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from On the Forecheck,
Anyways, in the second intermission the topic of ownership change in Nashville came up, and both Stellick and his comrade Bill Watters launched into a diatribe repeatedly calling Nashville a “false hockey market”, and offering their sage prediction that in three years Boots Del Biaggio will move the squad to Kansas City. Of course they were probably just playing to the home television audience, but the utter lack of class towards the Nashville organization and its fanbase was insulting.
from Craig Custance at Thrashers Blog,
If the Capitals, and their blogger-friendly credential policy are one end of the spectrum, the Thrashers are at the other end. To be fair, they are probably still in the majority with the rest of the league.
Their official stance comes from the PR department: “Our policy is only to allow bloggers from accredited news agencies.”...
We’ve heard a lot of the arguments back and forth, but ultimately it comes down to one thing: accountability. One Thrashers staffer explained it to me this way: “If we have a problem with you, we have someone we can go to.” Presumably my editor or somebody up the food chain at the AJC.
Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends has issued a challenge to hockey bloggers across the blogosphere to adopt a charity, and the charity of choice was an easy one.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock may be my favourite Wing, Babblespeak and all, and the frequent visitor to Children’s Hospital in Detroit was moved by the death of one of his biggest fans as the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks’ coach, Jeffery Thomas Hayden, who died of a brain tumour at 12 years of age.
Babcock has lent his name and considerable time and effort into both raising awareness for this understudied area of cancer research and providing a network of resources and support for parents who face the unreality that is their child suffering from a brain tumour at an extremely young age.
via TV Predictions,
DIRECTV on Wednesday will add MSG HD and FSN NY HD to its High-Definition regional sports lineup, according to well-placed industry sources.
The channels, which carry pro sports from the New York area, have been in high demand from New York-based viewers since DIRECTV kicked off its HD expansion last September.
The segment HNIC did on Saturday regarding some of the hockey blogs has of course created some great conversation.
Probably the best thing I have read about it comes from Tom Benjamin at his NHL weblog,
I’m really tired of the unsupported criticism - advanced in the story by Kevin Allen - about the lack of accountability and journalistic ethics in the blogosphere. First, I think my readers hold me accountable. Every time I make a mistake, I hear about it in spades and so does everyone who reads the comments on the blog.
Second, if this really is a problem, it is time to name names instead of throwing it out as a general criticism. Which post or blogger violates or has violated the ethics of hockey journalism? Who has been irresponsible? Which opinion falls outside the boundaries of fair comment? Support the criticism with some evidence or shut up about it.
from the CP,
...Avery denied making the comments and his lawyers served libel notices against the Fan and the Toronto Star over the matter. Berger voiced the 46-second retraction that aired Monday.
“It was my intention only to report accurately on what transpired during the pre-game warmup,” said Berger. “Based on Mr. Avery’s clear statement that he made no such remarks, my information and therefore my reporting does not appear to have been accurate.
“I truly regret reporting that Mr. Avery made any such comments. I apologize to Mr. Avery for having done so. And I hereby retract my comments about what transpired during the pre-game warmup on Nov. 10, 2007.”
update 8:22pm, Avery was just interviewed on MSG, said he is not done with this subject. He doesn’t feel any better than he did before the statement read by Berger today and said the media cannot hide behind a pen and get away with it. He plans to continue his fight on this topic.
The best hits, goals and saves of the past week in the NHL.
Watch the video…
from the Ice Block,
CNN has video of a Zamboni catching fire. There’s little audio, no report, and no links to a report.
A quick search led me to find the rink was in Aston, PA: Zamboni fire forces Aston ice rink evacuation.
more with video…
Could the NHL standings look like this in the next 10 years?
…….club (league)………………………..gp w/o d o/l pts pct rtng
..1. Salavat Yulaev Ufa (RUS)….32 25/0 x 3/4 78 .812 44.7
..2. HV71 Jonkoping (SWE)……..25 17/1 3 0/4 57.5 .767 42.2
..3. SC Bern (SUI)…………………….27 19/2 x 3/3 64 .790 41.9
..4t Slavia Prague (CZE)………….26 17/3 x 2/4 59 .756 40.8
..4t Slovan Bratislava (SVK)……30 20/3 x 2/5 68 .756 40.8
..6. Karpat Oulu (FIN)……………..28 16/5 x 2/5 60 .714 39.3
..7. Eisbären Berlin (GER)……….25 17/2 x 0/6 55 .733 38.9
..8. Detroit Red Wings (NHL)….26 15/3 x 2/6 53 .679 38.4
Nah, but it does introduce you to Slapshot, a hockey blog at the New York Times.
Oh yes, read on to find out what the rankings really mean.
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Great feature just on HNIC pre-game featuring many of the well known hockey blogs. The mention was much appreciated and a great job by all the bloggers involved. We will have more in a bit.
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