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Martin Brodeur- Travel Advisor

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from Kelly Carter at USA TODAY,

Brodeur shares his travel tips and highlights with USA TODAY.

Q: What’s the most surprising/unexpected place you’re ever visited?

A: Warsaw. I played a game there during a hockey tour in 2004, and I didn’t expect anything of it. But the food, the people, everything was really nice. We stayed in Warsaw for a day and a half, not that long. I didn’t expect Poland to be a special stop for us. We went to Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic. I visited 10 countries in 17 days during that tour. The people just appreciated us.

Former NHLer Mariusz Czerkawski was the host and he took care of us as well as any other host that we had.

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Rangers Whining

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from Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post,

The New York Rangers can’t hope to consistently out-skate or outscore the Washington Capitals, so their strategy is to outfight and out-argue them. Throughout the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, they’ve counted on belligerence as a neutralizer, but it’s an approach born of inferiority, and they don’t seem to have a Plan B. You know they’re desperate when they’re reduced to whining about foul language.

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Panthers Could Be Going ‘Public’

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from Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal,

The Florida Panthers are in negotiations to merge the team, its arena management company and rights to the real estate surrounding BankAtlantic Center with Sports Properties Acquisition Corp., a public-stock company formed last year, sources said.

The potential deal values the assets at $230 million, including debt, with the plum in the talks a planned mixed-use development around the south Florida arena, the sources said. The negotiations have been taking place over the last several weeks, the sources said….

As part of the prospective deal, the sources said, the Panthers’ owners would receive stock in Sports Properties, making the hockey team a unit of the public company. Ironically, the team under former owner Wayne Huizenga was also publicly held before he sold it in 2001 to current general partner Alan Cohen for $101 million.

Other than the quasi-public Green Bay Packers, no team among the big four sports leagues is public, though some are part of larger public companies.

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Will The Flames Be Ready Tonight?

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

After the debacle and with the memory of his most stinging playoff defeat yet still fresh in his memory, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla assessed the game this way.

“As a group, we were terrible,” he said, “and there’s no excuse for it.”

Iginla then put himself atop the list of players who failed to produce in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, a game he suggested would be a “great eye-opener” for the Flames.

“We didn’t come out ready,” Iginla said. “We’ll be ready [tonight].”

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Pittsburgh’s “Key” Player This Season

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are defending Stanley Cup finalists.  Despite that they had a slow start this season that had them out of the playoff race.  The slow start even led to them firing their coach.  These problems occurred despite having Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby in their line-up.  Malkin was leading the NHL in points and Crosby was not too far behind him.  The problems were largely tied to a lack of an elite defenceman and poor goal prevention.  They were solved when Sergei Gonchar returned from a shoulder injury.

Gonchar only played 25 games for the Penguins this season, but it was in those games that Pittsburgh climbed back up to serious contention.  Gonchar continued his top play into the playoffs scoring five points in six games.  He scored the series winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers,

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Dater Dreaming

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Constructed in my dozing off for eight hours (thanks Ambien) were vivid scenes that included Michel Goulet being named the new Avalanche general manager. A foretelling of the future? Could be. Obviously, something in me is trying to spur along the decision-making process of Pierre Lacroix, who will hit the two-week mark tomorrow without a GM.

Somehow, the dream began with me getting off a flight into some warm weather city, and then getting out of a car and walking into some big hotel-type of conference room, where a “Goulet named Avalanche GM” press release was put in front of me….

Somehow, the dream evolved into Mike Babcock getting fired from the Red Wings, and me commiserating with him in another fancy hotel ballroom area.

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What Went Wrong?

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

The story, given its oddity, went global in a heartbeat: “Former Philadelphia Flyers’ draft pick admits to killing referee, burying him in a forest and carrying on for a year as if nothing had happened.”

It sounded like something David Cronenberg would direct or Stephen King would write.

Immediately, there were questions: Why? How? How could the likeable young forward who came to Seattle and won over his teammates kill a man by stabbing him 14 or 15 times in the chest and stomach?

What went wrong in Ladislav Scurko’s seemingly perfect world?

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Do The Rangers Have A Chance To Win Game 7?

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from Artur Staple of Newsday,

There’s a Game 7 coming on Tuesday in Washington. The Rangers may want to skip the trip.

It was clear from the start of this series with the Caps that the Rangers needed most, if not all, of the breaks to win each game. They needed Henrik Lundqvist to stand on his head, they needed Alex Ovechkin to hit a post or two and they needed a couple lucky bounces to produce more than a goal.

The breaks are gone now, washed away with a squirt from a water bottle on Friday night. John Tortorella watched from a suite in Madison Square Garden today, with Jim Schoenfeld behind the bench for the 5-3 Caps win that forced Tuesday’s Game 7.

Schoenfeld, Tortorella, Mike Keenan, Toe Blake… Wouldn’t have mattered who was coaching today, really. The Rangers are overmatched in this series, they have been since it began and the only way they can win is for Lundqvist to work his magic.

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added 6:27pm, from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

Rangers fans were howling about the injury suffered by ace penalty killer Blair Betts, who was hit in the head by Caps forward Donald Brashear midway through the first period. Betts was left sprawled on the ice, had to be helped to the dressing room and didn’t return. Brashear and Rangers defenseman Paul Mara both got roughing penalties after some post-hit grappling, but Brashear wasn’t nicked for the initial contact.

Rangers stand-in coach Jim Schoenfeld said Betts was hurt “significantly,” and then also said that center Brandon Dubinsky was bit on the arm by Caps defenseman Shaone Morrisonn during a different scrum.

“We’re gonna have to do without Betts most likely,” Schoenfeld said. “Dubinsky had to get a tetanus shot because he was bit on the arm in a scrum, I don’t know what effect that will have on him, so his status remains in question.

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Flames Need To Raise Their Game

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Mike Keenan appealed to his players’ pride and captain Jarome Iginla called on teammates to prove the Flames have the depth to stave off elimination from the NHL playoffs despite their injuries….

After the game, Keenan blamed himself for not preparing his team better and Iginla, with one shot on net, called his own performance “terrible.”

Keenan shifted the burden of responsibility to his players Sunday.

“The team should be prepared to respond to any situation that arises,” Keenan said. “Be prepared to play to their level of ability and the expectations we have of them and more importantly what they have of themselves.”

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Brashear Hit On Betts Today

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Donald Brashear with a hard hit on Blair Betts today.

Brashear received a 2 minute minor for roughing as did Paul Mara of the Rangers.

Elbow, shoulder, late hit or just a clean hit?

Betts has not returned to the game and no report on his condition.

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