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from Tripp Mickle at SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),
The NHL plans to broadcast its first live, video broadband programs on NHL.com in promotion of the Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic scheduled for Jan. 1 in Buffalo.
The first broadcast will be a Winter Classic preview show aired live from XM’s NHL studio at 3 p.m. ET on Dec. 28. The show will focus on past NHL and collegiate outdoor games and why the league is playing outdoors this year.
The second show will air two hours before face-off live from Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo
The live programs represent the first step of an ambitious effort to offer more Web-specific programming on NHL.com. Depending on their success, other live shows could follow from events such as the All-Star Game and Stanley Cup playoffs.
Four games yesterday and all were available in HD via Directv. Not sure if that is the same for other satellite and cable companies, but it sure was nice to be able to watch every game in HD.
Now, if could only get HNIC in HD via Directv, life would be good.
from the Courier Post,
Simon Gagne’s long road back from the worst concussion of his career appears to be just a week away, possibly sooner.
Sidelined for the past 13 games and for 17 of the Flyers’ last 19, Gagne is now skating without headaches, but there remains some pressure in the back of his head and in his neck.
“Physically, on the ice, I felt very good and that’s a great thing,” Gagne said Sunday. “It’s a step forward to where I want to go. Hopefully, I’ll keep going like that for the next couple days.”
from the Vancouver Province,
It was acknowledged by team staff that Luongo was in the medical room but did not have an injury.
Given that NHL teams regularly play fast and loose with the truth regarding injuries, speculation swirled that Luongo had picked up an injury. Otherwise, why wouldn’t he have been available?
Luongo was seen by a member of the media sometime later as he was leaving GM Place, but he said he didn’t want to talk.
On Sunday, as the Canucks held an optional practice—attended by just five skaters and back-up goaltender Curtis Sanford—Luongo was still not available, but the team continued to maintain there was no injury to their franchise goalie.
from the Washington Times,
Boudreau’s life in hockey has taken him to places like Biloxi, Miss.; Muskegon, Mich.; and Iserlohn, Germany. He has been a successful coach in a wide variety of leagues but took nearly a two-decade journey before he finally got his chance in the NHL.
“He is a very passionate hockey guy who lives and breathes the game and has a great way of relating to his players,” said St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray, whom Boudreau considers a mentor from their days together in the Los Angeles Kings organization. “Bruce has a neat way about him, and he is a guy people pull for. It was tough to see another friend of mine [Glen Hanlon] lose his job, but I was happy for Bruce as well.”
added 1:38pm, from Capitals Insider,
My story on interim Coach Bruce Boudreau in today’s Post was relatively short. My interview with him was rather long. Here’s some of the good stuff that didn’t make the paper….
Q: How about your ties and suits? Some folks crack jokes.
A: “I don’t want to be this. I’m trying so hard not to be the Oscar Madison of coaching. But it’s a reputation I’ve had since I was 17 years old. I’ve tried hard to change. But I am who I am. I think I have really nice suits.”
from Empty Netters,
We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge Mark Recchi’s three tenures here in Pittsburgh. As his play declined this season, people got restless with him and actually cheered when he was out of the line-up. In situations like that, you tend to forget about someone’s entire body of work and focus on their immediate contributions.
Among the Penguins career leaders, Recchi is:
-11th in points (376)
-9th in goals (154)
-7th in power-play goals (61)
continued plus other NHL bits…
from the Denver Post,
“There’s no question that people in Quebec still follow this team,” said Goulet, who retired as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1994 and joined the Avalanche front office shortly after team moved to Denver.
“There’s no doubt in my mind. I still receive letters and cards, and there still are fans in Quebec who follow whatever we do here. We’re here for a reason. There was a team in Quebec City. At the end, it was struggling a little bit, but we had a good franchise when it came here, and we’ve had a tradition for the last 12 years here.”
And now the franchise is at a mille victories and counting.
from the Edmonton Sun,
It’s been a long, awful stretch for Moreau, who hasn’t played a regular-season game since Oct. 21 of last year. He’s missed 105 games and counting after sitting out the final 75 games of last season with a shoulder injury.
The tough part is that he should have been back from this about six weeks ago, but doctors misdiagnosed the injury, which cost him a couple of weeks, then put him in a walking brace, rather than a cast, until early November, which cost him a few more.
“It shouldn’t have taken that long,” he said yesterday at a Dallas practice rink. “It’s not a complicated injury. I got hit, fractured my tibia. Unfortunately we didn’t find the break, so we wasted a little bit of time.
“That’s probably the hardest thing to deal with, just the wasted time.”
from the New York Times,
Although he has a vast array of investments and business interests, Gretzky prefers the hockey life to a life of leisure. He will arrive at the rink hours early for game-day practices, and he still holds to a ritual of an afternoon nap and pregame meal.
In this, the third season of Gretzky’s Act II as a coach, the Coyotes are still expected to lose more often than they win. But this has been a year of major adjustments for Gretzky. His legendary playing career, which earned him a place between Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr on the sport’s Mount Rushmore, is now eight years past.
His team, after two seasons at the bottom of the standings, is rebuilding with highly regarded prospects who are learning on the job
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