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Top RFAs

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

For those willing to pay the price, whether through an offer sheet or a deal similar to the one that sent Kessel to Toronto, these three potential restricted free agents are now the most attractive.

Jaroslav Halak, Canadiens G

Halak is on a playoff run for the ages, which is great news for the Canadiens and the partygoers in Montreal. But just wait until the bill arrives. This is going to cost the Canadiens a fortune. Both Halak and Carey Price are restricted free agents, and there’s no way now Montreal can let Halak walk. The better play for rival general managers looking to raid the Canadiens might be to make a pitch for Price. There’s still considerable upside in Price—he’s 23 with a career save percentage of .912—and it’ll be challenging for Montreal to sign both.

read on including updated on Joe Paveleski and Bobby Ryan…

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Niemi Proving Doubters Wrong

from Bob Verdi of ChicaoBlackhawks.com,

I have in my gnarled and arthritic hands a crinkled clipping from the august New York Times, dated April 16, 2010. The headline is as follows: “Entering Playoffs With Many Stars, Just Not In Goal.”

Surprise! The story is about the Blackhawks and their unknown soldier between the pipes, Antti Niemi, who went from Pelicans Lahti to Rockford IceHogs to No. 1 in Chicago, earns only $827,00 for manning what arguably is the most important position in sports, yet is so green he might as well be a vegetable.

The Times, which has earned numerous Pulitzer Prizes, was not breaking any news here. Most experts throughout the National Hockey League concurred that the Blackhawks would be vulnerable in net, and truth be told, so did thousands of nervous fans in Chicago.

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The Canadian Flyers

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

They come, in impressive numbers, from all over the country, from small towns in Ontario to large cities in Alberta; they come from the Prairies and they come from the north; they can even claim the Flying Frenchmen from Quebec.

They are the Philadelphia Flyers.

They beat Canada’s only team still standing in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens, 6-0 the other night – francophones Daniel Brière, Simon Gagné and Claude Giroux all scoring – and they sat on the bench listening in awe as the familiar “Ole! Ole! Ole!” of Montreal hockey triumphs rained down from the rafters, the sarcasm of the Philadelphia fans dripping.

“It’s a lot of emotion for me and Danny and Claude to play against that team,” Gagné said Monday, as the Flyers prepared to meet the Canadiens in Game 2 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series on Tuesday.

read on

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Sabres Re-Sign Grier

BUFFALO, NY (May 17, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Mike Grier, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Grier (1/5/1975, 6’1”, 225 lbs.) had 22 points (10+12) in 73 regular season games for Buffalo this season. He also contributed two goals in six playoff games, and was credited with a team-leading 33 hits.

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Plays Of The Week

The best plays from the past week in the NHL Playoffs.

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Good Move By Florida

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

That sound you hear is the sound of about a dozen or more NHL general managers cheering, applauding for the hiring of Dale Tallon as the new GM of the Florida Panthers.

It’s not that they think Tallon’s a dope and will trade them Stephen Weiss or Nathan Horton for a song. It’s because Tallon was enormously popular as GM of the Chicago Blackhawks and most executives in the league believe he got a raw deal when he was dumped last summer by president John McDonough in favour of Scotty Bowman’s son, Stan.

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Flyers Getting Healthier

from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

It’s possible that both Jeff Carter (fractured right foot) and Ian Laperriere (brain contusion) will be back in the Flyers’ lineup at some point during their Eastern Conference Final series with the Montreal Canadiens. Both skated today in Voorhees, and while Carter’s status for the series is still very much up in the air, Laperriere has been cleared for contact.

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Report- Dale Tallon Next Panthers GM

via a Steve Gorten tweet,

Panthers will name Dale Tallon as their new general manager tommorrow

added 1:21pm, via Steve Gorten of the Sun Sentinel,

It’s uncertain right now whether Randy Sexton will remain with the team in any capacity.

added 1:46pm,

SUNRISE, FL – The Florida Panthers announced today that Dale Tallon has been named the team’s new general manager, replacing Randy Sexton. Tallon will be introduced at a press conference at the BankAtlantic Center on Tuesday, May 18 at 11 a.m.

“On behalf of the entire organization, we are thrilled and honored to open a new chapter in Florida Panthers franchise history with the hiring of Dale Tallon as general manager,” said Panthers managing partners Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel. “Dale brings with him a proven track record and an impressive franchise-building resume that we believe is the perfect fit for the future of the Panthers organization. We thank Randy Sexton for his service to our organization and appreciate his continued support throughout this transition process.”

“It is with great pleasure and excitement that I join the Florida Panthers,” said Tallon. “I would like to thank Managing Partners Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel, Alternate Governor Bill Torrey and President/COO Michael Yormark for giving me the opportunity to put my mark on this franchise. I look forward to getting to work and will immediately evaluate our club’s framework, as we diligently prepare for the upcoming draft and free agency signing period.”

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Observations After Game 1 Of Conference Finals

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

• How hot are the Flyers right now? Going back to Game 7 against Boston, the Flyers have now scored 10 unanswered goals (four against the Bruins, six against the Canadiens in Game 1 on Sunday). According to our friends at the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the longest streak of its kind in a single postseason since 1987, when the Flyers scored 11 straight goals over a three-game period against the New York Rangers and Islanders. Philly went on to lose to the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup finals.

• Another indication of the kind of playoff baggage the San Jose Sharks are lugging around this spring as they try to advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history? The horrors of home.

The Sharks have never won a home game in the conference finals. In their only other appearance (against the Calgary Flames in 2004), they managed to lose all three home games. With their Game 1 loss Sunday against Chicago, the streak now stands at four.

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Round 2 Memorable Moments

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