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Versus Draws A Big Crowd

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from Puck The Media,

Versus notched its most-watched NHL opening night in the net’s history, with an average of 832,781 viewers for Capitals-Bruins and Sharks-Avalanche.

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New York, N.Y. (October 2, 2009)-VERSUS, the exclusive cable television home of the NHL, dropped the puck on its fifth year of coverage with the most-watched NHL opening night in network history with a total of 832,781 viewers tuning in for the Bruins/Capitals and Avalanche/Sharks games. 

Locally, VERSUS was one of the top-rated cable networks in all four markets (Boston, Washington, D.C., Denver and San Jose). 

“Despite DirecTV shutting out millions of hockey fans from seeing last night’s games, VERSUS still garnered its best NHL regular season opening night ever,” said Jamie Davis, President of VERSUS.  “The momentum of this network has not slowed down at all and we’re doing everything we can to reach an agreement with DirecTV to ensure that hockey fans won’t continue to miss the terrific match-ups we have on our schedule all season long.”

 

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Spying On Ron Wilson

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The boys at Orland Kurtenblog use the zoom feature on their TV.

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Gary Bettman Addresses The Issues

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from Tim Gunter of Sports Radio Interviews,

Gary Bettman joined WFAN in NY to talk about whether the start of the season is the best time of year for him, the NHL teams playing overseas and how they have been received, the state of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise, who will make roster and trade decisions for the Coyotes, the state of the Atlanta, Nashville and Florida franchises, and the state of the New York Islanders franchise and whether they are going to be there for the long term.

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More Pressure On Price With Markov Out

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

But to lose their most mobile puck handler, their best offensive defenceman and a guy who arguably could be their best defensive defenceman at times, I don’t know how you fix that. And can you go out and make a trade? Not very easily.

It just makes Carey Price all that much more important. I’m sure Canadiens fans went into Thursday’s season opener checking to see how Price was going to venture after the meltdown of a season that he had last year, but Price was outstanding.

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Sippin’ Booze Is Precedent…And It’s A Season Opening Live Blog Bitches

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Well, we got that out of the way.  The whole “don’t use bitch in the post title” thing.

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Ducks Give The ‘C’ To Niedermayer

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named four-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Niedermayer team captain. Saku Koivu and Ryan Getzlaf have been named alternate captains for the 2009-10 season. In addition, Corey Perry will serve as an additional alternate captain when necessary.

“This was a difficult decision as we feel there are many leaders in our locker room,” said Head Coach Randy Carlyle. “We expect leadership to come from many players beyond just these four.”

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Trust & The NHLPA

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Trust, NHL players say, is the foundation of a solid union.

When asked if the players trust the players association’s leadership, a union member responded, “No way, we have to fix it, once and for all.”

Fixing it may require further change, with sources indicating the futures of NHLPA interim executive director Ian Penny, union ombudsman Buzz Hargrove, and members of the PA’s advisory board will be called into question when the executive board conducts its next conference call Sunday.

That will be a call that Sidney Crosby - arguably the most powerful player in the world - intends to be on, as he was this past Monday when the group last conferenced to discuss the unions issues.

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A Full NHL Schedule Tomorrow

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NEW YORK/TORONTO (Oct. 2, 2009) – The National Hockey League’s 2009-10 season goes all-in on Saturday, Oct. 3, when each of the 30 clubs hit the ice for the first of two “All Skate” days on the schedule. And, beginning with a special 10 a.m.-noon ET edition of NHL Live! through the wrap-up of NHL Network’s On The Fly at 2 a.m. ET Sunday morning, the League’s media assets will provide end boards-to-end boards coverage of the 15 games that will comprise more than 15 hours of live programming.

  Thirty clubs will contest 15 NHL games in 15 cities in four countries on two continents across 10 time zones Saturday. Nearly half the NHL (14 clubs) will play season openers. A total of 600 players who were born in 25 different countries will suit up. The games will be overseen by 60 officials—30 referees and 30 linesmen. Virtually the entire League on-ice officiating staff will be working, as just five referees and five linesmen have the day off.

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Afternoon Line

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“I don’t care if you’re the Red Wings, I don’t care if you’re San Jose, there’s question marks.  Until you answer, there’s question marks on every team because there hasn’t been a game played this year. How are certain guys going to play? Are they going to play at the level they played at last year? Is Nick Lidstrom as good as he’s always been, which we expect him to be, but there’s always question marks. But you just don’t know. How healthy is your team going to stay? We just need to get answers.”

-Blues Coach Andy Murray.  More on the Blues/Wings from Scott Burnside of ESPN.

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All Randy Carlyle

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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Q: Have you settled into a comfort zone as a NHL head coach?

A: What’s a comfort zone? How do you describe it? My comfort zone is the program that we provide. I’m never going to change the fact that it’s our responsibility as a coaching staff to provide an environment for our players to have success. That’ll be our statement. We cannot put people into situations or expect people to perform in unrealistic situations. And we have to continually develop and prod our players for more. That’s what we’re about.

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