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from Mike Brophy of The Hockey News,
Some hockey thoughts from a scribe who wonders what the heck happened to the off-season:...
HALL OF VERY GOOD: Still trying to figure out why Rogatien Vachon was chosen to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. My recollection of him was he was a very good goalie, but not a great goalie proving once again, it’s not what you do, but who you know. The Hall of Fame is for great players; not very good players.
SHOULD-BE HALL OF FAMERS: Theoren Fleury, Steve Larmer, Rick Martin, Paul Kariya, Alexander Mogilny and (it pains me to say) Tom Barrasso
EVANDER KANE: Not saying he is guilty of anything, but when is Evander Kane going to grow up? This kid has superstar skill, but rank amateur decision making ability. He is only 24 years old so there is plenty of time to grow up, but you have to wonder how long teams will want to bother with him
YOUNG GUNS SCARING VETS: Spoke with a few veterans who will be participating in the World Cup and to a man they said they fear playing Team North America, the team made up of players 24 years old and younger. One player summed it up by saying, “We are in a no-win situation. We are supposed to beat them so if we do, it’s no big deal. If we lose it is an embarrassment.” Frankly, I wouldn’t take it that far, especially now that Matt Murray of the Penguins has served notice that he’s a legitimate NHL goalie.
Defenseman Slava Voynov will not play for Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly announced Monday the Russian Federation had accepted the NHL's "determination that Slava Voynov will remain ineligible to participate in the World Cup of Hockey 2016."
Voynov, who played four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, was suspended indefinitely by the NHL after his arrest on felony domestic violence charges Oct. 20, 2014. He entered a no-contest plea to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge and served a 90-day sentence. He opted to return to Russia in September 2015.
On May 27, he was one of the final players added to the Team Russia roster. Three days later, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Voynov could not play in the World Cup due to his NHL suspension.
"There has been no change in his status," Bettman said. "He's been suspended from the League and the Russian Federation was told that he was not eligible to play in the World Cup. What happens from that moving forward in terms of what somebody may try to do is a different story, but his status has not changed."
Barry Melrose, Steve Levy Top Commentator Team for ESPN’s World Cup of Hockey 2016 Telecasts; Brett Hull and Chris Chelios Join as Studio Analysts
· Levy & Melrose to Call All Team USA Games, Semifinals & Finals
· Hull, Chelios, John Saunders, John Buccigross & Adnan Virk the Studio Team
· Buccigross, Kevin Weekes to Cover Remaining Games
· Leah Hextall Ice-level Reporter
· Linda Cohn Feature Reporter
NHL studio analyst Barry Melrose, SportsCenter anchors Steve Levy and John Buccigross and former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes will call ESPN’s telecasts of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre from September 17 – October. A minimum of 16 games (17 if the final goes three) will be televised.
from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,
While other nations prepping for the World Cup had designs on building the most talented roster possible, Team USA GM Dean Lombardi had something different in mind: a team that could topple Canada from their spot atop the podium.
Lombardi’s roster decisions have been questioned since the day the team’s preliminary roster were released. The obvious choices, such as Patrick Kane, Joe Pavelski, Zach Parise, T.J. Oshie and Blake Wheeler, were named to the club, but among all the other talented, smooth-skating and sharp-shooting talent Lombardi had to choose from, some were surprised to see Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader on the preliminary roster. While not a knock against Abdelkader, a good player in his own right, he’s never been a top offensive star. But naming Abdelkader to the roster was just step one.
When the final rosters were announced, Lombardi added another skilled forward in James van Riemsdyk, but he was joined by power forward David Backes and in-your-face forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan. Meanwhile, left off the roster were stars such as Phil Kessel and Kyle Okposo and Tyler Johnson and…well, you get the point.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- Those few thousand people who were denied the opportunity to cry if they wanted to at the Game 7 viewing party in Tampa that was canceled by the NHL/NBC powers that be, they dramatically increase the ratings of this hopelessly and perennially penny-wise, pound-foolish operation by watching on their own screens, did they?
- Kris Letang’s omission from Team Canada was the biggest roster shock on Friday, though Jack Johnson’s inclusion on Team USA (coupled with Justin Faulk’s exclusion) wasn’t far behind.
- Wonder how much, if at all, Tyler Johnson’s struggle against Pittsburgh factored into his snub by Tortorella’s Yanks, who go into the tournament with Joe Pavelski the lone skill center; with David Backes, Ryan Kesler, Derek Stepan and Brandon Dubinsky (who could shift to wing) behind him?
Dubinsky-Kesler-Ryan Callahan matched against Crosby?
more topics including the evolution of Penguins' coach Mike Sullivan...
Team North America, Team USA and Team Canada rosters are below...
So far today, Team Russia, Team Czech Republic and Team Finland have been released.
You can view the rosters below...
from Paul Lysenko of SovSport (roughly translated),
Just about the relationship between the leagues. Meeting with NHL, why?
- Just a courtesy visit. In the last 22 years we have a good relationship with the NHL. No problem! Of course, it's a completely different world - the North American League with a huge budget. Sports there - the entertainment industry.
We are a little different. But the NHL has performed in the last five Olympics. In June, we will hold two rounds of talks with the league and the union about the trip NHL players in Pyeongchang and Beijing.
And we in the Old World must have a strong hockey. If there is fragmentation - KHL, Finns and Swedes, Central Europe, themselves Czechs and Slovaks - nothing good will come. Only the strong can compete with North America.
- The IOC does not want to give $ 10 million to fly NHL players and pay their insurance. For NHL is - a stumbling block. It is because of such a small amount goes wrong such an ambitious project?
- A little? - Laughs Fasel.
- This is one of Ovechkin salary per year.
- Try to take away the money Ovechkin. Let's see what he will tell you! - Jokes Kukushkin.
- $ 10 million general - a lot of money for the IIHF. Our annual budget - $ 45 million - says Fasel. - In the Olympic season it increases to $ 70 million in a typical year, we spend $ 21 million to organize tournaments among men and women of different ages.. You also need to include the state of the IIHF, to pay various expenses, invest in the development of hockey.
Personally we can not put a third of the budget to pay this amount. Of course, we are slightly disappointed by the decision of the IOC, which was previously paid insurance and relocation of NHL players. But they have a reason, and we must accept them. And my goal - in the negotiations to resolve this issue.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
The United States hasn't won the senior world championships tournament since 1933. The Americans have been more competitive in recent years, but that's because they have had passionate players perform at their best.
The Americans would be more competitive if they had more veterans saying '‘yes" to invitations to play. With the way the youngsters played in Moscow, if USA would have had one veteran defenseman, a scorer and one of its accomplished goalies, it could have competed for a gold medal.
Some players have legitimate reasons for not playing, especially those with expiring contracts or those with injuries. But too many decline because the world championships isn’t as important to them as the Olympics or World Cup.
Maybe it would help if USA Hockey asked members of American hockey’s greatest generation to recruit players. Chris Chelios, Bill Guerin, Mike Modano and Brian Leetch, among others, all had overwhelming pride in wearing a USA jersey.
But maybe the best chance USA Hockey has of receiving a higher participation rate from veteran will come from the pride the next generation of Americans seem to have.
from Andrew Podnicks of IIHF.com,
Canada has now defended its title from last year successfully, and in doing so replicated its win the last time the World Championship was held in Moscow in 2007 when the nation defeated Finland.
Matt Duchene added an empty-netter with 0.9 seconds remaining.
Cam Talbot was perfect in the Canadian goal, although he had to stop only 16 shots for the shutout victory.
With the win, two Canadians made history. Captain Corey Perry becomes the 27th member of the Triple Gold Club and McDavid becomes the youngest player in history to win the U18 gold, U20 gold, and World Championship gold.
It was a tactical and strategic game that lacked the end-to-end action both teams displayed throughout the tournament, but Canada was intent on doing the things it failed to do in the round robin when the Finns won in convincing 4-0 fashion.
Canada controlled much of the first period and came away with the only goal, but just barely. The play started and ended with 19-year-old McDavid. He coiled in his own zone and then spun up ice at a terrific pace, dropping the puck to Matt Duchene just inside the blue line.
Below, watch the game winning goal from McDavid...
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