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Finland Goalie Signs With Bolts

from the Tampa Tribune,

The Tampa Bay Lightning, looking for goaltending help, today signed one of the top goalies not playing in the NHL. Goaltender Fredrik Norrena, who recently led Finland to a bronze medal in the hockey World Championships, signed a one-year, entry-level contract deal, the team announced today.
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Official NHL Stanley Cup Finals Schedule

The National Hockey League today released the schedule of dates for the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin Monday, June 5 in Buffalo or Carolina. Carolina leads the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final 3-2, with Game 6 set for tonight in Buffalo. The Eastern Conference champion will have home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Final and will host Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, Games 5 and 7. Edmonton will host Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, Game 6. The start time for all Stanley Cup Final games will be 8 p.m., ET. OLN will telecast Games 1 and 2 in the U.S., while NBC will broadcast Games 3 through 7. In Canada, CBC and RDS will provide coverage for the entire series. 2006 STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE Game 1 Monday, June 5 Game 2 Wednesday, June 7 Game 3 Saturday, June 10 Game 4 Monday, June 12 Game 5 * Wednesday, June 14 Game 6 * Saturday, June 17 Game 7 * Monday, June 19 * if necessary

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Interested In Redden & Chara

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via Slam,

The reality is, if Chara, Redden and teammate Brian Pothier -- who is also unrestricted -- don't sign with Ottawa, they'd all be of interest to the Bruins. Boston would hardly be alone on the market. A check of NHL markets indicates Anaheim, Florida, New York Rangers, Islanders, Vancouver, Edmonton, San Jose, Toronto, Los Angeles and Nashville could all be ready to jump in on the bidding for Chara and Redden.

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Weight Almost There

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Doug Weight can't wait. He has waited long enough. Next year, he'll play his 1,000th NHL regular season game. Never been to a Stanley Cup final. He could get there tonight. And better than that, he could get there and go against the team he played nine seasons with in Edmonton, a team which battled like crazy in seven of those years to get somewhere but kept coming up short.
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Colorado Vs. Detroit

The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater covered every battle played between the two teams. This October brings with it the release of his book, “Blood Feud”; an insider’s view of the Detroit/Colorado rivalry. A2Y: How many players did you speak with, from both teams? Dater: I’d say about 50, give or take a few. A couple wouldn’t talk for it, most notably Patrick Roy. He said he was just too busy with his junior team. He was also going through a divorce at the time I was calling, so that might have been a factor. That was a bit of a disappointment, but I got everybody else I really wanted.
read on for an excellent interview by Bill at A2Y...

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Canucks Need A Coach

from the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks are still looking for Mr. Right. General manager Dave Nonis must have a new head coach signed, sealed and delivered long before the opening of the free-agent market on July 1. That's 30 days and this is not an option. Since the end of the NHL's regular season, every GM in the league has been busy talking to as many player agents as his long-distance plan will allow. It's a tough sell, especially if you can't even tell these people something as critical as who your coach is.
continued added 1:43pm, It appears VCOE has gotten into the employment agency field.

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Waiting

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Pity the poor fans and players in Long Island and St. Louis. The Islanders apparently have gone into a catatonic trance in terms of filling the role of GM vacated by Mike Milbury, who will be lurking upstairs in a new management position. The Blues are awaiting final approval from the league on the team's sale to Dave Checketts. Both teams are drifting aimlessly with the entry draft less than a month away and free agency set to begin July 1. Under current GM Larry Pleau, we know the Blues are working as though it's business as usual. But it would be extraordinary if Pleau remained after the ownership is confirmed, and it makes little sense to have a lame-duck regime making the most important player decisions in the team's history, including their first No. 1 overall draft pick.
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Still Going At It

from the Toronto Sun,

With his young Buffalo team facing a win-or-go-home scenario, Ruff yesterday lobbed a verbal grenade at Laviolette by suggesting it is the Hurricanes who are feeling the heat despite being just one victory away from a berth in the final. Referring to Laviolette's 'Canes, Ruff said: "You'd hate to lose Game 6 and go into Game 7, where anything can happen. "For me, the pressure is on them. We have nothing to lose." Ruff was giddy at the way his Sabres played in the second half of their 4-3 overtime loss in Game 5, alleging the 'Canes had just one scoring chance in the final 30 minutes. For his part, Laviolette has issues with Ruff's mathematics.
more from the Toronto Star,
After Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final, Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff accused the Carolina Hurricanes of diving and constantly looking to the referees for calls every time they got hit. It's an accusation that Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette doesn't quite comprehend.
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Do You Know The NHL

from the Hockey News,

Q. The best of the NHL’s many changes this year is: (a) New stipulation outlawing attempts to reverse male pattern baldness (b) Warning the Minnesota Wild that, with sellout crowds night after night, they’d better start spending money on players who can score or else people are going to start noticing (c) The DaVinci Code-like adventure hockey fans must embark on to navigate their way through the pitfalls and perils of Center Ice/OLN blackouts (d) As a member of The Society For The Encouragement Of More Goalie Padding, Sloth and Wanton Violence In The NHL, I’m going to go with “none of the above” on this one
read on for many more questions...

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NHL Disappearing

from the Delco Times,

Does anyone out there have an extra clue to spare, because someone needs to send one to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman post-haste? The NHL is in nuclear winter when it comes to this postseason. And it’s a shame really, because the quality of play has been superb. Bettman promised that the "new" NHL would catch on like wildfire and the people would embrace it and love it. And sure, Bettman and his cronies in the league office can stand behind attendance figures that were the best the league has ever seen, but the reality of those numbers still points to more disinterest in the game
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