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A Look at the 1/3 Point of the NHL season with Millian of BluLine Hockey Talk Radio

Millian, the host of terrific hockey podcast “The BlueLine: Hockey Talk Radio”, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the NHL season.

PH: So, we are just past the 1/3 point of the NHL season. What are some of your general thoughts?
MB: The scoring situation in the league has been an interesting one. While they have historically tried to get scoring up, this season has presented a noticeable effect. In many cases we are seeing routs alot more frequently. However, at the same time we are seeing shutouts more frequently. I am noticing that goal scoring is feast or famine. I am not sure where we are at in terms of last year’s pace, but this is something of interest that I have found. Outside of that, the hockey has been great, and I think the playoffs are going to be sweet.

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Checking in with Blue Line Hockey Talk Radio

I recently conducted an e-mail interview with Millian, the host of The Blue Line: Hockey Talk Radio:

PH: I know that this has been beaten to death but what are your thoughts on the Cooke-on-Savard hit? What could the NHL have done to rectify that situation?
M:: People keep comparing it to the Booth/Richards hit. The thing is, that the Booth hit seemed to me like a play within the rules. Booth specifically had his head down, and Richards landed one on him.  In the Cooke hit, there was a much different air to it. You can’t just sense from the hit, and the follow-up interview that Cooke had a MUCH greater motive and overall, this hit on many levels seems much more deliberate. So, I think this was a dirty hit, and the league let one get away from them.

There is nothing to do really to rectify, as much as letting someone else beside Colin Campbell make the decisions. I would consider making the case that the league is trying not to rock the Player Union boat too much especially this close to a contract negotitation. So, there is definitely an underlying motive, and I doubt we will ever really know.

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A Brief Interview with Millian of “The Blue Line: Hockey Talk Radio”

Millian, the host of “The Blue Line: Hockey Talk Radio”, was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to talk about the trades that took place in the past week as well another thought on our favorite sport:

PH: What do you make of Kovalchuk landing in Jersey? Does the deal automatically make them Cup contenders?
M: Kovalchuk, IMO, is going to be a rental player, and I feel he is is going to see what the KHL has to offer. Not many teams will be available to offer $101M dollars, so there is definitely more to that story. A lot is going to hinge on what happens in the Olympics as well. One twisted knee and he is out for the remainder of the year, and NJD gave away players for nothing.

I worry about the Devils chances in general simply because of the amount of Olympians they have, including their star goalie, who has been having a rough time lately. With Kovy, they add another Olympian to that equation.

Also, I am not sure how Kovy is going to mesh with Lemaire, both in terms of playing styles and of butting heads. Kovy does not really play defense, nor backcheck, and I dont see Lemaire looking the other way too much. If he butts heads with him, Ilya has no ties to NJ, and therefore, no reason to stay. In the KHL, they will be happy to smooch his rump, and in my estimation, he will command near $20M per year.

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Your Daily Fix

If you’re looking to take a break at work, home, a good thing to do for 10 minutes or so is listen to friend of the blog Millian’s Daily Fix, which features Millian’s thoughts on everything that is going on in hockey, at the Blue Line: Hockey Talk Radio.

You can find Millian’s Daily Fixes by clicking here and scrolling down on the right hand side of the page.

Enjoy!

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Thoughts on The Winter Classic and Olympics

This past week, I did another e-mail interview with Millian, host of “The Blue Line: Hockey Talk Radio”.

We discussed the Winter Classic, World Juniors and the 2010 Winter Olympics:

PH: What did you think of the Winter Classic? Did you think that it was a success, disappointment, exciting, boring, etc. Why?
M: I definitely thought it was a success, despite the ratings being down. I saw a lot of non-hockey fans paying attention, and a lot of people who watched the game online, or in Canada who did not factor into the ratings. I thought the game itself was pretty exciting, in that we saw the first fight in the WC as well as the first overtime win, and win by the home team. So, it set a lot of firsts. Overall, big success for the league, just for the intangibles.

PH: Where do you think the league should hold the Winter Classic next season? Why?
M: I would like to see a stadium somewhere that can hold 100,000 people, and somewhere they can setup field level seating. I think the next milestone the league should shoot for, is to break the record for the largest outdoor hockey crowd. The last 2 have been in the 30-40K occupant range, so I think its time they swing for the fence, and set a record. From what I understand there are arenas in Minnesota, NY, and Pennsylvania that can pull that off. I am also not opposed to holding the game in Canada for one year, but they’re are going to do a second one to address that.

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For the Love of the Game

It’s great that some people out there do things because they love hockey and they love bringing it to the fans. One person who fits the bill is Millian, host of The BlueLine: Hockey Talk Radio.

Recently, Millian took time out of his busy schedule to do an e-mail interview with us where he discussed how he got into the game, having his own show about the game, thoughts on the NHL and more.

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