Ditch Roberto Luongo as Canucks captain and rebuild him a defence

A friend called Wednesday morning to talk about the Vancouver Canucks, who will keep our calendars uncluttered in June for the 16th straight spring.

I noted Roberto Luongo failed to outplay rookie Chicago Blackhawk goalie Antti Niemi . My friend countered that the guy Luongo needed to outplay was Blackhawk scoring star Jonathan Toews because for the Canucks to win, their goalie had to be the best player.

Did Shero get taken in the Ponikarovsky

Penguins Q&A with Dave Molinari

Q: First off, I’d like to say that I’m a huge Ray Shero fan. My question: Is it safe to that say he lost his mind trading a young top prospect in Luca Caputi for Alexei Ponikarovsky ?

CANADIENS BEAT PENGUINS IN GAME 7 TO ADVANCE TO EAST FINALS

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The Montreal Canadiens followed up a monumental upset by pulling off another, and now the Pittsburgh Penguins are joining the Washington Capitals in sitting out the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Brian Gionta had two power-play goals, Mike Cammalleri scored his seventh goal of a series in which he upstaged Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and the Canadiens built a stunning four-goal lead before beating the Penguins 5-2 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night.

Kirk Maltby may not be Wing in '11

The Red Wings cleaned out their lockers Monday, an annual event that always feels like the last day of the school year. After sitting in the same room together for months, everybody is about to scatter for the summer.

Nystrom ready to jump ship

No news is bad news down at the Dome these days as Calgary Flames ownership is apparently struggling with deciding who will attempt to lead the team out of this mess.

Regardless of who is saddled with trying to steer the club through a minefield of bad contracts, an aging core and few prospects without the aid of draft picks, the news is actually about to get worse for the club.