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Lightning Have Their GM

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via a tweet from Jeff Marek,

Tampa Bay Lightening to introduce new GM this afternoon at 3ET

via a tweet from Erik Erlendsson,

no confirmation on who it is, but have been told a big name? Yzerman is biggest name out there

added 9:11am, Pierre LeBrun tweets-in,

I believe Yzerman will be named GM of Lightning today but working to confirm that 100 per cent right now.. Stay tuned

added 9:15am, Nick Kypreos tweets,

Tampa Bay will announce at 3pm Steve Yzerman as the new GM of the hockey club. Many believe he will become the highest paid GM in league

As does Elliotte Friedman,

Yzerman in Tampa

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My How Times Have Changed In Chicago

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The last Stanley Cup Final appearance for the Blackhawks was in 1992 and a now famous singer was only 11 years old and sang the National Anthem at Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

thanks to a tweet from the NHL for the pointer

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  Tags: christina+aguilera

Choose A Shark

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

There is a very real possibility that the Sharks will need to choose between keeping the best goalie in franchise history or keeping their all-time leading scorer.

Evgeni Nabokov or Patrick Marleau. You can only choose one to sign for next season. Whom will it be?

General manager Doug Wilson was loath to discuss the situation during the regular season and the playoffs. There’s no way to escape it now. In general terms, Wilson always has maintained that there is always a way to retain players if both parties want it to happen.

He’s right. Optimistic math says Wilson could retain both Nabokov and Marleau. Logical math says he can’t.


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Great SCF Matchup For The NHL

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For the third year in a row, the NHL has struck it rich.

First it was Detroit versus Pittsburgh, Motown’s finest against Sid the Kid. The next year, there was the Rust Belt rematch and a seven-game classic.

Now comes a collision in the Stanley Cup final between two of America’s most passionate and historic sports cities.

Somebody in the Bettman administration must be saying their prayers at night.

The Windy City and the City of Brotherly Love, head-to-head, a matchup that Major League Baseball, the NBA or the NFL would embrace any time.


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One Happy Lappy

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from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

ONE BY ONE, they leaned into him, shook his hand vigorously. Some Montreal Canadiens offered hugs, some hearty hits on that hardened, helmeted noggin, until finally Ian Laperriere took the huge contraption off at midice so you could see that gap-toothed smile of his, the one that says - in so many ways - hockey player.

The one that says, too, “2010 Flyers.”

“Guys I don’t even know bearhugged me, wished me luck,” the Flyers’ gritty forward said after last night’s Eastern Conference-clinching, 4-2 victory. “They know I’m getting older and you don’t have too many chances to win a Cup.”

It was more than that, though. Longevity is appreciated in hockey, not bearhugged. These were nods from fellow knights, some from guys glad they don’t have to make their living the way he has, some from guys who maybe see in him a model for their future.


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  Tags: ian+laperriere, ian+laperriere

Wings Waiting For Lidstrom Decision

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“I talked to Homer’s agent before the playoffs. I know what he’s thinking, he knows what I’m thinking,” Holland said. “I’ll wait until our scouting meetings are over to talk to Pat Morris (Bertuzzi’s agent).”

The Red Wings have their pro scouting meetings June 2-3. Holland, Babcock, assistant GM Jim Nill, senior vice president Jimmy Devellano, vice president Steve Yzerman and the scouting staff will gather in Detroit to go over the team’s roster and discuss potential free agents and trade possibilities.

The Red Wings don’t anticipate any problems getting Holmstrom re-signed. Even if they’re slightly apart on money, there’s no reason to believe Holmstrom would uproot his family and leave the team he has played for since 1996 because of a few hundred thousand dollars.

The club needs to know Lidstrom’s decision and how much it will cost to re-sign him before committing to a dollar amount for Holmstrom, who earned $2.25 million last season, and Bertuzzi, who made $1.5 million.


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Magic Run Ends For Montreal

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

In a postseason with so much magic, the Habs couldn’t conjure one last trick in losing 4-2 to the Flyers.

There are no moral victories in professional sports, but the Canadiens have come as close as anyone to claiming one.

Beyond the results and the short-term disappointment, they can persuasively argue they have rediscovered the elusive quality of championship teams, and one that long characterized this franchise: a refusal to roll over or be satisfied by any thing less than a Cup.

“You look at every movie — what would happen if Rocky lost at the end? It doesn’t really matter unless you win. A Cinderalla story is what we wanted to do, and a Cinderella story doesn’t matter if Cinderella doesn’t pull it out,” defenceman Hal Gill said.

read on

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Ed Snider Enjoying The Ride

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from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

Ed Snider was glowing for the first time in a long, long time.

He stood in the middle of the Flyers locker room, Michael Jackson playing in the background, orange and black balloons filling the air and the Prince of Wales Trophy sitting at Mike Richards’ locker….

“This is maybe the most exciting season ever since the first Stanley Cup,” said a giddy Snider, searching for the right words to say about his team. “What these guys have done and what they’ve been through, it’s incredible. There’s so many stories here that I can’t even articulate them all.

“But now we’re going to play Chicago and we were the worst two teams in the league in (2007) and now look where we are.

“It’s a great credit to Paul Holmgren and this organization and the way these guys have played, the sky’s the limit. They just don’t know how to quit. They’re incredible. Whatever happens from this point on is just gravy.”

read on

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Peter Pocklington Reaches Plea Agreement

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from the CP at TSN,

Federal prosecutors in the U.S. say former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has agreed to plead guilty to perjury in a bid to avoid jail time.

According to the plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Riverside, Calif., Pocklington acknowledged that he concealed two bank accounts from a bankruptcy trustee and failed to disclose two storage units in Southern California.

The plea bargain calls for probation, including six months of home detention that could force him to wear an electronic monitor. The criminal conviction also means he could be deported back to Canada.


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  Tags: peter+pocklington

Philadelphia Flyers Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

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The Flyers defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 tonight and win the series 4-1.

Game 1 & 2 of the Finals wll be in Chicago and I will post the dates when available.

added 9:45pm,

NEW YORK (May 24, 2010) – The National Hockey League announced today the schedule for the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between the Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers.

Based on their superior regular-season performance, the Blackhawks will host Games One and Two of the Stanley Cup Final, as well as Games Five and Seven, if necessary.  Games Three and Four will be in Philadelphia, as well as game Six, if necessary.

Continue Reading »

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