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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
No matter the kaleidoscopic jersey, Metropolit is having a blast in Switzerland on his 16th professional team, having signed on for two years.
He’s earning probably half the face value of last season’s $1-million Canadiens salary, but consider: not a euro of his pay is going into escrow, two of his three children are enrolled without cost in a prestigious English-language international school, he and his wife, Michlyn, are driving new BMWs provided for free, parking them in the driveway of a comfortable rent-free condo, and he pays no taxes.
“What a decision I made, coming here. I’m glad I didn’t stick around in North America and wait,” Metropolit said. “It’s the best choice I’ve probably made in my life.
“It’s caught me by surprise, what guys are signing for over there,” he added, watching from afar as the NHL’s dwindling pool of free agents agrees to salary-cap-squeezed contracts.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
You go to an NHL rookie camp game and you really wonder, my goodness, what’s next?
A pre-combine before the main scouting combine? A best-of-seven Winter Classic series? Fully televised meetings to draft the best executive prospects?
“Yep, 15-year-old Johnny sure looks good in a suit,” would be the broadcast analysis. “He looks like a young Gerry MacNamara.”
But that’s hockey, right? Kids as young as six- or seven-years old are now told they must play 12 months a year just to “keep up.” NHL teams, more desperate than ever for talent in a 30-team league in which there just isn’t enough to go around, now have post-entry draft workouts, research and development camps and unofficial, late August scrimmages, all of which attract media coverage.
The answer to everything is more. More levels of development, more coaches, more exhibitions, more entry and exit interviews.
from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,
Ryan Duncan had heard the hype, but he wasn’t convinced this kid was much different than any other aspiring hockey star.
That is, until a CBC reporter showed up in snowy Minnesota to interview his bright-eyed roommate—a 15-year-old phenom named Sidney Crosby—at the famous Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school.
“To look back on it now, he was just a normal kid in my eyes,” said Duncan, a former Hobey Baker Award winner from Calgary now employed on Austria’s professional hockey circuit.
“I didn’t quite understand how big of a deal Sidney was going to be. For me, personally, when I heard he was going to Shattuck, my first impression was, ‘OK, I’m going to outscore this kid. I want to prove I’m better than this guy.’ Then, you go out there and you see what he’s all about and it’s like, ‘Alright, maybe I have some work to do.’
First off, I would like to thank Paul for the opportunity to blog for Kuklaskorner. This is a great hockey site with excellent bloggers and extremely knowledgeable and passionate hockey fans.
I’d also like to thank all of the members who welcomed me to the blog. Thanks everyone, it means a lot!
To answer the question about former Red Wings prospect; Igor Grigorenko, from KK Member; OlderThanChelios
Hello friends. My name is not really Twig, but it’s what I go by. I’ll be covering all forms of Minor League and European League Hockey for Kukla’s Korner. The blog will be called ‘The Affiliate’. I thought that was a fitting name considering the content of the blog and it didn’t appear to be taken by anyone else.
A little about me: I’m from Grand Haven, Michigan and would never have left but I joined the Army in 2003. After getting out in 2007, I decided I would have an easier time finding work in Seattle. I was wrong, so I moved to Houston. I’m currently enrolled at Sam Houston State as an English Major and I stay pretty busy writing essays about Japanese Quinces and stolen Pies, but I will find time to blog about hockey. My sanity depends on it.
What I would like The Affiliate to provide is a way for you to know more about what’s happening in the world of hockey. I hope that someday down the road, when you’re buying the jersey of your teams new rising star, you can look back and remember reading about him here.
And thank you, Paul for the opportunity to blog on your site.
So says KHL President Aleksandr Medvedev.
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins announced today that they have entered a partnership agreement with Finnish SM-League Club, JYP Jyvaskyla. Under this agreement, the teams will be able to transfer players and have them train with the partner club and within the partner club’s developmental system, as well as exchange tactics and scouting information.
JYP was founded in 1977 and captured its first league championship in 2009. Notable NHLers Michael Nylander, Steve Kariya and Jody Shelley have skated for JYP in their careers.
from Andy Potts of The Moscow News,
The third season of KHL hockey starts on Wednesday – but the Russian tournament’s dreams of rivaling the NHL still seem distant.
In 2008 when the first season introduced three teams from outside Russia – and a raft of new imports from Europe’s top clubs – hopes were high that the competition would become a genuine rival to the game’s biggest tournament.
But a mixture of politics and economics has stalled plans to ice franchises in other countries, meaning the league is still restricted to the former USSR.
And the returning stars from the NHL are overwhelmingly members of the old guard, heading to a salary-cap free tournament in search of a final big payday.
Help me welcome Phil Davies to the stable of KK bloggers. Phil will be covering the international hockey scene for us.
Make sure to click his name in the byline to find out his background. As with all the KK bloggers, Phil will have his own blog sometime this month. - Paul
Although there are a number of European Players expected to make an impact in the NHL this year, I will be focusing on players, who, previous to their success in the 2010 Olympics and/or the 2010 World Championships, were flying under the radar as elite level prospects. However, for every Henrik Zetterberg, who first impressed North American hockey fans with his stellar play in the 2002 Olympics, there is a Fabian Brunnstrom, who has yet to pan out for the Dallas Stars.
This 2004 draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, has an outside chance of securing a roster spot at some point this year. Although Wick is a smallish forward, who will probably spend the majority of his time with the Binghampton Senators, he does have a good set of hands, as evidenced by his five points in five games at the 2010 Olympics. However, Wick will need to play a more physical game if he hopes to land in the NHL long term.
from the Irish Emigrant,
The Boston Bruins will drop the puck far away from home on October 2 next when they take on the Belfast Giants Select team in Belfast, it was announced last week.
The Bruins need no introduction on this side of the pond but are described in Irish and UK hockey circles as “one of the most famous ice hockey franchises in history, and are one of the ‘Original Six’ teams officially formed in 1924. They have one of the largest fan bases of any ice hockey team”
The Bruins will bring their full squad to Belfast – allowing the Irish public to see some of the best hockey players in the world. This represents an historic night for Irish hockey fans as it is the first time the NHL team has played outside North America.
A game of this magnitude has never been brought to the UK or Ireland before. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see one of the world’s greatest ice hockey teams, play against the Giants who will be celebrating their 10th anniversary of playing at the iconic Odyssey Arena, Belfast.
more, including VIP tickets are going for $230US…
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