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from Expressen- rough translation follows:
NHL star Janne Niinimaa has [received] a serious inquiry [from] the Swedish championship finalist [Linköpings HC].
“[We may have] the possibility [to recruit] him so is he clearly interesting,” Linköping’s says sports manager Johan Hemlin.
...“We have contacted his agent, but they await enough [for] few [contracts] really from NHL first,” says Hemlin.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Those who assume Russian hockey players spend their summer on a borscht-and-bourbon bender should have a conversation with Barry Smith, the longtime NHL assistant coach and now first-year coach-GM of SKA-St. Petersburg in the Russian Superleague.
“Working with these players has been terrific so far,” said Smith, who has been putting his new team through training camp workouts since July 3. “Having NHL-level talent to train with really raises the standard of practice, and adds something new for the boys who’ve been here right from the start.”
from Sovsport (roughly translated below):
Situated near Moscow, “Khimik” has signed Swedish center forward Nils Ekman, who, in the last season acted in club of NHL “Pittsburgh,” and before is in “San Jose” and “Tampa Bay.” The contract is [for] one year, informs the website of “Khimik”.
On Friday August, 10th. Ekman has joined “Chemist” on gathering in Switzerland, and to Saturday has lead with a command the first training.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
The absence of a player transfer agreement between the National Hockey League and the Russian Hockey Federation has resulted in two Russian players under contract with NHL teams signing with a Russian Super League team.
According to reports this week in the Russian media, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky and Boston Bruins forward Stanislav Chistov signed with Salavat Yulaev of the Russian Super League.
Because the Russian Hockey Federation never signed the transfer agreement between the NHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), its teams aren’t bound by the same transfer rules governing their nation’s players as other European countries.
continued... Just imagine if a Russian player the caliber of Ovechkin or Datsyuk decided to just pack up and head back home.
from Sovsport.ru (translated below)...
Oleg Tverdovsky’s headed to Bashkortostan, where he’ll play for Salavat Yulaev for the next five years:
In [the arena] the player and the agent appear at 11:40. Oleg [Tverdovsky] in a strict black suit, but without a tie, in the same colors the elegant varnished shoes. At once follow in a cabinet of the general director of club Vadim Rybinskogo. There Oleg Gross, wthe GM “Salavat,” waits for them. All is settled literally in fifteen minutes of formality, and Tverdovsky leaves obviously happy. Beside him, Gross with a pack of papers.
Question: Oleg, the contract with Ufa is signed?
Tverdovsky: Yes. For five years.
Question: Whether is not present in the agreement [an] item, where you can break off [the contract] and return ahead of schedule to the NHL?
Question: It turns out, that at the termination of the contract to you will be 36 years old. Whether follows from this, what you finish your career in Ufa?
Tverdovsky: Only 36! It is not necessary to think so far forward. For me now the main thing – stability, it would be desirable to play and receive pleasure from hockey that, in the NHL, did not suffice. And conditions of life and other moments – are secondary.
from the Edmonton Journal,
While young, inexperienced National Hockey Leaguers take advantage of exorbitant offers—Dustin Penner and Thomas Vanek easily come to mind—other veteran athletes are taking their talents overseas in an attempt to continue making an honest living.
Germany has become a solid market for former NHLers not quite ready to hang up their blades and no longer interested in battling for positions in the minor leagues or experiencing lengthy bus trips across North America.
from Sport-Express, with rough translation below:
TODAY TVERDOVSKY CAN SIGN THE CONTRACT WITH “SALAVAT”
Last night to Moscow from America there has arrived the defender of club of NHL ” Los Angeles Kings ” Oleg Tverdovsky.
I have some offers from clubs of the superleague. The most interesting - from “Salavat Yulaev.” On Monday with the agent we take off for Ufa for negotiations and, probably, signings of the contract, - has told Tverdovsky to the correspondent “SE” to Vladimir YURIN.
And how your contract with “Los Angeles” which a year operates as early as?
There are some variants to terminate the contract with “Kings”. I think, we shall find an optimum way to make it. In “Los Angeles” to me do not trust, and to play for this command I do not want.
from the Calgary Herald,
Jamie McLennan figures he has it coming to him.
For six different National Hockey League clubs over 10 seasons, the prankster puckblocker wasn’t above poking a little fun at the Europeans with whom he shared a dressing room. Now that the former Flame has signed with defending Russian Super League champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk, an outfit featuring not a single other North American player, the skate is on the other foot.
Former Detroit Red Wings defenceman Danny Markov is being seriously courted by Vityaz Chekhov of the Russian Superleague.
Both Sovsport and Vityaz Chekhov’s official website report that Vityaz’s GM, Alexei Zhamnov, has met with Markov, who is split as to whether he’ll continue his career in the NHL or return home:
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