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NHL.com Provides All Access For ASG

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Update 3:45pm ET: Live streaming starts today on NHL.com [here’s the direct link to the broadcast], 4-6pm ET, simulcast from the NHL Network, featuring the “Coaches Show” and interviews with players in the YoungStars game.

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New York (January 24, 2008) ­– Fans who cannot attend the National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game weekend in Atlanta don’t have to miss out on any of the excitement from the event.  NHL.com will feature more than 20 exclusive Webcasts, plus some simulcasts from the NHL Network, giving fans online a virtual all-access pass to the dressing room, the ice and behind the scenes at every major All-Star Weekend event.

The highlight of the NHL.com Webcast schedule takes place on Sunday, January 27 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST, when Cisco Presents the 2008 NHL All-Star ALL ACCESS Show exclusively on NHL.com. The live Webcast will take fans on an unprecedented visit inside the NHL All-Star Game with locker-room access, player interviews, pre-game analysis and video features.  NHL.com then will simulcast the NHL Network’s pre-game coverage before the 56th NHL All-Star game faces off at 6 p.m.  EST.

 

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At The Mid-Season

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Off-ice disaster award

If they make a movie of the Nashville Predators’ story, they could call it “Titanic.” With the plucky team gamely staying in the playoff hunt in the Western Conference despite former owner Craig Leipold’s mandated offseason fire sale of talent, fans have responded by staying away in greater numbers than ever before. The Preds’ average paid attendance at the All-Star break would leave them out of the revenue-sharing pie at the end of the season, which will mean new ownership will have to dig deeper, sooner, if they’re going to fulfill their promise to re-ink top restricted free agents Martin Erat, Jordin Tootoo, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.

more awards from Scott Burnside of ESPN…

added 12:17pm, Another surprise from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

The 2007-08 edition of the Habs are one of the best surprises of the season. Their 60 points, second only to the mighty Ottawa Senators (66), in the Eastern Conference at the break. Because the Sens are in Montreal’s division, however, and because I don’t see Ottawa falling off, the best the Canadiens can do is hope for fourth in the conference because of the divisional seeds. Home ice at the Bell Centre in the first round? Bring the ear plugs.

more on the Canadiens…

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Morning Line

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from the CP via TSN,

“I’m flattered by all this,” he said of conjecture he might want to move back to Canada and join the Leafs. “It’s a great job.

“If you’re Catholic, this is the Vatican.”

Toronto is the epicentre, along with Montreal, of the hockey universe, Burke said.

“I’m flattered by all the attention and that someone would think I’m the right guy for this, but I have a job that I love and I work for special people in the Samuelis. I’m not going anywhere.”

more from Brian Burke…

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Rutherford Points To Canes Defensive Problems

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from WRAL,

“Our goaltending is fine, especially with Cam. He’s going to have a great career,” Rutherford said. “He’s still developing that mental toughness.

“Our goalies are left alone a lot, probably more than any team in the league, where the whole system breaks down.”

Other teams, he said, get too many free shots at the Canes’ goal.

“Our goalies have kind of been hung out to dry,” Rutherford said. “They need more help from the team.”

Rutherford said Carolina needs more quickness and speed on defense.
“Our team is still missing what we’ve talked about for quite some time,” he said. “On our defense, we’ve got to be more mobile.”

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Trade Primer

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from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,

3. General managers are not on the phone every day trying to swing trades, ok? I keep hearing that nonsense and it’s simply not true. If it was, they’d have no time to devote to other aspects of running a team, like scouting, managing payroll, and player development. Yes, they have assistants but GMs must stay involved in day-to-day activities….

6. Correctly predicting one rumored trade doesn’t make you a genius prognosticator if you’re wrong most of the time. One rumor out of one hundred coming true is nothing to crow about. If you were a weather forecaster with that kind of prediction rate you’d be unemployed in no time!...

read on

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IPE > NHL ASG

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The NHL All-Star Game will fill Philips Arena on Sunday, will be covered by media from across the United States and Canada, and will be yet another source of bragging rights for Atlanta’s sports boosters.

But in a city of major events, sports and otherwise, hockey’s All-Star game and accompanying festivities will not even be this week’s largest attraction.

That would be the International Poultry Expo, which wraps up a three-day run at the Georgia World Congress Center today.

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Hockey Tonight

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from the Lansing State Journal,

ANN ARBOR - As sparkling, new, state-of-art hockey arenas pop up all over college hockey, venerable Yost Arena lives on.

As soon as one sets foot in the 84-year-old building, a player, coach or fan immediately feels the buzz, the electric atmosphere that is prevalent throughout a building which has been home to University of Michigan hockey for 35 years - since 1973-74.

And once the puck is dropped, the combination of a hard-core group of boisterous students and their colorful and, often times, off-color cheers and chants, the loud pep band, great acoustics and the Wolverines’ upbeat style on the ice makes Yost Arena one of the best places to watch a game.

continued... If you need a hockey fix, 6th ranked MSU plays #1 UM tonight, the puck drops at 7:35pm ET and can be viewed on FSN Detroit.

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Canes Scouting Liles

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from the Denver Post,

The Hurricanes continue to be looking over Avs defender John-Michael Liles, an unrestricted free agent after this season. Carolina has made no secret of its desire for a puck-carrying, offensive defenseman. Liles, however, is suffering through the worst season of his young career, with two goals and 18 points in 48 games coming in.

Scouts from the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals also were in attendance.

more on the Avs…

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Savard Rips Team After Loss To Columbus

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from the Daily Herald,

An angry Savard ripped into his team for failing to deliver the proper effort in what was an important game for the Hawks on so many levels.

“I’m disappointed and (ticked) off about the effort,” Savard said. “This is a divisional game, we’re fighting for our lives here, we want to get in the playoffs, we have a nice crowd, and this is what they give us?

“I think they forgot last summer or two summers ago or three summers ago what we gave them. We commit to them and they’re very happy when they sign it … well, commit to us, commit to the jersey, commit to the people here.”

Savard refused to name names, saying to reporters that they know who he’s talking about.

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Almost Everyone Is Traveling

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I have decided to stay home during the ASG Weekend, which will allow me to re-charge my battery as the race to a playoff spot is about to get real interesting.

Alanah is still nursing her unfortunate meeting with concrete and word is IwoCPO of Abel to Yzerman may have had a few “pops” with some guys who skate for a living while vacationing in Cancun.

As the NHL types begin to gather in Atlanta for the ASG, we will be providing KK readers with all the information they need to know about the mid-season classic.

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