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Is Yzerman Having 2nd Thoughts

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from the AP via the Globe and Mail,

Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman said Thursday that he wants to make a decision relatively quickly — maybe as early as next week — on whether to retire from hockey. "I'm going to do the best thing for me and the best thing for the team," Yzerman said after posing for the annual team picture at Joe Louis Arena, only a few days after Detroit was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs with a Game 6 loss at Edmonton. The future Hall of Famer said he and his wife have been discussing the issue and have been going back and forth on whether he should come back to Hockeytown for one more shot at a fourth Stanley Cup.
more Thanks to a KK reader for the heads-up. added 3:30pm, Detroit radio now playing audio cuts of Yzerman today. The story says it all, but he says he will take the next couple of days to really decide. We don't hear "I have made up my mind" like he was talking before. If he wants to play, who's going to stop him? He also reflected, along with Shanny, that losing in the playoffs reminds him of what the Wings went thru in the mid-90's. Also mentioned Dats had blood drained from his charleyhorse and would not have played if it was the regular season. Stevie also mentioned that the goaltender did the best that he could in the playoffs. Not a ringing endorsement for Manny. added 5:33pm, Holland was on the radio and basically went through the whole lineup. The core of the team will not change. Was asked about Luongo and he stated he doesn't think Luongo will be traded. On Shanahan, he wants him back, of course depending on payroll. Will sitdown in the next 2-3 weeks and discuss goaltending. On Jimmy Howard, said he could play in the NHL but would go through growing pains and Holland feels Wings can still compete. Holland mentioned many Wings went played in the firs playoffs this year- Samuelsson, Franzen, Kronwall, Lilja (6 games), etc and players like Datsyuk and Williams were considered part of the solution this year instead of spare parts. He said there will be changes, wants to get more grit up front, and also mentioned the loss of Fischer really hurt. added 6:07pm, Shanahan now on radio. Will play for Canada in the WC. Shanny loves Detroit, has taken less money to play for the Wings, just wants to make sure it is the right fit. At times he thinks it may be best both times move on, but he said he felt the same way two years ago after losing to Calgary. Brendan says the coaching stafff did a great job, the best the Wings have had in years. Gave the team the chance to win, losing falls on the players shoulders, not the coaches. The one question he will ask Holland when they meet is, "Will I be a real, true fit with the Wings?" Then he will sit down with family and decide his future. Brendan just mentioned a play-in round being discussed for the future playoffs. Teams 7-10 would play a 2 of 3 or 3 of 5 series, then the winners would play Teams 1 and 2 in the conference. That would give the top 2 teams a reward for finishing first and second in the conference, meaning they would get a short break before the playoffs started for them.

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NBC Schedule For Conference Semi-Finals

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SATURDAY, MAY 6 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ON NBC New Jersey Devils @ Carolina Hurricanes (Game 1) Commentators: Chris Cuthbert, Peter McNab, Cammi Granato Site: Entertainment & Sports Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina SUNDAY, MAY 7 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ON NBC Colorado Avalanche @ Anaheim Mighty Ducks (Game 2) Commentators: Mike Emrick, John Davidson, Pierre McGuire Site: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California SATURDAY, MAY 13 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ON NBC Carolina Hurricane @ New Jersey Devils (Game 4) Commentators: TBA Site: Continental Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey SUNDAY, MAY 14 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ON NBC Colorado Avalanche @ Anaheim Mighty Ducks (Game 5 if necessary) Commentators: TBA Site: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California All games available in HD

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Flyers Plan For Next Year

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Hockey Fights recaps the Flyers press conference from today.

Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Bob Clarke announced offseason plans for the Flyers at a televised press conference earlier today. Clarke assured the media that Head Coach Ken Hitchcock will be back for at least one more season. Clarke also said that he would speak to Hitchcock at some point this summer about his contract. Hitchcock's current contract runs out after the 2006-07 season. Clarke spoke of the current goaltending situation, saying the Flyers will only have one starting goalie next year.
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Award Finalists Announced

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from TSN,

Right wing Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers, goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames and center Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks have been voted finalists for the Hart Trophy as League MVP as the NHL announced today the nominees for eight annual awards.
read on for all of the nominees...

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Cujo Visits Churchill Downs

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via the Thoroughbred Times,

"For me, the main goal would be to start a horse in the Queen's Plate and win that race," said Joseph, making his second Kentucky Derby (G1) visit. "Of course winning this race would be even bigger, a dream." Known to hockey fans as CuJo, 16-season veteran Joseph ranks sixth on the NHL's all-time wins list for goalies with 427 victories. Joseph, 39, said he was introduced to racing by his agent. Two of his five starters are homebreds as he has kept several broodmares. "I didn't grow up on a farm or anything. I just got into it about ten years ago," Joseph said.

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Could Morozov Be A Wing

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Is Alexei Morozov interested in playing for the Wings next year?

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Covering The 2006 World Championship

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from the IHWC,

All over the world, international hockey fans can enjoy the excitement of the 2006 IIHF World Championship on TV. Check out the list of rights holders to find out which channel you should choose.
continued...if you live in the USA, right now we are out of luck! No games scheduled, but travel to Saudi Arabia and you can watch. Thanks to a KK reader for passing this on.

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A Plea To OLN

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Hockey fans are about to call it quits when it comes to OLN-HD broadcasts. You see, many of the HD viewers like to know when and where the HD games will be shown. Thereby allowing them to use their DVR to its fullest potential. Many HD viewers timeshift their viewing, but in order to do that, they have to know what channel the HD version of the OLN game is on. Without knowing when and where the game will appear, you OLN are letting us down. Now, you can tell us it is up to each carrier to provide us with that information. But do you think you can talk to the folks at INHD, Dish Network and Directv and advise them of the problem many HD viewers had in trying to find the HD Round 1 games? By not announcing when the game is on, you are giving hockey fans the impression that you just don't care. One of the main reasons the NHL left ESPN was the treatement they receives from them. Please show us the fans, that you do care and communicate with us, that is all we are asking!

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The Very New NHL

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from the Sporting News,

Good God. That was my first reaction after Wednesday's Game 7 of the Mighty Ducks-Flames series. Let's see a show of hands -- how many of you really believed ALL FOUR TOP SEEDS in the Western Conference would buy the farm in the first round? See? The only guy who did is cashing out at a Vegas sports book right now.
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Comeback Player

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from Hockeyweb.de,

You can’t name just one comeback player of the year when it’s the entire league that has returned. But it’s probably safe to say the six men profiled in this week’s issue of The Hockey News had extra reason to celebrate the various successes of 2005-06. Some of them overcame medical maladies. Patrik Elias came back from potentially life-threatening illness. Rem Murray defied the odds to return after a debilitating nerve condition. Tim Connolly is a head-case no more. Others – Dany Heatley, Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne – fought to prove they still had passion in their gut and goals in their sticks.
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