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Report- Return To ESPN In The Hands Of The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The door is open, then, for ESPN.

According to an ESPN source, the network could be interested if it saw a fit in terms of cost and content. The network would require playoff hockey and one night of exclusivity during the regular season. “It’s totally in the NHL’s hands,” the source said.

As one media critic expressed it, does the NHL want to be No. 7 on ESPN or No. 1 on Versus? The league does indeed receive more loving care from Versus than it did on ESPN, despite the half-hour show ESPN2 used to give it nightly, but its absence from the cable heavyweight has taken hockey one step further from the national conversation.

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  Tags: espn

Outdoors in Red Square

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Rosen at NHL.com,

“All the stories I heard about (Russia) weren’t true,” Smith told NHL.com. “I guess back 10 to 15 years ago I remember some of the guys that played on those Canada Cup teams were saying the food was no good, this and that. Even the interpreter that was with us was saying if you were in Russia three years ago you would not believe it was the same place. The people couldn’t believe how much it had changed.

“I went there and was like, ‘Holy Geez, why did everyone lie to me?’ ”
 
Like the country itself, the game played in Red Square on Dec. 9, 2006 was a must-see-it-to-believe-it spectacle.

Conceived by former CSKA Moscow and Soviet national team stars Slava Fetisov and Igor Larionov, the outdoor game—the first of its kind in Russia’s most spectacular setting—was put on to benefit for former Russian players who have fallen on hard times.

more reflections from Billy Smith and Scotty Bowman

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  Tags: billy+smith, russia, scotty+bowman

Mark Recchi Has Something to Prove

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Recchi, claimed off re-entry waivers by the Thrashers on Saturday, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he believes Penguins coach Michel Therrien was too quick to remove him from the top line and No. 1 power-play unit.

“They’ll see,” Recchi told the paper. “I didn’t get 68 points for no reason last year. In the first seven or eight games [this season], I had a point a game until the coach decided to move me down two or three lines for whatever reason. I still haven’t figured it out.”

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, mark+recchi, michel+therrien, pittsburgh+penguins

Homegrown NHLers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

As the NHL struggles to grab its fair share of the spotlight in so many American markets, it makes good sense to appeal to the most basic emotion of the sports fan: hometown pride. Even the most hockey-savvy crowds aren’t immune to the tug. Look at how Edmonton-born Fernando Pisani is treated by Oilers fans, for example, or how every trade rumor out of Montreal involves Les Habitants bringing home some local boy and granting him his bleu, blanc et rouge birthright.

These connections create excitement. So why not tweak the NHL’s current draft system to create more of those situations, especially where they’re needed most, by giving teams first right of refusal to local prospects?

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  Tags: nhl+draft

What Rumor?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie at TSN,

Just to set the record straight…

It is, apparently, being reported in some quarters of the Montreal media that I went on Montreal radio station TEAM 990 this week and suggested the Canadiens and San Jose Sharks are talking about a trade involving Patrick Marleau, Steve Bernier, Saku Koivu, Michael Ryder and who knows who else.

False. I said no such thing.

Not even close.

continued... and you may have noticed we did not point to this at all yesterday.  Posting of this rumor was wide-spread on the net, but something just didn’t feel right about it.

added 2:16pm, from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

I posted what follows a short while ago, then decided to email TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the source of the current rumors that everybody else pointed to. I just heard back from Bob. And he let it be known in no uncertain terms that other people are putting words in his mouth. Go ahead and read the rest of this post, then at the end, I’ll let McKenzie put things in perspective. It’s a great lesson for all of us in how things can get twisted around.

continued

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Uncle Mike Goes League-wide

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Jack Adams front-runner Mike Babcock just wrapped up a media conference call and we’ve got it for you.  He touched on the Flying Circus and the fact that Zetterberg was the league’s best player the first six weeks; a title Pavel Datsyuk has since assumed.  Babcock made no mention of the knee injury that may keep Tomas Holmstrom out of tomorrow night’s Edmonton game.


Saler’s a frigging showoff. He’s got the transcript here.

You can check out the Canadian Press story here.

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Fleury & Talbot Out In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks and forward Maxime Talbot will be sidelined two-to-four weeks, each with a high ankle sprain, it was announced Wednesday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Both players were evaluated by team physician Dr. Chip Burke on Wednesday morning.

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Holmstrom Out With Sore Knee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Detroit Free Press,

Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom missed practice today because of a sore knee, and said he doesn’t think he’ll be able to play tomorrow when the Wings host the Oilers.

Mike Babcock said Mark Hartigan would be called up from Grand Rapids. Babcock didn’t know what line combinations he would use, but Mikael Samuelsson skated with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg today.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tomas+holmstrom

Which Lightning Star Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

And with each passing day it becomes more evident GM Jay Feaster is going to have to trade one of the Big Three…

All three are decorated. St-Louis led the NHL in scoring and was named most valuable player in 2004; Richards won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP the same season and, a few months later, Lecavalier was the MVP of the World Cup. He won the Rocket Richard Trophy for leading the NHL in goals last season.

Making the prospect of a deal more complicated is the fact that of the three, only Lecavalier does not have a no-trade clause in his contract. For Feaster to trade Richards or St-Louis, he would need their permission.

Richards might be inclined to move to a team where he can play on the top line, but it’s hard to imagine St-Louis wanting to leave Lecavalier’s side – unless, of course, his new team was interested in signing him to a contract extension.

read on

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NHL on iTunes Finally in Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

National Hockey League games are among the first programming to be offered through Apple’s iTunes video download service to launch Wednesday, Apple Canada has announced.

Apple began offering videos for download in the U.S. in September 2006, but the service has not been available in Canada until this week.

The top NHL games for the 2007-2008 season, a selection of Stanley Cup classics and a five-game bundle of great Stanley Cup final games is to be made available, Apple said in a statement.

continued…

Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: apple, itunes, media

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