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The NHL Draft Combine

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via the NHL,

The world's top 115 players eligible for selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft have been invited to the League's annual Draft Combine, May 30 to June 3, 2006 at the Park Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel. The Draft Combine will give NHL clubs a chance to evaluate hockey's future stars just three weeks before the 2006 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, June 24. Each NHL club will be represented at the Combine by scouts, management and athletic training staff. The players will conduct interviews with the clubs and undergo medical examinations and fitness testing.
continued...I wonder if Mel Kiper will show up?...

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Lombardi Leading Candidate For Bruins Job

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from EJ Hradek of ESPN,

Former Sharks boss Dean Lombardi has emerged as the front-runner to fill the vacant general manager post in Boston. A league source said Lombardi spent two days meeting with top Bruins execs earlier this week. The source added, "It looks like he's the guy." Lombardi, who grew up in nearby Ludlow, Mass., likely would view the Bruins position as a dream job. Currently a pro scout for the Flyers, Lombardi had previously interviewed for the Islanders' GM job, which is still open.
read on...much more, Including Yzerman & the Norris...

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I’ve Been Challenged

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from Vancouver Canucks Op Ed,

When VCOE broke character for a moment and praised the Red Wings, Detroit fans got understandably gleeful. But then a friend - who shall remain nameless! - emailed us a video file of that dog Chris Chelios doing his obnoxious glory skate around Vancouver ice a couple years ago, and dared us to post it. So maybe we will… IF Vancouver doesn’t make the playoffs. But if the Canucks DO make the playoffs, then there’s gotta be a payoff. I propose that Paul has to photograph himself in Canucks gear. Deal? Good.grin
Well, after getting some advice from Howie Mandel (a Canadian by the way), he advised me to TAKE THE DEAL (click to see the only reason I watch) with one provision. VCOE will have to post the Chelios video and the Lidstrom Shot heard around Vancouver. Deal or No Deal VCOE? image

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Blending In

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from the Washington Times,

When they take the ice, one person in Verizon Center's upper deck boos. Their names appear momentarily on the scoreboard minutes before faceoff. To most of the fans in attendance, they are merely Nos. 13, 40, 79 and 84. That's what they prefer. The Washington Capitals' game against Pittsburgh last month went seamlessly. No blatantly missed calls. No controversial goals. No brouhahas. The officials are just glad to be working. Like the players last year, the NHL's referees and linesmen were locked out. Back on the ice, each full-time official will work more than 70 games and has adjusted to radical rules changes that have quickened the game's pace.
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Why So Angry?

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from CBS Sportsline,

Very soon, if Los Angeles Kings resident goon Sean Avery doesn't rein in his attitude, he may just get tabbed as the next Ron Artest or Latrell Sprewell. If he hasn't already. Here's what we don't get: How can a talented athlete, who's clearing more than $500,000 a year and dating one of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood -- Elisha Cuthbert -- be so angry?
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Thinking Of Primeau

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

So, sitting on the cold, aluminum bench at the Flyers' practice facility Tuesday as Primeau underwent his second day of practice with teammates after months of individual workouts, still-crystal clear thoughts of Lindros laying curled on the ice, unmoving, six years ago fought for time and space in my head with the present-day images of Primeau clearly enjoying his time on the ice. Because it is obvious from even the most casual glance that Primeau has missed the game he loves, the game he has lived for close to three decades. His body once again performing hockey-related tasks is enough to bring a quick smile across his face.
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Mediocre Avalanche

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Unless the Avalanche finishes the regular season with a pointless three-game road trip and everything else breaks "wrong" in the final week, Colorado will be in the playoffs.... The best-case scenario is that the Avs finish at least sixth in the conference, and then win a series or (maybe) two, have Theodore look good, and make it reasonable to believe that this could be only a one-season blip of middle-of-the-pack mediocrity.
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Selanne Lighting Up The League

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

No player has more points since the Olympic break than Selanne (34 in 22 games) — not Jaromir Jagr, not Joe Thornton, not the rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin — which represents an astonishing turnaround for a player who thought he might have to retire a year ago because of a serious injury to his left knee. "You want to make your own decisions and go out on your own terms," Selanne explained, with his trademark smile on his face. "I always said, 'the toughest part about retiring one day is if you have to do it because of injury.' That's not the case with me right now.
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Detroit Getting The Love

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Jes at Hockey Rants thanks the Wings for beating the Oilers last night thereby keeping the Canucks in the playoff hunt. Then Jes has this to say-

Your city is still a rotting cesspool of death, disease, and depravity, but we appreciate your efforts nonetheless.
I would like to invite Jes to take a tour of the city with me, I am sure I can point out the many points of interest he has not visited while in the Detroit area. Then we have Vancouver Ops Ed saying they too love Detroit, now that's more like it folks!

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Frost Finished With Junior Hockey

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via the CP,

Controversial player agent David Frost says he's done with junior hockey. "I'm retired. I'm gone. I'm done," Frost told the Pembroke Daily Observer. "I'm leaving and nobody will ever see me in this city again. "I might stop by for a game here and there, but I will never ever be involved with a junior hockey team again." Frost, who retired as an NHL player agent in December, said he is considering writing a book.

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