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from the IHWC,
All over the world, international hockey fans can enjoy the excitement of the 2006 IIHF World Championship on TV. Check out the list of rights holders to find out which channel you should choose.continued...if you live in the USA, right now we are out of luck! No games scheduled, but travel to Saudi Arabia and you can watch. Thanks to a KK reader for passing this on.
Hockey fans are about to call it quits when it comes to OLN-HD broadcasts. You see, many of the HD viewers like to know when and where the HD games will be shown. Thereby allowing them to use their DVR to its fullest potential. Many HD viewers timeshift their viewing, but in order to do that, they have to know what channel the HD version of the OLN game is on. Without knowing when and where the game will appear, you OLN are letting us down. Now, you can tell us it is up to each carrier to provide us with that information. But do you think you can talk to the folks at INHD, Dish Network and Directv and advise them of the problem many HD viewers had in trying to find the HD Round 1 games? By not announcing when the game is on, you are giving hockey fans the impression that you just don't care. One of the main reasons the NHL left ESPN was the treatement they receives from them. Please show us the fans, that you do care and communicate with us, that is all we are asking!
from the Sporting News,
Good God. That was my first reaction after Wednesday's Game 7 of the Mighty Ducks-Flames series. Let's see a show of hands -- how many of you really believed ALL FOUR TOP SEEDS in the Western Conference would buy the farm in the first round? See? The only guy who did is cashing out at a Vegas sports book right now.continued
You can’t name just one comeback player of the year when it’s the entire league that has returned. But it’s probably safe to say the six men profiled in this week’s issue of The Hockey News had extra reason to celebrate the various successes of 2005-06. Some of them overcame medical maladies. Patrik Elias came back from potentially life-threatening illness. Rem Murray defied the odds to return after a debilitating nerve condition. Tim Connolly is a head-case no more. Others – Dany Heatley, Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne – fought to prove they still had passion in their gut and goals in their sticks.more
from the Hockey News,
Off-the-cuff reflections with a focus on the first playoff season of the 'new' NHL, where the only bummer going in is that Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, to say nothing of Rick Middleton and Gilbert Perreault, won’t be part of it. Everyone is saying the NHL’s new economic system makes it easier to raise a sunken ship overnight. Just clear up $20 million or more under the salary cap for maximum flexibility, sign a few choice free agents – younger and in their prime, thanks to the CBA – remake the dressing room and presto, out of the depths emerges a playoff contender. Buffalo, Carolina, and the Rangers are supposed to provide all the proof anybody needs. Except it’s hogwash.read on
Fans of the Devils and Hurricanes get an added bonus from OLN. Games 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7 will be carried in high definition. No other series is scheduled in HD by OLN and hopefully, INHD will post a schedule soon for these games. added 11:22am, David from the Ice Block has posted the official release from OLN concerning Round 2 games. Also, as discussed numerous times in the last few months, OLN will have an exclusive for the first two games they televise from any series. You regional or local carrier will be blacked out but will be able to show the games after the first two OLN has the exclusive for.
from the Buffalo News,
"If you look at it now," Ruff said, "we're definitely the underdog in this series." Then Ruff paused and looked into the audience, a sheepish look on his face, as if he didn't really believe what he was saying. Sure, Ottawa is the favorite. The Senators are the top seed in the East. They have superior talent. They won the season series from Buffalo and annihilated the Sabres on occasion in the regular season. Ruff wants the Senators to know they're favored, and he wants his players to remain wary and humble. After Tuesday night's clincher in Philadelphia, he told them to spend the morning celebrating and show up for practice at noon. No one complained. They showed up for work and started preparing for Ottawa.read on
from the Philadelphia Daily News,
The most important thing Ed Snider and Bob Clarke need to do for the Flyers in the coming days has nothing to do with retooling their defense or adding speed to their lineup. This is not about the old NHL or the new NHL or any of that. Instead, this is about a crossroads moment for their franchise - a point at which they have an opportunity to announce to everyone, to fans and players alike, that things really are different now. This is about extending the contract of coach Ken Hitchcock, before it is too late.continued
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