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Talking KHL At The World Hockey Summit

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

They gathered, for the first night, at the Hockey Hall of Fame and used that tried-and-true format – the Hot Stove discussion – to launch the world hockey summit. Everybody who was everybody in the world of hockey showed up, or was on their way, including a couple of intriguing guests from Russia – Alexander Medvedev, president of the Continental Hockey League (KHL), and Slava Fetisov, the league’s chairman.

Medvedev’s league is about to enter its third season and despite many growing pains along the way, and the frustration of not being able to repatriate the crème de la crème of Russian players, is becoming a more viable option with every passing season.

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Huet’s Hands Are Tied

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

Huet’s agent, Steve Bartlett, said his client would have been willing to renegotiate his contract to stay in the NHL, something that is not currently an option.

“His goal was to stay in the NHL,” Bartlett said. “If there was a way he could have, he would.

“That’s the downside of the inflexibility of the CBA – there’s no ability to renegotiate or for another team to take on a portion of a contract. Financially, you’re well covered, but if your goal is to play in the NHL, you’ve got two hands tied behind your back.”

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It Appears Huet Headed To Swiss League

from Chris Kuc of Chicago Breaking Sports,

Cristobal Huet’s time with the Blackhawks appears to be nearing an end.

The veteran goaltender is in discussions with Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss League, but “nothing is 100 percent yet,” according to Huet’s agent Stephen Bartlett. “We’ve had discussions with (Gotteron), but nothing is finalized and there are a lot of hoops to go through and approvals that have to happen here, so at this point it’s preliminary to say anything is done.”

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All About The World Hockey Summit

from the CP at The Hockey News,

It might be a little on the expensive side, and it might take place during one of the last prime weeks of summer, but organizers of the world hockey summit believe fans will be rewarded for their attendance.

The four-day event opens Monday in Toronto, featuring some of the sport’s most influential figures discussing pressing issues in an open public forum. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and IIHF president Rene Fasel will host separate question-and-answer sessions, while Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and Detroit Red Wings counterpart Ken Holland headline an impressive list of panellists.

“This would be hockey-nerd heaven, for sure,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of hockey development with Hockey Canada.

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Olympics Or World Cup?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

...selling yourself to an indifferent market like the United States takes more than a one-time shot. The television ratings in Vancouver were proof Americans will watch hockey, and getting a chance to show your wares on a world stage should never be considered a bad thing (although what the NHL really needs is the United States to win the men’s gold medal).

First, though, the NHL has to commit to the Games for the long term. It should also decide what it is going to do with the World Cup of Hockey – a competition that appears, it seems, only when the league feels like it.

Ideally, either the Olympics or the World Cup should be chosen as the sport’s major international competition.

Originally, there was a plan to have the World Cup every four years in between Olympics, so there would be a best-versus-best international competition every two years. But that could result in what we saw in the 1980s, with the Canada Cups and the world championships – international hockey burnout for the players.

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The State Of Women’s Hockey

from the CP at The Hockey News,

Hayley Wickenheiser already knows what she’s going to say. She hopes the power brokers of the hockey world are listening.

The captain of Canada’s Olympic women’s team plans to lay out the state of the women’s game at next week’s World Hockey Summit in Toronto.

“I’m sure there will be female hockey people and stakeholders in the audience, but I also hope that we get some movers and shakers in the game there,” Wickenheiser says.

“I’d love to see Brian Burke there, I’d love to see NHL people there who have experience growing the game and managing teams, taking teams through highs and lows and knowing what it takes to develop programs.”

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Playing In Europe

from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen at Canada.com,

Players look to European leagues for many reasons, and the class structure there is as pronounced as it is in the NHL.

Some players are fading superstars attracted by the big dollars being tossed around, most notably by Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

Count among this group 35-year-old Pavol Demitra, who has left the Vancouver Canucks to play for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, 38-year-old Jaromir Jagr, who plays for Omsk Avangard, and 36-year-old Alexei Yashin, who plays for St. Petersburg.

Some are players such as Alexandre Daigle, the former No. 1 draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, who want to keep playing professional hockey but don’t want to break a sweat every night. After sashaying through six NHL and three AHL teams in an undistinguished 12-year North American career, Daigle has found happiness and success in Switzerland, where his skills are good enough to have made him a point-a-game player.

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Talking Rule Changes

Brian Duff and Mike Johnson of the NHL Network discuss the proposed/experimental rule changes which were discussed at Day 1 of the R & D camp.

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Friendly Reminder- R & D Camp Highlights On NHL Network

via NHL.com,

NHL Network will keep fans covered with the latest updates, sights, sounds and analysis from the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp Fueled By G Series.

NHL Network will feature a half-hour show Wednesday and Thursday, at 9 p.m. ET in Canada and 10:30 p.m. ET in the U.S. The show will provide a full recap and analysis from that day’s testing. NHL Network host Brian Duff and analyst Mike Johnson will take viewers inside the Camp through exclusive interviews with NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Operations Brendan Shanahan, veteran NHL coaches Ken Hitchcock and Dave King, prospects from the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft and more. NHL Net also will take a look at Gatorade’s G Series and speak with doctors on-site about the science involved with this product and how it helps players reach their potential.

The goal of the camp is to test possible rule changes and modifications, with 33 of the top prospects for the 2011 Entry Draft being used to bring the tests to life over the next two days.

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Globalizing Our Game

from Brian Burke at the Montreal Gazette,

Hockey is special.

In no other sport do the players, the management, the owners and the fans treat “the Game” with such respect. That’s what they call it, too — “the Game.”

You hear it all the time in hockey — everyone’s actions are still guided by what’s good for “the Game.”

For the players, I believe, it’s because the game is the hardest sport in the world to play. You need great athletic ability. And, you need persistence and tenacity. You need to be fearless to play a full-contact sport at high speed.

You also need ice.

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