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Is The NHL Responsible For The CBC Lockout

from cbcunlocked.ca,

A new story line is being proposed as people try to make sense of what is happening at Canada's public broadcaster. Synopsis: The CBC lockout is paying for the NHL lockout. The theory: the CBC can recoup the millions of dollars in ad revenue it lost while there was no Hockey Night in Canada, by locking out 5,500 employees and saving the associated wages and costs. One observer who's heard the theory is Ian Morrison, who speaks for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, a group that advocates more and better Canadian content and keeps an eagle eye on the CBC. It is "at the very least plausible," he says, that the employee lockout will cover the CBC's NHL-lockout losses. "People I trust have told me the corporation is saving in the range of $3 million to $4 million a week," he says.

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Kariya Loves Nashville

from the CP via TSN,

The Nashville Predators could be a sleeper pick to do some damage this season, especially if the NHL crackdown on obstruction remains in place. A fast-skating team with great goaltending, the Preds may surprise. Paul Kariya, who chose Nashville over six to eight other interested teams and signed a $9-million US, two-year deal last month, is already a believer. "I really like the hockey situation here," Kariya said from the Music City. "I think they have a very good young hockey club that's getting better. I think all the pieces of the puzzle are there or are getting there. "It's a really neat situation and I felt that I fit well into it."

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Osgood Out With Torn Muscle

from the Detroit Free Press,

Chris Osgood may miss all of exhibition season because of an injury that has not been kind to Red Wings goaltenders of late: A tear in the groin. Osgood said Wednesday that he would not even attempt to get back into his equipment until Sunday or Monday at the earliest. He hasn't played since last Saturday, when he took part in a scrimmage during the Traverse City segment of training camp. He noticed some pain last Thursday morning, but thought it was just the usual stiffness that accompanies the first days of training camp. But by Friday he was genuinely sore, and Saturday, the pain grew so intense that upon returning to Detroit, he went for an ultrasound. It revealed a tear in the right groin muscle.

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John Davidson Hired As Analyst For OLN

As reported at Kukla's Korner about a month ago: OLN, the exclusive, national cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), today announced veteran NHL commentator John Davidson will serve as the network's lead NHL analyst for the 2005-06 season. Davidson, a former NHL goaltender, played 11 years in the NHL, first with the St. Louis Blues and then with the New York Rangers. After a successful playing career, Davidson entered the world of broadcasting and quickly developed a work ethic and enthusiastic style that put him among the elite broadcasters in the industry. Since 1983, he has worked for virtually every major NHL television outlet in the U.S. and Canada. "The name John Davidson is synonymous with hockey," said Marc Fein, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production. "Not only does JD add the player's perspective to the game, but he is one of the foremost authorities on the NHL. We're excited to bring his experience on and off the ice to the OLN games." Davidson has covered almost every major hockey event in the world, including the Stanley Cup Final, numerous NHL All-Star Games and Winter Olympics. He has captured four New York Emmy Awards for "outstanding on-camera achievement," and in 1994 he was part of MSG's Rangers coverage team that received a CableAce Award for "outstanding live event coverage." Davidson will serve as the NHL lead analyst for OLN's NHL games on Monday and Tuesday nights. He will join lead play-by-play announcer Mike 'Doc' Emrick and studio host Bill Clement as part of the OLN team. More additions to OLN's hockey programming team will be released as details become available. The NHL season begins on Wednesday, October 5 when OLN presents the Rangers vs. Flyers at 7 p.m. ET.

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My NHL Kickoff

The National Hockey League will celebrate the start of the new season and preview its new marketing campaign today at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York City. Watch live coverage on TSN.ca at 6:15pm et/3:15pm pt. update 3:00pm, More information on this event is available in the comment section of this post.

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Yzerman Not Ready To Retire

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

One by one, they asked themselves those life-altering questions and came up with the most difficult of answers. Stevens, Messier, Damphousse, Francis. "Adieu." "Thanks for the memories." "We've had enough." Steve Yzerman took that long, hard look into himself and came away with a different answer: Not yet. "You know, I'm comfortable with it and in some ways I look forward to it," Yzerman said. "As much as I'd like to compete, it's difficult. It gets old. You're battling; guys are big and strong and fast. You're fighting time. So in some ways, when it's over, I'll have a sense of relief. It's a lot of work and I enjoy doing it, but again I look forward to when it's over as well." Just not now.

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NHL Carnival, 10th Edition

Kukla's Korner will be hosting the 10th Edition of the NHL Carnival next week. Since this will be the last Carnival before the opening of the NHL regular season, I am asking bloggers to thnik ahead. How will the NHL be viewed by die hard fans, band wagon jumping fans, the media, the non-believers and the average joe. Give me your take on the outlook for your team, the NHL and hockey in general. Will the 'My NHL' theme take off, will Iginla, Heatley, Lecavalier, Marleau, Datsyuk and Crosby become household names? Please submit your entries to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 10pm EDT, Thursday, September 29th. If you wish to stray off the requested topic, that is fine by me, but special attention will be paid to bloggers sticking to the format. Carnival #9 should be making its appearance on Friday at BoltsMag, make sure to check it out.

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Heatley Glad To Be In Ottawa

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

The gap-toothed smile that is pure hockey said plenty about Dany Heatley's feelings on the trade that sent him from the Atlanta Thrashers to the Ottawa Senators. After a long period of trial and turmoil, the move to Ottawa was finally a ray of sunshine in Heatley's life. "I'm just thrilled to be here in Ottawa and I'm really excited," Heatley said. "This could not have worked out better. I'm getting a chance to come to a team that is going to be a Stanley Cup contender. It's going to be great to get a chance to be on a winning team."

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Big Game Tonight

When the Wings and Avs get together, you can expect the unexpected. What will happen tonight is anyones guess. Maybe McCarty will drive Lemieux into the boards. We always have a Foote/Shanahan square off. Forseberg will at least put on a few dazzling moves. Then you wonder if the Roy/Vernon square-off will contiue. Will Deadmarsh score another key goal again? Can Uwe Krupp's back hold up? One thing we know is a given, Yzerman and Sakic are still the captains. I think I hear Crawford and Bowman yelling at each other, got to go!

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Luc & Stacia Robitaille Helping Out

Founded by the husband and wife team of Luc and Stacia Robitaille, Shelter for Serenity is a charitable foundation dedicated to rehabilitating the lives of families affected by Hurricane Katrina. Families who are crippled by devastating losses - not just of home and property - but of their human potential. The Robitailles, with the help of friends and supporters, are making it their personal mission to raise as many families as possible out of the devastation by giving them an opportunity to start over. Shelter for Serenity's goal is to directly rebuild their lives - by giving them new homes, new jobs, and a new future.

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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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