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from the CP via Slam,
Hundreds of Canadian hockey fans made the trek south to cheer on the Oilers, who were attempting to become the first Canadian team in 13 years to win the Stanley Cup. Some got great seats with free tickets to the big game by purchasing 2006-2007 Carolina Hurricanes season tickets for $800. Russ Boghean of Ardossan, Alta., was getting into a loud pre-game mood wearing an orange rubber head cover with short spikes. His trip was a Father's Day gift. He and Al Stafford of Sherwood Park, Alta., flew in via Denver, Las Vegas and Orlando. Blake McGrath of Sherwood Park was with them. He'd arrived via Seattle and Atlanta.more
A source close to the Panthers says general manager Mike Keenan has begun the process of investigating what Luongo's market value is. The Vancouver Canucks will provide the most fodder for the rumour mill with Dan Cloutier and Todd Bertuzzi already speculated to be a part of any deal. The Toronto Maple Leafs, desperately in need of goaltending, will most certainly make a play. However, the team that comes up with the magic formula will do so at a stiff price.
The NHL Players Association is telling its' membership that the NHL salary cap will rise to a maximum of approximately $44 million per team next season. In a message posted on the players' only website known as ''The Source,'' the NHLPA says the salary cap will range from a minimum of $28 million per team up to $44 million. The message says the figures are approximate, but close to what the final numbers will be.
Paris Hilton swears she’s not looking for love – but did she find a little bit of lovin’ in Toronto? The actress/singer seemed quite taken by Colorado Avalanche goalie Jose Theodore at a party following the MuchMusic Video Awards. Witnesses say Hilton, 25, chatted and held hands with Theodore, a 29-year-old native of Laval, Quebec, at the Courthouse in Toronto before leaving together. The pair showed up at the Ultra club and partied until the wee hours of the morning.added 5:44pm, You can check out the pictures too...the page is ok, the rest may be NSFW...
via James Mirtle, The Fan 590 in Toronto is reporting McCabe will sign with the Leafs in the next few days. The delay was caused by health issues within his family.
Game 6 of the SCF received a prime time rating of 2.1/ 4 and a 1.2/ 5 among adults 18-49 from 8-11 p.m.
Leafs Lunch reporting Weight in tonight. added 1:57pm, from the morning skate at ESPN,
Russo: Could you imagine if Weight plays tonight? Burnside We have two words for Doug Weight; Ethan Moreau. Actually four words, Ethan Moreau, Raffi Torres. Burnside: Here's the thing about the Doug Weight mystery. Do you think the Edmonton Oilers care at all if the Canes use a center with a gimpy shoulder or not? The answer is no. They do not care. What is a given is that, like Erik Cole on Saturday, if Weight plays he will be punished.
Have your non-hockey fans read this. from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
I have no idea who will win tonight's Game 7 showdown between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Edmonton Oilers for the Stanley Cup, but I do know one thing: this is why we watch. Think about it, is there a more compelling battle for a championship then what we've witnessed so far? I admit to a fairly large hockey bias, but I truly don't see this kind of intensity in the NBA Final, a series where the only compelling interest seems to be whether or not Mark Cuban, a brash owner from Dallas, or Shaquille O'Neal will win another title with a subplot regards whether or not O'Neal will make his free throws. Baseball, don't even go there. The Super Bowl? The ones I remember best where the handful of contests that weren't blowouts or repeats of an in-season meeting when the two teams played each other sometimes just weeks before the "big game". Hockey? OK, I'll concede that few people in the United States are watching, but you can't convince me that the NHL hasn't won over at least a few thousand new fans via the games the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes have played so far.continued
Q. Did you see their skate at all? Doug Weight was on the ice. What did you think? And do you think he will play tonight? Is he a Larry Murphy decoy? COACH MacTAVISH: Tell me the Larry Murphy story. He might play too? (Laughter) I hope he does. He hasn't played in a couple of years. I have no idea. I think it would be tough. Whenever you see a guy in a sling, you know, 48 hours earlier, you would think it would be difficult. But you know, they saved the horse in that race, Barbaro, whenever he might run again, I don't know. Q. All those months just in the back, what can you say to a team at this point going into Game 7 that you haven't said already at some point? Anything more to be said? COACH MacTAVISH: I think it is just important to keep your routine the same, and we have been able to do that through these Playoffs. And today we have kept the routine the same. It is a little different because, you know, it's your last morning skates and last pre-game meeting, all that sorts of stuff. So just really keep the focus on what you have done well, what you need to prevent, what you need to accomplish in the game. Not get, you know, not try and take a scatter gun approach to the game where you try and talk about too many things. Focus in on three or four areas on both sides of the puck and try and accomplish those things. If you do that, you should be able to win the game. But just keep the routine the same.more in comments...and anyone know the Larry Murphy story...
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
A new poll suggests Canadian hockey fans are overwhelmingly happy that the NHL is throwing the rulebook at its players. The survey by Decima Research, conducted June 15-18 in the heat of the Edmonton Oilers-Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup final, gave a Don Cherry-esque two thumbs up to the rule changes. By a margin of more than three to one, respondents said the changes made the game more appealing, compared to those who felt it detracted.cotninued
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