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Playoff Plans

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This story is specifically about the Sabres TV plans for the playoffs, but insert your team in the picture, especially when it comes to OLN and NBC. What I stated on KK a few weeks ago, seems to hold true about the 2nd round. from Business First of Buffalo,

As the Buffalo Sabres begin their first playoff run in five years, fans have been wondering what games will be on TV and what network will carry them. The short answer is all the games will be on TV, but exactly what network remains a case of alphabet soup and probably won't be determined until late Tuesday night, after all the National Hockey League's regular season games are completed.
continued Note to first time Kukla's Korner visitors, use the search feature on the left sidebar if you are looking for TV coverage during the playoffs (or for any topic you are interested in). I have received over 30 emails today regarding this topic, but if you type keywords like OLN or NBC, you may find the answers to your questions.

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Ron MacLean In Hot Water With Refs

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from Hockey Refs,

Veteran NHL referees Bill McCreary and Paul Devorski have criticized CBC hockey anchor Ron MacLean. In a playoff preview story by the National Post Newspaper, McCreary said only an “idiot” would say this season’s new standards of enforcement haven't “improved the game of hockey.” “We have people who work for CBC who are ex-referees, who for whatever reason don’t want to buy into this system,” he said. “I mean, they couldn’t graduate to Junior A from Junior B. I don’t know how those people become such great authorities on the game of hockey.”
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Is It In You

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Gatorade's new integrated marketing campaign featuring NHL phenom Sidney Crosby launches across Canada today, and acts as a national rallying cry uniting Canadians in celebration of road hockey. The campaign consists of 30- and 60-second versions of the television spot "Sticks," a 60-second cinematic version, public relations activities, as well as an on-line contest at Gatorade.ca. "Sticks" debuts in English and French across Canada Monday, April 17th, in time for the NHL playoffs. image

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No Deal- No Malkin

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Twenty-nine NHL teams have to be pleased that Russian hockey officials appear to moving -- albeit at a glacial pace -- toward eventually signing off on a deal that would reopen the talent pipeline from that country to North America. And one -- the Penguins -- should be downright ecstatic about it. Mostly because Pat Brisson, managing director of IMG Hockey, which represents highly regarded prospect Evgeni Malkin, believes that's the team's only realistic hope of having him play here next season. "It's very clear that the [International Ice Hockey Federation] and Russian federation will have to have a deal in place in order to have Evgeni come to Pittsburgh," he said.
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Canadiens Honor Red

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from the Montreal Gazette,

Red Fisher, the dean of hockey writers on this continent or any other, currently uses a Macintosh iBook G4 laptop computer, featuring wireless capability, a DVD drive and so much memory that it can recall when the Canadiens were a dynasty. Optional installation on its 14-inch display is a tastefully small photo of country singer Shania Twain, wearing a midriff-baring Canadiens jersey. This computer is slightly higher-tech, though much less beautiful, than what the Canadiens presented to Red in the Salon Jacques Beauchamp an hour before Saturday's Bell Centre game - an engraved, gold-plated Montblanc Solitaire pen - in honour of his 50 years (plus one) of covering the team. "I wouldn't have wanted to do anything else," he said of his career, deeply moved and clearly surprised by a ceremony that the dozens of Montreal media in attendance had known about for weeks.
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Businessman Commits To Help Penguins

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from Pittsburgh Business Times,

The Detroit businessman who has applied to build a slots casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore is now committing to a funding plan to help build a new multi-purpose arena. Don Barden, chairman of PITG Gaming LLC, will announce Monday his plans to add a 300-room hotel to his plans for a casino and entertainment complex on the North Shore. In addition, a spokesman for PITG Gaming said Barden is scouting three Pittsburgh locations to build a multi-purpose arena partially funded with slots revenue. Owners of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins have said they need a new arena, or will be forced to sell the team or move it out of town.
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Questions Answered

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

There are NHL mysteries that are yet to be solved and may never be. For example, what exactly is it that the goal judges sitting behind the net do anymore? Are the Ottawa Senators in trouble? Sure seems like it. They were lifeless on Saturday, especially on the attack, and the goaltending of Ray Emery was not their biggest problem. Jason Spezza, with one goal in his last 15 games, is slumping, team discipline has slipped and nobody knows if and when Dominik Hasek will return.
read on

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Fear The Devils

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Isn't it ironic, as Alanis Morissette is believed to have once asked Mike Peluso, that a Devils' team dedicated to eliminating even the theory of open ice will enter the first new-age Stanley Cup playoff tournament with the best open-ice player in the league in Scott Gomez? Which, in concert with their pedigree, their goaltender, their coach and their system, is just another important reason to fear the Devils when the playoffs commence, regardless of whether they finish third, fifth or sixth in the East. You'd better believe it. The NHL should be afraid, very afraid, of the team the new era was designed to make obsolete. Ha, ha. The joke's on everyone else.
more (reg. req.)

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The Altered NHL

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from the Toronto Sun,

The regular season concludes tomorrow, separating 16 teams with a glint of Cup silver in their eyes from the 14 holding nothing but draft lottery tickets. Surviving clubs will bore you all week with quotes that the past 6 1/2 months were a meaningless dress rehearsal, but don't believe 'em. In the wake of a damaging lockout and commitment to radical change, the past 1,230 games have dramatically altered the National Hockey League. Here's a look back at a turbulent 2005-06 schedule:
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Life Is Great For Ovechkin

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from the Montreal Gazette via the Star Phoenix,

Alexander Ovechkin, the NHL's hottest young property, showed he possesses a sly sense of humour, even working in a second language. Do his teammates play jokes on him? "Yes, they do." Are there any he could describe for publication? "No," he said. "But if you want to know, you can ask the other guys." No one in the NHL appears to enjoy himself more than Ovechkin. True, he is young and talented and wealthy, but so are dozens of other players who don't enjoy themselves half as much as he does. "I always try joking and try to do something funny," Ovechkin said. "I think, why not smile? Life is great right now, so smile."
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