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Busiest Night Ever

from the AP via Fox Sports,

The NHL will return to the ice with the busiest night in the league's 88-year history. Not wanting fans to have to wait one extra day to see their teams, the NHL has scheduled 15 games - including all 30 clubs - on opening night Oct. 5. Before the lockout that wiped out all of last season, the record for games in a day was 14, done nine times but not since 2003.

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FYI

I will be unavaiable for about 3 hours. Should be back around 1:30pm. IF you want to check out the NHL schedule for the upcoming season, it will be released at noon today.

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Comcast Talk

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Comcast is studying repositioning its Outdoor Life Network to compete with ESPN. Attributing its information to unnamed people familiar with Comcast's plans, The Journal said the company is in negotiations with the linchpins of sports programming - the professional leagues. Comcast is talking with the National Football League, the National Hockey League and is looking at NASCAR auto racing, The Journal said. update 9:28am, Now this from CNN Money.

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Forsberg and Naslund a Pair

from the Denver Post,

Although the Avalanche holds exclusive negotiating rights to free-agent center Peter Forsberg, Vancouver Canucks star Markus Naslund made it clear Tuesday that he wants to play on the same team as his friend. "Who wouldn't want to play with Peter?" Naslund told the Vancouver Sun. "We'll see if that could work out or not, I don't know. I think you can ask pretty much any winger in the league, and they wouldn't mind playing with him."

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What about Shanny

from Mlive,

Ken Holland said Shanahan's agent, Rick Curran, indicated last month that the 36-year-old left wing would take the option. Now, he might be having second thoughts. ``We've been in it long enough to know that if nothing's happened by now there's a possibility that maybe he's entertaining thoughts of not exercising it,'' Holland said. ``I would like to have Brendan back. He can do a lot of things; he's a veteran, a leader, he can score goals. ``But at the same time, he's got to want to be here. I'm not sure what's driving his thought process. I think he was very happy here. Hopefully, he wants to come back, but it's his call.''

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NHL Drug Policy is Weak

from Al Stachan of the Toronto Sun,

It sounded awfully impressive when the National Hockey League announced it. It's the new and improved (fanfare) Performance Enhancing Substances Program. Its revelation was met with a sage nodding of heads and grave intonations. There were nods of assent, and assurances that the NHL is taking the lead in cracking down on substance abuse. The even deeper thinkers decreed this was a step to keep the U.S. Congress happy, as if the House of Representatives cares in the least about the NHL. In fact, this program is likely to be nothing more than a fertile battlefield for the ongoing acrimony between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association. If it does anything more than line the pockets of a few dozen lawyers and the occasional stray doctor, it will be downright astonishing. What wasn't widely noted by those making the announcement was the fact the program is limited to performance-enhancing substances.

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HDTV Makes a Difference

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Notice the difference? Analog picture on the left, HDTV on the right. Many of us know Comcast has an interest in televising the NHL on a national level. This article, although a few days old explains why hockey is so good in HD. I have a HDTV and swear by it, the difference is well worth the additional cost, especially if you are a sports fan. From AudioRevolution,
On television, no sport gets more benefit from HDTV than hockey. The contrast of a gleaming white surface and a fast moving black puck is inherently hard for the new fan to watch on traditional TV. Increase the resolution to 1080i and the motion is easier to follow and the puck is easier to see. The more rectangular shape of the movie theater-like 16:9 aspect ratio screen is much more analogous to the rink than a virtually square 4:3 television screen.
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Refs Without a Leader

from Hockeyrefs.com,

Even though the NHL will be back, there has yet to be an announcement on who will run the officiating. That news has re-ignited speculation amongst members of the officiating community. Andy Van Hellemond, a retired referee and Hockey Hall of Fame member, resigned the director of officiating position last July when misconduct allegations surfaced. Among the accusations were claims that Van Hellemond asked his officials for personal financial loans. “There is no timetable on the hiring and we do not comment on individuals who are being considered,” said NHL vice president Gary Meagher. While the league won’t comment on possible replacement, some reports have retirees Bruce Hood and Terry Gregson as likely candidates.

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Bruins Make Offers

Thanks to a long time reader for this information. Now posted on the Bruins homepage. Boston Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell today made contract offers to several of the team's restricted and unrestricted free agents. O'Connell offered Joe Thornton a five-year contract. Sergei Gonchar was tendered a four-year deal. Sergei Samsonov, P. J. Axelsson and Martin Lapointe were made three-year contract offers.

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All About The Bolts

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from the CP via TSN,
Vincent Lecavalier was chewing on some toast Tuesday morning when he opened the Journal de Montreal and saw a blown-up picture of himself with the headline - Lecavalier with the CH: Why Not? Under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, the Montreal native will be able to go where he likes next summer. At 26, as an eight-year veteran, the World Cup MVP will be able to choose unrestricted free agency. That is unless Lecavalier, currently a restricted free agent, signs a long-term deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning this summer. ''To tell you the truth, I don't know what I'm going to do yet,'' he said in a phone interview Tuesday. ''Obviously, if I sign a one-year deal then I'm free next year. Or I can sign a long-term deal. But I don't know what I'm going to do yet.''

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