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Shero Thrilled To Be In Pittsburgh

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Ray Shero has helped build winners in Ottawa and Nashville. Now, he wants to construct another Stanley Cup contender in Pittsburgh. “I chose Pittsburgh for a number of reasons. First, the feel of the organization and the atmosphere. It just felt right to me and [my wife] Karen. The passion and excitement Mario [Lemieux] and Penguins President and CEO Ken [Sawyer] have for the city of Pittsburgh and making it work here, at the end of the day it really made me feel good. When I made the decision, there was a lot of joy. We are thrilled to be here.”
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Racism Exists

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

I find it impossible to believe that anyone can say there is no racism in the National Hockey League, let alone someone who's comments are constrained by a company-imposed seven-second tape delay and who has been called to the carpet and rebuked in public by an executive vice president of Canada's national television network for ethnic comments deemed to be "inappropriate and reprehensible."
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Home Grown Talent

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

When the Dallas Stars first moved to Big D from Minnesota in 1993, David McKee's father Carl bought season tickets. The night of the Stars' first home game, 10-year-old McKee refused to go. "I wanted to hang out with my friends," the native of Midland, Texas, recalled. But his dad kept pestering him and essentially dragged young David to the second home game. It turned out to be a life-altering event for a young man who is now a shining example of how non-traditional hockey markets can, indeed, grow their own.
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Sabres Dman Out With Broken Arm

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from the CP & TSN,

Sabres defenceman Henrik Tallinder has a broken left arm and will miss the rest of the playoffs. Coach Lindy Ruff announced the news following practice Thursday, a day after Tallinder was hurt in Buffalo's 4-3 win over Carolina in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference final series.

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Savard To Test Free Agency Market

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Marc Savard will explore the unrestricted free agent market according to his agent, meaning the Thrashers could lose their top center without compensation. Savard's agent, Larry Kelly, and Thrashers general manager Don Waddell agreed the team would not take advantage of its exclusive negotiating rights, which expire at midnight July 1. Nonetheless, Kelly emphasized Savard's affinity for the team. "It doesn't mean Marc will not sign in Atlanta, it's just to get an indication of value," Kelly said. "As to whether he will stay in Atlanta or whether another opportunity will carry the day, he loves it there, he loves the coach [Bob Hartley]. There's a good possibility he'll sign in Atlanta. But we will have a look at what's out there on July 1."
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Tocchet & Jones-Gretzky Plan To Sue

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from 1010 Wins,

Wayne Gretzky's wife and an NHL assistant coach are planning to sue New Jersey for $50 million each. Attorneys for Janet Jones and Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet say the state defamed them by releasing evidence from confidential wiretaps.

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Report- Shero New GM For Pens

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via Sportsnet,

Ray Shero will be announced as the next general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sportsnet has learned.

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Bah-Humbug

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from the News & Observer,

Davis Jones thinks historical figures should be honored, not used to hustle another Stanley Cup run by the Carolina Hurricanes. Angered by the oversized Canes jerseys stitched in place on four larger-than-life statues at the state Capitol, Jones grabbed a utility knife Wednesday morning and slashed the garments off the monuments for President Andrew Jackson and Gov. Zebulon Vance, the state's chief executive during the Civil War. "That's not the purpose of state monuments, to make them mannequins for a fleeting sports event," said Jones, 49, a small-business owner, consultant and carpenter from Raleigh.
continued I say assign the case to Deputy Fife!

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Voice Of Flames HHOF Bound

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from the Calgary Sun,

Yeah, baby - Peter Maher is going to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The voice of the Calgary Flames, with his trademark "Yeah, Baby!" will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 13 in Toronto as the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner.
continued image update 2:14pm, Press release from HHOF. Also, Scotty Morrison will also receive a distinguished writing award.

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New Candidate For Bruins GM

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The GM's job with the Bruins has taken a strange twist and Senators assistant GM Peter Chiarelli has emerged as the front-runner. While Boston offered the post to Nashville assistant GM Ray Shero, he walked away from talks yesterday because they couldn't agree on a deal. Sources say talks between Senators president Roy Mlakar and Bruins executive VP Charlie Jacobs heated up yesterday to free Chiarelli from the final two years of his contract.
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