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Keenan Wants To End Career In Calgary

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from the CP via TSN,

The Calgary Flames have officially announced that he’ll replace Jim Playfair as head coach. Playfair is now an associate coach with the team.
“Together, they will do remarkable things for this team,” Flames GM Darryl Sutter said at a news conference Thursday.
Keenan joins his eighth NHL team as either a coach or general manager. He last worked in the league for the Florida Panthers before leaving under suspicious circumstances last season.
“I’d love to stay here and end my career here,” Keenan said.

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added 5:40pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

According to Keenan, their past working relationship was a big part of the reason he took on the Flames’ job. At one point, Keenan has either coached or worked with all six of the Sutter brothers who played in the NHL.
Keenan said Sutter contacted him about 10 days ago, “to see if I was interested in coaching again. We talked for a bit and then talked for a few days after that.
“I was a little surprised, but pleasantly so, because I know Darryl so well. Once we had discussed it for awhile, I started to get the feeling that I’d like to get the opportunity to help this team. It evolved from there.”

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Our Game

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

“Sorry, Canada!” Samueli told the assembled throng at Anaheim’s Stanley Cup celebration. “Welcome to the new Hockeytown: Anaheim, California!”
However, in the larger context of what always happens in the NHL playoffs, Samueli’s soft, playful jab represented another instance of the misdirected nationalism that never fails to inject itself into hockey circles.
Frankly, I’m as sick and tired of that kind of nonsense as I am of the ceaseless debate about officiating. I certainly don’t blame Samueli for getting swept up in the emotion of a championship party, but it’s high time hockey people got over their fixation about citizenship and its relation to the game.

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Right To Play

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Two disabled players want the right to play organized hockey due to the fact there are no sled hockey leagues available.
The story is from late May but I could not find any follow up on the story…
Tough decision all around.
Watcht the video…

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The “Other” Awards

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from the Toronto Star,

But here are a few awards we’d like to see – some serious, some not. Sid the Kid would win at least one of them as well.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER FOR THE MONEY
Sidney Crosby, Penguins $850,000 (all figures U.S.), leads league in scoring.
Milan Michalek, Sharks $475,000, 57th in scoring, 26 goals, 40 assists.
Dominik Hasek, Wings $750,000, 38 wins, 2.05 GAA, eight shutouts.

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Sabres Continue To Reach For The Cup

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from the Buffalo News,

After sitting through the rough times, the Sabres’ coach and general manager had no plans to leave with the franchise peaking. They finally made it official this morning with a news conference in HSBC Arena.
Ruff, who is up for NHL coach of the year tonight, agreed to a three-year deal with an option for a fourth season. Regier, who took over as GM in 1997 and hired Ruff later that summer, signed a two-year contract. Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn did not give salaries, but he said both signed for below their market value to stay in Buffalo.
“We obviously went through some real tough times,” said Ruff, who coached during a franchise-high three-year stretch without a playoff appearance that ended last season. “We’ve got the team to a level of play that is very exciting….”

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NHL Awards Video

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Check out the video highlights for the Vezina, Norris, Hart, Calder and Pearson Awards…

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No Basis For Ohlund Rumor

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from the Vancouver Province,

A Swedish-based rumour has Ohlund retiring from the NHL and moving his family so his children can be schooled back home. The report also suggested Ohlund would play in the Swedish Elite League with Skelleftea.
Ohlund couldn’t be reached for comment, but Nonis was stunned at a suggestion that the blueliner would bolt.
“It’s beyond far-fetched,” the Canucks general manager said Wednesday from Toronto where he’s attending the league’s awards gala. “I think there’s a good chance Ohlund will be leaving Sweden and living in Vancouver.
“Mattias and his family really enjoy the city and province. Like most things that come out of Sweden, there’s nothing to that as far as I know.”

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Brilliant Move Hiring Keenan

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

While team officials closed ranks last night, refusing to comment, it was confirmed Playfair will stay in the organization, likely as an assistant coach.
And while many fans wanted the relatively inexperienced Playfair out after going 14 games above .500 in his rookie year, few will be happy Keenan is his replacement.
He’s that controversial. That brash. That abrasive.
Truth is, it’s a brilliant move.
First, having worked with Keenan in Chicago, Sutter knows the 57-year-old disciplinarian well and has modeled his coaching style after the fifth-winningest bench boss in NHL history.

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Howson Well Versed On The NHL

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

...Priest means total control, in hiring, firing, everything. This control logically extends over coach Ken Hitchcock, but that’s not an issue at this point. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t think that the coach is one of the franchise’s greatest assets? Hitch knows Howson. They have bright minds that will mesh well. They’ll be fine together.
But that’s not the reason Howson will be hired.
Howson, 47, has a law degree from Osgoode Hill Law School at York University in Toronto. That’s an Ivy League-caliber degree. With the Oilers since 1994, he has managed the top farm team to great success, negotiated contracts, served as a point man on trades and weighed in on personnel decisions. And he has been the Oilers’ in-house salary-cap expert, a required commodity in a small market.

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This Could Go 15 Rounds

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Either Jim Balsillie relishes a good fight or he’s determined that the NHL can’t legally stop his bold move to bring a second franchise to southern Ontario.
The latter seems to be the smartest guess, and my goodness, this is becoming quite the spectacle, not to mention the biggest hockey story of the year.
Even before actually taking a seat among the tight circle of NHL owners, Balsillie has gone out of his way to identify himself as a flamboyant renegade.

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added 8:03am, from the Nashville Post,

If the deal does fall apart and Leipold retains ownership, it doesn’t mean that everyone can sit back, wipe his or her brow and say, “Boy that was a close one. We’re safe now.” Leipold could move the team himself.
Although he has said he wants to keep the team here, he also said he can’t make it work in Nashville without substantial corporate sponsorship and ticket sales.
What’s more, even if the ticket sales increase to keep the team here, that may not be enough to stem losses, leaving Leipold and the NHL in quite the dilemma – a money-losing team with an owner trying avoid more losses stuck in a long-term lease.

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