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This past KHL season has seen a slight rise stadium attendances but a drop in the average number of goals per game, statistics released Wednesday showed.
League officials keen to export the competition to as many European nations as possible will be scrutinizing the numbers to try to gauge whether the nascent Russian-based competition is hitting growth targets in its fourth season.
Figures posted on the KHL website showed 4.32 million people visited the 704 matches of the 2011-12 season, a modest rise of 30,000 from last season. That translates to an average of 6,136 fans per match, up from 5,200 in the KHL’s inaugural 2008-09 season but far less than half the NHL’s averages.
from Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy,
The most intriguing part is that it was not Radulov himself who bought out the remainder of this year’s contract. (Radulov is signed in the KHL through next summer). Nikolaev made it very clear, but at the same time he did not want to disclose who the rich “benefactor” was.
But the fact that whoever this undisclosed person or entity is, they only bought out about a month of Radulov’s deal, and not the entire remainder.
What does this mean for Radulov?
Nikolaev added: “We have a contract with Salavat Yulaev on our hands. With a reservation that Alexander has a right to spend the 2012-2013 season overseas. After July 1 he will become a [restricted] free agent in the NHL and Nashville will make a contract offer. We will have something to compare it to, something to think about. If Radulov picks Nashville and there is a lockout, Alex will come back to Ufa without a problem. Or he will decide to start the new season in the KHL right away. Everything is in his hands.”
Anyone can agree that this is a very sweet deal for Radulov. He keeps his multi-million dollar KHL deal as a fallback and a bargaining chip when he negotiated with the Predators this summer.
from Jere Longman of the New York Times,
A hockey jersey hung in each player’s locker. It bore Germany’s national colors, black trimmed in red and gold. The front was emblazoned with an eagle above the word Deutschland. This would be Evan Kaufmann’s first time wearing the jersey. He removed it from the hanger and turned it around to see his family name spelled in capital letters.
He would recall feeling a tingle of excitement. He felt something else, too, emotions that crisscrossed like the laces of his skates. He was proud to wear the jersey but also solemn about what history had done to the name on the back. His great-grandfather starved to death by the Nazis. His great-grandmother herded to extermination on a train to Auschwitz. His grandfather shuttled between ghettos and concentration camps, surviving somehow, finding a displaced sister after the war, pushing her from a hospital in a wheelbarrow after her lower left leg was amputated because of frostbite.
On Feb. 10, Kaufmann finished dressing and skated onto the ice at a tournament in Belarus. With his initial shift, he became one of the few Jews to represent Germany in elite international sports since World War II, the first in ice hockey since the 1930s and perhaps the most visible to have had family members murdered in the Holocaust, according to sports historians and Jewish officials.
from Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy,
KHL President Medvedev is also the head of Russian natural gas giant Gazprom. He was in New York to attend the annual meeting with American shareholders as well as conduct other Gazprom business. But he still found time to have a meeting with the heads of the NHL [please note how he calls Bettman “Gary” without using his last name]. Right after the lunch was over Medvedev spoke exclusively with me…
“Yes, we held a meeting today with Gary [Bettman] and Bill Daly. I would like to point out that the meeting had a very friendly feel to it. It was also very constructive which indicates that both Leagues understand each other’s positions and views. It can only help the development of the game of hockey on both sides of the Atlantic. And even though we haven’t accomplished a lot yet, nevertheless we already have a few regulatory documents that govern the respect of each other’s contracts,” he said
Puck Daddy with the details…
from Joe Barton of ninemsn,
Teenage ice hockey star Nathan Walker appears destined to conquer a final frontier for Australians in American sport - the National Hockey League.
Following in the footsteps of Aussie trailblazers Luc Longley (NBA), Joe Quinn (Major League Baseball) and Colin Scotts (National Football League), Walker is in line to become the first Australian to be drafted into the NHL.
The 17-year-old from Sydney is considered the best talent to come out of Australia.
He has drawn attention from American scouts in the past 18 months while making a name for himself in senior ranks of the Czech Republic league, playing for HC Vitkovice Steel in Ostrava.
Recently rated the sixth best Czech-based prospect, he’s now a genuine chance to be picked up by an NHL club in the June draft.
continued and TSN did an interview with him at the Spengler Cup which you can watch below…
Mario Kempe of Djurgårdens IF with the celebration.
The opposing goalie is hot too, wonder if it because of the goal or celebration?
thanks to HockeyWebCaster for the video…
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Glen Metropolit does this every day, in the small, postcard-pretty lakeside city of Zug, Switzerland:
“First thing in the morning, I’ve got to check on the guys,” Metropolit said Sunday of his Internet routine. “Got to check out my team. I’m watching the boxscores, trying to check on my old linemate, Darchie, my buddy Hal. I’m glad Gorgie is back.”
Metropolit is speaking of the Canadiens, of course, and of former teammates Mathieu Darche, Hal Gill and Josh Gorges.
The Habs are Metropolit’s team, his sweater for 90 games from 2008-10. Montreal is home for his heart, no matter that he played on six other clubs between 1999-2010 during his 407-game National Hockey League career.
And Metropolit, the leading scorer in the Swiss National A League last season, hopes there might be a 408th NHL game in his future.
The 37-year-old centreman is in a strange place, as breathtaking as the scenery might be. EV Zug, the club with which he signed for a year and an option 14 months ago, has five imports; that’s one more than can be dressed for games.
Veteran forward J.P. Dumont, who had his contract bought out by the Nashville Predators this past June, has an agreement in place to join Bern of the Swiss Hockey League.
However, the deal doesn’t kick in until Tuesday, so he could still be signed by an NHL club between now and then
From Slava Malamud of Sport-Express via Twitter:
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