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Koivu Unsure OF Future

from TSN,

Saku Koivu's future with the Montreal Canadiens remains up in the air, according to the Montreal Gazette. After suffering a serious injury to his left eye when caught by a high stick from Carolina's Justin Williams in Game Three of their first round playoff series, Koivu has endured a month of inactivity and uncertainty. "What kind of a month has it been? It's been a long, long month," Koivu told the Gazette's Red Fisher. "It's been an uncomfortable month."

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Confident Ducks

from the Daily Breeze,

"What does it take to come back from 3-0?" Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere said, repeating a reporter's question. "I don't know. I've never done it before. But we definitely can get a win (tonight). If we play as well as can, then we're capable of winning. Our focus is about taking it one game at a time." "They're human," Giguere said. "They'll get tired. They'll make mistakes. We know (Edmonton goalie Dwayne) Roloson is human now."

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Fighting For Financial Gain

from the Western Front (West Washington University),

The NHL is not creating enough money, and players and owners are fighting for financial gain rather than playing for the love of the game. As a result, the league is further alienating hockey fans with its financial quarrels. Americans have no logical reason to shun hockey. It has the violence of football, the scoring of soccer, the anticipation of baseball and the aggressive pace of racing wrapped into a tightly knit package. Yet, the American sporting community fails to appreciate this and fails to watch it on television. America chooses to discredit hockey and stigmatize it as being a Canadian sport because hockey is long and boring.
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UFA Day Still July 1st

via Sportsnet,

The NHL feels confident it can determine what the ceiling of the hard cap will be next season without delaying the start of this summer's free-agent period. Sources tell Sportsnet the league intends to observe the traditional date of July 1 to mark the commencement of unrestricted free-agent negotiations. The NHL and the NHLPA were skeptical of being able to wade through the sea of revenue assessment in time to avoid pushing back the process. While the hard cap figure for 2006-2007 is based on revenue streams that are still being generated, the sense is next year's cap will come in at aproximately $43.5 million, which translates into a $4 million dollar bump per team.

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Joseph Remains In Phoenix

via TSN,

The Coyotes have re-signed veteran goalie Curtis Joseph to a one-year contract worth $2 million, according to the Arizona Republic. The report says the deal also contains numerous performance-based bonuses.

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Briere Gets A Wake Up Call

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

When the Phoenix Coyotes put him on waivers in 2000 in an attempt to get him to Springfield of the AHL, and every other NHL team passed on him, Daniel Briere heard the phone ringing. In his head. "That was kind of a wakeup call," Briere, 28, said in a dressing-room conversation earlier this week after a Buffalo Sabres practice during the Eastern Conference finals. ...Yet, in his early years as a pro, he tore up the AHL, but struggled with the transition to the NHL. He was in danger of being mostly renowned for trying out training with Hugo Girard, the subject of the documentary "Strongman" and a mainstay in the World's Strongest Man competition. Both Girard and Briere are from Gatineau, Quebec.
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Meet The Caniacs

from ESPN,

One would think there would be a decent number of hockey fans here since there's a professional franchise, but you can't make that assumption with hockey. While most leagues expanded into areas where interest already existed, the NHL seemed to think it could land in a city and make people fall in love with the game. Or maybe they expected carpetbaggers living in the Sun Belt to convince their new neighbors of the virtues of hockey. Really, do you believe the folks at the Opry were just itching to get pucks flying in Nashville?

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Cole Won’t Return This Year

from the News & Observer,

Erik Cole will not return to the Carolina Hurricanes this season after doctors told him today the fracture in his vertebra has not healed enough to allow him to play. Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said that Cole should be ready for training camp this fall, but Thursday's CT scan did not show the progress the team had hoped to see. "There was insufficent healing in the bone," Laviolette said. "He will be OK for the game of life and his career, but he will not be joining us in the playoffs."

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Can The Ducks Comeback

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Edmonton Oilers better hope that was a last spasm of life from a desperate Anaheim team and not a reflection of an Oiler team that's run out of gas or worse, the roosters finally coming home to roost. Or Ducks, as it were. No matter how you cut it, Thursday's 6-3 loss was disheartening for an Edmonton team that had won seven playoff games in a row and was looking to secure its first berth in a Stanley Cup final for the first time in 16 years. "We got a lesson. It was expensive. They're obviously a confident team leaving here," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said.

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Burning Carolina

from the Buffalo News,

As far as I can tell, 99 percent of Carolina residents wouldn't know Cam Ward from a cam shaft.... So I'd like to thank my esteemed colleague from Raleigh, who wrote a piece in our paper on Wednesday that actually made me feel like a hockey sage. Ol' Ned ripped Sabres fans for being pseudo-experts, while rationalizing his lack of insight by suggesting that hockey is no more complicated than, say, a typical episode of "Mayberry RFD." Keep in mind, this is the perspective from North Carolina, where the burning intellectual question is how swiftly a bunch of guys in overalls can change four tires and fill up the gas tank without getting run over by a stock car. ...But I don't mean to belittle the good people of Carolina. Given another 30 years, they'll learn to love hockey, as I have. It's not my favorite sport. But living in Buffalo has taught me to appreciate the game's elemental beauty, its subtle strategic shifts and, above all, the transporting thrill of a Stanley Cup run.

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