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A Stress Free Summer

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

In some sort of strange way, the lockout and all of its wretchedness didn't end for me until NBC went off the air after Game 7 faster than Brad Pitt rebounds from a broken relationship. It was just the latest slap to the American hockey fan. But we are used to that. We know the greatest byproduct of the internet for us, is that there are pockets of hockey love all over the world. Find them, bookmark them, watch the games and talk to your friends. Anything else is a bonus. Yes, a stress free offseason is here. An summer to look back and look ahead. The lockout is now over. Thank you, fans.
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Now What

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I woke up today, did my normal morning update and then said to myself, now what? I have been doing this since February 2005 and today is the first day that I am not pointing you to CBA negotiations, something going on that I feel you would have an iterest in or an upcoming game. I may have missed a day or two, maybe Christmas, but that is about it. I will now start looking at the NHL Draft and the upcoming UFA period. Just a reminder, rumors will start flying around. I will not post anything off of the top of my head. In the title of the post if you see report or rumor, that is what the post will be based on. I find it much easier on everyone to point to something concrete, something we can grasp. If not, all we are doing is guessing. If you have something to pass on, maybe a deal that is going down in your hometown that hasn't reached the media, feel free to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at any time. I do plan on a vacation in early July and some website tweaking will also be upcoming. Nothing major, no change of format, but a few minor details need to be worked on and enhanced.

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Canucks Close To Naming Coach

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via Sportnet,

According to various sources, the Vancouver Canucks are expected to call a press conference today where GM Dave Nonis will address the hiring of a new head coach. Sources told Sportsnet after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final that Alain Vigneault remains the favourite candidate, but another unnamed individual is still very much in the mix. The Canucks hope to have a coach in place before the 2006 NHL Entry Draft this weekend, which will take place at GM Place in Vancouver, BC.

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Is Sullivan Done In Boston

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from the Boston Herald,

Mike Sullivan has yet to hear from the Bruins whether he still has his coaching job. The silence Sullivan has heard since his interview 1 weeks ago in Ottawa with general manager-to-be Peter Chiarelli is probably loaded with meaning. Multiple, well-placed sources said yesterday it is very unlikely that Sullivan will be back. And at least one source opined the delay by Chiarelli in making a decision may be because the Bruins are still hoping to take a run at Carolina Hurricanes skipper Peter Laviolette.
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Bleepin Right

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from Michael Farber of ESPN,

The Stanley Cup was passed from Carolina Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour to Glen Wesley to Bret Hedican and then to the excitable Ray Whitney, who bellowed, on national television, "right," although the word was proceeded by a clearly audible and crude (albeit common) Anglo-Saxonism, an unfortunate adjective that, for a brief instant, turned NBC into HBO. There has been deadwood on championship teams before, but this was the first time there was Deadwood. But give Whitney his due, along with his ring. The NHL did get it -- to paraphrase Whitney- - bleepin' right in 2005-06, from the enforcement of the rules to the removal of the red line to a partnership with the players that will allow the NHL to grow the game, at least incrementally, in its 30 markets.
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Entire Hockey World Conquered

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from the News and Observer,

As his teammates danced wildly at the other end of the ice, Rod Brind'Amour skated by himself, head bowed and hands on his knees, overwhelmed with emotion. After years of struggle for the captain and the Carolina Hurricanes, he was only minutes away from lifting the Stanley Cup above his head. You could say it took the Hurricanes 10 months and 107 games to win the Stanley Cup, but it really took nine years, countless losses, the trials and tribulations of a slapdash move, two years in Greensboro and a lost season to realize this impossible dream. A franchise once seen as hopeless has now conquered the entire hockey world.
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No Canada - No Cup

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from the blog of Spector at Fox Sports,

I've gotten a kick out of some of the headlines in the U.S. media regarding the Carolina Hurricanes defeating the Edmonton Oilers for the Stanley Cup. Much has been made over the fact a Canadian team last won the Cup 13 years ago, when the 1993 Montreal Canadiens defeated the LA Kings. Even the Canadian press sombrely reported today that "the Cup won't be coming back to Canada this year" in the wake of the Hurricanes defeat. Yet without Canadian players, the Hurricanes wouldn't have won the Stanley Cup. The majority of the Hurricanes roster is Canadian, and while some of them may live in the United States year round, they still consider themselves Canadian.... "No Canada" equals No Cup for American based teams.
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What Will The Blues Do

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As bad as the St. Louis Blues had to play to earn the No. 1 choice in Saturday's NHL Entry Draft, they're probably doing a lot more head scratching wondering who to select. With teams heading to Vancouver for the draft, there are plenty of questions. It's easy enough for NHL scouts to identify the top players available, but picking the order in which they belong is another question.
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More Games On NBC

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via the NY Post (reg. req.),

On the heels of last night's Game 7 of the Stanley Cup, NBC has decided to add four more regular season games and three more post-season dates beginning next season. NBC will now broadcast 10 regular season games and up to - depending on how long the Stanley Cup Finals go - 17 post-season games beginning next year. Although the amount of TV coverage is only slightly increased, it is a nice step for the NHL. After missing last season, the NHL returned with a cable package on OLN instead of ESPN, which left many hockey fans unable to watch a significant portion of the NHL. OLN will continue to broadcast the first two games of the Stanley Cup before it moves to NBC.

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No Cup For Canada

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Only 86 seconds into the match, the first roar went up, a goal scored by a tall, blond man from Ontario, helped out by a short dark-haired man from British Columbia. Unfortunately for flag-waving Canadians, Aaron Ward and Mark Recchi were playing for the other side. So, too, was the goalie from Edmonton, 22-year-old Cam Ward, now the toast of Raleigh, N.C., as the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs. “The Conn Smythe is completely irrelevant on this team,” Mr. Ward said. “You could have given it to anyone on this team.” “The real important one is the Stanley Cup.” He said this to the CBC, though there is no need to tell Canadians this.
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