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via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Gary Bettman is so stubborn and small in his unwillingness to do business with BlackBerry boss Jim Balsillie that some league people actually are talking about the NHL buying the Phoenix Coyotes rather than allowing Balsillie to get his hands anywhere near the franchise. And to hell with the millions they’ll blow along the way.

• If Niklas Kronwall’s hit on Martin Havlat was illegal, then they should remove Scott Stevens from the Hall of Fame immediately and deem his entire career illegal. And since when does NHL stand for No Hitting League?

• Don’t know why, but there are all kinds of voices in the hockey wilderness—the entertaining Jeremy Roenick being the latest—who seem to rejoice in taking shots at Wings coach Mike Babcock. And all he does is win.

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No Stopping Malkin & Crosby

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In the moments after Evgeni Malkin deftly dropped the puck back between his skates to Ruslan Fedotenko, who ripped a shot past Cam Ward to give Pittsburgh a 4-2 lead, the television cameras panned briefly to Carolina defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.

In that moment, Seidenberg gave a look—half grimace, half resignation with a dash of, what, maybe admiration—that sums up what the Carolina Hurricanes are now feeling.

Over the course of three straight wins, the Pens have outscored the previously high-flying Hurricanes 16-8, including Saturday’s 6-2 victory, as Pittsburgh now owns a death-grip 3-0 series lead.

That they will advance at some point is now a foregone conclusion, the only question to be answered is when. When they do advance, they will be carried by the most devastating one-two punch the NHL has seen in a generation, maybe since Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux were winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992.

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The Price For UFA Players

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said he expects free agent contracts to be shorter in term this offseason, in large part because of the struggling worldwide economy.

But as he noted later, that still points to three- or four-year deals, rather than five, six, or more.

Even with the bleaker fiscal picture, a few teams likely will bid aggressively on a small number of players. A sampling of GMs, speaking off the record, pointed to:

Jay Bouwmeester (D) - The star backliner, whom Florida refused to deal at the March deadline, will turn 26 in September. With great wheels and size (6-4/212), he might squeeze out six years and upward of $40 million.

Henrik and Daniel Sedin (F) - The twins, who make up the core of Vancouver’s attack, probably can land five-year deals and each average between $5 million and $6 million.

more plus numerous NHL topics…

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Coach’s Corner Last Night

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Eight minutes of Don and Ron with numerous topics discussed, including the Kronwall hit.

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Let Brent Sutter Go

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s time for the general manager to get on with the business of finding a coach who wants to be in New Jersey for the long-term rather than continuing with one who would operate as a lame duck only out of a sense of responsibility.

There’s no need for Sutter to continue to agonize over his decision. Lamoriello should make it for him and make it for him now, even if that would allow Sutter to immediately slide into the head coach’s position in Calgary that became vacant on Friday when GM Darryl Sutter fired Mike Keenan.

There is no point in holding him hostage to a contract. There is no point in holding the Devils hostage to a lame duck whose authority over the team would invariably be compromised. There is no point to having a short-timer in control of the operation.

read on plus more NHL topics discussed, like NBC and referees in the conference finals…

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Perk Up Your Sunday By Inviting Hate Into Your Lives

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m pretty sure that Wing fans, if not the Wings themselves, are still in recovery mode.  Beating Anaheim was everything.  It was more than the Cup.  Take issue with that?  I understand.  But you know it’s true.  Before Games 6 or 7 you had yourselves convinced that winning that series, flushing that demon, was something you’d take in exchange for the Cup.

That lasted for about two weeks, exactly three games.  Now?  It’s time to move on.  It’s time to move toward this.

I cheered when Peyton Manning carved up the Bears defense in the Super Bowl, it’s the same feeling I get (to a lesser degree) when the Cubs lose year after year.  I hate those people…

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Playoff +/- Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The playoff +/- leader is Daniel Cleary of the Detroit Red Wings.  His +15 rating in only 14 games gives him a surprisingly big lead.  He is three points ahead of Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins and four points ahead of teammate Henrik Zetterberg (who has the second highest +/- rating among players still in the playoffs). 

Cleary has had a good playoff so far.  His thirteen points place him third on the Detroit Red Wings in scoring.  That is not bad for a guy who at one time looked like he would be one of the biggest failed prospects in history.

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Pittsburgh Defeats Carolina- One Win Away From Stanley Cup Finals

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Penguins offense continues to impress and they come away with a 6-2 victory over the Hurricanes.

added 10:34pm, game highlights via Versus added below…

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Kronwalled

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last night? This would have been tasteless.

But after Brian Campbell’s comments today?

Well, I’m ok with this.

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Jordan Now A Fan Of The Blackhawks

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from Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN,

So I’m standing in the United Center suite with Mr. Hockey himself, Michael Jordan, and his buddy, Kid Rock. We’re killing time between the first and second periods of the Chicago Blackhawks-Detroit Red Wings playoff game, and I’m thinking, “NHL, where have you been all my life?”

I mean, when’s the last time you saw MJ at a hockey game? Even more incredible, when’s the last time Jordan slipped on a personalized No. 23 Hawks sweater (but only after team officials sewed a red patch over the maker’s company logo), walked out to his seat and happily posed and waved to the geeked crowd as the Versus cameras recorded every surreal moment? After all, who thought MJ would commit to the Indian?

“That’s never happened,” says an amazed Jay Blunk, the team’s senior vice president of business operations. “We celebrate the little things.”

“It’s validation,” says Hawks president John McDonough, who has known Jordan for years. “It’s validation.”

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