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Canucks Need A Coach

from the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks are still looking for Mr. Right. General manager Dave Nonis must have a new head coach signed, sealed and delivered long before the opening of the free-agent market on July 1. That's 30 days and this is not an option. Since the end of the NHL's regular season, every GM in the league has been busy talking to as many player agents as his long-distance plan will allow. It's a tough sell, especially if you can't even tell these people something as critical as who your coach is.
continued added 1:43pm, It appears VCOE has gotten into the employment agency field.

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Pity the poor fans and players in Long Island and St. Louis. The Islanders apparently have gone into a catatonic trance in terms of filling the role of GM vacated by Mike Milbury, who will be lurking upstairs in a new management position. The Blues are awaiting final approval from the league on the team's sale to Dave Checketts. Both teams are drifting aimlessly with the entry draft less than a month away and free agency set to begin July 1. Under current GM Larry Pleau, we know the Blues are working as though it's business as usual. But it would be extraordinary if Pleau remained after the ownership is confirmed, and it makes little sense to have a lame-duck regime making the most important player decisions in the team's history, including their first No. 1 overall draft pick.

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Still Going At It

from the Toronto Sun,

With his young Buffalo team facing a win-or-go-home scenario, Ruff yesterday lobbed a verbal grenade at Laviolette by suggesting it is the Hurricanes who are feeling the heat despite being just one victory away from a berth in the final. Referring to Laviolette's 'Canes, Ruff said: "You'd hate to lose Game 6 and go into Game 7, where anything can happen. "For me, the pressure is on them. We have nothing to lose." Ruff was giddy at the way his Sabres played in the second half of their 4-3 overtime loss in Game 5, alleging the 'Canes had just one scoring chance in the final 30 minutes. For his part, Laviolette has issues with Ruff's mathematics.
more from the Toronto Star,
After Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final, Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff accused the Carolina Hurricanes of diving and constantly looking to the referees for calls every time they got hit. It's an accusation that Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette doesn't quite comprehend.
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Do You Know The NHL

from the Hockey News,

Q. The best of the NHL’s many changes this year is: (a) New stipulation outlawing attempts to reverse male pattern baldness (b) Warning the Minnesota Wild that, with sellout crowds night after night, they’d better start spending money on players who can score or else people are going to start noticing (c) The DaVinci Code-like adventure hockey fans must embark on to navigate their way through the pitfalls and perils of Center Ice/OLN blackouts (d) As a member of The Society For The Encouragement Of More Goalie Padding, Sloth and Wanton Violence In The NHL, I’m going to go with “none of the above” on this one
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NHL Disappearing

from the Delco Times,

Does anyone out there have an extra clue to spare, because someone needs to send one to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman post-haste? The NHL is in nuclear winter when it comes to this postseason. And it’s a shame really, because the quality of play has been superb. Bettman promised that the "new" NHL would catch on like wildfire and the people would embrace it and love it. And sure, Bettman and his cronies in the league office can stand behind attendance figures that were the best the league has ever seen, but the reality of those numbers still points to more disinterest in the game

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Newark Mayor Will Challenge Arena

from Black Athlete Sports,

Looks like Booker fortunately is singing a different tune to the rip-off Hockey perpetuated on Newark. A new arena deal that is likely to cost Newark $300 Million for a team and a sport few Newark residents will ever see the inside of and couldn't care less about. For a sport they are as likely to see a Black player in one of those games at the Newark Hockey Taj Mahal as winning the big prize in the New Jersey lottery. Newark needs NHL hockey like it needs a Category 5 hurricane.
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Numminen Doubtful

from the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),

It looks like the daily speculation about the Buffalo Sabres' walking wounded is over, which is not a good thing for them. The hope that defenceman Teppo Numminen will return from his groin-hip flexor injury faded yesterday. The team did not practise on Monday and he did not make himself available to reporters, but head coach Lindy Ruff made it clear he is unlikely to play on Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Self Interview

Christy at Behind the Jersey interviews someone close to her heart.

Q. – What first attracted you to the sport of hockey? At first, it was probably wanting to spend time with my Dad and he always followed the team especially come playoff time. I enjoyed the action of the game and you can't beat the fighting. Especially when the blood is spilling at a Wings vs. Avs game. My first years as a fan were spent in the height of the rivalry - I don't know hockey without it.
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Conn Smythe Worthy

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

The NHL is the only major sport that gets it right. The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded to the MVP of the entire playoffs, not just the final series. To give an MVP award solely based on one game or one series seems short-sighted and silly. o, be thankful the NHL gets it right and rewards two months' worth of excellence, not a week's worth. The Stanley Cup is the ultimate reward, but the Conn Smythe is validation of showing up in the most important games. A cool looking trophy that says, "I was the best in the games that mattered the most." Here are the players who still have a shot to have that trophy.
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What’s In A Name

from the News & Observer,

Traditional monikers are mired in the modern-day culture war -- Redskins, Braves, Indians, Seminoles. Other labels make little geographical, cultural or biological sense -- Lakers for arid Los Angeles, Jazz in a city surrounded by Mormons, Panthers in a Southern state not particularly noted for such elusive predators. Caniacs don't have to swallow such indignities. The tag for the object of their maniacal devotion -- Hurricanes -- sounds right and feels right for a franchise known for heart-stopping, force-of-nature comebacks.

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