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What will Comcast aquiring NBC mean for the NHL?

Blog: KK Members Blog By Hippy Dave

A very interesting tidbit of news came across the news wire today: Comcast aquires a 51% share of NBC, with GE able to force the sale of another 24.5% in 3.5 years, and the rest in 7.

As a former employee of an NBC affiliate in northern Michigan and a rabid hockey fan, I’m very interested in the repercussions to both the NHL and NBC in this deal.  Comcast owns Versus, which has been hitched to the NHL’s bandwagon for some time now.  Comcast has long shown an interest in hockey in general - during the ‘04-‘05 lockout, Comcast aired a few other hockey-related broadcasts on their own cable channels, including the Larionov retirement game (imagine the Red Wings vs. Russia—Yzerman scored a couple of goals for Russia that game as I recall, and yes, Igor got a goal too).  It feels natural that the NHL and Comcast should take care of each others interests, and I am excited to see what might happen in the future now that Comcast owns a controlling share in NBC.

Could we see more regular season and playoff NHL games on the major network?  I sure hope so.  I don’t really see NBC as a potential competitor to Versus, but rather as a nice complement.  Let’s hope that this might function as a workaround for those of us DirecTV customers who presently miss out on some programming due to the Versus/DirecTV impasse.  Let’s hope that this will bring the NHL to a broader audience and fuel a ratings and revenue resurgence for the game.  ESPN Who? 

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Let’s Review

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Carrie Milbank reviews the week in the NHL for us.

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Centennial Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

No one in Montreal paid much attention on Dec. 4, 1909 when the Canadiens emerged from the womb, a franchise granted in the National Hockey Association for $1,000 – plus a $5,000 bank deposit to guarantee players’ salaries.

A few more people are watching today as the Habs turn 100, the Boston Bruins in town with the Canadiens having delivered two periods of dismal hockey last night in Buffalo, then a half-decent third in a 6-2 losing effort.

Fans will be talking all day, and for a day or two afterward, about tonight’s Centennial Game.

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Game time is 8:00pm on NHL Network in the US and CBC in Canada.  My understanding is festivities begin around 6:00pm.  Hopefully we get see some of the pre-game show.

update 1:46pm, Just heard on NHL Live that coverage from Montreal will begin at 6:30pm.  Great to hear, DVR will be working tonight.

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LA Gets The NHL Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (December 4, 2009) – For the first time in its 46-year history, the NHL Entry Draft will be held in the State of California. The Los Angeles Kings and STAPLES Center will host the two-day event on June 25-26, 2010, the National Hockey League announced today.

Round one, on Friday, June 25, will be broadcast live by Versus in the US and TSN and RDS in Canada as well as NHL Radio, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.  NHL Network (U.S. and Canada) will carry rounds 2-7 on Saturday, June 26, beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Take A Trip To Washington Mr. Kelley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

I am probably one of the most transparent and interactive owners in the league. I embrace the media and the blogosphere. I respect all of the people that cover our great sport. I went to my first hockey game with my father as a birthday gift he gave me in 1961. I still remember that day. I actually did see many of the great old great players play as a child at Madison Square Garden and The Boston Garden. My favorite player was Bobby Orr.

In all of that time and all of those interactions, I honestly can’t ever remember meeting Jim Kelley or seeing him at a Caps game here in DC. If I am incorrect in that statement I apologize in advance.

I would like to invite Jim to a Caps game here in DC where we can meet, discuss and exchange ideas. We can talk about the game and history. He can come and Rock the Red. He can put a human face on the name that he writes about. We certainly didn’t connect or talk about what he was writing in this piece. He certainly didn’t call me to talk or send me an email to discuss.

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East vs. West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Was thinking last night that no law degree was required to make a reasonably sound argument that the Eastern Conference is stronger than the Western Conference:

    1. The East has the NHL’s top three offensive superstars in Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

    2. The East has the reigning Norris Trophy winner in Zdeno Chara, plus another finalist in Mike Green.

    3.  The top of goaltending pyrimid in the East seems slightly better than the goaltending in the West….

Was feeling pretty good about the Eastern Conference-is-stonger theory until it occurred to me that the three most talented defensive units in the game are located in the West in the cities of Detroit, Calgary and Chicago. Plus, when I looked this morning 11 of the top 15 NHL scorers are from the West.

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Working The Games

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from NHL.com,

Seven National Hockey League referees and six NHL linesmen were named on Thursday to work at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next February.

The referees are Paul Devorski, Mark Joannette, Dennis LaRue, Bill McCreary, Dan O’Halloran, Chris Rooney and Brad Watson. The linesmen include Shane Heyer, Jean Morin, Brian Murphy, Thor Nelson, Tim Nowak and Jay Sharrers.

“We had to look at experience and every other element to come up with the numbers we were told we could utilize,” NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson told NHL.com.

Gregson said the selection process involved more than just determining who was doing the best job this season.

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What Will The Blackhawks Do Next?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Hockey,

For now, I think Bowman will be praying his team stays healthy. As for the off-season moves, forget about Huet or Campbell going anywhere, especially the latter with his huge salary (over $7 million per season) and “no-movement” clause. Byfuglien, Sharp or Barker are the likely trade candidates and they’ll certainly attract considerable attention.

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Will A Team Meeting Help The Flyers?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The Flyers’ captain wouldn’t reveal what was said behind closed doors after a 10-minute team meeting held minutes after Vancouver handed them a 3-0 loss.

“I don’t think I called [the meeting],” Richards said. “It was just kind of something that happened. Everyone was in the room. It was a good time to get things off your chest. Not just myself, everyone in the locker room.”

With an Islanders win, the Flyers are now tied for 10th place in the Eastern Conference - the farthest they have fallen in the standings since November 2008.

Undoubtedly, part of the discussion in the bowels of the Wachovia Center focused on the team’s scoring woes. Once the league’s most potent offense, scoring at a 3.6 goals-per-game clip, the Flyers have gone eight consecutive periods without a goal.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s especially embarrassing to lose like this at home. Last year, we fought hard and competed like crazy to be a competitive team, a playoff team. The respect we got from our fans was incredible. They really bought into us. I have to think that right now we’re just letting them down. It’s frustrating for them, for sure. They’re paying good money at a tough time (economically) to come watch us, and there have been too many bad performances here at home.”

-R.J. Umberger of the Columbus Blue Jackets after a home loss to the Leafs.  More on the Blue Jackets from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.

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