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Though the NHL still has a number of talented hockey players hailing from Quebec, the decreasing numbers are causing concern in the province, according to the Journal de Montreal newspaper. As recently as the 1999-2000, no fewer than 82 players were Quebecers. But last year, that number was down to 58, which constitutes a 29 per-cent decrease.more
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Canada.com,
Alexander Ovechkin has told Washington he's not ready to captain the Capitals. Both the Washington Post and Washington Times speculated in July that head coach Glen Hanlon was considering handing the captaincy to Ovechkin, chosen last season's top rookie in the NHL. Fellow phenom Sidney Crosby is reportedly a candidate for captain in Pittsburgh. Ovechkin says it won't happen for him this season. "This year I'm not ready because my English isn't good enough," the Russian superstar told The Canadian Press in an interview Tuesday.continued added 6:39pm, Putting this here along with the AO story since without AO, Ted may not be writing what he did....Ten Reasons Why Hockey Is Becoming Hot in Washington... from the blog of Ted Leionsis,
6. Charitable requests for Caps autographed merchandize hit more than 100 per month and it is August. 7. A Sportstalk 980 announcer says something disrespectful about the NHL and the emails to me are immediate and the message board threads get opened in earnest.read on
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Needing to replace both Malkin and Alexei Kaigorodov, their two top centres, Metallurg Magnitogorsk signed Jan Marek, the Czech league scoring champion, away from Sparta Prague. The cost: about $200,000 (U.S.) — or around the price that they may one day get from the NHL for Malkin's rights, assuming the two warring leagues ever do get a transfer agreement hammered out. "That's what makes it so interesting for us," says Dave King, the Magnitogorsk coach. "The NHL doesn't pay for any players leaving Russia — but we have to pay to get a player from the Czech Republic. We lose players to the NHL for free and then we've got to buy a player to replace them. I can tell you, the Russians are not a happy group right now."more
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Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced the signing of forward Andrei Taratukhin to a two-year entry level contract on Tuesday. Terms were not released. Taratukhin recorded 24 points during the 2005-06 season with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv on nine goals and 15 assists while also accumulating 85 penalty minutes.more from the CP:
The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Alexei Mikhnov and defenceman Mathieu Roy to one-year contracts. Mikhnov, the Oilers' first choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, joins the Oilers after playing the last nine seasons in Russia.more Evgeni Malkin, Andrei Taratukhin, and Alexei Mikhnov all sign with NHL teams on the same day...Does the NHL's legal department know something that we don't?
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
Do you think you can be ready for the start of training camp (on September 15)? “It’s hard to say, but I think so today even if it was just a scrimmage and easy skate. It’s 10 more days, and even if I’m not ready at the beginning of training camp, hopefully I’ll feel [well] enough to play at the beginning of the year.” Is this a test period? “A little bit. I have nine days to skate now before camp starts. If I’m not ready, I’m not ready. I’m not going to go out and try to hurt myself or anything. Of course, we’re going to do some strength tests on the foot, and see if it’s close to the other one. If it is, I should be ready to go.”read on
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Attention All Editors and Publishers: The following are new additions to Webster’s new 2006 Dictionary and Farm report. Many of these words now entering the lexicon are derived from the world of professional hockey, so never let it be said that the only industry the NHL helps considerably is the dental one. zherdev – v. to withhold something there is no little or no demand for. Eg. Apparently Oprah Winfrey is zherdeving Playboy for more money.more
from the CP via TSN,
Saku Koivu will start training camp with lingering concern for his injured left eye. The eye was red and still partly closed when the Montreal Canadiens captain arrived at the team's annual charity golf tournament at Laval-Sur-La-Lac on Tuesday. It was a lot better than the swollen mess of last April, when his eye was clipped under his visor by a high stick from Carolina's Justin Williams during an NHL playoff game. Koivu had surgery to repair a detached retina in the off-season. "It's going a lot better," he said, a touch of concern in his voice. "We'll do more tests next week. "We're hoping for the best."continued
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the salary-capped era, change is usually forced upon teams. As Anaheim Mighty Ducks' general manager Brian Burke so aptly put it last season, sometimes just have to be prepared to drive their ex-players to the airport and thank them for their years of service. A lot of those shuttles occurred this past summer, as more than 100 NHL regulars switched clbus. A look at how teams shape up, with training camps for the 2006-07 season set to open on Sept. 14:read on...good to have Eric back, and by the length of the column, we know what he has been doing this summer...
from the blog of Mark Cuban (bottom paragraph),
If we were really , really smart, we would work with the NHL,NFL , MLB, the USA Track and Field organizations, Tennis and other sports with strong professional bases and create our own games. Then supporting the international development of the games would make sense. Then we could have bidding to host the SuperGames. To provide TV coverage. To sponsors. A Winter SuperGames, A Summer SuperGames every 4 years.What do you think? Would it work on the NHL side? I know one thing, the game would get much greater exposure in this manner than it is now.
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