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McCarty Takes A Financial Hit

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Darren McCarty, whose rugged play as a Red Wing, charitable fund-raising and heavy-metal musicianship made him one of the most popular professional athletes in recent Detroit history, has filed for bankruptcy. In documents submitted to U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Detroit, McCarty, 34, lists assets of $1.9 million and debts of $6.2 million -- including at least $185,000 to casinos in Detroit and Las Vegas... "He's not making the money he used to make," Fried said. He said McCarty made about $2.1 million per season in Detroit and now makes about $850,000. "I don't think he counted on being" released from the Wings last summer.
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Emerging Stars In The Southeast

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from Knight-Ridder Newspapers via the Mercury News,

It may sound strange, but some of the most exciting young players in the NHL reside in the Southeast Division. Florida has Olli Jokinen and Roberto Luongo; Washington has super-rookie Alexander Ovechkin; division leading Carolina trots out Eric Staal and Martin Gerber; Atlanta has Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Hossa to name a few, and the defending champion Lightning bring Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards. Not too shabby. Years of poor play and good drafting have been the impetus for the improvement of play in the Southeast Division, yet a good number of the top players were brought south through trades and free agency.
read on...remember, this is what Ted Leonsis stated last week too...

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Roberts Wanted To Remain A Leaf

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from the Toronto Star,

"I never thought I wouldn't stay a Maple Leaf," Roberts said yesterday before the 39-year-old forward hit the ice against the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. "I believed up to the last minute that I would be, but unfortunately John never gave me the opportunity. "He played the `Gary'll-always-want-to-be-a-Maple-Leaf' card too long. "By the time he decided to change his mind Florida had already offered me a two-year deal, so it was too late."
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Confidence In Mason

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from the Daily News Journal,

Now that Mason is starting every game, he has clicked into that evasive rhythm all goal tenders are trying to find. His past two starts saw him shut out the St. Louis Blues and slam the door on the Chicago Blackhawks in a 2-1 shootout win on Saturday night. Many Preds fans are already throwing in the towel, convinced that any chances for post season success went down with Vokoun. Even my usually knowledgeable WLAC co-host Brent Dougherty says one and done. Sorry naysayers, but if we see the confident Chris Mason we witnessed last Saturday night, there is no reason to think the Preds can't do well in the playoffs. He was that good.
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Circle June 24th For NHL Draft

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from the Globe and Mail,

The National Hockey League is moving its annual entry draft to prime time, hoping the appeal of two American stars will pull in a substantial U.S. television audience. Defenceman Erik Johnson of the U.S. national under-18 development team and U.S. forward Phil Kessel of the University of Minnesota are expected to be among the first five selections, with Johnson perhaps going first. The seven-round draft, which will be held Saturday, June 24, in Vancouver, will likely start at 7:30 p.m. EDT and wrap up at about midnight. In Canada, the telecast will be carried on TSN; in the United States, on OLN.
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Malik Out With Shoulder Injury

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via the AP,

Marek Malik joined the growing list of injured New York Rangers defensemen Tuesday, aggravating a shoulder injury that sidelined him five games last month. Malik was hurt when he reached for a puck during the Rangers' morning skate in advance of their game Tuesday night against the New York Islanders. Officially the team is calling it an upper body injury. He missed the game as did other top defensemen Darius Kasparaitis and Tom Poti. Kasparaitis sat out for the 10th time in 11 contests due to a groin injury. Poti has been sidelined two games by an undisclosed upper body injury.

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NHL Draft Order

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from the NHL,

The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted lottery system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2006 Entry Draft, will take place Thursday, April 20, at 12 p.m., ET, at the NHL's New York office. The Draft Drawing will involve clubs that do not qualify for this seasons Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff clubs. The Draft Drawing result does not affect the draft order for the remainder of the first round and rounds two through seven.
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OLN Official Playoff Plans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Over the last two weeks or so, I have disclosed much of the OLN plans for the playoffs. Here is their official release via NHL.com. Not much new to the readers of KK, but it goes into much more detail and describes their ramped up coverage.

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Barnaby “Wired”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Recently Sportsnet upgraded their website and I noticed they now have an A/V section. The "wired" Barnaby video is very amusing. Matthew wore a microphone during a recent Columbus/Blackhawks game and there are some comments that are priceless and some that are bleeped out. Around the 1:22 mark of the video, Barnaby tells Fedorov to take off the slippers. image

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Begin Out With Sprained Knee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP,

The Montreal Canadiens announced on Tuesday that center Steve Begin is out for at least the remainder of the regular season with a sprained left knee. The 27-year-old Begin is hopeful for a return in the playoffs but no specific timetable has been set for his comeback. Begin suffered the knee sprain on April 8 in a 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

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