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Scouts Take Center Stage

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from the Arizona Republic,

Everybody plays a role on draft day, from General Manager Don Maloney to coach Wayne Gretzky to bird-dog scouts.
Maloney, recently hired after 10 years as assistant general manager with the New York Rangers, was clear about the significance of scouting reports as he prepared for his first Phoenix draft.
“Quite frankly, I’m not the most-important guy in this organization right now,” he said. “It’s Keith Gretzky. He’s the most-important guy because he and his staff are running the draft.
“He’s on the cusp, one of the best young evaluators out there right now. That’s not me. It’s people in the scouting community. It’s a very ruthless community. If somebody is not very good, they’ll weave you out and spit you out.”

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If Not Schneider…

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...who?  If 23 bolts for the big bucks, which blueliner bolsters the back end in Hockeytown?  Well, that’s the question, eh?  We can certainly expect oft-injured and abrasive Dany Markov to return with the Schneider cash cleared, but there are other options…maybe even in addition to Markov.

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Decision Time Nearing

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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via the Hockey News,

Big decisions lie ahead this week as the start of the July 1 free agency looms. The flood gates open at noon ET next Sunday.
“I expect the first two or three days in July to be pretty wild,” said Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland.
No one will feel the heat more than Sabres GM Darcy Regier. He’s got two of the most sought-after players who are pending unrestricted free agents in Drury and Briere.
“It’s different, I can tell you that,” Regier said of having two of the top free agents in the NHL. “I haven’t experienced this before in 10 years. We’ll see where it goes.”

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No Miracle For Oilers

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

“It’s the summer. We’re going to do something. Two deals I thought were going to happen.
“Actually three. But for whatever reason they didn’t happen,” said Lowe via cell phone prior to boarding a plane last night.
“I guess you get to a point where people expect too much and you better step back a bit.
“Miracles aren’t going to happen.
“This draft is evidenced by very few trades. It can be a place where guys get together and trades could get done. But any of the deals we were involved with involved picks for next year, not this year.
“We had one team saying they were going to do it for sure but ...

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We Need Answers

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Why would anyone who actually follows the sport continue to pay for season tickets in a building that isn’t sold out when the owner is so ruthlessly savaging the entertainment value for that customer? Some teams do it by mistake, but this is being done simply to cut payroll.
This almost certainly means the Predators will lose revenue this season. If they do, they will have done so intentionally, and every single player in the NHL will suffer when it comes time to calculate both the final escrow payment on this coming season’s paycheque and in the calculation of next season’s cap.
What kind of partnership do you have when your partner takes unilateral action that will further his own financial aims, whatever they might be, by taking money out of your pocket without the least consultation or input from you?

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He’s Smiling All The Time

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from Marcia C. Smith of the OC Register,

The goaltender who this week signed a four-year, $24 million contract extension to stay home, helped his Ducks to their first Stanley Cup earlier this month. He was the masked man they mobbed when they won and the first-time NHL champion who raised the trophy into a heavy rain of confetti and fans’ love.
He cried that night. But not so much because of hockey.
He cried out of joy for what his life has taught him since the morning of April 3. He celebrated what life has shown him about having supportive friends and teammates, having access to gifted doctors and mostly about being a caring husband and a nurturing first-time father to a child who, at birth, could barely see half his world.

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A Big Thanks

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I hope Alanah doesn’t read this until Sunday evening which means she is catching up on some well deserved sleep.
I left her on her own during the draft and wanted to publicly thank her for the work she did at KK.  Remember, she was dealing with a 3 hour time difference too and I am sure those very early morning posts she made were done in half-daze mode but she came through with flying colors.
Great job “A”!

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The Mood At Nationwide

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from the Acid Queen who attended the NHL Draft,

So we’re all chillin’ in the corner, when this guy who looked like an exhausted (but tanned!) Tony Soprano comes walking past us. He looks around the corner, and then comes back towards us. “I’m looking for a guy who calls himself Tapeleg.”
Then I see the media cred around his neck.
Tapeleg’s not here yet Eric, but you’re welcome to come grab a seat.
Lemme tell you; for a cat with a Celtic surname, Eric McErlain looks more Italian than I do. Bada-bing!

much more from the AQ and I heard those drunk at the draft guys too AQ!

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Time To Get Into Shape

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If any person knows the “hockey sweater”, it is Tapeleg at Jerseys and Hockey Love. 
His first review is in on the RBK design…

The shape isn’t as bad as I expected, but owning one would motivate me more to work on losing the beer gut. It certainly isn’t the traditional jersey cut, and I love the cut of the old jerseys. It’s part of why I own so many. I suspect those audience members who like the covering or blanket-like effect of the current jerseys will not be to thrilled with these.

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Nashville Right Where They Want To Be

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from the Tennessean,

Poile said the trade of Vokoun, who was scheduled to make an average of $5.7 million over the next four years, should mean the Predators are where they need to be financially.
The team is expected to be near the basement of the salary cap in the coming season, which is likely to mean somewhere in the $32 million to $34 million range.
“The decision to trade Tomas was a big decision from a team standpoint and it was a big move financially,’’ Poile said. “It’s put us in a position where we want to be.
“So any other trades going forward, if we want to make any more trades, will in all likelihood be for players as opposed to draft picks.’‘

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