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American Olympic TV Coverage

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In the best of times, American Olympic coverage is not particularly good.  They will tape delay events so that they can appear in prime time, when the results of the event are easily found on the internet hours before it is shown on television.  Many events are not shown on television if Americans have no realistic chance of medaling.  Often significant Olympic stories that do not involve Americans are completely omitted from coverage.  Given that track record, it is no surprise that the 2010 Winter Olympic coverage on NBC will not be optimal.

The first major complaint is that the preliminary round hockey game between Canada and USA will not be shown on the main NBC network.  Instead it will go to MSNBC.  NBC is choosing to show the original dance in the ice dancing competition.  Most likely, this will maximize their ratings.

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Maybe The Coyotes Ownership Process Will Speed-Up Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,

The city of Glendale won the latest court tussle with the Goldwater Institute watchdog group over possible lease concessions and incentives for the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge Friday ruled against a Goldwater request to hold Glendale in contempt for not turning over documents in the case fast enough.


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Could Cogliano Become A Nasty Player?

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Can Andrew Cogliano be transformed into the next Todd Marchant?

If the young Edmonton Oilers forward can’t score, maybe it’s time to plant the seed and find Cogliano a new job description so he can stay in the NHL for the next 15 years.

Turn Cogliano one of the game’s five fastest skaters, into an indispensable checker, a super pest, a penalty-killer and a good faceoff man, just like Marchant.


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Waiver Transactions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,

Toronto claims Jamie Lundmark on waivers from Cgy. NYR put Steve Valiquette on re-entry waivers. May and Cheechoo clear waivers.

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11 Games On The NHL Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First game starts just after 2:00pm ET today.

It does seem kind of strange that the Olympic games have started but the NHL continues to play.

View today’s complete schedule below.

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GDT - Game #61: Red Wings host Senators (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

The Red Wings have lost four straight games (0-2-2). Miraculously, they are only one point out of the playoffs with a game in hand.  The Wings haven’t been out of a playoff spot this late in a season since 1989-90 - the last time they failed to qualify.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Senators are on a mission, they had put together a franchise-record 11-game winning streak before falling 5-0 at Toronto last Saturday. The Sens then responded with a pair of one-goal victories, including Thursday’s 6-5 win over East-leading Washington. The Senators are an NHL-best 13-1-0 since January 14, allowing less than three goals in 12 of their 13 victories.

Andreas “the Pylon” Lilja, has been recalled from Grand Rapids, and as soon as the team doctors clear him, he could be back in the lineup.  In order for Lilja to get on the roster, the Wings will have to clear $700,000 of cap space.  Queue up Kirk Maltby, who may decide to undergo shoulder surgery, which incidentally would place him on LTIR for the remainder of the regular season.  Kronwall wants to play tonight too. 

The Wings have, apparently, placed themselves where they hoped to be at the Olympic break.  They are still in the hunt.  The Organization have been telling the faithful all season, that if they can remain in the hunt at the break, they will begin to right the ship once they are healthy.  That time is now.  Recently, one of the “19” astutely proclaimed that it was time for the Wings to


a flipping point; I couldn’t agree more. The Wings still control their own destiny, win and they make the playoffs for a 19th consecutive time.  There are no more throw-away games, there is no time left for excuses, it is time to man-up and play like it matters.  Do or do not, there is no try.

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Dump Bertuzzi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Mason at the Detroit Free Press,

This column was submitted by a freep.com reader and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland’s hockey expertise heavily outweighs mine. It’s kind of like comparing the brain capacity of Albert Einstein versus Pee Wee Herman.

But something has to be done about Bertuzzi. Bench him. Cut him. Trade him. Heck, send him across I-96 to Grand Rapids. Because, in the end, he will kill this team, if he hasn’t dug their playoff grave already.

Bertuzzi, although skilled with his spin-o-rama shootout goals and occasional offensive flair, really lacks the hockey intelligence instrumental for winning games. Simple plays he cannot make.

And in a puck-possession system, simple plays are critical.


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Rangers Come Together As A Team

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There was Chris Drury getting up off the deck to drop his gloves with Matt Cooke, who had been standing over him like Ali over Liston in Lewiston, Maine, and Michal Rozsival was right there to protect his captain the way Marian Gaborik should have been protected, but wasn’t last month in Philadelphia.

But this was a different night and this was a different Rangers team. This was a team that battled throughout, even and especially after Michael Del Zotto was lost to a nasty skate wound above the ribs just 2:29 into the match and Gaborik was forced out following the first period after trying to play three days after suffering a skate gash in the right thigh.

“I loved seeing what Dru did,” Henrik Lundqvist said the Blueshirts’ 3-2 overtime victory over the Penguins on Olli Jokinen’s right wing wrist shot at 1:02. “We need that energy and edge to our game so that if something happens we don’t take a step back.

“I think everybody took charge and really focused on what they had to do. We’re not like [the Penguins], with so much talent. We’re a different team. We have to accept that. It’s important that the leaders lead the way, but at the same time we need everybody focused and locked in on doing what they do best.”


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A Blooper Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hey, the all count- Mikael Samuelsson with the game winner last night.

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Johnson Makes It To The Opening Ceremony

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

To march with Team USA on Friday in the opening ceremony, Kings defenseman Jack Johnson awoke at 5 a.m. on a day between games, jumped on a charter flight from LAX to Bellingham, Wash., and hired a car and driver for the 50-mile trip to Vancouver.

Johnson wouldn’t say what he paid to charter the six-seat plane for himself, his parents and his little brother. To him, the experience is priceless.

“I had to take extreme measures to get here, but it was worth every bit of it,” said Johnson, the lone NHL player in the procession.


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