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It’s About The Money

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Nyet, as in no and not yet.

That’s Ilya Kovalchuk’s stance on the push to entice him to play for St. Petersburg in the Russian KHL next season.

It would take the Russian equivalent of opening Fort Knox to entice the Devils’ superstar left wing, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, to make up his mind now to play in the KHL next season, an informed source told The Post.

The source insists that ultimate splurge has not yet occurred, disputing reports out of the world championships in Germany that said Kovalchuk already had agreed to a one-year deal in Russia next season.

The word is that unless blown away by a record Russian offer he can’t refuse, the 27-year-old is intent on waiting until July 1 to evaluate all his options, including playing in Russia.


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Congrats To The Windsor Spitfires

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from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Keyed by a relentless offensive effort, the Windsor Spitfires made history, winning their second straight Memorial Cup title with a 9-1 victory against the host Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday at Westman Place.

Taylor Hall, NHL Central Scouting’s second-rated North American prospect for the 2010 Entry Draft, had a goal and 2 assists to finish as the tournament’s leading scorer with 5 goals and 9 points. He became the first player in the 92-year history of Canada’s national junior championship tournament to win consecutive MVP awards.

The Spitfires also became the eighth team ever to win back-to-back titles, and the first since the Kamloops Blazers in 1994-95.


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Boring Hockey

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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

After surviving two of the most exciting battles you will ever see against Washington and Pittsburgh, the Canadiens have found themselves locked in an exercise in tedium. Since they were reduced to the role of spectators during the second period Saturday, the Habs have to know how boring it was.

If the first three contests were something less than classics, Saturday’s game made my New NHL look very much like that Bad Old NHL. With two teams trapping, scoring chances were as hard to find as decaf at an AA meeting.

If the Philadelphia strategy was to bore the Canadiens to death and silence the crowd, it worked. After the midway mark of the first period, the Habs were never in it. The question is whether the Flyers beat them - or the Canadiens beat themselves.

With a chance to tie the series and go back to Philly with the momentum on their side, the Canadiens laid an egg the size of Laval. They played an awful, disorganized, emotionally flat game. They didn’t compete, they didn’t test the Flyers. And they were full value for that 3-0 loss.


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Evening Line

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“If they ever invited me to drink out of that Cup, I’d jump through the rim of my own butt and hang myself just to get another drink out of it.”

-HHOF member Bobby Hull when asked what he would do if Chicago won the Cup.  More from some of the Chicago ambassadors by Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

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3 On Top & 4 On The Bottom

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The teeth that are now missing from Duncan Keith’s mouth after taking a shot today.

Keith talks about it in a post-game media scrum.

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Chicago Eyeing The Bigger Prize

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Toews was four years old in 1992, growing up in Winnipeg when that team - coached by Mike Keenan with a young Jeremy Roenick leading the way - was swept out of the final by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Mario Lemieux. The Blackhawks came up short that year and Roenick and Co. never made it back to the dance - a lesson that Toews and his equally precocious line-mate Patrick Kane understand only too well.

These opportunities to win a championship don’t come along every year. You need a little of everything to go your way - a little luck, reasonable good health, timely scoring - to get to where the Blackhawks are today, awaiting the winner of the Philadelphia Flyers-Montreal Canadiens’ series over in the Eastern Conference.

So the Clarence Campbell bowl?

“It’s a made-up trophy for winning the Western Conference,” said Toews. “Big deal. It’s not what we’re after. We’re here to win the Stanley Cup.


added 8:24pm, E.J. Hradek and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN review the Chicago/San Jose series which you can watch below…

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What Will San Jose Do?

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Where does San Jose go from here?

Put it this way, the Sharks have roughly $22-million in cap space, enough room to retain the existing team, relatively intact, or overhaul the top end of their roster.

Forward Patrick Marleau and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov—both with 10 years in Teal—are unrestricted free agents. At their positions, both should be among the highest-paid players this summer.

Accounting for restricted free agents Joe Pavelski and Devon Setoguchi, the Sharks should be able to squeeze Marleau and Nabokov under the cap for 2010-11. It would be tight.

Defenceman Rob Blake, 40, and third- and fourth-line centres Manny Malhotra and Scott Nichol are also unrestricted free agents.


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Czech Republic Takes Home The Gold

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from the CP at the Globe and Mail,

Jaromir Jagr found some new Czech teammates to celebrate a gold medal with.

The veteran forward set up Jakub Klepis just 20 seconds into Sunday’s game and Tomas Vokoun turned aside 35 shots as the Czech Republic captured the IIHF World Hockey Championship with a stunning 2-1 win over Russia.

Jagr expressed concern at the outset of the tournament that the country could be a candidate for relegation because so many NHL players declined an invitation. Not only did the unherladed team go on to win gold, it did so by handing star-studded Russia its first loss in 28 world championship games.

No one could have seen this coming for a Czech hockey program that had seen its men’s national team lose in the quarter-finals of the last four major international tournaments, including the Vancouver Olympics


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The Chicago Blackhawks Will Host Game 1 & 2 Of the Stanley Cup Final

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The Blackhawks sweep the San Jose Sharks to advance to the Stanley Cup Final and will be the heavy favorite to win the Cup.

San Jose just seemed to be fighting an uphill battle in every game and could not get a key goal throughout the whole series.

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World Hockey Championships - Playoffs

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After a preliminary round and a qualifying round, the World Hockey Championships in Germany have gone to the playoffs.  Here are the results:


Czech Republic 2 Finland 1 (shootout)  Petri Kontiola opened the game with a Finnish goal in the first minute.  The Czechs finally tied it on a third period goal by Jakub Klepis.  The game played to a tie as goaltenders Pekka Rinne and Tomas Vokoun were only beaten once each.  Due to the need for a quick winner, some sort of skills competition was played with the Czechs winning.

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