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The FCC Blackout Ruling And The NHL
It's still about distribution rights and I don't think we will see any blackouts lifted in the near future.
from the FCC,
The Federal Communications Commission repealed its sports blackout rules, which prohibited cable and satellite operato...
The Season Of Mike Babcock Is About To Begin
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Never mind that he has fewer Stanley Cup titles than either Joel Quenneville or Darryl Sutter, neither of whom is considered a better coach than Babcock.
He — like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews...
Marty St. Louis May Play Center
from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,
Following this morning’s roster cuts, the Rangers worked on the power play (which they’ll also do on Thursday).
And one thing that jumped out was that Marty St. Louis was in the middle on one...
Boone Jenner Out Five Weeks After Surgery On Broken Hand
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner underwent surgery today on a broken hand and is expected to be sidelined approximately five weeks, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced.
Jenner suffered the injury w...
The Resting Former General Managers
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
For the first time in what feels like a lifetime, two of hockey’s most respected hockey minds are on the sidelines as the NHL regular season sits just one week away.
It’s a foreign feeling, to say t...
Previewing The Tampa Bay Lightning
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Biggest story line to watch: While it will be interesting to see if so many of the core Lightning players coming off career seasons—Palat, Johnson, Bishop, Hedman, Valtteri Filppula—can continue th...
KK- The Kukla’s Korner Office Pool
Kukla's Korner has established a partnership with Officepools.com to create a KK pool.
Now this pool is different, no salary cap, you can only pick three players from the same NHL team, you are allowed four transactions a month and this is a sea...
Ryan Johansen Has A Decision To Make
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Is Johansen ready to say, “I’m a Blue Jacket. The regular season starts in a week. My teammates need me. Do a deal.”?
Or, is Johansen hurt enough, and angry enough, to sit out...
Morning Line - Jonas Hiller
I’m definitely excited to have a fresh start. Talking to the coach [Bob Hartley], talking to management, they want me to have success, and that definitely makes your life easier. It keeps your mind free to just go out there and play as good ...
Hockey Thoughts On The First Day Of October
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- One exec, watching to see what Chicago does, on Stan Bowman: “Just like Scotty, he believes you’d rather trade a player a year early than a year late.”
- Boy, that Stars’ powe...
A Key Question For Eastern Conference Teams
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
Who will replace Jarome Iginla's 30 goals? -- Iginla was a perfect fit in his one season with the Bruins, tying Patrice Bergeron for the team lead in goals. Ironically, his success wound up trig...
Oilers lose prospect Vladimir Tkachev due to technicality
This certainly sucks for Edmonton. From TSN:
Vladimir Tkachev's entry level contract signed with the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday has been ruled ineligible by the National Hockey League.
According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, Tkach...
The Influence Of HNIC On Rogers/Sportsnet
from Scott Stinson of the National Post,
This is the curious thing about “the new home of hockey,” as Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties, described it: It’s a lot like the old home. The CBC’s influe...
Waiting On Malkin
from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The injury keeping Evgeni Malkin out this preseason is one the franchise center suffered in the United States — not Russia — according to Penguins coach Mike Johnston.
John Davidson Updates The Ryan Johansen Contract Talks
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The Columbus Blue Jackets resumed negotiations with restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen on Monday and they were "very polite, well mannered," Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said Tue...
BOG Approves The Sale Of The New York Islanders
The NHL Board of Governors has approved the sale of the Islanders from Charles Wang to Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday.
The deal, which Bettman said has not been finalized, ...
No Movement In The Marc Staal Contract Talks
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
There has been no progress whatsoever in the contract extension talks between the Rangers and Marc Staal, The Post has learned from several informed sources.
And that essentially is because there ha...
Our Game Is Getting Great
from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With an Edge,
Coaching seems to be more interested in schemes for possessing the puck, and making plays of skill with it, than they are dumping and chasing, crashing and banging, pinging and ponging.
Hockey Chat Today
Craig Custance of ESPN with a chat today...
Craig, what do you see the Caps doing with Mike Green? Trotz says he wants him around, but he's in the last year of his deal, makes too much money, and the Caps need a #2 center. Is there a deal out...
Video- All Connor McDavid
Bob McKenzie sits down with top prospect Connor McDavid where they discuss the draft, the perceived competition with Jack Eichel, the upcoming World Junior tournament and his superstitions.
You can watch the 16:35 minute interview...
Need An NHL Team To Cheer For?
from Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet,
Are you new to hockey? A disgruntled Leafs fan? Looking for a new team to root for this season? You’re in luck.
In our first edition of Icebreakers, we’ll provide the reasons why and w...
The GoPro As A Training Tool
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
The NHL put GoPro cameras on the front of officials’ helmets to record that perspective twice last preseason (both in Toronto) and twice this preseason (in Buffalo and Detroit). It wasn’t ...
Ten Players To Watch This Season
from the CP at The Hockey News,
The 2014-15 NHL season opens Oct. 8. Here are 10 players fans should keep an eye on:
P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens Subban starts a US$72-million, eight-year contract hoping nothing changes in the way...
The Best (NHL) Against The Best (Europe)?
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
How about getting the hockey juices flowing with the Stanley Cup final teams touring Europe for a September series against Europe's top clubs?
As the NHL and the NHL Players' Association work to finalize an agre...
Report- NHL Increases Their Credit
from Scott Shoshnick of Bloomberg,
The National Hockey League closed a $1.4 billion credit facility, which is more than double the previous amount, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
The person requested anonymity ...
Afternoon Line - Dave Nonis
"He's gotten better and more consistent, but if he's truly going to be a top guy and he wants to fall into that high-end category, those players don't go for swings where they are not competing, preparing and being prepared."
-Dave Nonis, GM of...
Ryan Miller In Vancouver
from Nancy MacDonald of MACLEANS,
Miller, in some ways, is an anti-athlete: complex, loquacious, cerebral. He’s an amateur photographer. He reads. He loves playing the guitar. He drives a hybrid. But he also makes pains to establish tha...
Previewing The San Jose Sharks
from John Grigg of Sportsnet,
Biggest story line to watch: There’s really only one thing people are waiting to find out: What happens with deposed captains Thornton and Marleau? (That’s right. Did you forget that Ma...
Two Injuries And An Unsigned RFA Leave The Columbus Blue Jackets Without A #1 Line
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
The hits keep on coming for the Blue Jackets, and the real games haven’t started yet.
Left wing Boone Jenner is expected to miss significant time because of a broken left hand, an inju...
Boston Bruins May Still Move A Defenseman
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins have three preseason games to determine their roster for the Oct. 8 season opener against Philadelphia. Jobs are up for grabs on the third and fourth lines. But re-signing Krug and Smith giv...
The Middleweights Are Taking Over
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Snapshot of a changing NHL: The Rangers and Devils are lined up for the Sept. 22 preseason opener at the Garden, New Jersey’s pugilistically inclined Jordin Tootoo on right wing, New York’s ...
The ‘New’ Dressing Room For The Washington Capitals
from chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
Last week the Capitals rekindled an old tradition by roping off the logo on the carpeted floor of their Verizon Center locker room. Barry Trotz said the logo should be respected and considered sacred.
Darryl Sutter On ‘Team Bonding’
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
While teams have often viewed road trips early in the schedule as opportunities for players to gain chemistry together – the New York Rangers chose to travel west to Alberta, British Columbia and Las ...
No More Hockey Montages On Rogers/Sportsnet
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 t...
All About The New Sportsnet Studio
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.
Dallas Stars Announce Cody Eakin Signing
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 ...
Bob Gainey Hired As Coaching Consultant For The St. Louis Blues
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 th...
Video/Audio- Doug MacLean On Analytics- Just Use Them And Shut Up
Video- Let’s Slow Down The First Week Of The Preseason
The video is almost two minutes long...
Short Hockey Notes
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 -- excep...
Good And Bad News On The Leafs’ Injuries
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
Franson has bruised knee ... Needs further...
Pierre LeBrun With Some Hockey Talk
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN did an online Q & A today...
Is the year that Detroit's playoff streak ends? I mean it's an unreal streak when you stop and consider it.
Pierre LeBrun Possible, although again, they're in the East so....If ...
Brad Stuart must have had a great offseason and a great training camp. Kings targeted him in the playoffs and it wasn't pretty.
— Cörey Masisak (@cmasisak22) September 29, 2014
In case you missed it earlier today, the Avs re-signe...
Kraft Hockeyville Coming To the USA
NORTHFIELD, Ill. – Sept. 29, 2014 – Kraft will celebrate the passion and unity of hockey communities like never before with the launch of Kraft Hockeyville 2015 on both sides of the border. For the first time, the award-winning p...
Brad Stuart Signs A Two-Year Extension With The Avs
Brad Stuart signs 2 year extension with Colorado. 2 yrs at $3.6AAV for a total of $7.2M
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 29, 2014
added 11:22am, Press release below plus the Avs have also signed Cody McLeod.
Previewing The Montreal Canadiens
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,
Biggest storyline to watch: With Gionta and Gorges gone, this team has really been turned over to the next generation of Price, Subban and Pacioretty. Can they be the guys who lead Montreal back to elite sta...
Fundraising Campaign Starts Today For The AirBlade Hockey Stick
Last week I introduced you the AirBlade Hocket Stick from Carbon Sports.
Today they have started a campaign to raise funds for production of the AirBlade Hockey Stick.
Make sure to check out their Kickstarter page and I wish these hockey guys ...
The Boston Bruins Have Signed Torey Krug And Reilly Smith
from the Boston Bruins,
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, September 29, that the club has signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to one-year contracts through the 2014-15 season, each worth an annua...
Two Questionable Hits From Games On Sunday
Two hits for Stephane Quintal to look at, both look suspendable. On Tinordi, you can't hit a guy in the head. Doesn't matter how tall u are.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) September 29, 2014
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinor...
All Those Numbers
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Hockey, I’m afraid, is in for the Year of the Number. We got an early indication when Brendan Shanahan’s Toronto Maple Leafs turfed a couple of veteran hockey people in the front office to b...
A Look At The Barclays Center
from Christian Arnold of Islanders Point Blank,
The building was built for basketball and concerts, so trying to fit a hockey rink into it has been a process.
The scoreboard does not hang over center ice, there are obstructed view seats a...