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Preppy Fighting

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from Billy Witz of the LA Times,

When Ducks forward George Parros extended an invitation to Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray to drop their gloves and begin to brawl in Game 3 of their Western Conference playoff series, it did not come on embossed stationary or in the form of poetry.

“I asked, ‘Do you want to do this?’ ” Parros said. “It wasn’t an intellectual conversation.”

Not what one would expect from a couple of Ivy League graduates….

They have been running into each other on rinks since their high school days in the New York City area.

“We’ve been taking runs at each other for so many years,” said Murray, who came to the U.S. from Sweden at age 17 to live with relatives on Long Island for a year. He liked it so much he stayed.

read on

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Don Cherry On The Antics Of Avery

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Andre Roy Suspended For One Game

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TORONTO (April 23, 2009) - Calgary Flames’ forward Andre Roy has been suspended for one game and fined $2,500 (the maximum allowed under the CBA) as a result of an incident in the pregame warm-up last night when he initiated contact with Chicago Blackhawks’ defenseman Aaron Johnson.

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Ducks Motivated By Patton & Picasso

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via David Pollak of Working the Corners,

In the Ducks locker room, there’s a board upon which inspirational quotes are written.

“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.” — General George S. Patton.

“I am always doing things I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them.” — Picasso (famous artist).

The first seemed a little intense. The second? Well, maybe a little cryptic, but at least everybody now knows that Picasso was a famous artist.

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Two Elimination Games Tonight

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Both Pittsburgh and Detroit can move on to the conference semi-finals tonight with a win and the Ducks can go up 3-1 if they defeat the Sharks.

Carolina/New Jersey series is tied 2-2 and has the look of a seven game series.


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Proteau Looses A Bet

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

When I arrived in costume for the game at Nationwide Arena, one subtle Jackets fan waiting to get in saw me and yelled “PRRRRROOOOOOTOOOOOHHHHHHHH!” while Red Wings GM Ken Holland had a good giggle at my expense when USA Today writer Kevin Allen told him who just passed them in the bowels of the building. And in the press box during the game’s first intermission, Gary Bettman good-naturedly came up and told me that I should look like I did if I lost a bet.

I couldn’t disagree with the NHL commissioner; that was all part of the fun. And my night was made easier by team employees – including Jackets PR man nonpareil Todd Sharrock and his staff – as well as fans and the players themselves, chiefly because they all were gracious enough to stifle their laughs until I was out of earshot.

more with a photo of Adam in full Cival War dress!

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Bruins Dance Their Way To Victory

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Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe has more information on the series of ads the Bruins have been running.

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The Lightning Financial Situation

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

...But two things are certain: The Lightning are losing money, and the clock is ticking for the ownership group to either pay off or refinance about half the purchase price.

For all their travails, there are recent indications the team’s leadership is learning. On the March 4 trading deadline, they shipped various pieces of hockey flotsam and a fourth-round draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in return for a middling prospect. It was a canny deal, wiping roughly $600,000 off the payroll in pro-rated salaries. And the Lightning stand to save hundreds of thousands more in bonuses that won’t have to be paid to players like forward Gary Roberts, who retired in March.

One murmur had it that the deal took Tampa below the midpoint of the NHL salary cap range, making the team eligible for an extra payout from the more than $120 million in player salaries that is expected to be distributed among the league’s 30 teams later this year. But the NHL denies the trade had any impact on Tampa’s revenue-sharing position.


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Personnel Changes Ahead

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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Seven coaches were fired in midseason, and two more — Jacques Lemaire in Minnesota and Craig MacTavish in Edmonton — parted ways with their respective teams after the season ended.

But the shuffling is far from over, not only at the coaching level but also in the front office. There are varying degrees of unrest in at least a dozen NHL franchises. In some cases, the chance of a change is remote, but in others, it is almost inevitable. Here is the way the league unfolds at the moment.

Boston: General manager Peter Chiarelli has been negotiating a new deal and it’s not far from being signed. But he is being mentioned as a potential replacement for Doug Risebrough in Minnesota and could opt for a new challenge. He’s not likely to head west, but it’s a possibility.

Calgary: The word around the league is that barring a long playoff run, coach Mike Keenan will get fired.

read on

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Your Norris Trophy Finalists

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Will it be a lucky seven for Nicklas Lidstrom in Las Vegas?

Lidstrom, the Detroit Red Wings’ star defenseman and winner of six of the last seven Norris Trophies as the NHL’s top defenseman, is in the running for a seventh on June 18 when the NHL Awards are handed out in Vegas at the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel (VERSUS, CBC).

The other finalists as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association are Boston Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara and Washington Capitals dynamo Mike Green.


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