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from TSN’s Darren Dreger:
Vladislav Tretiak, the president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, recently submitted a letter to the NHL requesting the use of NHL players in an eight game exhibition series pitting Russia’s best versus Canada’s top players.
While the NHL acknowledges the 1972 Summit Series as one of the most significant events in the history of hockey, it won’t support or approve Tretiak’s interest in bringing it back to life.
Instead, the league would rather focus on an ongoing effort to settle a transfer agreement with Russia, which would align one of hockey’s world powers with the existing group of federations.
Damien Cox answers his mail at The Spin, his blog at the Toronto Star,
Hypothetical situation - you are the commissioner of a fantasy NHL where you have sweeping powers to re-locate franchises as you see fit for the betterment of the game (in search of profits, good fan base, etc), all of the owners are OK with you to make such decisions on their behalf.
If you are to pick 4 teams from the current league, which 4 teams would you choose to re-locate and why.
A: Before I answer, what would be the salary of such a job? Oh, never mind.
Florida and Atlanta look like very, very iffy markets both now and down the line. Washington has had more than 30 years to stabilize and still hasn’t. Long Island, meanwhile, has been bad for a long, long time, and the dream of a new area remains a distant one. Phoenix looks lousy right now, but it would be interesting to see if a good team in that very nice arena might ultimately work. Nashville doesn’t seem to be attracting the support one would think possible with a very strong team. St. Louis looks dicey at the moment, but I really believe that situation will turn around.
Those are the candidates. If I had to pick four to move, I would pick Florida, Atlanta, Washington and the Islanders. Wouldn’t be much left of the Southeast Division, would there?
more mail answered, some Leafs specific…
from the Richmond Review,
Blame the Internet for Chan Woo Lee’s fascination with ice hockey.
The young Korean student was scanning the world wide web one day a few years ago when he saw a hockey photo. It captivated him, so much so that he decided to take up the traditional North American game rather than a customary martial art like taekwondo or a sport such as badminton.
But after playing a little hockey in Korea, it soon become apparent that Lee was pretty good. So he asked his parents if he could continue learning the game in Canada.
from On The Islanders Beat at Newsday,
On the positive side, Newsday has learned the Islanders have signed former NHL defenseman Todd Simpson for the remainder of the regular season. Simpson spent the past season playing in Germany and must clear waivers in order to play.
more...plus Smyth & Hilbert listed as day-to-day…
from the AP via Star News,
There’s a baby boom in Stanley Cup land.
Nine months after the Carolina Hurricanes won the NHL championship in June, five current or former Hurricanes couples are expecting babies. All the women are due within the next four months.
Anne Adams, wife of right wing Craig Adams, said there has been plenty of jokes about how much fun must have been had last summer after the team won the championship title.
from the NY Daily News,
The likelihood of Rick DiPietro playing for the Islanders this weekend appears so slim that it would be “very surprising” to a person who has been in regular contact with the franchise goalie over the last several days.
That’s because DiPietro indeed learned earlier this week that he is suffering from a concussion, two people close to the groggy goalie confirmed yesterday, and not just the “headaches” the Islanders revealed as his lone diagnosis before Tuesday’s night’s 3-2 loss to the Devils.
One published report yesterday indicated that DiPietro was expected to return as early as tomorrow in Buffalo as long as his headaches subsided, a notion one of the goalie’s close friends categorized as “unbelievable” and “ridiculous.”
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Q: How have you spent the majority of your free time when not practicing or playing?
EM: Compared to Russia, we play many more games over here. Every time I have free time, I just try to relax. I am still going shopping and to restaurants and to different places. When we have free time, I just watch TV and movies.
Q: How important is winning the Calder Trophy to you?
EM: It’s important to me. I want to prove I am better or not less than Ovechkin, who won that award last season. Another side, I just want to help my teammates to win games. It is important, but there are two sides to it.
At 11:38 a.m. Wednesday, Michael Peca was skating by himself on a pristine sheet of ice. He returned to the dressing room around noon and, not long past 1 p.m., he confirmed his regular season with the Toronto Maple Leafs had come to a close.
His recovery from a broken right leg will keep him on the sidelines until at least the first round of the playoffs. The 33-year-old centre had pledged, days after the injury occurred in December, that he would return before the end of the team’s regular season schedule.
from the Star-Tribune,
First, on the ice. He has become the team’s steadiest defenseman. Carney is a plus-21, which would be a franchise record. He plays heavy minutes and in all defensive situations.
“He’s a veteran,” Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. “He’s been in the playoffs, he knows what it takes to win. When you have that, you carry that at different times during the season—that energy that you need to have to win games.”
But there’s more. Carney is also a mentor to the defensive corps—most notably to Burns—Carney’s playing partner. They talk on the ice, of course. But after every shift they talk on the bench. Sometimes Carney will reinforce a good play. Sometimes Carney’s job is to calm down a young player who is struggling.
from the Toronto Sun,
Name: Frank Torpey
Occupation: To scare the bejesus out of NHL players so they won’t get it on with groupies.
I doubt that’s what it said on his business card, but yes, that was his job. Talk about fighting a losing battle. That’s like trying to sell Britney on the benefits of underwear.
Frank was an FBI agent who became the first chief of security for the NHL starting back in 1970. He died in 2001 at the age of 71, but is fondly remembered. When I asked Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice, and former Leaf Kris King if they remembered Frank, they immediately did their best impressions.
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