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IIHF Agreement Close

form Reuters via the Guardian Unlimited,

MOSCOW, May 4 (Reuters) - Russia is expected to reluctantly sign a new transfer agreement brokered by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the NHL on Saturday, ending a two-year boycott that threatened to throw the sport into chaos.
Representatives of the NHL, NHL Players’ Association, the IIHF and the seven top European player-producing nations will meet at a downtown Moscow hotel to the hammer out the final details of a pact that will reportedly pay European clubs $200,000 for every player signed by an NHL team.
According to reports, the 30 NHL clubs will contribute $10-$12 million annually to a transfer pool that will be administered by the IIHF.

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Address The Real Issues

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

If these politicians really believe they have a right to question whether Doan is suitable to be captain of Team Canada at the current world championships, then they should have had their noses in there when Wayne Gretzky was putting Bertuzzi on Team Canada just months after pleading guilty to assaulting Moore, and they should be far more involved in other hockey matters of importance in the country, like violence, appropriate ages for bodychecking, skill development and abuse of referees.
Otherwise, they look like politicos cherry-picking issues that might sell a little bit on the home front. Which is, of course, what they are.

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Washington Capitals Go International

imageFrom the Washington Capitals today,

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will send four reporters to Moscow to offer hockey fans unprecedented coverage of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship. The Capitals have partnered with Clearspring Technologies to deliver audio, video and written content to WashingtonCaps.com, Caps fans and local, national and international media outlets.
“I am proud that we are able to bring coverage of this prestigious tournament to our fans on WashingtonCaps.com and others around the world,” Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis said.

You can follow their IIHF coverage here on the Caps’ website

 

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The First Week In Russia

from the CP via the Sporting News,

The NHL players are used to feasting like kings, but the buffet at the team’s hotel during its first week in Moscow offered up a menu more fit for a peasant.
Nick Schultz (Minnesota Wild) saw more than his share of “mystery meat.” Dan Hamhuis (Nashville Predators) wondered if the pasta was meant to be served without sauce.

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Why Barry Smith Left Phoenix

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…

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Going A Bit Too Far

I have been trying to avoid this topic, but time to chime in…

from CTV,

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.

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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?

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Russia Ready To Sign Transfer Agreement

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.

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Weber Suspended at World Championships

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.

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No Nagy for World Championships

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.

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Russia Wants To Win

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.

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