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Co-CEO of RIM Jim Balsillie is a Habs fan – maybe.

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Everyone knows Jim Balsillie aka Jim Dog is a huge hockey fan. In the past, he has tried to acquire the Nashville NHL franchise and move it to Hamilton, Ontario. The bid failed but rumors were abound that Jim was looking to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nothing ever came of the rumors but we know Jim loves his hockey. With the playoffs starting today, Jim is glued to his TV.

“Will I be in front of the TV? Absolutely,” said the co-CEO of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.

But the 48-year-old Balsillie was less forthcoming about any current interest in acquiring an NHL team. He wouldn’t comment on possible ownership or if he might be in talks about a team, such as the Montreal Canadiens.

He even declined to divulge his favourite club, saying “I get into trouble every time. I can’t go there.” But he has been reported to follow the Habs.

Vive les Canadiens de Montreal!

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Viigo launches NHL stats and Twitter mashup

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You may have seen Mark’s tweets over the past couple of days indicating that Viigo is coming out with some new gems for the Viigo hockey service. Well it’s official, the new features including comprehensive stats such as league points, goals, assists and shut out leaders, to name just a few, team rosters and player stats, team specific schedules and team specific scores and a few other nice to haves (including a feed for trade updates and an NHL Twitter mash up which should be cool on deadline day) are now available.
Click through for screenshots and details about the Viigo update

BlackBerry Pearl Flip available on Bell Canada

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{Press release) Bell is now offering the BlackBerry Pearl Flip along with access to Bell’s Unlimited NHL bundle.

The Unlimited NHL bundle features live audio for all NHL games, live video for select games, game highlights from all games, personalized alerts, unlimited NHL themed downloads and much more. Bell is encouraging clients to personalize their phone by including a free phone cover (skin) branded in their choice of favourite NHL team and a 2 GB Micro SD card preloaded with original NHL video clips.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip from Bell supports popular services like GPS Nav with turn-by-turn directions and traffic updates, picture and video messaging to send and receive text messages with audio, video and picture attachments as well as several social networking services and applications such as Windows Live Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, Bebo and MySpace to keep clients connected. The Pearl Flip from Bell also features the fully integrated Bell Media Player through which clients can access industry leading mobile multi-media services like Live TV, Video Clips and Mobile and commercial-free radio.

Like other BlackBerrys, the Pearl Flip allows users to synchronize work or personal email accounts, contact lists and calendars.

The Pearl Flip, available from Bell in solid black or two-tone black and pink, features two high resolution displays allowing users to preview incoming emails, text messages and phone calls without opening the handset. The Pearl Flip also features full HTML web browsing, a 2MP camera with flash and zoom, an expandable memory up to 32GB and SureType QWERTY keyboard.

Until March 31, the 3G BlackBerry 8230 Pearl Flip smartphone is available nationally for as little as $29.95 on a three-year contract.

Bell partners with QuickPlay for Mobile TV services, NHL first offering

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Bell has made two recent announcements which show that 2009 will be a big year for them in terms of multimedia content. Firstly, Bell announced yesterday that they have reached a deal with QuickPlay Media to power their live and on-demand services, including live TV and radio.

Wayne Purboo, president and CEO, QuickPlay Media said “QuickPlay is excited that Bell Mobility has chosen us to power its mobile TV services and to build on our long-standing relationship, which now enables Bell to provide subscribers with the option to watch both live and on-demand content on most video-enabled mobile devices. With our flexible mobile video solutions our customers are equipped to not only meet the demands of their customers today, but to accommodate changing mobile content demands and associated service requirements in the future.”

Bell’s first offering is an exciting one for Canadians: live NHL games on NHL Audio, in-game and post-game video highlights, live NHL games through NHL Centre Ice Mobile and real-time text message alerts. For $8/month, Bell subscribers get all this as well as NHL wallpapers, ringtones, Mobile Video Exclusives that has pictures from the past, Fantasy tips and Game of the Week insight.

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Balsillie tapped to buy the Buffalo Sabres?

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RIM Hockey TeamOh, wouldn’t this be a great late Christmas present for the Jim Dog. Despite fervent denial from the Buffalo Sabres, rumors are flying that the National Hockey League team is both up for sale and that RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie is one of the potential suitors.

“We are not in negotiations to sell the team and as we have stated in the past, we will never entertain discussions to move the team out of Buffalo,” Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said in a statement, which was isused in response to a story in this week’s Western New York Hockey magazine.

Despite the official denial, unnamed sources continue to insist that the Sabre’s billionaire owner, Tom Golisano, is listening to offers and that Quinn or an associate has had discussions with Balsillie. Basillie has been connected to potential purchases of both the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins in the past. Hopefully, we’ll see the Waterloo BlackBerrys someday soon.