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The High Definition Picture

Not really hockey related, but watching a hockey game, as with any sporting event in HD, sure makes a difference. from Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News,

High-definition broadcasting improves every sport you might watch but some more than others. If you can find the NHL, the games look amazing. You not only can see the puck clearly, you can count the players' missing teeth. With football, you can spot the hole in a crowded line at the same time as the running back. You also can tell whether Troy Polamalu used conditioner that morning. Watch baseball in high definition and the colors explode on the screen. The first HD sporting event I saw after my plasma was installed was an afternoon playoff game last season featuring the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. I remember that picture as vividly as the day I first looked upon the Grand Canyon.
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Get The Puck

Islanders fans: here’s a sneak preview of “We Are The Islanders,” the team’s new kids’ spirit song (and video). Note: Hmmm, I am waiting for a Peter Puck appearance. image

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On the Hockey Blogs

By Alanah Downie The repercussions of summertime trades... while Mike Chen asks "Roberto who?", Waiting for Stanley responds that he's the guy who "gets out of position and beaten easily" on breakaway plays and shootouts. (I've been bitching about this myself at VCOE.) Meanwhile, of course, Todd Bertuzzi and Alex Auld are impressing on a grand scale -- with any luck, the Panthers Daily Puck will get back to posting soon and rub it in our Vancouver faces. (note: are there any other Panthers bloggers out there?) Carolina blogger CasonBlog loves the hitting in hockey: "Anybody who's ever played knows it's a game for predators."* (A great line, no?) And while he's understandably concerned about Colby Armstrong's hit on Trevor Letowski the other day, Cason concedes that "it's kind of hard to stay mad at Colby, since he looks like he's about ten years old." (*Sidearm Delivery also notes that hockey fans can be predators as well... making little kids cry on free t-shirt night is BAD form, Connecticut.) In San Jose, Wave Gate created controversy the other day, as a fan publicly complained about the building rising for the "wave" as it swept the the Shark Tank one night. At Two For Elbowing, Chuqui, an anti-wave-ite himself, still thinks the whole affair is much ado about nothing: "If it takes doing the wave for people to wake up and start making noise, then let's freaking [do] the wave in the first period.... and the second, and the third, just to remind folks to get noisy." Agreed. Honestly, what the hell is all the fuss about? It's not like people are doing it non-stop... they do stop to drink beer, right? Stats, stats, stats. Chris Young at JABS: "what I'd like to see: stats kept on fouls committed, and who they've been committed against." An excellent point -- the information is being tracked, so why isn't it being compiled? Kukla's Korner also mentioned another story on the subject of stat tracking the other day, just in case you missed it. A couple of other quick hits: Check out Covered in Oil for the pimp factor in Edmonton; or On Frozen Pond for a GREAT quote from Robert Esche; or Orland Kurtenblog who have a Degrassi High moment at the expense of the poor Vancouver Canucks -- although that Ryan Kesler one is a classic, methinks.

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Suit Happy

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources tell TSN that Russian club team Yaroslavl has filed a civil lawsuit in a New York court against the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers and the NHL over the signing of Flames' prospect Andrei Taratukhin and the Oilers' Alexei Mikhnov.
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Youth Hockey Transistion

from the Wall Street Journal via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

When the National Hockey League revamped its rules and policies last year, the idea was to speed up play and make games more exciting for fans. But in the nation's youth leagues, enforcing the rules has actually slowed things down and landed many more kids in the penalty box. In trying to mimic the NHL, USA Hockey, the organization that oversees amateur hockey for 370,000 players from ages six to 17, has run into an epidemic of players cooling their skates for holding, hooking and other infractions. In some leagues, games are seeing four times the number of penalties typically called last season. The result, in many places, is frustrated players, irate parents and coaches getting booted from games.
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All About The ‘C’

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

For the sport of hockey in North America, this is a major cultural change, yet it has happened quietly, as though it was inevitable given the large number of marquee players from Sweden, Russia, Finland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Holding the captaincy in hockey is largely a ceremonial role, yet it also carries heavy significance. Officially, wearing the "C" gives only that player access to speak to officials, yet for decades it has been viewed as a title that gives that player, whether a scorer or a checker or a defenseman, special responsibility for the success or failure of the team.
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Yahoo Streaming Schedule

I heard from Yahoo today and received a two week streaming schedule. They only schedule in two week blocks and attempt to pick the best game available at the time. Yahoo plans to include a schedule on their main hockey page sometime this year, in the meantime you can view the schedule at KK. I am also trying to find out the IP limitations on this stream and once I have the correct answer, I will post it. Tue 17-Oct 7:30 PM Dallas at San Jose Thu 19-Oct 7:30 PM Pitt at NY Isles Sat 21-Oct 10:00 PM Detroit at Edmonton Mon 23-Oct 8:30 PM Vancouver at Dallas Wed 25-Oct 7:30 PM San Jose at Detroit Sat 28-Oct 8:00 PM Los Angeles at Dallas All times are EDT. added 3:13pm, The Yahoo stream is available only to the following... Territory & Rights * USA and respective territories and possessions * Local Markets based on zip codes provided by NHL (which I believe means the local game will be blacked out)

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Waiting & Waiting For A Big Trade

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It prompted the question: Is the NHL blockbuster deal, alive and well, after all? And if so, can we expect to see more of the same this season? According to one NHL general manager, the answer is a resounding no — and here's his rationale, communicated last week as I was doing my Saturday Satellite Hot Stove checks and mentioned how slow things were around the league. His not-so-sympathetic answer was to laugh and say: Get used to it. His message was that in the second year of the new collective bargaining agreement, general managers had a much better sense of how to run their businesses — and more and more were turning to that long-established bastion of the salary-cap world, the National Football League, for guidance.
more On a side note, the Doc told me I do have the flu, get rest and try to recover. I am going to take him up on the "rest" part- will try to update throughout the day but don't count on it. I need some sleep badly.

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Esche On Hitchcock

from the Courier Post,

Flyers' goalie Robert Esche is scheduled to make just his second start tonight in Buffalo. But his mouth apparently is in midseason form. Asked Monday about Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock's decision to start him against the Sabres, Esche said, "I don't try getting in his head, that's for sure. It's an empty place." Hitchcock grew red-faced when told of Esche's comment and could only come back with the reply, "Tit for tat."
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Ducks & Shootouts Don’t Mix

from the OC Register,

Built largely on speed and skating ability, the Ducks hold an advantage over most opponents with the increased open space during four-on-four overtime. That edge swings the other direction in the shootout. Ducks shooters are a combined 10 for 40 over two seasons, while opponents are 16 for 39 against goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who has been in net for every Ducks shootout. "The shootout has been a thorn in my side for a long time," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Monday. "I beat my head against the wall with it - I guarantee you - more times than you would like to think about." Is it time, then, to start forcing the issue in an effort to steer clear of shootouts?
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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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