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Sign Marty

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from the Tampa Tribune,

Would you blame Lightning pocket rocket Martin St. Louis if he thought no player lost more during the NHL lockout than he did? Would you blame him if he cursed his luck? If he cursed this new system? I wouldn't. How can you not root for Marty? It's like pulling for Dorothy to get to Oz, like cheering on Charlie in the Chocolate Factory. That said: Sign, Marty. He should sign with the Bolts because the Bolts should -- should -- offer a five-year deal at no less $25 million -- not a penny less.

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Empty Feeling for Sakic

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

Training camp will be a lot different next month for Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic, and not just because he's eager to get back on the ice after an entire year without the NHL. For the first time in 14 years, when Sakic looks around the locker room, he won't see Adam Foote or Peter Forsberg, who left to sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers.

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NHL Has Slipped

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from the Times Union,

Congratulations to the NHL. It has officially gone from mainstream to Field and Stream. If any more validation were needed to prove the NHL has slipped further off the sports TV radar and moved into worlds of cycling, rodeo and yacht racing, the announcement late Wednesday that the Outdoor Life Network will be the league's new national cable buddy pretty well does that.

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Who Won

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from the Globe and Mail,

The NHL free agent signing frenzy hsa mostly abated. With traing camps just around the corner, find out who won and who lost in the most interesting player sweepstakes in NHL history.

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A Little Break

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I wll be attending a few Dream Cruise parties tonight and will only be updating if major hockey news breaks. Have a great night and be safe.

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Friday Signings

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Sportsnet has all of the signings for the day. Looks like depth moves, nothing considered major. update 2:59pm, Brendan Morrow was just added to the Sportsnet tracker, that would be considered good news for Stars fans.

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OLN High Definition

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from HD Beat,
We indicated earlier this month that Comcast was working with the NHL to carry games in HD. Looks like it's a done deal and will coincide with the launch of OLN's new HD channel, aptly named "OLN HD". OLN will carry at least 58 regular season hockey games nationwide, with most games on Mondays and Tuesdays. Watch for the first face-off on October 5th, when OLN broadcasts the Rangers vs. the Flyers.
Just a warning, this could be OLN HD VOD, and I think it is but you make your own determination.

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OT Stats

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The VP of Public Relations for the NHL, Gary Maher (sp), is on Leafs Lunch and answered some questions about the shootout. I had this question posed to me in an email and now it can be answered, stats will not be counted on an individual basis for goals, goals against, and neither will wins or losses for a coach in a shootout. The NHL will have a different stats category dealing with OT, but again individual stats will not be counted in a players or coaches record. The stats will be counted in the team record, for example goals against, etc.

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Fans Need Answers

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While visiting hockey websites, blog, etc, I have noticed some common questions regarding the new TV Contract that I will attempt ot answer after reading numerous articles, listening to Bettman interviews, etc. -Who actually can get OLN with no additional charge? 90% of Comcast subscribers have OLN available, some on basic cable and some with a subscribed package. -How about HD? Talk is OLN will offer the HD broadcast of games to different carriers, including INHD, Dish Network and Directv. Those carriers will then be able to establish their own pricing for the games, if any. -Tell me about streaming? Streaming of at least 2 games a night will be made available, with a charge associated. Blackout rules will prohibit some games being shown in the teams market, basically set up like mlb.tv but on a smaller scale to start. The NHL and Comcast hope to make this available sometime within the upcoming season. -Can I get the NHL Network? Comcast has 24 months to get this network up and running in the USA or face a financial penalty. They will use the NFL Network as a guide. Again, the NHL Network will be made available to satellite and cable subscribers, and a subscription fee may be invoked for this service. I would expect some of the questions to be officially answered in the very near future. OLN has some major work to do on their website, Comcast has a huge project on their hands with streaming issues and with the establishment of the NHL Network in the U.S. They will be watched very closely by other sports, including the NFL, MLB and NASCAR. Here's hoping they keep the fans informed and come through with all of the things many of the NHL fans want.

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Talks Delayed With Martin St. Louis

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

The frosty negotiations between the Lightning and star forward Martin St. Louis dropped a couple more degrees Thursday when St. Louis' agent postponed a meeting with general manager Jay Feaster. The reason, it appears, is St. Louis is reeling from teammate Vinny Lecavalier's lucrative deal that has not left enough salary-cap room for the Lightning to pay St. Louis what he believes he deserves.

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