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Fetisov Plays Again

from the CP at TSN,

Former NHL star Slava Fetisov took to the ice with CSKA Moscow on Friday, subjecting his 51-year-old body to the pounding of a competitive Continental Hockey League game.

“It’s a very good game,” a sweaty Fetisov said in televised comments after the first period with the game deadlocked at 0-0. “Both teams are playing at maximum speed. The game is very intense.”

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added 4:35pm, TSN has updated the link and Fetisov says he does not plan to continue playing.

This is the reason I didn’t really promote his return, I just had a feeling it was a one game shot.

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All Sergei Zubov

from RussianHockeyFans,

Former NHL defenceman Sergei Zubov, currently playing for SKA St. Petersburgh of the KHL, answered to fans’ questions on Russian site sportbox.ru.

Are practices in the KHL any different to practices in the NHL?

Not really, I don’t see many differences. I have to give our coach Barry Smith his due. His practices are very productive, he doesn’t lose time. After his practices I feel like I played a real game.

Is hockey level in the NHL really that much better than in the KHL?

No, the level is almost the same. Players in the KHL are as good as the NHL players. There are very skilled players in every Russian team. And our juniors are better than the Americans. However, also there are Canadiens, but I think that our players aren’t worse.

Why then Russian youngsters want to play in the NHL?

Well, despite everything, NHL is the best league in the world right now. And every player who thinks he is talented enough wants to try his luck there.

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Filatov Happy To Be In The KHL

RussianHockeyFans translates an interview from AllHockey.ru with Nikata Filatov after his first game in the KHL…

Are you happy about your return and about today?

Yes, of course I am happy. The first thing I am happy for is my team’s victory.

And three points on your first match…

Yeah, I picked up three. But I never get to a match planning how many points collect, if score or not…The first thing is that my team wins. Especially now that CSKA had a long losing streak it’s a good thing that we interrupted it. We played an excellent game and I think that we deserved to win.

Any regrets for your play in Columbus?

I didn’t even think about it. I will follow the guys and their matches. There is a good team there too. I had no such intentions as to prove something to them. Not now and never before…

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Sedins Happy With What Is Going On With MoDo

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

(Daniel) Sedin and his brother Henrik are both pleased to see what’s happening back home in Ornskoldsvik, where their hometown Swedish Elite League team, MoDo, has been revitalized by the addition of Peter Forsberg and the impending return of former Canuck captain Markus Naslund.

“They are struggling right now,” Daniel said of MoDo. “There are not a lot of people in the stands and financially they are not doing that good. This is going to help them a lot. They are pretty much sold out tonight (Thursday night).”

That sell-out crowd went home happy after Forsberg scored two goals and set up another in MoDo’s 4-0 win over Lulea. That’s two wins and six points in two games for Forsberg since he joined the team.

Both Daniel and Henrik acknowledged this week that they think about doing what Forsberg and Naslund are and return to play there in the twilight of their careers.

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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin, modo

You Call This A Goal Celebration?

Henrik Andersen with a goal, and then…

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Filatov On Loan To KHL Team

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have loaned forward Nikita Filatov to CSKA (pronounced CHESH-ka) of the Kontinental Hockey League for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Filatov has appeared in 13 games with the Blue Jackets this season, scoring two goals and adding eight penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating.  He has tallied 6-0-6 and eight penalty minutes in 21 NHL games over the past two seasons.

“Nikita is a top prospect in our organization and we believe it is in the best interest of his development to play more and in all situations in the KHL,” said Howson.  “We have agreed to his request to be assigned to CSKA and this should afford him the opportunity to continue to work and develop his game in his hometown of Moscow.”

added 2:37pm, Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy talks to Filatov,

What are the main reasons of your decision?

There is only one reason. I think this is better for my development to go back and play in Russia. There are more opportunities there to develop as a player and to really compete. At least at this time. CSKA can give me more right now than Columbus, to whom I am thankful. And all I need is to get playing time.

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Naslund Hopes To Play With Modo

from TSN,

Markus Naslund has decided to reunite with former teammate Peter Forsberg in their former club in Modo.

The former NHL player, who retired in early May, announced in a news release that he hopes to be able to skate with the team in a few weeks after he gets his conditioning up.

“I will do anything to get in shape and hope I can add something on the ice, but as everybody understands it’s not just to get on the ice and perform,” Naslund said in a statement.  “I’m really looking forward to play with Modo again and the fact that Peter and I will do it together is of course something really special.”

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Report- Forsberg Staying In Europe

via Sportsnet,

Former Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg informed Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis that he will remain in Sweden this season and not attempt another comeback in the NHL.

Gillis confirmed the news after speaking with Forsberg on Monday morning. On February 25, 2008, Forsberg signed a contract with the Colorado Avalanche for the remainder of the season, but played in just nine games due to a groin injury.

Forsberg will play the remainder of the season in Sweden with league club MoDo.

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Markus Naslund Believes Forsberg Will Play (Somewhere) This Year

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Markus Naslund believes his long-time friend Peter Forsberg will continue his hockey career this season and should play for their hometown club in Sweden, Modo….

“There is definitely a chance that he might stay here and, in my opinion, it might be better for him,” Naslund said in a phone interview on Friday. “He could play regularly — there are less games here and that would mean less wear and tear on him than in the NHL.”

Naslund has no doubt that Forsberg, who is attempting a comeback after a chronic foot problem, will continue playing this season because he dearly wants to suit up for Sweden at the Vancouver Olympics. It’s now a matter of where, in Sweden or the NHL. The Canucks, Rangers, Flyers, Avalanche and Bruins are among the teams believed to be interested in signing the unrestricted free agent.

“I personally think he’s not going to retire,” Naslund said. “I feel he will play somewhere this year. But who knows where he is going to play.

“He’s still working on figuring everything out. He wants to make sure he’s 100 per cent fit before he can commit to anything. I know he’s getting closer to making his decision, but I honestly don’t know which way he’s leaning.”

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  Tags: markus+naslund, peter+forsberg

Enjoying The EPL After A Stint In The NHL

from Ollie Williams at the BBC,

It is the jewel in ice hockey’s crown: the fastest league in the world, watched by hundreds of thousands of fans, three times a week for half a year.

North America’s National Hockey League - the NHL - is as good as the sport gets.

Televised, analysed and monetised to within an inch of its life, it is the sport’s beating heart. It is a world away from ice hockey in the UK.

To my knowledge, only one man in England’s Premier League (EPL) has stepped onto the ice as an NHL star. Now, he’s talking to me in a dimly-lit Bracknell car park.

“To these players,” says Ed Courtenay, gesturing towards his team coach, “this is the NHL.”...

On 21 October 1992, at the Montreal Forum, one of the most revered venues in ice hockey, Courtenay scored his first goal for the San Jose Sharks in their 8-4 defeat by the Montreal Canadiens

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