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No More Hockey Montages On Rogers/Sportsnet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,

Musical montages will not feature as prominently on Hockey Night in Canada this season as editorial control of the show shifts to Rogers Communications Inc., though executives with the company say the popular pre-game features will not disappear entirely.

The montages evolved into a staple of the national broadcasts over the last several years, where songs — pop, rock, folk and any genre in between — were laid over hockey visuals to form a narrative about the upcoming game. During the National Hockey League playoffs, reaction to the videos often swelled on social media.

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  Tags: rogers+sportsnet

All About The New Sportsnet Studio

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am not sure how much of the studio we will see here in the US, but it does look fantastic.

Here's hoping the Center Ice package keeps the Sportsnet studio feed live during intermission instead of the "We will return shortly" message.

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

It’s pricey, it’s flashy, and it’s about to see a ton of action.

With Rogers set to air a mellow 554 National Hockey League games this season — starting with full-slate puck drop on Oct. 8 — all that hockey television needed a new broadcast home.

On Monday, fresh Hockey Night in Canada host George Stroumboulopoulos and the movers and shakers at Sportsnet unveiled a state-of-the-art studio at the CBC building in downtown Toronto.

“I’ve been on a bunch of sets in my life,” Stroumboulopoulos said of the space that will be used seven days a week throughout the hockey season, “and there’s nothing like this.”

Hockey Central’s 11,000 square foot, 360-degree studio allows cameras to shoot at any angle, as up to three live broadcasts can be shot for three or more networks simultaneously. In other words, everything is happening.

We highlight 10 things about hockey’s new headquarters you should know.

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  Tags: sportsnet

Dallas Stars Announce Cody Eakin Signing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed forward Cody Eakin to a two-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Cody is a two-way, young forward who competes hard and has the ability to make plays offensively," said Nill. "He has just scratched the surface in terms of his development at this level and we are confident that over these next two years, we'll see him mature into an even more dependable and productive player."

 

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Think Again If Using Pavel Datsyuk On Your Fantasy Team

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Sean Allen at ESPN,

To get you ready for your fantasy hockey drafts this season, we're going team by team with a look at what's changed for each team, along with a sleeper and a bust. Our first group up is the eight teams of the Atlantic Division:

Sleeper
Tomas Tatar, LW: Nyquist got all the headlines, but Tatar has been right behind him in development as a scoring-line forward in the NHL. As much as we want the Red Wings to all stay healthy and excel for the sake of fantasy owners, it's inevitable that Zetterberg, Datsyuk or Franzen will be hurt at some point. Added ice time to a dynamic player like Tatar could help him toward a breakout similar to that of Nyquist last season.

Bust
Pavel Datsyuk, C: It really is starting to feel like the injuries are adding up way too quickly with Datsyuk. He opted to rehab his knee without surgery last season, which leaves a leery feeling about potential re-injury, and as noted above, he's already sustained a serious shoulder injury. To get Datsyuk, you'll have to pass on someone like Logan Couture or Henrik Sedin in your draft. The risk is starting to feel like it's too great.

more on the Wings plust other teams in the Atlantic...

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Bob Gainey Hired As Coaching Consultant For The St. Louis Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Former Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey will be used as a coaching consultant for the St. Louis Blues during the season.

In his new capacity, Gainey will talk with current Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock throughout the year.

The Peterborough, Ontario native was general manager of the Canadiens from 2003-10, amassing a regular season record of 241-176-46-7.

He also served as an adviser for the Canadiens until 2012.  

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  Tags: bob+gainey

Video/Audio- Doug MacLean On Analytics- Just Use Them And Shut Up

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via Sportsnet,

 

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Video- Let’s Slow Down The First Week Of The Preseason

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The video is almost two minutes long...

 

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Short Hockey Notes

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from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* It would do The Game a lot of good if goalie pads were further trimmed from side to side.

* My view is that Jim Rutherford and Mike Johnston have everything in place for their Penguins -- except for goaltending.

* Biggest challenge for Rutherford-Johnston is to convince Pittsburgh fans that the regular season has meaning.

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All Ken Holland

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star at Canada.com,

Twenty-three straight years as a playoff team. Four Stanley Cup titles. Six Cup final appearances. The Detroit Red Wings are the NHL’s benchmark franchise. General manager Ken Holland discusses the formula that’s made Detroit such a success.

Q: What do you think is the key to Detroit’s long run as an NHL playoff team?

Holland: Good players. You need good players. Up until two years ago, we had one of the best defencemen in the history of the game in Nick Lidstrom. When Nick retired, I think he finished sixth in Norris Trophy voting that year. Anytime you’ve got a dominant player on the back end like Nick who was really able to defy Father Time and win Norris trophies — the first thing you always want to have is a dominant defenceman.

The last two years we haven’t had Nicklas Lidstrom and at the same time, we lost Brian Rafalski and Brad Stuart, so we’ve been what I’d call a bubble team. But I’m proud that we’ve been able to find a way to stay above the bubble rather than below the bubble.

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Good And Bad News On The Leafs’ Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Daid Alter tweets,

Clarkson has a fractured orbital bone...doesn't require surgery. Expected back Friday.

David Booth out 4 weeks plus with a fractured foot

added 1:00pm,

 

 

 

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