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SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the Blue Jackets will be one of the busiest teams during the off-season. I’d long speculated they could go the offer sheet route if they fail to land the help they need via the UFA market, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they go hard for Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter or Anaheim’s Corey Perry or Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester if those three are still unsigned by July 1st by their respective teams.

much more UFA and trade talk at Spector’s Trade Rumors…

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Feel The Pain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If there were any question about Zdeno Chara’s toughness, this should settle it: The towering defenseman considered not having anesthesia when undergoing recent shoulder surgery to repair a torn left labrum. “True story,” said his agent, Matt Keator. “That’s Z, right there. He cares about his body, like no one I know, and he doesn’t want to do anything that could compromise it. He asked if he could go without it, and he would have done it, but the doctors convinced him it was better to have it.

more NHL bits from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe…

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

“Those players have made a commitment on both sides of the puck that leads to success,” Lamoriello said. “If you watch what they’ve done and have followed them during the year, you shouldn’t be surprised. It’s only been a surprise if you try to bring the past into the present, and the present is what you look at.”

more on the Penguins…

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A Day Off

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s a Family Day in the Iwo household.  There will be no discussion of hockey and I’m sure I won’t think about it.

Before I go…the Wings won 41 of 61 faceoffs.  Draper was 17 and frigging 2. 

Still…think back to yesterday’s game and think of one time you were happy with the way the Wings controlled the puck.  Compared to their previous seven playoff games prior to Game 4 of this series, that’s what’s missing.

A lethargic Wing team yesterday and really bad games from two important guys: Holmstrom and Chelios.

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Flyers Play The Pressure Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers said the keys to winning are doing what they did in Game 4: strong forechecking and getting quality shots on goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

“The first couple of games, I think we let him off the hook,” Richards said of Fleury. “Not going to the net and trying to pass around him too much. . . . But when you get pucks to the net and he’s having trouble seeing them, there are going to be rebounds.”

The Flyers also need to move the puck easily out of their zone, keep possession enough to score, and reduce the Penguins’ chances.

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The Retail Game

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

In the final moments of today’s playoff game between the Penguins and the Flyers, a pile of “if-when” contracts could be triggered.

If Pittsburgh clinches, thousands of Eastern Conference championship T-shirts and hats will be rushed into production and shipped to stores. If Philadelphia wins, those contracts sit in limbo for whenever the series comes to a decisive conclusion.

This is the “chase business,” said John Horan, publisher of trade publication, Sporting Goods Intelligence. Even as Sidney Crosby and Scottie Upshall chase pucks around the ice, vendors and retailers are poised to chase the sales that victory brings. Blink and the business opportunity might go flying by.

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Melrose On Game 5 WCF

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Barry breaks down game 5 and also says pressure now on Detroit.

Watch below…

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Senators Need A Babcock-Like Coach

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“They need somebody that’s firm but fair and a good communicator with the media,” said TSN analyst Pierre McGuire, a former NHL coach, scout and player personnel director. “Somebody who is going to be a cut above.

“They’re going to come in there and know that it’s not a popularity contest. It’s about holding players accountable. It’s about making players better and it’s about making the finished product better.

“You want to make sure that you have the highest standards possible. A perfect example of a team that does that is Detroit. Mike Babcock holds his players accountable, communicates with the players and the media and works in an organization where the standards are so high that the players know if they don’t get to those standards, they won’t play. That’s what Ottawa needs: Somebody who can instil those standards.”

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Jagr Talking Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Slap Shots has learned that Jagr’s agent and Sather are expected to commence negotiations this week after preliminary discussions in which both sides exchanged words of love, if not vows of ‘til death do they part, at least not yet.

“Jags would like to stay, he doesn’t want to leave New York, and Slats has told me that he feels the same way,” Pat Brisson, who with J.P. Barry represents Jagr, said by phone on Friday night. “We’re going to begin to talk about a contract in the next week or so.

“Jags feels good about himself as a player and about what he and the Rangers can accomplish together.”

read on

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Not-So-Gentlemanly Behavior

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Christ at the ABQ Journal.com,

One of the most revered traditions in sports is the handshake ceremony after each Stanley Cup playoff series, when the bloodied warriors on each team line up to offer congratulations to their foes for a job well done. Sportsmanship at its greatest.

  It’s just seems incomprehensible, though, how guys who had just been knocking the pus out of each other can all of a sudden start hobnobbing. For me, it’s not uncommon to hold a grudge against someone who takes 3 minutes to heat a pile of rice in the office microwave.

  So, is this on-ice glad-handing genuine?

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Note: Accessing the complete text of the article above may present obstacles to some readers, so I’ve taken the liberty of reproducing the relevant excerpt below the “continue reading” link

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  Tags: brian+propp, chris+chelios, martin+brodeur, playoffs, rob+blake

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