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from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Both (Barry) Smith and Emery’s agent, J.P. Barry, say the KHL was no summer vacation. It was serious hockey with primitive conditions outside the rink that most NHLers wouldn’t have the fortitude to tolerate.
“To go overseas to Russia to play, to me, means you really want to play,” Smith said. “It’s not easy. It is the hardest place in Europe to go and play hockey – for sure. So he chose the hardest place to play and he played very well, taking his team to first place.
“I think this speaks volumes for a kid who wants to get back in the league [NHL].”
Playing in Russia was very different than North America. Emery would have to show up at 5 p.m. – more than 24 hours before his game – at a gymnasium with other team members where they would bunk-in overnight.
“Forget what these guys were earning, they slept on cots in a gym before the game,” Barry said.
The Flyers will be announcing today the signing of Ray Emery. Good move?
added 11:16am, Official release from the Flyers on the signing…
They way Osgood has played, we’re not sure how Red Wings executive and Team Canada Olympic boss Steve Yzerman doesn’t hand him an invite to the team’s summer camp in August. If four or five goalies get invites, how does Osgood not get one?
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. More on Osgood vs. Fleury from Pierre…
RDS is reporting that forward Viktor Kozlov has signed a deal to play with Salavat of the KHL for next season. Details of the contract were not reported.
It appears Sergei Fedorov is ready to leave the Washington Capitals and play in the Kontinental Hockey League next season.
Citing sources in Russia, RDS.ca is reporting that Fedorov is about to agree to a two-year deal with Russia’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
The report indicates the two-year contract will see Fedorov collect $3.8 million per season.
Fedorov would be joining his younger brother Fedor on the Metallurg Magnitogorsk roster.
added 10:43am, via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
I was just told moments ago by someone in the Fedorov camp that the 39-year-old veteran still has interest in playing for Washington next season. But for Fedorov to return to the Caps, I was told via text message, “a decision has to be made soon by Wash.”
from the CP via TSN,
The Windsor Spitfires are Memorial Cup champions.
Adam Henrique, Dale Mitchell and Rob Kwiet scored in the first seven minutes of a 4-1 win over the Kelowna Rockets in the final Sunday.
continue for game recap…
added 7:25pm, from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
If there was one Canadian municipality that needed a pick-me-up or a reason to party, that would be Windsor.
The city has been slapped in the face by the failing economy and a slumping auto industry. But a bunch of teenagers has given the demoralized citizens of Windsor a temporary reprieve from the doom and gloom with the border town’s first major junior hockey championship.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail at CTV Olympics,
Hockey Canada’s annual general meeting concluded in Vancouver yesterday with two recommendations for the game’s future.
For starters, delegates from across the country decided to hold a second hockey summit that will focus on “the player” and will take place next summer at a location to be determined.
More immediately, however, the membership told Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson to ensure three gold medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver-Whistler next winter. Concerned by a string of recent international results, the message from Hockey Canada’s board was simple, according to Nicholson.
“Silver isn’t good enough,” he said. “We shouldn’t be satisfied with silver. I was given an endorsement to do everything in my power to win three gold medals.”
While on the subject of Canada, Happy Victoria Day to all of the great folks in Canada!
from Russia Today,
The Continental Hockey League (KHL) will become equal to their American contemporary the NHL in the next five years, says hockey legend and KHL CEO Vyacheslav Fetisov, Sport-Express newspaper reports.
The KHL officials have officially closed the 2008/09 season, giving a press-conference on Friday.
“I congratulate all of you on the successful conclusion of the KHL season. Everything we were talking about in the past seven years has now become a reality. You all see interest among fans which the league attracted from the very start of the season and the impact that caused by the final series,” Vyacheslav Fetisov said.
“When people do their job from the heart, the result is great. If we continue this way then within five years we will be able to compete with the National Hockey League. We are ready to catch up with Americans as to the quality of the game, and the level of the games organization. But there is, of course, a lot of work ahead of us,” he added.
NEW YORK (May 14, 2009)—NHL Network today announced it is the U.S. national rightsholder for the Memorial Cup for the second consecutive year, signaling the network’s commitment to showcasing premiere junior hockey events. NHL Network broadcasts of the storied championship of the Canadian Hockey League begin Friday, May 15.
The tournament features the champions of the Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), plus the host team Rimouski Oceanic.
All games will be shown in high definition and feature a number of NHL Central Scouting ranked players including:
from Russia Today,
After winning it’s second consecutive World Championship beating Canada in the final, Russia took over first position in the IIHF World Ranking. But does this really mean the beginning of the new Red Machine era?
It’s the first time since its establishment in 2004 that Russia tops the World Ranking. Consequently, runner-up Canada falls down to second, Sweden remains in third position, Finland in fourth.
Though it’s difficult to overestimate the importance of Sunday’s victory, the Russian team management makes no secret that their main goal is Vancouver 2010 gold.
Before the Winter Olympics 2010 “it was important for us to show that we are stronger than Canada,” Russia’s head coach Vyacheslav Bykov told Itar-Tass after the game.
“This victory is crucial before Vancouver. We showed that we are a team that can win,” Bykov said before adding: “We deliberately gave away the initiative to Canada in the second and third periods. We were sure about the success of our defensive ice hockey,” the Russian head coach said.
Team Russia beat Canada 2-1 on Sunday to win the gold medal at the World Hockey Championship for the second year in a row. Alexander Radulov scored a spectacular goal in the second period that stood up as the eventual game-winner, and Ilya Bryzgalov stood up to a flood of Canadian chances in the third period to keep Russia ahead.
The win marked Russia’s first back-to-back world titles since they won in consecutive years in 1989 and 1990.
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