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The Maven With A Gretzky Tease

via Stan Fischler of Game On,

Wayne Gretzky’s recent comments on MSG Network clearly indicate that The Great One is in no rush to return to an ice job.

In an interview with MSG’s Al Trautwig, Gretzky admits he’s content watching his kids grow as athletes. Wayne took in a Penguins-Rangers game last week from an MSG ice-side seat alongside his still gorgeous wife Janet.

Who knows, maybe there’s a job for Wayne at the NHL alongside Brendan Shanahan? Wayne and Janet reportedly are shopping for a luxury apartment within a mile or two of the NHL headquarters. Coincidence, or what?

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Empty Seats Not A Good Sign For The Players

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

If I’m an NHL player, I’m not counting on getting any escrow payments back this season. In fact, the way things are looking, they might even need to sock away some more for when the nasty escrow man comes calling after this season.

When the NHL set this year’s escrow payments at 18 percent, it must have been looking at its own dismal attendance figures. Last year, players paid 12.9 percent of their salaries in escrow, which meant they gave more than $207 million back to their employers.

But if bums in the seats are any indication, things aren’t about to get better anytime soon, either for the league or the players. That’s because attendance, which is by far the league’s most prominent cash cow, is trending downward in almost every way imaginable.

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HNIC Hotstove

Ron MacLean, Pierre LeBrun, Glenn Healy and Mike Milbury discuss numerous topics including Savard’s contract, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin contract talk, changing some of the names of the NHL Trophies and Brendan Shanahan’s job with the NHL

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Working The Games

from NHL.com,

Seven National Hockey League referees and six NHL linesmen were named on Thursday to work at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next February.

The referees are Paul Devorski, Mark Joannette, Dennis LaRue, Bill McCreary, Dan O’Halloran, Chris Rooney and Brad Watson. The linesmen include Shane Heyer, Jean Morin, Brian Murphy, Thor Nelson, Tim Nowak and Jay Sharrers.

“We had to look at experience and every other element to come up with the numbers we were told we could utilize,” NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson told NHL.com.

Gregson said the selection process involved more than just determining who was doing the best job this season.

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Delivering The Game To The Fans

from Jon Brodkin of NetworkWorld,

Sports fans demand a lot more than game tickets and newspaper box scores these days – they want constantly updated game information and access to high-quality video no matter where they are. That’s why the National Hockey League’s technology team is on a quest to upgrade its Web and mobile video capabilities.

“We know that we have a very tech-savvy group of fans, and we want to leverage technology to enhance the game,” says Peter DelGiacco, the CTO of the National Hockey League….

“In prior years we weren’t able to deliver the same quality of video,” DelGiacco said. For this season the NHL enhanced the service with high-definition video, DVR functionality, and adaptive streaming, which adjusts video quality to each user’s bandwidth. As part of the same project, the NHL and its franchises redesigned all 30 team Web sites.

“When you start watching a game, the quality starts at 400 [kilobits per second] for a few seconds, then it jumps to 800, then 1600, and it keeps going up until you say ‘now that’s good,’” DelGiacco said.

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Official Release Of The Shanahan Hiring

NEW YORK (December 3, 2009)—Brendan Shanahan, one of the most prolific goal scorers in National Hockey League history, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and an Olympic Gold Medal winner, has joined the League as Vice President of Hockey and Business Development, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced today.

  On the game side, Shanahan—an original member of the NHL Competition Committee—will work with Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell and his staff, providing insights from a player’s standpoint into trends that have emerged; he also will help anticipate trends that might develop. On the business side, he will work with Chief Operating Officer John Collins and his staff to ensure that the League’s marketing efforts fully integrate and maximize the interests of the game and the players. Shanahan, who additionally will handle special projects as determined by Commissioner Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, will be based in the League’s New York office.

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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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