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The New York Islanders have scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon when they are expected to announce Neil Smith as their new general manager, TSN has learned. The Islanders shook up their front office back in January when assistant coach Brad Shaw replaced fired head coach Steve Stirling, and GM Mike Milbury said he would step aside after helping owner Charles Wang pick a successor. Milbury will leave the hockey operations side, and will move into a role as a vice president in charge of Wang's sports properties.update 9:48pm, Ted Nolan will be named coach of the NYI too. Follow the above link. added 10:00pm, from Alan Hahn of Newsday,
The Islanders have announced a "major Hockey Operations announcement" for Thursday afternoon, where it is expected, according to persons with knowledge of the situation, that former Rangers general manager Neil Smith will be named the team's next GM. On top of this, it is possible owner Charles Wang will also announce a decision in the coaching situation. Several sources within the NHL Wednesday night said former Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan's name has come up prominently as a candidate for the Islanders.more
from the CP via TSN,
Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos expects to re-sign head coach Peter Laviolette, and he says he'll match any other team's offer in order to keep him. But would he match any offer to Laviolette? ''Of course we would,'' said Karmanos. ''But if somebody has been tampering to set up a leverage position, we would take a very strong stand on that, too.'' Karmanos said he intends to retire as head of Compuware within the next two years. Commuting from the Detroit region has its upside, he said. ''Sometimes there's a distinct advantage to not being around.'' How's that? ''When you're losing,'' he said.more
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
Skip Cunningham has pretty much seen it all. Dingy arenas. A standoff involving a Zamboni. Thirteen-hour flights with three connections. "I keep trying to block those things out,'' said Cunningham, the longtime equipment manager of the Carolina Hurricanes. "You couldn't make up some of that stuff up, it was so bad.'' Here's one thing he doesn't mind seeing: The New England Whalers vs. the Alberta Oilers for the Stanley Cup.continued
Roenick was just on Detroit radio and the first question asked of him was about OLN. J.R. mentioned no one can find them. The only people who know OLN are bass fishermen. People are too lazy to make the effort to find the station. Roenick said OLN has been great, improving weekly but people will not watch because the sports fan does not go to OLN. He suggested the NHL may have to take less money to go to a station that is actually watched. He thinks the playoffs have been fantastic, exciting, loves the speed and the players can now use their ability. J.R. thinks the Wings had such a great season, they had nothing to play for the last month of the season. Lost their mentality and never got it back. Plus playing Edmonton who had the edge and it turned into a disaster. J.R. mentioned Yzerman is his favorite all-time player and thinks he is not ready to walk away. He can still play and will not give it up, the ultimate leader. Roenick has started working out with his LA guru, and plans to be back. On the market and will make whatever team he plays for a better team.
Word is the NHL is making this mandatory viewing for the NHL on-ice officials. Soccer fans will enjoy it too.
from the AP via the Salisbury Post,
Former Carolina Hurricanes player Bates Battaglia is cheering on his former teammates as they try to bring the Stanley Cup to his new hometown. The closer they get, the bigger the draw to the sports bar he co-owns in downtown Raleigh. The place was buzzing Monday night as the Hurricanes stole a come-from-behind victory over Edmonton in Game 1 of the finals. About a dozen televisions showed the game, and since Battaglia's place doesn't serve food, the bar ordered munchies for the crowd.continued
Amid a flurry of speculation, sources tell Sportsnet Jussi Markkanen will start in goal for the Edmonton Oilers tonight in Game 2.
via Afton Bladet and what follows is a rought translation.
Niclas Hävelid, 33, stays in NHL. This night, he typed on a new dream contract with Atlanta Thrashers. The salary: almost 60 millions (Swedish currency). Revoking suffers, an off the gold heroes in three sek in turin-OS, has all the time had as aspiration to stay in NHL. - to come home to Sweden where never current, says the agent Johan Strömberg. This night, the parties came agreed about a new, gold trimmed contracts. The Swedish slope gets 2,7 millions dollars three years ahead. In Swedish sek means the almost 60 millions. - the is a really good contract. The shows actually that Atlanta wanted to retain Niclas, orders Johan Strömberg sportbladet.se. Niclas Hävelid has played in NHL since the autumn 1999. He has done five seasons in Anaheim and värvades before the previous season to Atlanta, there he last winter var an off the team's goodest backs. Revoking suffers played 82 games and noted stem 32 (4+28) points and got also pinch as the team's” concealed ice” this winter, an evidence on that his anonymous toil to be estimated of club friends and fan. Total has he done 392 games in NHL.
OLN coverage of the NHL for their first season ends tonight. Games 3-7 of the SCF will be on NBC. It has been quite the year for the station formerly known as the Outdoor Life Network and soon to be Versus. Instead of saying what the problems have been with OLN, let's look forward to October, 2006. First off, they have to have more games in high definition. While the majority of people watching do not own a HD TV, people are buying more HDTVs than standard TVs so it would only make sense to get on board and become known for HD broadcasts. People actually watch anything in HD and you may gain a following by broadcasting as many games as possible in HD. OLN must change the graphics scheme. The score bug on the top of the screen must be moved up and the numerous "coming up" spots that are run during the game must stop. Way too annoying and it takes away from the action. The studio show has improved, but when given the option when the same game is available on CBC, I will switch to CBC to get their in-between periods commentary. Showing out of town highlights in HD would be a step in the right direction. If OLN does not get their own HD channel, then at least make sure we continue to see the postgame on the HD channel the game is being broadcast on. We watch the games on INHD now and after the final horn, boom, back to regular programming. Pick the best game of the night to broadcast. I don't care if it is Phoenix against Florida, if the teams are hot, show the game. Hockey fans want the best game of the night, not what player is marketable. Broadcast the game like your viewers are hockey knowledgeable. We know the game, you don't have to explain to us what the trapezoid is all about or the defensive team cannot change lines after an icing call. We know, if your viewers don't, they will figure it out in time. Who will be in the studio next year? Clement looks safe and has improved through the year. All probability is Davidson is gone. Will Emrick continue to the top play by play man? Publicize your broadcasts more! Did you ever think to put banner ads on some of the hockey blogs? Nothing builds a relationship better than advertising to your audience. KK readers, your comments are anticipated for this topic. They are noticed and noted by the powers in charge.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
As the NHL final continues with the U.S. population still largely unaware of its existence, league owners are getting another lesson in commissioner Gary Bettman's great marketing approach. You do something disastrous, then just stand before the media and tell them what they see isn't really happening. That's what occurred Monday when he was telling everyone the decision to leave ESPN and put the league's games on OLN was fine and the league is in for the long haul with the network and that everyone should be patient. The facts would indicate otherwise.continued
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