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Inside Hockey

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features host James Murphy with Conor McKenna of TEAM 990 broadcasting live from Montreal.  They’ll be joined by guests Michael Farber (Sports Illustrated), Brian Daccord (Stop It Goaltending) and Raphaël Doucet (Le Hockey Magazine).

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204 and on TEAM 990.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Live from Wayne Gretzky’s

After Inside Hockey, at 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s.  This week, hosts Gord Stellick & Troy Murray talk to Pat Burns, Wendel Clark, Phil Esposito, Pat Quinn, Russ Courtnall and Mike Van Ryn.

The show can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Fan 590, Team 990, Team 1040 and others.

 

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Importance of the ‘C’

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,

Whether by coincidence or design, Toronto, Atlanta and Florida have no captain at all right now and none of those teams are slated to make the playoffs at this juncture.

Yeah, maybe the captaincy is symbolic. Just because you don’t have a letter on your jersey, doesn’t mean you can’t be vocal in the dressing room when things are going pear-shaped. But a look at what even some of the newest captains are doing these days sheds a little light on how symbolism often bleeds over into reality.

Earlier in the week, an unlikely fight occurred in Phoenix when Coyotes young gun Martin Hanzal squared off for the first time in his NHL career with Chicago captain Jonathan Toews. For Toews, it was his first fight ever, according to hockeyfights.com.

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  Tags: captains, jonathan+toews

The Whole Revenue Sharing Picture

from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NYT,

(Pierre) Boivin (Montreal Canadiens president)  is right when he suggests revenue sharing should be re-examined and perhaps adjusted if the Canadian clubs’ own revenues are sliding, but anyone — whether a club exec, journalist, blogger or fan — who counterposes the interests of Canada’s teams against those of the U.S. teams is wrong. The N.H.L. is one league. Revenue sharing is in place for reasons that benefit the N.H.L. as a whole. Without it, teams are left to fend for themselves in a laissez-faire economic system that increases the likelihood of failure. Those lessons of “non-regulated” economies should be pretty obvious to everyone about now.

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Money Well Spent

From Larry Wigge at NHL.com:

Suddenly, however, in this world where stockbrokers are being urged to be more cautious in their spending, teams are thinking twice about how they spend their money too. And it’s clear that the San Jose Sharks—with new offensive defensemen Dan Boyle and Rob Blake and new coach Todd McLellan—plus the New York Rangers—with Nikolai Zherdev and Markus Naslund up front and Wade Redden and Dmitri Kalinin on defense—are two of the best examples, as they bolted to the top of the standings early.

What is even more interesting is that while critics like to poke fun at all of the money spent by teams in the offseason—especially when it hasn’t worked in a lot of instances—that a week ago, six of the 30 teams, or 20 percent, had a player who changed teams at the top of its scoring list.

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The NHL Hour with The Maven

Veteran hockey writer, broadcaster and historian Stan Fischler will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.  The show is on now, from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208).

You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.

* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.

Note: The player for the live feed is embedded below, in case anyone finds that handy.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, nhl+hour, podcast, xm+radio

Coming Soon to the NHL Network

Adam Proteau at The Hockey News comes up with some “lighter fare” entertainment shows for the NHL Network.  A sample:

Dirty Sexy Money: Featuring Ryan Hollweg, Carrie Milbank and the Maple Leafs’ profits.

Mad Men: Noted goons Andre Roy, Colton Orr and Ben Eager reveal the secret methods that help them turn frothy-mouthed seething into hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in salaries.

Read on for more shows ideas.

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Those ‘Ticky-Tack’ Calls

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

It’s the touch penalties - hooking when a player’s stick taps an opposing player’s glove or hip, or holding when a player’s free hand touches his competitor - that drive coaches, managers and players crazy.

NHL traditionalists believe a hook or hold means a player has been restrained. Yet, the standard established three seasons ago is clearly less than that, and it has GMs talking.

As one general manager summarized, “There has been more complaining about officiating among GMs this year than in recent years.”

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Talking +/-

from David Staple of The Cult of Hockey,

The NHL’s official plus/minus stat is one of the most discussed individual stats in hockey, but it’s also one of the most flawed, misleading and misunderstood.

For instance, this year Marian Hossa of the powerful Red Wings is plus-8. But last season, playing with the hapless Thrashers most of the year, Hossa was minus-14.Bobby Orr plus/minus

Hossa is pretty much the same strong player this year as he was last year, but his plus/minus this year would make you think he’s utterly outstanding, while his plus/minus last year would make you think he was a mediocre bum.

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‘Best’ Early Season ‘Lines’

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

The world of quotes. Yes, indeed, they do make the world go ‘round, even the NHL, which isn’t exactly the sassiest of pro sports leagues when it comes to lipping off….

“Every single day, you ask the same questions. You know the amazing thing? You’ve never asked me once about what we’re doing in practice. ‘What was that drill?’ No one’s ever asked that. It’s always, ‘What’s Jason Blake going to do tomorrow? Where’s Brian Burke having dinner tonight?’ You don’t really talk about the actual X’s and O’s of the game. I find that kind of strange. So, then I wonder, maybe you don’t ask those questions because maybe you don’t understand.”

—Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson sparring with the media

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Weakening Dollar A Sign Of Trouble

from the CP via TSN,

Montreal Canadiens president Pierre Boivin fears that the sagging loonie could send Canadian NHL teams spiralling back into the dark economic days that preceded the lockout.

Boivin says the league’s six Canadian clubs are thriving at the gate and bring in more than a third of the total revenue for the 30-team NHL.

But he identified the tumbling dollar as one of three threats to the continued viability of Canadian clubs.

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added 6:01pm, from Frederic Tomesco at Bloomberg,

More declines in the Canadian currency would recreate the situation that existed before the lockout, when most Canadian clubs were unprofitable, Boivin said. The Canadiens paid out $18 million last season to other NHL clubs as part of the revenue- sharing system, he said.

more if you are interested in the business side of the NHL…

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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