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Things To Consider

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Now, the guesswork is gone. Or it should be for those who have done their homework. As a result, this weekend should be chock-a-block with intrigue and rumor as teams try and pull in the prospects they covet while preparing for the free-agent market that begins July 1. Herein a look at some of the stories that may evolve this weekend. The Luongo drama Steve Yzerman's decision Chicago hope?
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Report- Pronger Requests Trade

from Sportsnet,

The Oilers' improbable run to the Stanley Cup finals may ultimately end with the trade of one of the team's biggest contributors: Chris Pronger. According to Sportsnet sources, Chris Pronger wants out. The defenceman is believed to have some personal issues that may be alleviated by a move. Neither the Oilers nor the Pronger camp will comment on the matter with respect to the hulking defenceman's privacy. However, it is believed Pronger made his position clear with Edmonton's management before departing for a vacation Friday morning. Word of his unrest surfaced prior to the playoffs and with it the understanding discussions between Pronger and Kevin Lowe had taken place inseason about the possibility of a trade.
continued I was listening to NHL Live this morning and they recevied an email stating that Lowe was on Edmonton radio this morning and said Pronger was not going anywhere. I don't believe they verified the email, then the guys from NHL Live promptly started ripping Al Strachan, for breaking this story a few days ago. update 5:43pm, Spector has been doing some digging on this story... added 6:55pm, via Sportsnet,
As much as Kevin Lowe had some choice words (and terms) for Toronto Sun columnist Al Strachan on Friday, Al has been in the business too long to be the first to report a rumour unless there is substantial smoke to the current fire in Oil Country. And we are finding out just how combustible fossil fuel is. However, the other important factor to consider is the stellar reputation of Kevin Lowe. You will not find a more up-front and honest general manager in the NHL. It’s part of what enabled Kevin to attract Chris Pronger to Edmonton in the first place. Signing Chris to a lengthy five-year deal is further evidence of that. So to speculate on the speculation wouldn't be showing Lowe the respect he deserves as a general manager.
added 7:09pm, via TSN,
The Edmonton Oilers are in the midst of what could be a severe shakeup to their roster just days after their Game 7 Stanley Cup Final loss. NHL sources indicate that Oilers' defenceman Chris Pronger has requested a trade from the club.

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The Other Awards

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The NHL awards ceremony is always a feel-good affair. Winners smile. Hey look, there's Joe Thornton, MVP. Losers smile. Hey look, there's Jaromir Jagr, not the NHL MVP. Everyone's happy, even those who were subjected to the CBC's eye-poppingly bad jokes. But, let's be honest, wouldn't you like some awards with a little less smarminess and a little more edge, a little more bite? ESPN.com Anti-Lady Byng Sean Avery Let's be honest. No one cares about the Lady Byng. In some ways, it's like being told you're the most polite person at a rave. What about an award for players who drive opponents crazy with rage and disgust? That would seem more fitting. Sean Avery: Duh. The dictionary definition of "loose cannon," Avery was dismissed from the Kings for a multitude of sins, chief among them the innate ability to enrage everyone with whom he comes in contact both in opposing dressing rooms and his own.

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Blogger At The NHL Awards Show

As Bill at A2Y pointed out, J.J. of Canucks Hockey Blog was able to attend the NHL Awards Show last night. Great pics too! image

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Something To Keep An Eye On

from Cable World,

Leveraging speed with innovative broadband content, Comcast.net has become the 21st-ranked Web portal in the U.S. Unique Web content like streamed NHL games may not be exclusive much longer. COO Steve Burke said Comcast could unlock Comcast.net's walled garden, offering broadband video to non-subscribers. At The Wall Street Journal's "D: All Things Digital" conference, Burke said, "We would like to be the Amazon of video on the Internet Of course, Comcast is in the programming business as well. Are you helping E!, OLN/Versus and the other networks in the Comcast portfolio on the broadband side? Schimel: We work together very closely. You'll see that E!, for instance, is very integrated into Comcast.net and we are streaming OLN's NHL games live, which is the first HD-quality full-screen streaming event for live sports on the Internet with our hockey rights through OLN.
read on...basically about Comcast broadband, but interesting...

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Blake Wants To Stay In Colorado

from the Rocky Mountain News,

It's where I want to play, in Denver," Blake said Thursday from his home in California. "I would like to play two more years, for sure. I don't think I would go any longer than two years." "It's been a great fit for me," he said. "I've enjoyed every bit of time I've had there and I'm pretty confident something should get done next week. I don't see why it wouldn't. "Until it's signed and everything is done, you never know what could happen, but from my side, I've enjoyed my time there and would like to continue there, for sure."

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What Is Going On In Boston

from the Boston Globe, As of last night, though, two-plus weeks after the sitdown that both men described as positive, the silence was deafening. One source said simply of Sullivan, "He's out." The source said there had been virtually no contact between Chiarelli and Sullivan since their meeting and that Chiarelli wasn't returning Sullivan's calls seeking an update. Interim GM Jeff Gorton, who will spearhead the Bruins' draft operations here at GM Place, said he was in the dark. "I know it's hard to believe, but I don't know," said Gorton. "I don't know anything." more

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“With The Last Pick Of The Draft”

from the Toronto Star,

Sometime after midnight tomorrow, after many NHL executives have already fled the draft floor at Vancouver's GM Place for hospitality suites or red-eye flights, the Carolina Hurricanes will announce the final, and 213th, pick in this year's entry draft. The name will mean little, even to many seasoned hockey observers; the odds that the newly-crowned Stanley Cup champs will unearth a gem are frightfully long. Instead Carolina will have more likely drafted a fire captain, a home inspector, a Zamboni driver or, even a future head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs — all jobs currently held by previous last overall draft picks.

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What A Name Change Involves

from the OC Register,

"Creating a new identity for a team is a huge task," says Wagner, the Ducks' senior vice president and chief marketing officer who oversaw every step of the transformation. "This wasn't a change the team was doing to make money but rather to turn the page to start a new era." Almost everything but the players themselves on a team formerly known as The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim would need to be overhauled: the name, logo, color scheme, uniforms, fan merchandise, club letterhead, the Web site, even the home team icon beneath the ice rink. Wagner knew the Samuelis were sensitive about letting everyone involved with the team have a voice. He became the man handing out microphones to fans, players, the NHL, the team executives, the uniform makers, merchandisers and the merchants.
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Is Denis Headed To Tampa

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have been the subject of a number of rumors, including two that involve goaltender Marc Denis and the Tampa Bay Lightning. One rumor had the Jackets trading Denis to Tampa Bay for winger Ruslan Fedotenko, goaltender John Grahame and a second-round pick. Another rumor had the Jackets trading Denis and the No. 6 overall pick to Tampa Bay for big winger Frederik Modin and the No. 15 overall pick. Or, something like that.

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