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Goaltending Issues For Oilers & Canes

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Even after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers will both have goaltending issues. The Oilers have until July 1 to sign injured Dwayne Roloson or he becomes an unrestricted free agent.... Meanwhile, the Hurricanes' future seems solid with Cam Ward, who might have turned in the best rookie playoff run since Montreal's Patrick Roy in 1986. But tradition says goalies can sometimes struggle in their second season. With Gerber presumed to be heading elsewhere, the Hurricanes probably will be looking for a veteran goalie to replace him.
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A Little Hosting Problem

Apologies to some of you trying to access KK for the last 1 1/2 hours. The issue looks to be resolved.

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Oiler Fans Buy Canes Season Tickets

from the CP via Slam,

Hundreds of Canadian hockey fans made the trek south to cheer on the Oilers, who were attempting to become the first Canadian team in 13 years to win the Stanley Cup. Some got great seats with free tickets to the big game by purchasing 2006-2007 Carolina Hurricanes season tickets for $800. Russ Boghean of Ardossan, Alta., was getting into a loud pre-game mood wearing an orange rubber head cover with short spikes. His trip was a Father's Day gift. He and Al Stafford of Sherwood Park, Alta., flew in via Denver, Las Vegas and Orlando. Blake McGrath of Sherwood Park was with them. He'd arrived via Seattle and Atlanta.
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How Valuable Is Luongo

via Sportsnet,

A source close to the Panthers says general manager Mike Keenan has begun the process of investigating what Luongo's market value is. The Vancouver Canucks will provide the most fodder for the rumour mill with Dan Cloutier and Todd Bertuzzi already speculated to be a part of any deal. The Toronto Maple Leafs, desperately in need of goaltending, will most certainly make a play. However, the team that comes up with the magic formula will do so at a stiff price.

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NHLPA Says Cap At $44 Million

via TSN,

The NHL Players Association is telling its' membership that the NHL salary cap will rise to a maximum of approximately $44 million per team next season. In a message posted on the players' only website known as ''The Source,'' the NHLPA says the salary cap will range from a minimum of $28 million per team up to $44 million. The message says the figures are approximate, but close to what the final numbers will be.

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Paris & Theodore

from Canada.com,

Paris Hilton swears she’s not looking for love – but did she find a little bit of lovin’ in Toronto? The actress/singer seemed quite taken by Colorado Avalanche goalie Jose Theodore at a party following the MuchMusic Video Awards. Witnesses say Hilton, 25, chatted and held hands with Theodore, a 29-year-old native of Laval, Quebec, at the Courthouse in Toronto before leaving together. The pair showed up at the Ultra club and partied until the wee hours of the morning.
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Report- McCabe Ready To Sign With Leafs

via James Mirtle, The Fan 590 in Toronto is reporting McCabe will sign with the Leafs in the next few days. The delay was caused by health issues within his family.

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Game 6 Ratings

Game 6 of the SCF received a prime time rating of 2.1/ 4 and a 1.2/ 5 among adults 18-49 from 8-11 p.m.

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Report- Weight Playing

Leafs Lunch reporting Weight in tonight. added 1:57pm, from the morning skate at ESPN,

Russo: Could you imagine if Weight plays tonight? Burnside We have two words for Doug Weight; Ethan Moreau. Actually four words, Ethan Moreau, Raffi Torres. Burnside: Here's the thing about the Doug Weight mystery. Do you think the Edmonton Oilers care at all if the Canes use a center with a gimpy shoulder or not? The answer is no. They do not care. What is a given is that, like Erik Cole on Saturday, if Weight plays he will be punished.

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Why You Should Watch

Have your non-hockey fans read this. from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

I have no idea who will win tonight's Game 7 showdown between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Edmonton Oilers for the Stanley Cup, but I do know one thing: this is why we watch. Think about it, is there a more compelling battle for a championship then what we've witnessed so far? I admit to a fairly large hockey bias, but I truly don't see this kind of intensity in the NBA Final, a series where the only compelling interest seems to be whether or not Mark Cuban, a brash owner from Dallas, or Shaquille O'Neal will win another title with a subplot regards whether or not O'Neal will make his free throws. Baseball, don't even go there. The Super Bowl? The ones I remember best where the handful of contests that weren't blowouts or repeats of an in-season meeting when the two teams played each other sometimes just weeks before the "big game". Hockey? OK, I'll concede that few people in the United States are watching, but you can't convince me that the NHL hasn't won over at least a few thousand new fans via the games the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes have played so far.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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