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Hotstove Hockey Talk

Pierre LeBrun, Mike Milbury and David Shoalts join Ron MacLean on the HNIC Hotstove.

Make sure to check out the “fight-helmet” Pierre introduces.

added 11:10pm A recap of the Hotstove talk at CBC if you wish to read instead of watch.

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Versus/Directv Negotiations Talk

from Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News,

More than two months after their contract ended, Versus and DirecTV remain at distribution loggerheads, their impasse showing no signs of subsiding.

However, a pair of external factors - negotiations toward a long-term expanded distribution package with Dish Network and the potential union of Comcast with NBC Universal - could exert pressures that facilitate a resolution.

Comcast’s national sports service has been off the No. 1 DBS provider’s air since their contract expired on Sept. 1. In the meantime, the parties have continued to negotiate a four-year deal, but remained locked in their stances over price and positioning, while Versus continues to ring up Nielsen advances.

The ratings amelioration has come without DirecTV’s 14 million-plus homes, as much of that subscriber loss has been made up by sneak previews on a number of cable operators and Dish Network, which has provided Versus a full berth of its homes. As such, Versus’ sub count has only declined to 71 million homes from 75 million, before the DirecTV drop.

The Dish free preview, though, is slated to end on Nov. 30. However, sources familiar with the negotiations indicate that Versus and Dish are moving toward a more permanent, expanded placement for the network.

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NHL Network Coverage- HHOF & GM Meeting

A quick update to let you know NHL Network (U.S.) will be broadcasting the 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, November 9th beginning at 7:00pm ET.

They will also be covering the NHL GM Meeting in Toronto with a special on-site edition of NHL Live! broadcast at noon – 2:00pm ET on Tuesday, November 10th.  NHL Network Canada & U.S. will also carry a special 30-minute show from 6:00 – 6:30pm. ET, repeated from 6:30 – 7:00pm ET.

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John Davidson’s Input Improved Our Watching Experience

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

Being inducted is a group of players who were certainly some of the game’s greatest. Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Brian Leetch will be honoured next Monday night, as will New Jersey architect Lou Lamoriello. Between the five, their names are inscribed on the Stanley Cup 11 times. For the past two decades, these greats have left their mark.

Also being honoured will be Pittsburgh writer Dave Molinari, who will be the recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Award. Dave’s talent as one of America’s finest hockey writers, and driest senses of humour, is well documented within the game. And winning the Foster Hewitt Award is John Davidson.

With apologies to the five inductees and Molinari, I will admit my bias on JD’s award….

Proof of his knowledge and leadership is the success that has followed him in St. Louis with the Blues. The true impact, however, he has had on the game (and therefore deserving of the Hewitt award) can be measured by all the fans in both countries that have grown to enjoy the game because of his work.

And while the others will deservedly receive most of the attention next weekend, I wanted all to know how important John Davidson has been to the growth of the game and the NHL.

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Cherry Talks About The Ladd Hit On D’Agostini

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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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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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