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The list of questions the Vancouver Canucks can avoid having to answer — if they manage to pull their heads out of their nether regions and find their game again in time to save a memorable season — is long and invasive. It includes topics such as leadership, character, fear of success, personnel selection, coaching, management style and courage.
The way the Buffalo Sabres see it, they shouldn’t have to deal with Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards in Game Seven. Richards got a two-minute boarding penalty for drilling Sabres center Tim Connolly into the boards with 6:03 left in the second period Sunday. Connolly did not return and will miss Game Seven. The Sabres think Richards should be suspended and miss it, too.
Not everyone in Canada is happy about the prospect of seeing the Phoenix Coyotes return to Winnipeg.
While no one in the front offices of the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers will ever admit it publicly, neither Alberta team is thrilled about the prospect of an NHL team in Manitoba.
After all, it would cost both clubs millions of dollars in TV revenue by virtue of their local broadcast rights with Sportsnet West, which extends into Manitoba.
The season had been over for barely a half-hour, and Brian Boyle was talking in the past tense.
Its going to be a battle between the NY Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs for Brad Richards. The Kings perhaps have an outside shot, but really, these two Original 6 teams are the front runners.
The Richards sweepstakes is the main storyline coming up this off-season. He is the only big name forward available via unrestricted free agency and thus could earn a big payday.
There have been rumors he’d be willing to accept as low as $6 mil per or as high as 8.5 mil, perhaps even $9 mil. Its hard to say how the dollars play out because there really is no other shoe that needs dropping. Richards is getting the biggest contract.