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This Team Is Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,

The Blackhawks have done everything right and have done it so quickly that this moment called for Dramamine. Do they have any idea of how good they are? Do they have any idea of how good they have it?

They say they do.

“I still feel like a young kid living a dream playing in the NHL,” said Toews, who at 21 has good reason to feel like a young kid. “To be blessed to be in this city, I can’t think of any better place I could have been drafted to when I was 18 years old. I never could have predicted the things that have happened in this city since then.”

He’s referring, in part, to the team’s surprising trip to the Western Conference finals last season, but he might as well have been referring to something even more surprising: how ridiculously good this team is 26 games into this season.

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Lecavalier Frustrated

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from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

“The frustration level is very high,” Lecavalier said Thursday. “It’s all about confidence. I see the puck coming, and I tense up.”

It is one thing that Lecavalier is on pace for 16 goals, his fewest since he had 13 in 1998-99 as a rookie. That he spoke so freely about a lack of confidence is extraordinary.

This is a former 50-goal scorer who from 2006-08 racked up 200 points and was considered one of the best in the world.

“Squeezing the stick,” he said. “Around the net, when you don’t have a lot of goals, your vision is not the same. I feel great everywhere on the ice but around the net. It doesn’t shut down, but for some reason, your vision gets smaller.”

read on

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Jonathan Ericsson Listed As Day-to-Day

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said the club believes defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (left knee) is fine and will be able to play Saturday in New Jersey.

“We think he’s OK, we’ll know (Friday),’’ Holland said. “They did some testing and the initial report is that it’s nothing significant.’‘

He said Ericsson will accompany the team on its flight to New York tonight for the annual Fathers Trip. After facing the Devils, the Wings play at the New York Rangers on Sunday.

continued

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Toss The Cotton Out The Window

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Washington Capitals Equipment Manager Brock Myles talks undergarments.

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Delivering The Game To The Fans

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from Jon Brodkin of NetworkWorld,

Sports fans demand a lot more than game tickets and newspaper box scores these days – they want constantly updated game information and access to high-quality video no matter where they are. That’s why the National Hockey League’s technology team is on a quest to upgrade its Web and mobile video capabilities.

“We know that we have a very tech-savvy group of fans, and we want to leverage technology to enhance the game,” says Peter DelGiacco, the CTO of the National Hockey League….

“In prior years we weren’t able to deliver the same quality of video,” DelGiacco said. For this season the NHL enhanced the service with high-definition video, DVR functionality, and adaptive streaming, which adjusts video quality to each user’s bandwidth. As part of the same project, the NHL and its franchises redesigned all 30 team Web sites.

“When you start watching a game, the quality starts at 400 [kilobits per second] for a few seconds, then it jumps to 800, then 1600, and it keeps going up until you say ‘now that’s good,’” DelGiacco said.

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Who Do You Want To Follow?

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from CBC,

Online viewers will have personal control over a near-ice-level perspective as the Hockey Night in Canada All Access Cam makes its debut in Friday’s telecast of the Montreal Canadiens’ centennial anniversary game against the Boston Bruins.

The new camera will give viewers logging on to CBCSports.ca total freedom to choose where they focus their attention during the pre-game festivities and after the puck drops at the Bell Centre.

“It’s a cool innovation. We’re always trying to bring the event to the viewer,” said Hockey Night in Canada executive producer Sherali Najak.

Developed by Immersive Media in Calgary and sponsored by Chevrolet, the circular camera, smaller than a soccer ball, has 11 lenses working simultaneously. The different views are pieced together by computer software, giving online users a real-time 360-degree view of the action.

continued and I do believe only Canadian IP addresses can access HNIC online…

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When In Doubt? Whip Out The Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s a free for all.  Because Uncle Teddy, Dick Bernstein, Uncle Mike, Tick Tock, Gramps, the Enigma, the Oompa Loompa we don’t speak of, The Captain, Charlie Buckets, Wally, the Swedish Meatball, the Czech Miracle of Insanity, the Unibomber, his pal The Perfect Human and Vladdie all say it’s time for a hot streak.

Two games? That’s a nice little blip.  Three? It’s a run.

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Official Release Of The Shanahan Hiring

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NEW YORK (December 3, 2009)—Brendan Shanahan, one of the most prolific goal scorers in National Hockey League history, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and an Olympic Gold Medal winner, has joined the League as Vice President of Hockey and Business Development, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced today.

  On the game side, Shanahan—an original member of the NHL Competition Committee—will work with Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell and his staff, providing insights from a player’s standpoint into trends that have emerged; he also will help anticipate trends that might develop. On the business side, he will work with Chief Operating Officer John Collins and his staff to ensure that the League’s marketing efforts fully integrate and maximize the interests of the game and the players. Shanahan, who additionally will handle special projects as determined by Commissioner Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, will be based in the League’s New York office.

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Rangers Dealing With Cap Issues

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Blueshirts currently have only five healthy defensemen on the roster after sending Bobby Sanguinetti back to Hartford on Tuesday. Adding waiver acquisition Erik Christensen’s $850,000 cap hit to the roster (plus an additional $125,000 hit that represents the difference between recalled goaltender Chad Johnson and the waived Steve Valiquette) has actually pushed the Rangers over the cap and into the position where they are borrowing from next season’s bonus cushion.

It appears as though the Rangers may have to place Brandon Dubinsky, who will miss his 10th game on Saturday since sustaining a broken hand on Nov. 7, on retroactive LTI in order to clear space to promote a D from the AHL.

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Jiri Tlusty Traded To Carolina

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via the Twitter of Bob McKenzie,

Toronto trades Jiri Tlusty to Carolina. Details to follow.

update 3:31pm, Bob has updated his Twitter,

Tlusty to Carolina.- 2009 first rounder Philippe Paradis to Toronto.

added 3:45pm, via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have shipped forward Jiri Tlusty to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Philippe Paradis.

A former first round pick (13th overall) of the Maple Leafs, Tlusty has eight goals and seven assists in 19 games with the AHL Marlies. He skated in two games with the Maple Leafs in late October, recording zero points and a minus- 2 rating.

Paradis, 18, was the Hurricanes’ first round draft pick (27th overall) in 2009.

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