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Olczyk Hired By Comcast For Chicago Games

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

Comcast SportsNet has announced the hiring of former Chicago Blackhawk and local hockey icon Eddie Olczyk as the new color analyst for all Blackhawk telecasts on Comcast SportsNet starting next season.
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Maven Talk

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Don’t be surprised if Sergei Samsonov winds up in San Jose this Summer. -An interesting role player who becomes Unrestricted this summer is Dan Hinote, who is one of five players still on the Avs’ roster from the 2001 Stanley Cup team. Of course, there’s the matter of Rob Blake’s return and whether Joe Sakic will stay or go. If the Avs lose either, they can forget about a playoff berth for the next two years.
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TV Ratings Will Never Have An Impact

from Sports Illustrated,

There has been much chatter in sporting circles about the NHL's impending Stanley Cup finals Armageddon. The basic argument is that none of the four teams left in the tournament can draw flies, let alone eyeballs, to TV screens across the United States, where the majority of franchises dwell; thus The New NHL is destined to shake hands with famine, plague, boils, locusts and fiery destruction.... Thus the stark bottom line remains: The only way the NHL will ever garner boffo TV ratings coast-to-coast is if it employs nude female referees, the players are allowed to use handguns, Oprah Winfrey tends goal and Gary Bettman delivers free beer right to your door.
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Sharks Broadcast Team Awarded Hardware

from the San Jose Sharks,

The Northern California Chapter of the National Television Academy has recognized the San Jose Sharks and FSN Bay Area for its commitment to quality programming by awarding the network three Emmy Awards at the 35th annual Northern California Emmy Awards ceremony last Saturday evening in San Francisco. On Camera Talent – Sports Play-by-Play/Analyst San Jose Sharks Hockey - Randy Hahn, Play-by-Play Talent; Drew Remenda, Color Talent; Glen Kuiper, Sideline Talent
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Edmonton Or Bust

It has been a week or so since we last visited Losse Change at the Hockey News. Today LC is all Oilers.

I might as well cut right to the chase. Like it or not, we are about to see another championship banner unfurled fairly soon at Rexall Reach Centre or North Boogie Wonderland Place. Let’s just say Edmonton. Can you feel it building? Since giving the Wings their recall notice, the Oilers have been living off a steady diet of West Coast seafood and cartoon poultry
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Free Agent Primer

from Chuck Gormley of NHL.com,

While the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes battle it out in the Eastern Conference Finals this week -- anyone who picked these two teams to be playing in mid-May back in September should be granted an interview as the Islanders' next general manager -- 13 other conference teams are examining their rosters for 2006-07. This week, we'll take a quick peek where they stand with their free agents:
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Edmonton Has Two Issues

from the Globe and Mail,

Heading into tonight's Game 3 of the Western Conference final, the Oilers are once again battling a nasty 'flu bug that is proving a lot more difficult to shake than the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. At today's morning skate, several Oilers were absent or told not to practice. Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish wouldn't do an exact body count for the media and instead tried to put a positive spin on the situation.... As for beer crisis, bar owners on Whyte Ave., the city's party strip, are saying they're running dangerously low. Oiler fans have consumed so much alcohol that the bar owners have sent out emergency keg requests.
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Pronger Leading Oilers

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Around the NHL, it's hard to think of Chris Pronger as anything other than an Edmonton Oiler. That wasn't the case in early April, when a struggling Edmonton team left Savvis Center with a 2-1 loss to the Blues and with its playoff aspirations in limbo. But after backing into the postseason, the Oilers have become a strong contender for their sixth Stanley Cup and first since 1990.
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Be Back Soon

I have a meeting with the KK site designer and should be back about 12:30pm or so. Updates will continue at that time.

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NHL On iTunes

Starting sometime today, the 20-minutes enhanced highlights from all the conference finals games will be available for downloading on iTunes. If you are interested, KK has an affiliation with iTunes. Click the link to go to their site. I am not sure when the NHL direct link will be available, but as soon as I am notified, I will post it. If by chance, you find it first, please leave a comment. Dwnld_iTunes_bdg_H_blk201x31.gif update 9:30am, The official announcement of this relationship will be announced sometime today. Again, when I get the official word, more information will be posted.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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