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Talking About Being Old…

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Ed Belfour is the goaltending version of Chris Chelios. The Eagle doesn’t know when enough is enough. EB wants to play another year in the NHL but we wonder which team would want The Cranky One at his age? Certainly not The Leafs! -Funny how some critics – among them Lindy Ruff – call the Canes “arrogant.” Which begs the question, what’s wrong with being arrogant in the playoffs? -If we’re deciding between Wade Redden and Chara, the first thing that comes to mind is the former’s failure against the Devils in the 2003 Senators-New Jersey series and Redden’s less-than-spectacular performance against Buffalo this year. We’d take Z without a second thought.
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“Lucky” Canes

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from Dave Hodge at TSN,

Now, Carolina is up against Edmonton, and the story is already written if the Hurricanes win two more games. That story is all about the team that didn't win. It'll be said that Dwayne Roloson's injury cost the Oilers the first game of the series, and that the Oilers could not find the goaltending, or the confidence, to recover. Carolina will be described as "fortunate" and "opportunistic".
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It Looked Like A Great Series

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from the Sporting News,

A series that looked so promising, so even when it began, now looks like a blowout. Dispassionate fans, those who prayed for a great final series in what had been an outstanding playoff year, now find themselves staring at a potential sweep. If that happens, those fans should be in mourning. Caniacs are doing handstands. Their team overcame a monumental 3-0 deficit in Game 1 to win. Oilers fans are crying in their Molsons. A team that was hockey's version of a Cinderella story, the eighth seed that defied all expectations, now seems doomed to failure in the finals.
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I’ve Seen Enough

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Report- Smith New GM For NYI

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via TSN,

The New York Islanders have scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon when they are expected to announce Neil Smith as their new general manager, TSN has learned. The Islanders shook up their front office back in January when assistant coach Brad Shaw replaced fired head coach Steve Stirling, and GM Mike Milbury said he would step aside after helping owner Charles Wang pick a successor. Milbury will leave the hockey operations side, and will move into a role as a vice president in charge of Wang's sports properties.
update 9:48pm, Ted Nolan will be named coach of the NYI too. Follow the above link. added 10:00pm, from Alan Hahn of Newsday,
The Islanders have announced a "major Hockey Operations announcement" for Thursday afternoon, where it is expected, according to persons with knowledge of the situation, that former Rangers general manager Neil Smith will be named the team's next GM. On top of this, it is possible owner Charles Wang will also announce a decision in the coaching situation. Several sources within the NHL Wednesday night said former Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan's name has come up prominently as a candidate for the Islanders.
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Canes Will Pay Laviolette

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from the CP via TSN,

Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos expects to re-sign head coach Peter Laviolette, and he says he'll match any other team's offer in order to keep him. But would he match any offer to Laviolette? ''Of course we would,'' said Karmanos. ''But if somebody has been tampering to set up a leverage position, we would take a very strong stand on that, too.'' Karmanos said he intends to retire as head of Compuware within the next two years. Commuting from the Detroit region has its upside, he said. ''Sometimes there's a distinct advantage to not being around.'' How's that? ''When you're losing,'' he said.
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Let Gordie (Hartford) & Gretzky (Edmonton) Give Out The Cup

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from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Skip Cunningham has pretty much seen it all. Dingy arenas. A standoff involving a Zamboni. Thirteen-hour flights with three connections. "I keep trying to block those things out,'' said Cunningham, the longtime equipment manager of the Carolina Hurricanes. "You couldn't make up some of that stuff up, it was so bad.'' Here's one thing he doesn't mind seeing: The New England Whalers vs. the Alberta Oilers for the Stanley Cup.
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Roenick Talks

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Roenick was just on Detroit radio and the first question asked of him was about OLN. J.R. mentioned no one can find them. The only people who know OLN are bass fishermen. People are too lazy to make the effort to find the station. Roenick said OLN has been great, improving weekly but people will not watch because the sports fan does not go to OLN. He suggested the NHL may have to take less money to go to a station that is actually watched. He thinks the playoffs have been fantastic, exciting, loves the speed and the players can now use their ability. J.R. thinks the Wings had such a great season, they had nothing to play for the last month of the season. Lost their mentality and never got it back. Plus playing Edmonton who had the edge and it turned into a disaster. J.R. mentioned Yzerman is his favorite all-time player and thinks he is not ready to walk away. He can still play and will not give it up, the ultimate leader. Roenick has started working out with his LA guru, and plans to be back. On the market and will make whatever team he plays for a better team.

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Official Training Video

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Word is the NHL is making this mandatory viewing for the NHL on-ice officials. Soccer fans will enjoy it too. image

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This Round Is On Bates

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from the AP via the Salisbury Post,

Former Carolina Hurricanes player Bates Battaglia is cheering on his former teammates as they try to bring the Stanley Cup to his new hometown. The closer they get, the bigger the draw to the sports bar he co-owns in downtown Raleigh. The place was buzzing Monday night as the Hurricanes stole a come-from-behind victory over Edmonton in Game 1 of the finals. About a dozen televisions showed the game, and since Battaglia's place doesn't serve food, the bar ordered munchies for the crowd.
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