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NHL TV Deals, Opportunity To Have Your Questions Answered

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A well known writer will be doing a story on the NHL TV deals. Here is your opportunity to ask any question you may have regarding this topic. He will attempt to clear up questions you have related to the NHL and TV broadcasts. So fire away to get answers from the "man in charge". Just leave a comment in this post or if you would like to email the writer directly, he can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The story will run the weekend of October 1st-2nd and I will supply a link when available. Questions can be submitted until September 26th and I will bump this post up to the top of the page when needed. Also, feel free to pass this on to other blogs and forums, this is a great opportunity to resolve any doubts or issues you may have. 9/19/05 bumped up 9/24/05 bumped up, last chance to have your questions answered...

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Shootout Should go Five Rounds

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I tend to agree with Damien Cox of the Toronto Star about the shootout being too short. Five players should be involved per side instead of just three. Basically, the shootout could be over after two rounds, which is too short of a battle for one point.

Love the shootout. Would have loved it even more five years ago. Anyway, it's finally here and, just as fighting advocates have for years argued fisticuffs are valuable because nobody leaves the building when the gloves come off, there haven't been many patrons scurrying out the doors of NHL rinks during the past week as the shootout has been conducted after every single exhibition game. There is, however, a problem. The NHL's version of the shootout is too short. "Probably it is," Maple Leafs head coach Pat Quinn said this week. "I'm not a proponent of the shootout, myself. But probably it is too short." Instead of going with five shots per team, as was the format used in the American Hockey League last season while the NHL was on hiatus, the NHL has decided upon a three-shot format.

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Fans Will Know Where To Find Us

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from the Courier Post,

Despite his initial concerns about the lockout's negative effect on the NHL, Bill Clement is now optimistic about the league, its future and its new television home on OLN. "The way things turned out, there won't be as much damage as I once thought and I'm optimistic the fan base will not take as long to build back as I once feared," Clement, hired last week as studio host for the NHL on OLN, said in a phone interview this week. "We have an incredible business model and the sport is back with its wheels on rails." "I'm really excited for the NHL that they found a partner to lock arms with," Clement said. "It didn't seem as if the NHL and ESPN could find the same page. At OLN, the NHL is a big fish in a small pond. At ESPN, it was a little fish in a big pond." OLN, which is available in 64 million households compared to ESPN's 90 million, will broadcast 58 regular-season games. After the season-opening telecast of the Flyers-Rangers on Wednesday, Oct. 5, the network regularly will air games on Monday and Tuesday nights. "That gives us a leg up because fans will know when to find us," Clement said.

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Latest NHL Rumors

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Seems Spector has answered my question about Kovalchuk, looks like no news to report. Catch up on all of the latest rumors floating around the NHL world. from Spector of Fox Sports,

There are still no new developments in the contract talks between Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell and star forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who's presently playing in the Russian Super League as negotiations continue.

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Kevin Allen Battles Emotional & Intellectual Sides

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from USA TODAY,

In the spirit of old-time hockey, my emotional and intellectual sides are dropping their gloves and sparring over several hot hockey topics, from Gretzky to goals to guts.
Great work by Allen, covers many topics and his battles will probably continue throughout the season.

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NHL Future Depends On Teams In The USA

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A British point of view of the NHL- from the Financial Times,

The response of fans south of the border will be equally, if not more, crucial to the game’s future. While hockey may be Canada’s national game, all but six of the 30 NHL teams are now based in US cities. Several, especially those in such un-wintry places as Tampa, Florida, and Phoenix, Arizona, were struggling to fill arena seats even before the lockout. “The kids didn’t aspire to the NHL with the players not in the newspapers or on TV every day”, says John Castine, who publishes a weekly amateur hockey paper in Michigan, where the passion for hockey runs as high as in Ontario or Saskatchewan. About 400 of Michigan’s amateur teams, or a fifth of the total, have disappeared over the past year. The NHL lockout coincided with widening job losses in Detroit’s automotive industry, putting the cost of basic equipment ($500-600) and ice time ($300 a month) beyond many blue-collar families.

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Pre-season Stats Available

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Jes at Hockey Rants had pointed out NHL.com had not been providing stats on the pre-season games. Apparently they are doing so now, so it is a good spot to check out the vital stats die hard hockey fans are looking for..

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Datsyuk Expects To Be In Detroit Today

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An article in Thursday's Sport-Express in Russia said Datsyuk is planning to arrive in Detroit today. Translation:

Datsyuk intends to arrive in Detroit already tomorrow Pavel datsyuk it is going to arrive in Detroit already on Friday. "4 to the pair of days it dropped in home. I will gather things, purchase tickets and tomorrow, probably I will be there. Wife and daughter thus far remain here, in Ekaterinburg, and then they will arrive in me into Detroit. But my constant place of residence - this Russia. 4 even I do not want to change citizenship, I will try to live in Russia. Ekaterinburg - my second city, to change something thus far I do not plan ", reported today forvard" Detroit red of uingz "before the departure in THE USA.
I originally went on a hunt for some Kovalchuk news, but cannot get any information on him. I find it surprising all of the attention the Russian papers gave to Datsyuk, but hardly a peep on Kovalchuk. update 2:21pm, Thanks to Peter for finding the priceless picture!

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Avid Alabama Hockey Fans

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from usahockey,

Chris Crenshaw remembers the moment he realized that ice hockey had made it big in Alabama. The director of the Huntsville Silver Sticks had taken some of his players to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Since Alabama isn't known much for its hockey tradition, Crenshaw was somewhat stunned when he looked up and saw a puck with the logo of the University of Alabama-Huntsville, one of the few colleges in the South that plays Division I hockey. A few minutes later, at another display, he and his players saw a UAH jersey. It symbolized how important the game is in Alabama, a state that has never hosted an NHL game, but still is home to an avid hockey fan base.

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Bruins Talk Shootout

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from the Daily News,

Some fans love it. Hockey purists hate it. But whether they like it or not, players are quickly adapting to the new reality that ties are a thing of the past in the NHL. In one of the many sweeping changes being introduced this season, games deadlocked after a five-minute overtime will go to a shootout to determine a winner. In preparation, all exhibition games, regardless of the final score, are featuring a shootout this preseason. "I was kidding the guys that I don't want to show them too many moves before the season starts," said Bruins captain Joe Thornton, who was unsuccessful on his first shootout attempt Tuesday night against Toronto. "You might need to use some of those moves during the year. It's going to be fun. I don't think any fans left, so it's going to keep fans in the building."

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