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Ducks In A Hole

from the Toronto Star,

This would be a good time for the Ducks to, like, win a game in Edmonton. It's been seven years, after all. A seven-year-bitch. And thus far in the Western Conference final, the Ducks haven't been able to win anything in their own rink. Yes indeed, collars and sphincters are tightening on the Anaheim roster. Grizzled veteran Sean O'Donnell, no stranger to the acoustic environs of the Rexall Centre, had spoken of this alarming scenario presciently the other morning: "I know their fans take huge pride in how loud that building gets and it'll pump the Edmonton team up. It wouldn't be an ideal situation to have to win, down 2-0.''

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What Is Nashville’s Tangible Net Worth

from the Tennessean,

Metro has asked the Nashville Predators to increase the NHL franchise's "tangible net worth" — a step the city says is necessary to protect taxpayers in case the team folds or leaves town. But a Predators attorney says the franchise disagrees with Metro's position and that it is a "safe bet" the Predators won't accept any of the city's proposed solutions.

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Tuomo Ruuto May Quit Hockey

via Tuomoruutu.com,

After the bronze medal game Tuomo said that he might quit hockey and this might have been his last hockey game. It may sound like dramatic news, but if you think about this issue carefully you will realize that he has battled various injuries over the past three years. Put yourself in a position where you are hurt and you won’t be able to play at the level you would like to.

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In general, these relationships never end well. At some point, somewhere down the road, there will be a reckoning, and the best one can hope for is that the end comes swiftly and without too much heartache for either side. It is this way for all coaches and all general managers, no matter how deep their friendship. "I've heard that. I don't know it to be true. But I have heard that," Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish acknowledged Saturday. It was a picture-perfect Southern California morning. MacTavish's Oilers are up 1-0 vs. the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in their first conference finals appearance since 1992, so talk of a breakup seems wholly out of place.

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Sweden Wins Again

from the IIHF,

The impossible dream has come true. With a dazzling attack and air-tight defense, Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 4-0 Sunday night at Riga Arena and became the first nation in history to capture Olympic and IIHF World Championship gold in the same year. A two-goal outburst in the first period was enough to seal the fate of the Czechs.
continued...and note to Wings fans, Kronwall selected MVP...

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Coach Talk

via Sportsnet,

Sources tell Sportsnet both the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins have an interest in Hall of Famer Denis Savard. Savard's contract with the Chicago Blackhawks is up and it is believed both Guy Carboneau in Montreal and Michel Therien in Pittsburgh see Savard as a highly-qualified first assistant. Savard's probable move has also helped trigger the 'Hawks rumour mill. Former Penguins coach Ed Olczyk was also spotted Friday at the United Center in Chicago raising speculation as to his potential return to coaching.

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Old School- Johnny Bower

from the Mississauga News,

It's rumoured that the expression "Johnny-come-lately" refers to legendary goaltender Johnny Bower's first appearance with the National Hockey League's (NHL) Toronto Maple Leafs. Most hockey enthusiasts know that Bower is the answer to the trivia question, "Who backstopped the Maple Leafs to their last Stanley Cup?" That was in 1966-67, almost 40 years ago. However, few realize how close the long-time Mississauga resident came to never joining the team in the first place. Now 82, Bower still owns a firm handshake and a warm smile that hides most of the 200 stitches used to heal wounds suffered during an era in which goalies stared down the NHL's top sharpshooters without benefit of a face mask.
continued image picture via Oldtimers Hockey

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Consistent Calls

from the Buffalo News,

Buffalo was concerned about referees swallowing their whistles in the playoffs after enforcing the rules during the regular season, but it didn't happen. Teams combined for 13.8 penalties during the regular season and 13.7 in the first two rounds of the postseason. In 2004, it was 11.1 penalties per game in the postseason. The biggest difference was in overtime. For years, a player needed to commit manslaughter for a minor penalty to be called in OT because the refs didn't want to determine the outcome. They've called 1.6 penalties per game in overtime playoff games this year compared to 0.5 during the regular season and 0.1 in the 2004 postseason.
read on

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Ice Matters

Many NHL fans felt the game Friday night between Edmonton and Anaheim was sluggish and boring. This may explain why... from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The playing surface at the Arrowhead Pond on Friday looked and played like a real pond, mushy in some spots, bumpy in others and altogether inhospitable to swiftly and accurately passing a small rubber disk in a manner that would justify hockey's reputation as the fastest game on ice. "It felt more like an outdoor rink in the springtime when the sun comes out," Mighty Duck right wing Teemu Selanne said Saturday. "The ice wasn't very good at all," center Shawn Horcoff said. "I don't know if they can do something to improve it. The puck was rolling, and sometimes it stopped short. Supervising the ice at every site is the duty of Dan Craig, the NHL's facilities operation manager and the guru who for many years provided the smooth, shining sheets that made Edmonton's home rink every player's favorite Craig said he looked into the chemistry of the water and "tweaked a couple of things" Saturday afternoon. When the puck drops today, he wants the temperature to be 58 or 59 degrees and the humidity at 44%, down a few points from Friday.
more (reg. req.)

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Wings Sign Liv

Wings beat writer Ansar Kahn reports-

Goaltender Stefan Liv, a promising prospect a few years ago, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Wings, according to a Swedish newspaper. Wings general manager Ken Holland, in Latvia for the World Championships, told Swedish media that Liv (6-0, 176) will have a chance to earn a spot on the NHL roster in training camp.

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