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Cherepanov Was Playing Hockey Illegally?

From the Associated Press today the allegation from Col. Vladimir Karpenko, a spokesman for the commander of Russia’s Railway Troops, that Alexei Cherepanov (who, of course, recently died during a game) was in fact playing “illegally” and should have been serving his mandatory military service at the time.

The full story is here.

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Why The Non-Disclosure Of Injuries Works

from Kelly Hrudey of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

I shared goalie duties with a really good guy, Chris Terreri, but shortly after opening the season, Chris broke his hand in a game in St. Louis.

A couple of games after that, I separated my right shoulder and our goalie prospects at that time weren’t ready for NHL action.

The Sharks chose not to tell anybody about my injury.

So I ended up playing 12 straight with a separated shoulder. This kind of injury made it impossible for me to raise my arm over my shoulder.

If the other teams around the league would have known of my injury, without question every shot would have been high to my stick side.

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Canadiens Suspend Valentenko

The Canadiens’ young prospect Pavel Valentenko signed a deal in Russia earlier this week, and the Habs responded today by suspending the player from the team and presenting their concerns to the IIHF. 

Valentenko’s Canadian agent Roland Hedges tries to explain his client’s actions. From the Canadian Press via TSN:

Hedges said Valentenko has been supporting his family since he was 15, and took a pay cut to pursue his NHL dream when he signed with Montreal before the 2007-08 season.

After playing all of last season and the first four games of this season with Hamilton, he was given permission to return to Russia to attend to a family matter. He said the signing was not premeditated.

“His intention was to go home to see his parents and see what he could do,” said Hedges. “When he got home, his father already had the deal done (with Dynamo).

“And if you saw the size of the deal, you’d see why.”

read on

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  Tags: iihf, khl, pavel+valentenko

Professor McPhee

From Tarik El-Bashir in the Washington Post,

George McPhee leaned forward in his chair, squinted his eyes and focused on the performance that was unfolding before him. Except on this Wednesday night, the performers weren’t hockey players and McPhee, the general manager of the Washington Capitals, wasn’t sitting in a suite high above the ice. Instead, he was in a classroom at Georgetown University grading the midterm projects of 44 students in his graduate-level sports management class.

The Washington Capitals GM is teaching eight classes this semester.  I think my favorite line in the article comes from one of McPhee’s students, who remarked “It’s like learning to play basketball from Michael Jordan” which, it occurs to me, might not be the best analogy… (edit: actually, I change my mind. I was thinking about that quote in the wrong way, equivocal to “...learning to play hockey from George McPhee.” Which obviously isn’t what was meant. Whoops!)

Anyway, great article—read the rest here.

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Islanders On The Right Path

from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,

When (Bill) Torrey built the expansion Islanders from the ground up in 1972, he eschewed any talk of trying to put together an immediate contender. He, instead, focused on the draft with the goal being to build a core that would be competitive for years to come. He believed in that method then, and still does today.

Reached at his West Palm Beach, Fla. home, Torrey said he sees the parallels with his vision to Snow’s current plan and he thinks it’s the right way to go.

But he cautioned it’s going to take time and lots of patience.

read on

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A Good Deal

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the context of that complicated four-year, $21.6-million (all currency U.S.) contract extension signed by the Ottawa Senators’ Daniel Alfredsson this past week, the question – of what constitutes a “good” contract in today’s NHL? – is more pertinent than ever.

And more to the point, who is the contract good for? The player? The team? Or in the rarest cases of all, for both?

Alfredsson clearly is satisfied with his new compensation package, which will permit him to play out his career with the Senators, the team that drafted him originally back in 1994 with a long-shot 133rd overall pick.

continued and other hockey topics too…

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Dustin Brown Dishes Out the Hits

Dear NHL:  When LA Kings’ captain Dustin Brown slam you painfully into the boards this season, take heart in the fact that it costs him more than it costs you.  This press release from the LA Kings explains why:

TEAM CAPTAIN WILL DONATE $50 FOR EVERY BODY CHECK

Los Angeles Kings right-winger and team captain Dustin Brown has announced a partnership with KaBOOM! in conjunction with the Kings Care Foundation.

Brown will donate $50 for each of his body checks during the 2008-09 season to KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of very child in America.  Last season Brown led the NHL with 311 body checks.  Through five games the season he has a team-leading 21 body checks, which would equal $1,050 in donations.

In all seriousness, a good cause.  As the Kings note: “Since 1995, KaBOOM! has led the construction of more than 1,500 playgrounds, ice rinks, skate parks, and athletic fields.” You can find out more here.

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  Tags: dustin+brown

Devils Greene Out With Broken Hand

from NewJerseyDevils.com,

The Devils’ list of injured players grew by one more on Friday, when it was announced that defenseman Andy Greene is expected to miss the next four to six weeks with a broken hand.

Greene, who leads New Jersey defensemen with six points (1g-5a), sustained the injury in Wednesday’s 6-5 shootout loss to Toronto, but did not leave the game. He has five points in the last four games, including a three-assist night against the Leafs.

continued

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Hot Flame

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Kiprusoff, whose big contract and big early-season goals-against-average had all kinds of critics questioning his abilities, continues to be a key cog in the club’s winning spree.

While the offensive heroes keep changing, he continues to be the constant, shining between the pipes night after night.

During Calgary’s winning streak, Kiprusoff has posted a sparkling 1.40 goals-against-average and .952 save percentage.

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff

Watch College Hockey

New York, NY / Toronto, ON (October 31, 2008) – NHL Network today announced it has reached a one-year extension for broadcast rights to games from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC Hockey).

The broadcast package provides NHL Network with 19 ‘Game of the Week’ match-ups that will air Friday nights through the remainder of the season. The deal also includes the ECAC Hockey Semifinals and Final.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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