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Get Ready America

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from the LA Times,

North of the border, he’s been called bigger than Oprah and sexier than The Rolling Stones. He’s also been described as racially insensitive and a xenophobic clown.
“He’s the most recognized face in Canada,” says his boss, Joel Darling, executive producer of CBC’s venerable “Hockey Night in Canada” telecast.
In Southern California last week for the CBC broadcast of the Stanley Cup finals between the Ducks and the Ottawa Senators, Cherry now comes to NBC, if only for tonight’s Game 4, appearing with ex-NHL star Brett Hull as a between-periods analyst. An NBC spokeswoman cautiously calls Cherry’s segment “an experiment.”
“A lot of bars across Canada go silent when he comes on TV,” says Hull. “It’s going to be an honor to be on with Don.”

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Taken For A Ride

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Kudos to the NHL for finding and hiring the most legendary van drivers in sporting history - those befuddled souls at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta who stranded hundreds of journalists or kept them from their assignments at various venues.
I say this because the fellow driving our media van after the Sens-Ducks game on Saturday night was so awful he could only have come from the ranks of the Atlanta imbeciles. He managed to turn an eight-minute drive from Scotiabank Place to the journey from hell, committing the most unpardonable sin in the eyes of the sporting media - clipping almost an hour from our time in the hospitality suite. I had not eaten since gulping down a sandwich a couple of hours before the game and I was also longing for the usual post-game restorative ale, so you can understand how my thoughts turned murderous.

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Will Pronger Suspension Hurt The Ducks

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

No one in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room will utter a disparaging word against Pronger. The man, on many nights, is a machine. He is averaging more than 30 minutes of ice time a game in these playoffs. He is second among NHL defensemen with 14 playoff points.
And yet for the second time in recent days, he has put his team in the unenviable position of having to play without him because he seems to have switched off that common-sense detector most humans rely on to prevent them from crossing “the line.”
On some level in that dressing room, players must be asking where Pronger’s selflessness is. Having been suspended once, Pronger surely had to know any other transgression was going to be viewed with disapproval by the league regardless whether it was as serious as the Holmstrom hit.

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BJ’s and the Entry Draft: Tell Me That’s Not a Winning Combination

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Stand by.  The Columbus Bloggers are ready to host a bash and every single one of you is invited.  Michael at Army of the Ohio has posted his manifesto on the event and it’s looking like they’ve got a handle on it. 

Details: 22 June, Columbus, Michael and Drew from EOB are buying the warm beers (well…they’ll have to confirm that one), and the party’s open to hockey fans and bloggers alike.

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Taming Sasquatch; Zetterberg Returns

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In case you were wondering just how stupid Chris Pronger is, and really there’s no mystery anymore, Eric Duhatschek has his rap sheet laid out nicely for you.

Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger was suspended for the seventh time by the NHL Sunday. The previous six:

  * V. Pat Peake, slashing, four games, 10/29/95
  * V. Jeremy Roenick, highsticking, four games, 12/27/98
  * V. Kelly Buchberger, leaving bench for altercation, one game, 10/11/00
  * V. Brenden Morrow, crosscheck, two games, 04/03/02
  * V. Ville Nieminen, kicking, one game, 03/14/04
  * V. Tomas Holmstrom, elbow to the head, one playoff game, 05/15/07

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Talking About Head Hits But Not Much Else

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from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,

“We’ve been talking about this for a year,” said one GM. “I don’t think (Saturday) night will have a lot to do with the discussions. It will be discussed. We know the players want it discussed and it’s something we’ll have continue to work through.”
“We’re in a contact sport and people are going to get hurt,” said Ducks GM Brian Burke. “The notion we’re going to take away hitting in the game because a big guy is going to hit a little guy…we can’t take that out.”

read on... and I remember Chelios stating a few weeks ago the NHLPA will do something about head hits this summer…

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KK Challenge- Fathead Giveaway

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Just a quick reminder, you have a chance to win an NHL Fathead… click for all the details.

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Colin Campbell Meets With The Media

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Q. How much different does it make your decision or more difficult to suspend a key player in a Stanley Cup Final game even as opposed to the Pronger suspension last round?
COLIN CAMPBELL: Well, both rounds are difficult; you’re getting it close, but obviously the final round is a very difficult round to take any player out of, and there’s no prescribed or defined degree of change as far as the act to suspend players in the final round.
I suspended two players in the past. (Ville) Nieminen in the Calgary-Tampa Bay series for hitting (Vincent) Lecavalier and (Jiri) Fischer in the Detroit-Carolina series for a cross-check, each for one game.
It’s always difficult for everyone involved in hockey. We all know how precious it is to chase the Stanley Cup and to be at this point. And it’s a tough decision to make. We don’t take these things lightly at any time; we don’t take them lightly, but particularly now.
So it was hard. But on the other hand, a player did get knocked out. And that player may not be playing tomorrow night, too. We’re not sure.

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Ducks React To Pronger Suspension

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from ESPN,

“It was just a reaction play. I just stepped up to make a hit,” Pronger told reporters. “You’ve got to suffer the consequences of what came down. ... Hopefully, Dean’s OK. There’s no ill-will or malicious intent.”
While Ducks general manager Brian Burke said he would accept the Pronger suspension, he was livid over a Chris Neil hit to Ducks forward Andy McDonald. Burke said there should have been a second hearing on Sunday.
“We’re not a dirty team, we’re a physical team,” Burke said. “There’s a big difference.”
“We think it was totally unintentional. The league thought different,” Carlyle said. “Chris Pronger is a competitive player. Some people will say he’s using his size as an excuse.
“The fact of the matter is his elbows are higher than most people’s elbows. It’s not like he raised his elbow to deliver a blow to the head.”

added 3:35pm, Transcript of inteview with Pronger, Carlyle and Burke…

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