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Nylander Working To Get Back In The NHL

from Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle,

On Monday, the 38-year-old Nylander was skating in a Rochester Americans practice sweater at Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial….

“My goal is to get back to the NHL,” he said.

So that’s why the Stockholm native agreed to join the Amerks (well, that and his $3 million contract, of which about $2.9 million will be paid by the Capitals).

The Capitals don’t want him any more, nor did they want him to take away playing time from their prospects with the AHL’s Hershey Bears.

“They didn’t think I was a good fit for the team,” Nylander said of his NHL roster spot.

“I just want to play hockey.” That’s why he was out on the ice early on Monday.


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Who Wants It More

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

This is not a story about (Tim) Brent, who appears to have shed the label of journeyman AHLer by emerging from anonymity to stand on the cusp of making the Maple Leafs after a stellar training camp. Nor is it a story about Nazem Kadri, the Leafs highly touted prospect, who appears to have failed to make the team out of camp. Kadri has all the tools teams crave — speed, skill, creativity and confidence. He just needs more time to develop that talent.

This is a story about what scouts are looking for when they try to project what a 17-year-old will do in the NHL. Maybe at 19, maybe at 20, or maybe, in Brent’s case, 26. He made it because of his character, the kind of person he is, the student of the game in him who wanted to get better every shift, every game, every season. He didn’t quit. He continued to develop his skills. That’s what Ferguson saw when he first noticed him and had urged the St. Mike’s Majors to take him in the midget draft.

“I’m just looking for the kid who just seems to want it more than anybody else,” says (Jack) Ferguson. “Tim Brent is my idea of a hockey player, a guy that comes to play every shift, doesn’t play dirty but plays hard.”

read on


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The Reduction Of The European Player

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Last season, there were only 229 European-born and/or -trained players in the NHL, the lowest number in a decade and a number that represented just 23.8 percent of NHL players.

There are a number of factors that help explain the dwindling number of European players on NHL rosters. Tops would be the formation of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, now in its third year of existence. The KHL has provided a viable alternative to pro players of all nationalities, including European players, but especially Russian players, who can make good money playing good hockey without leaving home….

One of the reasons for this drop-off is connected to the change of rules in drafting of European players. Before the lockout, if an NHL team drafted a European player, the NHL club owned that player’s rights indefinitely. That player could develop more slowly in Europe without any pressure on NHL teams to rush into a contract or, conversely, walk away from the player. But since the lockout, European draftees are subject to the same rules as North American selections—they must be signed within two years or the team loses control of the player.

NHL clubs, always trying to protect themselves long-term, have increasingly turned to college players who remain their property while they are in school, possibly buying extra time before committing to a player.


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Nylander to the AHL… again.

As Paul has already mentioned, Michael Nylander has been loaned to the Rochester Americans, the top affiliate of the Florida Panthers. I won’t go into details about the deal because that’s been covered already and that kind of talk bores me to tears.

I wanted to talk about what I noticed last year when Nylander played for the Griffins. I was at a game between the Griffins and Aeros and was pretty excited to see what Nylander could do against minor league opponents. He was great. No one on Houston could touch him. On one power play, he got the puck along the boards and had two defenders try to trap him. He never lost control of the puck, but the Griffins never even came close to scoring.


Because no one moved around to get open. The two remaining Houston defenders cut off the passing lanes and the other four Grand Rapids players stood in place watching Nylander. I’m all for having former NHL caliber players in the minors if they still want to play (though Nylander isn’t exactly there by choice), but when the rest of the team just stops playing hockey because they expect him to win games for them, it hurts everyone. That kind of “effort” won’t fly at the NHL level, either.

Rochester had a good team last year. Not a great team, but a good team. I’m going to keep a close eye on them to see if adding a former NHL star player will help or hurt them. Predictions?

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  Tags: ahl, michael+nylander, rochest+americans

Redden Arrives In Hartford

from Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant,

So you weren’t surprised by being waived? Not at all, he said.

“Statistically or whatever, I wasn’t doing what a lot of people thought I should have,” Redden said. “I always try to play the same game. Sometimes it doesn’t fit into what teams are looking for. I guess I have to accept that and just move on. It didn’t work out, especially with the salary cap. I wasn’t in their plans. I have to live with that.

“Anything can happen, but certainly [a return to the Rangers] is down on the list of expectations. To be honest, it didn’t go well there. I’ve got to come here and play as well as I can. Obviously, I want to get back to the NHL, but I can’t look down the road. This is the first step. I’m coming here with a fresh slate.”


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  Tags: wade+redden

Kozlov Heads To Russia

via Alessandro Seren Rosso of Russian Hockey Fans,

Vyacheslav Kozlo was officially signed today to a 1 year contract by CSKA Moscow.

The former component of the famous Russian Five joined the Red Army a couple of days ago and will depart with the team for their upcoming away trip. Kozlov will wear the #72 jersey.

Vyacheslav Kozlov was Stanley Cup Champion in 1997 and 1998 with the Detroit Red Wings. Kozlov played a total of 1182 NHL games, with 853 points.

It was reported that also Spartak Moscow offered Kozlov a contract, but Slava preferred the Red Army, with whom he played in 1991-92 and 1994-95.

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The State of Hockey in Finland

If there was ever a National team program historically greater than the sum of its parts, it would be Team Finland. Despite not having the offensive depth of many of their Elite Seven rivals, the Finnish National Team has repeatedly fared well in recent international best-on-best competition. After enduring many decades of lopsided defeats internationally at the hands of Canada, the former Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and longtime nemesis Sweden, the Finnish hockey program made great strides in the 1990’s, culminating with a World Championship in 1995. In addition, Finland has won more Olympic Hockey medals (1 silver, 2 bronze), than any other nation, since the introduction of NHL players to the Games in 1998.

Finland’s success can be attributed to a strong emphasis on teamwork and the fact that unlike their European rivals, hockey is indisputably the number one sport in their homeland, which has led to the implementation of adequately funded development programs and a strong domestic league in SM-liiga. More than any other European team, Finland employs a fast skating, tight forechecking, North American style of play, augmented by strong defensive zone coverage and consistently elite goaltending. The rinks in Finland have been adjusted to enhance the tight forechecking style of play, by adopting a size that is halfway between the dimensions of NHL and IIHF standards. Furthermore, in an effort to aid the National Team’s development programs, numerous goaltending schools have been created, and often led, by the country’s top puck stoppers. This has led to the emergence of many elite young goalies in the NHL, such as Tuukka Rask, Pekke Rinne, Antti Niemi and perhaps Kari Lehtonen, if he can find health and consistency in a Dallas Stars uniform.

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  Tags: antti+niemi, dallas+stars, espoo+blues, iihf, jere+lehtinen, kari+lehtonen, mikko+koivu, olli+jokinen, olympic+hockey, pekke+rinne, saku+koivu, sm-liiga, teemu+selanne, tuomo+ruutu, tuukka+rask

Morning Line

“I think any city like this, an industrial city, would present something. We have lakes here, where you can go, and do sightseeing, or to the mountains and walk around.

“We have been to the factory. It’s incredible, probably the biggest factory in Europe. They do a lot of steel, so it was an interesting trip, too. It’s a simple city, but everything we need we have here. And it’s very comfortable.”

-Sergei Fedorov on playing in Magnitogorsk, via Russia Today.

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The Gary Roberts Influence

from James Duthie of TSN,

Let’s begin with a summer activity comparison:

- Steven Stamkos spent his summer squatting three-hundred and sixty pounds in killer sets of five reps. 

I occasionally squatted to pick up the remote if it slipped off the couch.

- Steven Stamkos ate carefully crafted meals consisting of superfoods like quinoa, sprouts, hemp, chia seeds and countless organic vegetables.

I ate Doritos off my naval while lying by the pool.

- On his non-lifting days, Stamkos did intense interval running—600 metres, 800 metres, shorter sprints, sled pulls…over and over and over.


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Jordan Sigalet Finds A New Career In Coaching

from Rich Myhre of the Everett Herald,

One moment Jordan Sigalet was standing in goal for the Providence, R.I., Bruins in an American Hockey League game against the Worcester, Mass., Sharks.

The next moment he was face down on the ice, motionless, with the team’s medical staff rushing to his side and anxious teammates gathering around. He would be taken away on a stretcher and would spend weeks in rehabilitation just to walk normally again.

Injuries are routine in a violent game such as hockey, but this was different. Sigalet had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years earlier and his fall in that 2007 game — he became too hot in his heavy goaltending gear, exacerbating his symptoms and causing his legs to buckle; he was knocked unconscious when his head hit the ice — was a cruel reminder that MS is a sly, insidious disease with no compassion and, as yet, no cure.

It is also the illness that effectively ended Sigalet’s playing career, although on that count at least there is a silver lining.


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