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Changing By The Hour

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Earlier reports claimed Jordan Staal was out for the year after having surgery on a tendon.

Now this from a tweet from Elliotte Friedman,

I’m laughing as I write this, but Bylsma says Staal is day-to-day.

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Reviewing The Situation Room

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from David Shoats of the Globe and Mail,

Everyone, it seems, has the same reaction the first time he sees the room where all those decisions on goals are made.

“I had a guy come here from New York and he said, ‘I can’t believe you guys get all this done in here,’ “ said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, whose title would almost stretch along one wall of the rectangular, windowless room known to millions of television viewers as the “war room” or “situation room.” It’s the place where the hockey world figuratively fastens its gaze during those agonizing minutes when a video review of a goal is conducted by Campbell, his chief lieutenant, Mike Murphy, and several other NHL staffers.

The room is about 10 metres (33 feet) long and four metres (14 feet) wide and it is in the NHL’s Toronto office on the 11th floor of a tower next door to the Air Canada Centre at the foot of Bay Street. At one end sit two 64-inch, high-definition television monitors with a long counter in front of them that has a row of lights and switches, along with two microphones that connect Campbell and Murphy with each arena in the NHL’s 30 cities.


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Markov In Montreal For Treatment

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from the CP at TSN,

The Canadiens confirmed Saturday that star defenceman Andrei Markov has returned to Montreal to receive treatment for an injury suffered Friday night in a Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Markov was hurt just past the 11-minute mark of the first period when he was checked cleanly into the boards by Penguins agitator Matt Cooke. Markov fell awkwardly into the boards, threw one of his gloves into the air and writhed in pain on the ice as some of his teammates went after Cooke at centre ice.


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Two Games Today, Both Could Be Of A Physical Nature

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I’m picking the home teams today, what about you?


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Was That A Bus Don & Ron Where Driving?

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Don Cherry & Ron MacLean don’t want your emails read on the air.

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Is A Princess Fit For A ‘King’?

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from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,

Apparently, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has to wait until the off-season to score.


Swedish tabloids are linking Lundqvist, a Swede, with his home country’s fetching young royal, Princess Madeleine. Or, as her friends know her, the Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland.

The 27-year-old princess is embroiled in a tabloid disaster, after her long-time fiancé, lawyer Jonas Bergstrom, was outed after a one-nighter with a college student.


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Great Goalies Not Needed

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from Mac Engel of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram,

With the second round of the playoffs started, we should rejoice that all of the defensive-oriented teams have been eliminated. No New Jersey. No Phoenix. No Colorado. OK, so Washington is gone, but that appears to be an aberration.

You’re not going to win a Stanley Cup with Joe Stiff in net, but you don’t need Dominik Hasek, either. ...

The good goalies are old, or retired.

When the Devils lost in the first round, the most revered goalie in the game went out. With Martin Brodeur losing against the Flyers and being benched by Team Canada during the Olympics, it’s clear now that his run is over.

With no Brodeur, it unofficially marks the end of teams building around the goalie. The goalie who nearly single-handedly carried his team from April to June. They’re all gone now. And that’s not a bad thing.


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Senators Plan To Tinker With The Team

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“I think we have to tinker a little bit,” Melnyk said from his Barbados home. “I have a meeting with Bryan next week about how we’re going to accomplish that with things that are going to be difficult to get done under the (salary) cap.”

During the wide-ranging, 15-minute discussion, Melnyk said he isn’t sure what the future holds for No. 1 centre Jason Spezza, who had a poor playoffs and whose no-movement clause kicks in on July 1.

Asked if the club was going to spend another summer trying to trade a star — after the Dany Heatley saga of 2009 — Melnyk put the ball in Murray’s court. Spezza has five years left on a contract carrying a cap hit of $7 million per season.

“That’s going to be Bryan’s decision. There’s a little bit of misconception about how hands-on I am. I keep myself knowledgeable,” said Melnyk. “But at the end of the day, the people that I hire make the decisions because they’re accountable ... and it’s their responsibility.


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A Bit Of Revenge May Be On Laviolette’s Mind

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

Much like Bill Barber and John Stevens in Philadelphia, Laviolette had proven himself in the American Hockey League, by winning a Calder Cup with the Providence Bruins, and had served one year as a Bruins assistant under Mike Keenan.

At 36, he was ready to take on his dream job as head coach of the team he grew up worshiping, but the Bruins handed him his walking papers.

“My allegiance hasn’t been in Boston since they fired me,” Laviolette said.

In fact, Laviolette was not fired by the Bruins, he just wasn’t retained. The club went outside the organization by hiring Robbie Ftorek, and Laviolette bolted for the head-coaching job on Long Island.

“I’m not being disrespectful of Boston, but that’s the nature of coaching,” Laviolette said. “When I was coaching the Islanders, I couldn’t care less about Boston.

“But those days are gone. I’m not a kid anymore, and Bobby Orr doesn’t skate on the ice out there. Those days are gone….


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Problems Remain In Phoenix

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

If so many people weren’t hurt along the way, it would be almost comical to note that the core issue — the health of the Coyotes — remains unchanged a year after the drama began.

The team is still losing money and Reinsdorf is still willing to take it if his controversial deal from Glendale holds together.

But reputations were damaged, fans were held hostage, and the fallout took its toll.

In many ways, it was more than a tale of two cities. It was also a tale of two men and a tale of two icons.


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