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from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,
The hockey blog-heads can be witty, irreverent, knowledgable and a much-needed prod in the ribs to mainstream media. But that’s during the roughly 10-month season. When blog items sorting out the nuances of the Marty Reasoner signing in Atlanta show up in deepest July, well, it’s time for William Shatner to reprise the “Get a life” pep talk he satirically delivered to those tediously committed Trekkies in a Saturday Night Live sketch about 15 years ago.
“It’s the middle of July, for crying out loud,” I can hear Shatner intoning. “What have you done with yourselves?”
This off-season talent churn is meant to be one of the real beauties of the New NHL, of course, a way to remake a failing roster into a Stanley Cup contender in a hurry.
XM Radio’s free 7-day online trial* now includes NHL Home Ice, which is a very nice upgrade.
The puck drops every day on the world’s fastest sport. Listen to the action on NHL Home Ice - XM 204, the world’s first hockey channel. Delivering a high energy mix of information and entertainment, NHL Home Ice is the on-ice leader for fans across North America with analysis, excitement, up-to-the-second news…
Just go to XM Radio.com or XM Radio.ca (for Canadians) to sign up. Once you’ve registered and activated your account, go to the “Sports” tab on the player, and you’ll see NHL Home Ice (XM 204) available on the list below.
Note: I’m not certain of the reason, but the trial that appeared for me on the Canada link was a 7 day trial; Paul’s—going through the .com address—was for 3 days.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Instructed by former Hockey Night producer John Shannon not to take broadcast courses after being hired, Hrudey’s success stems from being as likable as they come.
“I’m happy with my life,” said the husband and father of three girls. “I used to play hockey, now I talk hockey. The beauty of my job is that as much as I talk to people in the industry, it’s my opinion.”
Over the years, he’s done well to distance himself from his playing brethren to the point he openly criticizes players when warranted.
Unlike the bombastic Don Cherry, Hrudey’s approach is much more measured. Armed with four satellite dishes, eight feeds and endless PVR recordings, Hrudey sits in his Calgary home office during the season watching endless game coverage before hitting the road each weekend.
From TSN, some must-see TV tonight:
For the first time since the end of the Ottawa Senators’ season, Ray Emery will face the media, as he sits down for a one-on-one in-depth interview with TSN’s Michael Landsberg, airing tonight on Off The Record (OTR) at 6 p.m. ET.
The interview, a special extended two-part Up Front segment, also marks the first time the controversial goaltender has spoken publicly since being bought out by his former NHL club and joining the new Russian Continental Hockey League.
The show can be watched live on TSN in Canada, or on video which will be provided online here after the show has concluded.
added 7:13pm (Paul), Here is the direct link to watch Emery on OTR…
Update 8:09pm ET (alanah): Waiting for Stanley breaks down the high points of the interview.
By George James Malik
—of Snapshots at MLive
It was one of those 5 AM, running-on-no-sleep entries, where you’re actually surprised that nobody’s signed Marian Hossa at 3:30, so you go poking around the far corners of the internet, essentially shaking the tree to see if there are any nuts left.
Today is the final episode of NHL Live! on the NHL Network for the 2007-2008 season. Tune in today between 12 and 2pm ET for the final show before Don LaGreca and E.J. Hradek go on their summer hiatus.
Watch on the NHL Network (television) or online at this link.
From Mike Chen’s Hockey Blog,
I’m reserving comments on the whole free-agent idiocy until the second day finishes so that we get the remaining chips (hopefully) off the table. So far, though, what a bunch of freakin’ morons (the GMs, not the players).
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,
While many of you will be sitting back and keeping tabs on all of the UFA movement, some of us will be hard at work. How hard will we be working, well I went to Lyle Richardson, aka Spector and asked him what his UFA days will consist of.
How busy will you be Lyle?
The NHL’s unrestricted free agency period is one of the busiest times of year for me, topping even the NHL trade deadline for sheer volume of traffic. It’s the first two days that are the most hectic as that’s when the bidding for, and the signing of, the top UFA players is at its most frenzied. I’m almost a shut-in during those two days, rarely venturing outside my home as I track the rumors and signings.
Note: For a list of places to watch & listen to updates today, check out this post from Steve yesterday.
From Puck Daddy at Yahoo! Sports,
The last two weeks have seen rumors surface just about every day about every single free agent, just like they have at every trade deadline and summer free-agent frenzy in recent memory. Here are some of the best of the worst rumors we, as hockey fans, have had to digest and regurgitate over the last several years:
read the list for some entertainingly-bogus rumors
Incidentally, that list reminded me of that “Ryan Smyth signs with Edmonton” deal erroneously reported on Sportsnet in 2007. Quite the screw-up that was, so here’s a flashback of the day from Chris Zelkovich in the Toronto Star:
To keep track of all the free agent signings, TSN has a handy tracker set up.
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