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NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Canucks fans getting on Roberto Luongo, Pavel Datsyuk’s struggles continue and Marc Savard is expected to play in Game 7

2nd Round Playoff Matchups

Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins (1) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6)

Washington Capitals (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4)

Western Conference

Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Anaheim Ducks (8)

Vancouver Canucks (3) versus Chicago Blackhawks (4)

Teams that are not in the playoffs:

  • Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch profiles Ohio State product and Washington Capitals center David Steckel.
  • Apparently the Wild want to arrange for second interviews before naming the team’s new GM, but is has become difficult to schedule these interviews with a number of the candidates still involved in the playoffs.
  • Johnny Oduya is that good, just ask his agent.
  • Tampa Bay players better be ready for training camp, says coach Rick Tocchet.
  • Brian Burke has shot down an absurd rumor about what he may possibly give up to move into the number two overall slot in the draft.
  • Eric Duhatschek wonders if Canadian teams are going to win the Cup anytime soon?

The Phoenix situation:

  • Wayne Gretzky is backing Jerry Reinsdorf’s bid to purchase the Coyotes.
  • The Coyotes are asking to see what the possible terms were for a sale to Jerry Reinsdorf.
  • Apparently the NHL wants to keep this deal quiet because it is not a high offer.
  • Also, if you are in the Phoenix area, the Coyotes’ rally has been relocated.
  • Apparently Jim Balsillie will want taxpayers to pitch in for the Copps Coliseum renovations.
  • Want more information on the Coyotes situation?  Stephen Brunt of the Globe & Mail has a chat about it later today.