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Don Cherry’s Final Four

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Despite the difficulty in making predictions, Cherry agreed to pick the final four. "I like Anaheim because of Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger," he said. "I wish the team could score a little more, but it's a long time since I've seen two defencemen of that calibre on the same team." Also advancing to the Western Conference final, Cherry predicted, will be the Detroit Red Wings. In the Eastern Conference final, he likes the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers.

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The Experts Weigh In

Numerous USA TODAY hockey experts make their season predictions... Looks like the Sabres win the Cup!

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Broadcasters Speak

Tele-conference with all the networks involved with the NHL and John Shannon of the NHL.

Q. John, on the increased times. The commercial time-outs are going to be two minutes now? JOHN SHANNON: Yeah. What we've tried to do -- and this probably affects the network people probably less than the regional people, because most of the network contracts have always called for that kind of time. But what we're trying to do is with the hurry up game, games that are running 2 hours 10, 2 hours and 11 minutes, we have to start developing the opportunity to grow the profiles of the players. What we've been able to put in place with the great cooperation of Hockey Operations, and as a request from our rights holders across the board, is two minutes of commercials, but only 90 seconds of actual commercial time which will allow for nine opportunities per game to tell stories. And then in the inter missions, we've done across the board for the 1284 games, 17-minute intermissions, which again will allow the broadcasters at both the national and regional level to be able to produce features and better content to profile the players. Q. The commercial intermissions were 15 minutes in the past? JOHN SHANNON: It depended. Again, on the regional basis, whether it's Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, or Montréal, on a regional basis they were 15 minutes. On a Saturday night with CBC or TSN, they were 17. So what we've done is we've tried to make it a level playing field for everybody so that -- we have to realize that over a thousand of our games, with all due respect to the networks, a thousand of our games and our entry point to the games for many viewers is through our local shows. We have to start giving our local shows an opportunity to grow the players and tell better stories.

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Stars Are The Stars

from BrandWeek,

The National Hockey League (NHL) will turn some of its brightest players into TV stars when Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Cheechoo, Peter Forsberg and Marty Turco hit the ice for a campaign to support the 2006-07 season, which begins Oct. 4 with games on Versus (formerly OLN). The humorous ads show NHL players reminding average people who are going about their daily activities that the season has started. In his spot, Cheechoo is seen in full uniform on a surfboard reminding other surfers about the NHL season. Forsberg shows up in uniform in the bedroom of a couple getting ready for bed. When the woman asks Forsberg to “get the light” he smashes it with his hockey stick.

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NHL Schedule At Comcast Streaming

The NHL games scheduled for Comcast customers is now up. It does appear you must be a high speed Comcast subscriber in order to view the games.

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Report- Gianta Deal Worth $12M

via WHAM,

Brian Gionta will be ready for the start of the NHL season. The Greece native has agreed on terms on a new 3 year contract with the New Jersey Devils worth approximately 12 million dollars.

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The Outlook…

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

With the new NHL season upon us, everyone including your friendly neighborhood plumber is predicting who will skate off with that big silver Cup next June. I, however, see lots of interesting things happening in the meantime: Team taking the biggest swan dive in the standings: Red Wings. After racking up 58 wins and 124 points, the Wings were a whopping 11 points better than Ottawa in the battle for the President's Trophy last season. But Detroit's ball, which has been up in the air for more than a decade, is heading back down to earth. Too many greybeards and fringe NHLers mean the Wings will be lucky to finish sixth in the West.

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Coach Talk

from My Kawartha,

Coaches have their own language.... The following are some of the more popular turns-of-phrase used by hockey coaches once the notebook is displayed or the video camera is switched on. Like I said, keep it handy and you’ll be sure not to miss a thing this hockey season. • He gives 110 per cent: A reference to a player giving 10 per cent more than 100 per cent. That’s a lot. We can safely assume if a player gave 100 per cent, he really only gave 90 per cent with 10 per cent added on for some reason. • He’s good without the puck: Where? At home? On the street? A reference to a player’s ability to have an impact when not handling the puck. Being good with the puck is preferable for all involved.

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On the Hockey Blogs

By Alanah Downie I'll open this on a very sad note today. Mike at the Ottawa Sports Blog wrote a bit last week about the recent death of a hockey blogger, Canadian Armed Forces Infantry Captain (ret.) Thomas DeChastelain, of Sens Watch* (*site has been removed): "On the web, blogs can take on a life of their own; it's easy to forget sometimes that each blog is connected to a person. A shocking and sad event like this is a jolting reminder." Please take a moment to read more at the link above.

Well, this is an exciting time of year for hockey fans and hockey bloggers alike. The blogosphere is loaded with great stuff and here's a quick sample to get you started. (And if you want more, go to the left sidebar here on Kukla's Korner and explore some great blogs.) To start, Colby Cosh at Battle of Alberta forewarns readers: "Must have Javascript enabled to enjoy lameass joke". (Sure, he says it's a lameass joke, but curiosity will make you click that link anyway, right? Absolutely.) Also at BofA are new additions to their glossary of terminology for 2006-07, where you'll find out what it means to be "phaneufed", among other things. From the American Hockey Fan is his piece "Welcome back hockey. We missed you." A great column reflecting on the game, which includes such gems as "let's be clear- I'm not advocating heroin." (Yeah, that would be for the best, AHF...) And over at Raking Leafs, Ninja is really pissed at Comcast. (I sympathize. Personally, I just paid Shaw Cable over $180 to be able to see 17 pay-per-view games out here in Vancouver. My beer budget for October is totally screwed.) The Yankee Canuck takes an "honest look at the NHL's best upcoming experiment in team chemistry: Your Vancouver Canucks." A great article on the Canucks, plus it was there that I stumbled upon Taylor Pyatt's MySpace Page. (Some people have waaaayyy too much time on their hands. And if you are one of those people, can you please make us all a fake Patrick Roy MySpace Page? Something trashy and featuring the Statue of Liberty would be lovely...) Hockey Dirt points out a way to get rich off the business of hockey that no one else thought of... except one Pittsburgh alluminum company. And in October, what's more natural than picking the year-end award winners? At Hockey Rants, Jes and Greg fight it out in Part One of their early bird feature. In summary, Jes says a bunch of complimentary things about Mikka Kiprusoff, (irritating) and Greg picks Tomas Vokoun as a favorite (much better). Finally, a couple things over at Battle of California: first, J.S. Giguere has terrible taste in art; second, a nod to the HUGE problem shared by hockey fans everywhere: what do you do when your fantasy hockey team conflicts with your favorite hockey team? In this case, an LA Kings fan is cheering for the Sharks and the Ducks. Apparently Hell has frozen over -- It must be time for the NHL to get on the ice!

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A Little Advice

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

As we embark on this new NHL season, let us send warm wishes, kind regards and words of advice to those who will shortly entertain, beguile and perplex us. To Dominik Hasek: Varicose veins are so in right now. To Brendan Shanahan: people in NYC aren’t big on Irish men who fight.

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