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May 16, 2006

May 16, 2006

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

DEPARTMENTS

Iginla best Flame in first round defeat

CAPTAIN’S LOG Soft-spoken, mild-mannered and polite off the ice, Jarome Iginla transforms once he steps onto the rink, especially in the postseason. After a sub-par 35-goal season, Iginla elevated his game and wasn’t the reason the Flames were ousted in the first round by Anaheim. The captain became a force in all aspects in the first round, prompting coach-GM Darryl Sutter to call him his best player. It was deserved praise. Along with the rest of the team, Iginla struggled in Game 7, but he recorded back-to-back two-goal games earlier in the series and performed well as a penalty-killer and faceoff man. He has no problem being the team’s emotional leader, proven by his willingness to drop the gloves twice with Francois Beauchemin in Game 6. Best of all for…

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Modry too expensive under salary cap

PACK YOUR BAGS Without a salary cap, defenseman Jaroslav Modry – signed as an unrestricted free agent after the lockout – would probably play out the final season of his contract with the Thrashers. But with the team facing a cap crunch and the acquisition of Steve McCarthy, who is 10 years younger, Modry and his $1.9-million salary are expendable. With 38 minor penalties – most of them restraining fouls – Modry had difficulty adapting to the new rules. McCarthy makes less money and provides the same offensive punch. READY FOR PRIME TIME Braydon Coburn, the eighth overall pick in 2003, will be given a chance to make the team again in 2006. Coburn, 21, played the first nine games of 2005 in the NHL, but averaged only 7:43 per game…

DEPARTMENTS

Getting the job done

“All I ever wanted was the opportunity to prove other people wrong. Imagine sitting in the stands of the old Le Colisee in Quebec in the sweltering heat, watching player after player leap in the air with delight after being chosen in the 1993 NHL entry draft. You just led the Ontario League in scoring with 62 goals and 162 points – adding another eight goals and 14 points in eight playoff games – but there you sit. Waiting and sweating… On the floor below, 26 teams throw his name up for discussion and 26 teams come to the same conclusion: Can’t skate. Scouts remember the likes of Jack Valiquette and Norm Aubin, high-scoring juniors who couldn’t cut it in the NHL because they couldn’t skate. Finally, in the seventh round, after such notables as…

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Quiet Niedermayer leads by example

CAPTAIN’S LOG Just as he did all season, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim captain Scott Niedermayer led the way during the club’s opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Calgary Flames. A short-handed goal by Niedermayer, the third of his playoff career, sparked a 4-3 Ducks victory in Game 2, and his third period power play strike was the difference in a 2-1, Game 6 triumph. Niedermayer also had three assists in the first six games of the series. Averaging nearly 30 minutes of ice time per game, Niedermayer was a key element in Anaheim’s seven-game upset of Calgary. While not particularly vocal, Niedermayer’s experience of having won at every level of hockey, including three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils, has been invaluable on a team featuring 11 players who made…