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Wings Waiting For Lidstrom Decision

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“I talked to Homer’s agent before the playoffs. I know what he’s thinking, he knows what I’m thinking,” Holland said. “I’ll wait until our scouting meetings are over to talk to Pat Morris (Bertuzzi’s agent).”

The Red Wings have their pro scouting meetings June 2-3. Holland, Babcock, assistant GM Jim Nill, senior vice president Jimmy Devellano, vice president Steve Yzerman and the scouting staff will gather in Detroit to go over the team’s roster and discuss potential free agents and trade possibilities.

The Red Wings don’t anticipate any problems getting Holmstrom re-signed. Even if they’re slightly apart on money, there’s no reason to believe Holmstrom would uproot his family and leave the team he has played for since 1996 because of a few hundred thousand dollars.

The club needs to know Lidstrom’s decision and how much it will cost to re-sign him before committing to a dollar amount for Holmstrom, who earned $2.25 million last season, and Bertuzzi, who made $1.5 million.

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Magic Run Ends For Montreal

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

In a postseason with so much magic, the Habs couldn’t conjure one last trick in losing 4-2 to the Flyers.

There are no moral victories in professional sports, but the Canadiens have come as close as anyone to claiming one.

Beyond the results and the short-term disappointment, they can persuasively argue they have rediscovered the elusive quality of championship teams, and one that long characterized this franchise: a refusal to roll over or be satisfied by any thing less than a Cup.

“You look at every movie — what would happen if Rocky lost at the end? It doesn’t really matter unless you win. A Cinderalla story is what we wanted to do, and a Cinderella story doesn’t matter if Cinderella doesn’t pull it out,” defenceman Hal Gill said.

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Ed Snider Enjoying The Ride

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from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

Ed Snider was glowing for the first time in a long, long time.

He stood in the middle of the Flyers locker room, Michael Jackson playing in the background, orange and black balloons filling the air and the Prince of Wales Trophy sitting at Mike Richards’ locker….

“This is maybe the most exciting season ever since the first Stanley Cup,” said a giddy Snider, searching for the right words to say about his team. “What these guys have done and what they’ve been through, it’s incredible. There’s so many stories here that I can’t even articulate them all.

“But now we’re going to play Chicago and we were the worst two teams in the league in (2007) and now look where we are.

“It’s a great credit to Paul Holmgren and this organization and the way these guys have played, the sky’s the limit. They just don’t know how to quit. They’re incredible. Whatever happens from this point on is just gravy.”

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Peter Pocklington Reaches Plea Agreement

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from the CP at TSN,

Federal prosecutors in the U.S. say former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has agreed to plead guilty to perjury in a bid to avoid jail time.

According to the plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Riverside, Calif., Pocklington acknowledged that he concealed two bank accounts from a bankruptcy trustee and failed to disclose two storage units in Southern California.

The plea bargain calls for probation, including six months of home detention that could force him to wear an electronic monitor. The criminal conviction also means he could be deported back to Canada.

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Philadelphia Flyers Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

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The Flyers defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 tonight and win the series 4-1.

Game 1 & 2 of the Finals wll be in Chicago and I will post the dates when available.

added 9:45pm,

NEW YORK (May 24, 2010) – The National Hockey League announced today the schedule for the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between the Western Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers.

Based on their superior regular-season performance, the Blackhawks will host Games One and Two of the Stanley Cup Final, as well as Games Five and Seven, if necessary.  Games Three and Four will be in Philadelphia, as well as game Six, if necessary.

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Windsor Honors Their Spitfires

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from the CP at CBC,

The Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires returned home Monday to a hero’s welcome and a “parade of champions” celebrated by thousands of adoring fans in the city’s core.

The Spitfires became the first team since the 1994-95 Kamloops Blazers to win their second straight Canadian Hockey League title with a 9-1 rout of the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday. Windsor, which made history last spring by becoming the first team ever to win the title after dropping the first two games of the event, took a decidedly different road to the title this time around, finishing the season on a 12-game winning streak, including four straight wins in the Memorial Cup.

Riding two to a car, players rode down the Ouellette Avenue parade route before joining fans for a rally at Dieppe Gardens, located on the bank of the Detroit River.

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Plays Of The Week

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The Top 10 plays during the last week of the NHL Playoffs.

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Open Post- Game 5 ECF Montreal/Philadelphia

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Will Philadelphia wrap up the series tonight on home ice or will Montreal be able to pull out a win to force game 6 in Montreal?

Game starts just after 7:00pm on Versus, CBC or RDS.

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Watching San Jose/Chicago

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NEW YORK (May 24, 2010) – NBC Sports’ coverage of yesterday’s decisive Game 4 between the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks, earned a 2.0 overnight rating and a 5 share, a 33 percent increase over last year (Detroit/Chicago, 1.5/4), as Chicago advanced to its first Stanley Cup Final in 18 years by completing a sweep of San Jose.  Hockey-mad Chicago delivered a 14.1/32.

Saturday’s Philadelphia Flyers/Montreal Canadiens Game 4 earned a healthy 1.6/4 (no comparison in 2009). The Philadelphia market delivered a 12.0/27.  Both games won every half hour against competition from the other networks.

Top Five NHL Markets on Sunday:
1.  Chicago - 14.1
T2. San Jose - 4.4
T2. Buffalo - 4.4
4.  Philadelphia - 2.7
5.  Detroit - 2.1

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Afternoon Line

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I’m glad [the turnaround has] arrived.  When you have lean years, and if you’re drafting properly, eventually it will come around for you.

“I think Dale Tallon put a lot of piece of the puzzle in place, and now Stan Bowman has picked up from there.”

-former Chicago Coach Mike Keenan.  More from Keenan at ESPN Chicago.

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