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Fans Will Know Where To Find Us

from the Courier Post,

Despite his initial concerns about the lockout's negative effect on the NHL, Bill Clement is now optimistic about the league, its future and its new television home on OLN. "The way things turned out, there won't be as much damage as I once thought and I'm optimistic the fan base will not take as long to build back as I once feared," Clement, hired last week as studio host for the NHL on OLN, said in a phone interview this week. "We have an incredible business model and the sport is back with its wheels on rails." "I'm really excited for the NHL that they found a partner to lock arms with," Clement said. "It didn't seem as if the NHL and ESPN could find the same page. At OLN, the NHL is a big fish in a small pond. At ESPN, it was a little fish in a big pond." OLN, which is available in 64 million households compared to ESPN's 90 million, will broadcast 58 regular-season games. After the season-opening telecast of the Flyers-Rangers on Wednesday, Oct. 5, the network regularly will air games on Monday and Tuesday nights. "That gives us a leg up because fans will know when to find us," Clement said.

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Latest NHL Rumors

Seems Spector has answered my question about Kovalchuk, looks like no news to report. Catch up on all of the latest rumors floating around the NHL world. from Spector of Fox Sports,

There are still no new developments in the contract talks between Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell and star forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who's presently playing in the Russian Super League as negotiations continue.

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Kevin Allen Battles Emotional & Intellectual Sides

from USA TODAY,

In the spirit of old-time hockey, my emotional and intellectual sides are dropping their gloves and sparring over several hot hockey topics, from Gretzky to goals to guts.
Great work by Allen, covers many topics and his battles will probably continue throughout the season.

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NHL Future Depends On Teams In The USA

A British point of view of the NHL- from the Financial Times,

The response of fans south of the border will be equally, if not more, crucial to the game’s future. While hockey may be Canada’s national game, all but six of the 30 NHL teams are now based in US cities. Several, especially those in such un-wintry places as Tampa, Florida, and Phoenix, Arizona, were struggling to fill arena seats even before the lockout. “The kids didn’t aspire to the NHL with the players not in the newspapers or on TV every day”, says John Castine, who publishes a weekly amateur hockey paper in Michigan, where the passion for hockey runs as high as in Ontario or Saskatchewan. About 400 of Michigan’s amateur teams, or a fifth of the total, have disappeared over the past year. The NHL lockout coincided with widening job losses in Detroit’s automotive industry, putting the cost of basic equipment ($500-600) and ice time ($300 a month) beyond many blue-collar families.

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Pre-season Stats Available

Jes at Hockey Rants had pointed out NHL.com had not been providing stats on the pre-season games. Apparently they are doing so now, so it is a good spot to check out the vital stats die hard hockey fans are looking for..

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Datsyuk Expects To Be In Detroit Today

An article in Thursday's Sport-Express in Russia said Datsyuk is planning to arrive in Detroit today. Translation:

Datsyuk intends to arrive in Detroit already tomorrow Pavel datsyuk it is going to arrive in Detroit already on Friday. "4 to the pair of days it dropped in home. I will gather things, purchase tickets and tomorrow, probably I will be there. Wife and daughter thus far remain here, in Ekaterinburg, and then they will arrive in me into Detroit. But my constant place of residence - this Russia. 4 even I do not want to change citizenship, I will try to live in Russia. Ekaterinburg - my second city, to change something thus far I do not plan ", reported today forvard" Detroit red of uingz "before the departure in THE USA.
I originally went on a hunt for some Kovalchuk news, but cannot get any information on him. I find it surprising all of the attention the Russian papers gave to Datsyuk, but hardly a peep on Kovalchuk. update 2:21pm, Thanks to Peter for finding the priceless picture!

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Avid Alabama Hockey Fans

from usahockey,

Chris Crenshaw remembers the moment he realized that ice hockey had made it big in Alabama. The director of the Huntsville Silver Sticks had taken some of his players to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Since Alabama isn't known much for its hockey tradition, Crenshaw was somewhat stunned when he looked up and saw a puck with the logo of the University of Alabama-Huntsville, one of the few colleges in the South that plays Division I hockey. A few minutes later, at another display, he and his players saw a UAH jersey. It symbolized how important the game is in Alabama, a state that has never hosted an NHL game, but still is home to an avid hockey fan base.

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Bruins Talk Shootout

from the Daily News,

Some fans love it. Hockey purists hate it. But whether they like it or not, players are quickly adapting to the new reality that ties are a thing of the past in the NHL. In one of the many sweeping changes being introduced this season, games deadlocked after a five-minute overtime will go to a shootout to determine a winner. In preparation, all exhibition games, regardless of the final score, are featuring a shootout this preseason. "I was kidding the guys that I don't want to show them too many moves before the season starts," said Bruins captain Joe Thornton, who was unsuccessful on his first shootout attempt Tuesday night against Toronto. "You might need to use some of those moves during the year. It's going to be fun. I don't think any fans left, so it's going to keep fans in the building."

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Yotes Outlook

Phoenix team preview by Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Wayne Gretzky acknowledges that his decision to coach the Phoenix Coyotes initially may have fans spending a little too much time looking to see what's happening on the bench. But Gretzky was just as quick to note that you can't take your eyes off the ice – which, in the case of the Coyotes, shouldn't be much of a problem because Phoenix figures to ice the most competitive team in club history. "You know, ultimately, people are gonna watch the players," Gretzky said after signing on as coach. "Players are the guys people pay to see and pay to watch. ... The focus is the hockey team and everything that goes with that."

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College Hockey Cannot Afford A Slip-up

from the Grand Rapids Press via Mlive,

For one shiny season in 2004-05, all of college hockey had the ice to itself, and the full attention of American hockey fans everywhere. Or did it? Contrary to what you might think, that ridiculous National Hockey League lockout that put the pro sport in the deep freeze for an entire year did little, if any, to help the college game. "I truly thought the lockout had a negative effect on our program, and on college hockey in general," said Ferris State coach Bob Daniels.

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