Being An Original

Aug. 15, 2007

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When's the last time the NHL had a good idea that a far more successful league copied?

This was a promotional commercial NBC aired this past Sunday for the NFL's kickoff weekend:

Looks familiar doesn't it?

Perhaps the NFL and NBC assumed no one would notice because no one watches the NHL in this country.

(Kudos to EN friend Ben Howard for spotting this.)

(Editor's note: Kukla's Korner, one of the big boys in terms of hockey blogs, picked this item up off of us. Nothing can ruin our day now.)


Evgeni Malkin Wears Short Shorts

The interesting summer of Evgeni Malkin continues.

The Pensblog spotted this article on Sergei Gonchar and Evegeni Malkin and other Russian hockey players training in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A few item of interest include:

Nasvhille Predators forward Alexander Radulov claims he once saw Montreal Canadiens forwards Saku Koivu and Richard Zednik leave a Montreal Bar with six women.

Malkin lives with Gonchar even in Russia. This guy's the Kato Kaelin of the NHL.

Alexander Ovechkin just recently learned to wash dishes.

Malkin saw the "Transformers" movie this summer with Ovechkin and Radulov.

And Malkin wears really short shorts when he trains.

Like this short:


The Evgeni Malkin Fan Club.

John Stockton not impressed.


EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS

The NHL released its national television schedule.

NBC's flex schedule can be viewed here.

A closer examination of the NBC schedule shows that the Penguins-Sabres Jan. 1 game in Buffalo isn't scheduled to be broadcast by NBC. But the Feb. 17 game in Buffalo is one of the options in the flex schedule. An outdoor game between the Sabres and Penguins has been rumored to be in the works for either of those two dates. One would think the NHL would want to have such a game televised nationally in the United States.

But this is the NHL we're talking about. So we're sure they'll do something completely stupid.

Versus can be found here.

HDNet.

For those north of the border here are the schedules for CBC and TSN.

Farther Off The Wall noticed a lot of East Coast bias in the NHL's national television schedule. We guess the NHL thinks you can't get enough of the 35-41-6 Boston Bruins.

The NHL has released training camp info for all 30 teams. The Penguins will begin Sept 13-16 at Southpoint Iceoplex in Canonsburg and continue Sept. 17-Oct. 4 at Mellon Arena.

It looks like former Penguins winger Nils Ekman will be playing in Russia next season.

Marlene Ross Design has an image of what is allegedly Marc-Andre Fleury's new mask. (Kudos to City of Champs for spotting this.)

It looks like former Penguins prospect Bobby Goepfert will sign with the Ducks.

Former Penguins forward Billy Tibbetts is back in trouble. He was involved in a high-speed chase near Boston.

Defenseman Jamie Heward, who was the Penguins first round pick in 1989, will be playing in Russia next season. Heward's nomadic NHL career has seen him play for seven different teams in nine seasons.

The Islanders sign center Josef Vasicek.

The Coyotes sign goaltender Alex Auld.

Defenseman Joe DiPenta re-signs with the Ducks.

The Senators promoted goaltending coach Ron Low to assistant coach. Low is a former head coach of the Rangers and Oilers.

The Senators also signed their 2007 first-round draft pick, Jim O'Brien.

The Rangers are trying to sign free agent center Mike Peca. Did the Rangers not hear about this salary cap thing the NHL has now?

The Senators are pursuing free agent center Peter Forsberg.

Coyotes center Mike Ricci officially retired. As EN reader Mark pointed out, Ricci was once actually voted the sexiest athlete in Denver at one time. We can only conclude Denver is full of horse-faced athletes.

Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell will serve jail time after pleading guilty to charges related to drunk driving.

Former Canadiens general manager Sam Pollock passed away.

Aaron Broten, Bobby Carpenter, John MacInnes and John Vanbiesbrouck will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Ducks forward Teemu Selanne got a day in Finland with the Stanley Cup. A lot of people showed up.

Trevor Linden's future with the Canucks is still up in the air.

Due to the designs of the new steamlined jerseys next season, the Red Wings will be forced to move the "C" on Niklas Lidstrom's jersey to the other side of his chest.

The Senators will be unveiling a new logo soon.

If you have oh... about $2.38 million laying around, you can buy the house of St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay McKee.

With seemingly nothing to do, the guys at Eddy Spaghetti created some Penguins-themed iPhone wallpapers.

Jeremy Goldmeier of St. Louis sent us a copy of a Penguins script he wrote.

Robert Morris will meet Ohio State in the Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase.

Awful Announcing found this gem; A Guy LaFleur instructional disco video:



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