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The HNIC Hot Stove talk tonight- Al Strachan states Vinny Lecavalier will asked to be traded during the summer months, wants to go to a bigger hockey market. Pierre LeBrun states Jay Feaster does not want to trade Lecavalier and it looks as if Dan Boyle wants to stay in the Tampa area. Brad Richards may be the one to be moved..
Talk is Brian Campbell will be moved if not signed by February 26th, another serious offer from the Sabres will be made in the next few days. Senators may be interested in Stoll and Prospal according to LeBrun.
Forsberg is coming back according to Scott Morrison and Ottawa is still in the running for him.
LeBrun says Waddell just may keep Marian Hossa if he doesn’t get an offer to his liking.
Strachan says Avery wants $3M+ for 3-4 years, Rangers don’t want to pay that much.
LeBrun says Luc Bourdon may be used by Vancouver as a player they could move if the right player comes back.
From Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News,
On last season’s version of “The Apprentice: Los Angeles” reality show, Heidi Androl - aka “The Hottie” - made it all the way to the final six contestants before the inevitable: Donald Trump fired her.
A few months later, Luc Robitaille hired her. And the Kings, immersed in their own reality show disguised as the 2007-08 NHL season, may have trumped every local TV station in the process.
More than just an apprentice reporter for the team’s “Kings Vision” element to their official Web site, Androl has become part of a forward-thinking element to TV sportscasting, something that has forced other professional teams to reconsider how they get their message across directly to their fans. In turn, it will alter the big-picture thinking of local news organizations.
more… about both the success of Androl as well as the Kings publicity efforts this season.
Video below shows some of Androl’s work on a recent trip to Vancouver:
frm William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Both the CBC and Rogers Sportsnet are bidding for the services of Hughson, the play-by-play veteran who will be a free agent in the summer.
Hughson, based in Vancouver, has for several years been employed by both the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and Sportsnet, but that will change in his next deal.
“I’ve pretty much determined it will be Sportsnet or Hockey Night in Canada,” Hughson said this week. “But I can honestly tell you I don’t know which way it’s going.”
Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals, will be Gary Bettman’s guest on the NHL Hour today.
The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
Heck, I never knew Earl Sleek was such a sensitive guy…
A Hockey Love Poem
When we first met, my dear, you gave me that look,
And from that first moment, my poor heart was hooked,
I thought it would pass, but that wasn’t the case,
You cut into my heart with a high-stick to its face.
Today, the NHL hosted a press teleconference call featuring four general managers of the NHL. They can be heard on the audio player below, or downloaded here. Please have patience with loading or downloading, as it’s a very large mp3 file.
Each Q&A session is roughly 15 minutes each, and are featured in this order:
- Ken Holland—Detroit Red Wings
- Paul Holmgren—Philadelphia Flyers
- Don Waddell—Atlanta Thrashers
- Brian Burke—Anaheim Ducks
note1: the Burke audio is extremely low due to technical issues.
note2: a printed transcript will be added below as soon as it’s available
Update 2:59pm ET: At the Globe & Mail, Eric Duhatschek provides some analysis of the commentary in this press conference.
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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
When NBC makes a decision on its future with the NHL, the other pieces related to U.S. television will fall into place.
NBC has a window of about two months to say yes or no to next season. And its decision could determine whether ESPN will return as a carrier of NHL games.
Will NBC renew for 2008-09?
The case for NBC renewal is to maintain a relationship with the NHL and keep hockey on the network as a lead-up to coverage of the Winter Olympics hockey tournament in 2010.
The argument against includes low ratings. NBC’s numbers at this point last season weren’t good.
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Note: Audio players appear to be having trouble again. Until that’s resolved, the audio can also be downloaded directly - mp3’s now added to post.
Selected audio is added below, mostly unedited.
Five updates added so far.
Six minutes of the Top 10 goals of the past week.
VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the National Hockey League, will put a microphone on NHL legend and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, Wayne Gretzky, during the network’s February 11 telecast of the Phoenix Coyotes/Dallas Stars match-up from the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The game will air on VERSUS at 7 p.m. ET and in HD where available.
“Throughout the season, we always try new production enhancements and are constantly adding elements to our telecasts to get fans more engaged in the game,” said Mike Baker, Coordinating Producer for the NHL on VERSUS. “We are thrilled to be able to offer our viewers an insider’s look at the sport with on-the-bench commentary from the greatest NHL talent as he interacts with his players and coaches throughout the game.”
Also, the Ducks/Wings game yesterday on NBC drew a 0.9 overnight rating.
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