these days, the Predators, built on speed and sass, are a perfect fit for the new NHL, the upwardly mobile yuppies of the Central Division.
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Good Goal Kid, Now Get Out of Here

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Guest Submission by Joe Pelletier You will have to excuse Dallas Stars rookie Louie Eriksson for breathing a sigh of relief after the NHL’s opening night. Eriksson was a “bubble player” during training camp. The rookie had played well enough to stick with the Stars for game one, but rumours persisted that he would be sent down to the farm team should he not get off to a good start. Eriksson must have expected he had bought himself a little slack when it came to sticking in the big leagues. Eriksson did about all you could a coach could ask for that night. He scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game. However it was not enough. The next day he was banished to the AHL’s Iowa Stars. Good goal kid. Now get out of here.

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