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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,

When it comes to rumor reporting, I’m always a skeptic.  The vast majority of rumors don’t pass the common sense or salary cap test. And some of those that do pass, get knocked down with even the tiniest bit of good reporting with people who know what is going on.

    But it occurs to me that much of the reports that I don’t believe for even a second, end up with thousands of people reading them.

  Maybe I would be better off reporting what I don’t believe. OK, here is what I don’t believe:

1. That the Vancouver Canucks will let the Sedin twins leave town as unrestricted free agents…

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Talking LA Kings

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Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings on occasion answers questions from the fans regarding the LA Kings,

Question: Given the events of this weekend, it made us all ponder the massive possibilities. With that said, of all of the possibilities which one do you personally see as a good fit for the team (Gabs/Hossa/Vinny/Heater et al)? I realize this answer depends utterly on the conditions of the trade but I’m talking character and talent only.

Answer: I like the way you phrased the question, because when Lombardi looks at these players, character does play a big part in it. But that makes it more difficult. I’d say the best talent is Hossa and the best character is Lecavalier. The best combination of talent and character? Wow…I don’t know. Hossa would probably be the best fit all around, but given the circumstances, he’s probably the least-likely addition. The most likely is probably Gaborik, but I personally don’t think that would be the Kings’ best move. If I’m Lombardi, I’m still hoping for a Kovalchuk miracle.

many more questions answered and make sure to check out the home page too, since questions could go on for a few days.

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Game 7 SCF Most Watched NHL Game In 36 Years

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NEW YORK – June 15, 2009 – Friday night’s deciding Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC Sports was the most-watched NHL game in 36 years with an average of 8 million viewers (5/10/73, Stanley Cup Final Game 6 on NBC, Montreal-Chicago, 9.4 million). Overall, the series averaged 5.6 million viewers for the five games on NBC, the best since 2002 on ABC (three telecasts, Detroit-Carolina, 5.8 million).

Friday’s Game 7 earned a 4.3 rating and an 8 share, the best for a series-ending game in six years (6/9/03, Game 7, Anaheim-New Jersey, 4.6/8).

NBC Sports’ Game 7 broadcast finished No. 1 for the night in every category including viewership and household ratings.

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If You Melted-Down The Stanley Cup

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via MarketWatch,

Certified appraisers at Cash4Gold, America’s #1 buyer of precious metals direct from the general public, have studied photographs of the famed 35-pound trophy. They estimate that it might contain as much as $7,500 worth of silver, assuming that the trophy is 100% silver.

Given that the Stanley Cup is one of the most distinguished trophies in sports, its worth most likely outweighs the melt value that the piece would command if it were sent to Cash4Gold. Melt value refers to the value of actual precious metal contained in an item that a refinery can extract and recycle. Melt value does not account for the decorative, artistic, historic, or sentimental value of a given item.

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Senators Now Have An Executive Leadership Team

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from the Ottawa Senators, OTTAWA –

Senators Sports & Entertainment owner and chairman Eugene Melnyk today announced the creation of an executive leadership team. Current president and chief executive officer Roy Mlakar will be leaving his post at the end of his contract on June 30, 2009.

“Roy Mlakar’s leadership over the past 13 years has been an impressive journey of achievement and success,” said Melnyk. “Roy has worked in professional sports for nearly 40 years. That depth of experience and leadership, along with his constant compassion and support for Ottawa’s many charitable organizations has contributed greatly to defining the Ottawa Senators and our relationship with our community and our fans….


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Bruins Extend Chiarelli

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from the Boston Bruins,

Boston Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs announced today that the club has signed General Manager Peter Chiarelli to a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed. Charlie Jacobs and Chiarelli will hold a press conference on Tuesday, June 16 at 12:00 p.m.


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Report- Richards Will Be Next Wild Coach

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from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Todd Richards will be the second coach in Wild history, multiple sources around the NHL tell the Star Tribune.

Sources say an official offer has been made, negotiations are underway and a news conference could come as early as Tuesday to introduce Richards, an assistant with the San Jose Sharks.


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Hopefully This Is The Last Of The Handshake Talk

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from the CP via TSN,

Henrik Zetterberg says it was disrespectful for Penguins captain Sidney Crosby not to shake hands with all of Detroit’s players after Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup.

“I think that’s one thing you should do,” the Red Wings’ Zetterberg said as the players cleaned out their lockers at Joe Louis Arena on Monday. “I don’t know why he didn’t do it, it’s disrespectful.”

The biggest snub after Friday night’s game was to Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who waited while Crosby celebrated winning the Cup with his teammates. But he finally left the ice with a few other Detroit players.

“Sidney was probably caught up in the emotions and everything,” Lidstrom said, adding that Crosby would learn from the situation.

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Hope You Watched

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from Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal,

If you missed this contest, choosing to spend quality time with family, all we can say is, big mistake. It was a turbulent, fast-paced, anxiety-producing evening. Yes, that’s exactly like a Friday night with family, but still, you missed a classic.

No matter which side you were on, you spent the last five minutes of this game yelling at the TV. Hockey gets a bad rap as a TV sport—whiners moan they can’t see the puck, and critics complain its ratings place somewhere between “Last Call with Carson Daly” and a board of assessors’ meeting on public access. But NBC’s coverage was enthusiastic (we’ve grown to love sideline—sideice?—reporter Pierre McGuire) and its camerawork was spectacular.

The behind-the-net video of Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury flopping around, holding off a furious last-minute Detroit charge made us feel like we were right there on the ice.

more & thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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Credit The Organization For Long Cup Runs

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Forget the aging notion of a “short summer” and quick turnaround for teams. There is no recovery time allowed. The pursuit of a title on the ice and the business machinations away from that main goal must run concurrently. That is what makes the Red Wings’ long run of success—five Stanley Cup appearances in 12 seasons—so impressive. Likewise, with the Penguins getting it together and keeping it so for two seasons running. The effort and focus required from the people on the ice all the way up to the executive suite and on out to scouts and minor league affiliates is tremendous.

It is also why successful teams have grown their hockey operations staffs to accommodate the workload. There is a nimbleness required now. The salary cap is a big part of the equation, as teams need to evaluate players more efficiently than ever before. That requires manpower, insight and the art of delegation. GM Ken Holland in Detroit is outstanding in this regard. So to is Ray Shero in Pittsburgh. Their management style has a lot to do with their respective organization’s capacity to handle all that goes into not only getting to the final, but doing it in multiples.


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