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Dallas Gets Niinimaa

from the Dallas Stars,

Just past the midway point of the 2005-06 NHL season, the Dallas Stars sat in first place in the Pacific Division and one point out of first in the Western Conference. However, rather than standing pat with their roster, the Stars added another solid player to the mix in veteran defenseman Janne Niinimaa. The Stars acquired the 30-year-old defenseman, along with a fifth round draft pick in the 2007 Entry Draft, from the New York Islanders on Tuesday, bolstering the already stout blue line and adding a veteran presence to the locker room. Dallas did, however, have to part with defenseman John Erskine and a second round draft pick in 2006 in order to acquire Niinimaa. But as the sports cliché goes, you have to give up something to get something.
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NBC Olympic Hockey Coverage

from NHL.com,

All 54 games of both the men's and women's hockey tournaments will be seen live on the networks of NBC Universal. This will mark the first time in U.S. television history that the entire Olympic women's tournament will be televised. All Team USA hockey games and the gold medal games, both men's and women's, will be broadcast commercial-free and in their entirety. The women's gold medal game will air live on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 20, on NBC. The men's gold medal game will air live on the final day of Olympic competition, Sunday, Feb. 26, on NBC.
much more You can read the whole NBC press release, covering all of the sports, their plans, etc...and for us HD fans, good news...
Figure skating, hockey, long and short track speed skating, ski jumping, freestyle aerials and moguls, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will all be broadcast in 1080i high definition because those venues in Torino are wired for high definition coverage by the host broadcaster. From those venues where the host broadcaster is unable to provide a high definition signal, a 16:9 signal will be upconverted by NBC. Your local NBC affiliate's digital channel will carry the high definition simulcast of the network coverage.

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Babe “Moose”

from the CP via Sportsnet,

For most Canadian hockey fans, Mark Messier will forever be an Oiler, helping Wayne Gretzky turn Edmonton into the City of Champions. But Gretzky says people cannot underestimate what the Moose brought to Broadway. That's why Madison Square Garden is expected to rock Thursday night when the New York Rangers retire Messier's No. 11 prior to a game against the visiting Oilers. "It's going to be over the top," Gretzky said Tuesday.
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Information From The Maven

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-We hear that the Lightning miss Jason Cullimore enough to consider getting him back from Chicago. -In Vancouver, they’re saying that no ace has been harder hit than Markus Naslund. The reason: More power plays against means he must sit out the Canucks’ PK. And this throws off his rhythm. By contrast, Jarome Iginla and Joe Sakic play during all situations. Plus, Markus skates alongside an occasionally distracted Todd Bertuzzi. -It’s safe to say that Sid Crosby is feeling his oats. The naive rookie gloss is gone!
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Double Dare For Kovalchuk

from Alan Adams of Fox Sports,

Here's something I suspect Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers won't take me up on. I dare Kovalchuk to repeat his finger-pointing performance of last weekend when he's in the spotlight playing for Russia at the Winter Olympic hockey tournament next month. In fact, I double-dare Kovalchuk point his finger at anyone in the Olympic Games except maybe himself, depending on how Russia fares in the best-on-best tournament. And in the world of Russian hockey these days, there is little if any internal finger-pointing going on.
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The NHL & The IPod

Yesterday I mentioned the NHL is closing in on a deal with Apple and more specifically the video iPod, which will allow people to view NHL highlights, etc on their shinny iPod. That little tiny blurb has picked up some steam and has kept me quite busy today. I just wish some of the sites would change the NHL logo- Orange is out, Black is in!!! tuaw.com Motley Fool Micro Persuasion Sports Column Blog...boo Teal Sunglasses..a regular reader of KK Joel Burslem I never realized how big this iPod thing is. Most of us are hockey fans and are quite satisfied with our viewing habits, but if this can convert more fans to the game of hockey, I am all for it.

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NHL Takes Over Rockefeller Square

from the NY Rangers,

New York's Rockefeller Plaza will turn into "Hockey Plaza" on Saturday, Jan. 14, as NBC Sports and the NHL launch the network's inaugural season as the broadcast home of NHL hockey. The event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at The Rink at 30 Rock. The Stanley Cup will be on display at the NBC Experience Store, located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Members of the public are invited to have their picture taken with hockey’s "holy grail" (Note: fans should bring their own cameras). Hockey fans also can watch and serve as the backdrop for the debut of the "NHL on NBC" studio show, which will originate from ice level at the Rink at 30 Rock. Hockey legend and longtime Rangers captain Mark Messier will serve as the show’s guest analyst, joining Bill Clement and Ray Ferraro both at the desk and on the ice for hockey demonstrations.
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Dagenais Sent To Minors

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens announced that forward Pierre Dagenais has been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

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Respecting A Legend

from the Royal Oak Daily Tribune,

Red Wings will walk the red carpet Friday with hockey stars from all over the world at the premier showing of "Farewell from Moscow — The Igor Larionov Farewell Game" at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Up to 200 VIPS and 1,500 movie-goers will get to see the Chrome Bumper Films production directed by John "Quig" Quigley of Huntington Woods. Quigley followed Larionov around his hometown of Moscow for an on-the-ice and behind-the-scenes look at his swan song hockey game of Team Russia vs. Team World in December 2004.
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New Marketing Campaign

So I am browsing around the web and find an "advertising slogan generator". Type in "Ovechkin" and this pops out. If the Capitals want to use it, I come very cheap!!! image

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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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