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from The Maven,

Best of all, instead of beefing as his counterpart, Bryan Murray, certainly would have, Carlyle refused to whine about the result or the zebras’ collective astigmatism….
Legal or not, the goal should not detract from the Senators comeback from the Land of Chokes.
They could have—should have—won Games One and Two but failed because of lethargy and lousy goaltending.
Ray Emery’s ineptitude could have killed them again in Game Three but…

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Murray Today

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Q. Any update on McAmmond? I know Fisher didn’t skate; it was a rest day?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: I gave him the day to kind of get away from the skate. I made it somewhat optional to a number of the guys. McAmmond doesn’t look promising, but I have talked to him very, very briefly. We’ll just have to see how he recovers.

Q. Tomorrow?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: I don’t know that. We’ll just have to wait and see until almost game time if there’s a chance at all.

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A Fan that Might Be Leaving

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An NHL fan asked me to print this email from him.  Your comments are welcome.

I have been a fan of hockey for about 30 years, I have seen all the up and downs with hockey.  But last night game was the worst I have ever seen.  If the NHL wants to make sure there is no sweep than just tell the ducks not to show up for the games let them call it from the booths.  This game is a game of hits and checks if Pronger is out for even one game I thing this whole series is fixed. I tape all games and look at them very closely I hope the NHL looks very hard before they due anything to Pronger, remember if you watch the whole game you will see how the other team was hitting too, they were also hitting high.  I hope they let them play the game if the ducks should loose I would like to be fair.
This has been the worse game that I have ever seen and called by both officials.

Thanks for reading this,

Bill Ricigliano


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Player Movement Talk

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Spector recaps the Satellite Hot Stove talk from last night on HNIC and touches on some other player movement talk.
I want to add this, don’t believe any of the made-up rumors of Hasek signing with any other team besides Detroit.  He either plays with thw Wings or retires, end of story.

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Destination:  Canada

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from the Vancouver Province,

Canada, thanks largely to the hugely appreciated loonie, is a much more attractive place for the NHL to do business than it was a decade ago. And the new salary cap system has really benefited the smaller-market Canadian clubs. But Canadians shouldn’t get too carried away with the idea that NHL franchises will start popping up north of the 49th parallel.
James Brander, a professor at University of B.C.‘s Sauder School of Business puts it into perspective.
“If you just look at the basic economics, it looks like there should be room for one more team in Canada and one less in the U.S.,” he said.


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Foppa Talks

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A very rough translation of this article in the AftonBladet follows, but Forsberg states he feels good and if he doesn’t play in Europe he is leaning to play for one of the three teams he has played for in the past (Philly, Colorado or Nashville).
Read on for the translation…

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So What’s The Problem

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from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,

Owner Tom Golisano says the only way the Buffalo Sabres can max out on the salary cap and break even on next season’s bottom line would be by advancing to the second round of the playoffs. OK. And the problem is?
This is no time for Golisano and the rest of the front office to scream “Retreat!” If anything, this is when the suits upstairs should start playing, in hockey lingo, a little out of character, show some gumption, reward Sabres boosters for their fanatical loyalty, finish the darn job. And if it costs the franchise a little more money than desired, if it has the front office squirming over the risks, well, it has only itself to blame.

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Vicious Elbow To The Head

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

If they don’t learn their lesson now, if the Ducks don’t take to heart their admission that they take too many needless penalties, they will look back in anger in a week or two from now as the Senators hoist the Stanley Cup.
It may be too late because Chris Pronger again blurred the line between aggression and stupidity when he dealt a vicious elbow to the head of Ottawa forward Dean McAmmond two minutes and three seconds into the third period, creating the possibility that he will be suspended for Game 4 on Monday….
The NHL takes a dim view on hits to the head, as evidenced by its decision to suspend Pronger for a game after the hit on Holmstrom. Pronger had tried to explain it as the inevitable consequence of a 6-foot-6 player hitting a 6-foot-1 opponent, but the league didn’t buy it.
Asked if he was concerned about facing disciplinary action again, Pronger became tight-lipped. “I don’t know,” he said.

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Pronger May Have To Blame Himself

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

After all, when the all-star Ducks defenceman was suspended for his blindside head shot on Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom in the Western Conference final, he blamed the Canadian media for being banished from the series for a game.
Today, you have to figure Pronger’s conspiracy antennae will be on amber alert, given that he’ll be waking up this morning in the nation’s capital after his cheap shot elbow knocked out Dean McAmmond of the Senators in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final last night.
Good luck generating any sympathy this time.
Geez, he might even have to blame himself if, as is certainly possible, he gets suspended again and in so doing really helps the Senators get back into the best-of-seven series.

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If you missed the hit on McAmmond….

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Could The Cap Hit $52M

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Slap Shots has been told that the NHLPA is planning to exercise its right under the CBA to request that a full five-percent bump be built into next season’s cap. If 2006-07 league revenues come it at $2.36B - Gary Bettman on Monday said he thought the number would be close to $2.4B - a five-percent bump would bring next season’s upper limit to approximately $52M.
We’ve learned that the PA was urged to push the cap as high as possible by, among others, Major League Baseball PA executive director Don Fehr and former NBA union head Charles Grantham during a meeting in Toronto last Monday with members of the NHLPA’s current leadership group.

more on Michael Nylander and the Rangers asst. GM search…

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