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Would Edmonton Try To Make Another Trade With Ottawa?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

With the Ottawa Senators’ Jason Spezza seemingly disgruntled with his lot in life in the nation’s capital, here’s how the Oilers might solve the Taylor vs. Tyler debate.

Draft winger Taylor Hall on June 25 with their No. 1 pick at the NHL entry draft, pass on centre Tyler Seguin and trade for Spezza later.

The Senators would almost assuredly take the same three players that were on the table for winger Dany Heatley last summer — Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and Ladislav Smid — in exchange for Spezza, who would become the Oilers’ much-needed first-line centre.

Spezza, who turns 27 on June 13, has a cap hit of $7 million for the next five seasons, while Penner ($4.25 million), Smid ($1.3 million) and Cogliano (a restricted free agent who made $1.13 million last year) add up to $6.9-million cap hit. So salary would be a virtual wash.

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Burke vs. Cherry - Who Wins?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The two loudest and most stubborn men in hockey are claiming that all is well in their apparent war of words, while evidence to the contrary may indicate the opposite.

One day after Brian Burke said he was “sour, I can tell you that” about comments made about his Toronto Maple Leafs on Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night In Canada, Burke said he spoke to Cherry Thursday afternoon by telephone and indicated that “it’s no big deal, I promise.”

After Wednesday’s general managers meetings in downtown Philadelphia, Burke, the president and general manager of the Maple Leafs, appeared put out about what Cherry has been saying about the Leafs and Burke on Hockey Night and indicated he would have something to say after the Stanley Cup final was over.

Never one to hold back, Burke said: “We have been getting a lot of shots on Hockey Night In Canada and I don’t think the Stanley Cup finals is the appropriate place to start throwing hand grenades back.”

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  Tags: brian+burke, don+cherry

Sitting With The Philadelphia Fans

from Dan McNeil of the Chicago Tribune, .

..when tickets in the seventh row behind the net fell in my lap, I jumped. Since I had no real work responsibilities, I thought I’d see if the Flyer’d up, orange-clad crowd could support the stereotype. It sure did.

Here are a few of the printable lowlights of human behavior exhibited in and around Section 120 at the packed Wachovia Center on Wednesday:

• A harmless-looking, seemingly sober, middle-aged man in a Patrick Kane sweater was tugged back into his seat after he stood briefly to protest a penalty that wasn’t called. It is proper etiquette in all hockey arenas to remain seated — unless there’s pugilism involved — while the puck is in play. It wasn’t. The Kane fan stood with his arms extended for a couple of seconds after a whistle before he was pulled on by the angry woman behind him.

A woman, perhaps described best by comedian Andrew “Dice” Clay, as 220 unattractive pounds, but with a neatly trimmed beard. If you’re considering opening a Lane Bryant store, this is as good a place as any.

It was acceptable to use “mother” as an adjective whenever a Blackhawk or an official did something objectionable.

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Morning Line

“Chicago has a good young team with a lot of talent and leadership, but keeping it together, they’re in trouble there.  They have too much talent. There’s no way they can keep it all unless the wise guys meet them in a back alley somewhere and convince them it’s in their best interests to stay.”

-Jeremy Roenick on the Blackhawks and their salary cap issues.  More on Chicago from Dan McGrath at the New York Times.

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A Tired Pair Of Captains

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Tonight is the 110th hockey game of Mike Richards’ season and the tank appears to be running on empty.

He won’t come out and say that he’s running out of gas and his coach, Peter Laviolette, won’t hear of it, but others around the Philadelphia Flyers are whispering that if they want to win the Stanley Cup, they may well have to do without much contribution from their captain and first-line centre.

And he isn’t alone.

Tonight is Jonathan Toews 103rd hockey game. Through the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, he was the most dominant player on any team. He still leads the playoffs in scoring, but it’s not because of anything he has done through three games of the final.

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  Tags: jonathan+toews, mike+richards

Hartnell Back In The Game

from Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News,

“There’s many things. I don’t know if I can go there,” said chronically honest linemate Briere. “There’s a lot of issues that sometimes people have to go through.”

Briere didn’t specify Hartnell’s issues. Neither did Hartnell. It was clear, however, that the issues had less to do with Hartnell’s skating than with his head.

Laviolette declined to talk about how Hartnell, in particular, dealt with his off-ice issues. So did other team officials.

But nobody denied that off-ice issues existed. And everyone agreed that he has dealt with them better, and, as a result, he has played better.

“It’s my life. Some people are different handling [things] different ways: emotionally, physically, or whatever,” Hartnell said. “It’s been a difficult, ah, little go of it this season. It’s all passed, and behind me now. It’s time to focus on hockey.”

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  Tags: scott+hartnell

Choose One

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The NHL is always rich in small debates that make the sport interesting. Currently, there are some debates around the NHL that are of a more serious nature — so I will choose my side.

Marleau or Kovalchuk: Ilya Kovalchuk will the most prominent free agent in the marketplace and there will be more suitors for him than I originally thought. But if you ask me whether the Los Angeles Kings are more likely to go after either Patrick Marleau or Kovalchuk, I might say Marleau. It’s expected that the Kings will pursue an elite-level forward and the presumption they will go after the dynamic, fan-pleasing Kovalchuk to put more people in the stands. But GM Dean Lombardi knows Marleau well from their days in San Jose. If the Kings chase a free-agent forward, I’m guessing Lombardi will give strong consideration to Marleau.

more decisions…

 

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk, patrick+marleau

Not Following The Blackhawks

from Rex W. Huppke of the Chicago Tribune,

Ezell Walker stood on the sidewalk outside his well-kept West Side two-flat — a short half-mile from the United Center, currently the hub of the hockey universe — and spoke for a part of the city largely immune to Blackhawks fever.

“Let’s put it this way,” he said, a wide grin spreading across his face. “You’re not going to see many African-Americans walking around wearing a Patrick Kane jersey.”...

I bet if you went into one of the schools around here, most of the kids wouldn’t even know what’s going on with the Blackhawks,” said Fred Jones, pastoral associate at St. Malachy Catholic Church, about three blocks west of the United Center. “It may be that it’s just always been considered a white man’s sport.”

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Briere Is The Flyers MVP

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Briere, now a bona fide Conn Smythe Trophy candidate as playoff MVP, had the first goal of the game and an assist on the winning goal in overtime by Claude Giroux. That score was created by the fact Briere was alert enough to recognize an awful Chicago line change had basically created a 5-on-3 advantage for the home team.

Briere was also in the Blackhawks crease causing headaches for netminder Antti Niemi on Philly’s second goal, one that wasn’t officially called a goal until replay review confirmed it. On a night when baseball was again given reason to believe it needs to consider expanding its video review system, hockey’s came through with flying colours.

For Briere, it’s a noteworthy turnaround when you consider he was a frustrated centre forced to play right wing all season and began the playoffs by getting only 12:18 of playing time in the post-season opener.

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  Tags: daniel+briere

Report- Two Year Extension For Holmstrom In Detroit

George Malik of Snapshots has the information,

According to Fox 2’s Jennifer Hammond, the Red Wings have re-signed Tomas Holmstrom to a two-year contract:

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