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Matthew Barnaby Of ESPN Says Detroit In Seven

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Copps Coliseum Enhancements

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Toronto, May 29, 2009 – Plans to transform Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum into a spectacular home arena for a new Southern Ontario NHL franchise were unveiled today by Jim Balsillie.

With a focus on fan-friendly cutting edge designs, the new Copps Coliseum would feature a soaring atrium-style entrance lobby, a range of luxury boxes, new lounges and restaurants, food and bar amenities throughout and capacity for more than 18,000 spectators. The design also fully addresses requirements the NHL has previously communicated for Copps Coliseum.

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SCF Storylines

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from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

1. Sidney Crosby’s Name on the Stanley Cup:

Alexander Ovechkin may still be the bigger star, crossing over to mainstream sports fans in a way Crosby doesn’t. But within the NHL, there’s no player with greater renown right now than the Penguins’ captain, thanks to his remarkable postseason run and unparalleled leadership in bringing his mates back to the finals. To end that run with his first Stanley Cup would be a defining moment. And to have a star of his magnitude lifting the Cup over his head is an image the NHL is ready to plaster across the globe.

read on for 19 more points….

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The Health Of The Wings Is Key

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So says Damien Cox…

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Burke’s Priorities

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Burke would rather deal with the reality of his position than anyone else’s supposition. He isn’t shy about listing his priorities of the next five weeks, which represent his first real opportunity to put his fingerprints all over the Maple Leafs.

Priority 1 is getting an answer from Swedish free agent goaltender Jonas Gustavsson. “We really like him,” Burke said. “If we can’t get him, we’ll have to trade for a backup goalie or sign one in free agency.”

In other words, see you later, Justin Pogge.

Priority 2 is the NHL entry draft on June 26 and 27. The Leafs have the seventh pick but Burke already has been on the record saying he would like to move up and select John Tavares. That’s his public stance. Fat chance. Privately, others insist he wants a top 4 pick—which would get him one of Tavares, Victor Hedman Matt Duchene or Luke Schenn’s brother, Brayden.

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Update 7:12pm ET: From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail:

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and his Tampa Bay Lightning counterpart, Brian Lawton, were seen this week deep in discussion in the dining room at the hotel where the NHL was holding its annual prospects combine.

But Burke hasn’t made headway in his desire to move up in the 2009 NHL entry draft. The Leafs have the seventh overall selection. The Lightning has the second pick.

“I’ve knocked on a lot of doors and talked to a lot of other teams, but I’m not optimistic at this point. I hope it will heat up, but right now I haven’t had much success,” said Burke, who said that deals to move up in the draft usually don’t occur until draft day.

“You have to remember that I’ve been able to move up twice in the draft and both times it was done on the draft floor,” Burke added.

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This & That

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I will be around most of the day today and tonight I will be attending a welcome reception for the media.

Saturday & Sunday, I will be updating until 3:00pm then head to the Joe for games 1 & 2.  Alanah will posting any updates in my absence.

Don’t forget about the giveaway Tony from The Confluence is having.  A change to win a Blu-ray version of ‘Miracle’ is at stake!

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Wings Fans Talk The Rematch

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A Seven Game Series

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

People ask me who I like in the Stanley Cup Finals: Detroit or Pittsburgh?

At the start of the season, I figured the Red Wings would make the Finals and win The Cup. No, this was not based on any complicated scientific analysis, but rather a simple theory: never bet against The Champs.

But that was then and this is now….

The Pretenders have everything in their favor, from a sizzling Sid Crosby-Ev Malkin duet right down to the mature goaltending of Marc-Andre Fleury, who’s fronted by a surprisingly solid defense.

Nevertheless, The Maven picks Detroit in seven games.

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SCF - Part 2

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Five random things which haven’t changed from last year’s Stanley Cup final:

Detroit’s Depth. Few teams have anything approaching the organization depth the Red Wings have. Players like Darren Helm (above) and Ville Leino could be second-liners on most NHL teams. With Detroit, they’re AHLers. The Red Wings were without players like Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom in the Western Conference final but still managed to dispatch Chicago in five games.

Osgood really that good? A common complaint about Chris Osgood is that he’s just the product of a good defensive system. We’ve made it and we believe it. If you stuck Osgood on the Penguins, they probably don’t get out of the first round. But he doesn’t play on the Penguins. He plays on the Red Wings. And he’s gotten them to the Stanley Cup final for the second consecutive season. Who care’s if he’s part of a system? Especially if it’s a really successful system.

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Osgood vs. Fleury

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

When the Stanley Cup final starts tomorrow night in Detroit, though, Osgood and Fleury will be the last two goaltenders standing. And they are tied for first place in the most important category of this year’s playoffs at 12 wins each.

This is the second consecutive showdown in the Cup final for them, with Osgood and the Wings handily winning the best-of-seven series in five games a year ago to win his third Stanley Cup ring. However, Osgood, 36, is regarded as a veteran who has had the good fortune to play for a great team for most of his career while Fleury, 24, is considered another of the great young talents on the star-studded Penguins roster.

“With Chris Osgood, if you look at history, when he’s played on teams that are not so good [St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders], he’s been not so good,” said Mitch Korn, the goaltending coach of the Nashville Predators. “But there is something about playing for the Detroit Red Wings, like playing for the New York Yankees, that makes players elevate their games in response to everyone else.

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