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Versus- Are You Listening?

Mr. Kukla, I am writing you at 3:30am to voice a complaint about the Versus broadcast of the Sharks game on Friday night. 

I attended my prom tonight and instead of going to an all night drinking party, a bunch of us couples (yes the girls like hockey too)  headed back to my house to watch the game that I had saved via Directv DVR.  Guess what, no game on VERSUS HD like the NHL.com schedule had listed.  So instead of watching a great game, we were stuck watching golf.

Why did VERSUS do this and if they were going to show the game on the regular VERSUS channel, why didn’t they let us know about it?

Do you have a way I can let them know how badly they messed up my plans, my parents even had food ready for us and we had this all planned out.  Instead, we turned off the DVR and the party broke up earlier than expected.

-Jason

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NO HD On Versus Tonight

Yes, numerous emails, people screaming, go back to ESPN!

Versus, how can you NOT show a Stanley Cup playoff game in HD?

I don’t want to hear about the commitment to golf… How about the commitment to the fans of the NHL!

You ask numerous hockey bloggers to promote the games, without compensation, so I guess this should not be total surprise.

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Four Minutes Of Melrose

ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose breaks down the action from last night.

Watch below…

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The NHL Hour

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero will be the guest on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement. 

At show time, you can try to listen live at this link, but it didn’t work last week (despite still being posted here) likely due to the switchover to NHL Network Online.  And there’s no permalink available for the show at the Network site, but you can find it at show time by clicking here then on the “NHL Livewire” link in the left column, and the show will then be accessible in the right column.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

added 4:00pm ET (Paul), You can try this link to get to the new player at NHL.com to listen, but I am not having any luck getting the audio…

added 4:06pm (Paul), The link I just posted is now working…

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, nhl+hour, ray+shero

The Media Judge

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

There are several ways of looking at Hockey Night In Canada commentator Don Cherry’s putdown of Jermain Franklin, a TSN reporter who asked a question of San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson and was ridiculed on Cherry’s Coach’s Corner for doing so.

You could point out that Cherry is not a journalist, therefore, isn’t qualified to judge Franklin, although Cherry is certainly entitled to his opinion.

Or, given the number of weak questions asked on Hockey Night In Canada, Cherry’s sudden interest in the media should start at home. He could even compile a DVD—Hockey Night’s Greatest Hits: Stupidest Questions Vol. 1.

continued

Watch Coach’s Corner from last night…

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  Tags: don+cherry

Enough Whining

Stop the whining…

more at my blog at Hockey.com…

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The HNIC Towel

from the Hamilton Spectator,

Different societies have different status symbols. North America has cars, houses and jewellery. Many African countries have the cellphone. In some parts of Asia, it’s a rare white truffle.

In pro hockey? It’s the towel.

If you’ve been watching Hockey Night In Canada even a little bit, you’ve seen the one. The white one with the round HNIC logo that’s draped over a player’s shoulder while he’s doing an intermission interview.

Unbelievable as it may sound in a sports world where pocket change is counted in the thousands of dollars and most players make an average Canadian’s annual salary in a matter of minutes, in dressing room currency these swaths of woven cotton are absolute gold.

continued

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The NHL Hour

San Jose Sharks center Jeremy Roenick and Hockey Hall Of Famer Pat LaFontaine will be the guests on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement. 

*At show time, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

Update 4:14pm ET: The ‘listen live’ link isn’t working as it should. The show can be heard live by going to this link served up by the NHL Online page.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, jeremy+roenick, media, nhl+hour, pat+lafontaine, playoffs

Sheldon Souray on the Playoffs

During the playoffs, Sheldon Souray is blogging weekly at AskMen.com.  Today’s installment includes thoughts on home ice advantage, and the importance of veterans:

A veteran just brings experience. He’s never too high or too low. You can’t think you’ve lost the series after one game; you have to be even-keeled and provide stability for the young guys. And that ties into the home-ice advantage. A vet has been there before, so he’s not intimidated to play in places like Montreal, where the crowd is loud.

When you’re in the playoffs, you just have to trust that everyone else on your team is going to step up.

At the bottom of the post, you can find contact info to send your questions to Souray.

Previously on KK: Martin Biron’s blog at Maxim, and Milan Lucic and Jamie McLennan are blogging at The Hockey News

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  Tags: blogging, playoffs, sheldon+souray

Talking Avs

It is all about the goaltending in the Avs/Wings series.

Read about it at my Hockey.com blog…

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