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Hockey is back and so is NHL Live, which kicks off another season Monday at 5 p.m. ET from the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City.
NHL training camps are under way, and Steve Mears and EJ Hradek will commence their daily season previews with a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger also joins the show with the latest news from around the League, including the status of unsigned restricted free agents.
The Anaheim Ducks are among the projected top contenders for the Stanley Cup. NHL Live welcomes coach Bruce Boudreau to discuss what's ahead for a recalibrated Ducks team that bulked up at center with the addition of Ryan Kesler.
Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions all season long to @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask your opinion on some hot topics around the NHL.
Bob Cole joined Prime Time Sports yesterday to discuss calling Saturday night hockey games on Rogers/Sportsnet.
NEW YORK / TORONTO (September 18, 2014) – NHL Network™-U.S. will begin its 2014-15 preseason broadcast schedule with the Buffalo Sabres-Washington Capitals game on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Highlighted by rivalries, doubleheaders, player debuts, the Sept. 24 2014 Kraft Hockeyville game featuring the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames in Sylvan Lake, Alta., and the Oct. 4 Colorado Avalanche-Los Angeles Kings matchup at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NHL Network-U.S. will carry 22 live preseason game broadcasts heading into the 2014-15 regular season.
A TSN promo...
via Greg Brady tweets,
Sources tell me HBO is done w/ the NHL in terms of producing a 24/7 Series, revolving around Winter Classic or otherwise
Told doubtful that changes - NHL & NHL Network may work on some sort of behind-the-scenes show/series, but HBO has walked. Was a good run.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Who was your toughest interview?
Grant Fuhr was exceptionally humble. You sweat a little if players have short answers. Grant was the [Stanley] Cup winner, the Canada Cup winner; he was right there as the goaltender. He was like a cowboy. He refused to take any credit for his performance or explain his performance. You loved that about him, but because he was the No. 1 star, it was a challenge.
Mostly I remember the good interviews. [Wayne] Gretzky was at the forefront. Scotty Bowman has a fascinating stream of consciousness. Dino Ciccarelli was stunningly great. Tony McKegney. Steve Konroyd was a tremendous interview, a surprise.
Do hockey players get a bad rap for being too cliché or too safe in interviews?
It’s changed. I feel like Sidney Crosby is just like Gretzky—same love of the game. He has hockey card collections and an unbelievable reservoir of stories. But I think social media has scared him off. The new player is just terrified of making a misstep, and it’s in perpetuity. It’s there, and it’s distributed. It has shackled the player of today.
The way we do interviews has changed. We used to bring Wayne into the studio, drape a towel over him, and it was a controlled setting. You didn’t feel like you were being overheard. Most of the interviews are conducted in a public forum now—in a hallway, on the ice in front of other players. Guys are wary of being overheard. They don’t want to be laughed at. A sit-down interview is much the preferred forum, like what we’re having.
Ron MacLean on the Sunday night hockey schedule for Sportsnet,
from Neil Best of Newsday,
At 32, DiPietro's career as a goaltender might be over, thanks to injuries that derailed the 2000 No. 1 overall draft pick, 2006 Olympian and 2008 NHL All-Star, whose 15-year, $67.5-million deal was bought out by the Islanders last summer. (His Twitter handle, @hdumpty39, is a reference to his oft-broken body.)
He last played in late November for the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate in Charlotte.
Would he like to play again? "Everything's kind of in flux right now," he said. "Mind says yes, body says no . . .
"If the opportunity arises, it's something I might think about. But it's been a struggle for the last couple of years trying to figure that out because everything's falling apart. I do not want to play if I can't perform at the level that I think is acceptable."
So for now, at least, "radio is where I'm at," DiPietro said. And he has proved to be good at it, with a dry wit delivered with a Boston-area accent and thorough knowledge of sports and pop culture....
"What's most touching to me is the response I've gotten on Twitter," he said. "This is kind of a weird part of my life here, where I'm trying to make a decision about where I go, and part of me was nervous coming on the radio that I was going to get killed from everyone. It's been the complete opposite. It's been love and well wishes.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
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