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New York, NY / Toronto, ON (October 31, 2008) – NHL Network today announced it has reached a one-year extension for broadcast rights to games from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC Hockey).

The broadcast package provides NHL Network with 19 ‘Game of the Week’ match-ups that will air Friday nights through the remainder of the season. The deal also includes the ECAC Hockey Semifinals and Final.

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Sharks Playing Their Game

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

Somebody somewhere presumably believes this blood-and-guts stuff sells. It’s 2008 and hockey is still writhing over the value of fighting in the sport. That says it all.

The Detroit Red Wings, needless to say, proved there was another way last season, riding skill, speed and Tre Kronor power to an impressive Stanley Cup title. The Wings hardly fought at all, didn’t carry an enforcer and roared through the postseason.

That left the San Jose Sharks, to name one team, in a bit of a conundrum.

Follow the Ducks or follow the Wings?

Simply being the Sharks, after all, wouldn’t do.

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Happy Halloween

Eric McErlain at AOL Fanhouse put this latest NHL promotional spot up on YouTube today, asking the trivia question: “Can you name all the goalies featured in the video?”

Unfortunately, I can’t, not all of them—someone else take a shot.

The photo below is a flashback to last year’s Halloween day episode of Pardon the Interruption, which featured Michael Wilbon dressed in a couple NHL jerseys—something that qualifies as scary on ESPN. smile 

 

Update 12:38pm ET: The Habs ask their players about their best Halloween memories—

Tom Kostopoulos: “My best costumes were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I wore a different one from that show three years in a row.  First, I was Raphael, then Donatello and then Shredder.  It was great!”

Mike Komisarek: “When I was a kid, my best costume was when I was dressed up as a hockey player.  At least, that’s the only one I can share…for a bunch of reasons.”

More at the Montreal Canadiens site.

Update 1:39pm ET: And from the LA Kings, favorite costumes—

Dustin Brown: Anze Kopitar. A couple years ago I was the Big Bad Wolf which was pretty good.

Anze Kopitar: I bought a Brown jersey so that’s what I am going to be.

Update 1:52pm ET: More team mentions of Halloween and related events from the Devils, the Bruins, the Blues, the Sabres... etc.  The NHL site also has a feature up on horror-themed hockey masks.  And over at Going Five Hole Sean Leahy has some costume suggestions for NHL players.

Last but not least, go here if you feel like taking a light quiz.

Update 2:07pm ET: Reminded by Lady Stanley in the comments, I’d be remiss not pointing to the S.J. Sharkie video we posted yesterday. smile

Update 3:13 pm ET: Not exactly hockey related, but when Bruce Springsteen releases a spooky new tune on Halloween called “A Night With the Jersey Devil” we gotta include it, right? Check it out.

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A Good Time To Buy

from Ted Jackovics of the Tampa Tribune,

• Prices sold through RazorGator for NHL home openers this month averaged $96, 25 percent higher than last year.

• The highest average opening-game purchase was $301 for the Vancouver Canucks and $33 for the Phoenix Coyotes.

• The Tampa Bay Lightning average ticket purchase for the Oct. 11 home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes was $78, compared with $59 a year ago.

• But this week, the average Lightning ticket purchase was $55, down from $78 a year ago. Some Lightning tickets were sold for $13.

more on ticket prices through brokers…

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NHLPA Talking Head Hits With Players

Glenn Healy talks with Craig Custance at the Sporting News Today on the subject of head hits which is the hot topic these days.

Will softer shoulder pads be part of the answer?

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Morning Line

“I thought we had Andy McDonald and T.J. Oshie ... (and) I would say Jay McClement, Danny Hinote, Cam Janssen had effective games.  Five forwards out of 12 is not enough.”

“Some of our skilled players tried to play with their hands, rather than their legs.  If you don’t play with your legs in this game, it’s difficult to play the game.”

“It was like watching a Halloween movie tonight, a horror story.”

-Blues coach Andy Murray after a 1-0 loss to Carolina last night.  More on the game from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Yotes Coaching ‘Move’

from Russell Brooks at PhoenixCoyotes.com,

Looking to bring enthusiasm to the bench, Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky made an extraordinary coaching maneuver Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

During the second intermission of Phoenix’s 4-1 victory at Jobing.com Arena, Gretzky decided to move Assistant Coach Doug Sulliman from his normal perch in the press box down to ice level.

“Going into the third period tonight, I just thought we needed another guy there with a little bit of energy,” Gretzky said. “I knew it would energize the players. It was something I was thinking about for the last couple games.”

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Leafs Would Like Toughness & Offense

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

“We always have concerns, but to me team toughness is more important than anything,” Fletcher said. “Would we entertain getting a tough guy at some stage? Sure, but only if he could fit in and play some hockey too.

“But we’re not out there pounding the pavement or making telephone calls to see if anything’s available,” Fletcher added. “I think we can handle ourselves.”

Fletcher reiterated that it is quiet on the trade front but he is open to deal for some offence, likely giving up one of the club’s inactive defenceman, probably Ian White, who hasn’t played a regular season game as of yet, or Carlo Colaiacovo, who has been a healthy scratch for five games in a row.

more on the Leafs who are not interested in Shanahan…

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Lunch On Bruce

from the Reliable Source at the Washington Post,

Six months ago, Kelly Black ran into the Washington Capitals head coach at Ballston Common Mall—where the team holds public practices—and invited him to join her kids and her best friend for lunch. “Can’t right now,” he told them. “Next time.”

Yesterday, 7-year-old Austin Black attended Caps practice with a hand-held sign: “Coach Boudreau: You promised lunch with me. Today is the day.”

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Selanne Still Going Strong

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Just 11 games into the season, it’s clear Selanne has lost little in his stride or shot with six goals. He’s on pace for 44 goals after scoring three power-play markers Wednesday in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

With 558 career goals, Selanne is now 21st on the all-time scoring list, two ahead of Johnny Bucyk and just two back of Guy Lafleur.

“What impressed me [Wednesday] was that he worked like a dog, and you usually don’t expect a player in his late 30s to be your hardest-working player,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said Thursday in a telephone interview

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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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