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The New NHL “Dictionary”

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Attention All Editors and Publishers: The following are new additions to Webster’s new 2006 Dictionary and Farm report. Many of these words now entering the lexicon are derived from the world of professional hockey, so never let it be said that the only industry the NHL helps considerably is the dental one. zherdev – v. to withhold something there is no little or no demand for. Eg. Apparently Oprah Winfrey is zherdeving Playboy for more money.

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Still Some Concern For Koivu

from the CP via TSN,

Saku Koivu will start training camp with lingering concern for his injured left eye. The eye was red and still partly closed when the Montreal Canadiens captain arrived at the team's annual charity golf tournament at Laval-Sur-La-Lac on Tuesday. It was a lot better than the swollen mess of last April, when his eye was clipped under his visor by a high stick from Carolina's Justin Williams during an NHL playoff game. Koivu had surgery to repair a detached retina in the off-season. "It's going a lot better," he said, a touch of concern in his voice. "We'll do more tests next week. "We're hoping for the best."

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Let’s Review

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the salary-capped era, change is usually forced upon teams. As Anaheim Mighty Ducks' general manager Brian Burke so aptly put it last season, sometimes just have to be prepared to drive their ex-players to the airport and thank them for their years of service. A lot of those shuttles occurred this past summer, as more than 100 NHL regulars switched clbus. A look at how teams shape up, with training camps for the 2006-07 season set to open on Sept. 14:
read on...good to have Eric back, and by the length of the column, we know what he has been doing this summer...

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Super Games

from the blog of Mark Cuban (bottom paragraph),

If we were really , really smart, we would work with the NHL,NFL , MLB, the USA Track and Field organizations, Tennis and other sports with strong professional bases and create our own games. Then supporting the international development of the games would make sense. Then we could have bidding to host the SuperGames. To provide TV coverage. To sponsors. A Winter SuperGames, A Summer SuperGames every 4 years.
What do you think? Would it work on the NHL side? I know one thing, the game would get much greater exposure in this manner than it is now.

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Where Next For Keenan

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

So long Mike. But we won't be shedding any tears over your latest scorched earth departure from yet another NHL team because it says here we haven't seen the last of Mike "Man of a Thousand Lives" Keenan. The dust mites haven't yet settled in his old office in South Florida, the workmen still trying to pry Keenan's nameplate off the door to make room for the one bearing Jacque Martin's name, and surely Keenan is plotting his next NHL challenge, or is that victim?

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NHL 07 Goalie Motion Capture

Ever wonder how they create video game animations? Over the last decade, video game programmers have utilized motion capture technology to capture a subject's movement. Check out this video of the EA NHL 07 team working with Alex Auld to capture goalie movement. I have to say that the goalies look pretty impressive.

If you watch the NHL and play our game, there's not going to be much of a difference.
Video via Yahoo Discuss at KK Forum

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The Cup Goes To Buffalo

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

The Buffalo Sabres will win the Stanley Cup. You read it here first. (Unless you read it in our hockey yearbook before now.) This is your year, Buffalo. Seriously, it'll all come together this time around and end -- not with a heartbreaking defeat -- but with Ryan Miller and teammates raising the Cup.... The experience of last season's playoff run to the conference finals will help, and the depth and speed and skill and quality goaltending will bring the ultimate success -- the Stanley Cup. Congratulations, Buffalo.
read on

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NHL Season Getting Close

A certain blogger points out the season is getting close.
Also, I am doing a slight re-design on my hockey blogroll. If you are a blogger and want to be included, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and include some information on your blog. To be included in the blogroll, you must post on a regular basis and have been established as a blogger for at least one month. Those of you who ae included in the current "Hockey Blogs" on the left sidebar, need not reply.

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Depending On The ‘Q’

from the QMJHL,

With the new hockey season rapidly approaching, NHL teams will invariably look to their head coaches to deliver a promising and successful season. Seven of those franchises will look to former Quebec Major Junior Hockey League talent to lead them to Lord Stanley’s Cup. Indeed, seven of the thirty current NHL head coaches come from the QMJHL ranks. Among them, three are making comebacks to the NHL this year.

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Hockey Is Close - The Carnival Is Back

Hockey Rants pulls a surprise on us and kicks-off the 22nd edition of the The Hockey Carnival. The Big Top is back and Jes brings it to us in his own style!

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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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