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More Creative And Less Loyal

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Detroit Red Wing GM Ken Holland conducted an interview with Chuck Swirsky on The Fan 590 in Toronto. This interview was done before game 4 of the SCF. Holland mentioned the Wings are willing to trade a few skaters and they need to get more creative and less loyal The league has changed and it would be good for the fans to see some change. On Yzerman, he has told Steve if it takes all summer to make a decision, that is fine with him. Talking goalies, right now Holland is working on Lidstrom and Shanahan contracts. He needs to see what direction those go, but is searching for a new goaile. To listen to the 8 minute interview, click on Ken Holland With Chuck Swirsky under Hot Audio.

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3.0 For Game 5

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Primtime ratings for Wednesday night. via Media Week, Household Rating/Share Fox 7.5/12 CBS 6.3/10 ABC 3.5/ 6 NBC 3.0/ 5 UPN 2.2/ 4 WB 1.5/ 3 thanks to a KK reader for passing this on... In case you missed it, game 4 on NBC received a 2.5/4 rating/share update 12:19pm, Now this from Media Life,

Elsewhere last night, the Stanley Cup finals on NBC continued to be a small draw, though they are building. Edmonton’s exciting win over Carolina averaged an anemic 1.7 from 8 to 11 p.m., but that was 54 percent better than Saturday’s Game 3 averaged on the network.
So who the heck knows what is going on... added 12:29pm, More breakdown of last night's ratings...

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More On The Coin

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from the News and Observer,

"I guess he needed it to buy dinner," RBC Center superintendent Donnie MacMillan said. The superstition of placing objects within the ice gained popular currency when Canada won the gold medal at the 2002 Olympics in Utah. One of the NHL's ice technicians buried a Canadian dollar coin at center ice. The coin later ended up in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Tampa Bay Lightning embedded a small Zamboni charm in the ice during their Stanley Cup run in 2004. MacMillan said he complained to the league about the damage to the ice, to no avail. "They didn't want to know anything about that," he said.
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Boring

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from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

This Stanley Cup final has been so ugly we could swear it was born with a tail. So ugly it's Mama had to tie a porkchop around its neck so the dog would play with it. So ugly it's tough to find anyone who will admit to actually watching. It's like admitting that you've been having this dream involving Rosie O'Donnell and a vat of Crisco: Like, way too much information there, fella. So ugly that after Fernando Pisani's short-handed goal won Game 5 for the Oilers last night in overtime, your first thought was that we need someone to put this series out of its misery.
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Goooooaaaal

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from the Edmonton Sun,

Goooooooaaaaaaaal! Pisani! If this one wasn't a goal to be heard all over the world, it deserved to be. Forget Francesco Totti and those Italian soccer players over at the World Cup. Gooooooooooooooalll! Fernando Pisani! With Steve Staios in the penalty box, the only hometown hero on the hockey club became a Stanley Cup hero for the ages to bring the Edmonton Oilers back home alive.
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Nashville Decisions

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from the Tennessean, General manager David Poile said Wednesday the Predators won't re-sign center Mike Sillinger or goalie Chris Mason before the end of the month, meaning both players will be able to accept offers from other teams at that point. "I talked to Mike and his agent and told them we'd like to see what's available on the first of July,'' Poile said. "You never say never, and maybe we'll revisit things the first week of July if the opportunity presents itself. "But with the NHL's new system, there's way more free agency and there's earlier free agency than in the past. We have holes like everyone else, but by the same token, I'd like the opportunity to enter July with some flexibility.'' read on

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Test For Carolina Comes Now

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from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

Now, there comes the test for the Hurricanes. Now, the Oilers have momentum. Carolina has to show the same courage and character Edmonton showed Wednesday night. There were positives for the Hurricanes and they have to build on that. Eric Staal had two goals and an assist. But the Canes always win by committee -- everyone has to contribute. I don't think you can point to their bench and say one guy has to play better. We'll see how both teams respond in Saturday's Game 6, but I would not be at all surprised if this series returns to Carolina for a Game 7.
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Quinn Will Talk With Bruins

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via the Toronto Sun,

Incoming general manager Peter Chiarelli this week held face-to-face discussions with Quinn, who was relieved of his duties with the Leafs at the end of the 2005-06 season. The two were seen dining together at a Ottawa restaurant Tuesday From the Bruins' perspective, there could be legitimate concerns that Quinn might be a bit long in the tooth to run the team's youth movement. At the same time, Quinn might be reluctant to jump into a situation involving a young rookie general manager after going through a similar process in Toronto with John Ferguson Jr.

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NHL Too Fast For American Fans

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from the Sporting News,

There are a lot of reasons why the hockey television ratings are low, all of which are befuddling. However, while watching Game 5 in its entirety on Wednesday night, I might have figured it out. Hockey is so fast and intense, that you actually have to pay close attention to the incredible action, and unlike that other finals series, there is constant motion and an off-the-hook tempo. The NHL does not allow the casual fan to appreciate the game because it is so fast and thrilling that the new viewer cannot keep up with the pace. Most American sports fans are used to really slow sports, such as baseball and basketball, and even to some degree, football.
more...and one question, would NASCAR be considered a slow sport?...

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Back To Work For Canes

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Q. You get a power play in overtime and then the other team scores a shorthanded goal, is that a little bit being like in the twilight zone? COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE: Certainly not what we were hoping for when you get a power play. The power play had been so effective all night and it's an opportunity to win a hockey game and it didn't happen. Q. Can you just talk about the mood of your guys right now? COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE: I mean, I am sure they are pretty upset. Everybody is upset obviously, but you know, we'll wake up tomorrow, go back to work. I don't expect anybody in there is in a terrific mood, so. It's one game. We'll get up tomorrow, go back to work. Go back to Edmonton.. Q. Talk about how things settled in after that wild first period, turned into quite a defensive game. COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE: Yeah, the first period, I mean, wasn't really typical of the series the way it had gone. They scored 16 seconds in, we came back to tie it up. Scored late. After that it settled more into a defensive game. It was just a tough goal to end the period I think, then we battled back in the second, got it even and couldn't find the next one. Q. You had a couple of guys go down and then come back, pretty courageous efforts on their part. As the series goes along both teams were trying to get pretty banged up? COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE: It's extra month and a half to two months of hockey and it's at the highest level, so guys are getting banged around and but you are right, shows a lot of guts to come back.

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