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Lidstrom Price Rising

from the Detroit Free Press,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is in active pursuit of defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom. The Steve Yzerman front, however, remains quiet. Holland said Tuesday he has begun negotiations with Don Meehan, the agent for Lidstrom. The Wings had hoped to keep Lidstrom in the $7-million range, but those hopes may have been crushed last week when Tampa Bay made forward Brad Richards the second-highest paid player in the NHL at $7.8 million. The Richards signing could have repercussions throughout the league; in Lidstrom's case, it means he is likelier to cost closer to $8 million per season. "We're early in the process and I expect that we're going to have further discussions over the next couple of weeks," Holland said.
continued...more Wing UFA talk...

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Talking Sabres

Post game interview with Briere, Drury & Miller...

Q. Daniel, all you wanted was a Game 7, you got it. DANIEL BRIERE: Yeah, before the game that's all we were looking for. We wanted a chance at Game 7. It's exciting to get it done here in front of our fans. We have won over there, now we know we can win in Carolina. We played extremely well in Game 5, could have gone both ways. We're excited about going back for Game 7. Q. When did you know it was in? DANIEL BRIERE: I saw the light go on. I saw the fans kind of jumping up. I couldn't see much from the blue line. I mean, it's a heck of a feeling when you see everybody getting up in the building and the building's going nuts like that.
more in the comments section...

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Oh Fernando

from the NY Times,

There is no hint of the allegiances within, other than a "Go Oilers" placard duct-taped to the garage door. But at the kitchen table where Fernando Pisani eats his pre-game meal — Mom's penne pasta and chicken in a red sauce — Cosimo and Maria Pisani ponder the improbability of a son of Italian immigrants becoming the hometown hero of a rejuvenated Canadian city and its favorite hockey team.
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Gretzky Returning To Coyotes

via TSN,

The Phoenix Coyotes are set to announce on Wednesday that Wayne Gretzky will return next season as head coach. Gretzky and the Coyotes have been negotiating on a new contract that would keep him behind the bench for the next few seasons.

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Being Stanley

Once upon a time he was an over-weight trophy in a trailer park, with dreams of greatness. In five awesome animations, BeingStanley.com charts the Stanley Cup's rise from freakishly large misfit to the greatest trophy of them all. Great animation, a must see for any NHL fan. image

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OLN Has Made Tremendous Strides

from Philly News,

Flyers chairman Ed Snider was chatting on the telephone Saturday night and watching the Outdoor Life Network as he talked. What was on? Hockey, what else? "Anaheim just scored," he said, announcing the Mighty Ducks' first and only goal in a game that Edmonton would win to capture the Western Conference. OLN carried the game, as it has a majority of them all year, and in Snider's assessment the unwanted league and unknown network have wound up making a pretty good team. "Fact is, the ratings on ESPN initially would have been higher," Snider said later on in the conversation. "But I think the network has made tremendous strides throughout the season.
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Numminen Changes Tune

from the CP via the Toronto Star,

A day after head coach Lindy Ruff described him as doubtful, Teppo Numminen of the Buffalo Sabres was hopeful to finally dress for Tuesday night's Game 6 of the NHL's Eastern Conference final. "I think we're at 80-20," the veteran defenceman said after the pre-game skate, when asked whether he was 50-50 to play. "It felt good this morning. We're going to push it a little more in the warmup tonight and hopefully everything goes well and I'll be able to play."
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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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