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Home Grown Talent

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

When the Dallas Stars first moved to Big D from Minnesota in 1993, David McKee's father Carl bought season tickets. The night of the Stars' first home game, 10-year-old McKee refused to go. "I wanted to hang out with my friends," the native of Midland, Texas, recalled. But his dad kept pestering him and essentially dragged young David to the second home game. It turned out to be a life-altering event for a young man who is now a shining example of how non-traditional hockey markets can, indeed, grow their own.

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Sabres Dman Out With Broken Arm

from the CP & TSN,

Sabres defenceman Henrik Tallinder has a broken left arm and will miss the rest of the playoffs. Coach Lindy Ruff announced the news following practice Thursday, a day after Tallinder was hurt in Buffalo's 4-3 win over Carolina in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference final series.

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Savard To Test Free Agency Market

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Marc Savard will explore the unrestricted free agent market according to his agent, meaning the Thrashers could lose their top center without compensation. Savard's agent, Larry Kelly, and Thrashers general manager Don Waddell agreed the team would not take advantage of its exclusive negotiating rights, which expire at midnight July 1. Nonetheless, Kelly emphasized Savard's affinity for the team. "It doesn't mean Marc will not sign in Atlanta, it's just to get an indication of value," Kelly said. "As to whether he will stay in Atlanta or whether another opportunity will carry the day, he loves it there, he loves the coach [Bob Hartley]. There's a good possibility he'll sign in Atlanta. But we will have a look at what's out there on July 1."
continued (reg. req.)

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Tocchet & Jones-Gretzky Plan To Sue

from 1010 Wins,

Wayne Gretzky's wife and an NHL assistant coach are planning to sue New Jersey for $50 million each. Attorneys for Janet Jones and Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet say the state defamed them by releasing evidence from confidential wiretaps.

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Report- Shero New GM For Pens

via Sportsnet,

Ray Shero will be announced as the next general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sportsnet has learned.

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from the News & Observer,

Davis Jones thinks historical figures should be honored, not used to hustle another Stanley Cup run by the Carolina Hurricanes. Angered by the oversized Canes jerseys stitched in place on four larger-than-life statues at the state Capitol, Jones grabbed a utility knife Wednesday morning and slashed the garments off the monuments for President Andrew Jackson and Gov. Zebulon Vance, the state's chief executive during the Civil War. "That's not the purpose of state monuments, to make them mannequins for a fleeting sports event," said Jones, 49, a small-business owner, consultant and carpenter from Raleigh.
continued I say assign the case to Deputy Fife!

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Voice Of Flames HHOF Bound

from the Calgary Sun,

Yeah, baby - Peter Maher is going to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The voice of the Calgary Flames, with his trademark "Yeah, Baby!" will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 13 in Toronto as the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner.
continued image update 2:14pm, Press release from HHOF. Also, Scotty Morrison will also receive a distinguished writing award.

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New Candidate For Bruins GM

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The GM's job with the Bruins has taken a strange twist and Senators assistant GM Peter Chiarelli has emerged as the front-runner. While Boston offered the post to Nashville assistant GM Ray Shero, he walked away from talks yesterday because they couldn't agree on a deal. Sources say talks between Senators president Roy Mlakar and Bruins executive VP Charlie Jacobs heated up yesterday to free Chiarelli from the final two years of his contract.

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Ruff & Laviolette After The Game

Q. You challenged the Briere line and they answered the bell. COACH LINDY RUFF: I thought he had a real good night for us in all areas. And if we're going to win, they need to play like that. It was great to see -- I thought the whole team really bounced back with a solid effort. Q. Is that what you told them yesterday when you pulled them aside, your best players have to play like your best players? COACH LINDY RUFF: Pretty well, that they got outplayed, that we need them to outplay the opposition if we're going to have success. I think part of it was we talked about offense and part of it is responsibility when we're playing defense, too. Q. Yesterday Coach Ruff challenged the Briere, Hecht Dumont line to be more effective in today's game. From your perspective talk about what it was like to try and contain them shift by shift? COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE: Well, they scored some goals, so the second period we weren't very good, offensive or defensively or with our discipline. Second period really did us in tonight. I thought we played a real good road period in the first period and the third period I thought that we got going, but the second period cost us. more in the comment section of this post... I am not sure if the NHL has done this before, but after the game, they streamed the post game interviews from their homepage at NHL.com. The interviews can be watched and a very cool section of the video is the goals scored last night. You can watch them all from different angles, with no commentary, so you can hear the on-ice action, etc... That part starts at the 36:30 mark of the video.

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Talking OLN-HD

Pretty enjoyable game tonight. You can say this about the game, Canes didn't lose, they just ran out of time. Sabres were hanging on in the end and looked completely gassed. I would like to get your views on the OLN presentation of the game, especially the HD viewers. I thought Doc sounded a little congested tonight, his voice became raspy as the game went on. Olczyk did a very good job as the color man. It looks like Chicago made the right decision in hiring him for next year. The picture quality was very good in HD. I was watching on INHD via Comcast in the Detroit area. Sound problems all night long. No center channel for me, the left front speaker was the source for the voices tonight. Also, when the camera in the corners was used, the picture actually switched to SD, with the sidebars appearing. OLN needs to make the team logos smaller thus allowing the score bar to be moved to the very top of the screen and they need to stop running promos while the game is being played. Those promos interfere with the picture and is very annoying. Hopefully, they have learned some valuable lessons and their broadcasts will improve next year. I also noticed the away team goal horn was non-existent tonight. Instead, the score bar flashed about five times when a team scored. I understand the game was finally available in HD for Dish subscribers but Directv viewers filed complaints that they lost the HD signal during the game. Your opinions are much appreciated here, and maybe OLN is monitoring this post.

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