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Any Oiler Want To Guarantee A Victory

from Canada.com,

Georges Laraque speaks his mind and, occasionally, speaks as if he has lost his mind. But not even Laraque would stand and deliver what this playoff series really needed Tuesday -- a Game 6 guarantee. He wanted no part of mimicking Joe Namath before Super Bowl III or Mark Messier on the eve of Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Final. He really didn't want to be Rasheed Wallace before the Pistons lost to the Cavaliers earlier this week. At this point, not even Rasheed Wallace wants to be Rasheed Wallace. "Even if I was drunk or my life depended on it, I would never make a prediction like that," laughed Laraque.
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Willing To Help OLN

Loose Change of the Hockey News offers some suggestions for OLN:

Drinking Games. College kids are the hardest to attract and the most desirable to advertisers. Want to increase your frat share? Try talking in their language. (Announcer): Remember everybody, you can only chug when your team goes offside. If you accidentally chug for the wrong team, you must do another shot and hold your breath until the next commercial. If the next commercial is a beer ad you must keep doing shots until your team goes offside again, in which case you will chug twice as a penalty. Speaking of penalties…You get the picture.
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Eric Cole Not Sure About Return

from Cox News Service via the Daily Sentinel,

The neck brace that Cole was wearing just 10 days ago, when he appeared to large cheers on the RBC Center video screen during Game 1 of the New Jersey series, is for the most part gone. He still must wear it at night, when sleeping. Doctors took additional X-rays Monday and Cole expects the results of those today. From those, he'll sit down and talk with his doctors about where to go from here in the rehabilitation process. He hasn't laced up a pair of skates yet but has been working in the weight room and on exercise equipment. "I think we've done a good job of getting that base of conditioning," Cole said. As to whether he could return during the Stanley Cup finals, Cole isn't sure. "There's always hope," Cole said. "The chance to come back would be very exciting."
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Shero Could Be Bruins Next GM

from the Boston Herald,

Ray Shero looks more and more like the Bruins’ choice to be their next general manager. The 43-year-old former Ottawa (six years) and Nashville (eight years) assistant GM seems to have emerged from a pack of legitimate contenders with the B’s expected to name their man within the next two weeks. “I keep hearing it’s Shero as the leading candidate,” said one reliable league source. “I think they want to go with the younger guy. It sounds as though (executive vice president) Charlie Jacobs is very active in this. I certainly doubt that he and (president) Harry (Sinden) are on the same page, but Harry is certainly involved.
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Horcoff Produces

from the National Post,

With two teachers for parents, it was a given that Shawn was going to college, and he didn't just go to Michigan State to eat his lunch. He listened, and learned, and what the Edmonton Oilers got, when he finally turned pro two years after they drafted him 99th overall in 1998, was an adult, not a boy, well on his way to being a complete hockey player. As the Oilers' run through the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs has progressed, the 27-year-old Horcoff -- a workout fanatic with a powerful build, quick feet and a fiendish work ethic -- has been one of the most productive players in their lineup.
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The Ice Maker

from the News & Observer,

"It gets boring sometimes," said RBC Center building superintendent Donnie MacMillan. "It's my choice, but it does get lonely, you know. How many episodes of 'Law & Order' can you watch?" But MacMillan, one of two men who drives the ice-resurfacing machine -- it's an Olympia, but everyone calls it a Zamboni -- at Hurricanes games, embraces the life because he's working the ice. It's what he has been doing at rinks in Connecticut and North Carolina for 24 years. He has been living in his motor home for nine years, since the NHL's Hartford Whalers moved, first to Greensboro and then to Raleigh. The camper was simply a convenience early on. Not wanting to give up his home in Connecticut during the team's move in 1997, MacMillan asked whether he could park his motor home near the Greensboro Coliseum. Dave Olsen, now the RBC Center general manager and MacMillan's boss with the Whalers and Hurricanes, said sure.
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It’s An Opportunity

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

It's an old metal door which looks a little out of place inside the modern-day dressing room with that double wide giant copper Oilers logo to walk through every night. It's the old metal blue dressing room door with big dents from players whacking sticks at it on their way back into the room after losses all those long ago seasons. On the door are stickers. One sticker for every playoff win and five Stanley Cup stickers at the end of the longest rows. It's the next sticker that's the stickler. One more sticker to get to the Western Conference Final. And the Edmonton Oilers can almost lick the back of it as they lick their lips to go get it. "It's an opportunity. That's our mantra,'' said Ethan Moreau. "We have a chance to do something great.''
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It’s A Canadian Thing

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

More than ever before, it seems, Canada's six NHL franchises exist in a separate universe from the rest of the league. Not competitively, of course, although the once seemingly absurd concept of an all-Canadian division certainly doesn't seem so ridiculous anymore. Once, it would have been a ghetto. Now, with the new NHL salary cap system having reconfigured the industry, it could be paradise, albeit with a murderous travel schedule.
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Laviolette To The Islanders?

from Alan Hahn of Newsday,

Might the Islanders be waiting for Peter Laviolette? The four-month delay in naming a general manager could be explained by the playoff success of Laviolette's Carolina Hurricanes, who open the Eastern Conference finals Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
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Bet On It

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

...But let's be fair to Bettman. He opposes gambling only for you and me. If you own a hockey team, it's fine. Then you can sell board ads extolling the virtues of the local casino. Or you can even own the casino if you own the Detroit Red Wings. Wait a minute, let's clarify that one. Bettman made it clear that Wings owner Mike Ilitch couldn't own the casino. So his wife does. Surely no husband and wife would ever discuss their business around the house. And surely Mike would never spend a penny of the money that Marian makes from the casino. Bettman even allows his owners to accept money from Sports Select. It's among hockey's primary advertisers, not only on television, but in the arenas themselves. In Toronto, it sponsors a between-periods contest for prizes of $1,000. Isn't that gambling?
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