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Rob Niedermayer Will Play In Switzerland Next Year

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Rob Niedermayer leaving NHL. Signs with Lugano, Switzerland.

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Afternoon Line

The KHL released a statement yesterday about their interest in expanding to Italy.  Today, some words from the man behind it, Alexander Medvedev:

“Here ice hockey is tradition too and the sport - a mixture of speed, guile and imagination – resembles the Italian character. The expansion of the League is irreversible, the result of a geopolitical project, and it will bring in fans from all over Europe. In Saint Petersburg for example, where there is also the football club Zenith managed by Luciano Spalletti, a public survey revealed that 98% of female fans preferred a hockey player’s image over a footballer’s. That could happen in Italy too. I am very happy that the Federation is here today and I hope that this initiative can help the movement grow up from its roots. So, see you again in April, when we’ll launch the project.”

Hard to know if he’s marketing a hockey team or a new boy band. Regardless, we’ve heard from a few Italian hockey fans who say they’re pretty excited about the KHL’s expansion.

You can read more here.

*thanks to a KK reader for the tip

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  Tags: alexander+medvedev, khl

Curtis Joseph Named Goaltender Coach For The Kingston Frontenacs

from Doug Graham of the Whig-Standard,

The Kingston Frontenacs are bringing in a one-two goaltending coaching tandem with a familiar National Hockey League ring.

Curtis Joseph, who retired in 2010 after amassing 454 victories, the fourth most in NHL history, has been hired by general manager Doug Gilmour.

Coming with the man dubbed Cujo, whose goals-against average in his four seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, is David Franco, who has coached goaltenders for more than 20 years.

“This is a chance to add two very respect-e d quality individuals and coaches to our hockey staff. They will be great additions,” general manager Doug Gilmour said in a statement.

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  Tags: curtis+joseph, kingston+frontenacs

KHL Hoping for Italian Expansion

via KHL press release:

On June 22nd, a press conference featuring Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) President Alexander Medvedev, Hockey Club Milano Rossoblu President Ico Migliore and Italian national ice hockey federation (FISG) President Giancarlo Bolognini took place in Milan.

During the press conference a general outline of the partnership between the KHL and the hockey club from Milan – a city whose teams have won the Italian national championship 27 times – was presented.  Ico Migliore and Giancarlo Bolognini then shared their thoughts on development of Italian hockey due to HC Milano Rossoblu possibly joining the KHL in the future.

Additionally, Alexander Medvedev introduced different aspects of the League’s activities to the local media representatives in attendance, as well as shared the criteria necessary for new teams to join the KHL and presented an overview of the League’s vision for expansion.

“Here ice hockey is tradition too and the sport - a mixture of speed, guile and imagination – resembles the Italian character. The expansion of the League is irreversible, the result of a geopolitical project, and it will bring in fans from all over Europe,” said Medvedev.  “I am very happy that the Federation is here today and I hope that this initiative can help the movement grow up from its roots. So, see you again in April, when we’ll launch the project.”

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  Tags: italy, khl

Michigan vs. OSU In An Outdoor Hockey Game

The AP reports talks are ongoing for a game at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Read the AP report at the Detroit News.

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NCAA Goalie Winning The Stanley Cup Does Not Happen Very Often

from Bob Snow at NHL.com,

Since the NCAA began crowning a national champion in 1948, there are only three goalies from the college ranks that have played the primary role in their team claiming the Stanley Cup.
 
Now, Tim Thomas, the former University of Vermont star, is hoping to add his name to that elite list. To do so, he will have to win one more game in the 2010-11 season—Wednesday’s Game 7 in Vancouver.
 
Ken Dryden, Ed Belfour, and Mike Richter have already accomplished this rare feat.

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Olympics Will Stay On NBC

AP reporting NBC won the bidding for four more games.

Read about it at MSNBC.

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How The Draft Process Has Changed

from the CP at Sportsnet,

The rigorous trip through a battery of tests at the NHL’s scouting combine is only the beginning for some of the top prospects in the upcoming draft.

After spending three hours getting poked and prodded under the watchful eye of central scouting, a number of them will embark on a mini-tour of NHL cities for meetings and workouts with individual teams. It’s a somewhat controversial practice and the Ottawa Senators are at the forefront after taking the unprecedented step of inviting media to attend workouts they will conduct with six prospects Monday and Tuesday.

The players themselves seem to view the visits as something that gets them one step closer to realizing their dream.

“It’s an honour and it’s fun to have that kind of attention,” Swedish centre Mika Zibanejad said Friday at the scouting combine. “If they want to bring you to Ottawa, they’re interested. There wasn’t too much to think about (when I was asked).”

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Stanley Cup or Olympic Gold?

From Andrew Podnieks at the New York Times’ Slapshot:

In truth, comparing the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Olympics tournament is like comparing apples and oranges, but it’s worth a shot anyway.

Time. The playoffs are two months of hell. Vancouver or Boston could play 25 games in the postseason before it wins the Cup, and this after 82 regular-season games and more in the preseason. These are the most intense, physical games a player can subject himself to. The Olympics lasts about two weeks and features, at most, seven games these days. Indeed, this is one of the defining differences between the events.

Skill. Let’s face it: the Olympics blows the Cup out of the water for quality of content. Any chance Aaron Rome, Tanner Glass or Johnny Boychuk will be in Sochi? Sorry, boys, but no. To get to the Olympics, you have to be one of the 20 best players in your country, and that is a quality that takes 20 years of training to accomplish. You can win a Cup simply by being a trade deadline acquisition, a summer free agent signing or a postseason call-up from the minors.

read on for more comparisons

P.S. More on this topic from Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy today, as well

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  Tags: olympics, stanley+cup+finals

Russia Needs A New Coach

from IIHF.com,

The Russian Hockey Federation has announced the release of national team head coach Vyacheslav Bykov and assistant coach Igor Zakharkin. A new coaching staff will be named later.

The Executive Committee of the Russian Hockey Federation met on Thursday morning and the first item on the agenda was the report of national team head coach Vyacheslav Bykov about the preparation for and the performance at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

The committee concluded that the performance at the 75th IIHF World Championship was not satisfactory and decided to terminate the contracts of Bykov and the assistant coach Zakharkin. All 17 committee members voted in favour of the release according to media reports.

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