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Why Wednesday

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from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

The NHL believes it will have a larger turnout from corporate sponsors and business partners by moving its All-Star Game to midweek (Jan. 24, 2007). “We believe that for business partners, it’s a much better proposition [to hold events during the week],” said Ken Yaffe, the league’s senior vice president of business affairs. “There’s such demand between trade shows, Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game that time of year.” “We thought it would showcase the game better,” said Mark Fein, OLN senior vice president of programming, who noted that the league came to OLN with the idea, but that OLN’s internal ratings analysis determined that a weeknight was probably the best time slot. “This isn’t going to hurt us in any way and maybe it will help bring focus and attention on the game itself.” Sponsorship experts are not quite sure if the move will have the desired effect. “We represent over 90 brands, and I’ve never heard weekend versus weekday being an issue,” said Ray Clark, CEO of The Marketing Arm, which is based in Dallas. “I would cater to the fans first, the corporate audience second, because fan interest is what drives the corporate interest.”

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Who Is In Goal For Team USA

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from the Buffalo News,

U.S. Olympic hockey coach Peter Laviolette is playing dump-and-chase on the issue of his No. 1 goaltender, asserting such a determination is unnecessary, maybe even counterproductive. "I'm not a real big believer in a No. 1 guy, a No. 1 line, a No. 1 power-play unit, a No. 1 set of defense," Laviolette, the coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, said via an NHL conference call Friday.
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Blackhawks Talking Trades

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from the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Hawks could be a much different team when they play their next home game March 1. General manager Dale Tallon expects to get plenty of offers before the March 9 deadline, and some deals figure to be made before the NHL breaks for the Turin Olympics in February. "If there are moves that make sense and are beneficial to our future, we'll make them,'' Tallon said. "We're not in a state of panic. We're going to do the right thing to get better." "The message is we're not winning, we're not in the playoff picture -- and we've got to change that around,'' he said.

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Like Father- Like Son

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Former Canadian goaltender Denis Brodeur knows exactly what price he paid to become an Olympic hockey medalist 50 years ago. It was $3,000. That was the amount written on a signing-bonus check he received from the Cleveland Barons after he made that American Hockey League team at the 1955-56 training camp.
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Trap, Trade And Could Have Been

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Babcock said many teams are adjusting to the new rules, especially eliminating the two-line passes, by moving defenders back to the blue line and making it difficult for teams to enter the zone. "I'm a little fearful this is what the NHL is going to get to," Babcock said. "At the start, we were all excited you could make those two-line passes, but now what happens is, teams are stacking up at the blue line and there's not much room off the rush." via the Detroit News When asked if Colorado would be making any trades, the Denver Post's Adrian Dater wrote, "I expect them to get a veteran such as a Gary Roberts or Mark Recchi for the second line. I don't think you'll see any blockbusters involving a goalie, but you learn never to say never with this team." via USA TODAY,

For Comcast, cable TV rights for Major League Baseball, soccer's World Cup, NASCAR and PGA Tour have come and gone to other networks — although the Comcast-owned Golf Channel picked up future golf action — since OLN's deal for the NHL. And the NHL's national TV ratings are setting all-time lows. Yo Adrian, Comcast coulda been a contender.
from the Star-Ledger,
Scott Stevens, who will become the first Devils player to have his number retired Friday, is not a big fan of the "new" NHL since the rule changes that followed the labor dispute. "I think if I was to do it all over again, I'd come back as a football player, maybe a middle linebacker," said Stevens, who captained the Devils to three Stanley Cup championships. "I don't know if it would be much fun to be a defenseman nowadays. There is not much physical play. One-on-one battles are non-existent. I like some of the rules, but I think they went a little too far."

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Coach Lou

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from North Jersey,

Throughout his 20 games as interim coach, Lamoriello has dismissed suggestions that he is enjoying the experience, almost insisting that he's too busy to have fun. But his actions and evident emotions have told a different story. "It's definitely been a pleasant experience for everybody," goaltender Martin Brodeur said. "The success we've had with him has been awesome. He just motivates a lot. He pays attention to details day in and day out so we don't slip. Right now we just know him as a coach. We don't know him as a GM."
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Sillinger To Preds

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from the CP via TSN,

The Nashville Predators acquired journeyman centre Mike Sillinger from the St. Louis Blues for forward Timofei Shishkanov on Sunday. "Mike Sillinger is a battle-tested veteran who will help us both offensively and defensively," said Executive Vice President and General Manager David Poile in a statement.

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Detroit Sports Memories

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from Crains Detroit,

What follows are the signature moments in Detroit sports history since 1900, arranged chronologically. They were selected by a team of sports writers, broadcasters and historians commissioned by the Super Bowl XL Host Committee and are being recognized at "A Detroit Salute" January 30th at the Fox Theatre.
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You Too Can Be A Star- Or A Canadien

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Vancouver Canucks Op Ed Blog writes auditions being will be held in LA on Monday for a hockey TV ad.

You, too, can star in a TV ad pretending to be “members of the Canadian Hockey Team.” The producers also request photo doubles for Scott Niedermeyer and Martin St. Louis.
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Common Census Sports Map

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Where do the fans for your NHL team live? How far do they extend? Are there any surprises? The CommonCensus Sports Map Project needs you to help us answer these questions! It is producing maps that show exactly where the fans for each team are located, based on the geographic votes of Internet users. More on this project from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer,

The CCSP is conducting a survey to find out where the fans of major sports teams are located. You go there and enter your street address and select which teams you support (you don't have to register or give your name), and the information is added to the database. Multicolored maps show the geographic breakdowns for MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAA Division I-A football.
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