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The NHL Online Experience

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NEW YORK, N.Y. / PLAINVIEW, N.Y. (July 19, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and NeuLion Inc., today announced their partnership to bring a unique online experience to fans worldwide using NeuLion technology at the start of the 2007-08 season.

A new NHL Integrated Video Portal will be available via NHL.com and all of the 30 club sites to deliver high-quality video and other content. Fans will be able to navigate easily between live game content, video features, behind-the-scenes footage and game highlights that are viewable in multiple video windows or full screen.

NeuLion will power this NHL online video offering, which will include the following (pricing has yet to be determined):

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Effective Message Management

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sergei Fedorov isn’t speaking to the Russian media.  How do I know that?  Because in an interview with the Russian media he told them he’s no longer speaking to them.  Got it? 

“37 year old center of the Columbus Blue Jackets Sergei Fedorov, who according to rumors was going to get his contract bought out by his club to be then traded to the Detroit Red Wings declined to comment the situation. 

—I just flew in to LA from Detroit, Fedorov yesterday told Igor Larin of Sport-Express.  In California I am planning to undergo the treatment for elbow and groin injuries.  Regarding possibilities of any moves to another club, I will not discuss this subject.  Besides, in the middle of the last season before the start of the World Championship in Moscow I decided not to talk to Russian reporters.”

Good point Sergei.

I don’t have the link, but will post it for all the Russian linguists out there as soon as I get it.

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Overpaying

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

At this point, though, it isn’t likely too many teams will be foolish enough to throw a ton of money or term at the guys who still are desirous – remember that old Three’s Company joke? No? God, I’m aging – of officially contracted employment. So it’s a good time to look back over the last three weeks and rate, in reverse order, the top five worst silly-season signings….
3. Roman Hamrlik to the Montreal Canadiens for four years and $22 million. Five-and-a-half million a season for a guy who hasn’t put up more than 12 goals and 42 points in a single season since 2000-01 isn’t my idea of bang for your buck.

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Grigorenko On Second Line With Datsyuk?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

That appears to be what an optimistic organ-I-zation would like to see this fall.  Jim Nill spoke with nhl.com’s John McGourty about Grigorenko and a few other prospects.

“We think he’ll be a really good second-line guy that might suit Datsyuk. He has the potential to be a star, but it’s one day at a time to start. For instance, if we want him to go to the minors to catch up with the speed, how does he accept that? It won’t do him any good to struggle up here and not play much. A lot of Europeans don’t respect the AHL, but four weeks in the minors might be the best way to get up to NHL speed.”

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Nice Look At The Voice Of The Kings

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from the Acorn,

“My life changed dramatically right from the announcement that (Gretsky) was becoming a King,” Miller said. “The (number of) telecasts increased from 30 to 62 that first year. Our season ticket holders more than doubled. I would go around town and people would start recognizing me for the first time. It was great to see L.A. finally come to embrace hockey.”
Miller made the call of his life when Gretsky broke Gordie Howe’s scoring record in 1989.
“It’s my favorite moment in my broadcasting career,” Miller said. “I didn’t want it to sound too rehearsed, but then someone called me up asking what I was going to say when he broke the record.
“When he scored I waited a few seconds and said, ‘Wayne Gretsky, the Great One, has just become the greatest of them all- the leading scorer in the history of the National Hockey League.’ I’m just thankful that it was a clear goal so I was able to call the play accurately.”

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Al Arbour Returns For One Last Game

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from the New York Islanders,

Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour will return to Long Island to coach his 1,500th regular season game with the Islanders on Saturday, November 3 when the team hosts Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Nassau Coliseum at 7:00 pm. The legendary coach celebrates his 75th birthday on November 1.
Earlier this week Arbour accepted an invitation from Ted Nolan to run the team for one last game and reach the milestone of 1,500 games coached with the franchise he led to four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980 - 1983. Arbour will sign a one-day contract on Friday, November 2 and lead the team the following night against the Penguins.

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added 11:56am, from David Kolb at MSG Network,

This is more than a PR move by the Islanders; a franchise infatuated with embracing their four Cups won 20-plus years ago.
This move exemplifies the passion for the game Nolan truly possesses. That would be the only way this unique idea would even surfaced in Nolan’s mind. He isn’t the first coach since Arbour retired, but he was the first to think of this class act.

read on a pretty good video of Arbour…

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Online Out Of Market Games Coming

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from paidContent.org,

I don’t have all the details yet but the WSJ is reporting that the NHL has a deal with IPTV provider NeuLion Inc. to sell its out-of-market package for live online viewing. Center Ice, until now sold only through cable and satellite, will run $169 for the season, about 45 games a week. It looks like a single-night option may be available for $15. According to WSJ, the games will not be interrupted by advertising—that would be a major change from the current local ads included in the various market broadcasts.

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I am working on getting more information and will post when available…

added 10:13am, 7/19/07, from Cable 360 Net,

The ratings-challenged National Hockey League will expand its Center Ice live games package to the Web starting next season in an aggressive online push that potentially freezes out subscribers to its cable TV-based Center Ice package with In Demand. “We need to be nimble in this space,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tells the Wall Street Journal.
...the Center Ice Web package will run commercial-free and include HD video, highlights, pre- and post-game shows, stats and social networking.

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note:  original post was 7/18/07 at 9:50pm… Moved to top of page since additional information was added…

added 1:33pm, see this post for added information…

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Palffy To Play With Skalica In The Slovakian League

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Roman of eNHL.cz passed on some information to me this morning regarding Ziggy Palffy.  He has signed a 1yr contract to play with Skalica.
This from Palffy, “I am really glad I signed contract in my hometown. I owe too much to Skalica and I want to help this team to be at the top of Slovakian league.”
Palffy welcomed a baby in January, and will be playing in a very comfortable environment.  He wants to get back into game shape again and has not ruled out a return to the NHL.

added 4:37pm, from AFP via Yahoo,

Veteran Slovakia winger Zigmund Palffy, who played in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings, said on Thursday that he has reversed his decision to retire.
The 35-year-old has signed a one-year deal with Slovakian side Skalica.
“I hope I’ll be OK,” said Palffy who quit in 2006 because of a shoulder injury.

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Tampa Bay Will Look Within For Defensive Help

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from the St. Peterburg Times,

What you see likely is what you’ll get from the Lightning heading into training camp.
General manager Jay Feaster said Wednesday that barring trades, the team will try filling the last of its top six defensive positions from within the organization.
With forwards and goaltenders already set, that means Tampa Bay’s free-agent shopping is on hold, including any negotiations with defensemen Nolan Pratt and Doug Janik, mainstays last season, and Jassen Cullimore, about whom the team recently inquired.

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Pens Have The So-Important Chemistry

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

All have embraced that facet of their job description so far, and Roberts and Recchi seemed to have had a good rapport with their younger teammates last season. Maintaining that will be critical so that the roster doesn’t cleave into cliques, with younger players drifting away from the older ones.
Even if that would be a byproduct of benign causes—things like different outside interests, tastes in music, etc.—it could curdle a team’s chemistry, shredding the bonds that are an important part of most winning clubs.
“If you have the right group, you don’t have that problem,” Sydor said. “And from what I hear, you don’t have that problem here. The old guys like being around the young guys—they make us feel young—and the young guys want to hear stories and stuff like that from the old guys.”

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