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Interest In Bringing The NHL To Vegas

from the Las Vegas Sun,

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman might very well be the city's No. 1 cheerleader, but his civic rah-rahs were a little overzealous earlier this week, in the eyes of some members of a task force charged with evaluating the possibility of a new events arena.... He announced that he had received proposals from two groups interested in building a new arena in Las Vegas with private money and bringing an NHL hockey team to town. "I have received two overtures from very substantial folks with all sorts of money," Goodman said. "These are serious, serious people. They've been involved with projects of a like nature."
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Russians May Not Be Able To Play In Moscow

from Reuters via Yahoo,

NHL Russian players could be prevented from competing in next year's world championship in Moscow if a new transfer agreement is not in place, the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) said on Saturday. "There is a danger that if we do not find an agreement with (NHL commissioner) Gary Bettman, Russian players will not be allowed to play in Russia next year," said IIHF president Rene Fasel. "But I am thinking positive and we will find a way."
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The Friend

I thought Elisha Cuthbert and her "friend" had broken up. Maybe so, but they could still be friends couldn't they? VCOE has been busy digging up the dirt. Oh yea, while there, check out what they did to Chelios. image Heck, while we are on the subject, I can now understand the options Petr Nedved had, win or go home. I think I would choose go home too. image

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Canes Fans Don’t Deserve This

from the Buffalo News,

In order to appreciate the true value of a professional sports title, you should endure a certain amount of pain and keep coming back. Yeah, the Hurricanes lost in the 2002 Stanley Cup finals. It might actually mean something if half the fans in Raleigh remembered who won the Cup that year. Let me put it this way: Does the name Steve Yzerman ring a bell? OK, how about Scotty Bowman? In Buffalo, yes. In Carolina, uh, no. Good luck finding one Carolina fan who can recall a single moment from a Hurricanes' game when they played in Greensboro, other than the mascot nearly suffocating in the zamboni. The franchise might have appreciated the return of Ron Francis, but how many fans truly understood how much "Franchise" meant in Hartford? And that's the problem with these other cities.
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Motivating Factors

from the NY Times,

On one side is the coach of the United States hockey team, which won only one game at the Turin Olympics. On the other is the goalie who was not allowed to contribute. At different times, for different reasons, the flame consumed them both. The Olympics reminded Peter Laviolette what it felt like to lose in front of the world. They reminded Ryan Miller what it felt like to be excluded from a dream club. And now that the stakes are similar in the Stanley Cup playoffs — with the hockey world watching and the field narrowing— neither wants to duplicate his Olympic experience.
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Melynk’s Message To Sens Fans

from the Ottawa Senators,

I have to admit that a lot of my thinking has changed in the last week. In business, I take a very clinical approach to decisions. But this last week has been clouded with raw emotion over our devastating early loss in the playoffs.... We need to stop fearing the playoffs. We need to stop thinking that history is against us. We need to re-energize this team and ignite the spark that's going to keep our edge in close third periods and win those overtime games. We need to make some changes, but remind ourselves that at one point, we were THE elite team this season. We need to think how we are going to win and win right through to the end.
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Everyone Blocks Shots

from the Buffalo News,

"All season long," Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder said, "we've been chirping on guys, "Hey, we have to block shots.' " The message is everywhere. The Sabres have used 21 skaters during the playoffs, and while some blocks may have been accidental, all 21 have blocked at least one shot. "I think it's more contagious when one person blocks a shot," Sabres forward Derek Roy said. "It pretty much forces everybody else to block a shot instead of pulling up or doing the flamingo or whatever. It seems like everybody wants to win on this team, and blocking shots is a huge part of that."
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Engblom Going To OLN Full Time

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Analyst Brian Engblom will leave the Blue Jackets’ television booth to take a job with the Outdoor Life Network, the rights holder for NHL telecasts in the United States. "I haven’t signed on the dotted line yet, but (OLN) has given me an offer so good, I really can’t refuse," Engblom said yesterday.
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Thank You Revenue Sharing

from the Tennessean,

The good news for Predators fans is that despite the higher payroll, the team is still likely to receive millions of dollars worth of revenue-sharing money from the league this summer. The team won't have an exact figure until later in the offseason, but it's expected to be in the millions. In fact, the anticipation of the revenue-sharing money has already made an impact on the team's finances. "Our payroll increased by a little over $5 million from 2003-04 to this year, but ultimately — when all is said and done — we'll lose less money this year than we did in 03-04," Lang said. "So we're going in the right direction. Revenue sharing has certainly put us in a much stronger position."
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The Look Alike

from the News & Observer,

The aggressive, attacking style of play. The contender built on a small-market budget. The team no one picked to make the playoffs. The rookie goalie. The coach-of-the-year finalist behind the bench. Right down to the red, white and black uniforms, it's hard to tell the two Eastern Conference finalists apart without a program or an electron microscope. "We got to wear shorts to the rink the last two months?" Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Aaron Ward mused, searching desperately for differences.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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