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Anton Volchenkov With An Elbow To The Head Of Zach Boychuk

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Volchenkov received two for elbowing.

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  Tags: anton+volchenkov

The Latest On A New TV Deal

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from Stu Hackel of the Red Light at Sports Illustrated,

There has been much speculation about where the NHL’s U.S. TV rights are headed, but one source who is familiar with the negotiations says talks are continuing on a long-term deal that would keep the league’s games on NBC and Versus for anywhere between four and seven years.

While there have been reports that a bidding war is developing over the NHL’s rights on both broadcast and cable, there are indications that NBC and Versus will hold onto the packages, although the rights fees will be steeper. Within the TV industry, the thinking is that NBC’s retaining the rights to the NHL is crucial, not just to its effort to upgrade Versus, but also for the prestige of NBCUniversal’s new corporate structure and the new NBC Sports Group, as the NHL contract is their first deal to be negotiated. The source added that ESPN is unlikely to win any part of the national cable package.

In addition, the source said, Flyers owner Ed Snider “won’t let the NHL leave” Versus and NBC. “And I’d be very surprised if he would devalue the brand by letting ESPN have even a secondary national cable package.” In addition to his position as a powerful NHL team owner and member of the league’s Board of Governors Executive Committee, Snider is American Chairman of Comcast Spectacor.

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Sens Season Falls Apart

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The Ottawa Senators have only one win in their last 17 games.  That win came against the New York Islanders, the only team beneath the Sens in the East Conference.  Ottawa has the worst team +/- in the league at -59.  Their season has completely fallen apart.

They no longer have any top scoring forwards.  Daniel Alfredsson is on pace for 47 points, which is quite low for any team.  Jason Spezza had a shoulder injury that kept him out for most of the Sens lacklustre run (he has been back the last two games).  They have some decent puck moving defencemen in Erik Karlsson and Sergei Gonchar, but they have not had any successful shutdown defencemen.  Chris Phillips has been overmatched.  They have not had any great goaltending performances this season.  Their best goaltending numbers thus far have been posted by Pascal Leclaire, who has been out with a lower body injury since December.

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Matt Cooke Hit On Fedor Tyutin Tonight

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14:42 Pittsburgh Matt Cooke: 5 minutes, charging
14:42 Pittsburgh Matt Cooke: 5 minutes, fighting
14:42 Columbus Derick Brassard: 5 minutes, fighting
14:42 Columbus Derick Brassard: 2 minutes, roughing

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  Tags: fedor+tyutin, matt+cooke

Hockey Points

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• Some fans need to uderstand the trade deadline, which by the way is February 28th at 3:00pm ET, is for playoff bound teams to improve themselves.  The summer is when some of the weaker teams will try to improve their lineup.

• Answer this question- Would you want the 20110 version of J.S. Giguere leading your team into the playoffs? 

• What goalie will Ken Holland attempt to get to you know, be the backup to the backup goalie?

• What one player not currently on your roster would put your team over the top and make them a serious Stanley Cup contender?  No fantasy here, name the player and what you would give up to acquire him.

• If you have been following those rumor sites, or the sites that make up things, there have been 26 trades and one signing in the last five days.

If you haven’t been following, well, you missed nothing because none of these so-called rumors have come true.

Remember folks, it is all about the hits.

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Islanders Start Goalie #5 Tonight

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from NHL.com,

New York Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin was helped off the ice during warmups prior to Tuesday night’s game against Toronto at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with what appeared to be an injured left leg.

Poulin, a 20-year-old rookie scheduled to start against the Leafs, seemed to catch his left skate in a rut in the crease and fell awkwardly. He skated gingerly off the ice and was helped down the tunnel toward the Islanders’ dressing room.

Mikko Koskinen, a 22-year-old who was to serve as Poulin’s backup, made his NHL debut in his place.

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Larionov Turned Down Russian GM Position

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Igor Larionov was clearly very interested in the position of Russian GM for the Sochi Olympics because his negotiations with Russian Ice Hockey Federation head Vladislav Tretiak lasted for about six months.

But just last week the Wayne Gretzky of Russian hockey turned down the job. He did so for all of those traditional reasons that can bedevil the country’s hockey program. The way Tretiak had outlined the job, he would have had all the pressure but with no control.

“Before I did the job, I wanted to make sure I had the decisions on the team and the coach but that was not going to be in my control,” said Larionov from his home in Detroit…

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  Tags: igor+larionov, team+russia

Video- I Got A Question For You

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Video- Did Michalek Slew-Foot Ballard?

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via Matthew Sekeres tweets,

“We don’t have any idea how severe it is” Canucks GM Mike Gillis on Keith Ballard’s injury.

Gillis said the injury was caused by a “violation of the rules” and “not a respected play.” Ballard was slew-footed by Milan Michalek.

 

 

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Video- Best Of The Week

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Three minutes of the best goals, hits, saves and fights from the past week in the NHL.

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