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As The Hurricanes Goes, So Does The NHL

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The Acid Queen pointed out a very interesting article from the News & Observer,

Strange to think the future of professional hockey might depend on the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes say the National Hockey League's new labor agreement, reached after owners scuttled the 2004-05 season, gives them all the tools they need to break even, if not turn a profit. But if they can't, they won't be the only team to fall -- and the 30-team league will face change even more radical than a season lost to a labor dispute. The Canes just might be the canary in the NHL's coal mine.

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I Was There

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If you happened to toss your hockey card collection from the 60's, don't read this. It happened to me, but my mom didn't toss them, my dad gave them to the neighbor, said I was too old to be collectiong hockey cards. As the NHL prepares to drop pucks for the first time in more than a year, hockey collectors are certain to drop their jaws when they discover that Mom's annual spring-cleaning binges likely cost them the equivalent of three season tickets against the glass. According to a recent study by Beckett Media, the acknowledged authority on the trading card hobby for more than 20 years, the value of the hockey cards found in a typical shoebox in the mid-'60s would equal about $15,065 today. "If you take a typical hockey-crazy kid who grew up in Canada back in the mid-60s as an example, we figured he'd have kept roughly 500 cards, or roughly three seasons' worth, in a shoebox," says Beckett Hockey editor Al Muir. "That assumption is based on the size of a youth shoebox and the varying dimensions of the cards from that era. "We estimate that the average shoebox in the winter of 1967 had a 65/35 mix of common cards and stars. That latter group would have included names like Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and Jean Beliveau, along with the Rookie Cards of Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Yvan Cournoyer and Paul Henderson. "With those parameters in mind, that collection would have fetched about $33.75 back then. Today, in good condition, it would go for about $15,065. So next time you're scrimping to save for vacation or a new car, you can call your Mom and remind her what a great idea it was to ensure your room remained tidy by throwing away all your cards." Earlier this year, a similar study conducted by Beckett Media showed that a shoebox full of baseball cards from the 1950s would have been worth approximately $6,500.

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The Iggy Workout

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from sports Illustrated,

An NHL player's workday consists of intense 45-second shifts. "Sometimes you get an opportunity in the first 10 seconds," says Flames winger Jarome Iginla, "but it could come at the end of your shift. If you're tired, you might miss your chance." That's why the 6'1", 208-pound Iginla, who had 41 goals in 2003-04, spent much of the NHL's 14-month hiatus following a workout meant to build speed, explosiveness and endurance. In the two-hour program, created by Rich Hesketh, Calgary's strength and conditioning coach, he works at maximum output in short bursts. Here's a look at five key exercises.

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Nash Gives Columbus Fans Hope

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from Ohio News Now,

The Columbus Blue Jackets' biggest ally heading into the 2005-2006 season, believe it or not, is the barren landscape left by last year's lockout. Some of the game's top players have retired or have joined new teams. The richest teams pared salaries and the have-nots have bulked up. It's been a wild and eventful summer since the lockout officially ended. Into the breach step teams like the Blue Jackets, their core players still around from teams that weren't all that competitive, who filled in some gaps and hope to make up ground while others struggle to gain (or regain) their identity. "In my 21 years in the league this is the most exciting, because nobody really has a clue what will happen," Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean told team boosters at a meet-the-team luncheon Monday. "Nobody has any idea of who's going to win the Western Conference, who's going to win the East and certainly not who's going to win the Stanley Cup.

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Quite A Lineup For HDNet

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HDNet announced today that Dan Kelly, Grant Fuhr, and Larry Murphy will comprise the broadcast team for The NHL on HDNet. Kelly will call the play-by-play action while NHL legends, Fuhr and Murphy, will share color commentating duties for this season. HDNet drops the puck on a 52 game NHL schedule on October 5th with Wayne Gretzky’s debut behind the bench as his Phoenix Coyotes take on the Vancouver Canucks. The NHL on HDNet will feature two exciting NHL games per week on Thursday and Saturday nights.

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1st Suspension Of The Year

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via TSN,

The National Hockey League has suspended New York Rangers defenceman Dale Purinton ten games for gouging the eye of Boston Bruins forward Colton Orr on Saturday. Purinton had a disciplinary hearing Tuesday with NHL executive vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell. Bruins GM Mike O'Connell believes Orr will be able to play against the Montreal Canadiens in the season-opener on Wednesday.

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Let The Streaming Begin

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from Yahoo,

Comcast, the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, joins the NHL and OLN to make hockey history as the first Internet provider to stream live NHL games over the Internet. Comcast's more than 7.7 million High-Speed Internet customers will be the first and only broadband users to experience hockey action live on their PCs, during the 2005-2006 season. This exclusive agreement gives Comcast High-Speed Internet customers access to up to two live games daily, for a total of up to 300 throughout the season, up through the Stanley Cup playoffs. Beginning October 5, users can view the live NHL games in the Sports channel on Comcast.net. Comcast.net will begin adding new NHL content to its Sports Channel next month: -- Access to archive of streamed games (for 48 hours after original broadcast) -- Hockey Live Video Player - player used to watch live and archived games -- Hockey Fan(TM) video player - video clips of game highlights, previews, reviews, and interviews that are easy to watch, search for, and organize -- Links to OLN television schedule and expert commentary -- Links to NHL full-season schedule and merchandise -- NHL Scoreboard Content will be updated throughout the season, with future enhancements planned. These include: scoreboards, standings, league leaders, a fantasy hockey league, and additional community features.

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Chat with ‘Doc’

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Sound Out about the 2005 NHL Season Chat with Mike "Doc" Emrick, OLN's veteran NHL play by play announcer for the 2005 season on Tuesday, October 4th -9pm ET/ 6pm PT

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Slight Adjustment To The Rules

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via Sportsnet,

The parade to the penalty box will continue in the regular season as NHL players and coaches grow accustomed to rule changes and the league's zero tolerance towards officiating. Sources tell Sportsnet the NHL's competition committee had a conference call on Monday night and all agreed the new system of rules is working. The group discussed problem areas like in front of the net and in the corners and intend to allow physical play in the locations - body on body, pushing and fending - however stick work and cross-checks will continue to be called instantly. The committee is also pleased with the results they're seeing with the elimination of the red line and firmly believe the end product will be more entertaining.

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NHL Has The Media Attention

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from the Journal Inquirer (Manchester, CT),

The first NHL opening night in two years just happens to be fighting for publicity with the major league baseball playoffs, and that's always going to be a losing battle for the puck brigade. So when the NHL season begins Wednesday, will the fans come back in droves? That's an easy one. Sure they will. In the most recent Sports Illustrated issue, there's an NHL preview section that asks the following question: After a year off and a frenzy of player movement, can a faster, more explosive NHL win back fans? First of all, the NHL doesn't have to win back the fans. Hockey fans are hockey fans are hockey fans. What, you think hockey fans are suddenly going to turn their attention to ice fishing? If the NHL decided its players would have to use golf clubs instead of hockey sticks, the fans would still remain loyal to the game. Fans in all sports are loyal. The World Series wasn't played in 1994, and the health of major league baseball wasn't affected one bit. The game is bigger and better than ever, particularly in New York and Boston.

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