Tuesday, March 9, 2010

2K Sports Signs Ryan Kesler For Cover of NHL® 2K11

Ryan Kesler will be the cover boy for the NHL 2k11 video game. Ryan Kesler is a very good hockey player but I honestly was surprised when I heard that he was going to be on the cover of a video game. He's one of the best two-way forwards in the game, but usually video game covers have the superstar forward on the front cover. NHL2k10 had Alex Ovechkin on the front cover.

Call me the pessimist but maybe it has something to do with the fact that NHL 2k11 won't be released this year on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and they see Kesler has a cheaper option for a video game that will only be available on the Wii.
New York, NY – March 9, 2010 – 2K Sports announced today they have signed Ryan Kesler, star two-way forward for the Vancouver Canucks® and 2010 Winter Olympics hero, to be featured as the cover athlete and spokesman for their upcoming video game, NHL® 2K11. Kesler, a vital member of the upstart 2010 U.S. Olympic hockey team, captured the collective attention of sports fans around the world with his gritty and awe-inspiring performance, and will now look to bring the same electrifying play to NHL 2K11.

“Having the opportunity to participate in the Olympics and play in front of my home crowd was one of the best experiences of my life. To now be chosen as the next cover athlete for NHL 2K11 is another dream come true,” said Kesler, alternate captain for the Vancouver Canucks. “It was awesome to work with 2K Sports last year on the NHL 2K10 commercial shoot and the outdoor motion capture session on the Las Vegas strip was incredible to be a part of. I’m looking forward to having just as much fun again, and helping them make another great hockey game this year.”

Drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 2003 as the 23rd overall pick in the first round, Kesler has spent his entire five-year NHL career with the Canucks. As a 2009 Selke Trophy finalist, awarded annually to the top defensive player in the league, Kesler has blossomed into one of the most feared and relentless players on the ice. Best known as a two-way forward, Kesler also set personal statistical records last season with 26 goals and 33 assists. He was honored with the Cyclone Taylor award last year as team MVP and has helped to lead the Canucks this year to the top of the Northwest division.

“Ryan is one of the most talented and exciting players to watch in the NHL today and his popularity has grown exponentially since the recent success of Team USA at the Winter Olympics,” said Greg Thomas, senior vice president of sports development for 2K. “We’re thrilled to have him represent NHL 2K11 and wish him the best of luck through the rest of this season."

Being developed by Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio, NHL 2K11 is not yet rated by the ESRB and scheduled to be available for Wii™ in fall 2010. 

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Jim Dolan's Public Approval Ranking About To Get MUCH Worse!

Update: It looks like the dispute between the two companies has been settled as ABC is currently broadcasting as normal on my Cablevision provided TV stations
In most Rangers fan's eyes Jim Dolan is already a man that is severely disliked. Expect that sentiment to explode beyond anything you can imagine in the next couple of days.

Obviously the general public who don't care much about sports don't know much about the Cablevision executive. Something tells me that this is all about to change.

Cablevision subscribers received this e-mail this morning:
We regret to inform you that ABC's parent company has decided to pull WABC-7 off Cablevision, even though we pay them more than $200 million dollars a year for their group of networks. They are demanding a $40 million dollar increase for the same channels we carry today. In light of these economic times we do not feel it's appropriate for ABC to hold our viewers hostage in pursuit of undeserved millions.

Many of you just want WABC-7 back on your television. That's why we are working hard to get WABC-7 back on the air. You can help make a difference by visiting cablevision.com/abc and sending their executives an email expressing how you feel.

While we work to return WABC-7 to the lineup, you can watch WABC-7 free over the air by obtaining a digital TV antenna from your local consumer electronics store. Or, you can watch almost all of ABC's prime time programming free on the Internet at hulu.com or abc.com.

Thank you for your patience, while we continue to negotiate a deal that is fair for everyone.
 You think there are a lot of New York Knick and Rangers fans? Well, there are a heck of a lot more rabid "LOST" fans and with the final season in full swing, if this deal is not negotitaed by Tuesday night, fans of the show  will not be able to watch it on TV if they are Cablevision subscribers.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Video: Sean Avery Mocking Talbot

Last night in the Rangers/Penguins game in the third period Maxime Talbot and Sean Avery had a little altercation after the whistle. My best description is that Talbot looked like a 7 year old girl trying to slap Avery. Sean Avery, being the comedian that he is, jumped all over it. It was one of the funniest things that I've seen a player do in a hockey game. Had me cracking up!

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

John Halligan Charity Event

Dick’s wife Teri, John’s Wife Janet among inaugural honorees…




New York, March 1—Two beloved New York sports figures of Irish American heritage who recently passed away will be remembered at a St. Patrick’s week benefit luncheon. On Monday afternoon, March 15, at 12:00 noon at Gallagher’s Steak House in New York City, Dick McGuire, the legendary St. John’s and New York Knicks star and NBA Hall of Famer, and John Halligan, the Rangers and NHL public relations executive, historian and author, will be honored with the creation of the “Halligan-McGuire Irish American Sports Good Guy Awards.” Teri McGuire, Dick’s loving wife of 54 years; John Flaherty, former Yankee and YES Network analyst; Janet Halligan, John’s loving wife of 41 years; and Dave Maloney, the former Ranger/MSG Network-1050 ESPN Radio Broadcaster, will be the inaugural honorees at the luncheon to benefit Fordham University.

Tickets are priced at $75, and include a three course luncheon menu and a donation. For information and tickets call Cirillo World at 212-972-5337 or email johnnycigarpr@aol.com. Gallagher’s Steak House is located at 228 West 52nd Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue) in New York City (212.245.5336).

Born in the Bronx, a product of the Rockaways and a long time Dix Hills, Long Island resident, McGuire was a part of the Knicks organization for 53 seasons as a player, coach and scout. The St. John’s University star was one of the most selfless players in NBA history. The deft-passing McGuire was a five-time all star and led the Knicks to three straight NBA Finals in the fifties. His number 15 was retired to the Madison Square Garden rafters in 1992, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame the following year.

A native of Bergenfield, NJ, and a longtime resident of Franklin Lakes, Halligan began his career in the Rangers publicity office in 1963, upon graduation from Fordham University. Over the next 20 years his role expanded to include vice president of communications and business manager. Halligan left the Rangers for a public relations position with the NHL in 1983, before returning to the Rangers in 1986. He went back to the NHL in 1990 before retiring in 2006. He wrote several books, including "100 Ranger Greats: Superstars, Unsung Heroes and Colorful Characters" and "Game of My Life: New York Rangers."

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Phoenix Lands Another Forward

Th Coyotes acquired Petteri Nokelainen from the Ducks for a 6th round pick

Rangers Make Second Minor Move of Day

Per Steve Zipay:
 Rangers acquire Anders Eriksson from Phoenix for goaltender Miika Wiikman and 7th rd pick in 2011.
Nothing major. With the addition of Alex Auld earlier this week the Rangers had depth in goal and had recently reassigned Wiikman to the ECHL.

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Phoenix Makes Another Trade

Blue Jackets send Alex Picard to Phoenix for Chad Kolairk per Darren Dreger

Hurricanes trade Yelle to Colorado

Carolina trades Stephane Yelle & Harrison Reed to the Avalanche for Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll and a 6th round pick

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Battle of Alberta: Trade Completed

Edmonton trades Steve Staios to Calgary for Aaron Johnson and a third round pick

The Oilers shed a lot of salary over the next few years in their deals today

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Vancouver Acquires Depth Defenseman from Hurricanes

Andrew Alberts goes to Canucks for 3rd round pick from Carolina

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Leafs Acquire Chris Peluso from Penguins

Leafs deal a sixth-round pick to Penguins for Chris Peluso per Sportsnet
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Dustin Boyd Acquired By Predators

Per Sportsnet:

Flames trade Dustin Boyd to Predators for a fourth-round pick.
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Oilers Trade Visnovsky to Ducks

Ducks acquire Lubomir Visnovsky from Edmonton for Ryan Whitney and a 6th round pick per the TSN TradeCentre

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Mathieu Roy to Florida

Mathieu Roy to Florida from Columbus for Matt Rust

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Ducks Trade For Another Goalie

Acquire Joey MacDonald for a 2011 7th round pick from Toronto

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Kings Acquire Fredrik Modin

Los Angeles acquires Modin from Blue Jackets for future considerations

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Capitals & Hurricanes Trade Defensement

Joe Corvo from Hurricanes to Capitals for Brian Pothier & prospect Oskar Osala

Coyotes Acquire Lee Stempniak from Leafs

Lee Stempniak for defenseman Matt Jones, a 4th and 7th round pick according to TSN

Jurcina Traded Back To Capitals

Milan Jurcina traded back to Washington by Columbus according to the TSN TradeCentre.

More details to come...

Thrashers Acquire MacArthur from Sabres

Clarke MacArthur to Thrashers for a 3rd & 4th rd pick from Buffalo

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Raffi Torres Traded To Sabres

Per Bob McKenzie: 
Buffalo's Nathan Paetsch and a second rounder to CBJ for Raffi Torres.
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Ducks Acquire Backup Goalie

Flames' backup goalie Curtis McElhinney traded to Ducks according to TSN.

Sportsnet reporting that Vesa Toskala is going to Calgary

I'm assuming this is to fill the void left by the trade earlier which sent Justin Pogge to the Hurricanes in the Aaron Ward deal

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Capitals Acquire Eric Belanger

In return the Capitals send a 2nd round pick to the Wild

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Tampa Trades Jeff Halpern to LA Kings

To Tampa: Teddy Purcell & 3rd Rd Pick
To LA Kings: Jeff Halpern

Per TSN TradeCentre
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Mathieu Schneider Traded To Phoenix

Phoenix acquire Schneider from Phoenix for an undisclosed draft pick according to TSN TradeCentre

Rangers Make Minor Move: Acquire Newbury from Detroit

The Rangers made a minor deal, one which is likely not going to effect the big club.

New York sends Jordan Owens to Detroit for Kris Newbury.

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Wojtek Wolski to Phoenix

Confirmed by TSN after being rumored a little earlier Wolski traded to Phoenix for Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter

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Canucks Acquire Yan Stastny from Blues

Canucks acquire from St.Louis Yan Stastny for Cedric Labrie


Scott Walker to Capitals

Update: Confirmed by TSN TradeCentre and saying a 7th round pick is going to Carolina
Per Matthew Barnaby
"I think walker has been traded to Washington! Great pickup"

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Trade Deadline Day Waiver Moves

According to Bob McKenzie:
Edmonton claims Ryan Jones on waivers from the Predators. All other players cleared.
Brad Lukowich (Vcr), Ryan Oulahen (Det), Enver Lisin and Aaron Voros (NYR), Anders Eriksson (Phx), Chelios (Atl) and John Grahame (Col) were all on waivers.

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Aaron Ward Traded To Ducks

Carolina receives Justin Pogge and a 4th Rd pick from the Anaheim Ducks for Aaron Ward

Boston Acquires Seidenberg

According to Darren Dreger "Seidenberg to Boston"

TSN says Byron Bitz, Craig Weller 2nd Round Pick going other way and along with Seidenberg the Bruins acquire prospect Matt Bartowski

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Skoula to Devils for Draft Pick

Update: Toronto gets a 5th rounder in 2010 from New Jersey for Skoula, as per Darren Dreger.
per @DLozoNHL "Martin Skoula is headed to the New Jersey Devils."

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Derek Morris Traded Back to Phoenix

Update: According to Darren Dreger Boston gets a 4th rounder in 2011 for Morris
Bruce Garrioch reporting via Twitter "Derek Morris to Phoenix. Deal pending."

Morris will be a UFA this summer, currently a $3.3M cap hit

Confirmed on TSN Tradecentre

Blues Acquire D'Agostini from Montreal

Blues Official Website:
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced late Tuesday the club has acquired forward Matt D’Agostini from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Aaron Palushaj.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Penguins Acquire Ponikarovsky

On the eve of the NHL Trade Deadline, the Penguins acquired Alex Ponikarovsky from Toronto. In return, the Leafs acquire defenseman Martin Skoula and AHL forward Luca Caputi.

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Islanders Trade Andy Sutton To Ottawa

via Twitter from Bob McKenzie 
NYI have traded defenceman Andy Sutton to Ottawa for a second round pick that previously belonged to the San Jose Sharks
 Also, in a minor move, from the Twitter page of NHL.com staff writer Mike Morreale:
Islanders trade minor-league defenseman Brett Westgarth to San Jose in exchange for future considerations.
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Rangers Put Voros & Lisin on Waivers

According to Larry Brooks:
Voros Lisin on waivers
Now the question is, are the Rangers clearing cap space for a big move? Not surprised at all about Voros, in fact, I'm surprised he's stuck around in New York as long as he has. Enver Lisin has upside, but has not gotten much ice time in New York and consistency is a problem. He has wheels, but will he ever have the finishing touch that would truely make him a scoring threat and a legit top-9 forward in the NHL.

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Thrashers Sign Chris Chelios

Sportsnet reporting that:
The Thrashers have signed Chris Chelios, who played with the Wolves.
 Confirmed by Ben Wright of Thrashers via Blueland Blog:
The Thrashers have signed veteran defenseman and future Hall of Famer Chris Chelios as a potential depth defenseman. Chelios has been with the Chicago Wolves all season an dis currently on waivers. If he clears waivers he’ll stay in Chicago where he’ll be available as a call-up for the Thrashers if needed.
Further information regarding the contract from the Atlanta Journal Cnstitution:
Chris Chelios two-way contract worth $700,000 in NHL, $105,000 in AHL.
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Monday, March 1, 2010

Getting Ready For Wednesday's NHL Trade Deadline

The NHL trade deadline is this Wednesday (March 3rd) at 3pm ET. This is one of the most exciting days of the entire NHL season for hockey fans. Not sure where to get your valuable information as the trades break?

PuckCentral will be updated throughout the day on Wednesday as the latest trades air announced by the NHL or announced by one of the major media sources.

In addition, there are many other places that you can get your hockey on this Wednesday.

Kukla's Korner says:
NHL Network U.S. will pick up TSN’s TradeCentre coverage from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m ET. TradeCentre, hosted by James Duthie, will feature a cast of Hockey Insiders, analysts, former NHL players, coaches and general managers, reporters and correspondents providing breaking news and instant analysis of each transaction, including interviews with players, coaches and GMs from across the league. TradeCentre also will be streamed live on NHL.com for the U.S. audience. In addition to TSN’s coverage, NHL Network will have Deb Kaufman reporting live from NHL headquarters in New York City with updates every hour.

NHL Network Canada with wrap up all of the day’s action on their traditional On The Fly program beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

NHL Live! ™, the NHL’s daily radio show—broadcast live on Sirius XM Radio, streamed on NHL.com (in Canada) and simulcast on NHL Network Canada from noon – 2 p.m. ET—will have special programming to bring fans up-to-date on the day’s events.
In addition, in the age of the new social media. There are many people on Twitter who you should be following.  But, if you don't want to add all of those fine folks, here are the people who I think will bring the most valuable and accurate information as fast as possible as the deals break on Wednesday:


Here is some valuable information that I found over at Habs Inside/Out

If the text above isn't clear, just click it, the writing is in the form of an image.

I also recommend checking out the trades section on HFBoards, trades & signings are posted there pretty much instantly.

Also, I'd recommend keeping at least one of these two trade trackers open in your browser all day on Wednesday:

TSN Tradecentre
Sportsnet Trade Tracker

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