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In The Midwest Working The WCF

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from Ralph Strangis at the Dallas Stars,

This is Ralph Strangis coming to you somewhere over the Rocky Mountains. Once again this season I’ve been given the task of ice-level reporter for NHL Radio for the Western Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Finals….
So now we head back to what might be the hardest building in the hardest city in the National Hockey League (Joe Louis Arena). I’ve also discovered there is actually a worse place to work a game than the press box of Joe Louis Arena and it is the bowels of Joe Louis Arena. I’ve been roaming underneath the stands, having beer spilled on me, rat traps are all over the place (and I’m not kidding), and during the overtime of Game Two I was literally under the bleachers right next to Chris Osgood behind the Detroit bench and could not see a thing. But I had to report from ice level like I could see something.

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The Presser

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

We start with:
- One large room;
- 17 burn-my-iris-till-it-smokes floodlights;
- One extra long buffet table (remove Have a Happy Life Bob & Sue sign);
- A smattering of cameras;
- Four guys from previous century with notepads;
- One over-sized background fa├žade (logos must be visible from Space Shuttle);
- Some people to man the cameras;
- Some coaches and athletes to field the questions and look pretty.
In prep stage, all media to be dressed inappropriately, unseasonably or in total oblivious violations to all known fashion rules or examples of good judgment.

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Behind The Scene At The JLA

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from the Detroit News,

It takes more than hockey players to put on an NHL playoff game. An entire crew of Joe Louis Arena employees, independent contractors and others works around the clock to make sure the Red Wings game runs smoothly.
For many, including those who handle team equipment, audio/visual needs and concessions, the workday isn’t half done when the first puck hits the ice.

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No Contest Between Lidstrom & Pronger

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from Canada.com,

If he’s a difference-maker, now would be a good time to show it.
Up to this point, any comparison of Pronger, a one-time Norris Trophy winner, to the Red Wings’ Nicklas Lidstrom, who has won the award four times, has looked like a media invention for which we should apologize profusely to the elegant, nearly error-proof Lidstrom.
It’s been no-contest.

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Belfour Looking For More Cash

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from the Miami Herald,

Belfour believes he is worth considerably more now that he has proved his durability. He earned a base salary of $750,000 last season as part of an incentive-laden deal.
‘‘My base was low because I had back surgery,’’ Belfour said. ``Throughout my career, my base was a lot higher. . . . I proved that I was durable and I’m not going to play for that kind of money this year, that’s for sure.’‘

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Lou Keeping Busy

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via the NY Post,

Lou Lamoriello yesterday told The Post the Devils will pick up the option on Sergei Brylin’s contract, preventing their ace utilityman from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
In addition, Lamoriello said he will tender qualifying offers to all of his big club restricted free agents, all but ensuring Cam Janssen and Johnny Oduya will remain with New Jersey. That announcement also will cover Zach Parise and Paul Martin.

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New Sabres Formula

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Needing to win four straight games against the red-hot Ottawa Senators with only one in the bag so far remains an enormous task any which way you spin in it.
So let’s ignore the bigger picture for the moment, shall we?
What about today?
The Sabres, it would seem, have managed to re-invent themselves, or at least they did to win Game 4 on Wednesday night in the nation’s capital.

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Pronger Talks Physics

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from the OC Register,

“What I want to say and what I actually say are two different things,” Pronger said. “No matter what I say, it’s not going to matter.”
Pronger and teammate Rob Niedermayer sandwiched Holmstrom against the boards, with Holmstrom’s helmet popping off and him suffering two cuts that required 13 stitches when his forehead hit the glass.
“I’m going in for the hit, and I don’t see Robbie coming in as I’m hitting him,” Pronger said. “It’s a nothing play if Robbie doesn’t hit him. Just the sheer force of him coming back at me, of course I’m going to hit him in the head as he’s coming back to me. He’s quite a bit shorter. It’s just the law of physics.”

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Yotes GM Options

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via the Arizona Republic,

Three of the Coyotes’ general manager candidates will return for second interviews with team officials early next week.
An industry source said two of the candidates are Don Maloney, assistant general manager of the New York Rangers, and Kevin Cheveldayoff, general manger of the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
Although it is likely that the new GM would be selected from that group, the door was not closed on the possibility than an 11th-hour candidate could emerge.

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Goodbye Beer

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

“Yeah, things have changed,” Maple Leafs defenceman Wade Belak said. “I came into the league hearing tales of guys who got hammered all the time after a game, some because they were too scared to fly (during the expansion years, when trains became planes).
“Myself, I listened to the great drinking stories of people my dad’s age. I’ve been on teams where there’s a big keg in the room.
“I think everyone still enjoys a nice, cold beer after a game, but now you have to weigh that against the risk to your career, a DUI charge and the chance you’ll really hurt someone.”

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