Monday, February 27, 2012

2012 NHL trade deadline day is here

The day is finally here. This is an fantasy hockey player's wet dream. It's the NHL trade deadline, 2012 style.

Today is the day hockey fans around the world watch closely to see if their favorite team makes a trade... or two... or three (okay, not necessarily that many, but you get my point)... where they are either looking to bolster their roster to make a serious run at a Stanley Cup title or simply to execute a fire sale in building for the future.

This is when NHL owners and general managers pull their hair out and have a couple of coffee pots on standby. The weight of their teams falls on their shoulders to do what is best for their employer. This is the proving ground where their salaries are deserving or not when they were hired.

By today's 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, how many trades will be made? No one knows for sure, but there will be some made by then. What will be funny is that if there are so few to make this day not worth getting up in the morning and follow TSN, CBC, Rogers Sportsnet, The Score or even the NHL Network and the league office running NHL.com's trade deadline page, all those employees reporting to work extra early will be just a little bit aggravated. ESPN has a trade deadline tracker you can follow. Not to say FOX Sports won't be paying any attention, but if you don't need the extensive marathon coverage those Canadian networks provide, you always have that American source to check out anytime. SB Nation (which partnered up with Yahoo!) also has their trade deadline page with team bloggers keeping us updated.

Additional reliable online sources you can access include:

Spector's Hockey
The Fourth Period
Kukla's Korner
James Mirtle's Twitter feed
Sean Leahy's Twitter feed

Lyle Richardson (who is a very reputable journalist that runs the Spector's Hockey site) has listed a few more sources you can access for all your trade deadline need for juicy trade rumors and actual deals. But I highly recommend Lyle as someone that will be bringing you instant analysis on his blog that is also accessible at FOX Sports' NHL page.

NHL Network will provide plenty of coverage for American viewers:
(schedule in Eastern Time)

8:00 AM to 6:00 PM: TSN's TradeCentre '12
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM: 2012 Trade Deadline Recap Show
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM: NHL on the Fly
10:00 PM: NHL Tonight

The NHL Live! radio show will not air today.

For complete details, see the NHL's February 27th press release. This is in addition to TSN and Rogers Sportsnet providing their usual trade deadline day coverage.

We'll see how things pan out between now and the end of tonight when any trades made by the deadline are announced. I'd be shocked if more than a few big names get moved today, but again, we shall see. Enjoy your trade deadline day and may your favorite team not disappoint you.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Excitement in Winnipeg even for just a preseason game

There is a lot of excitement and anticipation in Winnipeg even if it is just an exhibition game.

Fans in the Manitoba capital will be watching the re-born Winnipeg Jets for the first time tonight as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in a split squad game. The first puck drops at 7:30 PM Central Time at MTS Centre.

The other half of each team will square off at Nationwide Arena in Columbus about 80 minutes sooner.

Even though the game doesn't count, it is a big deal for those that have waited 15 years for real NHL action. All you have to do is see the headlines coming out of Winnipeg and across Canada.

"It's a little surreal. It doesn't feel real yet to tell you the truth," Jets fan Edward Hucarewich said to CTV Winnipeg.

"I'm assuming it's going to be crazy in here. I think it's kind of the fans' first opportunity to show what they bring to the table and the excitement that they have for this team," Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd told CBC News.

CBC News posted two video stories today: "Jets excitement builds" and "Winnipeg prepares for Jets debut".

Yesterday was the start of when the media coverage really began to take off. An example was Global Winnipeg's Tamara Forlanski providing a glimpse at what has been happening in the city over the last few days (see video below).


Game coverage in Winnipeg is on TSN Jets and Sports Radio 1290.




Friday, September 16, 2011

NHL Live returns on September 19th

You know the 2011-2012 National Hockey League regular season is right around the corner when NHL Live is ready to return.

Deb Placey and Bill Pidto will be the regular hosts with EJ Hradek returning as frequent contributor to the show. Leading up to opening night, expect plenty of season previews of all 30 teams with plenty of analysis, the latest news and of course interviews of players, coaches, general managers and hockey journalists from around the league. Fans will once again get the chance to interact with the hosts and guests with their calls, e-mails and tweets.

One notable change from last season is a renovated studio set above the floor of the NHL Powered by Reebok Store.

The season premiere is September 19th at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. You can see it on NHL Network or NHL.com.


video courtesy: NHL Network

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Teemu Selanne to play for Ducks in 2011-2012 season

Many fans especially in southern California wondered if veteran forward Teemu Selänne would play again or retire from hockey. We finally have an answer.

The 41-year-old Finnish superstar announced on a video clip at the Anaheim Ducks official web site he will play at least one more season with the team. According to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, it is for $4 million.

Teemu Selanne signs his new one-year contract with the Ducks (image courtesy: Anaheim Ducks)

Selanne had been working out over the summer following a June 29th arthroscopic operation on his left knee where loose cartilage was removed, he had not made his decision until today to return to the ice. Team physicals will be conducted tomorrow and then full Ducks training camp begins on Saturday at the Honda Center.

With 12 of his 18 National Hockey League seasons spent in Anaheim (including the last six), Selanne has 637 goals and 703 assists during regular season play over his career. He also represented his native Finland five times in the Winter Olympics, most recently in Vancouver just last year.

"I'm very happy that my knee has recovered from surgery and is ready for the season," Selanne said today. "I'm excited and optimistic about what this team can do and thankful to have another opportunity to play in Anaheim."

Selanne will also get at least one chance to make what could be a final visit to the very place he began his NHL career. The Ducks will play the re-born Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on December 17th where fans are expected to give him a rousing welcome and possible goodbye as a player. One of his greatest achievements was accomplished while wearing the uniform of the original Jets, that being all-time NHL rookie records of 76 goals and 132 points during his inaugural 1992-1993 season.

Ducks general manager Bob Murray is thrilled to have Selanne back for another season.

"As he showed again last season, Teemu still has the drive, determination and skill to play at an elite level," Murray said today. "Most importantly for us, his passion comes from not just playing, but playing for the Ducks."

Selanne had 80 points in 73 games last season.


NEWS HYPERLINKS

National Hockey League official site (September 15):
Selanne announces, via video, 2011-2012 return

Anaheim Ducks official site (September 15):
He's Back: Ducks sign Selanne to one-year contract
Teemu Selanne's video message

Orange County Register's Ducks Blog (September 15):
Selanne will play with Ducks in 2011-2012

NHL Network's 2011 preseason broadcast schedule

According to the official news release, the NHL Network will provide 80 hours of NHL preseason coverage (live and tape delay).

Seriously, what's up with so many Toronto Maple Leafs games?


NHL NETWORK (UNITED STATES)
2011 PRESEASON BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(game start times are in Eastern Time)

*delayed broadcast

SEPTEMBER 19TH
Ottawa at Toronto, 7:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 20TH
Philadelphia at Toronto, 7:00 PM
Calgary at Vancouver, 10:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 21ST
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:00 PM
Toronto at Philadelphia, 10:00 PM*

SEPTEMBER 22ND
Boston at Ottawa, 12:00 AM*
Chicago at Pittsburgh, 7:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 23RD
Vancouver at Edmonton, 12:00 PM*
Buffalo at Toronto, 7:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 24TH
Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 3:00 PM
Toronto at Buffalo, 7:00 PM
Anaheim at Vancouver, 10:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 25TH
Chicago at Detroit, 5:00 PM
San Jose at Vancouver, 9:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 26TH
Edmonton at Calgary, 12:00 AM*
New York Rangers at Philadelphia, 11:00 PM*

SEPTEMBER 27TH
New York Islanders at Calgary, 9:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 28TH
Toronto at Ottawa, 12:00 AM*
Vancouver at Anaheim, 10:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 29TH
Detroit at Chicago, 1:00 AM*
Carolina at Winnipeg, 3:00 AM*
Vancouver at San Jose, 10:30 PM

SEPTEMBER 30TH
Phoenix at Calgary, 2:00 AM*
New Jersey at Philadelphia, 4:00 AM*
Pittsburgh at Chicago, 8:30 PM

OCTOBER 1ST
Toronto at Detroit, 1:00 AM*
Nashville at Winnipeg, 4:00 AM*
Detroit at Toronto, 7:00 PM
Edmonton at Vancouver, 10:00 PM

OCTOBER 2ND
Chicago at Washington, 5:00 PM
Pittsburgh at Detroit, 9:00 PM*

Thursday, August 25, 2011

San Jose Sharks announce two game time changes

The San Jose Sharks announced two changed start times to their 2011-2012 regular season schedule. Both are in Eastern Time.

January 2 - at Vancouver, 8:00 PM
March 13 - at Calgary, 9:30 PM

Friday, August 19, 2011

Phoenix Coyotes announce five game time changes

An update on the Phoenix Coyotes' 2011-2012 game schedule...

The Phoenix Coyotes announced today the following game time changes to the 2011-2012 regular season schedule.
All game times listed below are Arizona time:

Monday, October 10th at the Dallas Stars is now a 3:00 PM start (was originally 5:00 PM)

Monday, December 5th at the Chicago Blackhawks is now a
6:00 PM start (was originally 6:30 PM)

Thursday, December 15th vs. the Edmonton Oilers is now a
7:30 PM start (was originally 7:00 PM)

Tuesday, March 20 at the Dallas Stars is now a 5:00 PM start (was originally 5:30 PM)

Friday, April 6th at the St. Louis Blues is now a 4:30 PM start
(was originally 5:00 PM)