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Whitney Expected To Go UFA Route

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from TSN,

Ray Whitney’s days with the Carolina Hurricanes may well be coming to an end.

On Monday, Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told the Raleigh News Observer that he does not expect the 38-year old to re-sign with the ‘Canes prior to the July 1st deadline when Whitney can become an unrestricted free agent.

“I think it will be difficult with where he will be at, contract-wise,” Rutherford told the NewsObserver. “I expect him to go into July (and the free-agent market). It appears that’s the way it’s going to go.”


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Gordie Howe Receives Honorary Doctor Of Laws Degree

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Presented to Gordie from the University of Saskatchewan last week.

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What The Flyers Should Do

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from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

A few observations/suggestions before boarding a plane and heading back home, where the Flyers face a deficit of three games to two in the Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago:

1. Michael Leighton should start Wednesday. Leighton has rebounded nicely from poor performances throughout the playoffs. Besides, Brian Boucher doesn’t look 100 percent healthy yet.

2. The Flyers need Mike Richards and Jeff Carter to step up. Excluding an empty-net score by Carter, they have combined for one goal and a minus-11 rating in the Finals. Carter won’t admit it, but he doesn’t seem to be himself and is undoubtedly bothered by his still-healing foot. The Danny Briere line has been spectacular, but it needs some support.

3. Insert Dan Carcillo into the lineup in Game 6….


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Watching Game 5 On NBC

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NEW YORK – June 7, 2010—Last night’s Stanley Cup Final posted the best overnight rating for a non-overtime Game 5 in eight years. The game generated a 4.0 overnight rating and 7 share, the best for a non-OT Game 5 since 2002 (4.5 on ABC, Carolina-Detroit). 

Game 5 featured Chicago defeating Philadelphia, 7-4, with the largest winning margin of the series. The 4.0 overnight is up 54 percent vs. last year’s Game 5 (2.6) between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby. In 2008, Detroit and Pittsburgh played a three-overtime Game 5, which generated a 4.3 overnight rating.

Best Non-OT Game 5s Since 2002
2010 Chi-Phi 4.0
2003 Ana-NJ 3.5
2006 Car-Edm 2.9
2009 Det-Pit 2.6
2007 Ana-Ott 2.4

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Comebacks Can Happen

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Just for fun, we went back to our Game 5 column from last season, when the Red Wings flattened the Penguins 5-0 to take a 3-2 series lead heading back to Pittsburgh. This series has mirrored that one in that Chicago won the first two games at home while Philadelphia held serve in Games 3 and 4.

A year ago, the Penguins looked so badly beaten in Game 5, it was hard to imagine they could deny the powerful Red Wings a second straight Stanley Cup. They did, of course, as the Penguins won Game 6 and stole Game 7 in Detroit.

The Flyers have until Wednesday to prove they can once again rewrite history, and prove they aren’t history themselves.


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Morning Line

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For the first time in the final, perhaps even in the playoffs, the opposition had the common sense to target the Flyers defence. Philadelphia has elected to go mainly with four defencemen in the final, so wouldn’t you think the opposition would target them at every opportunity – pound them into the ground?

Yet New Jersey, Boston and Montreal, in the first three rounds, and Chicago through the first four games of the final, let them off the hook.

Chicago’s best chance of winning the Cup rests in its ability to physically wear down the Flyers top four on defence.

-Mike Brophy of Sportsnet.  More hockey notes from Mr. Brophy.

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Game Five Thoughts

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The series looked like it might be okay.  Game one was poor quality hockey, but games two through four were passable Stanley Cup finals games.  They were not the most memorable well-played games, but they were not too bad.  Then along comes game five.  I strongly disagree with Pierre Lebrun , Chicago brought their B game at best and it was enough to win big.  By the end of the first period, Chicago had a 3-0 lead and Michael Leighton was pulled from the game (the second time that he was pulled in the finals so far).  That was all it took.  From then on it was not an intense game for either team.  Defensive gaffes were commonplace.  Both teams scored four more goals each and the game ended 7-4.

What does Philadelphia do for goaltending in game six?  Leighton has not carried the load in the finals.  Brian Boucher hasn’t been any better when he came in in relief.  Their lack of quality goaltenders seems to have stopped all momentum.  It is surprising it took until the Stanley Cup finals to occur, but otherwise very predictable.

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Hasek Signs With Spartak Moscow

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from Russia Today,

One of the greatest netminders in the history of hockey, Dominik Hasek, will now play in the KHL, defending the goals of Spartak Moscow.

The 45-year-old player and the club signed a one-year deal on Monday.

“I am very pleased to join Spartak. It’s a great club where a lot of great stars played. It’s a challenge for me and I’m very interested,” RIA-Novosti news agency cited Hasek.


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Bettman Talks Broadcasting

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from John Lafayette of Broadcasting & Cable,

Comcast and NBC are merging. Do you see that as a more powerful entity for the league to be partners with?

The fact that our two U.S. national partners will, assuming government approval, be under one roof, I think is great for the sport. I’m one of the people who are very excited about the prospects of this merger.

Is having your own cable channel (the NHL Network) making you more or less attractive to other television partners?

Actually, you’d have to ask them. We think it’s important for our fans. It gives them a greater dimension to the game with more in-depth coverage and analysis than they can get anywhere else.

continued and a related story too…

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Devils Narrow Coaching Search

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Michel Therrien and John MacLean appear to be the favorites for the Devils’ coaching job, and Craig MacTavish and Mike Keenan are no longer in the running.

Therrien, the former Canadiens and Penguins coach, is the likely choice if general manager Lou Lamoriello goes outside the organization. MacLean, the coach of the Devils’ AHL Lowell affiliate, is the promote-from-within candidate. Other possible candidates have included Ken Hitchcock, Kirk Muller and AHL coach Guy Boucher.


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