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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.
It was only the other day that I realized The Hockey News had Jamie McLennan blogging, and then I didn’t get around to reading his posts until today. (Which was quite foolish of me—the guy’s hilarious.) Here’s a sample from his most recent post, talking about his first round playoff experience in Seoul, Korea:
It was a chance for me to visit another country on my world tour and also an opportunity to see if yet another country’s immigration department would challenge the validity of Tyson Nash’s documents.
Although listed in his papers as somewhat human and standing just barely inches above an average countertop, Tyson’s appearance raised some red flags. The Koreans immediately took issue with our team’s approach of transporting him in his custom-made cage with an automatic feeder.
With the cage dimensions being equal to that of a golf bag, the only real issue was why his mouth guard, very badly decayed and barely recognizable, was traveling in a separate case.
From Jeff Z. Klein at Slap Shot (NYT),
Why does the NHL persist with its broken standings system, whose guaranteed-point scheme encourages teams to play for regulation ties and has triggered an epidemic of third-period sleepwalks? Well, for one thing, it keeps the standings close and the playoff races tight. … Or does it?
Starting today we present the standings as they appear under the NHL’s current system (designated as N below) and as they would appear under the European system (E, or 3 for a regulation win, 2 for an OT or shootout win, 1 for an OT/SO loss, and 0 for a regulation loss) and under the Slovak Extraliga system (S, or 3 for a regulation win, 2 for an OT/SO win, 0 for any kind of loss).
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