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via RDS (translated),
Nikolai Zherdev crossed the Atlantic in his turn. The former Rangers player would accept a new contract with the team Yulaev Salavat Ufa in the KHL.
added 4:57pm, from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Hedges (zherdev’s agent) also said Monday that Zherdev – who’s three times in five years topped the 20-goal mark – was currently working out with a Russian team. But he also said Zherdev was still talking to a handful of NHL teams, and that Zherdev probably wouldn’t make any decisions until next week.
So when I saw the RDS report today, I followed up with an e-mail to Hedges, asking him to clarify the situation. His response from just over a half hour ago: ``(Zherdev) has not signed at this point.’’
from CTV Olympics,
The NHL Players’ Association is recommending that players who participate in Olympic orientation camps this summer “seriously consider” purchasing additional insurance coverage in the event of injury because their contracts do not cover activities at the camps.
“The league has taken the position that our members’ Standard Player Contracts (SPC) will not cover activities at the Orientation Camps, and that they will therefore be participating at their own risk,” said Paul Kelly, NHLPA executive director, in a statement.
“Following discussions with Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, they have recently agreed to increase the insurance coverage they are providing to our members invited to their Orientation Camps,” he continued.
“Unfortunately the federations’ insurance coverage is still very limited.”
from the NHLPA,
TORONTO (August 5, 2009) – Teppo Numminen, a 20-year veteran with the Winnipeg Jets/ Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres, as well as a decorated international hockey player, officially announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League.
Numminen, 41, a three-time NHL All-Star (1999, 2000, 2001) appeared in a total of 1,372 NHL games and recorded 117 goals and 520 assists for 637 points in his career.
“I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play with and against the best players in the world for so many years,” said Numminen. “Playing hockey in the NHL and also for my country, Finland, was very enjoyable. I want to thank my teammates, coaches, fans, and the media for all the great years.”
Risto Pakarinen gives his thoughts on Teppo too,
A Tampere native, Numminen fits the stereotype perfectly. The people from Tampere are said to be calm, slow, and modest, to a fault. “Let’s not make a big deal out of this,” is a phrase that echoes in the Tampere Arena. Numminen has never made a big deal out of himself.
I’ve received some emails lately with people asking about tickets to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp. Here is your answer…
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp will be open to the general public on Monday, Aug. 17, and Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Ill.
Admission is free and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
from the IIHF via Universal Sports,
The Russian Ice Hockey Federation has named 38 players for their Olympic Summer Camp from August 29 to September 1 in Moscow. The KHL and the NHL contribute with 19 players each.
continued and the compete roster is listed below…
from Mark Monroe of the Toledo Blade,
A logjam of quality young goaltenders in the Detroit Red Wings minor league system all but guarantees the Toledo Walleye will have a gifted goalie in its inaugural season.
The Walleye will officially announce an affiliation agreement with the NHL’s elite franchise at a press conference Monday. The contract extends a longtime relationship the Red Wings have had with Toledo minor league teams.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
In an e-mail to Sporting News Today, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote that Hudler lost his free agency rights when he elected salary arbitration on July 5.
“It continues to be our position that Hudler is contractually obligated to the Detroit Red Wings,” Daly wrote in an e-mail to SNT. “It’s just another example of the KHL having no regard for NHL contracts.”
After a 16-year NHL career, Sergei Zubov is heading home as the 39-year old blueliner has signed with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
If you think Canadian hockey fans are swept up in an Olympic frenzy now, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock wants you to remember one thing: You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Just wait until Canada’s roster is announced, Babcock told NHL.com, and you’ll really see a nation of hopeful nitpickers, naysayers, pundits and prognosticators.
“I’m glad I coach in the U.S., honestly,” Babcock added. “It’s just going to go crazy.”
Speculation about who will make the team figures to run rampant until the roster is made public in December. The chatter will pick up steam next month when Calgary becomes the center of the country’s hockey universe for four days as Canada holds its orientation camp Aug. 24-27.
Red Wings’ Head of European Scouting Hakan Andersson talks about Team Sweden and the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
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