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Say Goodbye To The Bull

via the Dallas Morning News,

When the Stars play San Jose Monday night, they will bid farewell to maybe the most controversial figure in franchise history. The Stars' alternate sweater and logo – a constellation outline of a bull's head with a shooting star for a horn – will be worn for the final time in a game. "Good riddance," Stars owner Tom Hicks joked, echoing the sentiments of many fans.

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Penguins Hire Firm To Handle Sale

from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

The Pittsburgh Penguins late last month hired Wall Street firm Allen & Co. to sell the team, three financial sources said. The move comes as the franchise is in the midst of negotiations with the city and county about building a new arena. Retaining the firm at such a delicate stage of talks with the municipality, however, is viewed by the team’s former owner as a strong message that the club will leave Pittsburgh unless an arena gets built soon. The Penguins are working with Capri Casinos to build a $290 million arena if it lands a license for a Pittsburgh slot casino. That effort does not seem to be catching on, however, said Dan Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. “The casino situation is tough,” he said. If the team is sold, the new owner is likely to want to move the club if there is no new arena. In fact, a large reason why a buyer might be willing to spend money on the ailing franchise is to move it to a place such as Kansas City or Oklahoma City, which have arenas looking for permanent big league teams.

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Paths For Expansion Teams

from the Daily News Journal,

Barring a total collapse, the Nashville Predators will be the first of the National Hockey League's latest expansion franchises to make the playoffs two consecutive seasons. Of course, two of the four teams have yet to make it even once. The Minnesota Wild were the first to get there. They did so in 2002-03 and staged an unlikely, unforgettable run into the conference championship series. The Predators made it the following season and are poised to do so once again this time, following the lockout that canceled 2004-05.
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Timestamp Issue

FYI, my posts are timestamped an hour earlier than they should be. I am investigating this issue... update 10:26am, Now fixed.

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Hard Work Ahead For Sabres

from the Buffalo News,

How the Sabres landed in this defensive quagmire is like debating Chicken v. Egg. Their goaltending hasn't inspired much confidence, but the skaters aren't exactly helping the situation. "It goes hand in hand," Ruff said. "Most teams feed off their goaltender. We understand they need to be better. At the same time, the team needs to support them better. "We can't give up some of the opportunities we gave up. If they've had a tough one go in, they need to know the next three or four shifts that the team in front of them is going to work their tail off to let him get his feet back underneath him, or go out and score a goal to get it even right away."
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Ricci’s Contract Extension Kicks In

via the Arizona Republic,

Center Mike Ricci's contract has been extended for another season. Ricci, 34, has a clause in the two-year deal he signed in the summer of 2004 that automatically lengthened the term one year once his minutes played this season surpassed a predetermined, undisclosed total. Ricci has played in 70 games and is averaging nearly 13 minutes per contest

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Cool, Collected Joe

from the Rocky Mountain News,

The "C" just below Joe Sakic's left shoulder is serving as a multipurpose initial. Captain, sure. Also try cool, calm, collected and clutch. As the Western Conference playoff race enters the final turn, few players are playing better than Sakic, the Colorado Avalanche's ageless center.
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What Are Canes Waiting For

from the National Post,

Perhaps Jim Rutherford is too busy clearing out space on his mantle for that Executive of the Year trophy. Perhaps he was too busy trying to lowball 2005 draftee Jack Johnson into giving up his college career at Michigan and jumping to the Hurricanes. Whatever it is, the Carolina Hurricanes president/general manager needs to get on the ball and stop procrastinating. He must sign coach Peter Laviolette to an extension, and the time to do it was yesterday.
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Milbury Talks To Players- They Still Lose

from Alan Hahn of Newsday,

He may be a lame-duck GM, but Milbury is still employed by owner Charles Wang, who, as Milbury told the players, was owed an apology for their no-show performance against the Penguins. This kind of move doesn't reflect confidence in the motivational skills of interim coach Brad Shaw. Now that the playoffs are no longer the focus, the franchise's impending overhaul has returned to the front burner. Milbury's appearance sent a confusing message to the players and might do the same around the league, where there is already skepticism as to whether he will truly no longer be involved in hockey operations.
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