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Some Hockey Thoughts From NHL Home Ice Personality Scott Laughlin

As always, it is an absolute pleasure to “talk” hockey with an NHL Home Ice personality. These guys know their hockey inside it and out and prove it every single day and night with the great content they provide to puckheads everywhere.

This week, it is my pleasure to bring to you Scott Laughlin, the host of “The Power Play from Wayne Gretzky’s”. Mr. Laughlin was kind enough to share his thoughts on the concussion issue in hockey, Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the terrific playoff races going on in the National Hockey League.

PH: How do you think the NHL will handle the concussion issue now that some rules have been put in place? Do you think they’ll work?
SL: I think it’s still a work in progress. Some ideas like the “quiet room” concept leave me feeling a little bit skeptical, but the main thing is that the issue is being examined it seems at each and every GM/BOG meeting these days and that can only help.

PH: Do you think there is a place in the NHL for Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins? Do you think he will finally learn his lesson or will it fall upon deaf ears?
SL: I think there’s still a place. Like every “agitator” he can be of benefit as long as he doesn’t cross that line. He can score and help kill penalties (how ironic is that?). Will he be able to re-invent himself as a player though and all of a sudden become a clean and fair player? I doubt it.

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A Look at Tthe NHL Trade Deadline with Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice

With lots of trade action already consuming the entire National Hockey League, I figured now would be a good time to post an e-mail interview I did with Terry Mercury of NHL Home Ice.

Terry was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us his thoughts on which teams would be active, which teams would not be active as well as how NHL Home Ice will have coverage throughout the day for puckheads around the world.

PH: Before we get into trade deadline talk, give us your thoughts on the trade the Toronto Maple Leafs made involving Kris Versteeg? How do you think it has/will impact the Leafs going forward?
TM: The Kris Versteeg trade was a solid deal for both teams. Versteeg just didn’t seem to fit in with the Maple Leafs…and the draft picks the Leafs got from Philly were desperately needed. Versteeg will probably find his touch with the Flyers simply because he won’t be looked at a front-line guy…so a lot of the pressure will be off.

PH: Who are some of the teams you think will make a big move (s) at the deadline? Why?
TM: After this week a lot of the teams that I thought would be movers and shakers may have already made their moves long before Trade Deadline day. I still think Calgary is going to do something… and I think Pittsburgh and Vancouver both HAVE to do something. Look for Montreal and Los Angeles also to try and do something.

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An E-mail Interview with the “Boss” of XM NHL Home Ice: Joe Thistel

As you are all well aware of by now, I am a big fan of NHL Home Ice. I’m a big supporter of the hosts, the shows and the content they produce on a daily basis.

With that in mind, it is an absolute honor and pleasure to bring the man behind it all - Joe Thistel. Mr. Thistel was kind enough to take time out of his hectic schedule to give his thoughts on the NHL season, which he reminded me one-third of the way through as of tonight.

PH: So, we are at the one third point of the NHL season. What are some of your general thoughts?
JT: Generally speaking, I think defence is winning out over offence. It was just a matter of time before the coaches figured it out, but goaltending, shot-blocking and video tape have brought us back to where we were before the lock-out – or at least we’re heading that way in a hurry. The game may look different going up and down the ice than it did in 2004, but the results are becoming eerily similar. Just check out the number of shut-outs we’re seeing in this offensively revamped NHL.

PH: Which teams/players have surprised you the most in a good way? Why?
JT: Atlanta is the flavour of the month – a few weeks ago it was St. Louis and last year it was Phoenix and Colorado. That could change with a five game losing streak of course, but you have to be impressed with the way they’ve put this squad together and how hard they work for each other game in and out. Andrew Ladd and Dustin Bufyglien came from a Championship team, sure. But Anthony Stewart was plucked off a scrap heap, the goaltending was a question mark and Craig Ramsay wasn’t supposed to be able to relate to the kids or the game as its now being played. He’s the Coach of the Year so far – and his boss, Rick Dudley, is at the top of the list of team Executives. As far as players go, nobody could have predicted the resurgence and brilliant play of Tim Thomas.

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A Look at the Quarter Point of the NHL Season With Russ Cohen

Russ Cohen, creator of Sportsology, host of Hockey Prospect Radio on NHL Home Ice, and one of the authors of 100 Ranger Greats was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to talk the NHL season at the quarter point.

PH: So, we are just past the quarter pole of the NHL season. What are some of your general early thoughts?
RC: I think it’s been an exciting season so far. It seems as though fighting is on the rise and fans like that and it seems like the Western Conference is stronger than the East so far.

PH: Which teams/players have surprised you the most in a good way? Why?
RC: Atlanta. I had a great conversation with GM Rick Dudley at the rink. How many GM’s still scout? He’s made some shrewd moves and it’s paying off. I love Tampa as well. Steve Yzerman has injected hope into the franchise. The Red Wings are still the most impressive team in the game and that’s amazing considering the age of some of their players.

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A Look at The Quarter Point of The NHL Season with Mike Ross of NHL Home Ice

If you’ve been reading my blog here, than you know that I am a big fan and supporter of XM NHL Home Ice. In my opinion, it is the best hockey outlet out there and has terrific shows, great hosts and provides great hockey content 24/7.

Recently, I was lucky enough to do an e-mail interview with Mike Ross, the host of Hockey This Morning. “Rossy” was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on all things NHL at the quarter point of the season.

PH: So, we’re about a quarter into the NHL season. What are some of your general early thoughts?
MR: I’ve enjoyed the hockey so far…watching the continued success of Stamkos and the emergence of some younger guys like Bobrovsky and Giroux in Philly along with Dubinsky in NY and Byfuglien in Atlanta. In the west, I am not shocked to see the Red Wings back on top of the west. Last year was a blip on the radar screen. I am also a fan of the Blue Jackets and their youth movement. And, oh yeah, I LOVE their new third jersey.

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A Season Preview with Terry Mercury of XM NHL Home Ice

Recently, I was lucky enough to do an e-mail interview with Terry Mercury of XM NHL Home Ice. Terry is a producer/co-host of “Ice Cap” while also doing some reporting and updates for the channel.

Terry took time out of his busy schedule to give us a bit of an NHL season preview. Do you agree with his thoughts?

PH: Which free agent signings do you like? Why?
TM: While the big signings…Kovalchuk….Ryan….Gonchar etc….deserve the attention they got…I’m intrigued by some of the signings that maybe didn’t get that much perusal.

I’m wondering if Colorado has the next emerging power forward in Chris Stewart. I thought this was a very good signing.

Does Dan Hamhuis give the Canucks enough talent on the blueline for them to remain a contender in the West? I like what he has to work with on this team….as compared to a sub-par offence in Nashville.

I also think Marty Turco is just as good a goalie…if not better…than Antii Niemi. I think the Hawks improved themselves between the pipes.

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Shawn Lavigne Stops by To talk Playoff hockey

Shawn Lavigne, better known as “Big Country”, of Hockey This Morning on XM 204 Home Ice was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to discuss all things Stanley Cup Playoffs:

PH: Which teams do you think will surprise in the playoffs? Why?
SL: After game one this seems like a loaded question with all of the early upsets. I look at Buffalo although a 3 seed in the East as a very dangerous team. They have the league’s best goaltender in Ryan Miller and suddenly Thomas Vanek is scoring in bunches. They are a team without many stars but they have hard working depth players which can play any style of game you want.

In the Western Conference, I’m looking at the Canucks. Like Buffalo they have a strong goaltender in Roberto Luongo who has struggled in the latter stages of the season. He was brilliant in game one against the Kings. The Sedin twins have been tremendous all season long and I just love the depth of this team.

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An Interview with Shawn Lavigne of XM Home Ice

I was lucky enough this past week to do an e-mail interview with Shawn Lavigne.

You may ask yourself - why does that name sound familiar? Well, it should be as Shawn Lavigne, a.k.a “Big Country” is one of the hosts of Hockey This Morning (HTM) on XM NHL Home Ice. He’s witty, he knows his hockey and he’s proud to be “Big Country”.

Shawn was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he started working in the industry, how XM NHL Home Ice has grown and will continue to grow, and his current thoughts on happenings around the NHL today. Enjoy!

PH: How did you get into hockey?
SL: I grew up in Eastern Ontario about an hour away from Ottawa. So my interest in hockey goes back to my first hockey game at the Ottawa Civic Centre in 1977. Obviously the Senators were not around at the time but the Ottawa 67’s led by Bobby Smith, Doug Wilson, and head coach Brian Kilrea were a powerhouse in the OHA and I followed them every step of the way.

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An Interview with Scott Laughlin of NHL Home Ice

During my time here at Kukla’s Korner, I’ve let it be known how much I enjoy listening to XM NHL Home Ice. I’ve been lucky enough to interview personalities such as Shawn Lavigne, Mick Kern, Mike Ross, Jamie Shalley and Terry Mercury.

This past week, I was privileged enough to do an e-mail interview with Scott Laughlin, formerly of the great “Hockey This Morning” show and now the host of Power Play. He was kind enough to tell us about how he got hooked on hockey, how he got his start in the industry, what he does at Home Ice and his thoughts on the current season.

PH: How did you first get into hockey?
SL: I was on skates at the age of three and my dad was an avid hockey fan and player. He also worked at CCM for over 20 years which meant that I was always fortunate enough to get my hands on the latest in hockey technology growing up. I can remember being the first to wear the CCM girdle (CCM’s version of the Cooperall) and getting laughed at by my teammates in PeeWee hockey. I always got the newest of equipment sometimes before it even hit the stores. I was very fortunate.

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An Interview with Jamie Shalley of XM NHL Home Ice

Good afternoon folks. I was lucky enough to be able to do an e-mail interview with Jamie Shalley of XM NHL Home Ice.

For all subscribers out there, you can hear his voice on the “Around the Rink Updates”, as host of “Ice Cap” and filling in on various programs. Shalley was kind of enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us how he became a fan of the sport, how he got into the game on the media side of things as well as his two cents on what’s going on around the league this season.

PH: How did you first get into hockey?
JS: I would say that hockey got into me!  Growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, it is part of your life from when you’re old enough to stand. I recall countless pick-up games in my driveway, on the street in front of my house, and on outdoor rinks. I would go to watch games as a kid at the Fort William Gardens pretty much every weekend, watching our senior league team, the Twins, and the junior Flyers, who played in the USHL at that time.

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Looking at Questionable Hits:

From Terry Mercury of XM NHL Home Ice:

Okay let’s do this the way the league does it…and take each of the last five controversial hits over the last while incident-by-incident.

Let’s start with the Mike Richards-David Booth hit. David Booth comes through the middle of the ice…makes a pass to the wing…and continues to stare at the pass until just before he’s creamed by Mike Richards. Richards didn’t charge after Booth…he met him just over the blueline as he (Richards) was backchecking on the play. Richards hits him with a shoulder….and never leaves his feet to do it. He did get Booth in the head….but considering how fast everything happened….I sorely doubt he was aiming at Booth’s noggin. Let’s also factor in that Richards reputation around the league is that of a clean….honest…two-way player…not a head-hunter. Mr.Booth…I’ll bet every hockey coach you ever had looked at that play and thought the the same thing….DON’T SIT THERE ADMIRING YOUR PASS! LOOK OUT FOR ONCOMING TRAFFIC! I sincerely hope that David Booth is 100 percent okay…and that this in no way affects his career…other than to serve as a reminder that he’s in the NHL…and he will get run over if he’s not aware on the ice at all times.

Evgeni Artyukhin-Matt Niskanen

I would have given Artyukhin more than 3 games. He’s making a clean play by taking Niskanen out of the play by pinning him along the boards…but then for no reason decides to slew-foot him…one of the most dangerous plays in any sport. Niskanen is totally vulnerable because Artyukhin comes in from behind as Niskanen is making a play. What I don’t understand about this one is that Artyukhin has the reputation as a tough-guy…while Niskanen is a skilled…clean player. What was Artyukhin’s impetus for such a move? Niskanen hadn’t done anything to any of Artyukhin’s teammates….so what gives? It was just a reckless…irresponsible play…and deserved more than a 3-game unpaid holiday for Artyukhin.

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An Interview with Terry Mercury

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but XM NHL Home Ice truly is one of the best hockey finds out there. The channel has terrific and experience hosts that provide all the hockey news, happenings, interviews and content known to man.

Yesterday, I was lucky to do an e-mail interview with one of its hosts, Terry Mercury. He was kind enough to talk about how he got into hockey, how he got himself into the industry and gave us his thoughts on the upcoming season.

Continue after the jump to learn more about Terry Mercury and learn why he was one of the best on XM NHL Home Ice.

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Mike Ross of NHL Home Ice: Spreading the Word About Hockey

As we all know, hockey is a fledgling sport in the U.S. It doesn’t get the coverage it deserves and when it does press, it’s usually for something negative (ahem, Sean Avery).

However, one radio channel/network that steps up when it comes to hockey coverage is XM’s NHL Home Ice Channel. Day in and day out, the channel provides great hockey content to fans all over the world and always has them coming back for more.

Recently, I had the opportunity to do an e-mail interview with one of the channel’s hosts and producers, Mike Ross. “Rossy” tells us about how he fell in love with the game, how he got involved in hockey radio, the channel’s future, this season’s surprises/disappointments and of course, his Stanley Cup predicition.

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