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Cherry Talks About The Ladd Hit On D’Agostini

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  Tags: andrew+ladd, don+cherry, matt+d'agostini

50 Years Behind The Mask

You can watch the show on November 1st at 7:00pm ET on the NHL Network.

added 1:02pm, from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Today, goalie masks are part of the fabric of professional hockey, designed to not only protect the wearer from injury, but also as an artistic vehicle to express the goalie’s creativity and entertain millions of hockey fans.

But there was a time—not so long ago—when such protective measures were seen as not only unnecessary, but as an affront to the game.

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Morning Line

Kopitar’s early success ranks him ahead of Marian Gaborik, Alexander Ovechkin, Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Rick Nash and even Sidney Crosby—all the superstars you would see on national TV if the NHL had a decent broadcast deal with a network that’s not in a dispute with DirecTV.

-Helene Elliott of the LA Times. More on Kopitar and the Kings from Helene.

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  Tags: helene+elliott

Game Center Live Is Good, Better If It Was Free

from Japers’ Rink,

Well, the Center Ice free preview is over, and I won’t lie—I’m a bit bummed out by that.

If there are any folks out there thinking about renewing, or just considering their options in general for getting more hockey than they can (should) handle, let me offer my opinion of the NHL’s official online offering, Gamecenter Live.  This is my second year as a subscriber to this service, and so far I’ve been pretty happy with it.

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All About Ratings And HDTV

from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

High-definition television images are luring more American eyeballs to professional hockey and invigorating the NHL’s prospects in the U.S., say leading sports industry experts.

“HDTV will have a greater impact on hockey than any other sport,” says Matthew Pace, a lawyer with prominent sports law firm Herrick, Feinstein in New York. “You can follow the puck much easier (on HDTV broadcasts). The action is clearer. I think the television future of the NHL is bright.”

The holy grail of professional sports – routine access to 115 million American television households– has long eluded the NHL despite efforts dating back to the infamous glowing puck of the 1990s.

While the NHL has built a national U.S. footprint that includes hockey-tepid cities across the sunbelt, major U.S. broadcast deals still haven’t come.

And without the billions of dollars in revenues that come with a major TV deal, the league is left to contend with financial basket cases in cities such as Phoenix, Florida and Nashville, which have no cultural connection to hockey.

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One More Night

HNIC Opening from last night.

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Hot Stove Talk

If you missed the Hot Stove on HNIC tonight, you can read about it at CBC or watch the video.

added 11:35pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN may have touched on subjects here that he did not mention in the Hotstove segment.

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Evening Line

“I love you as a guy, and as a player. You play my type of game.”  … [But] you’re going to be very, very sorry one day because someone is going to cut you in half.”

-Don Cherry on Coach’s Corner tonight speaking about Alexander Ovechkin when reviewing his recent slew-foot.  More from Don at CBC.

added 9:32pm, Watch Coach’s Corner from tonight.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, don+cherry

Taking Sides In The Versus/Directv Dispute

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

We don’t care if the chairman of DirecTV has kidnapped a busload of children of Comcast executives and is threatening to dunk them in a vat of sulfuric acid. We’ll always be on the side of DirecTV in this dispute.

...Could you ever imagine Comcast doing anything like that to make up for a shortcoming? All Comcast is interested in is taking your money and eating the souls of kittens.

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  Tags: directv

HNIC May Shift Their Focus Away From Toronto

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

They are still the engine that drives the ratings for Hockey Night In Canada, no matter how ugly it gets on the ice.

But for how much longer will the Maple Leafs be foisted on the majority of the nation each Saturday night?

The deeper the struggling team’s slump gets and the greater the level of anger rises in Leafs Nation, the closer CBC executives will look at how many homes the team reaches on Canada’s most-watched weekly sports program.

Much like the team itself, the broadcaster realizes it’s too early to panic just three Saturday nights into the NHL season. It doesn’t hurt that the Leafs continue to draw big ratings and will continue to do so in the immediate future with all-Canadian matchups coming up.

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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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