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Add A ‘C’ To Phaneuf

from TSN,

Sources tell TSN that the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to name Dion Phaneuf as the club’s 17th captain next week.

The team has called a news conference for Monday afternoon, where sources say the Phaneuf announcement will be made, along with the unveiling of a new Maple Leafs sweater.

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Don’t Blame Leighton

from Sarah Baicker of CSN Philly,

Michael Leighton left the ice Wednesday night with tears in his eyes.

By now, the awkward ending to Game 6 has had a chance to settle in the minds of the Flyers and their fans alike. It will be remembered, likely, as one of the most abrupt endings to a Stanley Cup run in history, and perhaps one of the most anticlimactic, as well.

But it will weigh on the heart of no one more than the Flyers’ goalie.

It was a defensive breakdown in the Flyers’ own zone that led to Patrick Kane gaining control of the puck to Leighton’s right, at a seemingly benign angle. But the Blackhawks’ charismatic youngster found the back of the net on a shot that, to be frank, Leighton should have had little trouble containing.

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Watch The Cup Parade In Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks victory parade is scheduled to begin at 11:30am EDT today.

watch it below via CSN Chicago…

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Blackhawks Make History

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Media Credentials For Atlanta Hockey Bloggers?

from Bill Tiller of the Ice Man at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Should the Atlanta Thrashers issue press credentials to bloggers who write about the team?

This question periodically gets kicked around the blogosphere from time to time. Those who supports such an idea believe it would allow them gain certain insight and information for their readers and would help the team tap into this new form of on-line journalism. There are some who even feel that these blogs…specifically sports blogs… are a natural evolution away from the so-call mainstream media….

Recently I asked a handful of these on-line journalist that make up Thrasherville’s “internet news agencies” what their thoughts were on the subject of press creds for bloggers.

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Pronger On Burish Remarks

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Adam Burish sure picked a funny time to start a rivalry with one of the best defenceman in the NHL.

While his teammates were celebrating their thrilling Stanley Cup victory on the ice at the Wachovia Center Thursday, the fringe NHLer was more worried about dissing Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger. Asked by a reporter what he thought of Pronger, whom many believe could have won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs even though his team lost, Burish called Pronger and idiot and added if he saw him on the ice he might punch him.

“He had his chance during the series, didn’t he” Pronger said. “Why is he worrying about me instead of celebrating winning the Cup? Boy, it just goes to show how much I was in his kitchen for him to be talking about me five minutes after he wins the Cup.”

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The Latest UFA Talk

Will Bill Guerin & Mark Eaton return with the Penguins? Will the Senators buy out Jonathan Cheechoo? Could Mathieu Darche return with the Habs?

Spector’s Hockey has the answers…

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What A Feeling

from Dan McNeil of the Chicago Tribune,

You’re not supposed to cheer in the press box. That’s the biggest reason I avoid them if I can.

What the Blackhawks Stanley Cup thrill ride did for me was give me access to the wide-eyed child inside the 48-year-old man. I’m grateful for that because the Hawks were my first love.

That Indian head and the crossing tomahawks over the gold “C” were my world. In grammar school, I skipped lunch for several weeks, pocketing 40 cents a day so I could buy an envelope stuffed with 5 x 7 glossies.

continued and watch a video below as the Cup makes an appearance on the streets of Chicago…

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Talking Chicago Salary Cap Issues

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Huet represents the greatest challenge. Two years remain on his contract, and he will almost certainly be pushed out, either through a buyout or, more likely, through assignment to the team’s minor-league affiliate in Rockford, Ill., where he can collect his full NHL salary but not count against the salary cap. That step would require the blessing of ownership, but this new Blackhawk crew is not overly sentimental, nor is it afraid to make a hard business choice as needed.

Even if Huet has played his final game for the Blackhawks, they will also need to move out one or more contributing players to make the numbers work. Will it be Kris Versteeg? Patrick Sharp? Maybe Dustin Byfuglien makes the most sense – a sometimes inconsistent performer whose value on the trade market will likely never be higher than it is right now.

It was little more than a year ago, during the 2009 Western Conference final, when Red Wings coach Mike Babcock warned the improving Blackhawks that they would soon be facing the same difficult roster decisions that Detroit deals with annually.

It is a balancing act, trying to win consecutive Stanley Cups in the postlockout era, which has featured five different champions in five years

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Looking For A Goalie In Philadelphia

from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The truth is, you do not need Brodeur or Patrick Roy anymore to win a Cup. Antti Niemi, after all, is about to have his name engraved on the thing. If you want to argue that a tandem of Leighton (a free agent) and Boucher (already signed) is good enough to make another run at it, well, put it this way: It would have been crazy talk a decade ago, but it is not now.

Still, if you are the Flyers, don’t you have to be a little better there? Remember Pittsburgh and Washington. The Flyers’ star players are not as good as the Penguins’ and the Capitals’ star players. The way you beat them is with balance and with goaltending.

I’d make Mike Richards , Claude Giroux and Pronger untouchable. After that, I’d be willing to talk about anybody if it would significantly upgrade the goaltending and add to the defensive depth. That is the other issue. Pronger did wear down in the last few games, finally. They need another defenseman whom they are not afraid to play.

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