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Rebuilding The Foundation

from Tripp Mickle at Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

(John) Shannon has already trained cameramen in 12 cities; he hopes to get to the rest this season. To help that, the league has added three people to his department, one who joined the staff last week and two who will join it this month. “Because we’re dealing with 30-plus shows, different entities, different rights holders, we have to be patient,” Shannon said about the changes his department has been able to effect so far. “But as long as people are prepared to listen, it won’t be a problem. So far people have been sponges just dying for information.” Shannon thinks it will take three years before viewers see a qualitative improvement in the TV product at every regional carrier around the league. “I don’t think there’s anything short term about this,” he said. “We’re rebuilding the foundation.”
An excellent article in SBJ today on John Shannon and how his work will lead to an overall enhancement on how the game is delivered to hockey fans. I am attempting to get this story released to the hockey world. I should now something later in the day. update 2:23pm, Thanks to the folks at Sports Business Journal for making the link available so all can read. A must read for all hockey fans and comments are encouraged. note: this post first appeared at 11:37am today...

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The Best Actor Award Goes To…

NEW YORK (November 13, 2006) –Adweek, a premier national publication geared to marketing and advertising executives, has named the NHL promo “Bed with Peter Forsberg” as one of October’s “Best Spots of the Month.” The promo will be featured in the print and on-line editions of the November 13 issue of the magazine. You can get more information from Adweek.

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Ducks Trade Fedoruk

via TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks made two deals on Monday, dealing Todd Fedoruk to Philadelphia for a fourth round pick and acquiring George Parros from the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick.
update 2:03pm, As a KK member just stated in the comments, Ducks sent Chistov to the Bruins for a 3rd rounder. The TSN link is updated with all of the movement.

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Bucci’s First Book

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Well, the manuscript has been turned in to my publishers at Middle Atlantic Press. The book is called, "Jonesy, Put Your Head Down and Skate: The Improbable NHL career of Keith Jones." After hearing a few of the current Versus studio hockey stories, I thought Jonsey's life might make for a nice little hockey book. I also thought it was a good project for someone who has never tried to write a book before. An easy read you could probably conquer in one long sitting, or spread out over two or three days.
continued... plus much more, including Bucci's future hall of fame picks...

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NHL 3 Stars

Atlanta Thrashers left wing Vyacheslav Kozlov, Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Nov. 12.

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Patrick The Peace Maker

via TSN,

The war of words between Hall of Fame netminder Patrick Roy and Montreal Canadiens rookie Guillaume Latendresse is water under the bridge. "Patrick came to see me in the hotel lobby shake my hand," he told TSN's Quebec sister station RDS. "It was a gesture of respect, and I was quite content. I think that Patrick and I wanted to turn the page. It's important for me because I do not have anything against Patrick." Roy recently said that he thought the only reason Latendresse was with the Canadiens is because he's a francophone, suggesting if he was named Smith or Brown he'd be back in the Quebec junior league.

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Help If You Can

On Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 1:00 pm the DC Police Hockey team will take on the United States Secret Service in a hockey game to benefit the Sgt. Gerard W. “Roddy” Burke Scholarship Fund. Sgt. Burke, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, died in March 2006 while pursuing a stolen vehicle in the Colombia Heights neighborhood where he lived and worked. Some hockey fans may recall Roddy Burke was a personal friend of fellow blogger Eric McErlain. Make sure to check out Off Wing Opinion for more information on this benefit.

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Fighting Equals Points

from the National Post,

Despite increasing public unease over violence in hockey, a statistical analysis of NHL data by university professors shows that on-ice fighting is a good strategy for team success. An intensive numbers-crunching of five years of statistics shows major penalties -- those most often issued for fighting -- increases the total points of the offending player's team and decreases the number of goals scored by their opponents.

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Who’s Your “Rover”

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Always a student of the game, Bowman feels this new anti-obstruction NHLhas created a new position out on the ice, one occupied by skilled players such as Tomas Kaberle, Dan Boyle and Ian White. "You don't really need those two stay-at-home defencemen any more," Bowman said. "What you see is one guy stay back while other guys like (Kaberle and Boyle) have the green light to go on the offence whenever the opportunity presents itself. You even see them up forechecking now and then. "They are more like a type of rover than the prototypical definition of a defenceman we've had in the past."
more on the NHL, including the Bruins goalie situation...

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Sens Losing Without Chara

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

How much has the loss of giant defenceman Zdeno Chara hurt the Senators? Canadiens blueliners Sheldon Souray and Craig Rivet told Montreal reporters that Chara’s departure to the Bruins as an unrestricted free agent last summer has been devastating. Souray and Rivet said people need look no further than Chara to figure out why the club has made a plunge. “I never expected to see the Ottawa Senators so far down in the standings,” Souray said following a practice yesterday in Thornhill. “I knew that losing a guy like Chara was big, but I never thought it would hit them that hard ... No offence to Tom Preissing, but those skates were big to fill.”
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