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  1. Chris Terreri: Innovator of the goalie water break

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    When I took a hockey first-timer to a minor league hockey game about a month ago, she asked an amusing question: “Why do the goalies get water bottles?” My answer was simple: goalies are on the ice for the entire game (more or less) and don’t have the same “access” to water as players who…

  2. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Michael Leighton to start Game 6

    Jun 8, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was coy about it, but it appears that the team will start Michael Leighton for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. The official Flyers Twitter feed announced it. Leighton’s home record is a staggering 6-0 and he’s been a mostly steady presence for the team, so I think it’s…

  3. Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame will induct Sabres coach Lindy Ruff today

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Lindy Ruff will be named to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame today. Current Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff, one of several inductees expected on hand for the announcement, will give remarks on behalf of the class. Ruff is the longest tenured coach in the NHL and enjoyed a 13 year NHL playing…

  4. Signs point to Todd Bertuzzi staying in Detroit

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    There’s no doubt that I delight in lampooning Todd Bertuzzi. Obviously, there’s our once-weekly Bertuzzday award (we’ll probably start that again next season, in some form): a token of shame given out because of the Steve Moore debacle. Even beyond that, Bertuzzi has been a goat in the eyes of many bloggers for pure hockey…

  5. Colorado Avalanche owner Stan Kroenke hopes to hand team to someone within family

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    As I discussed last week, the Colorado Avalanche might need a new owner – though that owner might only have a different first name – if current owner Stan Korenke’s bid to own the NFL’s St. Louis Rams goes through. The Denver Post expands on that topic today. Stan Kroenke intends to keep ownership of…

  6. Discussion of new Edmonton Oilers arena pushed back until fall

    Jun 8, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

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    The rather muddled Edmonton Oilers arena situation won’t be resolved anytime soon, as the proposed June 28 meeting has been pushed back to “sometime this fall” according to TSN. A new date for the hearing has not yet been set, but it’s expected to take place sometime in the fall. Edmonton’s municipal election is Oct.…

  7. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: History will be made controversy?

    Jun 8, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Say what you will about the NHL’s marketing efforts in the past, it’s pretty easy to say that the series of “History Will Be Made” spots the league has crafted before and throughout the playoffs have been, for the most part, poignant and well thought out.  Much like all things, however, there comes a moment…

  8. Jerry Reinsdorf officially pulls out of running to buy Coyotes

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Things seemed to be too quiet out of Arizona lately concerning the Coyotes so it’s high time something happened. Word came down early Tuesday morning that Jerry Reinsdorf’s group to buy the Coyotes, Glendale Hockey, has officially and totally pulled out of negotiations for the team. In the statement, the Reinsdorf group, known as Glendale…

  9. Lightning strikes: Guy Boucher to be named new Tampa head coach

    Jun 8, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

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    It’s not often you get a roller coaster of a day like this when it comes to head coaching moves. The day started off with Hamilton Bulldogs coach Guy Boucher turning down an offer to coach the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets then, very professionally, moved to the next man on their list and…

  10. Senators' Chris Neil owes creditors over $2 million

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT

    Sometimes being a well-paid professional athlete can have it’s own sorts of crazy problems. For instance, sometimes you can start a business with your brothers and end up owing a ton of money to creditors because you started said business before you struck it big in the NHL. If that story sounds familiar to you,…

  11. Thrashers interview Craig Ramsay (and others) for head coach

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT

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    While the Atlanta Thrashers ponder what their future will hold, one part they’ll have to take care of first is their vacant head coaching position. Chris Vivlamore at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells us that general manager Rick Dudley has spoken to one man on his hit list who could be of major interest. The Thrashers…

  12. Ageless Dominik Hasek signs with Spartak Moscow of KHL

    Jun 7, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

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    Clearly Dominik Hasek wasn’t content with just being part of a Stanley Cup winning team in 2008. Nor was he content with winning a Czech league title this year. If you’re a legendary goaltender, even a 45 year-old one, you want to just keep playing and that’s precisely what Hasek is going to do next…

  13. Blue Jackets move on quickly, will hire Scott Arniel as head coach

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT

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    You want proof that things move quickly sometimes when searching for a head coach, look no further than what the Columbus Blue Jackets are doing today. Just a short while ago, we reported to you that AHL Hamilton Bulldogs coach Guy Boucher was turning down Columbus’ offer to be their head coach to remain in…

  14. Ray Whitney will most likely be a free agent this summer

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Crafty forward Ray Whitney refused to waive his no-trade clause during the trade deadline, making it certain that he’d finish the 2009-10 season with the Carolina Hurricanes. Perhaps the feelings of keeping “the Wizard” in Carolina aren’t mutual, though, because Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford says Whitney is likely to become an unrestricted free agent…

  15. Rumor: KHL team plans to throw big money Kovalchuk's way

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    This weekend, I speculated where Ilya Kovalchuk might end up. One of the possible landing spots – at least according to my guesses – could be in the Kontinental Hockey League. My reasoning is simple: it’s Kovalchuk’s home country and the KHL could give him more money than any NHL team (conceivably) could. Well, according…

  16. Guy Boucher rejects Blue Jackets head coach job offer, hilarity ensues

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    Guy Boucher turned down the Columbus Blue Jackets’ offer for their head coaching job, reports Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. My immediate reaction ranges from “hysterical laughter” to “yikes!” When a minor league coach rejects an NHL head coaching opportunity, there really are only two possibilities: 1. your team is horrible or 2. no,…

  17. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Did officials miss a high-stick on Briere?

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    When you see a score like 7-4, it’s difficult to imagine that a controversial call really could have made a difference. Whether it would have made a difference or not, it looks like the referees missed a high-sticking penalty in the third period. As you can see from this video capture, Duncan Keith caught Danny…

  18. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Blackhawks benefit from masterful line adjustments

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    There was no secret that, after an ugly Game 4 loss, the Chicago Blackhawks needed to make some changes. In fact, we called for such a thing before Game 5; Brandon asked if coach Joel Quenneville should relax his stubborn policy of keeping Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane together while I wondered if the top…

  19. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Game 5 post-game videos

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Let’s take a look at some of the interviews and analysis that took place during NBC’s broadcast of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. First, here is a post-game interview involving Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks.   In this video, we have some thoughts from Chicago coach Joel Quenneville and power forward Dustin…

  20. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Game 5 produces great ratings despite going up against NBA finals

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Sunday night was a double-edged sword for sports fans. On one hand, it was great to have two championship-level sporting events going on at the same time. Still, sports junkies also had to choose between Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals or Game 2 of the NBA finals. While a big market, history-soaked match…

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