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from Empty Netters,
When’s the last time the NHL had a good idea that a far more successful league copied?
This was a promotional commercial NBC aired this past Sunday for the NFL’s kickoff weekend:
read on for an interesting comparison…
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
On reports that Edmonton is now considered the Siberia of hockey for pro players: “It’s a wonderful place to be an athlete. The facilities are outstanding and the support you get not only from fans but from corporate sponsorship is as good as anywhere in the National Hockey League.”
a little more from Wayne, including backing Kevin Lowe…
Motivated by the recent story by David Shoalts which—incorrectly, it turned out—speculated that Scotty Bowman was offered a position with the Maple Leafs organization, Tom Benjamin comments on the issues facing those who write about the game of hockey.
-Shoalts could have avoided the error simply by picking up the phone and calling Bowman. Deciding not to do that because Bowman might not tell the truth was inexcusable. Steve Simmons made a similar mistake earlier this summer when he incorrectly reported that Mats Sundin required surgery. The error could have been avoided with a phone call.
-I do not understand why competition among reporters excuses sloppiness, particularly when the story is hardly a “scoop”. If the Leafs were going to hire Bowman, we’d all hear about it soon enough. There really isn’t any gain to anyone if the Globe breaks the story a day or two early. A real scoop involves a story that would not come to light but for the reporter’s work.
more… *looking at Shoalts, Simmons, Eklund and others
from Habs Inside/Out,
Sam Pollock, Canadiens’ brilliant former GM, dies at 81.
They will have more details as they become available.
from The Soapbox at Spector’s,
You know it’s far too quiet for NHL news when really, really dumb trade rumours make the rounds.
Heard the one about the Canucks trading Mattias Ohlund to Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis as the centerpiece of a blockbuster deal?
My, seems like only yesterday Ohlund was headed to New Jersey in a package deal for Patrik Elias. Oh, yeah, that was last month’s dumb rumour!
Of course Ohlund and St. Louis have no-trade clauses but hey, that shouldn’t stand in the way of a juicy, over-the-top trade rumour.
Or how about Patrice Bergeron to the NY Islanders for picks and prospects. Of course, that makes perfect sense! The Bruins would be crazy not to make that deal! Action it yesterday, GM Peter Chiarelli.
Yes, I’m being sarcastic, because these rumours aren’t gonna happen.
You will find a breakdown of all the schedules in this area of the KK Forums.
Always a good resource during the season to find out what team is on what network.
The Atlanta Thrashers and the city of Atlanta will host the 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend, January 26-27. The centerpiece of the mid-season spectacular will be the 56th NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta and will feature the best players in the National Hockey League.
The 2008 NHL All-Star Weekend also will feature a variety of entertainment, hockey-themed grassroots events and charitable activities throughout the city of Atlanta. Details on other All-Star Weekend events will released at a later date.
Among the All-Star events:
The 2007-08 television schedules have been announced, by both TSN and CBC. Check here including links for more details.
NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the television schedules of NBC, VERSUS, CBC, TSN, RDS, HDNet and NHL Network for the 2007-08 season.
In the U.S., VERSUS and NBC return for a third year as the NHL’s national television partners. In Canada, CBC begins its 55th consecutive year of NHL broadcast coverage while TSN – which began covering the NHL in 1985 – is once again the national cable partner. RDS, the French-language telecast partner of the NHL, enters its fifth year televising regular-season Montreal Canadiens and other select games. HDNet, a national High Definition telecast partner of the NHL, begins its sixth year of NHL coverage, while NHL Network heads into its fourth year of televising live NHL regular season games.
from Battle of New York,
STAMFORD, Conn. (August 15, 2007)—VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, today announced the television schedule for the 2007-08 regular season and the addition of Bill Patrick as the new studio host of “Hockey Central.” The network opens its coverage with a southern California showdown between the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings in London on September 30 at 12 p.m. ET. Then, on October 3, VERSUS’ coverage returns to the U.S. with a double-header featuring a match-up between Anaheim and Detroit at 7 p.m. ET and Dallas and Colorado at 9:30 p.m. ET. Bill Patrick will be making his “Hockey Central” debut on October 3. All of the network’s regular-season games are exclusive and VERSUS’ regular-season schedule features an exclusive Game of the Week wherein VERSUS will be the only place on television to watch the NHL game in the U.S. at that time. Every NHL game on VERSUS will be produced and shown in hi def where available.
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