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The Latest On Contract Talks Between The Anaheim Ducks And Cam Fowler

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pierre LeBrun tweets,

Contract talks expected to resume next week between Ducks and Cam Fowler's camp. So far this season talks have been positive. 

All signs point toward an extension although nothing is done until it's done. Can't officially sign until July 1 (one year left on contract)

Obviously if an agreement gets done, has impact on Ducks' expansion draft plans

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Kerry Fraser On The Officiating During The Playoffs

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from CBS Pittsburgh,

“The Fan Morning Show” caught up with former NHL referee Kerry Fraser on Thursday to talk about some of these controversial plays. Kerry said that the officials acknowledge a difference between how they call things in the postseason as compared to the regular season, but that it can’t go too far.

“What concerns me, and I don’t blame the officials so much as the people that are responsible for coaching them, for holding them accountable,” said Fraser. “Going into the playoffs, they need to be told, ‘Listen guys, we’re not changing the rule books. We need you to call a standard.’ And they have to be held accountable throughout every game during the season, the players need to know what they can do and what they can’t do.”

“Consequently, there have been very loose standards and it’s called playoff hockey refereeing. It’s not acceptable.”

“There’s always a debate, what’s the difference between regular season and playoffs? Well, I think a rule is a rule and should be called from the start of the season to the very last game of the Stanley Cup Final. But that’s not the way it’s been. We’ve seen an awful lot of stuff that’s been let go.”

read on and you can listen to the interview too...

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This Is P.K. Subban

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from ESPN,

P.K. Subban is going to be himself, on and off the ice. Period. Now he just doesn't have to defend himself for being a distraction or, even worse, a loser, because his Nashville Predators are in the Stanley Cup finals.

"There's over 700 players in the National Hockey League, and if all of them sound the same, to me that's boring," Subban said in an interview for ESPN's E:60, which will air on Sunday.

"I'm young, so I still want to be cool. I still want to have a certain style. I want to be distinct. I'm not afraid to be different from everyone else. That's me."

That hasn't always worked for everyone. As far back as Mites, Subban was unusual because of his talent, his exuberance and the color of his skin. There weren't a lot of black faces in the pictures of the teams he was on in Canada over the years. Subban's relentless competitiveness and frequent celebrations rubbed some people the wrong way.

"I don't think a lot of people had a lot of good things to say about myself or my family and that's a shame because I don't really know what we did wrong," Subban said.


Subban will be featured on E:60 Sunday morning, more below...

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Penguins One Win Away From Another Appearance In The Stanley Cup Final

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from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Those who have experienced it say it goes in phases. After you win a Stanley Cup, it's a summer of celebration. Then comes a regular season in which an inevitable rough patch emerges when exhaustion kicks in.

"You crash sometime in November, December or January," said former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, who led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009. "You don't have any energy. You're walking zombies."

But the best champs persevere and then the playoffs arrive -- another phase and a new life.

"I remember thinking that no team is going to be able to beat us," said forward Dan Cleary, part of the most recent team to advance to consecutive Stanley Cup finals when the Detroit Red Wings did it in 2008 and 2009. "I wasn't so much worried about rest or fatigue or energy. Your tank fills up immediately."

The long playoff run has a way of being unforgiving about draining that tank. Since Cleary's Red Wings fell short of winning the 2009 Stanley Cup, no reigning champion has made it back to the finals.


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NHL Short Notes

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A spot in the Stanley Cup Final is on the line when the Penguins and Senators face off in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at PPG Paints Arena:
* The Penguins, who defeated the Capitals in Game 7 of the Second Round (2-0 W at WSH), will be playing their 17th all-time Game 7 (9-7), fifth in NHL history behind the Bruins (25), Red Wings (25), Canadiens (23) and Maple Leafs (22). Pittsburgh is 3-7 in Game 7s on home ice, including a 2-1 victory in the 2016 Eastern Conference Final vs. TBL.
* The Senators will be seeking their first all-time Game 7 win (0-5). Four of Ottawa’s five Game 7 losses have come on the road, including a 2-1 defeat in their most recent such contest in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at NYR.
* The Penguins will be skating in their third Game 7 in the Conference Finals. In addition to 2016 vs. TBL, they faced the Panthers in 1996 (3-1 L).
* The Senators will be contesting their second Game 7 in the Conference Finals. They lost to the Devils, the eventual Stanley Cup champions, in 2003 (3-2 L).
* Pittsburgh’s lineup has a combined 80 Game 7 appearances, including 58 wins. Thirteen of those are from Carl Hagelin (7-1) and Matt Cullen (6-0).
* Ottawa’s lineup has a combined 34 Game 7 appearances, including 14 victories. Eight of those are from Derick Brassard (4-1) and Chris Kelly (4-1).
* Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan is 2-1 in three all-time Game 7s, including a 2-0 record with Pittsburgh. Senators head coach Guy Boucher is 1-1 in two all-time Game 7s (both w/ TBL), including a 1-0 victory at Pittsburgh in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
* REMINDER: The Stanley Cup Final will begin Monday, May 29. Either Pittsburgh or Ottawa will host Games 1 and 2 (as well as Games 5 and 7, if necessary). Nashville will host Games 3 and 4 (as well as Game 6, if necessary). Click here for the complete schedule

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Prospect news: Sambrook’s Otters lose to Windsor, will play in Memorial Cup semifinal Friday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

At the Memorial Cup, Jordan Sambrook finished even with no shots as his Erie Otters lost 4-2 to the host Windsor Spitfires. Windsor now advances directly to the Memorial Cup Final on Sunday, while Erie will battle the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday for the opportunity to face Windsor for the--you guessed it--Memorial Cup on Sunday.

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Prospect news: Grand Rapids Griffins win 4-2 over San Jose, take 2-1 lead in AHL WCF

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL: The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the San Jose Barracuda 4-2 in Game 3 of the AHL's Western Conference Final, taking a 2 games to 1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Grand Rapids rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits via 3rd period goals from Matt Lorito and Mitch Callahan, whose goal at 16:20 of the 3rd was the game winner. Tomas Nosek scored an empty-netter and Nathan Paetsch was credited with the Griffins' first goal. Jared Coreau stopped 31 of 33 shots for Grand Rapids.

Games 4 and 5 of the series will take place on Friday and Saturday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

Much more to come.

Update #1: Here's the AHL's recap:

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Evening Line- Roy MacGregor

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Now I am ready for the puck to drop.

If hockey has a moment that defines, it is fast approaching.

By the end of the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the game is profoundly different, as are the players – at least those still standing.

Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena, it will be decided which of the Pittsburgh Penguins or Ottawa Senators will move on to meet the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup final.

In this spring of oddities, the eyebrows just keep bouncing. The Predators were the final NHL team, 16th out of 30, to qualify for the playoffs. The Ottawa Senators are 0-for-5 in playoff Game 7s, which should comfort the Penguins but for the fact that Pittsburgh has never won a Game 7 at home after dropping a Game 6, as it did 2-1 in Ottawa on Tuesday.

-Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on this topic.

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Ryan Johansen On His Injury

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from Mike Battaglino of NHL.com,

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen on Wednesday detailed the path from a hit during the Western Conference Final to emergency surgery on his left leg that will keep him out of the Stanley Cup Final.

"It was absolutely incredible how much this thing was swelling up," Johansen told TSN 1040/1410 Vancouver radio. "I couldn't even believe it looking at it."

Johansen was injured during the second period of Game 4 on May 18 when he was checked against the boards by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson.

"It all started right there. That was the play," Johansen said. "He just kind of led with his knee a little bit, and I was trying to reverse hit him a bit just to create some separation and [he] just got me on the right spot I guess, and it just kept getting worse from there."


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Ready For Game 7

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Guy Boucher remembers. “It still hurts, I’ll be honest with you,” he says 2,188 days after the fact. “That’s the non-excitement part of it.”

Game 7. Sixty minutes, and perhaps a few more, to decide who plays for the Stanley Cup.

There’s magic built into that equation because every single person with a stake in the outcome has literally spent time in a driveway or basement dreaming about a chance like this, and now it’s at hand. But … there is also a but.

“I look back, you know, it was the Boston Bruins back then,” said Boucher, the Ottawa Senators coach, of his previous dance across a tight-rope with no safety net. “It was a tough game. It was 0-0 with seven minutes left in the game. It was quite a game and a lot of pressure. What I remember most is the excitement of an opportunity that very few people get in their lives, and I’m part of that.

“I can’t be blessed more than that.”

That’s how the Senators felt coming into Pittsburgh for one last shot at the defending champs. Blessed. They have had a crazy season – one marked by personal torment and collective triumph – and it’s all on the line Thursday at PPG Paints Arena.


added 9:22pm, from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

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