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  • The Press Box May 23, 2012

    Western Conference Finals Dustin Penner sends the Kings to the Stanley Cup Finals with his over time goal Tuesday night in game five. This will be the Kings second Stanley Cup finals appearance in franchise history and first in 19 years.

    With the loss the Coyotes season is over. It was an incredible run as it saw the future of the franchise stabilized, and the emergence of Mike Smith as an elite goalie while the team advanced further than it ever has in the post season.

    Geoffrey Guthe takes a look at the Coyotes under the microscope to see How Dave Tippett Resurrected A Franchise On Life Support Look for more from GGuthe on FHC and follow him on Twitter @GGuthe

    Eastern Conference Finals Game five is in New York Wednesday night and Rangers could see Brandon Dubinsky return from his foot injury, and Mats Zuccarello return from his fractured wrist.

    Rangers will be looking for more offense from star forwards Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Derek Stepan, and Carl Hagelin, are all goalless in the series so far.

    With the Devils playing their best hockey (Three point night from Zach Parise in game four) the series is even. Unless the Rangers can elevate their play (Goalless stars, Del Zotto benched in game four) the Devils could pull off the upset here.

    Speaking of Parise's three point night, has his post season performance put him in the $8 million range as a unrestricted free agent this summer?

    Injury Updates
    Nathan Horton is "coming along" in his recovery from his concussion. It is reasonable to expect him to return at the start of next season. Good news for Horton fantasy owners, but this is his second serious concussion in two years. A major red flag. Don't trade Horton now as his value is at an all time low, but once he returns and begins to perform, that would be a ideal time to make a deal.

    Memorial Cup The London Knights defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings to take the lead in the Memorial Cup Tuesday night. Greg McKegg and Austin Watson scored for London to pace the Knights to a 4-1 victory. Shawinigan will face St. Johns Wednesday night for the final game of the round robin. Here are the tie-breaker scenarios as per the Mastercard Memorial Cup site

    Here is the scenario used to determine the final standings based on the potential outcomes of the final round-robin game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and the Shawinigan Cataractes.

    The first tie-breaker used to determine placement in the standings is the result of head-to-head competition during the round-robin. The scenarios below take into account London's 4-1 victory over Edmonton on Tuesday night.

    Scenario 1:

    If SNB beats SHA, then LDN will play in the Championship Final on Sunday and SNB will earn a spot in the Semi-Finals on Friday. EDM and SHA would play a Tie-Breaker game on Thursday where EDM would be the home team.

    Scenario 2:

    If SHA beats SNB, then SHA will play in the Championship Final on Sunday and LDN will earn a spot in the Semi-Finals on Friday. EDM and SNB would play a Tie-Breaker game on Thursday where SNB would be the home team.

    Rumors
    Minnesota Wild Guillaume Latendresse may not be qualified at his current rate of $2.5 million due to his injury history. If that is the case he could become a unrestricted free agent this summer and hit the open market.

    Thomas Holmstrom has won four Stanley Cups, and played over 1,000 career NHL games (and hard games!) with he Detroit Red Wings. At 39 he may decide to retire. Should he wish to come back for another season, will the Wings resign him, or will he have to find a new team?

    The Boston bruins have reportedly signed 22 year old Swedish goalie Niklas Svedberg. Does this mean a Tim Thomas trade is imminent?
    Wait, who is Niklas Svedberg? read this for some more insight! The Lowdown on Swedish Goalie Niklas Svedberg

    Ryan Shannon of the Tampa Bay Lightning has reportedly signed to play next season in the KHL.

    NHL Entry Draft
    Anatoliy Metter (@AnatoliyMetter) takes a look at the New York Islanders at the draft in his article at Hockey Writers. Has any team drafted as poorly as the islanders in recent history, or is it the Islanders are the worst at developing their prospects. After John Tavares have they had any success in this regard in the last decade? In fact, I would argue that Tavares has not fully lived up to his potential so far.

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      kbooks -
      Holmstrom's knees are also shot. He has no cartilage left and plays bone on bone. This year he needed a gel injection in his knees before each game to make it possible to play. He and Lidstrom are also close buddies they have been car pooling to the rink for years. Some speculate that if Holmstrom retires so does Lidstrom.
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      kbooks -
      The poor drafting record by the Islanders might make it possible to do a deal for the 4th overall pick. From the Islanders perspective at least they would know what they were getting. For them the draft is like a crap shoot and they mostly lose.
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