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from Bob Condor of NHL.com,

NBC’s Dan Patrick is hosting the remaining games of this tight 2010 Stanley Cup Final, with Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury joining him on set for Sunday night’s Game 5 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.

NHL.com: Your thoughts about being part of the Final? It is your first time hosting the Cup telecast.

DP: “I have handed out the Super Bowl trophy. I have been in this building before for championships, but there were different kinds of nets. The United Center has a great crowd and great atmosphere.

“My mother-in-law is a diehard (New Jersey) Devils fans. So for me to be here at the Stanley Cup Final with Doc Emrick (the regular-season play-by-play man for the Devils), well, that is bigger than any Super Bowl. Hands-down better to her. So I am scoring a lot of points at home.


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Options For Guy Boucher

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Will Guy Boucher be the next coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets?

Good question, because there are a number of interesting dynamics at work.

By all accounts, Columbus GM Scott Howson has offered the head coaching position to Boucher, who just finished his first year as a pro coach with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

It’s only a matter of time until Boucher, widely perceived as a rising star in the coaching ranks, makes it to the NHL. Whether it’s with Columbus this week remains to be seen. Columbus wants an answer by no later than Tuesday.


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Notes Before Game 5 SCF

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In the 20 previous Stanley Cup Final series tied 2-2, the club winning Game 5 has won the Stanley Cup 14 times (70%). The six clubs that successfully overcame a Game 5 loss: the 1950 Detroit Red Wings, 1964 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1971 Montreal Canadiens, 2001 Colorado Avalanche, 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning and 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins.

Year Stanley Cup Champions After Losing Game 5 (tied 2-2)
1950 Detroit Red Wings * (vs. NY Rangers)
1964 Toronto Maple Leafs * (vs. Detroit)
1971 Montreal Canadiens (vs. Chicago)
2001 Colorado Avalanche * (vs. New Jersey)
2004 Tampa Bay Lightning * (vs. Calgary)
2009 Pittsburgh Penguins (vs. Detroit)
* lost Game 5 at home

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Is This Why TV Ratings Are Up?

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Despite the fact there has been a lacklustre Stanley Cup final, television ratings are up.  Game two of the finals (for example) had the highest rating the NHL has ever had for a game.  Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel at the New York Times Slapshot blog have an interesting theory to explain this.  They argue that this upswing in TV ratings corresponds with a downswing in the success of the NHL’s southern teams that do not have as strong a following. 

They consider nine teams to be southern (Los Angeles, Anaheim, Phoenix, Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay and Florida).  Of these nine teams only three made the playoffs this year (Los Angeles, Phoenix and Nashville).  All three of those teams were eliminated in the first round.  That left as many games as possible for the NHL’s more traditional markets. The traditional markets seen to be the ones that draw fans.

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Behind The Scenes With Two Referees

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NEW YORK (June 6, 2010) – NHL Network will carry the broadcast premiere of Behind the Stripes: A Ref’s Life, the National Hockey League announced today.  The 30-minute original documentary, produced by the NHL’s Officiating Department and NHL Network will debut on Monday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Behind the Stripes: A Ref’s Life, documents the personal journey of two NHL referees with a behind the scenes look at their profession.  It’s a story about one referee who has realized his dream and the other who is chasing his.  Veteran referee Bill McCreary and rookie Ghislain Hebert share their on and off ice experiences, challenges and accomplishments during the 2009-10 season.

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Kovalchuk Would Look Good With The Avs But GM Says No Big Name UFAs

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

It’s probably the smart thing to do, the more sensible path, the safest course. But, I don’t know, I’d still have a hard time passing on some of the NHL free agents who might be available in less than a month if I was the Avalanche general manager. Passing on making a bid for Ilya Kovalchuk, for me, would be akin to Carrie Bradshaw passing on a new pair of Manolo Blahnik pink suede strappy sandals in the store window.

Kovalchuk, an immensely talented Russian winger, is expected to be out there on free-agent day, and the Avs have salary cap room the size of Montana. But as we learned last week from the NHL general managers’ meetings in Philadelphia, Avs GM Greg Sherman put the kibosh on any hopes his team would go on a Bradshaw-worthy shopping spree.

Is Sherman bluffing? Sure didn’t seem like it when I asked him right after he departed a massive ballroom inside the Ritz-Carlton. Sherman shook his head and had an “it ain’t gonna happen” look when asked whether the Avalanche would be pursuing big-name players on free-agent day, July 1.


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Coach Talk In Columbus

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

As soon as word leaked that the Blue Jackets had offered wunderkind Guy Boucher the job as coach, questions started flying like snowflakes in a blizzard.

How can the Jackets take a chance on a man who has only one year of pro coaching experience? Do they have the personnel to play Boucher’s innovative system? Will Boucher’s system even work in the NHL?

How embarrassing would it be if Boucher, who would seem destined to field other NHL offers, declined the Jackets’ offer? Why would a guy in Boucher’s position turn them down? Would fan favorite Kevin Dineen still be interested if Boucher said no? Is Dineen even the second choice?

The offer dishes out generous helpings of both excitement and anxiety. For general manager Scott Howson, often criticized for being too conservative and too patient, this is a bold, aggressive move.

But is it the right one?


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Flyers Unbeatable The Deeper The Series Goes

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from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Let’s say this right at the top. If the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup, it will be because they were a good enough team and true enough champion to fend off the most relentless band of hockey warriors this sport has seen in a long, long time.

The champagne will taste all the sweeter because the Blackhawks will have earned that Cup the hard way.

That said, here’s why the Flyers look and feel like a team on the verge of winning its first championship in 35 years. Here’s why, as the puck drops Sunday night on Game 5 in Chicago, the Flyers deserve the absolute faith and respect of their fans.

Here’s why: Every step of this long, long road, the Flyers have gotten better and stronger and more fiercely determined. The later it gets - in games, in series, in the tournament - the more prepared they are to meet the rising challenge.

In four series now, the Flyers’ record in Games 1 through 3 is 5-7.

In Games 4 and beyond: 9-0, and counting.


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Player Movement Talk

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• There aren’t a lot of teams lining up to trade for Oilers Sheldon Souray because of his $5.4-million cap hit for two more years. One possibility may be the San Jose Sharks, who need help on the blue-line, especially if Rob Blake retires and they lose his big shot and $3.5-million worth of salary. The Sharks would likely offer defenceman Kent Huskins and forward Torrey Mitchell in return….

• If you were the Oilers, would you give up the first pick in Round 2 for Hawks winger Kris Versteeg, who has two more years left at $3 million a season, a salary the cap-starved Hawks can’t afford? Definitely not off his play in the Stanley Cup final, but Versteeg is only 24 years old and has the ability to be a second-line, 30-goal scorer.

• Let’s face it, the Toronto Maple Leafs don’t need Tomas Kaberle. They have Dion Phaneuf now. But they have a tough chore convincing teams to take the defenceman unless the team wanting Kaberle can get him signed to a three-or four-year contract for, say, Sergei Gonchar-type money ($5 million a year). If so, you give up a top six forward for sure, but Leafs’ fans are dreaming if they think they can get Bobby Ryan for Kaberle.


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The All GM Team Plus Beware Of Buyouts

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

• With Steve Yzerman entering the managerial ranks, the Red Wings legend becomes the center of the GM All-Star Team. The rest of the lineup: Joe Nieuwendyk (LW), Paul Holmgren (RW), Doug Wilson (D), Bob Murray (D), and Garth Snow (G).

• In 2010-11, the Bruins will be free of a $1,383,333 annual cap hit because of the Glen Murray buyout. It would not be prudent to replace that dead money by buying out Ryder and assuming a $1,333,333 cap hit the next two seasons. Part of the reason the Islanders will most likely miss the playoffs again is the $4.75 million cap hit they have to absorb because of the Alexei Yashin buyout. That money could pay for the impact forward they desperately need.

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