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NBC Jumps Into Fantasy Sports Market

from Mediaweek.com:

NBC will relaunch NBCSports.com on Sept. 5, making it a standalone site and adding extensive video offerings, exclusive analysis and blogs from NBC Sports commentators, live event coverage, including a Sunday night post-game wrap up, and a Notre Dame football pre- and post-game show.

“The online sports marketplace is a robust market and has an enormous user base,” said Gary Zenkel, president, NBC Olympics and executive vp, strategic partnerships for NBC Sports. “There are 15 million fantasy sports players in the country and that is driving the market,” Zenkel said. “We believe it is an area that we have to get involved in.”

NBC has acquired “Allstar Stats” to help drive its fantasy gaming slate, and it will offer webcasts of various sporting events, including NHL hockey, on its website.


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KK- Server Issue

Sorry for the slight outage that lasted about an hour. Looks like everything is OK now. The official problem from my hosting service...

There appears to be high CPU usage in the Fremont data center location. Staff are isolating the issue and will post when more information is available.

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100 Years Of Hockey- Canadien Style

from the CBC and CP,

The Montreal Canadiens hockey club plans to mark its 100th anniversary with a film on the history of the team, Le Journal de Montreal reported Sunday. The proposed docudrama would hit theatres in the fall of 2008 — a year before the team's centennial season of 2009-10 — and would have a budget of $5 million, the French-language newspaper said, citing anonymous sources.
read on

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Keenan Fired (Resigns)

from TSN,

The Florida Panthers did not wait to see how the 2006-07 NHL season would unfold to determine its general manager's fate. Even after an offseason of major player transactions and renewed playoff hopes, the team fired Mike Keenan on Sunday after just one full NHL campaign. It is not clear what led to the move, made just days before the start of training camp. Keenan and head coach Jacques Martin were rumoured to have been at odds over varying aspects of how the team was assembled, including the handing of star goaltender Roberto Luongo.
continued added 2:53pm, TSN now stating Keenan resigned (title changed to reflect that information). added 2:57pm, via the CP,
Mike Keenan has stepped down as general manager of the Florida Panthers. The NHL team says that coach Jacques Martin will succeed him immediately and perform both roles. Keenan spent two years as the team's general manager after coaching Florida for parts of three seasons. The Panthers said in a release that Keenan has decided to pursue other career opportunities.
Florida Panthers official release.

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Married At Center Ice

from the Globe and Mail,

Tomorrow, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Kandaharian will exchange their vows at centre ice surrounded by bridesmaids in blue dresses and groomsmen holding raised hockey sticks in a hoser-esque canopy. "The Air Canada Centre is our House of God," says Ms. Johnson. "It's the home of the Stanley Cup, as important as a church."

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Another Sergei Story

from the Worcester Telegram,

Sergei Zinovjev, the flashy 26-year-old forward who had a brief but disappointing 10-game stint with Boston in 2003-04, is playing in his Russian homeland with Ak Bars Kazan, his team for most of the last four seasons. The B’s, who hold Zinovjev’s NHL rights, don’t have him under contract. They drafted him in 2000, and he was considered one of the hottest prospects playing outside the NHL when they signed him to a two-year deal shortly after that. But they simply can’t give him a large enough guaranteed contract now to pry him loose from Russia, where he’s reportedly earning between $500,000 and $1 million this season in American money.
much more...including fight talk, cap problems (Nashville will never win the Cup) and more media interest in Boston than Ottawa...

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Fernandez Ready In Minnesota

from the Pioneer Press,

Yes, the Wild's defensive system helps a goaltender. But the team's lack of offense has been a terrible burden, too. Each save becomes a matter of life and death. "It's really draining," Fernandez said. "The team had to be fully accountable every night. I think this is going to be something new for us." He was referring to the recent acquisitions of high-powered scorers such as Pavol Demitra and Mark Parrish. Maybe, just maybe, they will provide a small margin of safety. A couple of goals against might not spell certain doom. "I think they made it clear at the end of last season that the expectations were pretty high," Fernandez said. "They needed to make a couple of changes, and they went ahead and did what they set out to do. I'm pretty happy."

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Rangers Interested In Dvorak

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers are in the midst of ongoing contract negotiations to bring an old friend back to Broadway, but his name isn't Brian Leetch. Having lost four of their team's top six penalty-killing forwards to trade, free agency or illness, Tom Renney and Glen Sather are seeking to sign free agent Radek Dvorak for a second tour of duty, The Post has learned.
continued (reg. req.)

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Roberts Healthy - Ready To Contribute

from the Sun-Sentinel,

"If I'm healthy, then it's pretty easy to come to the rink every day and live this lifestyle," Roberts said Thursday. "I don't think I'll be retiring anytime soon as long as I can stay healthy ... at this point, I'm feeling like I've got a few good years left in me." According to some published reports this summer, Roberts, in the second year of his two-year, $4.5 million contract, was prepared to retire if the Panthers didn't trade him back to Toronto so he could be close to his teenage daughter. But Roberts said he was always focused on returning.

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The Honored Zamboni

from Randy Schultz at NHL.com,

The Zamboni has been honored with its own song I Wanna Drive the Zamboni, performed by the Gear Daddies on the CD titled, Billy's Live Bait. It's the heartbreaking tale of an envious youngster whose hopes of driving the famed vehicle are dashed. And that's crushing since driving the Zamboni, the NHL's official ice resurfacer, is probably the most prestigious position a person can have in hockey -- outside of being a player, of course.
read on...and anyone know who is riding the Zamboni in the picture from the article? Want more Zamboni talk, take a look here, and there, both from the KK archives. image picture via icepilots.com

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