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The Travels Of A Hockey Scout

from the Sun-Sentinel,

The draft nears. The road calls. The chase resumes. The sport-utility vehicle barrels off Montreal's Marriott Chateau Champlain property, up Highway 20 along the south side of the St. Lawrence River, past snowmobile trails and the CCM warehouse, bound for Drummondville. The phone chirps. The passenger adjusts his earpiece to receive a most anticipated report.
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Sens Health Report

from the Ottawa Sun,

..."We don't know when I'm going to be ready to play," said Chara, who suffered the damage while slugging the Penguins' Eric Cairns last Tuesday. "As soon as it feels good enough, I'll let you guys know. Right now, it's still not good enough." Goalie Dominik Hasek, who has been sidelined 1 1/2 months with a strained adductor muscle, is at least talking about returning to practice in pads sometime this week. "I plan to put the equipment on ... not practise with the team, but put the whole gear on," he said. "Maybe I'll practice. Who knows."

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Burke Believes In His Plan

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Brian Burke came to Anaheim with a plan and he wasn't going to scrap it when the Mighty Ducks' locker-room chemistry was slow to develop or when the rest of the West seemed to be sprinting away. The Duck general manager says he believes in his team and his strategy as strongly today, with the Ducks in fifth place in the conference, as he did on Jan. 13, when the team hit a low point of eight points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. "The blueprint that we're following is not a new blueprint," he said. "I did the same thing in Vancouver.
read on (reg. req.)...plus more informantion on the NHLPA and Saskin...

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Bad ‘Break’ For Allison

As mentioned last night, Jason Allison is out with a broken hand and will lose some money because of it...Keep in mind he has 17G-43A-60PTS from the Toronto Star,

The Leafs signed Allison Aug.5 to a one-year deal with a base salary of $1.5 million (all figures U.S.) plus bonus clauses that would take the total value of the contract to $4.5 million. The bonuses clicked in at 70 points and 75 games, and would have totalled $3 million. Allison started earning $222,222 at 35 games, with that figure growing incrementally every five games. In addition, Allison would have had to hit the target of .65 points per game in order to collect. At the 75-game plateau, he would have collected $2 million. The 70-point plateau was worth $1 million. Unfortunately for Allison, he had been on pace to easily reach the bonus plateaus in his contract.

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The Maven- Your Link To The Rink

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago that Pierre (The Mouth) McGuire was dissing the Lightning’s chances. Something about John Tortorella not getting along with John Grahame. We’ve got news for McGuire: Goalie and coach don’t have to get along as long as Grahame stops pucks and Tampa keeps winning! -There’s one aspect of the refs-linesmen new deal that bugs us. Starting next season, helmets will be mandatory for all on-ice officials. That means we won’t be able to see Kerry Fraser’s well-coiffed mane; and that will be missed! By the way, visors will be mandatory for all incoming refs and linesmen in 2007-2008.
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Upgrading The Leafs

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

When the wreckage of this season finally settles in the next three weeks, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson will canvass his most trusted advisers for their advice on next season. However, my schedule during National Hockey League playoffs is uncertain at this point, so I'll offer my advice to Ferguson now, just in case I won't be available that week. In general terms, Ferguson has to look at three things: upgrading the forwards as a group, but, most of all, finding at least one winger who can play with Mats Sundin; signing at least one big-name free-agent defenceman so that the Leafs' good young blueline prospects will have veteran leadership to lean on; and settling the goaltending situation.

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Injury Updates

via the AP,

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Allison is out indefinitely because of a broken bone in his hand, the team said Monday. Allison, injured Saturday night against Montreal, has 17 goals and 43 assists in 66 games this season. Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina left the Lightning's game Monday night against the Carolina Hurricanes because of a lower-body injury. His absence left the Lightning even more short-handed on the blue line because Dan Boyle didn't even dress. He hurt his right ankle Saturday night against the New York Rangers, and is listed as day to day.

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Hordichuk Suspended For Three Games

via the NHL,

Nashville Predators forward Darcy Hordichuk has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of an altercation during NHL game #1057 against the Los Angeles Kings on March 25. Hordichuk was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and a misconduct for an incident that occurred at 5:08 of the second period when he initiated an altercation with the Kings' George Parros. Hordichuk will miss games at Phoenix March 28, versus Detroit March 30 and versus St. Louis April 1. He will be eligible to return April 3 against Columbus.

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NHLPA Split On Cap Figure

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It's possible the free-agency period will be delayed more than a week from July 1 to allow the NHL Players' Association to discuss the merits of having the salary cap grow to about $46 million or to stay around $43 million to expose players to fewer losses if revenues don't keep pace with salaries. League sources told ESPN.com that it's believed the NHL will agree to extend the start of the free-agency period to somewhere around July 12 to allow players to fully discuss the issue.
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Buy A Piece Of The Soo

from Soo Today,

One of Sault Ste. Marie’s most treasured landmarks, the Memorial Gardens, is scheduled to be torn down in the coming months, and fans are being offered one last chance to purchase a piece of local history. Sault Ste. Marie hockey fans and the sentimental alike will appreciate news that preparations are being made to sell the Memorial Gardens seats, offering an opportunity to permanently own a piece of the landmark.
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