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Nolan Headed Towards Arbitrator

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from the Toronto Sun,

The Owen Nolan case appears to be set to go before an arbitrator. It's expected the Maple Leafs and Nolan's representatives will begin to argue their sides in New York on May 16 or 17. The Leafs and Nolan have been at odds since Nolan suffered a knee injury, which required surgery. The injury led to a series of grievances. The Nolan camp contends the injury occurred while he was playing for Toronto late in the 2003-04 season. The Leafs contend Nolan was deemed healthy by the start of the lockout year and that he is owed nothing.
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How To Kill A 5 On 3 Or 2 or 1 1/2

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The video (will open wmp video) says it all. Notice two Shark players lost their stick and basically it was 5 on three players, but with only one stick. image Sharkspage I am sure will have more on this series once blogger is back to normal.

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Stop Marleau

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from Fox Sports,

Marleau bas been the man as far as the Sharks' offense goes in the 2006 postseason, and you already hear his name mentioned as a Conn Smythe Trophy candidate. It was Marleau who sparked the Sharks to a 2-1 win in the opening game of the best-of-seven series against the Oilers with a goal and an assist. That's two more points than Thornton had in the game, and for those keeping track, Marleau has a playoff-leading eight goals while the world is waiting for Thornton to score his first.
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Hey Mike- Was The Slapshot Music Playing In The Background

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Many of you know a few of the Philadelphia Flyers attended the Kentucky Derby last weekend. Mike Knuble recaps the trip and my favorite part is-

We left Thursday night around 8:00 p.m. The drive was long, and we split it up the first night. We drove about six hours and then stopped in a parking lot behind a Bob Evans restaurant. We slept there and got up before we drove another six hours. Rathje fit well in his new RV, since he is all certified as a trucker. He owns an oilrig transport company up in Alberta, and that’s what he did during the lockout. It got to be late on Friday afternoon so we tracked down a hotel that had a spare room because we needed showers and a place to get out of the trailer and stretch our legs.
Can you imagine any athletes from the NBA or MLB taking a road trip like that? No private jet, we are not going!!!

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Still Blacked Out

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from the Star-Ledger,

It's NHL playoff time, which can mean only one thing for Devils fans -- a certain amount of frustration with television coverage of their favorite team. Today, it's Cablevision and Patriot Media subscribers who have yet to switch over to digital cable. Without digital cable, they can't get OLN, which has the exclusive broadcast rights to two games in the conference semifinal round of the playoffs. "I'm not going to pay extra just so I can get hockey games," said Doug Leonard, a Devils fan and Patriot Media subscriber in Branchburg. "I wish we could get the games back on ESPN."
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The Paths To Success

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

"I studied the Indianapolis Colts operation for the last couple of years," said Burke, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks' general manager, "and Bill Polian, the president and GM there, is a genius. So, when he's looking at their board and he says, 'these four guys, that are all starters, are unrestricted next fall.' And I'm like, 'well what are you going to do?' And he says, 'let 'em go.' "Managing a team these days is still about asset management, but the premium now is going to be on drafting well and keeping those draft choices until they get to unrestricted free agency, even if you have to take them to arbitration. "But no matter what, you're going to end up driving guys to the airport, saying thank you very much, far more often than you did in the past."
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Be Like Sheed

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The NHL playoffs have been great, but as you can tell today, the stories are not flowing in. We need someone to make a Rasheed Wallace type guarantee. "We will not lost game 3" would do nicely from any player right now. Pick up the action boys, get the blood flowing. Someone step and and tell us your team will not lose their next game! Please!!!

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Play The Matchups

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

How could the Avalanche get back in the series against Anaheim? Take advantage of the last change at home and more often get the Joe Sakic-centered line away from the Ducks' top defensive line of Samuel Pahlsson, Jeff Friesen and Rob Niedermayer. Joel Quenneville doesn't overreact in manipulating matchups. That's wise most of the time. If a coach is too preoccupied with that, he can diminish his top line's effectiveness, rhythm and ice time. The old style "checking line" isn't as common, anyway, with coaches taking more care to send out their top defensive pairing - which in the Ducks' case, is Scott Niedermayer and Francois Beauchemin - against a top line.
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2-0 Across The Board

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from the Hockey News,

The die-hards in Ottawa will no doubt once again be all over goalie Ray Emery after the Senators suffered a 2-1 defeat to the upstart Sabres. That’s because in Ottawa, there always has to be a scapegoat, and what easier target than the goalie?... Don Cherry correctly pointed out Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson’s apathetic play following the game last night. Never mind that Alfredsson has just one goal in six playoff games, the turnover in the neutral zone with time running out last night and Emery on the bench in favor of an extra attacker was unforgivable.
read on for bits on every game last night...

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The Maven Digs Deep

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

Quick Quiz: Which very-average goalie has become an extraordinarily popular hockey-TV analyst? Answer: Glenn Healy. It was Healy who predicted that Pat Quinn would not survive the Leafs’ front office war. As Toronto Star columnist Chris Zelkovich notes, “What makes Healy such a treat to watch is that he has the two things most other analysts don’t: A willingness to say anything regardless of the consequences and a great sense of humor. The buzz among on-ice officials is that refs should not wear visors, on the grounds that shields could impair their vision.
more from the Maven...

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