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from the Edmonton Journal,
The axe fell in Phoenix not long after Barry Smith high-tailed it off the continent….
So why not hang around and help if things look so rosy?
“I wanted to run my own program. I’d gone with Scotty Bowman (in Detroit) for a long time and it was a tremendous experience,” said Smith. “I had the chance to work with Wayne for two seasons and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. He’s got to be the coach. He’s got to have the chance of doing more on his own.
“I want to do more of my own as well. It wasn’t as if we had different philosophies. I love the guy. I needed a chance to try my way.”
more on Smith and the World Championships…
I have been trying to avoid this topic, but time to chime in…
Hockey Canada officials will be summoned by a parliamentary committee in Ottawa to explain why they chose Shane Doan as Team Canada captain at a world hockey tournament in Russia.
At issue is a derogatory remark Doan allegedly made toward a French-Canadian linesman during a game in December 2005.
Living in the US, I have witnessed enough politicians getting involved in issues like this and I have always questioned their motive.
Aren’t there other topics they should really be concerned about?
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Having failed in their bid to extort great sums of money from NHL teams with the emergence of phenoms Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, it appears Russian hockey czars are prepared to come in from the cold and sign a transfer agreement with their international colleagues, ESPN.com has learned.
thanks to a KK member for the tip in the KK Forums...
From the AP,
Canada’s Shea Weber was suspended Sunday for three games at the Hockey World Championship for hitting German forward Yannic Seidenberg in the head a day earlier.
“A three-game suspension in a tournament like this is awfully tough,” Canadian head coach Andy Murray said. “It’s the equivalent of a 40-game suspension back in the National Hockey League based on the number of games we’re playing here — but that’s what they decided and that’s what we’ll deal with.”
The Nashville Predators defenceman was ejected just 1:19 into Saturday’s Group C game, after forcefully elbowing Seidenberg in the chin as came through centre ice with his head down.
From AP via IHT,
Dallas Stars left winger Ladislav Nagy will not play for Slovakia at the world ice hockey championship in Russia because of a hip injury.
The 27-year-old Nagy, who scored 12 goals and had 43 assists this season, was ruled out with a hip joint injury, Slovakia’s ice hockey federation said Thursday in a statement.
from the Moscow Times,
It’s been 14 years since the Russian national team last won the World Ice Hockey Championship, but with Moscow hosting this year’s tournament there will never be a better time to end the drought.
For Russian fans, a championship would be especially sweet in a tournament the Soviet Union virtually owned for three decades.
From 1954, when it first took part, through to the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Soviets won 22 gold, seven silver and five bronze medals, failing to finish in the top 3 just once.
The international hockey scene has changed a lot since then, however, and Russia hasn’t been able to dominate the way the Soviet Union once did.
from Darren Dreger at TSN,
When it comes to Mike Keenan, the hockey world has learned to expect the unexpected.
With that in mind, Keenan is about to add a new chapter to his storied career by returning to hockey management, but not with a National Hockey League team, at least not for the moment.
Keenan, most recently a hockey analyst with TSN, has accepted the position of Senior Advisor to the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation.
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The hockey season will go on for some Pittsburgh Penguins.
Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Sergei Gonchar will represent their countries at the IIHF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, at the end of the month.
Malkin and Gonchar will represent the home country, which opens play April 27 against Denmark.
continued... no mention of Crosby…
update 1:54pm, from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The NHL’s Art Ross Trophy winner will not defend his World Championship scoring title for Team Canada at this year’s tournament in Moscow.
Crosby will sit out the tournament to let a broken bone in his left foot heal.
“It would have been a huge thrill for me to play for Team Canada again, especially in Moscow, which is a place I’ve always wanted to play,” he said.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
The federal Liberals want the Conservative government to push for a lineup change to Team Canada at the upcoming world hockey championship because of ethnic slurs that were allegedly made by a player toward a francophone referee more than a year ago.
The allegations, which sparked two lawsuits, revolve around an incident at a December 2005 NHL game involving Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan and a francophone linesman. An NHL investigation absolved Mr. Doan of any wrongdoing.
from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Sidney Crosby’s NHL season is over, one in which he asserted himself as the league’s No. 1 drawing card and, quite probably, it’s most valuable player.
Most impressively, there really wasn’t a mis-step along the way. The Kid comports himself with class at every turn, even when being baited by Don Cherry or the fans of Montreal.
Now, with his sophomore season in the bag, Crosby faces a tricky decision.
Should he join Team Canada for the upcoming world championships in Moscow?
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