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Canadian Press Makes Their Picks For The NHL Hardware

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

The battle for the Hart Trophy as awarded the NHL's most valuable player to his team is a race between the two top scorers in the league and Miikka Kiprusoff, whose stellar netminding has allowed the offensively inept Calgary Flames to remain a contender. Jagr is looking for his second career Hart Trophy after leading the New York Rangers to their first playoff appearance since 1997.
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A Playoff Future For the Blackhawks

from Spector of Fox Sports,

The Blackhawks do have the makings of a future playoff contender, but requires stability both behind the bench and in the front office to fulfill that potential, develop their promising youth and most importantly, bring back its fans.
read on...I feel so much for the Chicago fans because I remember the numerous battles with the Wings. I hope one day the Hawks make a huge comeback....

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It Is Official

from Hockey Refs,

Limited details of the 33-page document had been previously reported, but nothing was ever officially released or confirmed by either side. But now the document – which a HockeyRefs.com source confirmed as authentic – can be downloaded from several outlets, including the popular hockey weblog Kuklas Korner (hey, that's me and the document can be found here). While reports said little was new in the CBA, several interesting clauses disclose previously unknown information.
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NHL On NBC Is Back

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. NHL ON NBC HD Game is New York Rangers @ Boston or alternate game is St. Louis @ Colorado, not in HD. 3 p.m. PT West Coast Only Anaheim @ Los Angeles Commentators: Mike Emrick, John Davidson, Pierre McGuire (New York Rangers @ Boston); Chris Cuthbert, Peter McNab, Cammi Granato (St. Louis @ Colorado); Dave Strader, Brian Hayward, Joe Micheletti (Anaheim @ Los Angeles)

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Shootout Sideshow

from Sherry Ross of the NY Daily News via the Charlotte Observer,

If Brodeur doesn't get an asterisk (which I hear can be quite painful), then Alexander Ovechkin should have 54 goals, not 48, through the first 72 games of the season. The stats are all part of the not-so-very-well-thought-out world of the shootout sideshow, which has been embraced by almost everyone around the NHL. When Brodeur beat the Flyers, 4-1, on Saturday, it marked his 35th win of the season and put him in fourth place on the career victories list. However, eight of those 35 wins this season came in the shootout, which in the old days (before 2005-06) would have resulted in a tie. That means Brodeur should have 27 wins, not 35.
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Young Goalies In The East

from Allan Muir of ESPN,

The hurdle the top teams in the East face is getting past the fact that the only way to win long term is to gain the experience that comes with losing. Outside of Martin Brodeur, whose Devils will be lucky to win one round, and Dominik Hasek, whose health makes him about as dependable to the Senators as Beetle Bailey, no team has crucial experience to count on.
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Forget The Stanley Cup- Watch The Survivor Cup

via Reality TV Magazine,

This April, as fans across the country prepare for one of the most intense rivalries in sports with the onset of the NHL playoffs, OLN will show its support to the players journeying on the quest for the Stanley Cup, holding a special 9-hour “Survivor Cup” marathon of episodes that represent the best Face-Offs, biggest Power Plays and Greatest Saves throughout the series’ history, in the castaways’ pursuit of the title of Sole Survivor.
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Underdogs

from the Hockey News via ESPN,

If the New Jersey Devils secure a playoff berth, beating them in the postseason will be no easy feat. That's the verdict of NHL players who collectively tabbed the Devils as the underdog team that has the best chance in the playoffs. In a poll of 30 players, one from each team, eight (27 percent) named New Jersey as the NHL's top underdog of the playoffs.
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Here Comes “My Stanley”

April 5, 2006--New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Nashville Predators forward Paul Kariya and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis are among the National Hockey League players who will be featured in a new marketing advertising campaign that will celebrate the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Players from each of the 16 playoff-bound teams will appear in the "My Stanley Cup" ads, which will debut during the April 8 NHL on NBC broadcast and will be shown throughout the United States and Canada, including primetime programming on NBC and cable networks. "The NHL has always done a great job in depicting the excitement of our game," said St. Louis, who played a key role in the Lightning's 2004 Stanley Cup Championship. "Having NHL players in these promos will give fans insight into what it really means to compete for the Cup." Written and produced by NHL Productions under the direction of Ken Rosen, Executive Producer, the broadcast promos include both NHL game action and dramatic player shots set to heart-pounding music, all designed to convey the emotions that NHL players and fans experience in the quest for the most revered trophy in all of sports. The emotions build with each successive Stanley Cup playoff series. "We wanted the campaign to match the quality and drama of the `My NHL' regular-season campaign, while featuring the skills and personality of the players," said Ed Horne, President, NHL Enterprises. "The 'My Stanley Cup' campaign conveys the dedication, intensity and sacrifice the players and fans share to claim Lord Stanley's Cup." With voiceover narration from actor Kiefer Sutherland of the television series "24," the first ad features Kariya, Lundqvist, Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers and Mike Grier of the Buffalo Sabres. The second spot, voiced by actor and comedian Denis Leary of "Rescue Me," features St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards of the Lightning; Rod Brind'Amour of the Carolina Hurricanes; Ed Jovanovski of the Vancouver Canucks; Brendan Shanahan, Kris Draper and Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings; and Robert Esche of the Flyers. Howie Mandel, the host of NBC's "Deal or No Deal," also will lend his voice to the campaign. Other NHL stars featured in the campaign include Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr, Flyers forward Peter Forsberg, Canucks forward Anson Carter and Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, among others. "As a player, you take your game to another level when you're in the playoffs," said Carter. "As much fun as I had shooting the spots, it was important for me to show that intensity." The spots will air in the upcoming weeks on NBC, OLN, CBC, TSN and local affiliates. The TV ad also will be available for viewing on NHL.com. Print and on-line ads, featuring stills from the TV promos and the new "My Stanley Cup" artwork, will run in USA Today and other national sports publications. image image

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Theodore Getting Close

from the Longmont Daily Times,

Theodore has been out since fracturing his right heel outside his Montreal home during the Olympic break Feb. 16. Despite the injury, the Avs had no qualms about trading for the former Hart Trophy and Vezina Trophy winner last month, and they’re looking forward to having him in net. “He does a little bit better and a little bit more each day,” Avs coach Joel Quenneville said. “He’s going to progress to where he’s comfortable in the net. We still have to work our way through this, so to say exactly when is a tough one, but the fact that he’s out there practicing is a good sign.”
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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