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A surprise return for Zetterberg?

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07:56 AM ET 04.14 | Dare to dream, Detroit. [The Red Wings] are hoping to get Henrik Zetterberg from back surgery back by late in Round 1 of the playoffs or, more realistically, the start of Round 2 if they get that far. "He'll be cleared for contact April 24 but what does that mean -- Bumping into (wife) Emma in the kitchen?" Red Wings GM Ken Holland said jokingly. "Does it mean practice or games?" If it were regular-season, they could rough the captain up a bit in practice but teams hardly ever practise in the post-season. Could he step in and play a playoff game with no games since early in the Olympics? Defenceman Jonathan Ericsson should be ready the same time as Zetterberg. "He had cartilage detached in his finger," Holland said of his second- or third-best D-man after Niklas Kronwall and Danny DeKeyser.

Edmonton Journal

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Tortorella hammers away at fellow NHL coach

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07:56 AM ET 04.14 | This time, there was no hallway confrontation, but John Tortorella and Bob Hartley had reason to clash again Sunday, courtesy Paul Byron's hit on Daniel Sedin. Sedin, whose head cracked against the glass on impact, stayed down for a worrisome few minutes as the building went quiet. An emergency medical crew finally got him stabilized on a stretcher and off the ice. ... "I did see the hit," said [Tortorella]. "I don't want to comment on the hit. It's not about the [darn] game. It's about the kid. It's embarrassing to coach against guy (Hartley) across from me. Some of the stuff that was going on when Danny was down ... Maybe I shouldn't say that after the season we've had but that kind of stuff [ticks] me off. I don't like the way he does business. I don't like him."

Calgary Herald

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Canadians are cheering against Canadiens

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07:55 AM ET 04.14 | Carey Price may have tended goal for Team Canada, but he doesn't exactly feel as if he's playing for Canada's as the Montreal Canadiens enter the playoffs this week. "I think you'll see a lot of Canadians probably cheering against us more than anything," said Price, who was a big reason Canada won its second-straight gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. "A lot of sour fans are probably going to root against us. At the same time we have a great fan base here in Montreal and across Canada, really. I don't doubt we're going to get a lot of support." It was suggested every Canadian team gets rooted against by every other Canadian team. "I'm pretty sure. I know as a kid I rooted against a few Canadian teams in my day," he said.

Toronto Sun

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Sabres GM will trade anyone

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07:54 AM ET 04.14 | Now that the offseason has, somewhat mercifully, arrived, Tim Murray can go about the business of reshaping his roster in earnest. He's willing to play Let's Make a Deal just about anybody. The Buffalo Sabres' GM has hung the 'For Sale' sign outside the club's office and he's willing to move just about anybody as the off-season officially gets underway Monday for non-playoff teams. Sources say Murray has been shopping RW Chris Stewart, D Christian Erhoff, C Luke Adam and RW Drew Stafford. It doesn't stop there, either. The Sabres will also listen to see what they can get for LW Marcus Foligno, LW Johan Larsson and D Chad Ruhwedel. The last three are young players that are still considered prospects so it's a little surprising Murray would be willing to move any of those guys.

Ottawa Sun

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Jovo knows ... he could be a goner

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07:53 AM ET 04.14 | Will he stay or will he go? Captain Ed Jovanovski reiterated his desire to play one more season with the Panthers although he knows the team may have other plans. Jovanovski, 37, returned from hip resurfacing surgery this season and played in 37 games since coming back Jan. 4. Jovanovski has one year remaining at $4 million, although the Panthers could buy that out over the summer. "There are no decisions right now,'' Jovanovski said. "I have another year on my contract and I want to play. Can I? That's a different situation. We'll see where it goes." Said GM Dale Tallon: "There's a lot to talk about, talk about his fitness and his health. He showed some flashes of 'old Ed.' That was a major surgery and it takes time. We will have some heart-to-hearts and see what happens."

Miami Herald

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