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Big News For NHL Network in the U.S.

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have given KK readers a few hints about this, now it is official!

NEW YORK (October 3, 2008) –

With more live game coverage than ever before, NHL Network today unveiled its U.S. broadcast schedule for the 2008-09 regular season. It includes 75 regular-season games, all in HD.

Highlighting the schedule is the inclusion of CBC’s award-winning Hockey Night In Canada, now available to U.S. fans through NHL Network for the first time. Every Saturday night, NHL Network will not only broadcast the live Hockey Night In Canada double-header, but also the CBC pre-game show Scotiabank Hockey Tonight and post-game show After Hours.

More details and complete broadcast schedule below.

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Any Difference?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Watched any exhibition games? Seen any difference in the goalie equipment that would lead you to believe scoring will be up this season? No? And no? Well, you’re not alone and it isn’t your eyes deceiving you either.

more and a huge amount of NHL bits too plus some Avery talk…

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Season Over - Same Results

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

The Stanley Cup is staying put in Hockeytown, according to a simulation of the 2009-08 season by Electronic Arts using its “NHL 09 video” game.

The simulation shows the Detroit Red Wings defeating the Montreal Canadiens four games to two in the Stanley Cup final, with Pavel Datysuk capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy.


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The Leader Of The Penguins

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

At an age when most of his contemporaries are trying to crack their first NHL lineups, Crosby needs only six points to crack the 300-point plateau.

Perhaps the best way to underline what he’s accomplished so far is to compare him to fellow star centers Vincent Lecavalier and Joe Thornton, both in the prime of Hall of Fame careers. And both, like Crosby, were 18-year-old rookies with huge expectations after being taken first overall in the draft. Thornton put up seven points in his rookie year, albeit in limited ice time; Lecavalier had 28. But Crosby was the youngest player in NHL history to reach the 100-point plateau.

Overall, Thornton put up 108 points in his first three seasons; Lecavalier 146. Crosby carries 294 into his fourth season.


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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Carbonneau Gets New Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Habs Inside/Out,

In his state of the team session with media this morning, Bob Gainey said Guy Carbonneau has signed a new contract.

Old Velcro Lips would not disclose duration of the deal and, God knows, did not reveal any $$$ figures.

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Predictions: West Conference

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I have make predictions of the three West Conference divisions: the Northwest Division, the Pacific Division and the Central Division.  Now I will that together to give a predicting ranking from one to fifteen within the conference.  This will just be a listing of teams.  For a bit of a detailed write-up look at the divisional predictions.

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The Best Offensively

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Who’s the best offensive player of the 21st century? It depends on how you’re answering the question.

When it comes to goals, Calgary’s Jarome Iginla is the runaway winner. The Flames’ captain enters the 2008-09 season with 283 goals since 2000-01, 24 more than Jaromir Jagr and 28 more than Marian Hossa. But Iginla’s average of 40.4 goals in seven full seasons takes a back seat to Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk, who’s fourth overall with 254 goals, but has averaged 42.3 in his six NHL seasons. And they’re both well behind Alex Ovechkin’s average of 54.3 in his three seasons since joining the Washington Capitals in 2005.


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The King Gets His Wings Sweater

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Some of the Wings Swedish players discuss what it was like meeting their King and other King related bits.

Watch the video below…

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Garon Takes On The Retro Look

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from the Edmonton Journal,

“I just got the pads a couple of days ago ... different, eh?” said Garon, who looks more compact in darker colours after wearing pads that were heavily white.

Garon will wear the blue and orange on retro nights. For now, he’ll be breaking in new gear, and is glad that he has the equipment about 10 days before the Oilers’ season opener against the Colorado Avalanche.

“They asked me if I wanted a new mask, too. That’s coming. Totally different stuff on the mask. I don’t want to say what. I’ll have two masks, one for regular, one for the third jersey.”

more on the Oilers…

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  Tags: mathieu+garon

Loob Remembers The Moment

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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

The city had scarcely cleaned up the debris from the Stanley Cup parade in late March of 1989, though, when (Hakan) Loob announced he’d be heading back to Sweden in order for his young children, Henrik and Niklas, to grow up at home. He sacrificed a significant amount of dollars in the process.

“I come in here today and some guy had already pulled out of the screws,’’ he joked when collecting his nameplate and saying goodbye.

“My name was just hanging there, crooked. “I thought: ‘At least wait until I’m gone.’”

He was 28, at the peak of his powers.


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