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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),
It's safe to say a regional TV deal for the BlackBerrys, barred from the Toronto market and drawing small audiences in Southwestern Ontario, would produce very little. So, the Penguins would be doomed to the smallest of the small-market existences if they moved to the Waterloo area. But there is a way for a second NHL team to relocate to southern Ontario and become financially viable. How? You jump into bed with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Air Canada Centre and two TV channels, Leafs TV and Raptors NBA TV.more
The Canadiens/Flyers game is available (look for the "Live Video" button) tonight. I have tried and tried to contact Yahoo, left numerous voicemails and emails over the last three days, but they have yet to reply. I am simply asking them if they have a schedule of their streaming games, so hockey fans would be aware what teams they can watch.
from David Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via the Ottawa Citizen,
Imagine if things had turned out differently in the spring of 1961 for Scotty Bowman, then the Montreal Canadiens’ head scout for eastern North America. It was at the Eastern Ontario bantam hockey championship in Ganonoque that Bowman first bird-dogged a scrawny but swift 13-year-old from Parry Sound, Ont., named Robert Gordon Orr. Bowman would pay a courtesy call on Orr’s parents, but was told the grade-schooler wasn’t about to move away from home to develop his skills in a game for which he was destined — even for the storied Canadiens.continued
from the Bellowing Moose at NBCSports,
DEEP IN THE WOODS OF CANADA -- Exciting times up here as we look forward to eight months of winter, after four months of just so-so skating. Pleased to meet you, I'm The Bellowing Moose (TBM). As the name implies, I can be grumpy, stubborn, slow moving, glassy eyed and loud. In addition, if you hit me with your car at high speed, I might just take you out with me. Like most (if not all) Canadians, I am immersed in hockey. For instance, I know that Jacques Plante's name is misspelled five different times (three different ways) on the Stanley Cup, as is the word "Boston" from the Bruins 1972 championship win. Some genius managed to spell it "BQSTQN", which is just plain WRQNGcontinued
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
With Pittsburgh Penguins' injured uber-prospect Evgeni Malkin on the sidelines, patiently waiting his turn to get started, the early-season Calder Trophy race looks eerily like the 1991-92 competition, in which Malkin's Russian countryman and future NHL superstar, Pavel Bure, eventually took home the hardware. That year, Bure started from behind — just as Malkin will — largely for political reasons. Bure was trying to get out of the former Soviet Union and until he resolved some legal issues relating to his NHL eligibility, he wasn't able to play. So Bure sat around essentially for a quarter of the season and eventually, permission came and he made his debut in December.continued
Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League club has signed Head Coach Jacques Lemaire to a multi-year contract extension. “Jacques continues to be the consummate teacher and leader, and his ability to adapt - to new players and to an evolving league - reinforced to Jacques and to the organization that the time was right to extend his relationship with the team. Jacques is the right person for this job, a statement as true today as it was the day he was hired,” said Risebrough.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Sometimes, it's not until the second season that the proverbial roosters come home to roost. Sometimes, young stars who enter their sophomore seasons forget the hard work that got them to the NHL in the first place. Sometimes, expectations get the best of young players. Sometimes, opposing teams simply know how to better defend a player after his rookie season. "There's going to be growing pains for all second-year players," said former Penguins coach Ed Olczyk, the main color analyst for the Chicago Blackhawks who also lends his talents to national broadcasts on Versus and NBC. "Sometimes, you've got to step down in order to get to that seventh step or wherever you're at on the ladder."read on
from Loose Change of the Hockey News,
Interesting stories from Week 1… • The Nashville Predators are 0-2-0 out of the gate and have been outscored 14-11. If they remain with this current trend they will finish the season 0-82, have like 3000 goals against and will likely miss the playoffs (this is the NHL remember). • Speaking of the Panthers, as expected, Ed Belfour did not get the start in his return to Toronto Oct. 9.. Given his wonky back and status as an older goaltender, the team wants to ensure plenty of time off between starts to keep him fresh and limber. He is next expected to see action against the Blackhawks…in March…of 2009.
via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
In September, 12-year NHL veteran Greg Johnson signed with Detroit as a free agent and he, too, was found to have an abnormal EKG during a routine physical. This time, the Red Wings didn't mess around, sending Johnson, 35, out for further testing. Johnson's condition remains undisclosed, but it is no doubt serious, considering that he recently filed his retirement papers with the league.
from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
When last seen in the National Hockey League, Nolan was a Maple Leaf with a swollen knee and a swollen contract. After one knee operation, Nolan had another that he said was necessary. The Leafs said it wasn't. Finally, a settlement was reached, but not without some acrimony. "You'd like to think it could have gone more smoothly," Nolan said after the Coyotes practice yesterday, "but I understand that it's a business and they're going to try to look after their end. At the same time, I'm going to look after mine. I don't have any ill will toward anybody about it." Nevertheless, it wasn't the highlight of his career.read on
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