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What About McCabe

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The heat will be turned up on Bryan McCabe this week. Will he stay or will he go? The Maple Leafs need to know because GM John Ferguson Jr. has to decide what direction he's going to take with his club's blue line by July 1. If McCabe doesn't sign with Toronto, there's a strong possibility the Leafs will try harder to acquire Oilers defenceman Chris Pronger, who has asked Edmonton for a trade because of personal reasons. ...Asked if it was time for McCabe to accept the deal or move on, the Leafs boss was coy. "The deal is not done. He has not been signed. We've been working on this for a long time and nothing has changed in the last couple of weeks," he said. Ideally, Pronger would like to be moved to "a location south of the border," according to Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe. But the Oilers -- obviously unhappy with the prospect of losing one of the NHL's top rearguards -- will have the final say where he goes. The Leafs are not alone in their pursuit of Pronger. The Senators, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues also held discussions on the draft floor Saturday.
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Did The Wings Find Another Diamond

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press (Monday edition) via the Mercury News,

And so it came to pass that when the third round rolled around at Saturday's NHL draft, the Wings knew who to select with the 92nd overall pick: 20-year-old goaltender Daniel Larsson. At least one person who has seen him mentions him in the same sentence as star Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. "There is a real good goalie coach in Sweden, Tomas Magnusson, who has worked both with Tomas Soderstrom and Mikael Tellqvist," Andersson said. "I spoke to him about Larsson and he said he's one of the best guys since Lundqvist that he's seen. He thinks he has a lot of things going for him. He's real smooth side to side, and for a Swedish guy, he's real good with his stick, too."
read on added 8:17am Monday, link to Detroit Free Press now available...

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The Science Of Hockey

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I haven't had enough hockey yet, so I was browsing around the web and ran across "The Science of Hockey". It appears to be about 9 years old, and features San Jose players Kelly Hrudey and Jeff Friesen, helping you understand the finer points of the game. The site features some high speed QT movies (1997 high speed) and actually gets quiet detailed and at times very technical. If you want to kill some time...and hey, you get to see Hrudey in action. image

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Why HD Is The Best Way To Watch Hockey

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from HDBeat,

The NHL Stanley Cup finals had an exciting series and a nice high-def broadcast, so everybody's happy right? Wrong. Once again, some SDTV holdout is ranting about how HDTV is ruining the game. The source of his complaint? At some point in Game 6, they couldn't locate the culprit when an extra man on the ice penalty was called. The announcer said later that "'I've just been told if you have HD (High Definition Television) you would be able to see the (extra) man going off the ice".
continued and click the pic at HDBeat to read the article from the NY Daily News. The guy is actually complaining that SD viewers are being penalized...

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Official- Laviolette Signs With Carolina

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from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team and Head Coach Peter Laviolette have agreed on a five-year contract. Laviolette led the Hurricanes to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship in his fourth season coaching in the National Hockey League. “Peter’s coaching helped bring our team together to win hockey’s ultimate prize last season,” said Rutherford. “His aggressive, up-tempo style of play allows for success under the league’s new rules, and his leadership has yielded great results for his teams throughout his career.”
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Complete It

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If you have children and they enjoy hockey, then this is a must. Heck, you can try it too. Hint- grab the pieces with a left click of the mouse to move them around.

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Groundwork Laid

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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Canada.com,

Two starting goalies and a pair of star forwards changed hands at the NHL entry draft this weekend but that's probably only the beginning. The league's general managers got some quality face time with one another to lay the groundwork for more trades. "That's usually what happens," said Jim Rutherford, GM of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. "I'm sure the seeds have been planted for future trades in the next two weeks."
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Chara May Be Waiting For Redden

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via Slam,

...With teammate Wade Redden close to re-signing a two- or three-year deal worth about $6.25 million (all terms US) a season, Chara could be waiting to see exactly what Redden gets. Chara has maintained he wants to return to the Senators and that the club is his No. 1 choice. "We have spoken with Matt Keator and (Redden's agent) Don Meehan and we're going to speak with them again next week," said Muckler. "I would say the best way to put it with both of these players is to say that we're progressing."
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Economics Comes Into Play

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from Eric Duhatshcek of the Globe and Mail,

There are layers and nuances to every deal in the new National Hockey League and nowhere was that more apparent than in the Calgary Flames' acquisition of Alex Tanguay Saturday from their divisional rivals, the Colorado Avalanche. On the surface, it was an outright steal. The Flames filled an offensive void by acquiring one of the league's most reliable scorers of the past half-dozen years. To get Tanguay, they gave up a useful defensive defenceman in Jordan Leopold, but one with a concussion history that they had little trouble replacing when he was out this past season because of injury. So why would Colorado do the deal – and why would they do it with a team that they'll face eight times next season? Simple economics, of course.
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Draft Chatter

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NHL.com held an online chat yesterday with the high draft picks...

-What was your first thought when you got drafted? Jonathan Toews I'M HERE! It was a long road, especially with all the talk and predictions, but it's official now and it's good to be drafted by Chicago. -Jiri, how did it feel to put on the official NHL jersey? Jiri Tlusty Toronto is a very good town and I'm glad to play with Tomas Kaberle. He is my friend and I'm thrilled to be joining him. cody6 How did you feel hearing your name being called? Jiri Tlusty It warmed me deeply especially because it's Toronto.
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