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Rumors Galore

from Scott Cullen at TSN,

Slumping Jaromir Jagr could be available, the Devils are ready to make moves and the Leafs’ Tomas Kaberle is generating interest.

Rumors, you want them, you got them, go get them...

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Beyond The Apprentice

From Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News,

On last season’s version of “The Apprentice: Los Angeles” reality show, Heidi Androl - aka “The Hottie” - made it all the way to the final six contestants before the inevitable: Donald Trump fired her.

A few months later, Luc Robitaille hired her.  And the Kings, immersed in their own reality show disguised as the 2007-08 NHL season, may have trumped every local TV station in the process.

More than just an apprentice reporter for the team’s “Kings Vision” element to their official Web site, Androl has become part of a forward-thinking element to TV sportscasting, something that has forced other professional teams to reconsider how they get their message across directly to their fans. In turn, it will alter the big-picture thinking of local news organizations.

more… about both the success of Androl as well as the Kings publicity efforts this season.

Video below shows some of Androl’s work on a recent trip to Vancouver:

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  Tags: heidi+androl, luc+robitaille, media, the+apprentice

The Importance Of Dan Boyle

from Lightning Strikes,

Here is coach John Tortorella after the game:

“As I’ve always said, everybody always talks about the three guys,’’ he said of Vinny Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Dan Boyle. “But there is no one more important to our team than Danny Boyle. He is our transition key.’‘

Perhaps Boyle, who wants to make the Tampa Bay area, perhaps even St. Petersburg, his long-term home, takes a little less to stay, though he already did that in his current contract of three-years, $10-million. Much could depend on what the Lightning wants to be. Does it want to compete next season under would-be owner Oren Koules, or does it want to take some steps back now to take more forward later. The answer to that riddle may be the key to getting a new contract done.

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The NHL and the Olympics

From this week’s “Friday Faceoff” with Damien Cox and Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Scott: Hello, Damian. Everywhere I look, I’m reading discussions and debates about the Vancouver Olympics, which are just under two years away. I see you wrote on it earlier this week. I did as well. What’s the deal? Why are people so pumped about an event that’s some 730 days away?

Damien: Well, I can’t speak for the United States of America and how much interest there is there as of yet. But here in Canada, this will be, of course, the first Olympics held in our country since the Calgary Games in 1988.

more, and worth the read.  At one point Cox even remarks to Burnside, “I think you’re just not very bright.” 

I think these two are gradually morphing into a bitter, married couple.

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  Tags: international+hockey, olympics

Hockey in the ‘Hood

From the Detroit Hockey Association,

The annual Hockey in the Hood tournament breaks down stereotypes and brings diverse inner-city hockey teams together for a tournament that is capped off by the presentation of the Willie O’Ree championship trophy, the Willie O’Cup.

This 4th annual event will run from February 15-17th.  For some biographical information on black players around the NHL, past and present, there’s also MisZGoalie’s NHL Connect blog.

Note: For other events happening around the United States for “Hockey Weekend in America”, links can be found at this KK post, put up yesterday.

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Therma Blade Increases Testing

TORONTO, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ - Therma Blade Inc. announced today that following preliminary testing of its heated skate blade prototypes by five NHL players, it will expand product testing to include some of the 50 NHL players and NHL teams requesting production models of the product.

Four NHL players who have been testing Thermablade prototypes to date will participate in an expanded testing program in which Therma Blade will make its latest production models available to them and to additional players and NHL teams that are on the company’s waiting list for full production models.

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  Tags: thermablades

Afternoon Line

from the Detroit News,

“I didn’t feel comfortable, for sure, on the ice,” Hasek said. “Once I feel better, I’ll get back on the ice. Hopefully, I’ll be back on the ice next week, but I’m not sure.”

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What It Takes to Win

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

Yes, recent history shows that while any number of teams can get to a championship final, over the past dozen years — through the pre-salary cap and post-salary cap eras — every single Stanley Cup winner following the lockout-shortened 48-game season of 1994-95 finished in the top three in points in its conference and in the top five in points overall.

The reality is, it was easier to win a championship during the previous decade (1986 to 1995) by coming out of nowhere than it has been of late. In those 11 seasons (no NHL games were played in 2005-06), the teams that won the Stanley Cup finished first in their conferences four times, second in their conferences five times and third in their conferences twice (the Devils of ‘00 were actually placed fourth because they didn’t win their division, but actually finished with more points than the team seeded third).

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The Other Youngsters

from Jeff Gordon at Fox Sports,

These are exciting times in the NHL. Right now, the league is blessed with a LOT of young skill and this season is producing many individual breakouts. At every turn, an emerging player is making a difference for a playoff-contending team and franchises committed to prospect development are getting nice payoffs….

Alexander Radulov, Predators: During his last nine games he has scored 10 goals and added four assists. This is not a fluke; the 21-year-old right wing was a dominant scorer in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the AHL (briefly) before working his way in the Nashville lineup.

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Hanlon Heads To Finland

Japers’ Rink found a report today stating Glen Hanlon will be coaching in Finland next season.

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