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Stupefying. Crazy. Insane. Dean Lombardi showed some balls. Paul Holmgren did everything he said he wouldn't. Eklund kind of got something right. Does it all add up to one of the most memorable trade days in recent NHL history? When you’ve got the best prospect in hockey, and two star players moving residency you might just have to get creative with the old vocabulary to find a more suitable word for it. It’s not everyday you see two star centermen dealt, let alone from the same team. The Philadelphia Flyers traded top goal scorer Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue...

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Only 4 days left until the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. A lot of people are still talking about Boston, which is indeed better than talking about the riot. Speaking of Boston, the 43year old veteran Mark Recchi, who has played a major role for the Bruins in their 6th Stanley Cup run, has retired. The “Recchin’ Ball” as he is known around the league went out like a champion. He holds the record for the second longest span between Stanley Cup wins (1991–2006), at fifteen years, his 123 points (53 goals, 70 assists) in the 1992–1993 season is the Flyers...

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Good morning everyone. This is your mashup for what looks like a really slow hockey day. Things are expected to get spicier as we come closer to draft day, but you can expect some news adding fuel to the fire prior to that, much like yesterday’s snag with the Drury buyout or Parise’s team elected arbitration. All in all, here is what we’ve come to expect. Burke has his mind set to make some moves to move up in the draft’s pecking order, we need a No1 center and things are looking more promising as far as Richards is concerned....

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Of course I'm talking about the Leafs, who will be drafting at #25 and #30 after the Bruins destroyed the Canucks in Vancouver last night. The Canucks' best players didn't play like their best. In fact, they may have been their worst. Roberto Luongo can't really be blamed for the loss, but he really didn't do much to help his team win. The Sedin twins, on the other hand, were atrocious. Both were -4 on the night, while Alex Burrows was -3. Not much of a top line. Boston finally managed to bring their best game to Vancouver, which may be in...

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It's how you hope every hockey year will end. You dream about scoring the game winner and lifting the most glorious trophy in all of sports at the end of just such a game. Even if your team doesn't feature in this, most glorious of all hockey games, if you're a true hockey fan, it will still send positive shivers down your spine. You're anxious for that puck drop, knowing that whichever team comes out on top that very night, they will be crowned champions. Ladies and gentlemen, hockey fans around the globe, it’s time for a Game 7...

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In keeping with the juvenile back and forth exchanges stemming from the Alex Burrows biting incident, is anyone else disappointed that Tim Thomas didn't tell the post-game media scrum "those three goals would have been easy saves for me" after last night's Bruins rout? The Canucks are certainly happy they ultimately hold the home ice advantage in this series; TD Garden will be giving Luongo and the Canucks nightmares after conceding 17 goals and scoring only three in three games in Boston this Stanley Cup Final. Luongo was pulled after conceding three goals in three minutes and four seconds last...

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Here we are. After months of great hockey we find ourselves at a dismal place. Yes, unfortunately, it could all be over today. The unfortunate part isn’t in that the Canucks could be crowned champions, even if they haven’t quite displayed the character traits most of us would like to see in a Stanley Cup winner. No, ladies and gentlemen, the sadness comes from the realization that hockey will be gone for quite some time. Starting tonight or Wednesday, it really doesn’t matter. Seeing how this is probably my last mashup before the Finals are over, please allow a little...

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In a series where the Boston Bruins have outscored Vancouver 10-6, with 8 of those goals coming in Game 4, it is bordering on unfamiliar territory for both teams to be tied at no goals midway through the third period. As is often the case in these tight games, one bounce (or in this case two in the same play) proved to be the difference. After Kevin Bieksa's bank pass of the boards took the perfect bounce out front to Maxim Lapierre, the former Hab bounced in the biggest goal of his career off of a sprawling Tim Thomas....

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Let me just start by saying I was presently surprised by how the Bruins managed to stick to their gameplan last night in another route of the Canucks. What exactly is that gameplan? Hit, hit, and more hitting. It's just mind-boggling to see this series turn around the way it has. After the first two Canucks wins in Vancouver I figured they would go back to Boston, get a split and possibly end this thing on home ice Friday - not the case. And in a matter of two games I'm almost looking at this series in the sense that...

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In the wake of the Aaron Rome hit on Nathan Horton Monday night, there were mixed reviews on the severity of the incident and debate over the number of games Rome would be suspended for. Bruins fans, quite unsurprisingly, felt Rome should be booted for the remainder of the post season, while Canucks fans - of course - thought he deserved only one or two games, deeming that it was an unfortunate result to an otherwise clean hit. After taking all of the evidence into consideration and reviewing different angles of the replay, interim NHL disciplinarian Mike Murphy announced a...

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It’s about as close to a “get out of jail free” card as the NHL could get. When the Canucks’ Aaron Rome decided to step up and clobber Nathan Horton last night, everyone immediately knew the hit was questionable. It's become engrained in our minds (a good thing, perhaps?). Upon further review, and some slo-mo replays, it looked like Rome’s hit was a bit late. Though I’ve seen much, much worse over the past few years. The result was scary, but I wouldn’t call Rome a vicious player by any means. Either way, the league’s disciplinarian Mike Murphy is faced with one...

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Don't poke the bear. Pretty simple message that one. It’s also one that the Vancouver Canucks choose to ignore in just the worst possible hour. With just 5:07 played in the first period Aaron Rome took a really late hit on Boston’s Nathan Horton. The hit sent Horton on the stretcher and into the hospital but it also set the Bruins in a frenzy. Now, at the risk of sounding like a Don Cherry type of guy, I have to say my peace. The way Vancouver played and carried themselves during these playoffs is wrong and this is coming from...

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Tonight can't come fast enough if you're the Boston Bruins or the Vancouver Canucks. For Boston, it means a chance to get back into the swing of things by winning Game 3 in your own building. For Vancouver, it means a chance to put a stranglehold on the series. A chance the magnitude of which is better explained by going over the probability of a 3-0 deficit comebacks throughout the course of time. In the league’s history only 3 teams managed a 3-0 series comeback. In 1975, after opening their Stanley Cup quarterfinal series with three losses to the Penguins,...

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Lots of Leaf-related content out there this morning, with an emphasis on Brad Richards and the possibility of him signing with the Leafs this summer. With game two of the Stanley Cup Finals getting underway tonight, feel free to share your predictions in the comments below. Links after the jump Leafs Links: Are the Leafs interested in the Brad Richards sweepstakes? Kevin McGran speculates on the possibility of Toronto acquiring the exclusive negotiating rights for Brad Richards. For Dallas, life after Richards; for the NHL, the derby begins Puck Daddy weighs in, with Toronto and the NY Rangers being the favorites to sign the skilled...

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Alex Burrows bit someone, Henrik Sedin flopped around, and Raffi Torres eventually scored the lone goal, and what would obviously be the game winner for the Vancouver Canucks last night. It wasn't an overtime goal, but it may as well have been. The Bruins actually played a great road game until the third period, their five on five play was excellent. And in the area of special teams, their penalty kill totally made up for the fact that their powerplay is laughable. The Canucks really didn't get a lot going on the powerplay, and Tim Thomas was great in the early...

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After 16 years of frustration and uncertainty, the Winnipeg fan base has finally be rewarded with an NHL team to support. In what was an ongoing process between the Atlanta Thrashers ownership group, the Atlanta Spirit, and True North Sports and Entertainment, the fans in Winnipeg could not be any happier at what the future holds. There are still legalities to be settled, including the approval from the NHL's Board of Governors, along with a name being chosen for the franchise prior to the draft on June 24. Good things come to those who way, and boy has the...

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Darren Dreger reports early this morning that while final sale and relocation details are being sorted out between True North and the Atlanta Spirit Group, there is hope the announcement of a Thrashers relocation to Winnipeg could come today. Atlanta lawyers still need to sign off on the agreement (as well as the league with an official approval), but we could very well see Canada get a seventh team back on this final day of May, 2011. Leafs Link: The New Mythology Read this. Stanley Cup Links: Bruins/Canucks Stanley Cup Preview: Who has the better coach? Greg Wyshynski with the analysis. Malhotra has best day...

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As we get ready for the Stanley Cup Finals, future draft eligible players had their day in the spotlight. The Memorial Cup. A competition that's probably more enjoyable to watch than the World Hockey Championship came to a satisfying conclusion for one Jonathan Huberdeau and the St. John Sea Dogs. Projected a top 4 pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Huberdeau was named MVP of the tournament and the Sea Dogs became the first team from the Atlantic Division of the QMJHL to win the Memorial Cup with a 3-1 win over the St. Michael's Majors. Besides Huberdeau, their...

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While the Stanley Cup Playoffs are still running for another two weeks, the major junior season wraps up tonight with a highly anticipated matchup between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Missisisauga St. Michaels Majors. The QMJHL champion Sea Dogs entered the tournament as the favorites, with four players ranked in the top 20 for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, including the tremendously talented Jonathan Huberdeau. However, the Majors will put up a good test and attempt to outmatch their opponent up with depth and physicality. The atmosphere at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga will be off the charts as...

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When you're plying your trade in a hockey market like Florida, it is quite hard to convince people that you’re a game breaking player. It’s a team that wins some, loses more and generally misses the postseason. A clutch player? Forget it. After all, being clutch can only be proven in games that matter, and no offense to Panthers fans but they didn’t exactly play many of those since 2005-06. In Florida, with a team that hadn’t made the playoffs since before you were drafted there, basking in the sunlight, it’s not hard for people to forget that you were, in...