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NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the television schedules of NBC, VERSUS, CBC, TSN, RDS, HDNet and NHL Network for the 2007-08 season.
In the U.S., VERSUS and NBC return for a third year as the NHL’s national television partners. In Canada, CBC begins its 55th consecutive year of NHL broadcast coverage while TSN – which began covering the NHL in 1985 – is once again the national cable partner. RDS, the French-language telecast partner of the NHL, enters its fifth year televising regular-season Montreal Canadiens and other select games. HDNet, a national High Definition telecast partner of the NHL, begins its sixth year of NHL coverage, while NHL Network heads into its fourth year of televising live NHL regular season games.
from Battle of New York,
STAMFORD, Conn. (August 15, 2007)—VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, today announced the television schedule for the 2007-08 regular season and the addition of Bill Patrick as the new studio host of “Hockey Central.” The network opens its coverage with a southern California showdown between the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings in London on September 30 at 12 p.m. ET. Then, on October 3, VERSUS’ coverage returns to the U.S. with a double-header featuring a match-up between Anaheim and Detroit at 7 p.m. ET and Dallas and Colorado at 9:30 p.m. ET. Bill Patrick will be making his “Hockey Central” debut on October 3. All of the network’s regular-season games are exclusive and VERSUS’ regular-season schedule features an exclusive Game of the Week wherein VERSUS will be the only place on television to watch the NHL game in the U.S. at that time. Every NHL game on VERSUS will be produced and shown in hi def where available.
from Lightning Strikes,
Ciccarelli said he wasn’t asked but sounded as if he wished he were. “I’m going to have to call Dougie and bust his chops about that,’’ said Ciccarelli, co-owner of the Sarnia Sting, a junior team. “I’d like to have heard what he had to say.’’
from USA Hockey,
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Aaron Broten, Bobby Carpenter, John MacInnes and John Vanbiesbrouck will be enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2007 it was announced today by USA Hockey.
“The members of the Class of 2007 represent the highest standard of excellence and accomplishment,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “It is my great pleasure to congratulate and welcome them into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.”
Continuing to shore up at center, the Islanders have signed free agent Joseph Vasicek to a one-year deal. The 6-foot-4 Vasicek, a native of Slovakia, was 19-26-45 in 82 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season.
via the Edmonton Sun,
How does Morgan Pressel, a teenage golfer from Florida, become a huge Detroit Red Wings fan?
“My family is from Detroit, so I’m a huge Red Wings fan and have always been,” she said. “I love it. I grew up watching them play. My whole family is into it.”
note: The Canadian Women’s Open is being played in Edmonton this week…
“I know I have a skill set that can complement this team and I think I bring some other tangibles that are good for this team,” Linden, the 37-year-old unsigned free agent, said before the meeting. “Quite honestly, if they feel they can be a better team without me, I’m fine with that, don’t have any problem with that. But I need to know.”
It’s hard to believe Linden will feel fine if Vigneault, for reasons that may be difficult for the coach to explain and even harder to defend, decides there isn’t a place on his roster for a versatile veteran who was the Canucks’ best forward in the playoffs and, by coincidence, happens to be the most popular player in team history.
Certainly, few fans in Vancouver will be fine with it.
“I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t aware what all this means,” Vigneault said Tuesday. “I know all the love there is for him from the fans and the city. But there’s also a lot of respect for Trevor with management and coaches and everyone in our organization. He has earned that respect.”
from the Ottawa Citzen,
“I talked to (agent) Don Baizley last week and (Forsberg) is still two to three months away from making a decision (on retirement),” Murray said yesterday. “It would be a disservice to us, I would be doing a disservice as a general manager, if I didn’t make a call. I’m calling agents all the time, and I just asked, ‘What’s going on with Peter?’ His foot isn’t 100 per cent and he has a small hernia problem.”
If Forsberg does opt to resume his career, he would be in a position to shop himself to the highest bidder.
While the Senators can sell themselves as Stanley Cup contenders, they aren’t in position to offer a lucrative deal.
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
Earlier this month, local investor William “Boots” Del Biaggio sealed a deal to purchase a large chunk of the Nashville Predators. He and eight Tennessee businessmen will take over the team next month.
Then came last week’s stock-option backdating fraud conviction of another Sharks owner, Silicon Valley executive Greg Reyes. Barring a successful appeal, Reyes almost certainly will be forced to divest his considerable share of the team. The NHL has taken such action in similar cases, following fraud convictions of former Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall and former New York Islanders co-owner Sanjay Kumar.
Sharks fans, of course, care much more about backchecking than backdating. And they wonder if any of this will affect what they see on the ice this season, or into the future.
from the NY Post,
Two-time Selke Trophy winner Mike Peca is two of three steps closer to joining the Rangers, and the final item, finishing up contract negotiations, could be completed as early as today.
The 33-year-old checking center is believed to have undergone a Rangers-requested physical, and was scheduled to meet with Rangers coach Tom Renney to discuss his potential role with the team.
Once both those points are completed to the satisfaction of both sides, contract negotiations for the unrestricted free agent are expected to resume, likely today.
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