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The “GraveDigger”

from Randy Schultz of NHL.com,

As Hebner turns a corner, he runs into Hurricanes President and GM, Jim Rutheford. As the two exchange greetings, Hebner smiles at the Carolina GM. "I remember shooting pucks at you," joked Hebner, now in his fifth year as a batting coach for the Triple A Durham Bulls. "And I think I beat you a few times too. "You've really put a great team together down here. This is a team that could go all the way." Although his first love is baseball, a sport he has been involved with professionally for nearly four decades, hockey is a very close second.
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From Baseball Writer To Director Of Hockey Operations

via the Pioneer Press,

The Wild have hired Boston Globe baseball reporter Chris Snow as director of hockey operations, the NHL team announced today. Snow, 24, has covered the Boston Red Sox since 2005 for the Globe and will leave the paper later this summer, according to the Globe. Snow covered the Wild during the 2003-04 season for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune before going to the Globe.
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Rules To Think About

from the Globe and Mail,

Burke would like to see even further changes in the NHL game, with a little more tweaking of the rules here and there. For instance: delay-of-game calls on players in the defending zone for clearing the puck into the stands. "There needs to be some kind of an exception to this rule when you're killing a penalty," Burke said, noting the huge increase in five-on-three power play opportunities, often when there's a delay called. The other area Burke would change is the length of penalties called in overtime during the regular season. He figures a two-minute penalty in a five-minute period just doesn't make sense, especially when it results in a four-on-three power play. "We should have a one minute penalty at best, or maybe just 40 seconds," he said. "The conversion rate on four-on-three power plays is dramatically higher than the conversation ratio on five-on-four power plays. "I really don't know why we're doing it this way. This is one of the areas of the game where we can improve things."
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Two Week Party

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

The parking lot tailgating in Raleigh, N.C., which might precede a Stanley Cup celebration Wednesday night, should be inspiration for the NHL. Make the Stanley Cup finals a party. A bacchanal. A convention. A forum for promotion. A celebration of the sport, and even of a league, that at times seems as if it expects potential fans to be able to offer the correct password at the door. (Imagine NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in the remake of "Horse Feathers." He could repeat Chico Marx's line to Groucho's replacement, who is struggling with remembering the password. "You can't come in here unless you say 'Swordfish,'" says Bettman, before adding: "Now, I'll give you one more guess.")
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“Don’t Believe Everything You Read”

That my friends is a quote from Dwayne, you know the guy formerly known as Eklund. Now if he would only believe what he says. added 4:00pm, Hmmm, Jes at Hockey Rants has a "tough" decision to make.

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Talking #1

from the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch,

"There's a big price that's paid when you're picking (at No. 1)," Blues general manager Larry Pleau said. "But if you're down there, and that is where the franchise is at, you do the things that are necessary to get the franchise back moving in the right direction. And this is one big piece of it." The Blues probably have decided whom they will take with the No. 1 pick. Trading the choice is a possibility. But with the team enduring such a horrific season, and with a new owner taking over soon, the prestige of picking No. 1 is thought to be the crown jewel in the transformation process. But what will the No. 1 selection really mean to the floundering organization, and how long will it be before this player is suited up at Savvis Center?
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Nagy Wants To Stay In Phoenix

via the Arizona Republic,

Ladislav Nagy, the Coyotes' primary scoring threat the past two seasons and one of the keys to their plan to rebuild , wants to sign a multiyear contract before next season. " 'Laddy' would like to stay in Phoenix, long term," Matt Keator, the left wing's agent, said Tuesday. Nagy, who notched 56 points and a career-high 41 assists in 51 games last season before undergoing knee surgery, can become a restricted free agent on July 1.

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Devils Coach Compared To Lemaire

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

A key question is the style of play Julien will employ in relation to traditional, defense-first, Devils hockey. “The approach of this hockey club is a perfect fit for me,” said Julien. Julien‘s appointment follows weeks of speculation during which names such as MacLean, Pat Quinn, Lemaire and Brian Sutter were bruited about. When all was said and done Julien was Lou’s choice because, as the boss put it, “we have a similar philosophy.” My personal take is that Julien – while not a household name – will make an excellent leader. It reminds me of the hiring of Jacques Lemaire which surprised a lot of people. But when all was said and done, Lemaire turned out to be a winner Julien will be likewise.
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Where To Party?

from the News & Observer,

Should the Carolina Hurricanes win the Cup, they'll take a victory lap later around the RBC Center parking lot in a daytime celebration, the city and the Centennial Authority said Tuesday. But Cup fever aside, that idea fell flat for some fans, who thought any celebration ought to have the Raleigh skyline as a backdrop. "If you win the main prize, you've got to have the parade downtown," Jerry Thompson, a fan in Roanoke Rapids, said in an interview. "The arena is really the runner-up venue. That's where you have the parade if you don't win."
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Cherry & MacLean Still Thinking Old Game

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Don Cherry, the populist voice for those who yearn for the dismissed days of scrums, scraps and unregulated hand-to-hand combat on ice, barked his disfavour. "Stupid rule," he said loudly as passengers boarding an Air Canada flight yesterday morning for Toronto craned their necks to learn the target of Cherry's unmistakeable thundering. That target, although those marvelling at Cherry's celebrity might have been unable to identify him, was league refereeing commander Stephen Walkom.... Cherry and MacLean, the signature voices of CBC's Hockey Night In Canada, refuse to acknowledge the spectacular improvements in the game that have culminated with this rip-roaring, hard-hitting and exciting Cup final between Carolina and Edmonton. That the league has simply ignored each and every one of their complaints has only, it would seem, infuriated the standard bearers for the old NHL more and more.
more added 8:13am, from Willian Houston of the Globe and Mail,
MacLean's railing against the new NHL started before the 2005-06 season began and it hasn't stopped. That's why Campbell asked to appear on the show. He accused MacLean of "killing" the referees. The interview quickly turned into an argument, but it was helpful in illustrating MacLean's preoccupation with officiating and, frankly, the weaknesses of his arguments. MacLean, a former amateur referee, started by knocking a holding call made by referee Bill McCreary on Edmonton Oilers defenceman Matt Greene late in the second period of Game 4. (McCreary spoke out against MacLean, before the playoffs, for his on-going criticisms of referees.) What was Greene supposed to do? MacLean asked Campbell, "let [the opposing player] go by, I guess." No, Campbell said. Greene should have kept both hands on his stick and then turned to establish position. If he couldn't do it, well, he could take a penalty.
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