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GIF- Not Sure If This Would Be Legal In The NHL?

What Do You Think?

 

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Video- Brutal Hit In The KHL

How about 20 games?

 

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Slava Fetisov Says NHL Players Will Not Risk Their Contract By Playing In The Olympics

from RT.com,

One of the most respected National Hockey League (NHL) players of Russian origin, Viacheslav Fetisov says NHL players will not risk losing their club contracts to play at 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Former Detroit Red Wings and NHL All-Star Team defenseman Fetisov commented on the NHL’s decision, according to which the league will not allow its players to participate in the upcoming Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) head Rene Fasel also recently said, talking to Russian outlet Sport-Express, that his federation “respects and will respect the NHL contracts” and will not back players wanting to compete at the Games despite the ban.

"No idiot will terminate the contract with the NHL club to play the Olympics,” said Fetisov to RT.

“For Alexander Ovechkin, the current situation is an unpleasant thing. He will miss his chance to become an Olympic champion. Although in 2022 at the Games in Beijing, Alexander might get another chance," added Fetisov.

Fetisov, a member of the legendary Russian Five of Detroit Red Wings, also stressed that the absence of the NHL players will negatively affect the level of competition at the Olympic tournament.

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Reflecting On Lokomotiv

from Brett Popplewell of Sportsnet,

AT 4:05 IN THE AFTERNOON all but one of the Railway Men were sealed inside an aging plane, staring down an empty runway. In the cabin sat Lokomotiv, the gods of Yaroslavl whose names 600,000 people cheered and cried. Twenty-six hockey players and 11 coaches and staff embarking on a two-hour flight to their season opener in Minsk.

Directly behind the cockpit sat the coaches. There was Brad McCrimmon, the ‘Beast’ from Saskatchewan, one of the men on-board with his name on the Stanley Cup. Still driven by ambition at the age of 52, he had recently left his home in Detroit and crossed the Atlantic to coach this team. And beside him sat his assistant, Igor Korolev, the former Maple Leaf who played for five teams in a 12-year NHL career, back in his homeland but far from his family in Toronto on this, the day after his 41st birthday. Beside him sat his old friend Alexander Karpovtsev, the former Ranger who’d stood by Korolev’s side on his wedding day in Moscow 21 years ago. He was the second man aboard this plane with his name on hockey’s most revered chalice.

Behind the coaches sat the players. Young and old, from the former all-star to the struggling prospect, together they formed one of the strongest teams in the second-best league in the world.

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The Russian Plan

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

... And Marchenko’s signing, just like that of Markov, Nesterov, Grigorenko and so on, is simply another part of the plan the Russian Hockey Federation has had since the NHL announced it wouldn’t be sending players to the 2018 Olympics. Following the NHL’s early April declaration, the RHF released a statement saying it would attempt to keep its top talent in Russia and persuade top Russian free agents to play in the KHL, giving them the opportunity to suit up in Pyeongchang — an opportunity they seemingly won’t have in the NHL cut.

Russia hasn’t medalled at the Olympics, let alone stood atop the podium, in more than 15 years. Not since 1998 has Russia won a silver medal. And it’s been more than two decades since a gold medal was awarded to the nation. Russia is planning on changing that in February, though, and it’s starting with bulking up by brining any and all potential national team members home.

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Afternoon Line- Arpon Basu On Andrei Markov

If you missed it earlier today, Markov announced he will play in the KHL.

 

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Wojtek Wolski’s Comeback

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

When he thinks back to the terrifying moments that came after he crashed head-first into the boards on that October night in Russia, Wojtek Wolski remembers fearing the worst.

“I remember thinking I was paralyzed,” Wolski said in a recent interview with The Star.

And when you watch the video of the incident in question, clipped from the third period of an otherwise unremarkable game in which Wolski was playing for the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk last season, it’s easy enough to fathom a career-ending disaster. Skating hard in pursuit of a puck, Wolski lost his footing and slid on his stomach toward the rink’s sidewall. As he went, an opposing player fell on his torso, essentially blocking Wolski from using his arms to absorb the impact. Out of control at high speed, Wolski’s helmeted head took the brunt of the blow instead. The memory of the aftermath remains vivid.

“It’s like you hear these bells just going off in your head telling you to move — to move your hands, to move your feet,” Wolski said. “It’s like the bells just got louder and louder and louder, until I started moving my hands and feet. And then it was like, ‘OK, that’s a good sign.’ It’s actually insane how the body works. It has mechanisms to protect you in those situations. It’s fascinating what happens.”

It’s fascinating, too, to hear the details of how the 31-year-old Wolski found his way from that scary scenario to a resumption of his athletic career. 

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Report- Ilya Kovalchuk Will Stay In The KHL

added 4:57pm,

 

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Video- A Mad Datsyuk

via BarDown,

Sunday, with the series tied 1-1 against HC Dynamo Moscow, Datsyuk did something you rarely ever see from him, destroy an opponent with a hit, and the hit actually led to a game misconduct.

Datsyuk racked up 25 minutes in penalties on the one play, and you can see why he was frustrated as he was hit pretty late before exacting his revenge for lack of a better term.

Obviously the game misconduct comes as a shock, especially considering Datsyuk has never had more than 35 total penalty minutes in one season in his career (NHL and KHL).

 

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Los Angeles Kings Will Oversee Operations Of Berlin Eisbaren Hockey

BERLIN / LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings will now oversee all operations of Berlin Eisbaren Hockey, it was announced today at a news conference at Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Eisbaren Berlin of the German Ice Hockey League and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League are owned and operated by AEG Sports, a division of the Anschutz Entertainment Group. The LA Kings will now begin leading all hockey operations and administrative matters, directing the day-to-day leadership of Managing Director Peter John Lee. Lee will report directly to LA Kings President, Business Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille.

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