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Who Will Step Into The Limelight?

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Finally, if you’re looking for a couple of players out of the limelight who will thrust themselves into the glare with a special contribution, consider Valtteri Filppula of the Red Wings and Chris Kunitz of the Penguins. Both play significant minutes and during key situations. They’ve had good moments already during this playoff run, but with a single goal each, they are poised to really break out and make a difference. If either finds the net regularly with the Stanley Cup at stake, they will usurp the accolades reserved for the stars.

This should be fun. Enjoy.

more on the series…

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Wear Your Eco-Friendly Locker Room Tee Proudly

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from NHL.com,

CANTON, MA – Reebok announced that for the first time, Reebok’s Stanley Cup Championship locker room Tees worn by the 2009 Stanley Cup Champions immediately following their win on the ice will be made using eco-friendly, 100% organic cotton fabric.

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Lawton Has The Lead Role Regarding Hockey Operations

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from Damian Critodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

What was it like working with owners Barrie called “owner operators”?

“Last year, I did not feel comfortable at all,” Lawton said. “We had three people making decisions, everybody knows that, and it leads to a discombobulated effort. As an organization we sat down and straightened that out. Last year, I was exuberant for the opportunity. Now, I’m excited for the structure we have.”

A structure in which Lawton, 43, of Cumberland, R.I., gained influence.

He is a sounding board on business matters for Koules, who handles much of the day-to-day running of the team and Times Forum. He also apparently is the tie-breaker on hockey matters if Koules and Barrie disagree.

“Those guys have told me I’m the final word,” Lawton said. “That’s what they’ve communicated to me. That doesn’t mean I don’t notify them or I don’t keep them abreast of it. ... But at the end of the day, the way it’s set up is that’s my call.”

Koules acknowledged, “We’ve given Brian the authority to take the lead role in everything we do from a hockey operations standpoint.”

more including some Vinny talk…

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Twitter Updates From JLA

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Bruce MacLeod and the CP’s Chris Johnston both report via Twitter that Nick Lidstrom is taking part in the morning skate.  MacLeod points out that Draper is also.

Johnston just noted that Hossa is out there too, but no Ericsson or Datsyuk.

Updated (Twitter is awesome) like 30 seconds later: Datsyuk’s out there.

Updated at 1145: Johnston reports Datsyuk isn’t moving much.

Updated 1150 from MacLeod:

Lidstrom is practicing as though he’s playing, partnered with Rafalski. Datsyuk is only subbing in on Filppula’s line, looks iffy right now.

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Matthew Barnaby Of ESPN Says Detroit In Seven

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Copps Coliseum Enhancements

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Toronto, May 29, 2009 – Plans to transform Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum into a spectacular home arena for a new Southern Ontario NHL franchise were unveiled today by Jim Balsillie.

With a focus on fan-friendly cutting edge designs, the new Copps Coliseum would feature a soaring atrium-style entrance lobby, a range of luxury boxes, new lounges and restaurants, food and bar amenities throughout and capacity for more than 18,000 spectators. The design also fully addresses requirements the NHL has previously communicated for Copps Coliseum.

continued with more computer designed pictures…

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SCF Storylines

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from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

1. Sidney Crosby’s Name on the Stanley Cup:

Alexander Ovechkin may still be the bigger star, crossing over to mainstream sports fans in a way Crosby doesn’t. But within the NHL, there’s no player with greater renown right now than the Penguins’ captain, thanks to his remarkable postseason run and unparalleled leadership in bringing his mates back to the finals. To end that run with his first Stanley Cup would be a defining moment. And to have a star of his magnitude lifting the Cup over his head is an image the NHL is ready to plaster across the globe.

read on for 19 more points….

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The Health Of The Wings Is Key

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So says Damien Cox…

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Burke’s Priorities

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Burke would rather deal with the reality of his position than anyone else’s supposition. He isn’t shy about listing his priorities of the next five weeks, which represent his first real opportunity to put his fingerprints all over the Maple Leafs.

Priority 1 is getting an answer from Swedish free agent goaltender Jonas Gustavsson. “We really like him,” Burke said. “If we can’t get him, we’ll have to trade for a backup goalie or sign one in free agency.”

In other words, see you later, Justin Pogge.

Priority 2 is the NHL entry draft on June 26 and 27. The Leafs have the seventh pick but Burke already has been on the record saying he would like to move up and select John Tavares. That’s his public stance. Fat chance. Privately, others insist he wants a top 4 pick—which would get him one of Tavares, Victor Hedman Matt Duchene or Luke Schenn’s brother, Brayden.

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Update 7:12pm ET: From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail:

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and his Tampa Bay Lightning counterpart, Brian Lawton, were seen this week deep in discussion in the dining room at the hotel where the NHL was holding its annual prospects combine.

But Burke hasn’t made headway in his desire to move up in the 2009 NHL entry draft. The Leafs have the seventh overall selection. The Lightning has the second pick.

“I’ve knocked on a lot of doors and talked to a lot of other teams, but I’m not optimistic at this point. I hope it will heat up, but right now I haven’t had much success,” said Burke, who said that deals to move up in the draft usually don’t occur until draft day.

“You have to remember that I’ve been able to move up twice in the draft and both times it was done on the draft floor,” Burke added.

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This & That

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I will be around most of the day today and tonight I will be attending a welcome reception for the media.

Saturday & Sunday, I will be updating until 3:00pm then head to the Joe for games 1 & 2.  Alanah will posting any updates in my absence.

Don’t forget about the giveaway Tony from The Confluence is having.  A change to win a Blu-ray version of ‘Miracle’ is at stake!

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