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Mediocre Avalanche

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Unless the Avalanche finishes the regular season with a pointless three-game road trip and everything else breaks "wrong" in the final week, Colorado will be in the playoffs.... The best-case scenario is that the Avs finish at least sixth in the conference, and then win a series or (maybe) two, have Theodore look good, and make it reasonable to believe that this could be only a one-season blip of middle-of-the-pack mediocrity.
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Selanne Lighting Up The League

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

No player has more points since the Olympic break than Selanne (34 in 22 games) — not Jaromir Jagr, not Joe Thornton, not the rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin — which represents an astonishing turnaround for a player who thought he might have to retire a year ago because of a serious injury to his left knee. "You want to make your own decisions and go out on your own terms," Selanne explained, with his trademark smile on his face. "I always said, 'the toughest part about retiring one day is if you have to do it because of injury.' That's not the case with me right now.

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Detroit Getting The Love

Jes at Hockey Rants thanks the Wings for beating the Oilers last night thereby keeping the Canucks in the playoff hunt. Then Jes has this to say-

Your city is still a rotting cesspool of death, disease, and depravity, but we appreciate your efforts nonetheless.
I would like to invite Jes to take a tour of the city with me, I am sure I can point out the many points of interest he has not visited while in the Detroit area. Then we have Vancouver Ops Ed saying they too love Detroit, now that's more like it folks!

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Frost Finished With Junior Hockey

via the CP,

Controversial player agent David Frost says he's done with junior hockey. "I'm retired. I'm gone. I'm done," Frost told the Pembroke Daily Observer. "I'm leaving and nobody will ever see me in this city again. "I might stop by for a game here and there, but I will never ever be involved with a junior hockey team again." Frost, who retired as an NHL player agent in December, said he is considering writing a book.

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Report- Leafs Sign Aubin

Leafs Lunch reporting Toronto has signed goaltender J.S. Aubin to a one year contract. upate 1:14pm, Link to story at the Globe and Mail, but no salary disclosed.

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Canes Fans Respond To Playoff Question

from the Triangle Business Journal,

The Triangle Business Journal's nonscientific poll April 5 through April 11 attempted to measure our readers' plans - or lack of plans - regarding the Carolina Hurricanes' home playoff games this season. Our readers were asked, "Do you plan to purchase playoff hockey tickets?" In total, 56 percent of the 206 readers who responded to the poll, or 115 respondents, indicated they will not attend the playoff games either because they don't care for hockey, the cost of attending is too high or they plan to watch the games on TV instead. About 28 percent of those polled, or 58 voters, indicated they don't care for hockey and don't plan to attend the playoff games at the RBC Center.

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Report- Hasek May Play Saturday

via Sportsnet,

Ray Emery is not on the ice with the Senators this morning. It is believed that he is nursing a minor hip injury. Meanwhile, speculation is that Dominik Hasek will make his return to the lineup Saturday versus the Maple Leafs.

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Carnac Impersonator

Loose Change from the Hockey News tries his hand at being the "Great Carnac".

Nikolai Khabibulin; Mount Rushmore; Dolly Parton. Arrange three busts in descending order. Minnie Pearl; Johnny Cash; The Stanley Cup. What are three things you won't be seeing in Nashville anytime soon?
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The Blue Jackets Have Filled The Gap

from the Columbus Dispatch,

A tradition has been born, without the pretense of the "hockey town" moniker of Detroit or the national passion of Canada. We are what we are — a city in love with a college football team and still big enough to embrace the NHL. The Blue Jackets have finally made it. I’m not talking about the playoffs. I’m not that ignorant. And this isn’t a sports column, either. Fan that I am, I still can’t figure out when a player is off-side.

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Sharks Want The #5 Spot

from the Mercury News,

Pardon the Sharks if they're contemplating how they can improve their playoff position without having clinched a spot yet. Winning five consecutive games has a way of boosting optimism. With four games left, the Sharks can punch their ticket to the postseason with a victory over Vancouver either tonight or Thursday. ``We're in pretty good shape,'' Coach Ron Wilson said. ``We want to finish as high as we can. Our goal is to run the table here. The hardest game is always the next one that you play. My job is to keep everybody focused and in the moment and not get too carried away with ourselves.''

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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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