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All Reaugh & Strangis

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from Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News,

More than any other play-by-play and analyst team, they are ambassadors for their sport. Back when the Stars were looking for a new analyst in 1996, Strangis was among those who recommended Reaugh. They are not particularly close away from the ice but exhibit rare chemistry in the booth.

On the eve of another season, Hot Air, in separate interviews, posed 10 probing questions to each:

If you could work with a different partner who would you choose?

Reaugh: “Danny Gallivan. He was my idol. He was the voice of Hockey Night in Canada when I was growing up. He had the most eloquent, intelligent call of the rises and falls in a game.”

Strangis: “Howard Cosell. “He broke a lot of conventions and gave people a different view of what sports broadcasting can be.”

more

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Semenov’s Family Says No To The Rangers

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from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

On Wednesday, the Rangers thought that 28-year-old Alexei Semenov was signed and sealed as a No. 6 or 7 defenseman. Now, they’re hunting for his replacement.

Semenov, a second-round draft choice of the Edmonton Oilers who recently played in San Jose and Florida, had called general manager Glen Sather for a training camp tryout and played well enough to earn a one-year, $600,000 contract. The team announced that the 6-6 Russian had come to terms Wednesday evening and on Thursday, Semenov’s agent, Allan Walsh, posted it on Twitter.

But Thursday, an “issue” developed, the team said. Friday, Semenov, who made the trip here but watched the Penguins’ morning skate with Sather in the stands, left the team.

“He agreed, his agent agreed, but his wife didn’t,” Sather said. “He couldn’t talk his family into it. In all my years of dealing with players, I’ve never had that happen before. He was crying.”

a bit more...

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Samuelsson Bring A Little Wings Structure With Him To Vancouver

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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

It’s fine to pass around the praise, but Samuelsson made a smart play and he was acquired in free agency to contribute points and poise to the Canucks. Did he not take that from being in the Red Wings fold?

“That’s a good question,” said Samuelsson. “What did I take? I don’t know what I took, but it was a great atmosphere with a great structure and everybody knows what they are doing. What more can I say? They don’t expect anybody to sneak under the radar.

“If you’re not accountable, you’re not on the team. And that’s a good thing. It puts pressure on you, but if you can’t handle it, you shouldn’t be there anyway. They expect a lot.”

more on the Canucks…

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  Tags: mikael+samuelsson

Quick Glove

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Chris Mason was the dfference in the Blues win over the Wings today.

Check out the glove save on Dan Cleary.

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Kovalev Joins The RDS Team

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from Alex Kovalev at RDS (translated),

It is with pleasure that I join the team of the first RDS.ca to keep contact with you, but also to let you know what happens with my new training. I also take this column to comment on topical issues, as the sad news that will force Andrei Markov to miss the next four months of operations.

At first, I want to talk about my team, the Senators. I’ll be on the second trio with Peter Regin (center) and Mike Fisher, who left his position as center. I am confident that things will go well because, first, I feel very good and secondly because I know we have a solid team. Just look at our first trio (Michalec-Spezza-Alfredsson) to understand that we will be dangerous.

continued

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Lightning Have A New Co-Assistant GM

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning made a notable administrative move Friday, naming Imran Khan as a co-assistant general manager after the contract of Claude Loiselle, in the job since 2005 but hired by then-GM Jay Feaster, was not renewed. His contract actually expired on July 31 but remained with the team through Sept. 30.

GM Brian Lawton said the change was part of a process of getting the organization to “run more efficiently.”

In an interesting twist, Khan is a former intern of Lawton’s at the Octagon sports management agency, where Lawton ran the hockey division; interesting, because Loiselle also is a former Lawton intern. But Khan, a 2005 Yale graduate, is only 26 and never has held such a high-level position on a team. For the last year he was in charge of business development and strategic planning for the Lightning.

continued

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Stars Extend Loui Eriksson

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FRISCO, Tex.  – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the hockey club has signed left wing Loui Eriksson to a six-year contract extension worth $25.5 million. Eriksson, who’s current contract was set to expire at the end of this season, is now signed through the 2015-16 season.

“We are very pleased that we were able to agree to this long-term contract extension with Loui,” said Nieuwendyk. “He is a big part of our present and future and we feel his potential is just scratching the surface. Loui made great strides in his game last season and he has continued to impress as one of our best players in training camp. The future is very bright for him and we’re excited that his future will be with the Dallas Stars.”

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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.

continued

added 4:58pm,

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.

read on

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