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Taylor Hall’s dad gave prospect early edge

From the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff:

The Windsor Spitfires were in the midst of their Ontario Hockey League Hockey League playoff series against the Plymouth Whalers, and deep in the bowels of the Compuware Sports Arena, Spitfires left-winger Taylor Hall was alone and in the zone.

Headphones in his ears, one with his thought process, the object of Hall’s focus was the red road hockey ball he stickhandled feverishly back and forth with his stick.

It’s this single-minded ability to tune into the task at hand and pour his energy into the objective, added to his incredible speed, skill set and hockey smarts that leave scouts drooling over the possibility of calling Hall’s name during next week’s National Hockey League entry draft.

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Bruins Closing in on Panthers Winger Nathan Horton?

From NESN.com’s James Murphy:

Well, it appears Chiarelli could already have a trade in place that would bring a current NHLer to Boston.

While the parameters of the trade are unclear at this point, a very reliable source told NESN.com on Friday that the Bruins are closing in on a trade with the Florida Panthers that would see them acquire winger Nathan Horton, who was drafted third overall by the Panthers in 2003, but in six NHL seasons, has cracked the 30-goal plateau only once and—in the eyes of fans and media—failed to reach his potential and use his 6-foot-2, 229-pound frame properly.

There were no specifics on what else may come to Boston in the deal or what the return would be to Florida, but it has been well documented that Chiarelli would love to move into the top 5-7 picks overall to get one of the top defensive prospects available, so this could be a package deal involving roster players and picks.

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Off-Season Game Plan:  Chicago Blackhawks

From TSN’s Scott Cullen:

The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1961, so it’s a summer for celebrating. For some, notably GM Stan Bowman, it’s going to be a summer involving tough decisions as the Blackhawks scramble to get under the salary cap.

Off-Season Game Plan looks at the championship roster and what the Blackhawks can do if they’re going to have a legitimate chance to defend their title.

Such is the nature of the salary cap world in the NHL that great young teams face a tight window of opportunity because it’s so difficult to keep an entire team together.

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Dallas Stars pondering training camp in Charlottetown, newspaper says

From the Canadian Press via The Hockey News:

There’s a report the City of Charlottetown and the Dallas Stars are close to signing a deal that would bring a portion of the NHL club’s training camp to Prince Edward Island this fall.

The Charlottetown Guardian cites a report in the Dallas Morning News that says the Stars are “pondering having part of training camp” on Prince Edward Island.

Wayne Long, Charlottetown’s events development officer, declined comment when asked about the story.

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Fletcher: Wild won’t buy way out of NHL’s bottom

From the Associated Press:

The Minnesota Wild have a lot of work to do this summer.  They need to add promising young players, but also must improve the depth and quality of their roster. It’s a difficult place to be in the NHL, not quite good enough to contend for the Stanley Cup but also lacking the top draft picks to add elite talent and get better in a hurry the way the champion Chicago Blackhawks did with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

After missing the playoffs for the second straight year, the Wild have the ninth selection in the first round of next week’s draft.  Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said Friday he’s pleased with the amount of salary-cap space he has to make moves, more than most teams, but he insisted that’s not a blank check for free agency.

“You can’t buy your way out of the basement,” Fletcher said. “We don’t have the ability to sign five guys on July 1 at $5 million apiece, but looking at the talent pool on July 1, I would suggest that shouldn’t be our goal, too. We will patiently and methodically build this team.”

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Atlanta Spirit says it has no plans to move teams

From the National Post:

The owners of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers say they continue to look for minority partners and have no plans to sell or move either team.

There have been persistent reports that the Atlanta Spirit ownership group is strapped financially and may be looking to sell one or both teams. The latest report was in Friday’s New York Post. The group also owns the operating rights to Philips Arena.

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NHL takes step to penalize hits to the head

From the Toronto Star’s Kevin McGran:

A hit to the head will be a penalty — a five-minute major — next season in the NHL.

The league and the NHL Players’ Association took a huge step Friday toward ridding the game of the dreaded headshots — blindside shots, gratuitous shots and intentional shots — when the 10-member competition committee agreed on a new penalty.

“Gratuitous headshots are going to be eliminated from the game,” said veteran defenceman Mathieu Schneider, one of five players on the committee. “Guys are going to be penalized if they take those shots.  “Our hope is that all the headshots are going to be taken out of the game,” he added, admitting it won’t be easy. “The game happens so quickly. There is going to be contact with the head, that’s the nature of the game. It’s the intentional shots we want to take out of the game.”

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Fehr a factor in NHLPA’s cap decision

From the Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle:

One of the key issues facing the players in attendance Monday will be a vote on whether to approve the annual 5-per-cent growth factor in the NHL’s salary cap.

A year ago, the vote was close, but players pushed the cap “inflator” through for the third consecutive year. After a season of players making 18-per-cent escrow payments, however, many believe this particular decision could be the most contentious one yet.

While a majority of the player reps and agents contacted declined to comment, some said they believe another display of infighting over the vote could be a sign to Fehr that leading the union isn’t in his best interests.

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Competition Committee Meets Tomorrow

from the CP at TSN,

A rule outlawing hits to the head in the NHL will go back under the microscope Friday as the competition committee sits down for a meeting.

The 10-man committee comprised of players, general managers and Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider will look to get consensus on a new rule that could be enacted for next season.

The issue has been debated for over a year following a proposal from the NHL Players’ Association that all hits to the head be penalized. The league’s 30 GMs were originally cool to the idea, but a series of on-ice incidents this season prompted them to recommend a penalty for blindside head hits at the end of their annual meetings in March.

The competition committee will look to define the specific framework for the rule.

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Evening Line

If you think host Jay Mohr is an A-list celebrity then you probably think Alex Trebek writes the questions to all those Jeopardy answers and golfer Mike Weir is not only still a threat to win a major but that he and Wayne Gretzky are neck-and-neck for winemaker of the year awards in Ontario. But what does it matter who “hosts” this thing or what kind of “entertainment” is on the lineup card?

This is the time of year when hockey fans in general and Canadians (particularly Toronto placed media and fans) get in a pout about the league running out on Toronto in favour of ‘Sin City.’ Hello bumpkins, it’s not about media or even about fans or celebrities, it’s about the players.

-Jim Kelley of Sportsnet writing about the NHL Awards Show.  More on this topic and additional hockey subjects from Jim.

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