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Boatload Of UFAs

from the CP via TSN,

The NHL playoffs may feel like the calm before the storm this year as likely the biggest crop ever of unrestricted free agents hits the market in July. GMs and agents will be running up phone bills like never before. Liberalized free agency in the new CBA saw the age drop from 31 to 29 for unrestricted free agents this summer. It drops even lower to 28 in July 2007 and finally 27, where it will stay, in July 2008. I hink with this CBA, we're all going to work hard at keeping our core, but there's going to be a lot of movement,'' Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland said Wednesday.
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Sabres Streak Turning Ugly

from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

The Buffalo Sabres' six-game skid is just downright ugly. This is not the time to have a stretch like this. Winning is habit-forming, but so is losing. I've always believed that how you're playing going into the playoffs is more important than being the top team in your conference. Rarely do you see a No. 1 team go all the way to a Cup win. ...The Sabres' only way out of this hole is hard work. Continue to work, work, work the opposition both mentally and physically. It might take a few more losses for them to snap out of it.
more of the Good, Bad & Ugly from Barry...

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Huet Enjoying Montreal- Contract Talk Can Wait

from the CP via TSN,

Huet called it ''an honour for me to play for this organization, with all the past and glory of this team.'' The media hype, the fans chanting his name during games and even the Bell Centre sound system playing the French national anthem after he makes a spectacular save seem to leave him unfazed. ''I'm having fun,'' he said. ''But it's a delicate position right now. ''We really want to keep the focus of the team on the games. You enjoy it, but you have to kind of forget it.''
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High Compliment For Yzerman

Kevin Allen was just on WDFN in Detroit and the topic was Yzerman. Kevin stated the Wings handled Yzerman perfectly this year, bringing him around slowly and now Yzerman is a force for the Wings. He also stated fans could argue that Yzerman over Messier. Yzerman was a better offensive player than Messier and said the only better offensive player he has watched is Mario. If Kevin had to vote, he would choose Steve. Talked turned to Legace, Kevin stated it will always be "you are not a playoff goalie until you win a cup." This will be his chance, he does not have to be superman, just play solid in net. Wings are good enough to win it without fantastic goaltending. Kevin Allen brought up John Davidson. Said J.D. would want to be president of the Blues and the talk is he will be offered the position. He also mentioned Jim Nill will probably get a GM job with another NHL team this summer.

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It Is All About The Green For Peddie

from Alan Adams, special to Fox Sports,

In some ways, Leaf fans are a lot like lemmings. Tell them to wear blue and white and jump into the Toronto harbor at 3 a.m. and they will start lining up a day before to take the plunge. Why win when you know not winning really doesn't change the bottom line? If Peddie stays, it is all about the cash.
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Buyer Beware

The playoffs are almost upon us and many of you may be purchasing tickets to watch your favorite team in action. But beware of the scam artist...

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Blame Jacobs

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Owner Jeremy Jacobs, apparently trying to act the part of an active and caring custodian of the Bruins tradition, has been omnipresent in the media discussing the future of the franchise, especially as it regards to a replacement for O'Connell. And, in a fashion instantly recognizable in Boston, he's badly fumbled the ball. What is Jacobs looking for in the next man? A savvy veteran capable of leveraging his years of experience to successfully rebuild the team? A young buck armed with fresh ideas and a bold new approach? No, the quality Jacobs prizes most in his next GM is the ability to get along well with the Jacobs family.
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The Stanley Cup- Players Pick

from the Hockey News via ESPN,

"Who do you think has the best chance to win the Stanley Cup this season?" That's what The Hockey News asked 30 NHLers and the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators were tied with nine votes each, while the upstart Carolina Hurricanes were next with five. Montreal's Craig Rivet likes the Senators. "They have a complete team," he said. "They are solid offensively and defensively." New Jersey's Scott Gomez opts for the Wings. "They have a good mix of veterans and young guys," he said.
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Relentless

from the Hockey News,

So how have the Sabres done it? Quite simply, they're the NHL's most relentless team. "That room always responds," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We know what we have in the room. That's the rewarding part. For the most part you know when you push them what you're going to get.'' Their success comes down to the basics: goaltending, offensive balance and stout special teams.
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Sens Lose Phillips With Sprained Knee

from TSN,

The Senators got some bad news on Wednesday when it was revealed that defenceman Chris Pronger (Phillips) will miss 3-4 weeks with a sprained left knee. Phillips suffered a second degree sprain of his MCL when he twisted his knee in an awkward collision with New Jersey's Zach Parise on Tuesday night. Phillips limped off the ice and did not return.

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