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from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,
That’s what made this FSN broadcast all the more enjoyable, because the lack of irrelevant chatter from a two- or three-piece media team allowed the game to stand on its own merit.
The crowd was engaged, the players were chirping and all necessary information was conveyed with a simple graphic.
There was the occasional vignette during timeouts, where a commentator would provide some inside information on the teams (think along the lines of the pay-per-view segments), but that’s the only time the media made their presence known.
In case you missed the previous discussion on this topic, start here and video is included…
Sources say when the National Hockey League’s waiver transactions are sent out at Noon et on Friday, the Anaheim Ducks will make netminder Ilya Bryzgalov available.
added 11:18am, from the OC Register,
“We’re making this move, first and foremost, to give Ilya Bryzgalov a chance to play,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said. “He’s a good guy who’s played well for us, but we’ve committed to the other goaltender.”...
“I’ve been unable to move Ilya in a trade,” Burke said. “I’ve laid it out for his agent (Don Meehan), and told him we would take this next step. We’ll see where it goes.”
added 11:59am, via the CP,
“What I promised Bryz is that I would find him a place to play,” Burke told The Canadian Press on Friday. “Bryz is a great kid and a loyal soldier. He’s won three playoff rounds for us and he deserves to play somewhere. But I was unable to move him.
“The single, biggest obstacle was that he’s unrestricted at the end of the year. I wasn’t offered anything of value for him. But I promised him, `If I can’t get something of value for you, we’ll put you on waivers.”’
added 12:16pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Evgeni Nabokov and Miikka Kiprsuoff for every game this year, an indication that - salary-cap permitting - they might be in the market for an established back-up, rather than trust the youngsters that they’re carrying on their rosters at the moment.
added 12:43pm, more from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
One more possible destination for Ilya Bryzgalov, the goaltender put on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks this morning: The Pittsburgh Penguins, who’ve gotten decent work from back-up Dany Sabourin so far this year, plus some up-and-down play from starter Marc-Andre Fleury.
Yesterday I posted about the unique TV broadcast of the Kings/Ducks game on Tuesday.
You can get a bit of the feel of the game by watching the video, but do remember, the HD broadcast really enhanced the overall feel of the game.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
“It was Cup or bust last year. Every practice, everything we did, that was our focus,” defenseman Sean O’Donnell said.
“And this year we haven’t been able to… call it human nature, call it whatever you want to call it, we haven’t been able to get that focus for extended periods of time. We’ve done it at times. We’ve been really good sometimes and looked like our old team. More often than not we haven’t.”
more (may req. reg.) on the Ducks…
from the Anaheim Ducks,
One day after getting back to the .500 mark with a thrilling shootout victory over rival Los Angeles, the Ducks continued to remain upbeat Wednesday with a double dose of good news.
First, the Ducks received word that Chris Pronger’s suspension from an instigating call against the Kings was rescinded by the NHL. Then, the team’s lone injured player, Todd Bertuzzi (concussion), returned to practice and participated in non-contact drills for over 30 minutes.
from On Frozen Blog,
Something very cool is happening at the Honda Center in Aneheim. The FSN West feed on NHL Center Ice is showing the LA Kings / Anaheim Ducks game. That’s normal. What isn’t is that there are no FSN Westannouncers. Just the sounds of the game and the crowd. Oh, and all the camera angles are from ice level with what they call “Rinkside View.”
I happened to catch the first period and really enjoyed the look. First off, game in HD, lots of shots from behind the net and in the corners. Crowd noise was picked-up very well and you had the feeling you were at the game.
I would like to see more teams try this and see what the reaction would be from fans…
Update 12:45pm ET: More on the Freeway Face-Off and the broadcast in this post and its comments
added 12:52pm, John Shannon was just on Hockey Central and said he thought it was fascinating. Produced by Fox Sports and John mentioned you could have received the regular broadcast of the game on another Fox Sports West channel.
John said it worked well, good production people and the low angle view was great, especially in HD.
John said it would work great in Canada too, but you need a station with multiple channels to broadcast on.
Press Release from the Los Angeles Kings,
Southern California hockey fans have spoken and selected a name for the local NHL rivalry. Following a seven-week online contest, “Freeway Face-Off” has become the name by which all future competitions between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings will be called. “Freeway Face-Off” received over 4,800 votes, besting three other finalists: “Freezeway Series”, “Ice-5 Series” and “Crosstown Showdown.”
Also, I’m told the Kings/Ducks game tonight is an unusual broadcast being done—at least in part—with no announcers commenting during the action, and some unique camera angles.
Is anyone watching this? Any thoughts?
from the LA Daily News,
During tonight’s Kings-Ducks game in Anaheim, the announcer at Honda Center will unveil the new name for Southern California’s hockey rivalry.
The finalists, as voted upon by fans on the Internet, are “Ice-5 Series,” “Freeway Face-Off,” “Freezeway Series” and “Crosstown Showdown.”
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
Losing Niedermayer and Selanne, which would be roughly comparable to Detroit losing Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg, sends ripples through the roster and diminishes everyone else. Few have been more disadvantaged than McDonald.
“Absolutely, it’s frustrating,” he said at Wednesday morning’s skate. “There have been a lot of different combinations, which is the coach’s prerogative and something you have to try to do to turn things around.
from the LA Daily News,
Which Ducks team will show up from night to night has become anybody’s guess. That only makes tonight’s game with the Coyotes - the third time the two teams have faced each other in the season’s first five weeks - all the more interesting.
“If we play our style, our game - forechecking, getting in and out of the cycle - our power play clicked a few times in Phoenix. If we’re doing that and we’re skating, we’re going to create chances and eventually they’re going to go in the net,” said Corey Perry, who scored twice in Saturday’s win. “So it’s just one of those things. The other night, five went in, and last night none went in.”
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