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NHL Disappearing

from the Delco Times,

Does anyone out there have an extra clue to spare, because someone needs to send one to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman post-haste? The NHL is in nuclear winter when it comes to this postseason. And it’s a shame really, because the quality of play has been superb. Bettman promised that the "new" NHL would catch on like wildfire and the people would embrace it and love it. And sure, Bettman and his cronies in the league office can stand behind attendance figures that were the best the league has ever seen, but the reality of those numbers still points to more disinterest in the game
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Newark Mayor Will Challenge Arena

from Black Athlete Sports,

Looks like Booker fortunately is singing a different tune to the rip-off Hockey perpetuated on Newark. A new arena deal that is likely to cost Newark $300 Million for a team and a sport few Newark residents will ever see the inside of and couldn't care less about. For a sport they are as likely to see a Black player in one of those games at the Newark Hockey Taj Mahal as winning the big prize in the New Jersey lottery. Newark needs NHL hockey like it needs a Category 5 hurricane.
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Numminen Doubtful

from the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),

It looks like the daily speculation about the Buffalo Sabres' walking wounded is over, which is not a good thing for them. The hope that defenceman Teppo Numminen will return from his groin-hip flexor injury faded yesterday. The team did not practise on Monday and he did not make himself available to reporters, but head coach Lindy Ruff made it clear he is unlikely to play on Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
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Self Interview

Christy at Behind the Jersey interviews someone close to her heart.

Q. – What first attracted you to the sport of hockey? At first, it was probably wanting to spend time with my Dad and he always followed the team especially come playoff time. I enjoyed the action of the game and you can't beat the fighting. Especially when the blood is spilling at a Wings vs. Avs game. My first years as a fan were spent in the height of the rivalry - I don't know hockey without it.
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Conn Smythe Worthy

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

The NHL is the only major sport that gets it right. The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded to the MVP of the entire playoffs, not just the final series. To give an MVP award solely based on one game or one series seems short-sighted and silly. o, be thankful the NHL gets it right and rewards two months' worth of excellence, not a week's worth. The Stanley Cup is the ultimate reward, but the Conn Smythe is validation of showing up in the most important games. A cool looking trophy that says, "I was the best in the games that mattered the most." Here are the players who still have a shot to have that trophy.
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What’s In A Name

from the News & Observer,

Traditional monikers are mired in the modern-day culture war -- Redskins, Braves, Indians, Seminoles. Other labels make little geographical, cultural or biological sense -- Lakers for arid Los Angeles, Jazz in a city surrounded by Mormons, Panthers in a Southern state not particularly noted for such elusive predators. Caniacs don't have to swallow such indignities. The tag for the object of their maniacal devotion -- Hurricanes -- sounds right and feels right for a franchise known for heart-stopping, force-of-nature comebacks.
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Adored In Edmonton

from the OC Register via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

Last Tuesday evening, a fellow took a WestJet flight from Montreal to Edmonton. It's an airline with a TV at each seat. The flight coincided with Game 3 of the Oilers-Mighty Ducks series. The plane was full. The fellow looked around, walked up and down. Every screen but one was showing the hockey. The only one that didn't showed ''American Idol.'' Yeah, there are days when you do feel like you're in the wrong country. This series featured teams from neighboring nations, but faraway hockey planets. Orange County, or least a 17,174 person chunk of it, got excited about the Western finals on game nights. Edmonton counted the seconds until faceoff every day. The noise in Edmonton was overwhelming and was produced mostly by human beings. The noise in Anaheim was intermittent and was prompted largely by a scoreboard.
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SCF Start Date

via the Toronto Star,

Nothing has been officially announced, but the television networks have been told that the Stanley Cup final will begin one week from today in either Carolina or Buffalo. Despite the fact that the Western Conference final is over and the Eastern final may end as early as tomorrow, it's believed that the NHL is pandering to the wishes of NBC, who don't pick up the final until Game 3.Under the format, it's believed the final will open with Games 1 and 2 next Monday and Wednesday in either Carolina or Buffalo. The series then shifts to Edmonton for Games 3 and 4, June 10 and 12.
FYI, CBC mentioned either Saturday or Monday as the start date for the Finals.

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They Still Won

from the blog of Ron Francis,

Well, if I'm going to be totally honest with you I must say that tonights game was not at all what I expected. I really thought that after the last game the Canes were ready to make a big statement tonight at the RBC in front of the home fans. I thought they would come out flying and most likely have the game and series in control by the end of the first period. So much for my thoughts. I didn't think the Canes played as well as they are capable of. They seemed to not be skating as well as usual. I'm not sure if that had to do with understanding the importance of winning this game, or having the same thoughts I was having about Buffalo really being in a tough position with 3 top defenseman out as well as a top forward, and having to come to Raleigh for game 5.
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Will JSG Move

from Spector at Fox Sports,

Despite the club's surprising success, Burke will undoubtedly spend the summer looking for ways to improve his roster. One determining factor in how much change comes to the Ducks depends on how much ownership is willing to spend. The team began the season nudging the $39 million cap ceiling, but the savvy Burke managed to pare that down to just over $34 million by the end of the season.... One way Burke could free up payroll space could be trading veteran goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who has one season remaining on his contract at $3.9 million. Bryzgalov's strong play during the season and in the playoffs made "Giggy" the subject of trade rumors for months, which aren't likely to die down in the off-season. Several teams, including the Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues, are believed to be in the market for a quality starting goalie and may have interest in Giguere.
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