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from CTV Olympics,
“If it’s my choice, of course I would play,” said Daniel Alfredsson who won gold with Sweden in 2006 in Turin. “I don’t know if I would go as far as saying I would play regardless but I think there’s a lot of factors that come into it. The NHL pays our salaries, they’re a big part of it.”
“Obviously for every hockey player the Olympics is a dream, especially if it’s held in your country.”
“I don’t know,” said Jason Blake, a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team. “Obviously that’s their decision at the end of the day. Obviously I got to go and I enjoyed it but at the end of the day, it’s the NHL’s decision.”
The 2010 Olympics have stirred up much national pride. (Ron) Wilson believes a few Canadian players in the NHL would opt to leave their team and play for their country in Vancouver if the NHL were not part of the Games.
“If the NHL said,‘this year no NHL player involvement’, then there would have been a few NHL players who would decide to play in the Olympics.”
from Tony Care of CBC Sports,
CBCSports.ca: The competition for the No. 1 goaltender spot will no doubt be the toughest decision for Babcock and his staff. With Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur expected to battle for the lead position, will strong play in the months leading up to the Games be the determining factor?
Yzerman: I’ll obviously have some input, but at the end of the day, the coaches will decide who starts in goal for us. I think for that position it’s very important that we have guys coming in tournament that are on top of their game. The position doesn’t allow a player to find time to get his game in shape. Our depth is outstanding. [Carolina goaltender] Cam Ward won a [world championship] gold medal and a Stanley Cup. In the last two years, [Pittsburgh netminder] Marc-André Fleury has gone to the finals and won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN Rob Niedermayer is in negotiations with the KHL’s (CSKA) Moscow Red Army and failing an NHL team surfacing with a suitable offer within the next few days, the veteran forward will sign a one year contract to play in Russia.
Sources say Niedermayer has received some interest from NHL teams, but none of the offers have been considered financially worthy.
Now Peter Adler at the Edmonton Journal reports…
According to an early August RDS.ca report, Zherdev was expected to sign with Salavat Yulayev Ufa, a team that also employs former NHL players such as Alexander Perezhogin and Alexander Radulov.
While Ufa is at the moment considered one of the richest, if not the richest, teams in the KHL, Zherdev went to Atlant, instead. According to team spokesman Gennadi Nabatov, Zherdev will be the best-paid player on the team.
How much would that be precisely? Or in the neighbourhood of what amount? Anywhere near the amount Zherdev wanted from the Rangers?
“None of your business, actually,” said Nabatov, obviously upset his statement had led to this line of questioning in the first place.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
Talk about going from a BIG SPLASH to a drop-in-the-bucket, how about our old buddy, Jaromir Jagr, formerly the toast of Broadway. A year ago Jags detonated roaring headlines by emigrating to Russia. Now there’s hardly a whisper about JJ. Let’s not forget that Jaromir – same as Sean Avery – could have remained a Ranger. There was a reasonable deal there for him to return, but he chose to chase pucks in Putinville. It says here that he regrets the move – deeply!
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from CTV Olympics,
Dominik Hasek and Jaromir Jagr headline the list of 60 players under consideration for the Czech Republic’s 2010 Olympic men’s hockey team.
Hasek, who came out of retirement this month, is one of eight goaltenders who will compete for a spot on the team. Florida Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun, who beat Russia in the bronze medal game in 2006, is likely the leading candidate for the starting role.
The 44-year-old Hasek, who retired from the Detroit Red Wins in 2008, is making a comeback with Pardubice in the Czech Extraliga this year. In the season opening game, he stopped 33 of 34 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss.
from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,
Good for Alex Ovechkin. He spoke from his heart yesterday about his desire to play in the Olympic Games in 2014 in his homeland. He is the two-time reigning MVP. He speaks with passion and he cares deeply about the game and his country…
Several folks have written to me about Alex’s comments. My response is simple. We love and respect Alex Ovechkin. He does everything with passion. He loves the game. He loves our team and our city and he is all about winning a Stanley Cup. We have his back and we will work together to do what is in the best interest of the game, the NHL and our team.
from the CP via TSN,
An IIHF investigation revealed that although Hudler’s agent had filed for salary arbitration with Detroit on his client’s behalf, Hudler never actually signed the filing notice himself.
This made the filing invalid, the IIHF ruled, allowing Hudler to sign with Dynamo Moscow.
The governing body also ruled that USA Hockey did not submit its appeal “within the formal deadlines provided by the IIHF.” USA Hockey now has seven days to appeal Wednesday’s decision.
Maybe Hudler was just to darned busy to sign the filing notice…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
More than four years removed from the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014, the battle lines have already been drawn by one of the NHL’s biggest stars regarding NHL participation.
Two-time Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin told ESPN.com during an interview here Wednesday that he will risk suspension and play for his country regardless of whether the NHL is formally involved or not.
“Nobody can say to me you can’t play for your country in the Olympic Games,” Ovechkin said.
from Joe Haggerty of the Big Bad Blog at WEEI,
Savard was the B’s leading scorer with 25 goals and 63 assists last season, and has blossomed into an All-Star player under coach Claude Julien. Entering the final year of his $5 million per year deal with a great deal of financial uncertainty in the NHL’s future, Savard isn’t bothered by the unknown and is simply focused on driving the B’s toward a Stanley Cup….
“It’s a great city and I’ve enjoyed my time here so far,” said Savard, from the Bruins Foundation’s annual golf tournament at The International in Bolton, MA. “It’s a place that I’d like to finish if the chance comes and I’m excited to get the season going. Things keep getting better and our team keeps getting better, so that only helps everybody when that happens. I want to stay here. This is a place I love. I love the people. I love the fans. This is where I want to be.
“I’m not worried about the contract at all. (Peter and I) have a good relationship. Ever since I came to Boston I’ve given everything I had and if things work out well — and I think they will — then I’m going to be here for a long, long time.”
Savard was also visibly peeved when asked about getting snubbed by Hockey Canada when team officials announced the lineup for their Olympic Team Orientation Camp this summer.
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