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Dr. Lanny McDonald

From Allan Maki at the Globe & Mail hockey blog,

imageLanny McDonald graduated Tuesday.

After a lengthy and productive NHL career, and another as a businessman and Special Olympics advocate, McDonald took part in the University of Calgary 2008 convocation exercise and received an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Technically, that makes the former Calgary Flames’ forward Dr. Lanny King McDonald. But to hockey fans he’ll always be the guy with the Yosemite Sam mustache who won the Stanley Cup in his final NHL game.

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Studying the Goalies

From Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

...Wednesday’s meeting will focus on examining the “configuration and dimensions of goaltender equipment with respect to safety and performance.” Any changes to the rules governing said equipment that are deemed warranted by the group will then go to the Competition Committee for consideration.

The guys charged with redefining the fine line between excess padding and protection is an interesting one. GM’s Doug Risebrough, Brett Hull, Jim Rutherford and Garth Snow—the latter two being former goaltenders—make up the NHL contingency while the NHLPA’s representation consists of shooters Dany Heatley and Mike Cammalleri and stoppers Martin Brodeur, Rick DiPietro and Ryan Miller.

That is a diverse and knowledgeable collection, but what can we seriously expect from their efforts?

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Ron Wilson Officially Named Leafs Coach

Not that it was exactly a secret before this moment, but the Toronto Maple Leafs have formally announced their contract agreement with Ron Wilson.  Press conference is being carried live now and can be seen at this link.

More on Wilson at Mike Ulmer’s blog at TorontoMapleLeafs.com, who shares his thoughts on the new coach.

At THN, Adam Proteau provides some analysis on the links between this and Brian Burke rumors:

Really, there can be no more doubt as to who Toronto’s targeting for the GM position. If the team wanted a “proven winner,” it would’ve/should’ve hired Craig Patrick or Neil Smith by now.

The fact they haven’t, combined with Burke’s unwillingness to sign a contract extension after the Ducks prevented him from even talking to the Leafs’ GM search committee –which I believe is currently being jointly sponsored by O.J. Simpson and Iraqis For Finding Weapons of Mass Destruction – tells you all you need to know.

Note: David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail also had thoughts on this yesterday

Update 4:01pm ET: Sharkspage provides a partial transcript of Wilson’s remarks today.

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  Tags: brian+burke, ron+wilson

Report: Mattias Norstrom Retires

From the AP via the IHT,

Dallas Stars defenseman Mattias Norstrom is retiring with immediate effect, Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet said Tuesday.

“Dallas wanted to keep me, but it is over now,” the 36-year old Swede was quoted as saying on the newspaper’s Web site. “I promised myself 10 years ago that I would quit while I still had a strong position in the team. And now it is over.”

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*more details sure to be added at the Stars blog at the Dallas Morning News

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Burke’s Olympic Dream

From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca,

“I am now a U.S. Olympian, which gives me thrills,” Burke told Sportsnet.ca on Tuesday. “I wasn’t a good enough player to represent the U.S. in international competition. This is truly a tremendous honour in my opinion.”

Burke was GM of the 1993 U.S. world championship team and helped put together the previous two world championship squads, but this is his first crack at the big show. And it’s not lost on him that 2010 might be it for the world’s very best players.

“When you add to it the potential historical significance, that this well may be the very last Olympics that involves NHL players, then I think it is a very historically important event,” Burke said from his Anaheim office.

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  Tags: brian+burke, olympics

Morning Line

Sean Avery worried about his contract? Of course not—he’s onto more pressing issues:

“We want to get it back to the point where girls don’t worry about what US Weekly says. It’s about expressing individual style and just wearing what’s cool. I’m totally consumed by fashion. We want to help them bring their individuality back.”

According to People magazine, Avery is forming a celebrity style business with a partner.

*hat-tip to Sam Weinman at Rangers Report

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Charitable Guy

From Brian Compton at NHL.com,

“Hockey guys are really involved in the community,” Lecavalier said. “Before starting a foundation, I wanted to be established as an NHL player. After the (work stoppage), I said I’m starting a foundation. It wasn’t that easy. There’s a lot of work to do that I had no idea about it. I said ‘I’m starting tomorrow,’ but that’s not how it works. You have to choose what the project is going to be and go and see different people.”

Lecavalier, who is still recovering from shoulder surgery after posting 92 points during the 2007-08 season, was very much a part of the process of this new [Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center] from the beginning. He’ll even get to voice his opinion, although he said he will leave the final decisions to the experts.

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Weight a Fit in St. Louis?

From Jeff Gordon at STLtoday.com,

[Doug] Weight is looking to play another year and St. Louis has become home. Is there a fit here?

Maybe, maybe not. I recall that Weight was unhappy with how coach Andy Murray was using him last season, before his deal. Murray saw Weight as more of a role player at this late stage of his career, a designation that Weight resisted.

But if Doug did return to the Blues as a free agent, he would have to embrace a third- or fourth-line assignment if the lines fell that way.

more on the Blues summer priorities

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  Tags: doug+weight, free+agents

Leafs Rumors

All the news from Spector:

Thankfully we’ll know in about three weeks what Sundin will do, putting an end to months of speculation over his future. I still have my doubts that the Leafs will buyout Tucker but I am convinced Raycroft will be bought out. As for Redden, why would the Leafs want him?

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  Tags: darcy+tucker, mats+sundin, trade+rumors, wade+redden

Will They Meet Again?

From Pierre McGuire at Sports Illustrated,

The NHL got a dream finals this spring: Its biggest star, Sidney Crosby, facing the Red Wings, perhaps its most entertaining team. After getting essentially anonymous matchups in 2006 (Carolina-Edmonton) and ‘07 (Anaheim-Ottawa), the league can now hope (off the record, of course) for a Penguins-Wings rematch in 2009. Here’s a look at each team’s off-season challenges.

Red Wings: Though nine of last season’s regulars were 35 or older, don’t expect this deep team to drop off.

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Plus SI’s Michael Farber reflects on the series and its fantastic finish.

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