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Official Training Video

Word is the NHL is making this mandatory viewing for the NHL on-ice officials. Soccer fans will enjoy it too. image

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This Round Is On Bates

from the AP via the Salisbury Post,

Former Carolina Hurricanes player Bates Battaglia is cheering on his former teammates as they try to bring the Stanley Cup to his new hometown. The closer they get, the bigger the draw to the sports bar he co-owns in downtown Raleigh. The place was buzzing Monday night as the Hurricanes stole a come-from-behind victory over Edmonton in Game 1 of the finals. About a dozen televisions showed the game, and since Battaglia's place doesn't serve food, the bar ordered munchies for the crowd.

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Markkanen Starting

via Sportsnet,

Amid a flurry of speculation, sources tell Sportsnet Jussi Markkanen will start in goal for the Edmonton Oilers tonight in Game 2.

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Report- Havelid Re-signs With Atlanta

via Afton Bladet and what follows is a rought translation.

Niclas Hävelid, 33, stays in NHL. This night, he typed on a new dream contract with Atlanta Thrashers. The salary: almost 60 millions (Swedish currency). Revoking suffers, an off the gold heroes in three sek in turin-OS, has all the time had as aspiration to stay in NHL. - to come home to Sweden where never current, says the agent Johan Strömberg. This night, the parties came agreed about a new, gold trimmed contracts. The Swedish slope gets 2,7 millions dollars three years ahead. In Swedish sek means the almost 60 millions. - the is a really good contract. The shows actually that Atlanta wanted to retain Niclas, orders Johan Strömberg sportbladet.se. Niclas Hävelid has played in NHL since the autumn 1999. He has done five seasons in Anaheim and värvades before the previous season to Atlanta, there he last winter var an off the team's goodest backs. Revoking suffers played 82 games and noted stem 32 (4+28) points and got also pinch as the team's” concealed ice” this winter, an evidence on that his anonymous toil to be estimated of club friends and fan. Total has he done 392 games in NHL.

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Tonight We Say Goodbye

OLN coverage of the NHL for their first season ends tonight. Games 3-7 of the SCF will be on NBC. It has been quite the year for the station formerly known as the Outdoor Life Network and soon to be Versus. Instead of saying what the problems have been with OLN, let's look forward to October, 2006. First off, they have to have more games in high definition. While the majority of people watching do not own a HD TV, people are buying more HDTVs than standard TVs so it would only make sense to get on board and become known for HD broadcasts. People actually watch anything in HD and you may gain a following by broadcasting as many games as possible in HD. OLN must change the graphics scheme. The score bug on the top of the screen must be moved up and the numerous "coming up" spots that are run during the game must stop. Way too annoying and it takes away from the action. The studio show has improved, but when given the option when the same game is available on CBC, I will switch to CBC to get their in-between periods commentary. Showing out of town highlights in HD would be a step in the right direction. If OLN does not get their own HD channel, then at least make sure we continue to see the postgame on the HD channel the game is being broadcast on. We watch the games on INHD now and after the final horn, boom, back to regular programming. Pick the best game of the night to broadcast. I don't care if it is Phoenix against Florida, if the teams are hot, show the game. Hockey fans want the best game of the night, not what player is marketable. Broadcast the game like your viewers are hockey knowledgeable. We know the game, you don't have to explain to us what the trapezoid is all about or the defensive team cannot change lines after an icing call. We know, if your viewers don't, they will figure it out in time. Who will be in the studio next year? Clement looks safe and has improved through the year. All probability is Davidson is gone. Will Emrick continue to the top play by play man? Publicize your broadcasts more! Did you ever think to put banner ads on some of the hockey blogs? Nothing builds a relationship better than advertising to your audience. KK readers, your comments are anticipated for this topic. They are noticed and noted by the powers in charge.

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Blaming Bettman

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

As the NHL final continues with the U.S. population still largely unaware of its existence, league owners are getting another lesson in commissioner Gary Bettman's great marketing approach. You do something disastrous, then just stand before the media and tell them what they see isn't really happening. That's what occurred Monday when he was telling everyone the decision to leave ESPN and put the league's games on OLN was fine and the league is in for the long haul with the network and that everyone should be patient. The facts would indicate otherwise.

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Pay Your Taxes

from the Tampa Tribune,

Former Tampa Bay Lightning player Alexander Selivanov will face off in federal court against the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS on Tuesday sued Selivanov and his wife, Carrie, seeking a lien against the couple's waterfront home in St. Petersburg to pay $77,600 in overdue taxes, plus interest. Carrie Selivanov is the daughter of former Lightning general manager Phil Esposito.

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No “Quiet” Period

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Two NHL sources confirmed yesterday the league has agreed with the Players Association to drop the June 15-to-July 1 moratorium on signings for unrestricted free agents. "Upon further reflection, neither (the NHL and the union) saw the benefit for (using it) this year," said a league source. It's believed there was a disagreement between the union and the league over how the moratorium would be enforced. NHL officials believed discussions could still be held during the quiet period while the union was of the opinion there wouldn't be any talks. The two sides have agreed to "revisit" the moratorium next year.
read on...including status of Chara...

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Real Fans Watching

from the Daily Local,

For better or worse, the interest in watching the game has its roots in the cold weather of winter. And it’s very tough to get that audience to say put as temperatures rise. When that happens, unless the local team is playing, there are just too many people outside trying to enjoy the arrival of spring and early summer. Watching a hockey game without the local team is too much of an effort. The national media will take its shots making fun of the ratings turned in by the NHL. The league should realize its universe is relatively small and simply concentrate on making its product the best one possible for those who care.
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Oilers Can Overcome Roloson Injury

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

First of all, neither Ty Conklin nor Jussi Markkanen needs to be extraordinary if the Oilers are able to find all the vulnerabilities in the Carolina defence again. Solid would do just fine. It would be an upgrade from Game 1. The larger story, meanwhile, will be how the Oilers react emotionally to the loss of Roloson, who had been to the Western champs in these playoffs what a tattered blanket was to Linus Van Pelt. Often, iffy goaltending seeps into other parts of a team's game. Suddenly the scoring dries up, turnovers appear all over the ice as players try to overcompensate and defencemen pull themselves out of position by making wild, diving attempts to block shots.

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