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Sens Need “Metz” On Their Side

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

But nowhere is Don Metz to be found.
Metz, of course, would be 91 now if he were still playing, but if some modern equivalent of the sleek and slim winger from Wilcox, Saskatchewan, could lace them up for Game 5, there might be a chance.
Don Metz, history will show, did not dress for the first three games of the 1942 Stanley Cup final. His Toronto Maple Leafs were down three games to none against the powerful Detroit Red Wings and seemed almost certain to be swept in four straight.
Toronto goaltender Turk Broda had lost all confidence, saying the Wings were “unbeatable — they’re too hot.”

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Investigationg Territorial Rights

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from the National Post,

Canada’s Competition Bureau is believed to have launched an inquiry into the franchise relocation practices and policies of the National Hockey League amid speculation that one of its financially strapped teams in the United States could be relocated to Southwestern Ontario.

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Burke’s Winning Formula

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

With one more victory over Ottawa the Anaheim Ducks would append an NHL championship to general manager Brian Burke’s résumé.
It would also add to Burke’s image as one of the league’s most fascinating figures - a silver-haired, erudite, Ivy League-educated, frequently brusque, seldom-smiling man of contradictions who shows little of himself to the public.
“The private side of Brian Burke is private,” Burke said in Ottawa this week. “My family sees (that), my friends see that. But I’m not interested in you guys understanding me.”
One thing is clear: Burke’s passionate belief in letting players self-police the game. It’s more typical of an old-school hockey man from Alberta than of an American with a Harvard law degree.

continued

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What Went Wrong

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

There likely will be a celebration at city hall some time in the next week or so to honour the Senators for winning the Eastern Conference championship, but is that really a reason to whoop it up?
These aren’t the Edmonton Oilers, who stole the hearts of the country with their heroic run last spring and forced the Carolina Hurricanes to a seventh game in the final.
If, as expected, the Anaheim Ducks win the opportunity to parade the Stanley Cup through Disneyland, the Senators will spend the summer wondering what went wrong and where they need to improve.

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Yashin Bought Out

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from Greg Logan at Newsday,

IFacing a potential mutiny from Islanders fans, owner Charles Wang bit the bullet and made the decision yesterday to buy out the remaining four years of captain Alexei Yashin’s 10-year contract, Newsday has learned exclusively. Some might view it as the owner admitting a costly mistake, but second-year coach Ted Nolan described it as a chance for a “new beginning” that might restore the fans’ faith in the franchise.

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The Real Truth And Nothing But…

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What they said…
“No, not at all.”—Alfredsson when asked if he thought his shooting the puck at Niedermayer motivated the Ducks in the third period of Game 4.
What they meant…
“I thought it was Samuel Pahlsson.”

you’ll catch on fast if you read more...

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Here’s An Idea- Or Ten

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from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News via WFAA,

Quick, before commissioner Gary Bettman renders this league extinct, here are 10 ways to fix the NHL and deliver an improved product to more viewers in 2008.
3: Convince the selfish Eastern Conference general managers to act in the best interests of the game and change the schedule. This was voted on and rejected a few months ago. But Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, moving into the prime of what’s going to be a fantastic career, needs to play a game in Dallas and Los Angeles and Chicago every year. Not once every three years.

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Rally Around Alfie

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Whatever you may think about what Alfredsson did, it was an incident that was born out of frustration or anger at how his team was playing. Maybe it’s time that the Ottawa Senators show everyone what they are made of and rally around their captain, win a game in Anaheim and send the series back to Ottawa. After they do that then they can say “don’t talk about our captain like that.”

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Giggy Wants To Remain A Duck

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fro the CP via TSN,

‘I’d love to re-sign here,’’ said Giguere. ‘‘This is a team that’s going to be good for many years. You want to be part of a team like that. It’s well-run.; it’s well-owned; it’s well-coached. This would be my No. 1 pick.
‘‘There are many reasons: I’ve got my house here, I feel very comfortable around here. My son’s doctors are all around here, at UCLA. There are many reasons why I would want to sign here. Is it going to happen? Hey - I don’t have a (crystal) ball. We’ll see.’‘

more and numerous other SCF bits…

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Conn Smythe Toss-Up

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

With the Ducks on the verge of winning their first-ever Stanley Cup, Giguere isfor again a contender the Conn Smythe Trophy, but there’s a difference now. The last time around, there were no other viable contenders on the Anaheim team.
This year, any of Giguere, Sami Pahlsson, the Niedermayer brothers or Ryan Getzlaf could get votes. Chris Pronger’s candidacy might be compromised by his two playoff suspensions and while Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald have both contributed scoring at different intervals, they have been part of their success, no more and no less.

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