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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Prior to the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy, Brodeur expressed that it would probably be his last shot as the No. 1 goaltender for Canada because of his advancing age. But, now with the Vancouver Games only a year and a half away and Brodeur coming off back-to-back Vezinas, he’s thinking a little differently.
“I’d love to go,” Brodeur said. “I’d love to be part of it. It would be a great experience, but I don’t know what the role will be. Definitely, I’m going to gun to be No. 1 if they pick me. We’ll see where my career is. There’s a lot of young guys that have a chance to challenge the guys that were there last time. That’s good. That’s healthy. I’ve got the experience of going to three of them, so that’s one thing that’s on my side. We’ll see what their decision will be. For me, that’s not the ultimate goal, but it’s a goal I’m looking at seriously. I think it would be quite an accomplishment to play in four Olympics. My kids have already been talking to me about it. They want me to go. I told them, ‘We’re only going if I’m playing.’”
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
When Semin returned to the NHL in 2006-07, he should have been forced to comply with the final year of his entry-level contract because he never fulfilled it and was suspended by the team for the two seasons he was in Russia. But somehow, that final season was ignored and the Capitals, knowing Semin wouldn’t have returned for entry-level money, managed to sign him to a new two-year deal despite the fact he had not fulfilled the terms of his first contract.
When you see things like that happening, can you blame Radulov – who was contractually in exactly the same boat as Semin – for bolting back home at the first opportunity? If the NHL isn’t going to respect its own contracts, how can it expect anyone else to do the same?
And this is the kind of attitude both the leaders of the NHL and IIHF find themselves up against these days. NHL owners talk a good game, but are happy to circumvent their own rules and try to do business on their own terms if it means they can get a star player.
A California judge on Monday rejected a proposed plea agreement sentence of probation and a fine for Broadcom Corp co-founder Henry Samueli as too lenient, and postponed the sentencing until later this month.
Samueli, 53, pleaded guilty in June to a charge of making a materially false statement to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigators, following the company’s restatement last year of $2 billion in compensation expenses.
A story by the Associated Press further states that the judge’s written ruling expressed concern that to allow this deal would erode the public’s trust in the judicial system.
The original deal had “recommended that Samueli get five years probation and pay at least $12 million in penalties.” But today’s ruling means that that Samueli—owner of the Anaheim Ducks—may in fact “warrant a significant prison sentence,” according to the Reuters report.
from Chris Nichols of Sportsnet,
Teams tend to take varying approaches. Some opt to season prospects with more junior, college and AHL experience, while others will throw them directly to the proverbial wolves out of sheer necessity or sheer stupidity – take your pick.
Occasionally a player is just flat-out ready to step in and contribute right away; leaving management no choice but to play him.
This is an especially salient topic now, with NHL training camps on the verge of opening.
As poolies, we always want to be on the cutting edge of which guys are set to break out; whether they’re entering their first year in the league or they’ve been finding their stride for the past few seasons in the pros and are now ready to make that next step.
from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,
New head coach Craig Hartsburg hasn’t tipped his hand about potential line combinations for the Ottawa Senators this season but Daniel Alfredsson believes that he will be taken off the top line with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley - at least to start the season.
“I have an idea that I don’t think we are going to play together to start with,” Alfredsson said Monday, following an informal skating session at the club’s practice facility. “I think we are going to try and split up. That’s the idea I got from Craig and we’ll see how that plays out.”
from Brad Holland of NHL.com,
Before and after Red Wing practices, the players are allowed to skate around and work on their own skills, and Babcock has noticed that one of his younger players, Valtteri Filppula, has been following Datsyuk around the ice during these sessions while the veteran skater runs mini-clinics in stick, puck, and hand-eye skills.
“He and Filppula work together every day, pulling pucks off the wall, knocking down pucks, stealing pucks off each other: they play keep-away like you can’t believe,” Babcock said.
Almost unquestionably the best in the world in stick- and puck-skills, and Datsyuk still works harder than anyone else in the League. His efforts have produced amazing results, to the tune of a 225% increase in his takeaway totals in only three seasons.
Which begs the question: just how good is this guy going to get?
TSN.ca presents ‘30 Teams In 30 Days,’ a quick glimpse at each NHL club as the 2008-09 campaign approaches. Get the lowdown on every lineup, storylines to follow and Scott Cullen’s fantasy analysis. It continues today with the Carolina Hurricanes.
read on and a schedule when TSN will tackle your team.
“He’s really excited to play in front of Nick (Lidstrom), Rafi (Brian Rafalski) and Kronner (Niklas Kronwall) and all those guys.
“He’s very competitive. He’s anxious to play good hockey.
“It’s not that they didn’t play good hockey in Pittsburgh but, every time he played Detroit, our puck possession and style of hockey he loves it.”
-Red Wings forward Tomas Kopecky on Marian Hossa. Read more from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star.
from Jamie’s Hockey Blog,
When the hockey pool first gained popularity, back in the 1980s, it was considered a good excuse for drinking beer and talking trash.
Those days are long gone. For starters, it’s not called a hockey pool anymore. It’s a fantasy hockey league.
And it’s not about drinking beer. Fantasy hockey is serious business, an all-consuming, number-crunching hobby for fans who don’t get out much.
There are fantasy hockey leagues that award points for penalties, shots on goal, and faceoff win percentage. There are leagues with salary caps, waiver drafts, farm teams, and weekly transactions.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Forward Steve Sullivan is making some progress from his back injury but is still not ready to rejoin the team, Trotz said.
Trotz said the Predators are preparing for a season without Sullivan — who hasn’t played since hurting his back in February of 2007 — and will consider his return a bonus.
more Nashville notes, including Barry Trotz fighting pneumonia symptoms…
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