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Czechs Feel Ripped Off

from the Czech Business Weekly,

The continuous exodus of young hockey players to North America’s National Hockey League (NHL) has been draining the pool of home-grown talent and decreasing the competitiveness of the Czech national hockey team on the international circuit….
In contrast to local football clubs that eye players’ trade with foreign clubs as a source of hefty income, hockey clubs are crying foul over the transfer plans between Europe and the NHL….
Although the new contract was disadvantageous, Czech clubs agreed not to object to it, said HC Pardubice general manager Zbyněk Kusý, who also works as the Czech national team’s general manager.
“We’ve been ripped off by the NHL, but it’s better to get something than nothing, which would happen if we didn’t agree to the draft,” Kusý said.


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Minimum Wage

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal:

Dallas forward Stu Barnes is part owner with Olie Kolzig of star Canadian junior goalie Carey Price’s Tri-City Americans. “We may have to give him a raise from $75 a week to $85,” joked Barnes of the serf’s wages junior players are paid. “Actually, we also have the rights to (Jonathan) Toews and Jack Johnson. Would be nice if they decided to leave school and play for us.”

much more in Matheson’s “Hockey World” column…


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Tucking Darcy In

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail:

Those whose livelihood depends on figuring out what players should be paid say a three-year term for [Darcy] Tucker makes sense. They also say that on the open market he should get an annual salary between $3-million and $4-million, probably somewhere in the middle. Anything over $4-million would be too much, these tall foreheads say.
Ferguson, though, has to know by Feb. 27, if not before, whether he can make a deal with Tucker. That is the NHL’s trade deadline and Ferguson will be looking to make a deal, given that the Leafs and almost everybody else in the Eastern Conference is in the playoff hunt.



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An All-Star Yellow Ribbon

from the London Free Press:

Trooper Mark Wilson’s death in Afghanistan has inspired a special piece of art that’s being passed among elite NHL players and may become part of the upcoming all-star game.
Sports artist David Arrigo, a friend of one of Wilson’s relatives, was hit hard by the October death of the London soldier and inspired to design a military-themed goalie mask.
“It just sort of pushed me—this is going to be my addition to thanking the soldiers,” said Arrigo, who has done work for years for the NHL, NFL and other pro sports leagues.
“(But) I didn’t want this piece to be about any one person—it’s more about all the soldiers in Afghanistan.”

What could have been a quiet tribute, however, is getting much more attention thanks to the contacts Arrigo and Wilson’s cousin, NHL photographer Dave Sandford, have throughout pro hockey.
The pair are in discussions with at least one goalie to wear the mask in Dallas on Jan. 24 during the all-star skills competition or in the all-star game.



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Terriers Coach Rallies Cry For Bigger Nets

from the Boston Herald:

The paucity of goals scored this season, epitomized by Saturday night’s 0-0 draw between Northeastern and host Boston University, reaffirmed to Terriers coach Jack Parker the need to enlarge nets.
“College hockey can’t do it (alone), though - the NHL has to do that. When the NHL makes the nets bigger, the rest of us will,” Parker said. “It doesn’t make any sense (not to). If you want more goals scored, you have to somehow disengage the goalies. They’re too good.
“People say that’s not fair to the records of the Gretzky(s) and Bobby Hull(s). It’s unfair to (Brendan) Shanahan and some of the Bruins guys, too,” Parker continued. “In the old days some just OK players could come down and take a 40-foot slapper and put it by the goalie once in a while. You can take a third-line left wing for the Bruins and have him take a 40-foot slapper against my third-string goalie or their third-string goalie and it ain’t going in anymore.

There’s another guy off the Goalies’ Union’s Christmas card list…



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Hockey (Very Late) Night In Italy

via Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star:

It won’t be called Hockey Night In Italy, but Canada is getting its first NHL game broadcast in Italian.
The CBC and Telelatino will announce next week that the multilingual channel will carry the Vancouver-Toronto game on Jan.13 with Italian-language commentary as part of the public network’s Hockey Day In Canada program. It is believed that no NHL game has ever been broadcast in Italian.


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Habs Struggle With Bug

from the CP via the CBC,

Coach Guy Carbonneau called it the worst virus he has ever seen hit a hockey team.
And with about half his players recovering from a gastro-intestinal bug, the Montreal Canadiens went down to their season-high third consecutive defeat in a 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
“I’m looking forward to this being over and for guys to get their strength back,” Carbonneau said. “When you feel like that and you play on consecutive days, it’s tough.”


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Bringing Kessel Back

great news from the Associated Press:

Less than one month after being diagnosed with cancer, rookie center Phil Kessel is rejoining the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins on Sunday recalled Kessel from Providence of the American Hockey League, where he had been on a conditioning assignment.



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Leggo My All-Stars

from Hockeyrefs.com:

The National Hockey League has announced the 4 NHL Officials selected to work this years All-Star game in Dallas, on Wednesday, January 24th. Congratulations to Linesmen Jay Sharrers and Lonnie Cameron and Referees Greg Kimmerly and Mike Leggo on this prestigious selection.



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Force ‘Em To Play

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Official penalties: The NHL suspended Orr for five games, Brashear for one.
What the penalty should be: Heard of “reverse mortgages”? There should be something called “reverse suspensions.” Rangers coach Tom Renney and Capitals coach Glen Hanlon should be required to play Orr and Brashear at least 22 minutes a game during their “reverse suspensions.”

more NHL talk…

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