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Europeans Want The Cup Too

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

"Obviously, I want to win as bad as everybody else," said Wallin, who is playing in his second Stanley Cup finals in four NHL seasons, having been with the Hurricanes in 2002 when they dropped the Cup finals to Detroit in five games. Wallin and Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom are good friends, and they've talked about winning the Cup. Now, Wallin wants the experience, not the words. I think it means just as much to Canadian, American as Swede, Czech or Russian," Samsonov said. "It's the ultimate prize. It's a story you'd like to tell your grandkids about." Samsonov recalls the excitement in Russia when Detroit's Russian Five carried the Cup into Moscow for the first time after the Red Wings won the Cup in 1997. "That was a big deal," he said.
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J.R Would Like To Play In Chicago

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from Bob Foltman of the Chicago Tribune via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

For many, Jeremy Roenick is a symbol of when the Blackhawks mattered in Chicago and were a factor in the NHL. His acrimonious departure from the Hawks in the summer of 1996 damaged both parties - Roenick hasn't been the same player since leaving and the Hawks began a downward cycle that continues. Could a reunion change both their fortunes? Roenick thinks so and said on WGN radio Monday and in a Tuesday phone interview with the Chicago Tribune that returning to the Hawks is his priority. ''One of the places I would love to play is Chicago, absolutely,'' Roenick said. ''Once July 1 comes and free agency opens up, that is one of the first places I would like (agent Neil Campbell) to call.''
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Carolina Prepares For “Stan”

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The Stanley Cup has an exclusive interview with Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail:

G&M: "Is it true you've had more White House visits than former Prime Minister Jean Chretien?" Cup: "Hey, you're funnier than David Letterman. Did a gig with him once. Nice guy. Good with the lists. I've spent time with three U.S. presidents. Not one knew much about hockey but then again I'm not much into U.S. politics …. Wait a second. That's my cell phone. (Checks caller ID.) No big deal. It's Pamela Anderson. We met a few years ago at a Chris Chelios party after the Detroit Red Wings won. She said she'd dump Kid Rock for me and I said, "Who's Kid Rock?" I hear they split up not long after that."
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Carolina Vets Talk

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Off-day talking from Wesley and Weight-

DOUG WEIGHT: I think we're in the fourth round of the toughest championship in the world to win. We know it's going to be the toughest game to win. I think we're all pretty well grounded. We know what we have it do. We know how we have to play. We know how they are going to come out. Obviously we're going to have to have the fans behind us, it's going to be a big game emotionally, and have to talk about some things to keep in check and keep discipline in check, but I think we know what we have to do. Q. Will this be a long 24 hours for you never having been this close before? GLEN WESLEY: I slept well the night before Game 4, so I don't see why it's going to change. Obviously we have got to focus and get our rest and prepare for Game 5 here, but the bottom line is you know, in preparing for Game 5 and you know, it's obviously difficult to think about, and the biggest thing you got to do is prepare ourselves and know what is going to be at stake and we know we have got to play our best game in the series.
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What Are The Predators Worth

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from WSMV,

The Nashville Predators aren't happy at having their net worth questioned by an attorney hired by the local government, and now they're asking Nashville to pay up on bonuses owed to the company that runs their arena. The Predators had attorneys outline their demands in four letters delivered to Nashville attorneys Monday in response to arguments over the team's financial stability over the past year. They charge the contract has been breached and have given Metro Nashville government until July 10 to pay up or negotiate. That could open up a clause for the Predators to end their agreement, which might allow them to leave Nashville. "I don't think the Predators have any intention of doing that," team attorney Chris Whitson said.
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Upcoming Draft

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Taking a tour around the hockey bloggers today, I see some of us received the same notification from NHL Draft Net. They are distinguishing themselves as a hockey blog intent on full coverage of the NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 24th. I will let Ted Leonsis give you a little background on the blog and my feelings are we do need something like this. I know when June 24th roles around, I hope to have a nice cocktail in my hand, lounging in the sun. It has been a long year and a half for me and burnout is right around the corner. image

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Rink Size Favors North Americans

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Playing the 2010 Winter Olympic hockey tournament on North American-sized ice makes sense, considering the contribution the NHL makes to the Games, says NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. "We think it will enhance the tournament and we're pleased," Bettman said in Edmonton while attending the NHL Stanley Cup final. "Considering we stop our season in the middle, and in Turin 160 of our players went, I think it is a sensible decision." Edmonton Oiler defenceman Chris Pronger, a three-time Olympian who won a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake Games, said playing on the smaller ice will give Canada and the U.S. an advantage. "It's going to play more into our hands, Canadian and Americans who have played on that ice surface for their whole lives," said Pronger. "It's a little more tailor-made for our skill sets and how we like to play."
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Michigan Connection

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from Larry Lage of the AP via Mlive,

The Carolina Hurricanes are a win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup and making Peter Karmanos Jr. the third Detroit-area owner in four NHL seasons to win a title. Karmanos is part of an exclusive club of Michigan businessmen who own professional sports teams in and out of the state. "There's only one (NHL) team in the Detroit area, and even if they were for sale I don't think the owner would sell them to me," Karmanos said. That jab was directed at his rival, Mike Ilitch, who led the Detroit Red Wings to their third title under his watch in 2002 — over Karmanos and the Hurricanes. Ilitch also owns the Detroit Tigers.
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Changes Coming

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If the Canes with the Cup, they just may have some influence around the NHL. According to Loose Change, some of the changes to look forward to:

-They’ll go back to the one Zamboni-system, which will be OK since the rink can be re-surfaced in 21 seconds with a six hundred horsepower python under the hood. -Teams will start travelling to road games in ten-year-old Winnebagos. -They’ll be duck hunting between periods.
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Dominant Canes

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from Pierre McGuire of TSN,

The Oilers' road to the Stanley Cup Final has been out-working, out-hitting and out-saving their opponents game in and game out. In Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, it simply went the other way; they were out out-skilled, out-chanced and ultimately outscored on Monday night. The Oilers were dominated by the Carolina Hurricanes in the last 40 minutes of play. They elevated their skill level with nifty passing and good speed. It would have been a blow-out victory if it wasn't for Oilers netminder Jussi Markkanen.
continued...and credit to Pierre for his work "behind the glass" on NBC. I know some teams have adapted this type of placement of the third guy during their local broadcasts and the other teams who are not should be looking into it right now.

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