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from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,
K.H.L. president Alexander Medvedev struck a conciliatory tone toward the N.H.L. in an article in the Russian daily Sport-Express on Saturday, but he seemed to be speaking before Friday afternoon’s revelation that the N.H.L. is disputing the signing of Detroit free agent Jiri Hudler by Dinamo Moscow.
In the same Saturday issue of Sport-Express, Hudler explained the main reason why he left Detroit for Moscow. “At Dinamo,” the 25-year-old Czech forward said, “I’ll get something that I was not getting with the Red Wings: a lot of playing time and the opportunity to become a leader.”
Thanks to a KK friend Roman for the translation of Hudler’s press conference…
In Detroit there is wasn’t place for me and I didn’t want to go to another club. So i didn’t ask for a trade. Then came Dynamo with their offer.
I started thinking about it and decided to go to Russia. It was tough but this is not a question of life or death. It is only hockey.
The KHL is good league. I should be one of the key players so it could help me in my career. I don’t think I will close the door to NHL. I am young and there are still 13 years until the end of my career. I want my career to be more colorful.
Hudler did say it is the most lucrative contract of his career and in two years he could return to the NHL.
He also said many people will question the move and he thought about it too before deciding to sign with Dynamo Moscow.
On a side note, Dynamo contacted him two years ago about joining them and he said he could not leave Detroit without winning the Stanley Cup.
note: you can follow this story in a previous KK post from this morning.
added 2:38pm, via George Malik of SnapShots at Mlive,
Hudler did tell CTK that he informed Mike Babcock and several teammates of his decision, but he also stated that he still wants his North American agent, Petr Svoboda, to take the Wings to arbitration.
from Dmitry Chesnokov at the Washington Examiner,
...Furthermore, my sources in Russia are telling me that they spoke with Kovalev last Thursday and were told that there was nothing certain about Kovalev’s future in the NHL.
No one knows where Kovalev will end up. Russia’s Sovetsky Sport is reporting that Alexei is in Kazan right now where he holds his annual master-class events for young hockey players. The only thing Kovalev did confirm was that he had not signed with any team yet.
There are also rumblings in Russia that Kovalev might end up coming to play in the KHL. It is very much possible after earlier moves made by Viktor Kozlov and Sergei Fedorov.
Moreover, the Capitals have already signed a veteran right wing—Mike Knuble from the Philadelphia Flyers. Signing Kovalev might not be something they want to do, considering that the real problem for the Capitals is in defense.
more on if Kovalev is a fit in Washington…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
One of the most curious invitees for the Canadian Olympic orientation camp is a player who doesn’t even know if he’s going to put on the blades at all this year: Joe Sakic.
But it is a measure of the respect for Sakic’s pedigree, and the integrity of Canadian Olympic executive director Steve Yzerman and Hockey Canada, that the veteran forward was extended an invitation, even though a decision on whether he will retire or not has not yet been made public.
Yzerman said he recently called Sakic and, without prying about his decision, told him he wanted Sakic at camp.
continued (story is in the left sidebar), the featured story is about the players selected to the Team Canada Orientation Camp.
Follow the link to Hockey Canada for the roster. 46 players have been invited.
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced on Thursday the roster of 46 players that will attend Canada’s National Men’s Team orientation camp from August 24-27 in Calgary.
These 46 players have been identified as candidates for upcoming international events in the 2009-10 season: the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 2010 IIHF World Championship.
The camp roster includes five goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 25 forwards. The list of players includes 40 players with senior international experience, either at the Olympics, IIHF World Championship or World Cup of Hockey/Canada Cup, while 36 of the 46 players played for either the National Junior Team or National Men’s Under-18 Team.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced that 34 players, representing 22 National Hockey League teams, have been invited to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp from Aug. 17-19, at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Ill.
Of the 34 players invited to the camp, five have previous Olympic experience, led by three-time Olympian Mike Modano (Livonia, Mich./Dallas Stars/1998, 2002, 2006). Additional Olympians include Chris Drury (Trumbull, Conn./New York Rangers/2002, 2006), Brian Rafalski (Dearborn, Mich./Detroit Red Wings/2002, 2006), Scott Gomez (Anchorage, Alaska/New York Rangers/2006) and Jamie Langenbrunner (Cloquet, Minn./New Jersey Devils/1998).
via Peter Adler at The Cult Of Hockey,
Alexander Radulov, despite approaches from Nashville and other NHL clubs, has decided to stay at Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Here’s his quote (verbatim translation) from the Sport-Express: “I’m on a two-year contract, and even though I got some offers from the NHL, Ufa helped me last year, and I wouldn’t want to betray them”.
YES! Of course, he was under a valid contract with Nashville last year, and still left them for Ufa.
from Mike Toth of Sportsnet,
Suck up to Sid the Kid, the same guy who ruined the Red Wings dream of winning back-to-back Stanleys.
Running the risk of being labeled a “homer” by naming Chris Osgood to Team Canada, and incurring Ozzie’s wrath if he doesn’t.
Convincing the Red Wings huge European brigade that he still loves them, even though he’ll go to war against them in Vancouver.
And, oh yeah; trying to make sure that an older Detroit team doesn’t get sick and tired of the same old message.
We place a lot of importance on veteran leadership, and he’s such a strong character guy. Having this conversation with Joe at one point before, he doesn’t want to be there just for what he’s done in the past. He wants to be there because he deserves it, and that’s my feeling. But even if he decides to take more time this summer to decide, I’d still like to extend an invitation to him.”
-Steve Yzerman speaking about Joe Sakic and Team Canada. More on Sakic from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
He’s used to coaching teams wearing red and white, and Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was officially installed as coach for Team Canada’s entry in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman made the announcement Thursday, stealing some of the spotlight from the festivities surround the NHL’s entry draft….
One of Canada’s challenges will be shutting down the top stars from other countries. Some of those stars – Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk, and Sweden’s Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom – play for Babcock’s Wings.
“Nobody knows them better,” Wings GM Ken Holland said of Babcock.
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