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Sharks Set Scott Thornton Free

from The San Jose Sharks,

The San Jose Sharks have elected not to exercise their team option on left wing Scott Thornton for the 2006-07 season, making the 35-year-old an unrestricted free agent. Thornton signed with the Sharks as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2000. San Jose could have claimed the option on Thornton and then moved the player for a pick, but Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson wanted to reward the veteran winger by letting him choose his next team. “I have a lot of respect for Scott and his wife Joelle,” said Wilson. “I was offered a pick (if we signed and traded him), but it was to a team he would not have wanted to go to. It’s not every player you do this for, but I have a lot of respect for him and it is how I was treated when I left Chicago. This gives him time to check out his options.”

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Daly Responds To Pound

I held off posting this yesterday, thinking the NHL may put out a release on it. But they are busy today so via TSN, Bill Daly basically says the NHL has had enough of Dick Pound.

Daly was contacted by TSN on Monday about Armstrong's request that the International Olympic Committee to force Pound, a Montreal lawyer, to quit over his handling of doping allegations against Armstrong. "We are not at all surprised by Mr. Armstrong's request given Mr. Pound's repeated instances of irresponsible behaviour and grandstanding," Daly wrote in an email to TSN. "We fully support Mr. Armstrong's plea to have the IOC hold Mr. Pound accountable for his past actions, and laud Mr. Armstrong's willingness to stand up for the rights of all of the innocent athletes who have been wrongly and unfairly disparaged by Mr. Pound."
more Also, Eric at Off Wing Opinion brings up the subject too...
In short, what we're seeing here is the NHL striking back at Pound and putting him on the PR defensive while using Armstrong and his reputation as political cover. It's all very smart, and, depending on your point of view, perhaps awfully cynical as well.

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Kings Offer For Luongo

Leafs Lunch is reporting the LA Kings have offered Mathieu Garon, Dustin Brown and Alexander Frolov for Luongo. They of course will not name a source and remember, they also reported Weight would play in game 7. So take it for what it is worth. added 12:33pm, The LA Times (reg. reg.) appears to be the source,

The Kings are believed to be discussing a multi-player package, with forwards Alexander Frolov and Dustin Brown and goaltender Mathieu Garon among the names being discussed. Dean Lombardi, the Kings' general manager, declined to comment.

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A Little Early

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, Too early to think about it? Hardly. While fans focused on the late rounds of the playoffs, NHL GMs already were busy signing their free agents and draft picks, figuring out how much room they'd have to play with under the cap, and working on their final rankings for this Saturday's Entry Draft.... Your 2006-07 Stanley Cup champs? The Buffalo Sabres. Remember, you read it here first. read on...also, I heard Ottawa is the Vegas favorite at 5-1 and Detroit at 6-1...

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In The News

James Mirtle does a fine job pointing out all of the Stanley Cup headlines. You can also see a Stanley slide show at Yahoo.

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Wings Ready To Deal

from Ansar Kahn of Mlive,

Wings general manager Ken Holland said Tuesday that he hasn't spoken to Keenan about Luongo, but will "explore any and all opportunities over the next 2-3 weeks'' in his search for a starting goalie. And he is prepared to wheel and deal this week. "I expect a lot of trade talk at the draft,'' Holland said. "Does anything happen? I don't know. I sense a lot of teams are looking to see what's out there. "It used to be our big day was July 1 (the start of free agency). Trading is a little more of an option now than it was in the past.''
read on added 10:37am, Anyone trying to figure out some of the strange actions by Mike Babcock lately?

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All Alain Vigneault

...Why, because he is the new coach of the Canucks, the next savior... VCOE put together an impressive fact thread about him.

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Right Moves Is All That Is Needed

from the Toronto Star,

The new system gives all clubs something low-revenue teams complained the old system didn't provide: the ability to compete on an even level with every team regardless of market size or revenue streams. "What's good now is that teams can retool and reload quicker than they could previously, which is good for the game," Lowe said. "You could conceivably miss the playoffs by a lot — say Chicago this year — and with a few right moves, could be in the playoffs and challenging."
more...mostly about Edmonton & Carolina...

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Ratings In Raleigh

via the News & Observer,

JUNE 14 (GAME 5) Raleigh-Durham: 19.3 (190,140 viewers) National: 2.5 (2.8 million viewers) JUNE 17 (GAME 6) Raleigh-Durham: 13.8 (135,960 viewers) National: 1.9 (2.1 million viewers) JUNE 19 (GAME 7) Raleigh-Durham: 22.8 (224,630 viewers) National: 3.3 (3.6 million viewers)
Thanks to a KK reader for passing this on...

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