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The NHL players’ association (NHLPA) denied on Wednesday it had forced German ice hockey players to miss a pre-Olympic training camp because of concerns they would not be adequately insured in case of injury….
The NHLPA said it had never made any demands about insurance but had simply advised players that the training camps might not be providing enough to cover their contracts or future earnings should they get injured there.
“While our NHLPA members look forward to the opportunity to represent their countries at the Olympics, it is unreasonable to request that players participate in on-ice summer orientation sessions without sufficient insurance against injuries,” Paul Kelly, NHLPA executive director, said on Wednesday.
The German Ice Hockey (DEB) federation said all Germans who play for NHL teams had signed up for the training camp but were forced to pull out after the NHL and the league’s players’ association demanded salary guarantees that were far too high.
“I feel it is a pity that our players who are active in North America cannot take part,” said DEB General Secretary Franz Reindl.
“The players had accepted the invitation for the summer camp and were looking forward to it. But these financial guarantees on top of the existing insurances were too high to pay for just a training camp.”
The federation gave no financial details.
Eight German players in the NHL would have taken part in the camp while a further player was recovering from injury, the DEB said.
The camp started on Monday and runs until July 24.
from The Harvard Crimson,
Seconds before the Montreal Canadiens made their first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the television cameras cut to Louis Leblanc. Leblanc, an incoming Harvard freshman and highly-rated NHL prospect, looked around Montreal’s Bell Centre in silent anticipation. The Kirkland, Que. native would soon learn whether his hometown team would be selecting him with the 18th pick overall.
“I was pretty nervous throughout,” Leblanc said. “I didn’t know where I was getting [selected]. It was crazy—I had goose bumps.”...
In terms of preparing for the NHL, Leblanc pretty much had his pick of the litter. He could have played amateur hockey or at any school in the nation, including Boston University and Boston College, the past two NCAA Champions. But Leblanc chose Harvard with the goal of finding a balance between hockey and education.
“I thought it was better for me—for my life—to get a Harvard education,” Leblanc said. “Even if I play 20 years in the NHL, life still goes on after that.”
Leblanc’s ultimate goal is to play in the NHL, but he wants to get as much out of Harvard as he can before transitioning into a life of full-time hockey.
You know it is a very slow hockey new period when I am posting this…
via Russia Today,
Former NHL superstar Sergey Fedorov and his younger brother Fedor have chosen the numbers under which they’ll play for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the upcoming KHL season.
Sergey Fedorov will wear the number 18 on the back of his shirt. The choice has some history behind it, as the forward began his hockey career in CSKA Moscow under the same number.
Fedor Fedorov went for number 81, the Metallurg Magnitogorsk official website reports.
via CP writer Chris Johnston’s Twitter,
The NHLPA has sent a memo to members recommending that they skip on-ice sessions at Olympic camps because of inadequate insurance coverage.
from Steve Silver of the Las Vegas Sun,
The Wranglers announced Wednesday that two-time NHL All-Star Keith Primeau will assist head coach and general manager Ryan Mougenel as the Director of Player Development. Primeau’s duties will include player recruiting, scouting, and other administrative tasks.
“To have Keith as a part of our staff is very exciting for the new direction of our program,” Mougenel said in a press release. “Keith brings a ton of hockey knowledge to our organization and we are very fortunate to have him. His presence and leadership are going to be a huge asset and something I will rely on heavily during the season….
from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,
K.H.L. president Alexander Medvedev struck a conciliatory tone toward the N.H.L. in an article in the Russian daily Sport-Express on Saturday, but he seemed to be speaking before Friday afternoon’s revelation that the N.H.L. is disputing the signing of Detroit free agent Jiri Hudler by Dinamo Moscow.
In the same Saturday issue of Sport-Express, Hudler explained the main reason why he left Detroit for Moscow. “At Dinamo,” the 25-year-old Czech forward said, “I’ll get something that I was not getting with the Red Wings: a lot of playing time and the opportunity to become a leader.”
Thanks to a KK friend Roman for the translation of Hudler’s press conference…
In Detroit there is wasn’t place for me and I didn’t want to go to another club. So i didn’t ask for a trade. Then came Dynamo with their offer.
I started thinking about it and decided to go to Russia. It was tough but this is not a question of life or death. It is only hockey.
The KHL is good league. I should be one of the key players so it could help me in my career. I don’t think I will close the door to NHL. I am young and there are still 13 years until the end of my career. I want my career to be more colorful.
Hudler did say it is the most lucrative contract of his career and in two years he could return to the NHL.
He also said many people will question the move and he thought about it too before deciding to sign with Dynamo Moscow.
On a side note, Dynamo contacted him two years ago about joining them and he said he could not leave Detroit without winning the Stanley Cup.
note: you can follow this story in a previous KK post from this morning.
added 2:38pm, via George Malik of SnapShots at Mlive,
Hudler did tell CTK that he informed Mike Babcock and several teammates of his decision, but he also stated that he still wants his North American agent, Petr Svoboda, to take the Wings to arbitration.
via Hikej.Sport (translated),
Czech hockey attacker Jiri Hudler apparently heading to Continental League. Pětadvacetiletý player has agreed a new contract terms with Detroit and, according to unofficial information should still be on Wednesday to sign a new contract with the Moscow dynamo. Hudler called the evening press conference.
added 9:36am, It is my understanding the press conference will be at noon ET. I will try to update when more information becomes available.
added 9:49am, Nothing on the Dynamo (translated) website about Hudler.
added 10:04am, from Hokej (translated)
“Jirka’s all a long time considered. On the one hand, the NHL field difficult, is not written anywhere that they can not return in two years,” responds Maršoun. Czech representative admits that the Hudlera was really strong interest in Russia.
added 11:46am, via the Dynamo website (translated),
Czech striker Jiři Gudler signed two-year agreement with Moscow’s Dinamo. Holder and Stanley Cup finalist the last two seasons had a contract offer from the Detroit, but eventually chose to pursue a career in the Moscow club.
added 11:50am, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“It’s a real possibility he’s going to take this (Russian) offer,’’ Holland said. “He’d be taking a lot less money to stay in the NHL.’‘
added 12:09pm, via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
There’s a report out there that Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler has signed a one-year deal for $2 million with Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League, but this shouldn’t be viewed as anything other than a negotiating ploy by Hudler’s camp.
Morley is a huge KK supporter and has turned on many of those involved in the NHL to KK. I am happy to see Morley is back in the game and wish him much success.
VANCOUVER, BC - The Vancouver Giants are pleased to announce the appointment of Morley Scott to the position of Director, Broadcast and Media Relations.
Scott an Edmonton native will officially assume his role on July 20, 2009 and brings with him an extensive history of media and broadcast experience within the National Hockey League,
In his most recent role as the Edmonton Oilers play-by-play analyst, Scott was charged with broadcasting games on radio and television as both play-by-play and colour analyst for 16 NHL seasons and close to 1500 games.
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