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“The game has changed, there’s no question about it. We’re not a country like Canada or Russia — if the top 20 guys say no, they can still put together a great team. We just don’t have those kind of players. And the players should realize it — you never know, because the level of hockey is getting better.
“You can see Denmark beat Finland (on Saturday). If your top guys don’t go to world championship, it might happen that your team next year might play in B group.”
-Jaromir Jagr talking about the lack of elite players on the Czech World Championship team. More from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Globe and Mail.
from Joe Yerdon at Universal Sports,
The world championships may get a lot more intriguing if the Detroit Red Wings have anything to say about it.
With the Red Wings being eliminated from the NHL Playoffs, there’s a handful of countries who could immediately benefit from having some of their players make their way to Germany to play in the tournament. With the Red Wings playing into the Stanley Cup Finals the last two years, countries like Sweden, Russia, Finland and the Czech Republic weren’t able to make use of some of their countrymen because they were locked into playing for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
This time around, depending on decisions of some players, things could turn out differently.
frpm Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The league and the PA should investigate the practicality of adding European league champions into the mix in order to transform the Stanley Cup playoffs into the first true team sport World Championship. What would it mean for hockey to be able to crown a global champion?
It’s time the NHL and the NHLPA study the larger topic—Donald Fehr, by the way, was an important force in the creation of the World Baseball Classic—of expanding to Europe if not integrating its schedule with the top European leagues.
If the NHL can create additional revenue from the playoffs or through expansion to Europe, it can then go about the business of reducing the number of games on the schedule from 82 to, say, 74. It can redefine the calendar, with the season to open in mid-September and end by mid-March. At the same time, while addressing the length of the season, perhaps the league could do everyone a favor by eradicating the scourge of the three-point game.
from Alan Adams at IIHF.com,
What a way to start the 2010 World Championship for the host country. With a loud and boisterous world record crowd of 77, 803 looking on at Veletins Arena, Felix Schutz tipped a shot into the USA net 21 seconds into overtime to give to Germany a 2-1 victory in the opening game of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s annual showcase event on Friday.
“It felt more like a World Cup soccer game than a hockey game,” said Sven Butenschon. “When you hear the roar of 80,000 people, it is a different noise.”
“It was trying to yell to my linemates but they could not hear me,” added USA forward TJ Oshie.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Los Angeles Kings/Univ. of Michigan) was today named captain of the 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team that will play in the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championship, May 7-23, in Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Mannheim, Germany….
In addition, four alternate captains were named, including Nick Foligno (Buffalo, N.Y./Ottawa Senators), Matt Greene (Grand Ledge, Mich./Los Angeles Kings/Univ. of North Dakota), Eric Nystrom (Syosset, N.Y./Calgary Flames/Univ. of Michigan) and Kyle Okposo (St. Paul, Minn./New York Islanders/Univ. of Minnesota).
more at USA Hockey…
from Peter Adler at The Cult of Hockey,
Just before departing for Prague to join Team Czech for the world championships, Jaromir Jagr signed a one-year contract with Avangard Omsk. This extends his stay in the Siberian city to three consecutive seasons. Jagr said Monday he didn’t consider any other teams and negotiated with Omsk only.
“If it didn’t work out there, I’d have to start looking at other options. But I just didn’t want to be engaged in multiple negotiations that would force me eventually to decide which direction to take.”
The Moscow Dynamo situation gets more intriguing by the day. Luckily, George Malik is on it…
Today, Dynamo Moscow’s website officially announced that the team would cease operations after April 30th, when all signed players’ contracts would expire.
Sovetsky Sport’s Dmitry Ponomarenko asked soon-to-be former Dynamo GM Mikhail Golovkov whether the team’s strange statement regarding its main sponsor, Arch Energy, continuing to partially subsidize the team meant that it has a future as a stand-alone entity, and Golovkov simply states that he’s not sure, but he does believe that Dynamo will fulfill its contractual obligations in terms of actually paying its players for the balance of the month.
from Jamie Bell of TSN,
As a hockey fan imagine for a moment that after being eliminated from the playoffs this spring, the Montreal Canadiens ceased to exist?
Imagine if Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment decided that they were fed up with missing the playoffs for the past five seasons and decided to mothball the Maple Leafs?
Or imagine if suddenly the Detroit Red Wings announced that they were merging with the Dallas Stars?
Those scenarios sound unfathomable to fans on this side of the Atlantic, however it appears as though that is exactly what is about to occur with one of the most storied club teams outside the NHL, Moscow Dynamo.
via a Dmitry Chesnokov tweet,
Just heard from a friend inside Dynamo Moscow that Hudler being released is true.
added 12:09am 04/18/10, Some of you may have a question regarding Hudler’s status with the Wings for this season so I emailed Bill Daly to be on the safe side and his response is he is not eligible to play.
added 8:06am 04/18/10, Last night I also emailed Bob McKenzie to discuss Hudler and Bob stated, just in case you need a refresher on Jiri, if Hudler does return next season, his contract is $2.875M per year for two years. Nothing can be changed with that, since both parties must go with the arbitration decision from last year.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
When hockey scout Paul Henry returned to his Ontario home the other day, he found a package waiting for him containing a puck with the number 139 written on it.
The puck came from Buffalo Sabres’ goalie Ryan Miller, who sent 139 of them to friends and associates across North America with an explanatory letter.
“Being a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic hockey team was a dream come true,” Miller wrote. “The Olympics was everything I thought it would be and more … As a gesture of my appreciation for helping me make my Olympic dream come true I have endorsed a special Olympic hockey puck.”
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