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from the Vancouver Province,
UFA, Russia — Pfffft.
That’s Russian for the 2007 Super Series.
The eight-game series pitting Canadian junior hockey stars against their Russian counterparts in an attempt to commemorate the 1972 Summit Series just hasn’t generated much interest here.
That’s no surprise to the national Russian journalists, who are outnumbered by their Canadian counterparts in Ufa.
The games are being broadcast live on the country’s NTV-plus satellite system, which only has 560,000 subscribers. The games are then re-broadcast 35 hours later on a Russian national network.
continued and thanks to Jason Botchford of the Province who has delivered numerous stories on this series from Russia…
Hippy Dave in the KK Forums would like your opinion on Fantasy Hockey!
A good topic to discuss now and one I am sure others would be interested in too.
from the Hockey News,
The scaremongers of the hockey media have been out in full force this summer, reaching a frenzied peak in early July after Philadelphia threw $52 million at Daniel Briere and the Rangers backed up the Brinks truck to the homes of both Scott Gomez and Chris Drury.
This won’t continue. And that’s not guesswork, either.
First, let’s review the facts that back up all the fears.
added 1:40pm, Spector at his Soapbox has an interesting take on this topic and I tend to lean in the direction he is pointing out.
from This is London,
There are 25 bars, restaurants and cafés on the building’s main high street, Entertainment Avenue (which is the length and breadth of New Bond Street). The queues to the bar are bearable. The toilets clean and plentiful.
Not everyone will love the interior design, of course, which is basically Heidi goes to Vegas with lashings of extra kitsch. There are palm trees and Busby Berkeley staircases and sci-fi set pieces. But who cares? The night I saw Prince, 20,000 people got to their seats on time. No one lost their temper. It was the most chilled rock audience I’ve encountered in years.
It’s no wonder that after just three months the O2 is fast becoming Britain’s premier venue.
from E.J. Hradek at ESPN, ast summer,
I figured the Stars might be taking a step backward. Instead, despite significant injuries to stars Mike Modano and Brenden Morrow, the club nearly matched the 112 points it registered in 2005-06 by finishing with 107.
This season, I again expect the Stars to finish with fewer points. Not too many, though. I see them with about 100 points….
They won’t miss Nagy, who never fit in after coming over from the Coyotes. They will miss Sydor, who logged more than 20 minutes per game. Veterans Eric Lindros and Matthew Barnaby won’t be back, either. Barnaby announced his retirement in July, while Lindros is expected to call it a career over the coming weeks.
Two Minutes For Blogging has the scoop and I have put it through a Russian translation program.
added 9:32am, Japers’ Rink says untrue…
added 12:08pm, Capitals Insider chimes in…
I talked to a Russian reporter who would know about this. He said details about the incident are sketchy, but he’s pretty confident that it did happen. He also said it was a “damaged” jaw, not a broken one.
via the LA Times (reg. req.),
But now, as the Ducks get closer to the opening of training camp on Sept. 10, Niedermayer says he has begun to think about playing again. He has two years and $13.5 million left on his Ducks contract.
“He’s getting cold feet,” joked his wife, Lisa, as the two stood in a parking lot in Cranbrook, Canada, where they grew up.
Asked about the Ducks’ opening series of the upcoming regular season—consecutive games against the Kings in London on Sept. 29-30—Niedermayer was more certain. He made it clear that the trip was too far and that he does not plan to go. “Let’s put it this way,” said the four-time Stanley Cup winner, “there’s a bigger chance that I will play this season than go to London.”
from Lightning Strikes,
Prospal also is entering a contract season.
So the question is, will Prospal, in better shape, with a finely tuned focus, and with his next contract on the line, get back to being the player who had 60 points in 2005-06? I say he comes on strong. Money aside, there’s a lot to be said for an athlete who feels a bit as if his reputation as a player took a hit, and it’s not like his skills dropped from one year to the next.
And just think of the havoc Lecavalier’s line will cause with Prospal making the contributions of which we know he is capable. In that case, perhaps coach John Tortorella’s stated plan to simply outscore opponents this season (that is, rely on the offense to carry the team forward) has a chance after all.
from the Vancouver Province,
Following his second skate since arriving from his off-season home in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, late last week, Naslund said he feels settled and full of energy heading into his 14th NHL season and the final year of a three-year, $18-million US contract.
It’s a huge difference from a year ago, when Naslund came to a camp run by new head coach Alain Vigneault, a new, more defensively responsible system and a dressing room full of new faces.
“I feel great,” said Naslund. “I feel that I’ve got peace of mind for some reason. I feel excited about going into this year. I feel a lot better about coming in this year than I did last year.
“With all the personnel changes and the coaching changes, it was exciting in one way, but on the other hand it’s nicer having the certainty of knowing the guys and knowing what we’re supposed to do.”
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Hockey Night in Canada is taking its popular brand to satellite radio where it will launch a talk show in time for the start of the NHL season, sources said this week.
Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, refused comment, except to say: “We’re always looking for ways to leverage the top sports brand on Canadian television. We think it’s been underutilized.”
One of the hosts of HNIC Radio is expected to be Hockey Night reporter Elliotte Friedman, who started in radio with the Fan 590 in Toronto and still occasionally fills in as a co-host.
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