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Gretzky Still Has The Power

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from TBM at NBC Sports,

But all the qualified people in the world won’t make a difference unless Phoenix addresses the elephant in the room, or more specifically, the legend sitting in the room as the interviews are being conducted.
Wayne Gretzky.
What most candidates would like to know is just how much power the new GM will have in the desert, since Gretzky, in addition to being the head coach, is also the managing partner of the franchise, one who has had a large voice in personnel decisions over the last few years.

read on

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The Dom’s Return

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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

A season ago in the first round of the playoffs, there were more than a few quiet little smirks and knowing nods in and around the Detroit Red Wings’ dressing room.
The object of their mild derision was hundreds of miles away in the Ottawa Senators dressing room. His name was Dominik Hasek and those around the Detroit Red Wings knew firsthand the kind of high drama that was unfolding in Ottawa, where Hasek was recovering from an adductor injury sustained in the first game of the Olympics.

continued

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Sens/Sabres Highlights

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NHL On The Fly allows us to embed now.  Not sure when this became available, but a nice feature.
If you are experiencing any problems with the embedded vid, will you please leave a comment.

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The Other Talk

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Did you know there is UFA and trade talk going on?
Spector has the info all hockey fans want.

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Sabres Need To Show Up

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

We’ll find out plenty about the Sabres in Ottawa. The Sabres’ recent history reveals a team that comes back strong once it gets smacked around. They had three other winning streaks of four games or more. Of course, they weren’t playing the Senators, either. It has been, what, March since they strung together three strong periods? They might want to show up for 120 minutes in Ottawa.
Either that or prepare the golf clubs.

read on

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Observations From Last Night

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from the Hockey News,

Five minutes into double-OT, Joe Corvo breaks the hearts of all of Buffalo. A small cadre of Ottawa fans celebrate as a fusillade of empty cups hurtle towards them. The arena is near-empty by the time the third star of the game is announced. The mountain for the Sabres, heading to Ottawa for Game 3, is mighty high.

more on the game…

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Coming Up Seven

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An interesting note from the HNIC folks last night.
If the year ends in ‘7’, only a Canadian team or the Wings have won the Cup.

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Big Advantage- Sens

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

As if the 4-3 double overtime decision in Game 2 last night wasn’t a crushing enough blow in itself, the Sens did it by erasing an early two-goal lead by the Sabres and then surviving a game-tying, OT-creating goal by Daniel Briere with only 5.8 seconds left in the third.
That’s one heck of a double whammy.
While it’s probably a little premature to totally write off the NHL’s best team during the regular season just yet, there’s little evidence at hand to suggest the Sabres are capable of taking either four straight or four out of the next five from the surging Senators.

more

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Entertainment- NHL Style

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from Roy MacGregor at the Globe and Mail,

It was a game dramatically sent into overtime by the local heroes with six seconds left in regulation. It was decided, in favour of the Ottawa Senators, on a rifle-like shot from the point that would not have been stopped by a Zamboni.
It featured two of the most talented teams in the league and undoubtedly the two quickest in a sport that finally woke up to the fact that it was putting its fans to sleep.
In rewarding speed over impediment and skill over obstruction, this National Hockey League playoff game produced a work of sports art that offered the shock and soaring hope of lightning quick transition, the breathtaking beauty of puck control and, from time to time, the utter chaos and randomness that separates the Canadian game from those far more familiar to American sports fans.

read on

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Sunday With Brooks

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So Phoenix also is talking to dismissed Columbus GM Doug MacLean about taking over the operation. Let’s see. Hmmm. In his six seasons, MacLean’s Blue Jackets never came closer than 19 points to a playoff spot (that in their first year), finishing an average of 26 points out of eighth place under his direction. Plus, let’s not forget the trade for Sergei Fedorov.
By all means, why wouldn’t the Coyotes be interested?

more from Larry on the Sharks, Don Maloney and the NHLPA…

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