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Peca Feels He Could Help Buffalo

from the Buffalo News,

“I feel like I can help the team in a lot of ways and be a positive influence on the ice and in the community,” Peca said. “With Chris Drury gone, I see myself helping in key defensive situations, key faceoff situations and with leadership.
“I wouldn’t feel I need to be [the captain]. My role and expectations wouldn’t change regardless of that. There’s a lot of good, young, developing leadership on that team.”
Peca said he has some attractive options. The New York Rangers are believed to be in pursuit. Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette, who had Peca with the New York Islanders, called frequently before the Hurricanes swung a deal with the Rangers to bring back Matt Cullen.
“I’m still hoping Buffalo will be in the mix,” Peca said. “I hope that the organization sees me as a guy that can come in and help. I’ve been telling people every day out in the community that Buffalo is my first choice if it’s an option.”

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New Owner Will Decide Fate Of Preds

from the Daily News Journal,

Without question, it was a feel-good day for the franchise, the local hockey community and the Predators themselves.
Chances are, though, it accomplished little, if anything.
After all, this was not the first time the Predators held a ticket drive. Back in 1997, they needed 12,000 commitments before the franchise was approved by the NHL commissioner and its board of governors. Every day for weeks the count was updated until that number was reached and Middle Tennessee’s place on the professional sports map was secured.
Then what happened? Within three or four years, the number of Predators’ season-ticket holders had dropped by more than one-third.
Let’s face it: Ticket drives (or any sort of drive, for that matter) are effective only to a point. Everyone likes to feel as if they are a part of something, but rarely do such tactics produce any sort of long-lasting results.

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David Aebischer Heading To Phoenix?

I am hearing a little rumbling today that David Aebischer will be a signing a 1yr deal with the Phoenix Coyotes.
More information as it becomes available.
I should do these rumor things all the time, drawing millions of hits!!! lol

added 6:03pm, Confirmed through DavidAebischer.com...

added 6:41pm, from the Phoenix Coyotes,

“With the signing of David Aebischer we have taken the next step in creating depth at the goaltending position,” said Maloney.

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Arbitration Season

From TSN,

Nobody likes it, but it’s something that remains unavoidable for some NHL teams and restricted free agents unable to resolve their contract stalemate.
It’s salary arbitration time again in the NHL and already one third of the 29 players that were originally slated for hearings have settled their cases. Expect more of that as the hearings approach, starting Monday with the first case, Brooks Laich and the Washington Capitals.

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NHL’s Most Eligible Bachelor

Philladelphia goes Hollywood, and hockey defenseman Randy Jones is taking it seriously. Well, hopefully, not too seriously.

He’s participated in a feature on Extra! entertainment television as on of America’s Most Eligible Bachelors.

Philadelphia Flyers hunk Randy Jones is looking for love – but he’s acting a little shy.
“I cannot believe I’m doing this!” he exclaimed to “Extra” as we pressed him for his vital stats.
But we got them – and it’s hard to believe. This 26-year-old, 6’2’’ hockey sensation is ripped and knows how to break a sweat. [...]

And, for the ladies – boxers of briefs?

“Boxers, and sometimes none,” he admitted. “Never briefs, my Fruit of the Loom days are over!”

Check out the video.

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The NHL Online Experience

NEW YORK, N.Y. / PLAINVIEW, N.Y. (July 19, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and NeuLion Inc., today announced their partnership to bring a unique online experience to fans worldwide using NeuLion technology at the start of the 2007-08 season.

A new NHL Integrated Video Portal will be available via NHL.com and all of the 30 club sites to deliver high-quality video and other content. Fans will be able to navigate easily between live game content, video features, behind-the-scenes footage and game highlights that are viewable in multiple video windows or full screen.

NeuLion will power this NHL online video offering, which will include the following (pricing has yet to be determined):

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Overpaying

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

At this point, though, it isn’t likely too many teams will be foolish enough to throw a ton of money or term at the guys who still are desirous – remember that old Three’s Company joke? No? God, I’m aging – of officially contracted employment. So it’s a good time to look back over the last three weeks and rate, in reverse order, the top five worst silly-season signings….
3. Roman Hamrlik to the Montreal Canadiens for four years and $22 million. Five-and-a-half million a season for a guy who hasn’t put up more than 12 goals and 42 points in a single season since 2000-01 isn’t my idea of bang for your buck.

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Nice Look At The Voice Of The Kings

from the Acorn,

“My life changed dramatically right from the announcement that (Gretsky) was becoming a King,” Miller said. “The (number of) telecasts increased from 30 to 62 that first year. Our season ticket holders more than doubled. I would go around town and people would start recognizing me for the first time. It was great to see L.A. finally come to embrace hockey.”
Miller made the call of his life when Gretsky broke Gordie Howe’s scoring record in 1989.
“It’s my favorite moment in my broadcasting career,” Miller said. “I didn’t want it to sound too rehearsed, but then someone called me up asking what I was going to say when he broke the record.
“When he scored I waited a few seconds and said, ‘Wayne Gretsky, the Great One, has just become the greatest of them all- the leading scorer in the history of the National Hockey League.’ I’m just thankful that it was a clear goal so I was able to call the play accurately.”

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Al Arbour Returns For One Last Game

from the New York Islanders,

Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour will return to Long Island to coach his 1,500th regular season game with the Islanders on Saturday, November 3 when the team hosts Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Nassau Coliseum at 7:00 pm. The legendary coach celebrates his 75th birthday on November 1.
Earlier this week Arbour accepted an invitation from Ted Nolan to run the team for one last game and reach the milestone of 1,500 games coached with the franchise he led to four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980 - 1983. Arbour will sign a one-day contract on Friday, November 2 and lead the team the following night against the Penguins.

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added 11:56am, from David Kolb at MSG Network,

This is more than a PR move by the Islanders; a franchise infatuated with embracing their four Cups won 20-plus years ago.
This move exemplifies the passion for the game Nolan truly possesses. That would be the only way this unique idea would even surfaced in Nolan’s mind. He isn’t the first coach since Arbour retired, but he was the first to think of this class act.

read on a pretty good video of Arbour…

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Online Out Of Market Games Coming

from paidContent.org,

I don’t have all the details yet but the WSJ is reporting that the NHL has a deal with IPTV provider NeuLion Inc. to sell its out-of-market package for live online viewing. Center Ice, until now sold only through cable and satellite, will run $169 for the season, about 45 games a week. It looks like a single-night option may be available for $15. According to WSJ, the games will not be interrupted by advertising—that would be a major change from the current local ads included in the various market broadcasts.

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I am working on getting more information and will post when available…

added 10:13am, 7/19/07, from Cable 360 Net,

The ratings-challenged National Hockey League will expand its Center Ice live games package to the Web starting next season in an aggressive online push that potentially freezes out subscribers to its cable TV-based Center Ice package with In Demand. “We need to be nimble in this space,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tells the Wall Street Journal.
...the Center Ice Web package will run commercial-free and include HD video, highlights, pre- and post-game shows, stats and social networking.

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note:  original post was 7/18/07 at 9:50pm… Moved to top of page since additional information was added…

added 1:33pm, see this post for added information…

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