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Dump Versus

from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,

•The NHL undoubtedly believes that being the first major pro sport to make available its highlight video clips on YouTube will solve the league's marketing issues. Bettman and company probably think scores of potential fans will accidentally stumble across the NHL on YouTube. From my experience, people use YouTube to look for something specific and are unlikely to view something they are not interested in. It's a nice idea, but it doesn't begin to answer the question of why the NHL is way, way down the list of spectator-friendly sports. Which brings us to… • So the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) has changed its identity to Versus. Pray to whatever god you care to that the NHL takes this limping dog of a "national TV contract" and puts it out of its misery immediately after the current season ends.
read on and more topics from Ted include the Wings and the Northeast Division...

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Let More Teams In

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

The NHL should feel free to monkey with its playoff format. Add four teams, give division leaders a bye through an abbreviated first round and re-seed after each subsequent round. Hey, why fine tune when you can fiddle on a grand scale? OK, you and I both know that's not going to happen when governors meet today in Florida to discuss major changes to the regular-season schedule and a minor tweaking of the post-season format. But consider the merits.
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Sneaky Trick

from Mike Chen's Hockey Blog,

Well, after some digging around, I figured out a way around this. So, fellow hockey fan, if your favorite team is blacked out in your area on TV and online, don't fear -- you can still watch it.
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Life Changes For Commodore

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

A lot has changed for Mike Commodore since the Flames' 2004 playoff run when the awkward-skating giant became the most popular eighth defenceman in NHL lore. One thing that hasn't is his lid, which will soon start sprouting orange, Chia-like properties a la Ogie Oglethorpe. "I have to. I think I'd get traded if I don't grow my hair," said the 27-year-old blueliner, wearing a grin that could be spotted at nightclubs all over town during the Flames' run. "Honestly. I could show up to camp in any condition and I could have the worst game but as long as I grow my hair out, (the fans) are happy. It's an every year thing now."
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Parrish Must Impress

from the Star Tribune,

Two months into the first season of Mark Parrish's tenure with his hometown Wild, it's clear the veteran winger is not in Jacques Lemaire's good graces. Look no further than the six-time 20-goal scorer's ice time, which ranks behind 255 NHL forwards. But Saturday night, Parrish managed to enter the coach's doghouse by actually scoring a goal.
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Muckler On Nolan

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

John Muckler wants to set the record straight. The Senators GM threw water on the fire on any idea that he considers tonight's game against the Islanders as some sort of a rematch against Ted Nolan. "I don't know where all the talk of Nolan began to start with," Muckler said yesterday. "I hired the guy. I didn't fire the guy. That's all I've got to say about that. ''I just don't understand this same thing going on and on and on. Why? I have no idea. I didn't have anything to do with his firing at all. The present GM (Darcy Regier) and the present president (Larry Quinn) fired him."
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Pittsburgh Not Moving To Canada

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

There is a pervasive theory out there that if the Pittsburgh Penguins don’t get their new arena they might move to southern Ontario. It’s a nice fantasy. Here’s the reality. It is not, as in definitely not, going to happen. And while we’re at it, toss in Winnipeg and Quebec City. They are not going to get their National Hockey League teams back, either. We’d all like to see it. As Canadians, we know that we’re supporting the league right now. We know that U.S. television ratings are in a major funk everywhere and that American attendance figures (speaking of fantasies), are wildly inflated yet still well down.
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News That’s Far From Ear-Splitting

from the Canadian Press:

Three hours of sitting next to a roaring, buzzing chainsaw punctuated by the occasional deafening blast of a jet taking off wouldn't be anyone's idea of a good time. But that's the equivalent of what hockey fanatics endured during the Edmonton Oilers' Stanley Cup playoff run last spring, according to a study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. "You could tell just even in watching the games on TV that it was insanely loud," said Bill Hodgetts, the study's lead author and an assistant audiology professor at the University of Alberta.
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Updating The BOG

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

One wonders if more casual fans, the fans most coveted by the league, would have been lured to games had ticket prices not gone up almost across the board. "I'm not sure any of us knows the answer on a global basis because each team does in its market what it thinks makes sense," commissioner Gary Bettman said after Monday's 2½-hour meeting. "If you raised ticket prices and your attendance drops, maybe you didn't read your market too well," Bettman added. "If you raise your ticket price and you're playing to 99 percent capacity and you're lower or comparable to other forms of sports entertainment, you have to look at each particular case. There's not 'one size fits all' in any evaluation of why attendance is up or down."
more from the meeting... added 8:45pm, Scott also breaks down the Penguins situation...

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See You In Dallas

from John Buccigross at ESPN,

The NHL All-Star Game will be played Jan. 24 in Dallas. That's less than 50 days away. So, who should represent the East and West in the skills competition and the game? In selecting my rosters for this season's squads, I used these guidelines: • Two-and-half-season barometer: Remember, the last time we had an All-Star Game, ESPN was still the exclusive TV rights holder in the United States for NHL games. That's like four haircuts ago for Barry Melrose. He's waxed his back more than that over that same span.
read on for John's picks...and his mailbag too...

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