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The Web Guy at the Atlanta Thrashers site picked up on my recent article that NHL.com was kind enough to ask me to write.

It's also an idea that I'd love to see Thrashers fans copy next season. Basically Paul invited a couple of friends over and told them to invite friends who weren't hockey fans. By the end of the night they had a house full of potential new converts to the game we all know and love. If every Thrashers fan did that a few times per season for Thrashers road games imagine how many new fans we could get hooked on the game. What do you think? Are you up for it?
More fans need to get involved. In an email I just sent to the Web Guy, I stated I probably would not have asked hockey "newbies" over during the "pre-lockout" period. Now, we are almost guaranteed the game will be exciting and enjoyable to watch. Your "home" team many not win, but at least the game is entertaining. Maybe the NHL could supply us with t-shirts that say, "I watched my first NHL game" and on the back of the shirt, "And I will watch again".

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They Never Saw Anything Like It

from the Onion,

"Following their leader—a man Canadian officials have identified as one Rod Brind'Amour—a group of between 26 and 30 heavily bearded Caucasians drove onto the Raleigh Chapel Hill Expressway at speeds exceeding 120 mph, causing several traffic accidents and overturning one 16-wheeler, which eventually exploded," Perlov said. "The members of the gang we're calling 'The Hurricanes' then exited their vehicles and descended on Hillsborough Street, where they entered the storied Velvet Cloak Inn, woke up guests by throwing alarm clocks, chairs, and mattresses out the windows, and then promptly burned them." The Hurricanes then proceeded to loot cherished Raleigh establishments such as Brother's Pizza, Snoopy's Hot Dogs, and the Waffle House, leaving many business owners, who had never seen or heard of the players before, confused and frightened.
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$2.2 Million To Patrol Whyte Ave

from the Edmonton Journal,

The cost of policing Whyte Avenue during the NHL playoffs has climbed to at least $2.2 million, almost double previous estimates, police chief Mike Boyd has revealed. A decision on who will pay the bill has not been made, but Boyd said he will start looking at reallocating budget dollars today. "I know we're not going to find all of it," Boyd said after the meeting. The chief said it was his responsibility to find as much of the money as he can within the existing police budget. Commissioner Murray Billet thinks the province and the city should split the cost. Both Alberta and Edmonton benefited greatly from the Oilers' run to the Stanley Cup final, he said. "This city is on the map," Billet told the police commission.

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Thornton & AO Cover Boys For 2K & EA

2K Sports announced today that NHL All-Star center Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks is the official spokesman and cover athlete for NHL 2K7. The 2005-06 NHL assist and points leader was the catalyst behind the San Jose Sharks' 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs run, and has established himself as one of the best centers in the NHL. "It's a great distinction to have been selected as the cover athlete for NHL 2K7," said Thornton. "The NHL 2K series has been recognized as the top rated and premiere NHL video game for several years and to be associated with such a great product is truly an honor." EA Sports announced yesterday Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin will be featured on the cover of NHL 07.

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Stanley Injured- Will Not Miss A Shift

via the News & Observer,

The Cup had survived being accidentally dropped late Monday night while the trophy was changing hands after the Hurricanes defeated Edmonton in Game 7 of the finals. A team spokesman said the Cup suffered a slight "tear" on the edge of the bowl that sits atop the trophy. It will need to be repaired but not until it goes to Montreal as early as September to be engraved. The Cup already has other dents and dings in it from previous mishaps.

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Panthers “Turn The Table” On Luongo

from the Sun-Sentinel,

Roberto Luongo said Wednesday he wants to keep playing for the Panthers, but is "upset, hurt and concerned" after General Manager Mike Keenan's recent disclosure that the team will explore trading the franchise goalie by this weekend's draft. "Especially after I came out and said I'd like to stay here and I didn't want to go," Luongo said in a phone interview. "Now they're turning the tables on me. It's very upsetting."
continued...more from Luongo... added 11:46am, via the Sun-Sentinel,
The following is a transcript of an exclusive South Florida Sun-Sentinel interview with Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo: Q: GORTEN: Do you expect to still be Florida's goalie come Monday? A: LUONGO: "That's not for me to answer. That's more a question for Mike [Keenan]. We made them aware of what we want and now it's up to them. The ball is in their court really." Q: GORTEN: If you were traded, which teams would you prefer? A: LUONGO: "That's not a question that really needs to be addressed right now. My main concern is to stay with the Florida Panthers. Besides, at this point, it's out of my control."
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Sullivan Still In Limbo

from the Boston Globe,

Sullivan, according to a source familiar with his ongoing talks with general manager designee Peter Chiarelli, is to learn his fate by no later than this morning. The source added that the 38-year-old Sullivan, after anticipating Chiarelli would make a decision by last Friday, initiated a call to Chiarelli Tuesday night in Ottawa, and the future GM told him that he will inform him of his decision by today. ``For a lot of reasons, he'd like to know, obviously," said the source. ``He was hoping it would be handled in a timely manner." When reached via e-mail last night, Chiarelli said there would be no announcement regarding Sullivan's situation last night, ``but something probably for [tomorrow] or Saturday morning." Sullivan did not make the trip to Vancouver for this weekend's NHL draft, which in itself is a deviation from the norm. Through the years, the Bruins have always brought their coach to the draft.
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Rangers Interested In Luongo

Ted Kulfan, Wings beat writer for the Detroit News writes in today's story about the possibility of trading for Luongo,

The Wings also will have a lot of competition for Luongo. Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, Philadelphia and the New York Rangers are expected to pursue Luongo. Los Angeles and the Rangers are in much better shape under the salary cap.
First time I have heard the Rangers in the Luongo talk. Would Lundqvist be involved?

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The Talk Is…

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Here then, with no guarantee of authenticity, is some of the speculation that's making the rounds. Chris Pronger: Once again, this is a player Keenan acquired in the past. Apparently, Pronger feels that he has served his sentence in Edmonton and should be released for good -- in fact excellent -- behaviour... Rob Blake: After years of high-level, not to mention high-priced, service, Blake is leaning towards making a decision based upon quality of life. He's a free agent and there are those who believe that when Joe Sakic signed at a reasonable price this week, he did so to allow the Colorado Avalanche to keep Blake. But Blake has a fantastic home in Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles and feels that he would like to see more of it. Todd Bertuzzi: The Vancouver Canucks, current holders of the Most Disunited Dressing Room Award, want to unload him. They won't buy him out, but they would like to deal him to a team willing to take on his $5.27 million US salary.
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Brathwaite Wants A Chance

from the Ottawa Sun,

It was a rather impulsive decision that brought Fred Brathwaite to Russia, where he learned the patience to become a better goalie and to love Law and Order. Now he's back home -- among family and friends and in a beautiful house on Stonebridge Golf & Country Club that certainly puts a wide range of TV shows at his fingertips -- playing the waiting game again. "My agent has talked to probably 15 or 16 teams ... he says people are interested," the 33-year-old Nepean product explained yesterday. "But everyone wants to wait until after July 1. I'm not getting too excited ... they could be interested in 15 other goalies, too. "I want to stay. I don't want to go back to Russia."
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