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Vokoun Disappointed But Thankful

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Mercury News,

Tomas Vokoun has his priorities in order. Sure the former All-Star goaltender would rather be preparing for the playoffs with the Nashville Predators. But knowing that one blood clot could have slipped from his abdomen and killed him makes watching the postseason and awaiting the birth of his second child much easier to handle. "Definitely disappointed, but I always follow my health and my family in the first place, so I take doctors' advice," Vokoun said Wednesday.
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Mason Confident

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from the CP via 940 Montreal,

Chris Mason knows what people are saying around the NHL and he's OK with it. Tomas Vokoun's replacement as starting goalie with the Nashville Predators is ready for the challenge. "A lot of people will probably write us off now because Tomas is out," Mason said Wednesday from Nashville. "I hope teams think that. And I hope they think: 'I want to play the Preds now.' If they underestimate us that puts us in a good situation."
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Who The Heck Is Lil’ John

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A reader of KK pointed this out... from the Atlanta Thrashers,

Was it the car, the man sitting in it, or the big silver cup on the seat beside him that was drawing all of the attention? When the car is a Lamborghini, the man is Atlanta hip-hop artist and producer Lil' Jon and the cup is the Stanley Cup, it's tough to say.
continued...with more pictures... image photo via Getty Images & the Atlanta Thrashers

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The NHL Draft Combine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the NHL,

The world's top 115 players eligible for selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft have been invited to the League's annual Draft Combine, May 30 to June 3, 2006 at the Park Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel. The Draft Combine will give NHL clubs a chance to evaluate hockey's future stars just three weeks before the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, June 24. Each NHL club will be represented at the Combine by scouts, management and athletic training staff. The players will conduct interviews with the clubs and undergo medical examinations and fitness testing.
continued...I wonder if Mel Kiper will show up?...

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Lombardi Leading Candidate For Bruins Job

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from EJ Hradek of ESPN,

Former Sharks boss Dean Lombardi has emerged as the front-runner to fill the vacant general manager post in Boston. A league source said Lombardi spent two days meeting with top Bruins execs earlier this week. The source added, "It looks like he's the guy." Lombardi, who grew up in nearby Ludlow, Mass., likely would view the Bruins position as a dream job. Currently a pro scout for the Flyers, Lombardi had previously interviewed for the Islanders' GM job, which is still open.
read on...much more, Including Yzerman & the Norris...

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I’ve Been Challenged

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from Vancouver Canucks Op Ed,

When VCOE broke character for a moment and praised the Red Wings, Detroit fans got understandably gleeful. But then a friend - who shall remain nameless! - emailed us a video file of that dog Chris Chelios doing his obnoxious glory skate around Vancouver ice a couple years ago, and dared us to post it. So maybe we will… IF Vancouver doesn’t make the playoffs. But if the Canucks DO make the playoffs, then there’s gotta be a payoff. I propose that Paul has to photograph himself in Canucks gear. Deal? Good.grin
Well, after getting some advice from Howie Mandel (a Canadian by the way), he advised me to TAKE THE DEAL (click to see the only reason I watch) with one provision. VCOE will have to post the Chelios video and the Lidstrom Shot heard around Vancouver. Deal or No Deal VCOE? image

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Blending In

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from the Washington Times,

When they take the ice, one person in Verizon Center's upper deck boos. Their names appear momentarily on the scoreboard minutes before faceoff. To most of the fans in attendance, they are merely Nos. 13, 40, 79 and 84. That's what they prefer. The Washington Capitals' game against Pittsburgh last month went seamlessly. No blatantly missed calls. No controversial goals. No brouhahas. The officials are just glad to be working. Like the players last year, the NHL's referees and linesmen were locked out. Back on the ice, each full-time official will work more than 70 games and has adjusted to radical rules changes that have quickened the game's pace.
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Why So Angry?

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from CBS Sportsline,

Very soon, if Los Angeles Kings resident goon Sean Avery doesn't rein in his attitude, he may just get tabbed as the next Ron Artest or Latrell Sprewell. If he hasn't already. Here's what we don't get: How can a talented athlete, who's clearing more than $500,000 a year and dating one of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood -- Elisha Cuthbert -- be so angry?
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Thinking Of Primeau

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

So, sitting on the cold, aluminum bench at the Flyers' practice facility Tuesday as Primeau underwent his second day of practice with teammates after months of individual workouts, still-crystal clear thoughts of Lindros laying curled on the ice, unmoving, six years ago fought for time and space in my head with the present-day images of Primeau clearly enjoying his time on the ice. Because it is obvious from even the most casual glance that Primeau has missed the game he loves, the game he has lived for close to three decades. His body once again performing hockey-related tasks is enough to bring a quick smile across his face.
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Mediocre Avalanche

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Unless the Avalanche finishes the regular season with a pointless three-game road trip and everything else breaks "wrong" in the final week, Colorado will be in the playoffs.... The best-case scenario is that the Avs finish at least sixth in the conference, and then win a series or (maybe) two, have Theodore look good, and make it reasonable to believe that this could be only a one-season blip of middle-of-the-pack mediocrity.
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