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Parise’s ankle, Brodeur’s predecessor and the rest of today’s NHL News

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Stanley Cup News

Grantland: The Consequences of Caring. As a big fan of Bill Simmons, I’m happy that he got Kings season tickets in lieu of the NBA lockout. I’m even happier that they are in the Stanley Cup Final so he can keep writing about it. (And giving hockey some national exposure)

ESPN New York: Takes a lot to DDistract DeBoer. With two days in between games you’ll have slow news days and stories like this. However I will give props to Taylor Stevens for sitting in that spot with her boobs pressed against the glass and getting some national exposure. Devils’ Zach Parise said ankle is not an issue for rest of Stanley Cup Finals. Obviously good news for the Devils…and Parise who is heading into a free agent year. The last thing he needs is to break or tear something on the last game of the season. However, Drew Brees tore his labrum in the last game of the 2005 season with the Chargers and things ended up working out pretty good for him.

National Post: Martin Brodeur’s predecessor a blip in New Jersey Devils history. If you guessed Chad Erickson, you win today’s trivia challenge.

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General NHL News Adrian Dater & Allan Muir Insights & Insuilts. A PTI-Style back and forth on the hottest topics in the NHL.

The Hockey News: Is Detroit a fit for Semin? I can’t wait until July 1 to  get a better idea of what the rosters for next season will be. As we talked about on last week’s Illegal Curve Hockey Show, Detroit will have no problem attracting top free agents whether it’s Parise, Suter or possibly Semin.

The Hockey News: Time for off-ice officials? Adam Proteau answers some reader questions. I’m not sure if off-ice officials would be the answer, I think we are looking for “better use of replay.” The technology is there, we should be able to use it on some additional calls.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Reviewing John Davidson’s greatest hits. Yesterday it was reported that John Davidson has a window in which he can interview for positions on other teams. He is a candidate for an executive in the Blue Jackets organization. Here is a list of his “greatest hits” aka. a blueprint for taking an organization going nowhere, and turning it into a division winner.

ESPN: Paul Maurice to coach in KHL. I guess we won’t be seeing him on the rotating cast of the TSN Panel anymore. He’s going to coach former Winnipeg Jet Oleg Tverdovsky, Sergei Fedorov and the rest of the Metallurg Magnitogorsk squad.

The Washington Post: Capitals will not re-sign Jeff Halpern. Out with the old, in with the new appears to be the theme for the Capitals over the last two days. Recently Mike Knuble said he would also not be returning to Washington. Halpern is 36 and would like to continue playing, he should be able to find a job as he ranked 5th in the league in faceoffs last season.

CSN Philly: Laperriere finally set to retire. Now it’s official. Happy to hear that Ian Laperriere has been able to live a “normal” life off the ice after several concussions. Interesting to note that he would have retired earlier but because he was under 35 he could not, as it would count against the cap. I wonder if that will be addressed in the new CBA.

Calgary Sun: Hatsburg axed by Flames. Bob Hartley is bringing in his own guys.