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The Canadiens’ young prospect Pavel Valentenko signed a deal in Russia earlier this week, and the Habs responded today by suspending the player from the team and presenting their concerns to the IIHF.
Valentenko’s Canadian agent Roland Hedges tries to explain his client’s actions. From the Canadian Press via TSN:
Hedges said Valentenko has been supporting his family since he was 15, and took a pay cut to pursue his NHL dream when he signed with Montreal before the 2007-08 season.
After playing all of last season and the first four games of this season with Hamilton, he was given permission to return to Russia to attend to a family matter. He said the signing was not premeditated.
“His intention was to go home to see his parents and see what he could do,” said Hedges. “When he got home, his father already had the deal done (with Dynamo).
“And if you saw the size of the deal, you’d see why.”
New York, NY / Toronto, ON (October 31, 2008) – NHL Network today announced it has reached a one-year extension for broadcast rights to games from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC Hockey).
The broadcast package provides NHL Network with 19 ‘Game of the Week’ match-ups that will air Friday nights through the remainder of the season. The deal also includes the ECAC Hockey Semifinals and Final.
“You got such freedom, it’s hard to believe. In the U.S. you have so many rules, everything’s regulated and structured. When you make a mistake you pay for it — a lot. … In Russia you don’t have to worry if you make a mistake. And that’s what I love about living here. There’s always another way to make up for it. Nothing’s too serious. Nothing is a problem, and at the same time, everything’s a problem. But somehow no matter how bad things are, you can always work it out.”
-Jaromir Jagr, read more at Slap Shot…
from Cassie Campbell of Blog and Columns at CBC,
For me, the biggest question is: Who should be the Canadian Olympic team captain?
Of course, there are a plethora of players to choose from - Sidney Crosby, Vincent Lecavalier, Scott Niedermayer, Joe Sakic, among others - but my clear-cut choice for the job is Jarome Iginla.
Here are five reasons why:
1. His intensity on the ice.
Iginla can do it all. He can score, play defence and be efficient on both specialty teams. He simply is the complete package. I would add in that he can fight too, but in international hockey that area of his game will not be tested.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
We bring this matter to your attention, fellow puckheads, because if Bryan Murray’s GM job should ever come under fire with the Senators, and we certainly hope not, I guarantee you Yzerman’s name would be at the forefront of the Ottawa media’s wish list. Given that Yzerman is an Ottawa native, a GM in waiting and, not to mention, one of the game’s greatest players ever.
But, for now, all other NHL teams will have to take a rain check.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for me with the Olympic program,” said Yzerman, an Olympic gold medalist in 2002. “For me, if I were to go into another [NHL] situation as a first-time [GM], there’s a lot going on, and I know it’s not the right thing to do.”
From the IIHF:
The IIHF Disciplinary Committee is reviewing a report that was received on 21st October 2008, which outlines that player Matt Murley, 28, (home IIHF member national association USA Hockey) has played without a valid IIHF International Transfer Card (ITC) for the Russian club Amur Khabarovsk.
The IIHF Disciplinary Committee has informed the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia, the Hockey Club Amur Khabarovsk and the player, Matt Murley, that the committee has opened an investigation with regards to this matter.
Amur Khabarovsk is participating in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) of Russia, which is under the jurisdiction of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia (FHR).
As Stu Hackel at the NY Times Slap Shot blog notes, Murley is still under contract to the Carolina Hurricanes, and as recently as October 15th the KHL’s President Alexander Medvedev stated that Murley was not yet cleared to play in their league. Nonetheless, Hackel points to a Russian stats site that indicates Murley has played in four games thus far.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The naming of Steve Yzerman as executive director of Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics is a slap in the face of the history of hockey.
This has nothing to do with Yzerman himself, who was a superb player and is a fine hockey man, and everything to do with Hockey Canada again ignoring the obvious.
For reasons it can best explain, Hockey Canada remains obsessed with the big-name, high-profile, star-quality leader. In essence, the jock-sniffers approach to running a hockey program.
The leading professional ice hockey leagues from Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland (as an associated member) have established a new organization named “Hockey Europe”. The purpose of the Group and its founding members is to promote cooperation, amicable relations and unity of these Leagues and their member Clubs in a middle of the heavy heated competition between the new launched Russian Ice Hockey League KHL and the North-American NHL.
*my thanks to David for dropping me a note about this
from the Lansing State Journal,
A 19-year-old Michigan State University ice hockey player was released from Sparrow Hospital on Tuesday after being injured during a fight at an off-campus house this weekend.
Sophomore A.J. Sturges, a defenseman from Madison, Wis., suffered head injuries early Sunday during the fight that broke out in the 100 block of Center Street involving hockey and football players.
“I want to clarify that there is not a problem between the football program and the hockey program,” MSU hockey coach Rick Comley said. “This was an incident involving a party involving multiple students, not just athletes.”
Press Release from the KHL:
Resolutions of the Board of Directors of the Kontinental Hockey League
The Board of Directors of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) adopted a number of important resolutions at its October 21 meeting that are of great consequence to the future operations of the League. The meeting focused primarily on matters involving internal medical support services, first and foremost those concerning the medical monitoring of athletes.
Most significantly, the Board heard a preliminary report from a special KHL commission investigating the circumstances of the death of Omsk Avangard hockey player Alexei Cherepanov. As a result, the Board resolved to adopt a series of measures aimed at preventing future tragedies in hockey:
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