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Comcast Streaming Of NHL This Year

Comcast.net will be webcasting live NHL regular-season and postseason games in ’06-‘07. The product will be much improved from last season – they will be offering in-progress box scores and play-by-play reports along with their webcasts, video highlights and 10-minute video recaps from previously aired Versus games. (OLN becomes Versus on 9/25). The question many of you have will be, is this for Comcast high speed internet subscibers only? Most likely yes, but nothing in concrete yet. I will keep you posted as information becomes available.

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KK- Here We Go Again- Server Issue

Sorry for the short interruption when trying to access KK. It lasted about 15 minutes and the cause is being investigated. It is not the same problem that I was experiencing before the server move last week, but I still will investigate and keep you posted. updated 7:51pm,

Staff have identified the issue to be with the central log server. When the web servers cannot write to the log server, the web servers then pause which made sites unresponsive. As soon as staff brought the central log server under control, the web servers came back online.
Well, at least it is fixed and doesn't appear to be a problem that comes around often.

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The Window Is Open

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

"There is a window of opportunity to win the Stanley Cup," said Tanguay. "I had it in Colorado when the team was stacked with talent. Now, I feel that this team's window is right here. It's up to us to take advantage. "In Colorado, in my first two years, I was a little more in the background. Now I may be a little more of the forefront here, but I just want to fit in well with the team and do my thing. I know what I have to do. It's no different than what I had to do in Colorado. I'll have to adjust to the style of play and the system. "I'm excited," he said, for about the fifth time in the interview. "This is a great opportunity for me. This team is a contender. With the players in here and the style of hockey they play, this team has all the tools to make a run at it. Hopefully, I can be a part of it."

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The Maven Wants You To Know

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

• Why Don’t Hockey Players Stay Out Of Businesses In Which They Don’t Belong category: Henrik Zetterberg has his own clothing line of sweatshirts, caps and T-shirts. And we’re sure running to buy a bunch, right! • We can see why Doug MacLean is forking over $2.5 mil to Anson Carter on a one-year pact. What we’re not sure is whether AC really has the goods to help Columbus or whether AC becomes DC – as in Down Curve. For Doug’s sake, we hope nice guy Anson delivers! •If the NHL wasn’t dead serious about mandating larger nets in the not-too-distant future, experiments would not still be taking place; as they are. The proposed new dimensions are eight inches wider and six inches higher.

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from TSN with files from the Edmonton Journal,

Pronger, speaking to the Edmonton Journal, in a story published on Tuesday said that he understood that some Oilers fans would be upset and jeer him, but was weary of all the speculation about his private life. "I knew I'd be Public Enemy No. 1 ... but I'm pissed off by all the rumours and innuendo surrounding my leaving," Pronger told the Edmonton Journal. "I've heard all the nasty stuff, about all my girlfriends...that I've got more kids than I started with. I must have six kids out there...."

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Preparation Time

My latest blog is up at NHL.com. I have invited the readers of NHL.com to comment on the blog topic and their response will be in this post. The last blog I wrote, "Just One of the Guys", attracted hundreds, all detaling the reader's experience with NHL players. A big thanks goes out to the folks at NHL.com for allowing their readers to post here. If you are new to Kukla's Korner, all you have to do to comment is fill in your name, enter your comment and complete the captcha; all other fields are optional. I look forward to sharing your "preparation for the season" comments with many hockey fans. As always, feel free to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any question, suggestion or comment.

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Competitive Balance

from the senior year thesis of Ottawa Senator Tom Preissing,

The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association would both benefit greatly if they were able to make the league more competitively balanced. It would not only help the overall product of the game but also create more interest in National Hockey League cities that currently have perpetually losing teams. In the end, a more balanced league would also help generate more revenue for NHL teams and, in turn, its players. This research helps distinguish the determinants of competitive balance in the National Hockey League. This is the first competitive balance study for the National Hockey League that uses the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index as its basis for determining parity. This study will hopefully act as a stepping-stone for future studies of the determinants of competitive balance in the National Hockey League. Armed with the knowledge of knowing how to improve parity, the league and its players could potentially offer the public a superior National Hockey League product.
read on...will open a .pdf file...

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The Chances Are…

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Being drafted in the late rounds is like being a piece of parsley on an appetizer: it looks good on the plate but doesn’t add much to the meal. It’s likely a good idea to prepare yourself for that inevitable talk with the coach, that rickshaw ticket to Pawtucket, and those nice parting gifts. NHL teams traditionally invite, like, two hundred players to camp (more, if it’s catered). They do this for a number of reasons, the main ones being atmosphere and hotel discounts

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Leafs Press Conference

Leafs Lunch is reporting the Leafs have called a 4pm press conference and it could be about the possible retirement of Tie Domi. update 4:41pm, Tie Domi has joined TSN. The announcement was made official moments ago during a press conference at the Air Canada Centre as the respected NHL veteran formally announced his retirement. He's the latest addition to the TSN family following recent signings this year of Brian Williams, James Cybulski and Darren Dreger. For Domi, the path that led from the NHL to Canada's No.1 sports broadcaster started with a phone call to CTV President Rick Brace. "Tie confided that he was planning to retire and asked if we would consider a role for him here. TSN President Phil King held a secret audition and we were immediately impressed." King confirmed that Domi has been assigned to the network's comprehensive NHL coverage, where as an analyst he will appear weekly during TSN's in-studio panel discussions and debates. His new NHL on TSN studio broadcast teammates include host James Duthie, fellow analyst Glenn Healy, TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Dreger, and veteran hockey broadcaster Dave Hodge.

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AO Can Play

from Scott Burnside at the Hockey News,

As the season wore on, Ovechkin became more comfortable chatting and joking with reporters, at one point suggesting it was more difficult to drive in America than in Russia because you couldn’t simply pay off the police. Lest he be mistaken for a flake, Ovechkin also has a keen sense of history. During the course of last season Ovechkin politely asked for and received autographed sticks from Crosby, Zdeno Chara and Mark Messier. Messier returned the favor by asking Ovechkin for one of the rookie’s sticks for his own collection. Of course, all of his personality and panache amounts to a hill of day-old caviar if the kid can’t play. But that doesn’t appear to be a problem.
read on

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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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