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All Nikita Filatov

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from Dmitry Chesnokov at PuckDaddy,

First, about his relationship with Hitchcock:

“Actually, Hitchcock gave me a lot. I started playing better defense,” he said. “But if at practice I did something wrong, Ken was ready to immediately stop practice, call the entire team over and explain to me personally where I made a mistake.”

Q. Was it embarrassing?

FILATOV: “This is a normal process. But Hitchcock took it too far sometimes. There was an immediate whistle after something small. Or he would give instructions through the defense coach, you get an individual workout. And when we lost to Detroit (1:9), Hitchcock actually made a schedule. Every player went to him for a 10-15 minute talk.”

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Will James Neal Be An Offer Sheet Target?

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The lads from Newport Sports Management Group were in Dallas Thursday to watch the game, and superagent Pat Morris represents Stars winger James Neal.

Both Morris and the Stars said there was no talk about an extension for Neal at the time, because it’s just too early in the process. The Stars would have to wow him with a huge offer right now, which they aren’t going to do, and the Neal side wants to see if he can put up a 40-goal season and really change the negotiations.

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Thrashers Are On the Clock

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

With every passing day, with each improbable win, with each surprising rung climbed up the NHL standings, the nervousness builds for the Atlanta Thrashers.

Will he sign?

Each passing day brings this beleaguered NHL franchise closer to a crossroads, to a truly defining moment.

Either captain Ilya Kovalchuk will sign a long-term contract extension, or he will be put on the open market and sold to the highest bidder in advance of the March 3 trade deadline.

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Afternoon Line

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“We haven’t that swagger in this dressing room for couple weeks now and it’s showed in our play, in the wins column. We haven’t gotten it done.

“Me personally, I don’t think I had a hit [against Vancouver] and that’s what makes me effective. It frees up some room for Carts [Jeff Carter] and Danny B [Briere] and gets guys going on the bench.

“I got to get ready to go and excuse my language, be pissed early and ready to get out there and do something effective to get guys going.”

-Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers.  More on the team from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.

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Looking At Savard’s Contract

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from Erik Duhastchek of the Globe and Mail,

Another week and another NHL team blatantly plowed through a CBA loophole in order to circumvent the salary cap.

And no, we’re not talking about the Chicago Blackhawks, who signed three players – including defenceman Duncan Keith – to multi-year contract extensions Thursday worth a cool $135-million in total. The NHL gave the deals, including Keith’s 13-year extension, its blessing – which is not to say that the Blackhawks are in the clear on the Marian Hossa extension signed this summer.

Keith’s $72-million contract received the OK, after it had been vetted by the league and tweaked so that the dollars at the back end are defensible.

Instead, the contract that the league will scrutinize is the seven-year, $28.5 million extension signed by Marc Savard with the Boston Bruins.

On the surface, it looked as if Savard granted the Bruins a large home-town discount.

continued with numerous hockey topcs discussed…

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What About That Comcast/NBC Deal?

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Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some emails…

Adam, I’ve noticed the hockey world has been largely mum about Comcast’s decision to purchase NBC/Universal. I believe this is not a good thing for hockey fans or the world at large.

How does this relate to hockey particularly? Consider Comcast’s ownership of the Philadelphia Flyers. Comcast owns both the Flyers and also the “Versus” network. Versus is the primary cable broadcast outlet for NHL hockey games. The Flyers are on Versus an awful lot due to this, and now Comcast will own the only other national outlet for the NHL in the U.S.: NBC.

The downside of the continued consolidation of media is something I could write about for days, but this isn’t the proper forum for that topic.

But clearly, any business decision resulting in fewer bargaining alternatives for the NHL is indeed a bad one – for the players, for the owners and definitely for the fans. Remember that as the network and/or league tries to spin the news to their benefit.

more Q & A from Adam plus Hippy Dave, our KK fantasy expert, chimed in on the Comcast deal at the KK Members Blog.

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What will Comcast aquiring NBC mean for the NHL?

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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

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Carrie Milbank reviews the week in the NHL for us.

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Centennial Night

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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

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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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