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Focus On The Goalies

from the News & Observer,

Every hockey player on the ice tonight must excel in the do-or-die battle between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres. But the goalies, clutch players throughout this seven-game series, must outperform them all. That's as true for rookie Cam Ward, the likely Carolina starter, as it is for Ryan Miller, Buffalo's fresh-faced standout. And these masked men are not standard homo sapiens. If you think you could never in your wildest dreams do the things you see them doing with grace and ease ... you're right. "It would be hard to make a mediocre athlete into a great goalie. I wouldn't want to be the coach who had to try," said Marion Alexander, a professor at the University of Manitoba who researches human movement in sports.

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Sticking With Hockey Players

via the Edmonton Sun,

Picking up supermodel Rachel Hunter (Rod Stewart's ex-wife) at the International Airport on Tuesday, according to credible eyewitnesses, was Oiler Jarret Stoll. She'd be older than 23-year-old Jarret, given she graced the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover in 1989.
image Hey, isn't that Ave....

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Leafs Take A Chance

from the Toronto Sun,

Somewhere, Ed Jovanovski must be smiling. Somewhere, Zdeno Chara and Wade Redden and Nicklas Lidstrom and maybe Rob Blake -- all of them on their way to free agency -- are raising a toast in honour of the crazy contract that Bryan McCabe is about to sign with the Maple Leafs. Somewhere, they're saying, or their agents are saying, that if McCabe can get almost $6 million US a year, imagine what the best available defenceman in hockey will be worth as July 1 grows ever closer. Because Bryan McCabe isn't one of the best defenceman in hockey.

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Hockey Losing Ground

from Hour.ca,

Despite the Edmonton Oilers making it to the Stanley Cup finals, Canada's national sport is taking a swift kick in the butt, and not just because World Cup soccer begins on June 9. "One day hockey may no longer be Canada's national sport," says expert demographer Jack Jedwab, executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS). "My polls show there is no common sport any more that unites Canadians in all regions.

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Still Not Right

from the Boston Herald,

A year ago, the end of the NHL lockout was approaching and details of the league’s new economic system were trickling into public view. Analysts came to the same conclusion about the free agency period: Career reputations would be made, or destroyed, based on moves made. For those atop the Bruins’ power structure, primarily Jeremy Jacobs and Mike O’Connell, it was the latter. So for B’s fans, it’s hardly reassuring that Peter Chiarelli, officially introduced yesterday as the club’s new general manager, won’t go to work until two weeks after the opening of free agency, on or just afterJuly1.
read on

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Will Sweden Win Again

Drop The Puck. The 2006 European Table Hockey Championship begins tomorrow. image

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Where Is McKee

via WGR 550,

Paul Hamilton arrived in Raleigh Wednesday night and immediately went to work on the hot rumor about Sabres defenseman Jay McKee. Our Sabres beat reporter found out that he was not with the team Wednesday night in Carolina. Sabres team spokesman Mike Gilbert said he is "sick, but it is possible that he can come join the team for game 7."
Thanks to a KK reader for passing this on... update 9:51am, via TSN,
A team spokesman said McKee is "sick, but it is possible that he can come join the team for Game 7." McKee did not join the team as they flew to Carolina Wednesday. McKee's agent Pat Morris adds that he will try make the trip to join the team in Carolina today, but his game status it still unclear.

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Buffalo Fans Take Note

The RBC Center is among the newest sports and entertainment facilities in the United States. The NHL recognized Wake County and the Raleigh area as a great opportunity for a NHL team. Based at the RBC Center, the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes are the 2006 East Conference Champs.
I wonder if this will be changed before game time?

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Trottier Back With Islanders

from Alan Hahn of Newsday,

Bryan Trottier is finally home. The Islanders' all-time leading scorer and linchpin to their Stanley Cup dynasty in the early 1980s has returned to the franchise as executive director of player development. "This is right where I want to be," Trottier, 49, said yesterday from his home in suburban Pittsburgh. "We're on the cusp of something exciting."

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Making Money

from the CP via TSN,

League-wide revenues have remained strong throughout the course of the NHL season and will surpass initial projections by some $300 million US, players agents were told Wednesday in a meeting with the NHL Players' Association.... It's great news for the players, who will not have to pay any escrow this season as salaries will have not taken more than 54 per cent of revenues. In fact, there's a good chance owners may owe additional money back to the players once the final figures exceed $2.1 billlion. "Terrific news," said veteran agent Don Meehan of Newport Sports. "It's very positive in relation to our new system and our new CBA. The news that we got today indicates that it's a system that works. And that's a product of all the hard work from Ted and his executive board."

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