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from Chris Stevenson at the Toronton Sun,,
As much as Redden tries to put a positive spin on things, this is a bad time here. The Wolf Pack will lose its seventh consecutive game and when Redden is on the ice for the Monarchs’ third goal, a fan wearing a Kevin Dineen Hartford Whalers sweater stands up from his seat.
“Way to earn your money, buddy,” he screams at Redden, flashing a mock thumbs up.
“If there is anything that will benefit me, it’s playing well here.”
That is Redden’s reality now.
When he was at his crossroads and thinking about quitting, Redden turned to his friends.
“He was pretty down on himself,” said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, a teammate for a decade. They grew from rookies to become among the best players in the world together.
“He was questioning what he had done and should do and whether he should even be playing hockey. We all live the game. I thought he should try Europe or the minors and get the fire, the excitement back. We’re pr
A day late and a dollar short (well, several hundred dollars short, if I’m going to be honest, after a theft earlier this week set me completely off my rocker and wreaked havoc on my weekly schedule along multiple avenues), it’s the latest edition of News from the Farm, where we take a close look at the AHL affiliates for each of the NHL’s five Southeast Division teams.
This week, before we get into game results and our standard stat packs, how about some actual news?
According to several reports (including this one by Kevin Oklobzija from theDemocrat and Chronicle, straight out of Rochester), the Florida Panthers’ relationship with the AHL Rochester Americans will not be extended beyond this season. Rochester president Lewis Staats has said the organization will be exploring all options and they will have some with multiple affiliation deals between NHL and AHL clubs expiring at season’s end.
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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
It all started with the Chill in Columbus, but it wasn’t long before he was a Riverfrog in Louisville and then an Icecap in Raleigh. Twice.
He was an Admiral in Milwaukee, a Riverman in Peoria. Twice. A Viper in Detroit, a Griffin in Grand Rapids. Twice, in two different leagues. A K-Wing in Kalamazoo. Four times, in four different leagues. A Giant in Belfast. Twice. A Bandit in Jackson, a Fury in Muskegon and a Jackalope in Odessa.
By our count, it’s been 12 cities, six leagues (American, International, East Coast, United, Central and British), 904 regular-season minor pro games and counting and more bus miles than you could possibly imagine in the 16th pro season for 38-year old Kory Karlander, the oldest active player in the ECHL.
“The years kind of creep up on you and that’s true for me,” the Kalamazoo K-Wing centre from Melita, Man., says. “It’s my 16th pro season and if anyone asks why I still do it, I guess the answer is pretty obvious…I love what I do. It’s never stopped being fun for me.”
from Chris Johnston of the CP at Yahoo,
A Canadian NCAA hockey player has regained feeling in his arms and legs after having his neck broken by a bodycheck over the weekend.
University of Denver centre Jesse Martin remained in a Minneapolis hospital with three fractures to his C2 vertabrae. Doctors were expected to perform surgery on the Edmonton native within “24 to 48 hours,” his father Terry Martin said late Monday afternoon.
“He’s progressing with movements in his legs and his arms,” said Terry Martin. “Feeling is returning back to his fingers and things. So those big ticket items are showing progress. ...
“We’re hopeful, guardedly so, but definitely he’s on the right side of centre.”
continued and if you have not watched a video of the hit, you can do so below…
This week we will continue to look at former NHL players who are now playing in Europe.
Jagr is clearly not the offensive force that he was in his heyday with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he has become quite a mentor to younger KHL players, while recording 14 points in 19 games for sixth place Avangard Omsk. However, Jagr’s most impressive feat this year was leading an undermanned Czech squad to World Championship gold against a heavily favoured Russian squad that featured Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyuk and Gonchar.
HC Slovan Bratislava
Satan is hoping to land another midseason NHL contract as he did with the Boston Bruins last year. In the meantime, Satan registered eight points during a three game contract with Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak league. Satan can still find the back of the net and may yet have another crack at the NHL.
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It’s time once again to have a look toward the future by recapping the week that was for the Southeast Division’s AHL affiliates. We’re on track this week, with much less to catch up on than our debut last Thursday, so this should go much more smoothly.
Let’s get to it then, News from the Farm:
Sometimes, there are significant things to write about in the world of minor league hockey. Other times, there are not. For those times, I’ll write one of these posts and let you, the dedicated reader, decide what interests you.
The AHL candidates for 2011 will be announced today at 3:00pm ET. The actual ceremony will be held January 31 at the AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, PA. (more)
Also from the AHL, David Andrews, the AHL President and CEO, was presented with the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. (other winners)
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
Sheldon Souray broke his hand in a fight with Matt Clackson of Adirondack and is out for two weeks, reportsTim Leone, hockey writer for the Patriot News.
“Turns out Clackson did some damage to Hershey last weekend. With his face,” Leone tweeted.
“Bears head coach Mark French said the break is not deemed serious and is expected to sideline the defenseman for two weeks.”
from the Afton Bladet translated),
Michael Nylander had the puck near the boards during an AHL game for his Rochester in Grand Rapids back Brendan Smith took the bullet. Rigging took offense at the Swede who fell to the ice in pain.
I had poked the puck down when I was tackled into the boards. The player was almost over my head. The only model. I thought I had broken collarbone in fact. It did not feel good at all, “said Nylander.
38-year-old could get the ice under their own steam but then asked about getting to go to hospital where he was X-ray. Once in the hospital bed, the doctors came then with a shock clearance.
There are two neck vertebrae that have been broken. I do not know how bad it is but the doctors will operate on me soon so we’ll see after the surgery.
continued (not translated)
I did a quick search regarding the injury which was first thought to be a arm, hand or wrist injury.
This week I will take a look at some former NHL players now playing in various European leagues. With the implementation of the salary cap, the average NHL players’ career is now ending when they hit their mid-thirties, as GM’s round out their roster with younger, less expensive options. This recent trend has led to an influx of big name players, such as Pavol Demitra and Evgeni Nabokov, heading overseas for better contracts and a chance to lengthen their career. Do most of these players repeat their NHL success overseas or are they clearly at the twilight of their careers?
Hasek was signed last summer after leading HC Pardubice to the Czech Extraliga championship. However, Hasek has struggled this year with a 4-10 record, a 2.80 GAA and a .898 save percentage as Spartak currently sit 18th out of 23 KHL teams.
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