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The Showcase Game

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from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,

It’s a showcase for the next hot rivalry in professional sports.

The Wings and Penguins possess all the natural ingredients—skill, antagonism and, perhaps most important, the likelihood they’ll meet again in years to come.

The teams could meet for a third straight time in the finals next year, so winner beware.

Revenge is the lifeblood of any legitimate rivalry.

The NHL has struck the mother lode.

NBC may be looking at a ratings bonanza Friday night because they have two star-laden teams and two more traditional hockey franchises. The Wings are one of the Original Six. The Penguins are part of the Next Six that came into the league for the 1967-68 season.

read on

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Can Penguins Win At The ‘Joe’?

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The Penguins are a confident bunch after staving off elimination. But if they are going to succeed in Detroit, they will have to overcome a mental hurdle of winning at Joe Louis Arena. In the three previous games in Detroit in this series, Pittsburgh has been outscored 11-2, and the Penguins are coming off a 5-0 blanking there in game five.

The Penguins’ lack of success at Joe Louis Arena has little to do with the home team getting the last change or the supportive Red Wings crowd. It has more to do with the fact that the Penguins haven’t been as aggressive in their pursuit of the puck on the road in this series and they haven’t been as determined around Detroit goalie Chris Osgood as they have been at Mellon Arena.


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Bad Timing Dany

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from Damien Cox of The Spin,

Talk to Dany Heatley once and you understand you’re not talking to a MENSA candidate.

That’s okay. As probably more a few coaches have told Heatley along the way: don’t think, it just hurts the team.

But where Heatley really kept his synapses in reserve this time was his timing concerning a request to have his hockey contract traded to another NHL club.

I get the part where he doesn’t want to live in Ottawa. Neither would I. I get the part where after being allowed to freelance continuously during his years as a heroic Senator he might chafe at the notion of being asked to play a larger team game.

Geez, if he’d known he’d have to play in three zones he’d have asked for more money.

No, the part where I don’t get Heatley’s timing is when it comes to the fact that just about every Canadian hockey player is trying to be on their best behaviour these days in hopes that Steve Yzerman might find them worthy of being part of the Olympic effort next winter.


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  Tags: dany+heatley

In Other Hockey Related News

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via the National Post,

Nine-time Grand Slam champion Monica Seles is dating Thomas Golisano, owner of the Buffalo Sabres, the New York Post reports.

Golisano confirmed the relationship to the Post’s Page 6 on Tuesday when the newspaper asked if the two were dating.

“Why do you want to know?” he asked coyly, before replying, “Monica and I see each other.”...

There are 32 years difference between Seles, 35, and Golisano, 67.

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  Tags: monica+seles, tom+golisano

The Number Keeps Rising

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The NHL is threatening an indemnity fee on top of a relocation fee – pushing the price tag for the Phoenix Coyotes to perhaps more than $400 million – if bankruptcy court judge Redfield Baum allows the team to move to Hamilton.

“Relocation is separate from indemnity,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. “There may be indemnity fees owing if a franchise were ever located in Hamilton.”

It’s expected the league could ask for more than $100 million (all figures U.S.) as a relocation fee and perhaps as much again in payment to the Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres in indemnity for the Coyotes encroaching on their territory.


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Emery Signing Is A Good One If…

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from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

Goalie Ray Emery was articulate and honest _ and didn’t throw a single punch at Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin when he was introduced at Wednesday’s news conference in Voorhees.

  OK, that was a cheap shot. But when you come with Emery’s baggage, you expose yourself to all types of criticism.

  That said, Emery could emerge as the bargain of the year.

  The Flyers announced Wednesday they had agreed to a one-year deal with the 6-foot-2, 196-pound Emery. The deal is for $1.5 million, and if Emery returns to his 2006-07 form _ he led Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Finals _ the Flyers will be feeling very good about themselves.

  Though I was in favor of re-signing Marty Biron, I like this move - if it enables the Flyers to sign Jay Bouwmeester or Mike Komisarek, a pair of defensemen who can become free agents on July 1.


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Talbot Having A Good Final Series

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If I had told you earlier this season that Maxime Talbot would be one of the best players in the Stanley Cup finals, you would probably have scoffed at me.  He is a solid NHL player, but hardly one of the key players on the Pittsburgh Penguins.  In Talbot’s four years in the NHL, he has never scored more than 26 points in a season.  He is a good depth player, but hardly a star.  Nevertheless in the finals so far, his four points are second on his team.  His +3 +/- rating is team leading.  The Penguins probably wouldn’t be in game seven if not for the play of Talbot in this series.

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Who Wants Tickets, Get Your Tickets!!!

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Prices listed are for one ticket to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

This sight is not KK endorsed, just using it as an example.


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Avs Need A New President

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from David Ramsey of the Colorado Springs Gazette,

Here’s what the Colorado Avalanche needs:

A new president.

Pierre Lacroix once reigned as an NHL master, but he’s lost his touch and the Avs have lost their way. They were awful this season, and there’s little hope for recovery in the near future.


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Writer Wars

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from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Today, we are treated to a diatribe about how all the “embedded” reporters at the Stanley Cup final - none actually named -  were hiding the true nature of Detroit defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom’s injury, and that it took the courage for this intrepid Globe and Mail writer to break the news (from Calgary, apparently) that Lidstrom had suffered a testicle injury when he was slashed or speared.

It was suggested that reporters - again, all unnamed - were “complicit” with the NHL’s secrecy policy on such injuries, which is about as insulting to a journalist as you can get.

Well, I’ll leave the Globe writer to sort out the insults with his colleagues at his paper - some of whom are among the best in the business - but who he apparently believes are in cahoots with the NHL. But just for his information, Lidstrom’s precise injury was reported by The Star last week.

more and in case you missed the earlier story today on Lidstrom, start here...

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