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WHL

A modest proposal: have the league runner-up face the star power-lacking Saskatoon Blades in a play-in game three days before the Memorial Cup. (Sportsnet)

Will deposed Lethbridge Hurricanes coach Rich Preston join the Blades as a consultant for their Cup preparations? (rodpedersen.com)

Soft ice has not been the Portland Winterhawks' friend in the first round against Everett, which hosts Game 6 on Monday. Meantime, the Winterhawks' Tyler Wotherspoon has signed with the Calgary Flames. (Oregon Live, The Columbian)

Graduating Kootenay Ice forward Brock Montgomery, never drafted by any league, has signed on with the Dallas Stars' AHL affiliate. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

Hands up, who thought fourth-seeded Spokane would, within the Western Conference, have the longest break before the second round? (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

Edmonton Oil Kings right wing Curtis Lazar had productive first round against Kootenay. (Vernon Morning Star)

More about hockey being a leading cause of brain injuries to Canadian children and teens. (The Canadian Press)

OHL

Today's must-read: Gare Joyce explains why Owen Sound Attack players have such high regard for right wing Kurtis Gabriel. (Sportsnet)

Coach Sheldon Keefe's summation on why the Soo Greyhounds bowing out to Owen Sound: "Some of our veterans fell short." (Sault Star, Owen Sound Sun Times)

Exceptional defenceman Sean Day surely be picked somewhere between third and fifth overall.

Kitchener Rangers coach-GM Steve Spott's "Memorial Cup year" proclamation will be put on the line against London. (London Free Press)

With the Kitchener-London schedule set, Rangers beat writer Josh Brown looks at how the teams match up. (Waterloo Record)

What propelled Sudbury into Round 2? Goaltending and the sweet bird of youth. (Sudbury Star)

The Niagara IceDogs have picked up the No. 40 overall selection for Saturday's OHL priority selection draft after swapping a bushel of picks with Barrie. (St. Catharines Standard)

QMJHL

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are denying relocation rumours that bubbled up late last week. (Cape Breton Post, La Presse)

Gatineau Olympiques overage defenceman Étienne Boutet is glad that the nerve-racking ordeal of a playoff series against his brother, Rimouski centre Jasmin Boutet, is over. He's even happier he's the one headed to Round 2, where the 'Piques will face top-seeded Halifax. (Le Droit)

The Quebec Remparts' ability to win on the road — they took all three games on Chicoutimi's ice — could serve them well in the second round. (Le Soleil)

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