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Sens Looking For Home Ice Advantage

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

“It’s a change from the first three rounds,” said Jason Spezza of the Senators. “The officials are letting a lot of things go, and there isn’t much room and there’s bad ice besides.”
“To get outshot like this has been a little bit discouraging,” Corvo said, referring to the Ducks’ 31-16 edge for Game 2 and 63-51 overall.
“We’ve had a few guys trying to be creative offensively and it burned us,” Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said. “And we’re turning it over and creating offense for them, and I’m not sure why.”
But wait until the Senators turn their clocks ahead to EDT. Or back to the Buffalo series.

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Balsillie Secures Hamilton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Nashville Predators may be headed for Hamilton, at least temporarily.
Waterloo billionaire Jim Balsillie, who has a letter of agreement to buy the Predators that closes June 30, last night re-activated an exclusive lease arrangement with Hamilton city council in which he could use the facility temporarily or permanently as home to an NHL team.

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Drew Sharp’s Nemesis

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Foiled again.  By now you’ve all read Drew Sharp’s column from last week suggesting the Wings should stop at fiscally nothing to lure JSG away from his comfortable Disney surroundings. 

The bidding might reach $5 million a year. It doesn’t matter. Get it done and the Wings remain serious Cup contenders for at least the next two years.

Might reach 5 mil Drew?  Might?  Sharp says quite a bit.  Lots of words.  Except two: salary cap.  Have no fear, though, little Drew.  Spector’s here to help you…again.

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Canadiens Offered Souray Contract Last Tuesday

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Stubbs at The Gazette,

The Canadiens have made a contract offer to Sheldon Souray, and the all-star defenceman will take a little time to digest it, and consider what might await him on July 1, should he decide to test the waters of unrestricted free agency.
Paul Theofanous, Souray’s New York-based agent, said last night that Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey made the offer on Tuesday, 24 hours after the club had signed 28-year-old defenceman Andrei Markov to a four-year, $23-million (U.S.) contract, making the Russian the best-paid Canadien of all time.

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Can Giguere Pull a Conn Job?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Press Telegram,

Jean-Sebastien Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the playoff MVP, in 2003, but the honor felt a little hollow because New Jersey, not the Ducks, lifted the Stanley Cup.
Now, Giguere seems on the verge of celebrating with both pieces of hockey hardware.
In a tense, tight-checking game, Giguere made 16 saves Wednesday for his first shutout of these playoffs as the Ducks earned a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Ottawa Bracing for the Media Crush

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rob Brodie at the Ottawa Sun,

Scotiabank Place is bracing itself for the biggest crush of television personnel the building has likely ever seen.
“It’s crazy out here,” Jim Steel, the Senators’ VP of broadcasting, said yesterday during a break from preparations for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday night.
It’s the first Cup final game in Ottawa in 80 years, and the Sens’ home rink will house TV signals that beam the games, via NHL International, to more than 160 countries around the world.

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Messier Interested in Rangers GM Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ira Podell at the AP,

Mark Messier hasn’t talked to the New York Rangers about their sudden front office vacancy, but he would listen if they called.
The Rangers need to replace assistant general manager Don Maloney, who left the organization Tuesday to become the GM of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Messier has expressed interest about possibly replacing New York general manager Glen Sather once the architect of the Edmonton Oilers’ dynasty of the 1980s and ‘90s decides to give up his current post.

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Ducks Do It Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ducks score a late goal and win 1-0.
We haven’t seen the free-wheeling Ottawa team yet.  Maybe it will be different at home.

Watch the post game press interviews…

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That Luc, He Knows Everyone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

...including James Caan and Ray Liotta.

more fun stuff at NHL Connect Stanley Cup Headquarters.

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The Propects Arrive In Anaheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby at the Globe and Mail,

The National Hockey League invited the top six North American prospects to Game 2 of the 2007 Stanley Cup final and nobody’s eyes were wider than juniors Karl Alzner and Keaton Ellerby.
The 6-foot-4 ½ Ellerby, who hails from Strathmore, Alta. and plays on the backend for the Kamloops Blazers, also shook hands with the player he idolizes, Anaheim 6-foot-6 defenceman Chris Pronger and almost could look him in the eye.

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Check out the video profile of the prospects mentioned- Karl Alzner, Keaton Ellerby and Sam Gagner.

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