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The Propects Arrive In Anaheim

from Tim Wharnsby at the Globe and Mail,

The National Hockey League invited the top six North American prospects to Game 2 of the 2007 Stanley Cup final and nobody’s eyes were wider than juniors Karl Alzner and Keaton Ellerby.
The 6-foot-4 ½ Ellerby, who hails from Strathmore, Alta. and plays on the backend for the Kamloops Blazers, also shook hands with the player he idolizes, Anaheim 6-foot-6 defenceman Chris Pronger and almost could look him in the eye.

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Check out the video profile of the prospects mentioned- Karl Alzner, Keaton Ellerby and Sam Gagner.

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Another Fire Put Out

from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,

As always, some of the speculation over potential free-agent movement is a little wild, specifically that some forget teams now operate under a salary cap.
That cap is expected to rise from the current $44 million to possibly $48 million, perhaps even higher, leaving roughly half of the 30 NHL teams with more than $20 million in available cap space with which to bolster their respective rosters for next season.
Sadly, some rumormongers seem unaware which of those teams have this available cap space.
A recent internet rumor suggested the Dallas Stars might have interest in Montreal Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray should he become an unrestricted free agent on July 1….
So to those reporting on potential destinations for this summer’s top free agents, remember to keep the salary cap in mind when posting your speculations.

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Sens Plan Parade Route

from the CBC,

If the Senators win their final series against the Anaheim Ducks, the Stanley Cup won’t just come back to Ottawa — it will also visit Gatineau, Que.
Both Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien and the Senators’ hockey club have confirmed that a Stanley Cup parade would pass through Gatineau, just across the Ottawa River, Mayor Marc Bureau said Wednesday.
“It’s a team that is maybe more from Ottawa, but 15 to 20 per cent of the spectators at Scotia[bank] Place are francophones nonetheless,” he told Radio-Canada in French.

continued... and in my neck of the woods, public talk of a parade is a no-no until victory is achieved…

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Best Damn Cherry

Did you see Don Cherry on Best Damn Sports Period?
IF not, follow this link then click on the pic of Don there.

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Carlyle After The Morning Skate

Q. Randy, with the salary cap, are we going to see a lot of parity, lot of different teams in the Stanley Cup Finals, like the Super Bowl, you have different teams every year?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Well, I think that the distribution of the talent was very evident in the regular season this year for sure. If you look at the number of teams that were able to achieve 100 points, you look at the competitiveness to make the playoffs, teams 1 through 8, both divisions, were very, very tightly grouped.
And I think that’s closer to the norm. And part of that reason is the salary cap, and people are somewhat on a level playing field by the structure of it.

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The Next Ice Princess

Somehow I missed this from about three weeks ago, but you can still vote for the next Ice Princess at Japers’ Rink.

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Leader Of The Year

NEW YORK (May 30, 2007) – Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelioshas been named the recipient of the Mark Messier Leader of the Year Award, presented by COLD-fX for the 2006-07 season in recognition for his outstanding performance as a player, his vast leadership skills and his dedicated humanitarian efforts. VERSUS will air a special segment on Chelios, hosted by Messier, during tonight’s Stanley Cup Final Game 2 pre-game studio show LIVE from the Honda Center in Anaheim.

CV Technologies Inc., the maker of COLD-fX - the official immune enhancer of the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association - will donate $25,000 to the charity of Chelios’ choice.

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Media Talk

via SportsBusiness Daily,

Versus earned a 0.62 overnight Nielsen cable rating for Game One of the Senators-Ducks Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night, down 28.7% from a 0.87 for Oilers-Hurricanes Game One last season. The net earned a 1.7 rating in L.A. on Monday, its best mark ever in the market. The three top local markets were Buffalo (3.9), Denver (2.2) and Pittsburgh.

via SportsBusiness Journal,

NBC has sold out its inventory and said that demand “has been strong throughout the playoffs.” The network claims it and the NHL both are “poised to make a profit again this year” from their TV agreement. Verizon Wireless, MasterCard, Gillette and the U.S. Marines will all advertise during NBC’s coverage of the Finals.
Versus’ sales results “are on par with last year.” However, several ad buyers said that hockey and the Cup Finals “had not been a focus for them this year, and though network sales are strong, they described cable sales as lackluster.

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The Stars Come Out

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

The Stanley Cup final has always attracted some degree of celebrity and this year is no different. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – yes, that still deserves a (!!!) – and other celebs were in attendance for Game 1 in Anaheim, adding to a fairly impressive list of famous hockey fans.
In honor of star power in hockey, let’s look at the top 10 coolest ice nuts you’re likely to recognize:
9. Kid Rock. Yeah, he might be more of a basketball fan, but Mr. Rock has followed the Red Wings nearly as passionately for years. And he shares something in common with legendary bust Alexandre Daigle: both have, um, come into contact with Pamela Anderson’s legendary bust.

read on for the rest…

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The Next GM For Columbus?

from the Columbus Dispatch,

All signs point to Bob Murray being hired as Blue Jackets general manager, but an announcement probably will have to wait until after the Stanley Cup Finals.
Several NHL sources told The Dispatch yesterday that Murray, vice president of hockey operations for the Anaheim Ducks, is considered the leading candidate among the four who will be granted second interviews with club president Mike Priest and majority owner John H. McConnell.

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Thanks to a KK member for the heads up via the KK Forums...

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