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Battle In Victoria

from the Times-Colonist,

The ECHL has shed the Slap Shot image so completely that you often hear certain fans ruefully commenting on the lack of fighting and rough stuff in games.

With its NHL affiliations and game-day rosters limited to 18 players, these skilled young pros are looking to move up to the AHL, so most nights the games are rough, but clean.

So it is ironic the most controversial incident of the season at the Memorial Centre should happen on an evening with the arena loaded with impressionable youth players among the healthy crowd on Salute to Minor Hockey Night.

It occurred in the second period with Victoria trailing 4-1 and clearly frustrated during a break for a faceoff, Robin Gomez came off the bench on a line change and sucker-punched unsuspecting Wranglers star and former NHLer Chris Ferraro.

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Summer Talk

Earlier today I pointed to some rumor talk, so let’s see how Spector breaks it all down…

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Jeff Bourne Plays His Hockey Game

from the Kelowna Capital News,

Sledge hockey has offered Jeff Bourne a way to enjoy a sport he loves despite being paralyzed.

Growing up with a father who played in the NHL, Jeff Bourne had hockey in his blood.

But Bourne, whose dad Bob played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, wasn’t able to strap on a pair of skates and attempt to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

Bourne, now 28, was born with spina bifida, a developmental birth defect that in Bourne’s case meant he was paralyzed from the waist down.

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An Eddie Haskell Type

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The June draft is chock-a-block full of defencemen apart from centre Steven Stamkos, who’s likely going No. 1 overall, but keep an eye on Kyle Beach, the hothead Everett Silvertips pivot, who’s the second-best forward in the bunch.

Beach, who was hurt and didn’t play in the Top Prospects game here, has big talent but he rubs people the wrong way. Off the ice, he’s polite; on it, he’s probably the most hated player in the WHL.

“He’s like Eddie Haskell,” said one WHL observer.

much more hockey talk…

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Bruins Win Streak Hits Six

from the Worcester Telegram-Gazette News,

Considering what enthusiasm this modest streak has created, can you imagine what will happen if the Bruins make the playoffs and — dare we even suggest? — win a round or two? We’ll need oxygen and defibrillators at every Bruins game after the month of April.

But little steps are what got the B’s this far, and little steps are what they continue to take, which means the players, coach Claude Julien, and general manager Peter Chiarelli are keeping things in perspective.

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added 10:10am, for more on the Bruins and numerous NHL topics,  make sure to check out Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe...

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Foppa Fever

from the Denver Post,

“He’s huge,” said Per Karlquist, chairman of Denver’s Swedish American Chamber of Commerce. “He’s second to the king.”

So who’s third? Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom maybe?

“No,” Karlquist says. “The queen.”...

“He’s the Michael Jordan of hockey,” said Chris Fuselier, owner of the Blake Street Tavern in LoDo and an original Avs season-ticket holder. “This is one of the three most exciting things to ever happen to the Avs — when they traded for Patrick Roy and Ray Bourque, and now bringing Forsberg back. They had become a nonstory, but things are going to be hopping now.”

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More Foote Talk

from Adam Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

According to numerous NHL sources, Foote threatened to be “a bad teammate, a bad captain and a bad player” the rest of the season if he weren’t re-signed or traded to his preferred destination—the Colorado Avalanche, where his best NHL years were spent.

The Blue Jackets made a final plea, urging Foote to consider all that the Blue Jackets’ ownership group, the coaching staff and the fans had done for him the past three seasons.

Again, according to sources, he responded by saying that he “doesn’t owe anybody anything.”

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Morning Line

from Fire & Ice,

Although he faces a possible fine from the NHL for criticizing the officiating, (Brent) Sutter did not hold back.

“Both calls upset me,” he said. “The fact that the first call was called five seconds after the incident happens and because the fans yell. If it’s a penalty, call it right away. And I just watched the video and i still don’t know where the second call came from. To put a team down two men with seven minutes to go in a game like tonight, that’s why I don’t get paid the big money to be an official.”

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Influential Decision

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Did Brian Campbell act in his own best interest by turning down a deal with the Buffalo Sabres, which led to his being traded to the San Jose Sharks?

That question has emerged as an emotional Campbell moved west and hardly looked happy about it.

There are those who suggest that Campbell was under great pressure, quite possibly from the Players’ Association, not to sign a deal in Buffalo that would have undercut the market place of a high-end free agent defenceman.

continued plus more NHL talk…

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The Rumor Talk Never Ends

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Part of the reason Washington GM George McPhee was active at the trade deadline might be the heat he’s feeling. However, getting G Cristobal Huet (Montreal) and C Sergei Fedorov (Columbus) won’t stop the talk McPhee will be replaced by former Dallas GM Doug Armstrong this summer.

more what could have happened at the trade deadline and what may happen this summer…

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