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Hockey Season Extended

from the Greensboro News-Record,

In other words, the Hurricanes play excellent hockey. And almost no one outside Raleigh knows or cares. All day long, Hurricanes fans wandered around Raleigh with flags waving from SUVs, almost all contained within the limits of Capital City. Few wandered in from beyond as this is a genuine Raleigh event contained within the psyche of Raleigh sports fans. As of Wednesday night, tickets were still available to what hockey fans considered the biggest sporting event in the history of North Carolina. Tethered to cable television and spread from Canada to Florida, the sport has yet to attract much attention from fans who didn't even know there was a strike that canceled the last season. The nation of Canada will come to a standstill in the coming days and weeks as beloved Edmonton returns to the Stanley Cup finals.
read on...these type of stories would be much more credible if the authors had the correct information, there was no strike last year...

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Refs Announced

via the Hockey News,

Mick McGeough got an early 49th birthday present today. The veteran NHL referee learned he is one of four refs selected to work the 2005-06 Stanley Cup final. For McGeough, who turns 49 June 20 and worked his first NHL game Jan. 19, 1989, it is his first trip to the final. He will be joined by Paul Devorski and Brad Watson, both of whom worked Game 7 of the Carolina-Buffalo Eastern Conference final series, as well as Bill McCreary.

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Caps Moving Forward

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Wasington Post,

George McPhee meandered his way across the Hershey Bears' locker room shaking hands and offering congratulations as music thumped from the stereo on Tuesday night. The Bears had just clinched a berth in the American Hockey League's Calder Cup finals, and McPhee, the general manager of the Washington Capitals -- Hershey's parent club -- was as joyful as the minor leaguers who whooped and hollered around him. Considering the payroll constraints imposed by Capitals ownership, a strong minor league system could prove to be McPhee's most valuable asset as he attempts to shepherd the Capitals back to respectability. ...Added Green: "Washington is on the right track. It all starts down here, and hopefully, this group can take this experience to Washington. It's been a good run here in Hershey, but nothing has been accomplished yet."
more (reg. req.)...and thanks to a KK reader for the pointer...

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Grandpa Needs A New TV

from the Maple Ridge Times,

Gordon Ladd watched nervously, his back arched in his seat, knuckles white with tension, as his grandson's hockey team started the game slowly once again. His grandson Andrew Ladd was playing his ninth Stanley Cup playoff game Tuesday for the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes. After that tense first period, Gordon had to make his own adjustments after the second period, as his TV suddenly turned off during the period. He couldn't get it working again. Gordon, arms resting on his living room chair, threw his hands up in the air in disappointment. "Gosh, I couldn't believe it!" he said afterwards.
more...and I do hope his TV is either fixed or replaced, he has at least four more game to watch...

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OLN Last Night

I am getting some search hits today about OLN losing the broadcast signal last night. I did not experience that, watching the HD version on INHD with Comcast in Detroit, there was not any signal loss. Searching the AVS Forum, nothing is mentioned there either. If you had issues with the signal, please comment on what you experienced, your location and what subscriber you were watching.

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I am sure Sabre fans were saying NOOOOO when the puck went over the glass mid-way in the 3rd period. from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

On Thursday night, the Sabres were the victims of a bad rule. In this case, it was the rule against shooting the puck over the glass. Brian Campbell was called on it in the third period, and Rod Brind'Amour scored the eventual game-winner on the resulting power play. There's a big difference between a bad call and a bad rule. Make no mistake, there will be lots of debate about this rule after the season. Many, including Scotty Bowman, have suggested before Ccampbell was caught that the rule was too punitive, and that officials should be able to use some discretion.
read on added 9:07am, from the Buffalo News,
"My favorite new rule in the NHL cost us the frigging game," an emotional Miller said in the RBC Center. "Stupidest thing ever. I don't see how that should ever decide a game. Two guys forechecking a player, he goes to make a quick play in the bad ice in springtime, and it goes out of play. You're telling me that's a rule? They gotta wake up. "I don't understand the whole rule," the goaltender continued. "In the AHL they threw it out after a year because the fans hated it. I don't understand how that makes its way to be a deciding factor in an NHL hockey game."

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The Battle For The Cup

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The first official day of hurricane season was almost the end of Hurricanes season. It would have gone down in Stanley Cup history as one of the most remarkable achievements ever if the Buffalo Sabres had somehow, someway managed to pull this off. And they damn near did. If they had, you could have probably awarded the Edmonton Oilers the Stanley Cup on the spot. Maybe in a sweep. But it's Carolina-Edmonton in the Stanley Cup final and few will do that now. The Culture Shock Cup, Edmonton vs Carolina, starts here Monday. And anybody know where to find the Avco Cup?
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Who’s Watching- Again

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The National Hockey League completed its matchup for the Stanley Cup Finals last night with a game intensely followed in Upstate New York and in those small pockets of North Carolina where folks are more interested in Eric Staal than Hermie Sadler. For NHL executives, who hoped to construct a brave new league in which small markets and cash-strapped franchises have a chance to excel, this is a good example of the need to be careful what you wish for. Since the subject is hockey, very few of you are still reading at this point and still fewer care that the last paragraph ended with a preposition. Like the NHL itself, we will press on and hope things turn out all right.
continued from the Toronto Star,
While CBC is barely able to contain its enthusiasm, the folks at NBC and the NHL have to be dreading the final match-up. Whether it's Buffalo or Carolina taking on the Oilers, there's a good chance this series could score the lowest prime-time ratings in U.S. television history. That dubious distinction belongs to the XFL, which once brought a 1.6 prime-time rating to NBC. Since the network is averaging but 1.1 for its Saturday afternoon playoff games this year, the possibility of a record certainly exists. NBC boss Dick Ebersol could top himself as the purveyor of America's least-watched show. The reasons for that possibility are legion.

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Feeling The Pinch

from Damien Cox, special to ESPN,

This season in the NHL has been mostly about learning under the new salary cap system imposed as part of last summer's collective bargaining agreement. This summer, however, 30 teams will begin the more trying process of living under the cap. For some, it's not going to be much fun. Take the New Jersey Devils, for instance. The decisions GM Lou Lamoriello made last summer -- specifically, opting to sign veteran defenseman Vladimir Malakhov and forward Alexander Mogilny -- are going to put a pinch on the club this summer and next season...
continued Damien also tells us Bryan McCabe is not worthy of his new deal... from the Toronto Star,
For an athlete who loudly vowed never to play again in the NHL if a league-wide salary cap was instituted, Bryan McCabe appears set to make out very well despite his compromised principles. The Maple Leafs didn't get around to formally announcing the new five-year contract for the veteran defenceman yesterday, a deal that is expected to, on average, pay him about $5.5 million per season. This, you see, is not yet another case of the Leafs compensating a player for who he used to be and what he used to be able to accomplish on an NHL rink.

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J.D. On The Blues Job

The NY Post talks to John Davidson...

Q: You have been in the news because, if the Dave Checketts ownership group is approved in St. Louis, you could be president of the Blues. Where does that stand? A: I don't have an answer there primarily because the NHL has not finished their process of ratifying the group to purchase the Blues. If they do - that would be sometime in June - that is when we would have some very relevant discussions and then make a decision at that time. Q: So what will it take? A: It would have to be the perfect opportunity for me to even think about leaving
read on (reg. req.)

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