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from the Toronto Sun,
After midnight tonight, general managers have until March 9 at 3 p.m. EST to put the final stamps on their clubs for the 2005-06 season, and many won't know which way to go until later next week, thanks to some tight playoff races. The salary cap will put handcuffs on some teams but that doesn't mean trades will not happen. Still, clubs that have little breathing room under the cap will have no choice but to deal players off their roster rather than picks or prospects. Also, with the deadline two weeks earlier than it has been in the past, NHL players will get paid three times afterward. Some teams will be discouraged from going the rent-a-player route, and some will think they're still in playoff contention, so they won't rip up what they have.more
But the big party is on Monday when the team charters a plane to Stockholm to be celebrated by fans in a ceremony in the capital. That celebration was originally planned for Sunday night, but had to be postponed because flight restrictions from Turin prevented the players from returning to Sweden. "We would not be able to land (in Stockholm) until 1:30 a.m. and that is not reasonable," said Michael Englund, the head of the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation. The federation originally said the celebration would be scrapped completely as a majority of the players must fly back to North America, where the NHL resumes on Tuesday. "But the boys are ready to do anything to come back home first," federation chairman Christer Englund told newspaper Aftonbladet.I am not sure how reliable this is. I had heard the team was trying to get there tonight but scrapped the plan. Nothing about going tomorrow but of course things may have changed. From a Detroit standpoint, get back boys as soon as you can... update 9:47pm, According to the Afton Bladet, the gathering of the Sweden team in Stockholm is scheduled for 5pm tomorrow, Swedish time.
from Vinny Iyer of the Sporting News,
Thank you, Sweden and Finland. Thank you for showing the rest of the world -- and the NHL -- how to feature entertaining, well-played hockey. Fast skating. Deft puckhandling. Crisp passing. Sharp shooting. Fundamental defense. Clutch goaltending. It's funny what happens when you open up the ice and put a whole bunch of skilled players out on every shift. No goons, no cheap shots, no sideshow fighting. Limited play stoppages.continued
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
The celebrating in Sweden is no doubt pretty impressive in the wake of Sweden's goal-medal victory over the Finns Sunday. But back in North America, a little burg known as "Hockeytown" has every right to kick back and join in. Why? How's about the play of the "Swedish Wings" in the gold-medal game?continued
Swedes took to the streets Sunday to celebrate winning their first Olympic hockey gold medal in 12 years. Dozens of supporters gathered at the Sergel Square in central Stockholm immediately after Sweden's 3-2 victory over arch rival Finland, braving freezing temperatures to wave the Swedish flag and chant "Olympic gold, Olympic gold." Car horns could be heard throughout the capital, with Swedish flags and hockey jerseys flying from car windows.update 1:05pm, from CBS Sportsline,
Niklas Kronwall proudly wore an Olympic gold medal he thought should have rested around someone else's neck. Ohlund, who missed the final two games after being injured in a win over Switzerland, didn't get a medal in Turin. He might receive one from his rookie replacement. "I think he deserved it more than I have," Kronwall said. "I came in and played two games. If we don't end up getting another medal, I'm offering a medal."
from the Buffalo News,
Now, more than ever, the marriage between the Olympics and the NHL makes perfect sense. The NHL's renewed popularity benefits the Games. The international exposure offered by the Olympics enhances the NHL. No longer are the two entities separated by stark differences in style. The NHL should extend the agreement, which expires after the 2010 Vancouver Games.more
from the Toronto Sun,
Where can one find a better qualified man to discuss shinny issues than Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe? The big right winger who starred for the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL and Hartford of the WHA, said the Canadian and U.S. teams didn't have enough preparatory time. "When I played in Detroit on a line with Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay, we got used to each other, but it took time," Detroit's former great No. 9 said. "And the more we played together the better we knew where each of us was on the ice. "Also, the players must have enough time to interact with each othermore
from the Edmonton Sun,
Win or lose, the Olympic showdown at Turin was little more than a glorified exhibition series staged in a time zone that made it awkward for stay-at-home Canadians to get emotionally involved. You know the biggest problem? The glamour of those historic international hockey rivalries – Canada versus Russia, for example – is long gone. No longer are European stars seen as mythical creatures sent to destroy Canadian hockey. Now, it’s too easy to see them in the same way as we see the homegrown players: overpaid, often lacking in motivation, usually competing almost from memory.more
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Saku Koivu has fought bigger battles than the one he’ll face today at the Olympic Games. The Montreal Canadiens captain has come out a winner in a fight against abdominal cancer, which will help him put today’s gold-medal final into perspective.continued
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