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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
It was the second practice for Team Canada when Pat Burns was out on the ice barking at the players.
Barking. Like only Pat Burns can bark.
If you weren’t sure what it was going to be like with the survivor of four years of cancer treatment joining Ken Hitchcock’s team as an associate coach, the answer was pretty much obvious right then and there.
“At the first practice he was barking at us,” laughed Hitchock of Burns shouting at himself and his other two coaches, Craig MacTavish and Mike Johnston.
“When a guy has been out of the game for four years, you think you’ll sort of ease him in. That lasted one day.”
from Capitals Insider,
I’m hearing that Ovechkin and Semin joined Team Russia last night, but Ovechkin is still waiting for insurance on his 13-year, $124 million contract. Insurance for Ovechkin’s contract might cost the Russian Hockey Federation as much as $800,000. The Russians have said they will pay, but Ovechkin is contractually prohibited from going on the ice until coverage is in place.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
In addition to Ovechkin, the list includes Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Semin, Maxim Afinogenov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Denis Grebeshkov, Dmitri Kalinin and Alexander Radulov.
Kovalchuk, Afinogenov, Kalinin and Grebeshkov were on the ice against the Swiss last night.
The Russians who weren’t dressed, according to a Hockey Canada observer at the game, were “enjoying hot dogs and poutine in the stands.”
from Sun Media,
Sun Media has learned defenceman Dion Phaneuf has turned down an invite to play at the tournament.
A spot was being held for him, and will likely be filled by Washington’s Mike Green or Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators.
Forwards Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay and Matthew Lombardi were all candidates, but all their wives are pregnant. Team Canada has filled 14 forward positions.
Phaneuf apparently wants to heal from the physical first-round playoff series with the San Jose Sharks that ended Tuesday.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Surprisingly, Brodeur yesterday said he’s turning down the chance to play for Team Canada in the World Championship in Quebec next month. He indicated that the five-game, first-round playoff loss to the Rangers New York Rangers sapped his desire to play right now.
Brodeur said it was “The circus with the Rangers,” and especially, “You Know Who,” who made him look “tired mentally,” as coach Brent Sutter put it.
The United States defeated Canada 4-3 on Saturday to win the gold medal at the women’s world hockey championship in Harbin, China.
Jenny Potter scored a pair of power-play goals while Natalie Darwitz added two more at even strength to pace the United States to its second gold medal in tournament history.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Pat Burns is returning to the bench.
The former NHL head coach will serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada at next month’s world hockey championship in Halifax and Quebec City.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Take that, Uncle Sam.
With the naming today of Kelowna defenceman Tyler Myers to Canada’s U-18 team, Hockey Canada is reversing the trend that has seen various editions of Team USA scoop dual citizens out of Canada’s hockey backyard.
Myers was born in Texas but moved to Alberta when he was 10 years old. He played his minor hockey in Calgary, attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Sask., and has now just completed two full seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Every time I hear Steve Yzerman talk, I’m more and more convinced that he will be the general manager of Canada’s men’s Olympic team sometime soon, maybe even as early as 2010 in Vancouver. I’m trying to put my finger on the quality that comes through when he speaks and I’ve concluded that it’s because, in an era of non-answers, where people in position of authority can talk at great lengths without actually saying much at all, Yzerman represents the polar opposite.
from the St. Peterburg Times,
Tortorella said, and Thrashers general manager Don Waddell confirmed, it took a commitment from USA Hockey to supply young players that are “ready to win” to seal the deal.
“We need to look by the old school,” Tortorella said. “We want players to go over there and want to play, not look at it as a chance for a vacation and then play some hockey.”
Tortorella stressed, “This isn’t a criticism of anybody else. It’s just something I believe in. You play to win. It’s a great situation in the changing of the guard.”
from Lightning Strikes,
Lightning coach John Tortorella has been chosen by USA Hockey to coach in this year’s World Championships in Canada. Word is he is bringing associate coach Mike Sullivan with him….
Imagine the scene if the United States knocks Russia out of the semifinals. Torts at his postgame press conference. “It looks good on ‘em,’’ he will say. “I never liked that organization.’‘
Those of you who recall his statements after the recent Panthers game will get that. For the rest: it’s a joke.
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