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from the Star Tribune,

Mark Stephan started purchasing four club seats to the Wild before the 2002-03 season. In June 2003, he renewed the tickets at $80 apiece per game. He also committed to purchasing the tickets for three years, with a guarantee the price of tickets would not be raised in that time. Stephan was puzzled and then some when he received his ticket renewal order last month and it called for an increase to $85 per ticket. His financial advice to himself was to send an e-mail to the Wild sales people handling his account, to remind them that he had been given the no-increase guarantee. ...It was at this point when Stephan received notice that it was a guarantee for three years, not three seasons. Here's a business that didn't offer its product in 2004-05 -- did not pay its talent and laid off much of its workforce -- but it figured its ticket customers should count it as a contract year for them?
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Goulet A Favorite For Avs GM

from the Denver Post,

In the first nine seasons the Avalanche played in Denver, Michel Goulet wore various hats. He was a director of player personnel, a director of player development and, for the first time this past season, the special assistant to the president. That president was, and is still is, Pierre Lacroix. On Friday, Lacroix gave up his other title, as Avalanche general manager. Goulet, the Hall of Fame forward whose No. 16 remains retired in the rafters of Le Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City after a great career with the Quebec Nordiques, appears to be a favorite to replace Lacroix as the general manager. Former Avs goalie Patrick Roy told Denver Post sports columnist Mark Kiszla on Saturday he believes Goulet will be named to succeed Lacroix.
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Break It Up

We have a problem on the ice. Nice work by Greg Hartnell. image

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What About Hasek

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We're pretty sure that none of the plaques in the Hockey Hall of Fame contain the word "malingerer." And we're not suggesting that when Dominik Hasek goes into the Hall of Fame, his plaque will be the first. But during a playoff season that recently featured the inspiring sight of Ryan Smyth returning to set up the winner in triple overtime for the Edmonton Oilers after having his face destroyed by a puck, Hasek's inability to answer the bell as his team careens toward elimination has hardly been inspiring.
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Did You Notice

from the Vancouver Province,

-There was a time when NHL coaches would rather dress lepers than rookies during the playoffs, but you only have to check the rosters of the five teams still alive to understand the direction the new NHL is headed. -This postseason has again demonstrated it is difficult to win when the core of your team is predominantly European. Detroit and its seven Swedes are gone. The Rangers and all their Czechs are gone. So are the Canadiens and their United Nations. The Canucks, you may have noticed, didn't make the playoffs in the first place. Conversely, look at the teams that are still going. Anaheim's best player is Scott Niedermayer. The Oilers are led by Chris Pronger and Ryan Smyth. San Jose has Thornton, Cheechoo and Marleau. Buffalo's best players are Daniel Briere, Chris Drury and, when he's not concussed, Tim Connolly. We're not channeling our inner Don Cherry, but it's a reality that can't be ignored.
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Sabres Did Their Homework

from the Toronto Star,

"There are people who are not here for good reasons, but I think anyone who is not here is missing a great opportunity." -Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier on the absence of many of his colleagues at last June's NHL research and development camp. Last summer, when the NHL set out to reinvent itself and finally rid the game of the insidious obstruction that had slowed it to a crawl, Darcy Regier did not take his eyes off the action for a second over three days.
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Nowhere But Down For Sens

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

There's no reason to think Muckler will be allowed to use all the available cap room. Owner Eugene Melnyk easily could afford to run the Senators in a philanthropic fashion, but so far, he has chosen to not do so. It's his money and his right to use it as he sees fit. But without a commitment from Melnyk to take the team to the brink of the cap limit, and commit to hockey rather than Dora the Explorer, the Senators will lose too much talent to take a serious run at the Stanley Cup in the immediate future. So that answers the first question. We know where the Senators are going from here. Down.
more from the Montreal Gazette,
Bad karma comin' down: Oooooohhhhh yes, grills and royals, let this be a lesson to you. Lookit ol' John Muckler in Ottawa, his hair turning whiter with every loss. And remember: Bad karma will come back to bite you in the patootie every time. Muckler's bad karma goes back to the Buffalo Sabres, by divine justice the team that ousted the general manager's Senators from the playoffs
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Sharks Sinking

from the Mercury News,

The San Jose Sharks are not just in trouble. They are in international distress. They are heading back to Canada for the next - and likely final - game of this playoff series with a team that in no way resembles the confident Sharks group that won six of its first seven playoff starts. Right from the beginning, it was a strange, out-of-sorts night at the Tank - and it started with the inexplicable booing of the Canadian national anthem before the opening faceoff. Memo to the few hundred louts who perpetrated it: Go soak your head in some respect and common sense. The Sharks' best players happen to be Canadian citizens. How do you think they felt?
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The Opportunity Is There

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

"It's exciting. The opportunity is huge. You don't get opportunities like this every day.'' One win from the final four "I'm not a history person,'' said coach Craig MacTavish after his Oilers held themselves together while Ron Wilson's San Jose Sharks came unglued. "I don't think anybody else in here is either. We're in the here and now. We need one more. The toughest one to get is always the the fourth one. We're just trying to find a way to win.'' Nobody on the Oilers is getting ahead of themselves here. "It's a huge opportunity ahead of us,'' said Steve Staios. "We can see the big picture. But we've got to this point by being game by game and day by day. That's where our composure and maturity has come from.''
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