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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Steve Yzerman enters his first Olympics as Canada’s director of operations, but he’ll have plenty of experienced help at his disposal for Canada’s entry in the 2010 Games.
THN.com has learned Yzerman’s boss and Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland along with Edmonton Oilers president hockey operations Kevin Lowe will be named to the Canadian management team with Yzerman Saturday afternoon in Ottawa.
from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,
...But in Canada, some commentators see the incident as something more: a threat to the K.H.L.’s existence itself. That may seem like an extreme conclusion to draw; no European commentators have done so, even though they have long observed Russian hockey from a much closer vantage point. But however valid the extreme view may or may not be, those commentaries coming from Canada may also be about something else again — a wish that the K.H.L. will fail.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
In his first interview with North American media since he left for Russia during the summer, Alexander Radulov left the door open for a possible return to the NHL and the Predators.
Radulov also said recent comments attributed to him in a letter to Continental Hockey League president Alexander Medvedev — in which Radulov said he was not interested in arbitration and not interested in returning to the NHL — were incorrect.
“I didn’t say that — that letter was a misunderstanding,” Radulov said by phone Wednesday from Ufa, where he is playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL.
Update 1:06pm: (Alanah) Portions of the original letter Radulov supposedly wrote were publicized by the CP (via TSN) yesterday. For context, here are those segments:
“I returned to Russia not so that I could return again to the NHL but rather to offer all of my efforts and professionalism to the betterment of Russian hockey taking it to a new level,” according to a translation of the letter attributed to Radulov and provided by the KHL.
Radulov wrote the letter to KHL president Alexander Medvedev possibly to end some mixed signals on whether he wanted to return to the NHL.
“I have never been, nor am I currently, nor do I intend to hold negotiations with representatives of the National Hockey League or the International Ice Hockey Federation regarding the possibility of having the case of my transfer to the Kontinental Hockey League reviewed by the International Court of Sports Arbitration in Lausanne,” his letter states.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
What was the cause of death?
Russian authorities have publicly stated the 19-year-old Cherepanov died of a pre-existing condition known as “chronic ischemia,” which in layman’s terms is a lack of blood flow to the heart.
Doctors here in North America, though, are skeptical that was the cause of death.
“I would say it’s highly unusual, virtually unheard of, for an elite 19-year-old athlete to have chronic ischemia,” said Dr. Anthony Colucci, the Detroit Red Wing team physician and emergency room doctor who saved the live of Jiri Fischer when the former Red Wing defenceman, like Cherepanov, collapsed on the bench during a game on Nov. 21, 2005.
added 12:01pm, from the CP via TSN,
MOSCOW - Family, friends, teammates and thousands of fans paid their last respects Wednesday to Alexei Cherepanov, the 19-year-old rising hockey star who died after suffering heart problems during a game outside Moscow.
A KK reader sent me the link of the video showing Cherepanov receiviing treatment from the medical staff while on the bench.
As the reader pointed out to me, no stretcher, they had to carry him out with manpower.
Watch the video below…
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Ron Wilson and Brian Burke may be teaming up sooner than expected—and not necessarily in Toronto.
Burke admitted yesterday that Wilson is a strong candidate to coach Team USA for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Upon hearing this, Wilson said he had definite interest in coaching the U.S. Olympic team.
continued and more hockey notes scattered about Simmon’s Sunday column.
from David Staple at the Cult of Hockey,
And so it begins, the endless speculation on where Peter Forsberg will play if and when he plays this season.
Ak-Bars Kazan has started talks with Forsberg’s swedish representatives, in an attempt to get the Tre Kronor artist to join the new Russian Continental Hockey League team, reports Peter Adler, the Euro-hockey expert.
From Patrick Williams at The Hockey News:
Fans did not expect to see John Paddock stationed behind an AHL bench this season. And in no way did Paddock envision himself in such a role, either.
A scouting position with the Senators seemed Paddock’s likely role this season, some seven months after Ottawa dismissed him late in a turmoil-filled 2007-08 season. That turmoil cost the hockey veteran his long-awaited second NHL head-coaching job that had eluded him since he exited the same post with the Winnipeg Jets in the mid-1990s.
But as predictable as the hockey world can often be, it occasionally serves up something new, something different, and so Paddock returns for his first AHL coaching gig since his Binghamton Senators crashed in the 2005 Calder Cup playoffs.
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
Unable to find a job in the NHL, former No. 1 NHL draft pick Bryan Berard is probably headed to Russia to play in the Continental Hockey League (KHL).
Berard is still waiting for some NHL teams to finalize their plans, but his agent, Tom Laidlaw, confirmed KHL teams are expressing interest in the puck-moving defenseman.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, needing a veteran defenseman, considered Berard, but then decided to stay with their current group.
from Craig Stancher of ColoradoAvalanche.com,
On Thursday, four pioneers of American hockey will be recognized by the Colorado Avalanche before the club drops the puck against the Boston Bruins.
Cammi Granato, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Mike Richter will be honored by the Avs prior to faceoff as part of the team’s opening night festivities. The following night, the four will be enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2008 in a ceremony on the campus of the University of Denver.
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