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Skating Is The Foundation Of The Game

from the CP via 940 News,

Colin Campbell wasn't surprised at all to see steady traffic to and from the penalty boxes in the opening games of the NHL pre-season. The league's director of hockey operations says it will take time for players to adapt to a crackdown on hooking, holding and other fouls that the NHL hopes will bring more offence and excitement to the sport. "It's like we expected," Campbell said Monday. "You have a culture that's been ingrained for years. "We don't know when it started, but the acceptance of so much hooking and holding will take a while to get out of the psyche. Even if they're told beforehand, people still tend to do it."

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New Categories For OT

from the CP via the National Post,

Goalies are having to make do with smaller equipment and restrictions on where they can play the puck this season. But they have caught a break with the NHL's new standings format. For five seasons, starting with 1999-2000, goalies were tagged with a loss in their personal record whether it was a loss in regulation time or overtime. But the two were differentiated in the team standings, with a separate "OTL" section since overtime losses carried a point. Goalies didn't think that was fair.

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Home Crowd Boos May

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Every time former Vancouver winger Brad May touched the puck during the Avalanche intrasquad game Friday at the University of Denver, the boos were numerous and noticeable. When May disappeared from the bench in the second period and didn't play again, my guesses were: The Avalanche would say he had a groin injury, hockey's catchall explanation for everything from bruised ribs to a hangover. May was yanked from the bench because the Avalanche brass wanted to sidestep further embarrassment, especially with owner Stan Kroenke in attendance.

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NHL On HDNET

NEW YORK and DALLAS (Sept. 19, 2005)- The National Hockey League (NHL) and HDNet have announced the first two months of their live, high-definition television (HDTV) schedule for the 2005-06 regular season. The 52-game NHL on HDNet schedule begins Opening Night on Wednesday, Oct. 5th at 10 p.m. (ET) featuring Wayne Gretzky’s debut behind the bench as his Phoenix Coyotes take on the Vancouver Canucks. The first week of the NHL on HDNet also features the intense Central Division rivalry between the St. Louis Blues and the Detroit Red Wings (Thursday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m., ET). The NHL on HDNet will then showcase the much-anticipated national television debut of Pittsburgh's teenage hockey phenomenon, Sidney Crosby, as the Penguins battle the Boston Bruins (Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m., ET). The NHL adopted new rules this season to create more offensive flow, which will provide more excitement for fans and will further enhance the television viewing experience. In particular, the newly adopted shootout will make certain that every game has a winner. HDNet, a national high definition telecast partner of the NHL, begins its fourth year of NHL coverage with a Thursday and Saturday schedule. HDNet will update its broadcast schedule bi-monthly so that it will be able feature the hottest players, teams and match ups. All NHL on HDNet broadcasts will be original HDNet productions. HDNet NHL game broadcasts are shot exclusively for presentation in the highest-quality 1080i high-definition format, giving viewers all the benefits of a 16:9 aspect ratio and high resolution picture without compromising the image to serve a standard-definition, 4:3 broadcast audience. “More and more viewers are discovering that hockey in HDTV is an incredible television experience,” said Doug Perlman, Senior Vice President of Television and New Media. “The League's new rules and compelling storylines promise to make the NHL on HDNet can’t-miss programming for hockey fans.” “The NHL is back and we are excited to be part of what is sure to be an incredibly exciting season," said Mark Cuban, co-founder and president of HDNet. "No sport benefits as much from HDTV as hockey, and no one does HD better than HDNet.” All Times Are ET October 2005 Wednesday 5-Oct / Coyotes @ Canucks / 10:00PM Thursday 6-Oct / Red Wings @ Blues / 8:00PM Saturday 8-Oct / Bruins @ Penguins / 7:30PM Thursday 13-Oct / Predators @ Coyotes / 10:00PM Saturday 15-Oct / Lightning @ Penguins / 7:30PM Thursday 20-Oct / Rangers @ Islanders / 7:00PM Saturday 22-Oct / Hurricanes @ Capitals / 7:00PM Thursday 27-Oct / Blackhawks @ Red Wings / 7:30PM Saturday 29-Oct / Hurricanes @ Penguins / 7:30PM November 2005 Thursday 3-Nov / Capitals @ Flyers / 7:00PM Saturday 5-Nov / Stars @ Avalanche / 9:00PM Thursday 10-Nov / Flames @ Coyotes / 9:00PM Saturday 12-Nov / Capitals @ Devils / 1:00PM Thursday 17-Nov / Canucks @ Kings / 10:30PM Saturday 19-Nov / Avalanche @ Kings / 10:30PM Thursday 24-Nov / Kings @ Predators / 8:00PM Saturday 26-Nov / Canucks @ Coyotes / 10:00PM

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Wings Fans

I have received a few emails about radio coverage of the Wings/Tampa Bay game tonight. I have verified the game will be covered on WDAE out of Tampa. Hopefully, the stream will work.

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Chatting With Buccigross

DId you catch the most recent chat with John Buccigross of ESPN? If not, read on and my personal favorite from John:

Keith Tkachuk! How 'bout this word -- Jog! How 'bout two words -- Push up! How bout this whole sentence -- "Oh, I couldn't possibly eat more … pudding."

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Captain Canada

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

More so than Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, Jarome Iginla and Mario Lemieux, Ryan Smyth has become the face of Canadian hockey. Indeed, the gritty winger from Jasper, Alberta, has become the heart, soul and the very mullet of Canadian hockey on the international stage. Which is a good thing for Hockey Canada and its fans, but it's might not be such a good thing if you're Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe. And if truth be told, it's probably not such a good thing for Smyth, either. In the Canadian dressing room at hockey festivals like the World Championships, World Cup of Hockey or the recently completed Olympic orientation camp, other players refer to Smyth as Captain Canada. It's a nickname given to Smyth by media covering the World Championships a few years ago. The moniker has stuck even though Smyth is understandably reticent to discuss it, especially with Gretzky standing a few feet away and guys like Steve Yzerman and other Canadian heroes down the hall.

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Your ‘Official’ Roster

from Hockey Refs, The NHL has released its officiating roster for the upcoming season.

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Gainers Or In Trouble

from The Hockey News,

Being clueless never stopped hockey writers from making asses of themselves via auto-erotic prognostication before. And so, in that proud tradition, Screen Shots kicks off Prediction Month with threadbare guesswork and transparent stabs in the dark regarding the teams that have improved most, and least, since the Lightning monkey-stomped the dreams of both Flames fans and Flames fans’ naked breasts back in 2004.
An example of a team in big trouble:
Colorado Losing Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote and replacing them with Pierre Turgeon and Patrice Brisebois is like Desperate Housewives dropping Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross in favor of Roseanne Barr and Star Jones. That sound you hear is the other shoe dropping on a team that dealt away many of its prospects en route to a pair of championships.

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Bolts Banking On Grahame

from the St. Peterburg Times,

Here comes John Grahame. Hair slicked back and nipping at his shoulders. Scruffy two-day beard. T-shirt. Baggy shorts. Flip-flops. He already looks the part, so let's just get right to it. The guy has been known to be a goof-off. He has heard that before. He rolls his eyes, shrugs his shoulders, lets out a short laugh. It's hard to deny. He has been late on a few occasions, once for a team charter. Okay, so that was bad. But he didn't miss a game or practice because of it. "From my perspective, as long as you showed up on the ice, that was what was important," Grahame said. "But as you get a little bit older, you mature, you're not as wild. Your focus is more toward the off-ice things, staying sharp." Now he's about to enter a whole new world.

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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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