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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.

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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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  Tags: vyacheslav+bykov

Fredrik Modin Retires

From the IIHF

Triple Gold Club member No. 18 has won his last gold medal. Fredrik Modin, 36, has decided to retire. Constant back problems have contributed to the Swede’s decision.

Despite a splendid career which has included an IIHF World Championship gold medal (1998), a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning (2004) and Olympic gold (2006), Fredrik Modin is one of the least conspicuous members of the Triple Gold Club, currently at 24 members.

But the numbers tell the true story. Apart from collecting the three biggest team prizes in hockey, Modin played 898 NHL games, scoring 232 goals while adding 230 assists. He also represented Sweden in the IIHF World U20 Championships (silver in 1994), the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and in three other IIHF World Championships, where he added the 2001 bronze to his 1998 gold.


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  Tags: fredrik+modin

Watching The Memorial Cup

NEW YORK (May 19,  2011)  –  For the fourth consecutive year, NHL Network U.S. will showcase the best teams in Canadian major junior hockey as they compete for a national championship title at the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament. NHL Network U.S will feature a combination of live and tape delayed broadcasts throughout the 10 days of competition from the tournament’s host city of Mississauga, Ontario.

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Cheevers On The Road To Recovery And Thinking About St. Mike’s

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For a while there, Gerry Cheevers felt a little badly about not being able to accept the invitation.

The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, you see, had asked Cheevers to attend this Friday night’s opening game in the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup, at which his St. Mike’s jersey from the ’61 championship team was to be retired.

Cheevers had to beg off because he knew he had knee replacement surgery scheduled for mid-April in Florida, a procedure that had been moved up from August when his surgeon had a surprise opening.

But Cheevers, 70, had an even bigger surprise coming.

The stress test prior to his knee surgery revealed a 95 per cent blockage in his heart, and instead of fixing a joint, doctors put Cheevers under the knife the next day for open-heart surgery and a quadruple heart bypass.


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  Tags: gerry+cheevers

The Memorial Cup Talk

from Ryan Pyette at the Toronto Sun,

Play OHL hockey in little Owen Sound and, like the fictional bar from Cheers, nearly everyone in town knows your name.

Win a Western Hockey League title in tiny Cranbrook, B.C., and the Kootenay Ice can relate to how you’ll receive more handshakes than Stephen Harper on the campaign trail.

David Branch understands the significance of having two of major junior hockey’s smallest centres play for the Memorial Cup, which starts Friday at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, one of the league’s biggest markets.

The Canadian Hockey League president and OHL commissioner grew up in Bathurst, N.B. (pop. 14,000)—not much smaller than the communities where the OHL champion Attack and WHL-winning Ice play.

“I wish everyone at least once could experience what it’s like to win a championship (in a small town),” Branch said. “I went to Owen Sound early (last Thursday for Game 6 of the OHL final against Mississauga) and drove around town so I get a feeling for the excitement.”


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Video- Worldly Goal Of The Year

Mikael Granlund of Finland and prospect of the Minnesota Wild, goes top-shelf at the World Championships.

Somewhere Mike Legg is smiling…

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  Tags: mikael+granlund

Radulov Interested In Returning To Nashville

from David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper,

Alexander Radulov wants to play for the Nashville Predators next season.

That is the latest word — maybe — according to General Manager David Poile, based on a conversation Wednesday morning between Radulov andPaul Fenton, the Predators’ assistant general manager.

Radulov has played the last three seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League and has served as a flashpoint in strained relations between the NHL and Russia’s hockey federation because he signed his KHL deal while still under contract with Nashville.

“[He says] he can get out of his contract,” Poile said. “I don’t know what he wants to do. … We [told] him … we can trade his rights, but he said, ‘No, no. I want to play in Nashville.’

“So that’s where we’re at.”


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  Tags: alexander+radulov, khl

Swiss Player Takes A Big Hit From Phaneuf

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

In the first period of their preliminary round game, Swiss forward Simon Moser was absolutely demolished on a hit by Canadian (and Toronto Maple Leafs) defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Once on the bench, he appeared to lose consciousness before being tended to by the training staff and leaving the game under his own power.

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

Ulf Samuelsson to Coach Sweden’s MODO

From the Canadian Press via TSN:

Coyotes GM Don Maloney announced Monday that assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson is leaving the NHL club to become head coach of MODO in the Swedish Elite League.

“On behalf of the entire Phoenix Coyotes organization, we congratulate Ulf on becoming the head coach of MODO,” Maloney said in a statement. “We thank Ulf for all his hard work and dedication to the Coyotes over the past five seasons and we wish him the best of luck with MODO.”


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  Tags: modo, ulf+samuelsson

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