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NHL Carnival 10th Edition- It Is About To Begin

Where do I start? The anticipation of the NHL opening next week is building, so sit back, relax and enjoy the 10th Edition of the NHL Carnival (will open wmp audio). The teams are shaping up, hockey is in the air, last night the temperature dropped to 42 in Detroit, perfect for the start of the NHL season. How is your team shaping up, is the NHL ready for prime time, is everyone involved with the game on the same page, or at least reading the same book. How do bloggers feel about the state of the game, be it on the team level or beyond. Is the "My NHL" campaign the right fit for the game, let's find out. Tom at Sabre Rattling hasn't really felt the buzz yet, but he is living in Florida disguised as a Sabre fan. He also wonders if the uncertain economic times will be an issue with drawing new fans to the game. People now have other choices for the entertainment dollar, will the NHL get a piece of that pie. Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first Ratt reference of the day, and I am not talking about ex-NHLer Ken Linseman. Blogger brushback at Sidearm Delivery makes the comparison of the NHL ads looking like a Ratt music video and also points out a very interesting URL. Bryant a Preds fans believes the media is on board with the re-birth of the NHL. He points out at the Global Hockey Project even espn.com has never had so many nhl stories and features. But like many others, Bryant doesn't understand the direction the "My NHL" ads are headed. Stop the presses, this just in, Dave Keon is a Bitter Old Crank, now we continue on... Chris at Hockey Country recently gave his 2 cents worth (more like $10) on a myriad of NHL topics. He also discovered the Sens new ball girl. I know David at Hockey Analysis must have planned this, he commented yesterday on the 5 teams that have lost and improved the most. Why five of each, 5+5=10th NHL Carnival. J.J of Canucks Hockey Blog fame has me convinced the team from the perfect North American City will skate directly to the Stanley Cup finals. Of course, that all depends on how the NHL officials will call the games. One of my favorite bloggers, Jes at Hockey Rants recently captured what hockey players do best, either that or they are bored with this post. Jes will also be hosting the next addition of the NHL Carnival and will bring it strong and hard. The Acid Queen is a Hurricanes-loving writer of pulp science fiction who lives in North Carolina with her husband and three cats. She's blunt to the point of pain, sometimes vulgar, usually controversial, and definitely opinionated. Jes pointed me to her blog and it will soon be added to my sidebar. Oh, by the way, she is not a happy camper these days when it comes to the NHL TV schedule. What is the outlook for the boys who wear the Winged Wheel this year. Matt, who has the best RW blog around, gives an honest and very realistic view of the Wings. Let's stick with the Norris Division and look at the Columbus team. Charles, who runs a great gaming website, also is a fan of the NHL and especially the Blue Jackets. He specifically asked me to include his article in the "Carnival" and I was very happy to oblige. At the award winning Sharks Page, Jon points out the recent improvements to NHL.com. In my opinion, it is so important for the NHL website to keep us fans up-to-date with all of the current news from the game we all follow with a passion. The partnership the NHL has established with STATS is a very smart move. Have you ever wondered about the origin of the "three star selection" after every hockey game? Well, wonder no more, Eric at Off Wing Opinion gives us the scoop and it sure brings back some wonderful memories of seeing a sweaty Johnny Bower toweling off and being interviewed by Ward Cornell after being named the 1st star of the game. A Win, Win, Win view of the NHL that only Tom Benjamin can deliver. I sure hope that Tom's tongue-in-cheek view is just that. Mr. Singer at the re-emerging Ice Block wants his HD, me too. Will we soon find out the complete game plan of HD broadcasts or will we be forced to depend on our cable or satellite subscriber to keep us informed? Phil Coffey of NHL.com has tried his hand at blogging too. He provided us with numerous updates from the NHL Draft and will continue some blogging in the future. As a matter of fact, Phil wanted to blog from every NHL game on opening night, but could not find a fast jet to get him to 15 NHL cities in a five hour time period. Phil sent me a great column he put together on the upcoming season. Since it does not appear anywhere else but here, you can read "For The Good Of The Game" in the comment section of this post. Thanks Phil. Only a few more days before the games really begin, hopefully this will get you prepared (will open wmp audio).

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