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from Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal,
Brian Burke, the general manager of the U.S. Olympic hockey program, has a new plan to win gold in Vancouver. Forget the graceful, athletic style of play that dominates on Olympic ice. He’s planning to conquer the world the old-fashioned way: by hitting people….
With his shock of gray-white hair, red face and brash New England accent, Mr. Burke more resembles a dockworker on Boston Harbor than someone who makes his living in the NHL’s executive suites. Every four years, he says, hockey fans stop him in the streets after the Olympics to proclaim their love for the international style and convey their hopes that the NHL will switch to a larger rink. Mr. Burke has no use for them.
“I tell them to go watch a game in the Czech league, where every shot comes from 12, 14 feet away from the net and no one checks anyone the whole damn game,” he said. “It drives me absolutely nuts.”
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 Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Less than a year after the death of Alexei Cherepanov, the Kontinental League finds itself again at the center of a medical controversy, this one involving the younger brother of St. Louis Blues star Paul Kariya.
Martin Kariya, who plays for Dinamo Riga in the KHL, suffered a concussion Saturday night in a game in Moscow when he was hit from behind into the boards, then hit his head on the ice when he fell. But as was the case with Cherepanov, the KHL and medical personnel have come under criticism for how the situation was dealt from a medical standpoint.
According to reports, the medical staff for Dinamo responded immediately and was on the ice, but emergency personnel at the Moscow Spartak rink were apparently sitting in the stands and had to be called using the public address system. They took several minutes to arrive at the scene.
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.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
On the ice, the Detroit Red Wings and Farjestads BK, a Swedish Elite League sensation, are worlds apart. One has world-class talent; the other has players who admire that world-class talent.
That much will probably show on Sept. 30 when the Red Wings visit Karlstad, Sweden to play an exhibition game against FBK.
“Some people can’t even believe we’re able to bring them here to Karlstad,” FBK’s President, former NHLer Hakan Loob, told NHL.com.
It actually fits that the Wings and FBK will play an exhibition game. At least off the ice it’s as if these two organizations were separated at birth. They have each experienced wild success by following business philosophies that are strikingly similar.
“I think there is a comparison to be made,” Loob admitted.
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.
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