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Weight Skated This Morning

NHL Live reported Weight skated this morning. They had Olczyk on too, he said he would probably take the pre-game skate too but he doubts he would play, but you never know. Weight yesterday mentioned it felt like an 8 week injury... added 12:18pm,

Q. Noticing Dougie Weight took the skate this morning. Rule him in or out at this point? COACH LAVIOLETTE: We have got lineup decisions to make. Doug looked good out there this morning. I said he wasn't going to be in Game 6. Was asked about Game 7. We'll make those decisions when the game comes. But he looked good. Q. How has your team reacted emotionally to what is gone on the last couple of games to prepare for Game 7? COACH LAVIOLETTE: Well there hasn't been a lot of time. We flew all day yesterday and got them in here today and had some meetings. Our guys have responded well all year whenever we haven't played a very good game, so it's not about a regular season or a long playoff run. It is about one game and guys feel pretty confident. Q. Do you feel your roster is such -- and maybe this had a little bit to do with the mentality of Cole coming back -- but your roster is such in the way you use your forwards you can afford to have a guy in the lineup that if he can go for a few shifts okay, if not, that's okay too.
more from Laviolette in the comments...

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Deadspin- Strike The Strike

Deadsin has admitted they are not hockey fans. So they need to be informed, it wasn't a strike, it was a lockout!!! No more strikes, I don't want to see that word again! Coming from a huge union town, there is a difference.

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Put Some Sugar On It

Thanks to NHL DraftNet for the recent interview. It is my understanding more hockey bloggers will be featured, so stay tuned. added 12:23pm, Bill from A2Y also was featured. Check it out...

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Invite A Few Friends Over

I don't have to tell you what Game 7 of the SCF means. But, how about your neighbor or friend who doesn't know much about the game? Invite a few non-hockey fans over to watch the game tonight. Tell them to sit, watch, and hide the remote. Switch over to CBC if possible for Coaches Corner, explain to them what Don Cherry is all about! Tell them about Doc Emrick, Pierre McGuire and J.D. Get them involved. Spread the word!!! I have about 40 people heading to my house tonight. Molson XXX is chilled, the HDTV is warmed up and the phone will be off the hook!

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Enough Talk- Drop The Puck

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

There really isn't much left to talk about for the Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers. So, who has the momentum? Home teams are 11-2 in Stanley Cup Final history. In all rounds, home teams are 74-44 in Game 7. Those numbers favor the Hurricanes, who will be greeted by the warm embrace of their loyal fans Monday night. The Oilers have their own brand of momentum brewing, trying to become the second team in Stanley Cup Final history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win the Cup. The celebrated 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to have made the ultimate comeback.
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NHL, 2K & EA Announce Agreement

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League today announced that Electronic Arts (EA) and 2K Sports have agreed to non-exclusive, multi-year licensing extensions. EA and 2K Sports will continue to offer a full complement of NHL video games with rights for all current and next-generation consoles, including the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, PlayStation3 (PS3) computer entertainment system, PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, Xbox 360 and Xbox video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PC, and Nintendo Wii.

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Blogger Access

from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals, discovered offwingopinion.com, a hockey Web log, while searching for information on his team last November. He was so impressed with the writer’s hockey knowledge that he invited him to a game two days later. NHL policy denies independent bloggers — people who write Web logs — media credentials providing access to the locker room, pressroom and other areas, but Leonsis’ invitation gave the offwingopinion.com writer access to the owner’s suite and the owner himself. In other words, more access than any other blogger leaguewide could hope for, and enough to turn the heads of some traditional media stalwarts. That visit became the subject of a Web log on offwingopinion.com, and it highlighted what Leonsis believes will be the next way for teams to use the ever-expanding world of new media. “Traditional media is being marginalized with shrinking circulation and tough ad-sales climates at the same time blogs are growing in importance and reach,” Leonsis said. “It makes good business sense to welcome in new media.” ...While not every team or league has been as progressive as Leonsis when it comes to acknowledging bloggers, organizations are increasingly recognizing their importance and drafting policies to address requests for press credentials from bloggers. ...To date, bloggers have not ambitiously pursued credentials. In the last five years, the NHL has received two annual credential requests from bloggers for the Stanley Cup Finals. ...Others see access as advantageous. Tyler Bleszinski, who runs athleticsnation.com, said the number of visitors to his site skyrocketed after he did a one-on-one interview with Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. Today, Bleszinski gets close to 10,000 visitors a day, according to Alexa, which monitors Web traffic. “I thank my lucky stars that I follow a team as aggressive and intelligent and willing to think outside the box as they are,” said Bleszinski, who still doesn’t receive credentials for games based on the MLB policy. “I wouldn’t be in the position I am otherwise.” Bleszinski acknowledges the challenge of granting bloggers’ requests. “It’s a lot of work for PR people to go online and see which blogs are being fair and not just doing a rip job,” he said.
added 1:17pm, Eric at Off Wing Opinion has more on this...

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Drink Pepsi

from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

The NHL is close to finalizing a three-year agreement that will make Pepsi the official carbonated soft drink and Gatorade the official isotonic beverage of the league. The rights, solely for North America, will extend to Pepsi’s Aquafina water brand and its Frito-Lay snack food. The deal also includes rights to the NHL Players’ Association. Sources close to the deal put it at $3.5 million to $4 million annually. “As we enter a new era for the NHL, we think our partners should reflect that,” said NHL Enterprises President Ed Horne. “In PepsiCo, we have a partner who will help grow the game in Canada and the U.S., and we now have relationships in categories that we didn’t have before.”

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Silly Little….

If you have been watching the SCF on NBC, you probably have noticed the Dodge commercial in which the tinkerbell like fairy floats around with a magical wand. Have you noticed a little bit of editing lately? When the fairy crashes against the wall, the bruising guy walking his dog says "Silly little fairy", well that quote has been edited out. Wonder if some type of group complained? You can watch the un-edited version via YourTube. image

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Who Wants It More

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

From an outsider's perspective, it looks as though the Hurricanes are going to have to have Lazarus-like implications going into Game 7 to come back from the dead. They look like a defeated hockey team. Hurricanes forward Kevyn Adams says don't count them out yet while Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette suggested that for anybody who thinks they're mentally and physically broken down, that they don't know the hockey team very well. So, we'll take it at face value that they're going to be able to bounce back and it will be a competitive game. But based on Game 6, it looks like it's going Edmonton's way.
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