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NEW YORK (June 3, 2009) – The National Hockey League (NHL) has partnered with PokerStars.net to bring together some of the most recognizable names in NHL hockey, entertainment and professional poker for a charity poker tournament during the 2009 NHL Awards celebration in Las Vegas.

Held on Wednesday, June 17, the NHL Charity Shootout™ Presented By PokerStars.net will feature NHL® stars sitting elbow to elbow with some of the greatest poker players in the world, entertainment celebrities, plus winners of an PokerStars.net fan play-in qualifying tournament, all at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The proceeds will go to charities designated in advance by each participant.

The NHL Charity Shootout Presented By Pokerstars.net will be taped to create four hours of TV to air on ESPN Classic and ESPN2 in the US and TSN in Canada and NHL Network™ throughout North America.  Stars scheduled to participate in the tournament include current NHL players Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Mike Richards (Philadelphia Flyers), Jeremy Roenick (San Jose Sharks), Sheldon Souray (Edmonton Oilers), Steve Sullivan (Nashville Predators) and Kris Versteeg (Chicago Blackhawks). NHL legends Pat LaFontaine, Cam Neely and Luc Robitaille also will play alongside celebrity participants and poker professionals Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer and Vanessa Rousso.

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The Cup Is Available

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Three reasons Detroit will win

The wildcard, Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk skated Tuesday morning and Babcock said Detroit’s injured Hart Trophy candidate could be ready for Thursday’s Game 4. His return would tilt a tightly contested series in Detroit’s favor.

Three reasons Pittsburgh will win

Crosby’s quiet determination. He might not be piling up points, but the Penguins feed off Crosby’s drive to win his first Stanley Cup. “He’s an on-ice leader,” teammate Jordan Staal said. “He doesn’t say a whole lot, but when he does everyone is listening.”


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Moves In Colorado

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The Colorado Avalanche completed a major organizational shuffle on Wednesday. The team parted ways with six parted members of the franchise’s hockey operations staff including head coach Tony Granato. 

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the team has made Greg Sherman the new General Manager. Sherman has been assistant general manager of the Avs for the last seven years; he has been in the organization for the last 13 years.


DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has relieved six members of its hockey operations staff from their respective duties.

The list includes head coach Tony Granato, assistant coaches Jacques Cloutier and Dave Barr, goaltending coach Jeff Hackett, Assistant to the General Manager Michel Goulet and video coordinator PJ DeLuca.

The Avalanche will make an announcement regarding its new management structure later today.

added 11:17am, DENVER – Colorado Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix announced today a new management structure for the organization, effective immediately


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Home Team Gets The Calls

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from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

In Detroit, the referees favoured the Red Wings with a few crucial calls. But in the NHL, turnabout is fairplay and it’s expected. Pittsburgh would get its turn.

You see, there was no conspiracy at the NHL head office to favour the Red Wings. No, all there was at play was the very real human emotions of NHL referees, not wanting to incite the wrath of the most rabid of all fans, hometown fans during a Stanley Cup final….

There’s no doubt in my mind that the Pittsburgh Penguins got away with a few in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night, in Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win.

Most outrageous was a late elbow by agitator Matt Cooke to the head of Red Wings hustler Darren Helm. It was a typical Matt Cooke nasty, sneaky late hit special, the kind of late hit that the NHL should outlaw.

Right now, of course, the lateness of this hit wouldn’t get Cooke a penalty, though that elbow certainly should have.

read on with picture evidence of the Cooke hit…

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ESPN Hockey Experts Breakdown Game 3

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Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside discuss game 3.

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When GMs Gather, Trade Talk Heats Up

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via the Edmonton Sun,

• No matter what the Lightning says, Vincent Lecavalier is available. The talk among NHL executives is that Tampa’s ownership group has told GM Brian Lawton to deal Lecavalier and his massive contract, which is $10-million US next season….

While all the talk regarding a deal involving the star centre was focused on the Canadiens, it appears the Kings are serious suitors as well….

Sources say the Oilers also made a pitch for Lecavalier last season and remain interested.

Lawton vehemently denied having trade talks with anyone.

“There isn’t one single thing going on with (Lecavalier) ... not one,” Lawton told Sun Media. “And I continue to read it everywhere. It’s a farce. I haven’t talked to one single person about it. As they say, don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.”

• Another GM getting a lot of attention is San Jose’s Doug Wilson. Sources say he has gotten numerous calls about captain Patrick Marleau and centre Joe Thornton after a first-round exit from the playoffs, thanks to the Ducks.

Wilson insisted he isn’t going to move either player, but he wants to make moves.


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Penguins Get The Breaks

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from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Detroit Red Wings, who had spent Games 1 and 2 on the sunny side of random events, suddenly found the forces at work in the old Uptown barn considerably more ominous. Perhaps it was the lighting.

How else could four on-ice officials allow six Penguins skaters on the pond simultaneously for 21 seconds in the first period, unless someone figured that if the Red Wings could have two goalies, the Penguins could have six skaters?

Detroit had gotten away with Henrik Zetterberg covering the puck in the crease when goaltender Chris Osgood could not in each of the first two games, but the Red Wings were catching no breaks in Game 3.

“I know that, from the bench, you don’t want to yell,” said Penguins forward Matt Cooke about the too-many-Penguins incident. “So I was kind of whispering [to Mark Eaton], ‘Eats, Eats, Eats,’ and then he nodded at me and started counting: one, two, three, four, five, and, uh-oh.

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Wings Could Use A Hart Trophy Finalist

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

As talented and deep as the Detroit Red Wings are, sooner or later the absence of a superb talent like Pavel Datsyuk was going to begin to take a toll.

It didn’t decide last night’s result, with the Pittsburgh Penguins getting their first victory of the 2009 Stanley Cup final largely on the basis of a strong third period and getting an interference call on Wings blueliner Jonathan Ericsson that was deserved, but curious given that it was a type of infraction that the officials had been ignoring for the first eight periods of the series.

But not having Datsyuk, a Hart Trophy finalist, is making an impact in two ways. First, the Wings, second in team offence only to Pittsburgh during the regular season, haven’t been able to pot more than three in a game and misfired on countless chances last night when the opportunity to blow out the Penguins presented itself in the second period.


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Cheaters, Victims, Dirty Bastards and Paid-Off Refs

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It’s 0518 EST and I think Pittsburgh still has like 8 guys on the ice.  Thankfully only three of them are cross-checking Johan Franzen in the head at once.

There. If you’re that intent on blaming the refs for last night’s game go back and read those two lines all day and I’m sure your frustrations will just float away.

It was a good Stanley Cup Finals game.  Good crowd.  Disgusting tension.  And, honestly, the Wings best game of the series so far.

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Hall Of Fame Media Inductees

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Yesterday the Hockey Hall of Fame announced their annual media inductees.  The press inductee is Dave Molinari, a longtime Pittsburgh sports writer.  He wins the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award.  The broadcaster inductee is John Davidson, who was a popular New York Rangers color commentator before leaving that post in 2006 to become the St Louis Blues president of hockey operations.  He wins the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.

Dave Molinari has had a 26 year career writing about the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Through most of it he has been the beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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