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You Have Choices

Watch the Chicago press conference below which is scheduled to begin around 3:00pm ET.

Or catch the NHL Hour (3-4p ET) with Gary Bettman and guest Brendan Shanahan, also below.

added 3:04pm, from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed today to a five-year contract extension with captain Jonathan Toews, a 13-year contract extension with alternate captain Duncan Keith and a five-year contact extension with right wing Patrick Kane.

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Shanahan Finds Work With The NHL

via TSN,

Brendan Shanahan has found a job.

The recently retired NHL star will officially be hired by the NHL today.

Sources say the announcement is expected to come on NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s weekly radio show this afternoon.

It’s not known at this point what Shanahan’s official title or precise job description is, but it’s likely that he’ll work both with Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly in the NHL’s New York office, although he’s also likely to be involved with executive vice president Colie Campbell’s Toronto-based hockey operations department.

added 11:17am, TSN now has Shanny’s official title- Vice President, Hockey and Business Development.

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Call The Dive

from Chris Kerber of HockeyChats,

With the Olympics right around the corner, it’s a good time to remind all NHL’ers that diving is a summer Olympic event, not a winter event.  Diving continues to be the one call the NHL does not call enough. A player that dives embarrasses the referee, other players, and most importantly the game. It’s not a smart move or a veteran play.  Diving is embarrassing and should be handled that way.  Embarrass the diver.

Before we go further, yes it is possible to have a penalty and a dive on the same play. Not always, but it can happen.  A player can hook another player and the other player can embellish the act and therefore take a dive.  This is where the rule must change.  If a dive is handed out, it should automatically negate the other penalty.  That’s an easy one and hard to understand why it doesn’t happen.

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People Keep Buying At Shop.NHL.com

NEW YORK (December 2, 2009) – The National Hockey League (NHL) registered record-setting merchandise sales at both the NHL Powered by Reebok Store and at Shop.NHL.com over the 2009 Thanksgiving weekend. On Black Friday and through the holiday weekend, the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City saw a 34% increase in sales over last year’s figures while Shop.NHL.com enjoyed its highest-grossing sales day ever on Cyber Monday. As the 2009-10 NHL® season heads toward the New Year, exciting on-ice performances, new merchandise – including 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®-themed gear – and an engaged fan base are contributing to record numbers this holiday shopping season.

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Talking 3 Points, OT, Etc…

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

If the 2009-10 NHL season is indeed the Year of the Injury, the Year of the Shootout is giving it a very good run for its money. Through Sunday night, or 381 games so far this season, there were 70 games (18 percent) decided by a shootout, up from 56 through the same number of games last season and 36 during the first season after the lockout.

Is this parity at play? Through Sunday night, 106 games (28 percent) needed extra time (overtime or shootout). On one hand, you can see why the NHL would be thrilled to have such competitive balance. One glance at the NHL standings right now, and it’s as if 28 teams are tied (Toronto and Carolina are a little behind the pack).

OK, 28 teams tied, that’s stretching it a bit, but there isn’t that big a gap between teams. Does that really reflect the talent levels of all 28 teams? Maybe it’s just us, but maybe, just maybe, the current points system is not fairly rewarding the better teams.

We say it’s time to revisit the idea of three points for a 60-minute victory. In our humble estimation, it would more fairly reward the top teams in this league.

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Introducing NHL TweetMixx

from Laurie Sullivan of MediaPost,

The National Hockey League (NHL) on Wednesday becomes the first in a handful of companies scheduled to launch a white-label platform from Mixx that aggregates tweets from Twitter on Web sites and blogs.

TweetMixx Channels creates a distribution channel for tweets both off and on Twitter. The platform comes with a widget that bloggers can embed on a variety of sites. A plug in to Facebook will launch in two weeks. The product roadmap also includes a snippet of code to personalize iGoogle and other Web pages. The platform has filters to monitor chatter, too.

continued and see NHL TweetMixx in action here...

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Canadian Dollar Helping The NHL

from Ken Belson and Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

Over the past two decades, the Canadian teams in the N.H.L. were considered poor cousins of their wealthier colleagues in the United States. Some floundered financially, others packed up and moved south. The league even created the Canadian Assistance Program to subsidize the country’s struggling teams.

But the landscape in Canada has changed drastically, thanks to a rise of more than 50 percent in the Canadian dollar since 2002. A stronger currency has made it cheaper for the six Canadian teams to pay their players in United States dollars and to reduce debts.

It has also inflated the revenues of the six Canadian franchises and, in turn, the league’s revenues. That has hurt some of the weaker teams in the United States by pushing up the minimum amount teams must spend on payroll.

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Bettman Talks Teams And Money

from Reuters,

The head of the National Hockey League dismissed suggestions that it needs to shrink or move any of its financially troubled teams to other cities, possibly in Canada.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, speaking at the Reuters Global Media Summit in New York on Tuesday, said that all of the North American sports league’s current 30 teams should survive in their present cities.

“I believe that all 30 markets can sustain their clubs,” he said.

continued including Bettman says revenue will be flat or up 1 percent this season…

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Thinking Out Loud

At my NHL.com blog today, I get a few things off my chest.

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A Little Give And Take

from Justin Bourne at USA TODAY,

Alright, old school coaches. Maybe Gordie Howe was the greatest hockey player to ever live. I’ll make the concession that it’s at least a possibility (though I highly doubt it), but you’ve got to come together with me on a few things:

I’ll admit that Gordie Howe was one of the greatest to play the game if you admit that the new sticks are better than the old ones — because they are.

Today’s sticks don’t break more frequently than wood ones; in fact, they break less often. NHL players used to go through 100 of the wood ones per year. People see that newer sticks are made of a composite material and then somehow think that means they should last for all eternity. They’re made to be better, not indestructible. You do know they’re better, right?

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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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