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Attendance Woes

from the Globe and Mail, Even though the National Hockey League is offering a new, exciting version of the game, the same cities that yawned at it two years ago are still yawning now. While that is bad news for the league office and the people who own teams in places such as Carolina, Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix and Washington, it is not for a couple of cities in Canada where covetous eyes are cast on the franchises in undeserving markets.

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“My NHL’ Spoofed

via the Toronto Star,

Any hockey fan with a sense of mischief could have guessed the NHL's reaction to a video satirizing their new "My NHL" commercials. Yup, it wasn't favourable. What remains to be seen is whether the league can shut down the website floating the loop. "We believe it's an improper use of the NHL's marks and other intellectual property," Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the NHL, said. Daly and the rest of the NHL executives were tipped off this week about the video, which comes from the folks at Frank magazine, who have shredded political and media types for several years and now have their own website, efrank.ca, but be warned it's a subscription site. What's all the fuss? The "My NHL" commercials, already the target of critics for its macho images, have been spliced with some clips of infamous hockey incidents (Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore, Marty McSorley-Donald Brashear). A message, inserted with bold lettering, suggests homosexuals are not welcome amidst all this gladiator imagery. The video ends with the image of a schoolboy in tears and then the words "give me your lunch money" and then "Our NHL." The NHL won't divulge how it intends to flex its muscle in this case. But you can bet it won't nominate the Frank video for an ESPY Awards any time soon.

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Highlight Save

Sebastien Caron of the Pittsburgh Penguins fooled the goal judge and just about everyone else in the building with a fantastic glove save (will open wmp video) last night.

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Dish Network and OLN

from the Mercury News,

This can't be what the NHL had in mind when it found a loving TV home: getting caught in the middle of a spat between the Outdoor Life Network and two competitors. OLN is owned by Comcast, which is using the NHL's national TV contract as leverage to move up the priority list on the Dish Network and, in the New York area, Cablevision. OLN showed the season-opening package last week, but Dish and Cablevision customers who tuned in Monday got a fishing show instead, and they're going to continue to get the switcheroo. Dish subscribers receive OLN if they buy the ``top 180 channels'' package, but OLN wants to move into the top 120 or even the top 60. ``They did this without giving any advance notice whatsoever to our customers,'' said Marc Lumpkin, spokesman for EchoStar, which owns Dish Network. ``. . . We're disappointed that they failed to adhere to this contract. We hope to resolve this issue, but we refuse to let our customers be bullied.''

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A War Of Words Too

Leafs GM John Feguson and Atlanta Head Coach Bob Hartley exchange words during post game conference. from the CP via TSN,

Jeff O'Neill scored three of Toronto's goals in a 9-1 rout of Atlanta on Friday night, but it was some questionable hits by the Thrashers late in the game that had everyone talking afterwards. O'Neill's third career hat trick was the first by a Leafs player since 2002, but it was completely overshadowed by a game that featured 109 penalty minutes. "They obviously didn't know how to handle it," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said of the officials. Quinn also accused the Thrashers of "cowardice" and said Atlanta coach Bob Hartley "has a reputation of sending his guys out head hunting."
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Quick Hits

-Steve Thomas, who was unsuccessful in a tryout in training camp, has been contacted by the Chicago Blackhawks. But Thomas' goal remains to sign with Toronto. (toronto sun) -26 years ago today, Wayne Gretzky scored his first NHL goal. -NHL refs called umpire Doug Eddings to offer their support for the controversial third strike call. (toronto sun)

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Avery Takes A Shot

Near the end of the Kings/Wings game last night, the Wings had just scored an open net goal to make it 4-2 with less than a minute to go. Avery was not very happy and while the Wings were celebrating he gave a little push to Maltby. Maltby swung back with a left, connecting on Avery's nose and down went Avery (more of an act than an injury). Both received penalties, Wings scored one more open net goal and the game ended with no further incidents.

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Everyone In Canada Can Watch Hockey

from the Toque,

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms grants every Canadian citizen the right to receive radio transmissions, and the right to watch our national sport--hockey. But for many millions of Canadians living in isolated regions, such as Saskatchewan, cablevision is not an option. That is why the Canadian government spends tens of thousands of dollars every year on Hockey Mobiles, big trucks with big screens that provide "live" hockey action to underprivileged and transmission-deprived Canadians.

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Nashville Off To A Great Start

from the CP via Slam,

Steve Sullivan had no idea. Told on Friday that he woke up that day leading the NHL in scoring, the native of Timmins, Ont., responded incredulously: "Really? I'll have to get my wife to print the stats page off right now." It's been a heady start to the season for Sullivan, who has nine points (three goals, six assists), and his Nashville Predators. Nashville and Ottawa remain the only teams in the NHL with perfect records at 4-0-0. OK, so the Preds aren't exactly routing the opposition, winning all four games by one goal - two by shootout - but they're finding ways to win, just the kind of thing good teams know how to do.

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Fans Like The New Rules

from the CP via TSN,

Fans are giving the new-look NHL an early thumbs-up, according to a poll. The survey by Decima Research and the National Hockey League Fans' Association, provided to The Canadian Press, suggests fans are back and digging it. ''People are neither dismissive nor cynical,'' Decima CEO Bruce Anderson said Friday. ''They believe that the changes will matter and some of the early evidence, such as the rate of goal-scoring, bears out their expectations.'' Decima contacted 1,500 Canadians during a seven-day period from Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, a stretch that covered the end of the pre-season and two days of the regular season. The poll found 600 respondents - or 40 per cent - who regarded themselves as typical fans of the game. Among those fans, 67 per cent said the new rules will make the NHL more exciting to watch and 81 per cent said their curiosity has been piqued to see how the rules play out over the course of a full season.
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