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from the blog of Ansar Khan (Wings beat writer) at Mlive,

The Wings, according to several in the organization, will open on Friday if the Rangers don't win their division and draw Buffalo. Here's how it was explained: Buffalo's arena is not available on Friday, forcing the Sabres to play Games 1 and 2 of their series on Saturday and Monday. NBC, which will televise games on Saturday and Sunday, intends to show the Wings one day and the Rangers the other. If the Rangers play the Sabres, they'll play Saturday afternoon on NBC, and NBC will then show the Wings on Sunday, which would be Game 2 of their series.
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Yashin A Ranger?

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from the Maven at MSG Network,

-A change of scenery is a virtual must for Todd Bertuzzi and Alexei Yashin. We wonder whether the Rangers would be interested in Yash – as a second-liner. Darn right, he wants to stay in the New York area where his long-time gal-pal, Carol Alt, models. As for Bert, his $5.3 million pact is high for all his baggage but the talent – when motivated – is unmistakable. -Teemu Selanne’s take on what he sees as a homestretch officiating slump. “New rules? Wake up! I don’t know what the new rules are anymore.” -Mike Babcock on his Red Wings’ inspiration: “Obviously, it’s not because of money,” Babcock says. “It’s because of passion. It’s because of treating people right. It’s because of great scouting and Kenny Holland and Jimmy Nill and people that have been around here a long time – Jimmy Devellano – have done a heck of a job.” To say the least!
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Caps Improve Bottom Line

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from the Washington Times,

The Washington Capitals are expected to reduce their financial losses by nearly 75 percent this season because of a lower payroll and a new financial structure for the NHL that will provide the team with millions of dollars in revenue-sharing payments. Caps owner Ted Leonsis said he expects to lose about $5 million this year, a sharp change from past seasons when high payrolls contributed to tens of millions of dollars in losses. He also said the team should be profitable by next season as long as fan interest increases. "We're a young, growing team, and there are better days ahead," Leonsis said.
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Flames Are Wild

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

So here we are on the cusp of another playoff run by the Calgary Flames, and all of Canada (and even a few pockets of hockey fans in the US) is singing the praises of the tough-as-nails Flames; the darlings of "old school" hockey; that team that makes you pay for every inch of ice; especially should you happen to want an inch or two inside the Calgary blue line. Meanwhile, this same group quietly celebrates the inability of the Minnesota Wild, that boring, defensive-minded, trapping, collection of robots manipulated by Jacques Lemaire; the coach that is often cited as the poster child for the ruination of hockey. Minnesota, they say, is proof positive that the old way is a thing of the past in the new NHL; and they couldn't be happier for it. Funny, but as the season comes to a close there are a couple of trends that make the two teams eerily similar.
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Stanley Talks

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

The big guy’s been around since he was a little guy, one hundred and thirteen years to be exact, and he’s holding up well. Loose Change recently had the chance to sit down with the most famous trophy in professional sports (aside from Fred The Super Bowl Statue) . LC: Who’s your best friend? SC: People naturally think The Stanley Cup would hang with other trophies but, to be honest, I think most of them are jerks. “I’m the freaking Hart Trophy. Bow in my presence.” I mean, come on.
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Hockey Pins “Wrasslin”

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via Pro Wrestling Insider,

Due to NHL Playoff Hockey airing in the 7-10pm time slot on TSN, WWE Raw is going to be on Tape Delay in Canada.
I would hope so, could you see the backlash...We pre-empt the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the WWE!!!

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Report- Dave Taylor Fired

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via TSN,

The Los Angeles Kings have called a news conference this afternoon when they will announce the dismissal of general manager Dave Taylor.

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Money For Kids In Need

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from the NHL,

The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), the National Hockey League (NHL), and The Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation have produced a new public service announcement (PSA) in support of its joint partnership. The 30-second PSA, featuring Brooks, is currently appearing in all 30 NHL Member Club arenas and will continue to run throughout the 2006 Stanley Cup
more and you can view the PSA there too... image

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Who Wins- Who Knows

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

This is all a lengthy preamble to the fact that in the new-look NHL, the science of picking a Stanley Cup winner is more convoluted than ever. Who do you like? The pre-season favorites: Ottawa, Philadelphia, Vancouver? The unexpectedly competitive: Carolina, Buffalo, the New York Rangers? The perennial winners: Detroit, Dallas, New Jersey? The 2004 finalists: Tampa and Calgary? Or do you put the names of all the contenders into a hat and pull out one name per conference? If so, then congratulations to the Buffalo Sabres and the Dallas Stars. It looks as if we're going to see a repeat of the 1999 Stanley Cup final. Maybe Brett Hull can keep his skate out of the crease this time.
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Breaking Down Canadien Goalies

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

In a way, it's a problem a coach likes to encounter. The Montreal Canadiens' Bob Gainey has two good goalies he can use in the playoffs -- and after a loss by the Atlanta Thrashers last night, the Canadiens will be in the post-season. But the matchups remain to be seen. It's not only a function of the Canadiens' game tonight against the New Jersey Devils, but also what the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes do.
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