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A Little Jealous

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from the Long Beach Press-Telegram,

Since 1973, Bob Miller has been the heart, soul and consciousness of the Los Angeles Kings, a Hall of Fame announcer who has been to his franchise what Vin Scully has been to the Dodgers and Chick Hearn was to the Lakers….
“First off, I want to applaud what the Ducks have accomplished,” said Miller Thursday morning from his home in West Hills. “It’s tremendous what they did. They deserved it. They’ve been playing
great. And you have to give them all the credit in the world.
“But that said, I’m jealous, I’m envious, I suspect I’m even sulking a bit. I always wanted the Ducks to win a Stanley Cup after the Kings did. I do think what they’ve done will help the sport of hockey in Southern California. It’s definitely brought tremendous notice to it.”

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Fight School

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from the Leader-Post,

When Aaron and Derek Boogaard take a wannabe tough guy to school, they usually do it on the ice.
The venue switched to the classroom this week when the Boogaard brothers - who make the Hansons of Slapshot fame look like lightweights - staged their inaugural hockey fighting camp at a Regina training centre.
The clinic included more 30 registered players from age 12 to 18 who signed on to receive a crash course from two of the toughest customers in the game.

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If Hasek Retires

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The Wings will have four options if Hasek decides to retire with #4 most likely to happen…
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,

4. Sign a low-priced veteran free agent to a short-term deal.
This seems like their most likely course of action if Hasek retires. Bring in a veteran who won’t break the bank to either compete with Osgood or be the No. 1 guy for one or two years. The problem is, the pickings are slim. Mathieu Garon of Los Angeles, David Aebischer of Montreal and Ed Belfour of Florida are in this group.
This only further goes to show how much the Wings need Hasek back for one more run at the Cup.

read on for the other three…

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Giguere Has Some Options

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from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

I think you can put him among the top three or four goaltenders in the league,” said Bob Sauve, who is Giguere’s agent and is, if anything, underselling him….
Burke called Sauve on Thursday to say he comes in peace. Sauve also sounded conciliatory, saying Giguere wants to stay and will do so “if he’s treated fairly,” which, of course, could mean a hundred things.
Only the Ducks and Kings can give Giguere easy access to the doctors who operated on his son, Maxime, in April. The generous role that owners Henry and Susan Samueli played in that episode also resonates with Giguere.
But the Kings have more cap room. Even if the Ducks could sign Giguere for $4.5 million, that’s $17.5 million for Giguere, Pronger and S. Niedermayer in an overall budget that probably won’t surpass $42 million.

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Travel With The Stanley Cup

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from Kevin Shea at the Hockey Hall of Fame,

The Stanley Cup remained on the ice surface at the Honda Center for almost two hours after the final buzzer sounded. Families and friends of the victors got photographs with the prized trophy. Once all were done, Chris Pronger carried the Cup into the dressing room, which was already in full celebration mode, jammed to the rafters with players and team officials, along with their families, friends, media and other invited guests. A limited edition champagne was equally consumed and sprayed around the room. Scott Niedermayer was there with his wife and children, brother Rob with his fiancée and their proud mother enjoying every moment along with her sons. Teemu Selanne huddled with friends from Finland who had arrived to witness the Stanley Cup Final.

more and follow the Cup all summer long…

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Now What?

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from Al Strachan of Fox Sports,

So now, the next question is this: What impact will the Anaheim triumph have on the National Hockey League?
For starters, because success breeds imitation, the general managers will look at the Ducks’ success and ask if it was a fluke.
They will come to the conclusion that for the most part, it wasn’t. Granted, this should be the first time in history that a referee’s name is engraved on the Stanley Cup because without Don Koharksi’s outrageous interference call on Pavel Datsyuk late in Game 5 of the Detroit series, the Ducks might well have been on the golf course during the finals. But be that as it may, the fact remains that once the Stanley Cup final got under way, the Ducks were by far the better team.
The GMs will ask themselves why that was the case and decide that for all the NHL’s talk about giving the game back to the little man, size is still a crucial factor.

read on

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Balsillie Game Plan

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from the Hamilton Spectator,

Councillors say that Waterloo billionaire Jim Balsillie, who has an agreement to buy the NHL’s Nashville Predators for $220 million, wants them to approve his proposal to lease Copps Coliseum, Hamilton Place, and the Convention Centre at their meeting next Wednesday, June 13.
Six days later, Balsillie is slated to meet the NHL’s board of governor’s to seek approval for the sale of the Nashville team.
Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM, the company that makes the hand-held BlackBerry communications tool, is widely believed to be manoeuvering to relocate the money-losing Predators to Hamilton.
The word around city hall is Balsillie told Mayor Fred Eisenberger he believes he has a 50/50 chance of bringing the team to Copps, despite expected vetoes from NHL brass and compensation claims from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres for violating their territorial rights.

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Possible Changes at the CBC Next Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

The National Hockey League season is over, but an important question about its television coverage remains unanswered.
Will the longest tenured play-by-play team in Canadian broadcasting, the CBC’s Bob Cole and Harry Neale, return to the Hockey Night in Canada booth next season?
It’s too early for a CBC announcement, but you can anticipate one of two decisions: Either the network will thank Cole, 74, and Neale, 70, for their long and estimable contribution to the show and say goodbye. And Jim Hughson will be offered Cole’s spot as the No. 1 play-by-play caller, and the CBC will look for additional announcing and analytical talent.

continued… *plus more about the television ratings for the SCF

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Former Leafs Coach in Court

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From London Free Press,

Dan Maloney squared off in countless hockey battles and gained a reputation as a tough guy and a team leader.
But the former National Hockey League star and Toronto Maple Leafs head coach has waged a lonelier struggle with a much tougher opponent—alcoholism—an addiction that landed him in court yesterday.

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Ten Years Ago Tonight…

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...Hockeytown Erupted!

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