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Flip A Coin

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

It's the 11th hour in terms of NHL teams' playoff preparation, and a handful of teams still don't know, or haven't announced, who will start in goal. The most interesting race is in Tampa Bay, where coach John Tortorella has said publicly that he thinks he will need both John Grahame and Sean Burke for the postseason, even though conventional coaching wisdom is to anoint one guy. "This is not an ideal situation," said former NHL goaltender Darren Pang, now a hockey analyst. "A seven-game series comes at you quickly and if you aren't sure going into it and everyone isn't on the same page, you can be out in four games before you can blink an eye."
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A Movie In The Making

from the Toronto Star,

Agent David Frost's prying into Mike Danton's sex life was the catalyst for the former NHL hockey player trying to hire someone to kill Frost, the CBC current affairs program The Fifth Estate reveals Wednesday night. Reporter Bob McKeown used FBI interview tapes, plus interviews with one of Danton's former girlfriends and a male friend to piece together the new information. The program also examines the close relationship between Frost and Bob Goodenow, the former executive director of the NHL Players' Association.
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Report- Andy Murray Offered RPI Job

from College Hockey News,

Andy Murray, the coach of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings before he was fired during the middle of this season, has been offered the vacant head coaching job at Rensselaer, CHN has learned. According to sources, the other finalists for the job are Boston College assistant Mike Cavanaugh, 37, and Denver assistant Seth Appert, 31. If somehow Murray declines the offer, those two could still be in the running.
update 9:31pm, Well that was quick... via College Hockey News,
Andy Murray has turned down an offer to coach Rensselaer, and Denver assistant coach Seth Appert will now be offered the job, according to sources at USHR.com.

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Bring It!!

Detroit Red Wings playoff slogan. Not sure if it is one or two words though. added 4:22pm, It is two words so adjusted the headline. image

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Switch-A-Roo

from the blog of Ansar Khan (Wings beat writer) at Mlive,

The Wings, according to several in the organization, will open on Friday if the Rangers don't win their division and draw Buffalo. Here's how it was explained: Buffalo's arena is not available on Friday, forcing the Sabres to play Games 1 and 2 of their series on Saturday and Monday. NBC, which will televise games on Saturday and Sunday, intends to show the Wings one day and the Rangers the other. If the Rangers play the Sabres, they'll play Saturday afternoon on NBC, and NBC will then show the Wings on Sunday, which would be Game 2 of their series.
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Yashin A Ranger?

from the Maven at MSG Network,

-A change of scenery is a virtual must for Todd Bertuzzi and Alexei Yashin. We wonder whether the Rangers would be interested in Yash – as a second-liner. Darn right, he wants to stay in the New York area where his long-time gal-pal, Carol Alt, models. As for Bert, his $5.3 million pact is high for all his baggage but the talent – when motivated – is unmistakable. -Teemu Selanne’s take on what he sees as a homestretch officiating slump. “New rules? Wake up! I don’t know what the new rules are anymore.” -Mike Babcock on his Red Wings’ inspiration: “Obviously, it’s not because of money,” Babcock says. “It’s because of passion. It’s because of treating people right. It’s because of great scouting and Kenny Holland and Jimmy Nill and people that have been around here a long time – Jimmy Devellano – have done a heck of a job.” To say the least!
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Caps Improve Bottom Line

from the Washington Times,

The Washington Capitals are expected to reduce their financial losses by nearly 75 percent this season because of a lower payroll and a new financial structure for the NHL that will provide the team with millions of dollars in revenue-sharing payments. Caps owner Ted Leonsis said he expects to lose about $5 million this year, a sharp change from past seasons when high payrolls contributed to tens of millions of dollars in losses. He also said the team should be profitable by next season as long as fan interest increases. "We're a young, growing team, and there are better days ahead," Leonsis said.
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Flames Are Wild

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

So here we are on the cusp of another playoff run by the Calgary Flames, and all of Canada (and even a few pockets of hockey fans in the US) is singing the praises of the tough-as-nails Flames; the darlings of "old school" hockey; that team that makes you pay for every inch of ice; especially should you happen to want an inch or two inside the Calgary blue line. Meanwhile, this same group quietly celebrates the inability of the Minnesota Wild, that boring, defensive-minded, trapping, collection of robots manipulated by Jacques Lemaire; the coach that is often cited as the poster child for the ruination of hockey. Minnesota, they say, is proof positive that the old way is a thing of the past in the new NHL; and they couldn't be happier for it. Funny, but as the season comes to a close there are a couple of trends that make the two teams eerily similar.
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Stanley Talks

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

The big guy’s been around since he was a little guy, one hundred and thirteen years to be exact, and he’s holding up well. Loose Change recently had the chance to sit down with the most famous trophy in professional sports (aside from Fred The Super Bowl Statue) . LC: Who’s your best friend? SC: People naturally think The Stanley Cup would hang with other trophies but, to be honest, I think most of them are jerks. “I’m the freaking Hart Trophy. Bow in my presence.” I mean, come on.
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