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No Buzz

from Cox News Service via the Hamilton Spectator,

While hockey fans have been celebrating the return of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the new-and-improved NHL, something has been undeniably missing. The buzz. Sports-talk radio ignores the games almost completely. Television saves the highlights for the last few minutes of hour-long shows. And TV ratings, always poor for hockey, are even worse than usual. "It's very frustrating," ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose said yesterday. "The product is so good; we've got so much going for us. There should be such a buzz, with the overtime games we've been having, the great hits, the tremendous goals. That's the depressing part."
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Could Sundin Retire

from the Toronto Sun,

Mats Sundin is selling his Forest Hill home and contemplating his future with the Maple Leafs. This isn't just another real estate transaction. There is more to this than a 'For Sale' sign. There is the thought that the Leafs' best player is seriously considering retirement because of his disenchantment with the state of the hockey team.
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Smyth Not (Can’t) Talking

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Smyth took a shot in the mouth from teammate Chris Pronger in the second period of a game that went into a sixth period — and still ended up playing more minutes than every Oilers forward, except Horcoff. “The gash, I was told, was a really bad one,” Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said, “but by the time I saw him, after he had the medical attention, it looked okay. I couldn't see the teeth missing, so he looked normal on the bench, for having taken a puck in the mouth. It didn't affect his game at all. “The one thing about Ryan is, no matter what the circumstances, he'll never back off. That's why he gets so much out of his game — because he's got that level of competitiveness.”
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Trouble At The WC

from Hockey Refs,

Fans at Thursday’s Canada-Latvia game at the World Championship could have been mistaken for European soccer hooligans. "Our players were not ready to play. I could not find the right words to pick the players up,” Latvian coach Piotr Vorobiev said. “The Canadian players know how to play with such a referee, we don't.” Fans were so disgruntled that a resurfacing was ordered at 18:00 of the first period to remove all the coins, noise makers, mobile phones and other objects – including a single shoe – thrown.
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Yzerman Has Earned Respect

The talk around Detroit regarding Yzerman is their is no timetable for his upcoming decision. Does the Canadien Press know something we don't in Detroit? from the CP via NHL.com,

It may be time for Detroit to rebuild and time for Yzerman to hand off the torch and give his body a break. No matter what he decides, his No. 19 will be the sixth jersey to be retired in Joe Louis Arena, and he'll be an automatic pick for the Hockey Hall of Fame when the three-year waiting period expires.
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Forget Stanley Cup- Invite Hockey Bloggers

Well OLN is trying to figure out some stunt to promote the NHL playoffs. So they decided to bring the man named Stanley Cup to NYC to cut some promos and create some excitement. That is such old news OLN, you should have invited a few hockey bloggers into NYC to discuss how great the playoffs have been and where the game is headed. Just bring us hockey OLN, we are fans, we know the game inside and out, we don't need some coal miner's son yukking it up. Heck, you'd be better off inviting my neighbor to be on OLN, his name is Art Ross!

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Edmonton Wants To Explode

from the Edmonton Journal,

There are signs of impending pandemonium all over this prairie city. Uptight office people are trading suits, ties and dresses for Edmonton Oilers jerseys with "Smyth" or "Pronger" on their backs. Obsessive hockey talk dominates sports radio from morning till night. Think Calgary threw a party on the Stanley Cup run in 2004? Laraque figures the celebration in Edmonton could put the Cowtown bash to shame -- provided, of course, the Oilers turn their fortunes around against the San Jose Sharks.
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Would Hughson Have An Interest

from the Chicago Tribune,

The fact that the Blackhawks televise just half their games will probably preclude Comcast from landing an established NHL play-by-play announcer. That's too bad considering the size of the Chicago TV market and the passion and savvy of its hockey fans. Chicago fans deserve to listen to someone such as Jim Hughson on a nightly basis.
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Anything Left

Do we say goodbye to Ottawa and/or Colorado tonight. Do these teams have enough in them to withstand the constant pressure they will see from their opponent? FYI- no OLN-HD or CI game scheduled for tonight. image

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What Does The NHL Want

from Straight.com,

Does anyone else find it ridiculous that of the eight first-round series this spring, only one—the New York Rangers versus the New Jersey Devils—was a divisional matchup? And now in the second round, again, just one—the Ottawa Senators against the Buffalo Sabres—is a battle born of regular-season hostilities. So of the initial 12 playoff series in the run to the first post-lockout Stanley Cup, the league has hung its hat on a whole bunch of contests that don’t have mass appeal or marquee value. In other words, the league itself has stamped “who cares?” on most of this postseason. ...If the league is intent on having divisional rivals play so many times in the regular season, then it has no choice but to make all of those meetings actually mean something. Take the top four teams in each division and have them meet in the first round and then reseed from there so the good teams still maintain home-ice advantage into round two and beyond.
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