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Still A Struggle In Ottawa

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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

But Murray and general manager John Muckler don’t always see eye to eye. It’s not really a matter of hockey philosophy. As a coach, Muckler did a magnificent job of instituting a similar transformation in Edmonton, and he believes what Murray believes: you have some defensive responsibilities and after that, be as creative on offense as you can be.
The animosity began with Murray’s disapproval of some of Muckler’s managerial moves — or non-moves — and has escalated. As a result, the whisper around the NHL is that there will be a regime change in Ottawa this summer.

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Oh No Buffalo

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fro TBM at NBC Sports,

Welcome to sports in Buffalo my friends, the city that is the sporting equivalent of Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. Over and over and over.
It’s not just that Buffalo has failed to win a championship in any major sport, it’s the way the pro teams flame out that has busloads of psychiatrists heading there every time the Sabres and Bills do a swan dive into the concrete.
This latest collapse may be one of the toughest to stomach, because this time the Sabres were heavy favorites to at least get to the Stanley Cup finals after posting the NHL’s best record in the regular season, while leading the league in goal scoring.

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L.C. & P.B.

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Loose Change: So, can I call you Beardie for short?
Playoff Beard: Absolutely not. My name is Harold.
LC: Oh, as in Harry??
PB: No, as in Harold. Are you simple or something?
LC: So, I suppose you really love this time of year.
PB: Why would you think that?

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What Are You Doing To The Cup?

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The Stanley Cup will share the screen with Emmy winners William Shatner and James Spader in tonight’s episode of the ABC hit drama “Boston Legal.” The episode airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. In the episode “Duck and Cover,”
Watch an unaired version…

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Thinking Man’s Game

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from the NHL Fanhouse,

I decided to call Babcock’s alma mater, McGill University in Montreal, to figure out what advantage - if any - a background in sports psychology could give a National Hockey League coach. Gordon A. Bloom is a faculty member of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) at McGill, where Babcock studied as an undergrad and graduate student while also playing for the McGill men’s hockey team.

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Hot Tickets In Pittsburgh

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“Full-season ticket sales are up 60 percent over this past season,” Penguins vice president of communications Tom McMillan said. “We haven’t seen anything like this since the [Stanley] Cup years. We anticipated a spike. We didn’t know it would be anything like this.”
McMillan declined to give specific numbers of season tickets for last season or next.

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Can’t Move Homer

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from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

On a team with elegant Swedes such as Holmstrom’s linemate Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, Holmstrom is a Norse of a different color. “He can’t skate,” general manager Ken Holland says. “If you have him race most NHL players over 30 feet, he’d lose. But put a puck four feet away, tell him to get there first, and Homer”—Holmstrom’s nickname—“will win that race. And when he sets up shop at the front of the net, they can’t twist him or turn him.”

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No Excitement

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from Inside The Panters at the Palm Beach Post,

The Senators have been one of the more entertaining teams in the NHL for years, but they’ve consistently been one of the worst draws among all visiting teams for the Panthers and, presumably, most other American-based franchises. One can only speculate, but a miserable first few years out of the blocks combined with no Stanley Cups and no Original Six history has added up to no excitement for the casual hockey fan.

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Done In Moscow

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The bloggers that were sent over to Moscow by the Washington Capitals to cover the WC did a fantastic job and I enjoyed following along with them.
Hopefully they have set a standard that others will follow.

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Your Thoughts On The Game Today

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I respond to an email I received regarding the state of the NHL in my NHL.com blog today.
Your comments are always welcome too.

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