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You Never Know

from Mike Waldner of the Daily Breeze,

All that separated the Ducks from possession of the Stanley Cup was a loss in the seventh game of the Finals.
Mike Babcock was the relatively young 40-year-old rookie NHL coach who molded the Ducks into a formidable team. He was bright, passionate, committed and, so it seemed, settling in for a long run in Anaheim.
You know, you never know.

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from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

Obviously, a one-year offer meant there were some doubts about whether Babcock could be the coach Burke wanted him to be, and Babcock wanted more than that.
“He said, ‘One year is not a lot of security,’” Burke recalled. “So he asked for permission to look around. ... He asked for a window (to negotiate with other teams) and he later asked for an extension to that (negotiating window).”
And a few days later, Babcock accepted a multiyear offer to coach the Red Wings.

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Best Teams Hang Around

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

And all we wanted was the Detroit Red Wings to (a) embrace their spineless-ly Poker-ish ways and fold early and (b) realize that two of their key cogs in the bid for a championship were, at one time, deck hands on The Ark. Now you have the Red Wings getting unexpectedly vital contributions from players with names ending in “son”, “ov”, “berg” and “Datsyuk” and they really have this belief that a route to the Cup doesn’t necessarily require taking the Yzerman Parkway.

more on all of the teams in the CF…

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Probie Takes A Shot At The Leafs

from Bob Duff of the Wndsor Star,

“Our second night in Kandahar, they took us over to see the spy planes,” Probert said. “We were in the one of the rooms getting briefed on the spy planes and all of a sudden the sirens start going off.”
“They came in an escorted us right to the bomb shelter. The bunker, they called it.”
While there, Probert looked around at his fellow retired NHLers and spied Dan Daoust, Mike Pelyk, Lou Franceschetti, Dave Hutchison, Dave (Tiger) Williams and Kevin Maguire, all of them former Toronto Maple Leafs and decided to add a little levity to a tense situation.
“I said, ‘Apparently, they found out the Maple Leafs were here,’” Probert said. “That didn’t go over too well.”

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The Next New Jersey Coach

from The Maven,

Lamoriello’s current assistant coach John MacLean has just thrown his hat into the ring.
Matter of fact, Johnny Mac – one of the all-time New Jersey hockey heroes – just told me so.
My question was simple: “John, how interested are you in the head coaching job?”
To which Mac shot back: “I’m definitely interested.”...
Pat Burns would love to return behind the bench now that he’s feeling healthy again. Other possibilities include Scott Stevens, Mike Sullivan and – if he’s released by San Jose – Ron Wilson.

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The Return Of Peter Puck

TORONTO, May 9 /CNW/ - After being shut out for more than a quarter century, Peter Puck is locked, loaded and ready to score. Created by hockey historian and past CBC Hockey Night in Canada commentator Brian McFarlane, Peter Puck is bouncing out of retirement to the applause of hockey enthusiasts around the world. The chirpy, cartoon rubber biscuit emerged in 1973 and quickly became recognized as the most popular intermission personality ever featured on televised NHL games.

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Ruff Starting Early

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The Sabres coach was quick and sharp when asked about comments made by Ray Emery, who said in Tuesday’s Sun that he’s not thrilled about having to spend off-days in Buffalo and joked on TSN’s Off The Record that he might pass his spare time this week hanging out at TGI Friday’s.
“He’ll find things to do,” Ruff said with a chuckle after the Sabres practiced yesterday.
“Rent a Hummer truck ... go for a ride, go for a drive, drive around a little bit.”

more on the Sens/Sabres…

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Look On The Bright Side

San Jose finding the positives from losing to the Wings…
from the Mercury News, -

-You’d be amazed how easily a player’s day with the Stanley Cup can end with a brawl and an arrest at a strip club. No worries here.
-Ron Wilson can watch “The Sopranos” on Sunday nights. What if the Sharks had a game to play and Wilson had to record it and not watch until Monday or even Tuesday? And what if someone on the radio revealed a spoiler as Wilson was driving to work? No telling how salty he might get then.

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Why Even Watch Basketball When You Have The NHL

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Right now, you have a choice most nights of watching either the NHL playoffs or the NBA playoffs. To us, it’s no contest. The NHL playoffs are way better than the NBA playoffs. Here are 10 reasons why.
Overtime
1 Basketball overtimes last five minutes. Throw in a bunch of timeouts and free throws and it can take a half-hour, and you usually know who is going to win most of that time. Hockey? It might last 30 seconds or it might last until 4 in the morning and you can’t take your eyes off the screen.

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If Wings Win, So Do Panthers

via the Detroit Free Press,

This is the scenario: In order for the Florida Panthers to get this year’s first-round pick three things have to happen: 1) The Wings have to be in the final four of the playoffs, 2) Bertuzzi has to play in two-thirds of the playoff games, and 3) Bertuzzi has to be among the top-five scorers.
If the first two happen but Bertuzzi is not a top-five scorer, then it’s a second-round draft pick – unless the Wings go to the Stanley Cup finals, in which case it reverts back to a first-round pick. If Bertuzzi re-signs with the Wings, the Panthers get a second pick in 2008.

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Gomez Ready For UFA Period

from the AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,

“We have gone this far, it would be foolish not to see what’s out there,” Gomez said. “That doesn’t man anything. It doesn’t mean I am leaning one way or I don’t want to be here. I have talked to all the guys that have played here and gone through this. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Gomez went to arbitration last summer and was awarded a one-year, $5 million deal.
After collecting 13 goals and 47 assists in the regular season, and four goals and 10 assists in the postseason, Gomez can expect even more next year.

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