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NHL & NBC Talking More Years

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail

, The National Hockey League is close to reaching a contract extension with NBC that would keep hockey on the U.S. network through the 2009-10 season. Sources say the two sides are in "serious discussions" and could complete the deal in the next few weeks. A profit-sharing agreement between the NHL and NBC has a year to run. The extension is tied to NBC's strategy to use NHL content to increase interest in the game over the next four years and improve audiences for its coverage of the Vancouver Olympic hockey tournament in 2010. The new deal is expected to involve a rights fee, but there's no news on the amount. NBC and the NHL reported a profit from last year's partnership, but a dollar value wasn't given.
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Fading Enforcers

from the Palm Beach Post,

The days of Paul Laus, Peter Worrell and Darcy Hordichuk are no more. For the first time in their 13-year history, the Panthers have no enforcer on their training-camp roster. And they're not alone. The Philadelphia Flyers, who had as many as a half-dozen tough guys during their "Broad Street Bullies" era 30 years ago, let Donald Brashear sign with Washington this summer. Edmonton let Georges Laracque, reputed to be the best of the breed, sign with Phoenix, even though Laracque said he would take $200,000 less to remain an Oiler. Why the trend?
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Just Call Him “Son Of The Great”

from the Pioneer Press:

Ty Gretzky, son of hockey's all-time greatest player, Wayne Gretzky, has enrolled at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minn., to play hockey this season. Ty is a 6-foot, 155-pound sophomore forward who will be able to play away from the pressure that would surround him in Phoenix, where his legendary father coaches the NHL's Coyotes. "He's a nice kid and good student who just wants to play hockey," said J.P. Parise, the former North Star who recruits for Shattuck-St. Mary's. "We don't have names on the back of our jerseys, so he can live his own life here."
The only debatable part is the "all-time" tag. Ty shouldn't have to carry the family legacy on his back. continued

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Fedorov Injures Shoulder

via the AP,

Blue Jackets centre Sergei Fedorov fell and slammed into the end boards 30 seconds into the second period of a pre-season game Tuesday night, injuring his left shoulder. The 36-year-old centre left the game against the Buffalo Sabres and didn't return. Fedorov will be evaluated Wednesday, a team spokesman said.

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Comcast Streaming Of NHL This Year

Comcast.net will be webcasting live NHL regular-season and postseason games in ’06-‘07. The product will be much improved from last season – they will be offering in-progress box scores and play-by-play reports along with their webcasts, video highlights and 10-minute video recaps from previously aired Versus games. (OLN becomes Versus on 9/25). The question many of you have will be, is this for Comcast high speed internet subscibers only? Most likely yes, but nothing in concrete yet. I will keep you posted as information becomes available.

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KK- Here We Go Again- Server Issue

Sorry for the short interruption when trying to access KK. It lasted about 15 minutes and the cause is being investigated. It is not the same problem that I was experiencing before the server move last week, but I still will investigate and keep you posted. updated 7:51pm,

Staff have identified the issue to be with the central log server. When the web servers cannot write to the log server, the web servers then pause which made sites unresponsive. As soon as staff brought the central log server under control, the web servers came back online.
Well, at least it is fixed and doesn't appear to be a problem that comes around often.

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The Window Is Open

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

"There is a window of opportunity to win the Stanley Cup," said Tanguay. "I had it in Colorado when the team was stacked with talent. Now, I feel that this team's window is right here. It's up to us to take advantage. "In Colorado, in my first two years, I was a little more in the background. Now I may be a little more of the forefront here, but I just want to fit in well with the team and do my thing. I know what I have to do. It's no different than what I had to do in Colorado. I'll have to adjust to the style of play and the system. "I'm excited," he said, for about the fifth time in the interview. "This is a great opportunity for me. This team is a contender. With the players in here and the style of hockey they play, this team has all the tools to make a run at it. Hopefully, I can be a part of it."
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The Maven Wants You To Know

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

• Why Don’t Hockey Players Stay Out Of Businesses In Which They Don’t Belong category: Henrik Zetterberg has his own clothing line of sweatshirts, caps and T-shirts. And we’re sure running to buy a bunch, right! • We can see why Doug MacLean is forking over $2.5 mil to Anson Carter on a one-year pact. What we’re not sure is whether AC really has the goods to help Columbus or whether AC becomes DC – as in Down Curve. For Doug’s sake, we hope nice guy Anson delivers! •If the NHL wasn’t dead serious about mandating larger nets in the not-too-distant future, experiments would not still be taking place; as they are. The proposed new dimensions are eight inches wider and six inches higher.
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Enough

from TSN with files from the Edmonton Journal,

Pronger, speaking to the Edmonton Journal, in a story published on Tuesday said that he understood that some Oilers fans would be upset and jeer him, but was weary of all the speculation about his private life. "I knew I'd be Public Enemy No. 1 ... but I'm pissed off by all the rumours and innuendo surrounding my leaving," Pronger told the Edmonton Journal. "I've heard all the nasty stuff, about all my girlfriends...that I've got more kids than I started with. I must have six kids out there...."
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Preparation Time

My latest blog is up at NHL.com. I have invited the readers of NHL.com to comment on the blog topic and their response will be in this post. The last blog I wrote, "Just One of the Guys", attracted hundreds, all detaling the reader's experience with NHL players. A big thanks goes out to the folks at NHL.com for allowing their readers to post here. If you are new to Kukla's Korner, all you have to do to comment is fill in your name, enter your comment and complete the captcha; all other fields are optional. I look forward to sharing your "preparation for the season" comments with many hockey fans. As always, feel free to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any question, suggestion or comment.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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