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A Little Early

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, Too early to think about it? Hardly. While fans focused on the late rounds of the playoffs, NHL GMs already were busy signing their free agents and draft picks, figuring out how much room they'd have to play with under the cap, and working on their final rankings for this Saturday's Entry Draft.... Your 2006-07 Stanley Cup champs? The Buffalo Sabres. Remember, you read it here first. read on...also, I heard Ottawa is the Vegas favorite at 5-1 and Detroit at 6-1...

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In The News

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James Mirtle does a fine job pointing out all of the Stanley Cup headlines. You can also see a Stanley slide show at Yahoo.

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Wings Ready To Deal

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from Ansar Kahn of Mlive,

Wings general manager Ken Holland said Tuesday that he hasn't spoken to Keenan about Luongo, but will "explore any and all opportunities over the next 2-3 weeks'' in his search for a starting goalie. And he is prepared to wheel and deal this week. "I expect a lot of trade talk at the draft,'' Holland said. "Does anything happen? I don't know. I sense a lot of teams are looking to see what's out there. "It used to be our big day was July 1 (the start of free agency). Trading is a little more of an option now than it was in the past.''
read on added 10:37am, Anyone trying to figure out some of the strange actions by Mike Babcock lately?

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All Alain Vigneault

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...Why, because he is the new coach of the Canucks, the next savior... VCOE put together an impressive fact thread about him.

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Right Moves Is All That Is Needed

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from the Toronto Star,

The new system gives all clubs something low-revenue teams complained the old system didn't provide: the ability to compete on an even level with every team regardless of market size or revenue streams. "What's good now is that teams can retool and reload quicker than they could previously, which is good for the game," Lowe said. "You could conceivably miss the playoffs by a lot — say Chicago this year — and with a few right moves, could be in the playoffs and challenging."
more...mostly about Edmonton & Carolina...

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Ratings In Raleigh

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via the News & Observer,

JUNE 14 (GAME 5) Raleigh-Durham: 19.3 (190,140 viewers) National: 2.5 (2.8 million viewers) JUNE 17 (GAME 6) Raleigh-Durham: 13.8 (135,960 viewers) National: 1.9 (2.1 million viewers) JUNE 19 (GAME 7) Raleigh-Durham: 22.8 (224,630 viewers) National: 3.3 (3.6 million viewers)
Thanks to a KK reader for passing this on...

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Drive Like Ovechkin

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Washington Capitals' ALEXANDER OVECHKIN Personal Rookie Year 2005 CADILLAC ESCALADE & PLAYER EXPERIENCE with Meet & Greet, Game Tix, Signed Jerseys, Personal Photo & More! You can own his car with a bid of at least $43,200. image

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Canada Does It Right

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from the Crookston Daily Times(MN),

It was strange watching Hockey Night in Canada throughout the playoffs. Me, a California kid, had only heard of Don Cherry and the sacred hockey network CBC. By the end of the playoffs I refused to watch NHL hockey on the Outdoor Life Network or NBC. I was fascinated with HNIC and the fact that I got to watch former King goalie Kelly Hrudey, who netminded the Kings into that very Stanley Cup Finals loss to the Canadians in '93, do commentary for the network. It was just a small coincidence. Last night NBC stopped its coverage of the post-game ceremonies while CBC surged on and I watched amazed. All those years I was missing out on so much extra coverage that our television stations didn't care to cover.
more added 9:19am, Then we have this from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Then, with 1 minute 17 seconds remaining and the faceoff in Carolina's zone, Edmonton called a timeout. The camera zoomed in on Oilers coach Craig MacTavish, chalkboard in hand, giving directions to his players. Now was the time for the play-by-play team of Bob Cole and Harry Neale to set the scene. Who would be on the ice for the teams? What was Edmonton's plan? Who would take the critical faceoff? What did they give us? Believe it or not, Neale decided to use the time to thank the Hockey Night producer and director for their good work during the season. Cole, at the most important stage of the Stanley Cup playoffs, noted it was executive producer Joel Darling's birthday. "The young man had a birthday today," he said. "Happy birthday, Joel." They ignored the drama of the moment. Instead of giving us information, they delivered stuff that was irrelevant. It was beyond appalling. It was embarrassing to the CBC, to Hockey Night and everything it has represented over the years.

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Recover From THICK Now

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Dear colleagues, Put down your Blackberries, Bluetooths and divergent diversions for a while, and permit me to address a serious and widespread illness among our ranks. The disease is called Total Hockey Ignorance & Calculated Knee-jerkery. THICK, for short. And way too many of you have tested positive for it. The United States in particular has suffered an epidemic of THICKness, and the results of it really put a bee in my boxer shorts. Conservative estimates show some 90 per cent of you decided against covering a hockey world full of wonders this year. You sneered and snorted at the NHL all season long, as if it were a seven-year-old trying to show you a magic trick.... Sucks to be you. Because as you were trotting out the same, sorry storylines, an entire pro league was reinventing itself to glorious effect. And now that the Stanley Cup playoffs are over, it’s safe to say, “You blew it, folks.”
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Canadian Ratings

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from the CP & AP,

Carolina's 3-1 win over Edmonton in Game 7 of the final Monday was the fourth-highest rated NHL game ever for CBC with an average of 4.739 million viewers. That was down just 2.5% from Game 7 of the 2004 Cup final, which is the second-highest ranted NHL game ever on CBC at 4.862 viewers. Monday's numbers include pre-game and post-game coverage. The game itself drew 5.553 million Canadians, peaking at 6.253 million viewers between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

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