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HD And Versus

I just got off the phone with Versus and they tell me Thursday’s game between the Wings and Stars will be in HD.

However, the Friday game between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia is still up in the air.  They are trying to work something out with the Golf Channel which shares air time with VersusHD on Friday nights.

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Phaneuf Is Relaxing

Remember Dion Phaneuf turning down Team Canada because he needed to rest and heal from a tough playoff series?

Well, he sure is resting (with video)!

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It’s Only Going To Get Better

Ed Snider talks about his Flyers…

Watch below…

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Throwing Their ‘Weights’ Around

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Daily News,

They don’t seem to have anything in common except for their hometown of Gatineau, Quebec.

Danny Briere is a quick, skilled hockey player. If he is arguably the most talented player on the Flyers, he is certainly the smallest.

Hugo Girard has won the title of Canada’s strongest man five times and was the subject of the 2003 documentary Strongman. He is 6-foot-3 and 330 pounds with, he is quick to point out, “about 10 percent body fat.”

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Watching The Stars

from the Dallas Morning News,

We may never know how many people really eyeballed Brenden Morrow’s series-clinching goal at 1:24 a.m. Monday. But we do know how many Dallas-Fort Worth homes were tuned into the game on Fox Sports Net Southwest from 1:15 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

The television rating for that quarter hour was a 3.9 with an 18 share. The rating translates into 94,988 homes, according to Nielsen Media Research. The 18 share means that 18 percent of all homes with televisions in use were tuned to the final minutes of the Stars’ 2-1, four-overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Overall, the game scored a Stars playoff-high 4.4 average rating (107,166 homes), with an 11 share from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. It peaked in the third period from 10:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. with a 6.0 rating (146,136 homes).

more TV talk…

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Looking At OT Penalties

from Dan Daly of the Washington Times,

Caps owner Ted Leonsis, still binding his wounds after the loss to Philadelphia, isn’t entirely supportive of the NHL’s new penal code. “I think in OT of [the] playoffs there should only be penalties that impede a goal being scored. No ticky-tack calls,” old school Ted said in an e-mail yesterday.

He’s hardly the only one who holds that opinion. Indeed, the officials themselves seem torn between The Way Hockey Used To Be and The Way The Board Of Governors Wants It To Be. In the Dallas-San Jose finale, for instance, they went more than an entire game — 70 minutes, 52 seconds, to be exact — without sending anybody to the box. Then they called hooking against the Stars’ Nicklas Grossman in the third OT and tripping against Campbell in the fourth. San Jose couldn’t cash in on its power play, but Dallas (or rather, Brenden Morrow) did.

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Botta Resigns As Islanders VP of Media Relations

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

For the past 20 years, Chris Botta helped the Islanders navigate through a public-relations minefield replete with revolving owners and controversial personnel decisions that threatened their existence as a viable NHL franchise. But that relationship ended yesterday when the Islanders’ vice president of media relations announced his resignation for personal reasons. “It was my dream job, and it’s been an incredible ride,” he said yesterday. “But it’s time to end it.”

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Balsillie Still Looking For An NHL Team

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Billionaire Jim Balsillie contacted the owner of the Buffalo Sabres about buying the team earlier this season, a sign the Research in Motion co-founder is still seeking an NHL franchise after two previous high-profile flameouts.

Balsillie phoned Sabres owner Tom Golisano around Christmas, according to a source familiar with the matter. Golisano indicated he would be open to selling the club – but not if Balsillie intended to relocate it.

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Changes Needed For Sharks

from Carl Steward of Inside Bay Area,

Seriously, at this point is extraordinary effort enough from the Sharks if it doesn’t deliver victory and playoff advancement beyond the first round?

Blunt answer: No way, San Jose. This conference semifinal “Groundhog Day” elimination routine is getting old for fans, and it should be getting embarrassing for the Sharks, who are becoming the Atlanta Braves of hockey. Of course, the Braves won a World Series and got to a couple more, so maybe they’re not even on that level.

Something significant has to change with these guys, because mere minor tinkering to achieve the same sour result next year is foolhardy, and that’s precisely what will happen if the Sharks try to maintain the status quo. They’ll still get the sellouts, they’ll still win their share of games, but they’ll never get a sniff of the Stanley Cup.

read on

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Avery Talks

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“I was writing my will that first night,” Avery told The Post by phone yesterday. “I was in bad shape. I was nervous. I was trying not to think about it.

“I thought I was done.”...

Avery said he was in “such bad shape the first couple of days,” that he had no idea that one publication reported that he’d suffered cardiac arrest and was found unconscious in a Manhattan hotel room before being rushed to the hospital at 3:30 the morning following the game.

“Nobody said anything, but then it kind of funneled through,” said Avery. “To make up lies, it just shows the credibility of the people who would put that stuff out there and then try to stand by it even when it’s proven false.

“That anyone would print something that’s just false . . . I don’t know why people have the need to lie about me.”

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