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Investigators will conduct a new probe into the death last October of Russian hockey star Alexei Cherepanov, an investigative committee spokesman said on Monday.
Cherepanov, considered one of Russian hockey’s most promising stars, collapsed and later died on October 13 after playing for the Omsk Avangard club at a match in the Moscow Region. He was 19.
“The file has been returned to investigators in the Omsk Region for additional checks,” Vladimir Markin said, adding that the investigation should include another look at the player’s myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.
Cherepanov was found to have suffered from chronic myocarditis, which meant he should not have been playing sport.
The investigators earlier said the paramedics, who arrived 12 minutes after the emergency call and had a defibrillator with a low battery, had incorrectly pronounced his “natural death.”
from Diane Armstrong of the Timmins Times,
At one point in his career, Danny was known as the “Half Dressed NY Ranger”. Then 23 years old, he was called up to the Rangers to make his NHL debut. After his first four games, he had scored two goals as a rookie. Game five was at Madison Square Gardens. Just as he finished dressing up, Alf Pike, the Ranger’s coach, told him to take off his equipment as he wouldn’t be playing. Off came the jersey, pads, pants & skates and back on went his dress shoes, suit, shirt and tie. Then Pike returned and said “Put your equipment back on,” so Dan put on all his gear. The scene was repeated with another change of clothes. Danny was just finishing for the third time when Pike came back and said “You might not be playing after all, so get half dressed.”
I did tell you that Danny had an impish sense of humour. He donned his skates, socks, pads and hockey pants. Above the waist he wore a white shirt, tie and suit jacket. When Pike returned, Danny said, “I’m half dressed coach, and ready to go either way.”
Alf Pike was not amused. Danny never played another shift in the NHL.
more on Dan Belisle including his appearance in Slap Shot…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
What’s the frequency, Slats? What’s the plan when an Ales Kotalik is signed for three years at $3 million per rather than leaving a spot open for one of the young guys the organization always seems to be touting? What’s the plan when Lauri Korpikoski is traded away after one season for a project named Enver Lisin? What’s the plan when a third-round draft pick is traded for a fourth-line center named Brian Boyle?
The NHL’s statistically-best penalty-kill unit of Blair Betts and Fred Sjostrom was not invited back. The critical power-play deficiency at the point has not been addressed. There is no bona fide first-line center. There is no bona fide No. 1 defenseman. There is no cap room.
There is also no Nikolai Zherdev. Credit Sather for getting one right.
from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,
Before lacing up his skates, Avery talked about his newest teammates, his coach and the upcoming season:
On Donald Brashear: “I know he’s a scary dude…I’ve never fought him; I’ve never been dumb enough to do that… It’s always good to have a presence physically on the team, whether it’s a guy on the back or a guy upfront, I think it’s something that’s important, and as much as people say it’s not a part of the game, it is
It’s too bad arbitration hearings are kept private. When it came time to make their case, you can bet the Rangers were quite frank in assessing Zherdev’s weaknesses. The hearing probably had all the charm and good will of a divorce court.
Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall when a guy like Rangers’ general manager Glen Sather tells a guy like Zherdev what he really thinks?
-Jamie Fitzpatrick of Jamie’s Hockey Blog at About. Read more from Jamie about this arbitration case…
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has exercised its right to walk away from the arbitrator’s award to Nikolai Zherdev, thereby allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.
“With the additions we’ve been able to make this summer, we feel we’ve been able to add scoring and offense from the wing position,” stated Sather. “Following the arbitration process and subsequent award given, we feel it is in our best interest to walk away and continue to explore all available options to improve our roster.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
For any fans thinking that Nikolai Zherdev might be a fit with the Edmonton Oilers because the New York Rangers don’t want him, forget it.
He’s a square peg in a round hole.
While Zherdev might be intriguing on the wing because the Oilers have pulled out of the Dany Heatley trade with the Ottawa Senators, sources say Edmonton Oilers associate coach Tom Renney hasn’t enthusiastically gone to bat for the enigmatic Ukrainian-born forward.
Renney is a players’ coach, but his patience was stretched on Zherdev, a 24-year-old former first-round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, when Renney was the Rangers head coach.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Glen Sather is taking all of his allotted 48-hour time period to announce whether he is accepting or renouncing Nikolai Zherdev’s $3.9 million arbitration award.
But when the Rangers general manager makes the call this morning to cut bait, and he will, it won’t be so much the Rangers walking away from Zherdev as the winger successfully having plotted his own path to unrestricted free agency and an exit from New York.
Zherdev could have rejected the Rangers’ $3.25 million qualifier and signed in Russia. Had he done that though, the Blueshirts still would have owned his NHL rights for one more season. He could have accepted the qualifying offer, and become eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.
from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,
That’s the word in hockey circles in Toronto, where rumors bounce up and around in a major media echo chamber. Rangers are not confirming anything, not even whether a decision on whether to sign or reject the right winger’s $3.9-million arbitration award is coming today.
Do the whispers make sense?
Perhaps. Leafs czar Brian Burke needs scoring and has an excess of defensemen. Zherdev can put up 25-plus on the first line. although the press scrutiny will be intense.
Part 2 of an interview with John Tortorella…
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
This is John’s team and he has an obligation to mold it, not only in his image and philosophy but also with the players he believes will best serve the Rangers interests.
Tortorella is emphasizing what the Canadiens called Firewagon Hockey, when Montreal won five-straight Stanley Cups between 1956 and 1960. He wants speed and more speed; along with as much youth as possible. Betts apparently does not fill that bill, admirable as his defensive skills may be.
In a nutshell, Orr has won a ridiculously high and long contract from the Maple Leafs simply because GM Brian Burke is building a behemoth roster. Brashear is a better fighter than Orr and skates faster. There was no way Glen Sather should have paid crazy bucks for Orr nor a long-term deal befitting a Sid Crosby.
As for Tortorella, he was typically candid about each of the trio, showing a sincere appreciation for the contributions of Betts and Orr while explaining the importance of the Brashear import.
“I really liked Bettsy,” said Torts. “He was really good for us on the penalty-kill and on face-offs.”
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