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from Chris Johnston of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
There will probably be a crowded class when the Hall opens its doors again next November.
Steve Yzerman is a lock to enter in his first year of eligibility and it’s hard to imagine Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille not joining him. All four of those players were legitimate stars in their prime and each has won a Stanley Cup along with one of the league’s major personal awards….
Adam Oates and Doug Gilmour are the highest eligible players on the NHL’s all-time point list that have been passed over. Oates finished his career with 1,420 points — good for 15th overall — and Gilmour is a spot behind him with 1,414 points.
Pavel Bure, Eric Lindros, Steve Larmer, Mike Vernon and Dino Ciccarelli are among a long list of players who continue to warrant some consideration.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The Hall of Famers were finished strolling down the red carpet and most of the attending media was downstairs in the restaurant, Piazza Manna, which turns into the media center for the induction ceremony.
Of course, no matter where the media goes there has to be food, and there was here and it was good. Wings and pizza and lasagna and sandwiches and wraps and a salad. Good stuff, right?
Yeah, Steve Yzerman thought so….
If you think it was strange to have a hockey legend come into the media center for a meal, you’re not alone.
“You guys invade our territory all the time,” Yzerman said, “so I figured I’d invade yours.”
read on for coverage of the induction ceremony…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League — considered to be the greatest threat to NHL stability since the WHA — is undergoing its own growing pains in its inaugural season, with teams missing payroll, uncertainty over the fate of its smaller franchises and worries about the possible impact of the growing world economic crisis on its well-moneyed backers, many of them who rely on high world oil prices for their wealth.
“I should be and I must be and I will be honest with you — that is a big concern,” said Igor Larionov Monday, on the day he was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame, after a distinguished 27-year career, mixed between international and NHL play….
Larionov said the economics of the KHL make little sense today, given that some teams in the Moscow draw as few as 1,000 to 2,000 people per game and ticket prices are so modest - $5, $10, $15 max. At that rate, he does not believe the sort of salaries they were offering to players last season — as much as $10 million to Pittsburgh Penguins’ star Evgeni Malkin — were sustainable over the long term.
Last week the KHL announced it was undertaking medical evaluations across the league and invited media members to observe the process.
Today, after the first round of evaluations have been completed on some 67 players under the age of 20, some preliminary results were made public:
Based upon the first round of examinations, three KHL players were found to have heart problems. These athletes were referred to cardiologist specialists to undergo more testing.
The KHL’s Medical Center won’t be banning players as yet; the cardiologists will make that determination.
Full text of the press release is below:
from George James Malik of SnapShots at Mlive,
The Russian alphabet is a phonetic one (i.e. the alphabet’s letters describe single sounds, unlike the English alphabet, for example, where letters can make different sounds), so their transliterations of English words follow phonetic patterns, like “tafgai” (“tough guy”), “enachelovsky” (“NHL’er,” with a Russian possessive), and, when certain phonetic sounds are absent from the alphabet, things get really interesting.
For example, “Detroyt Red Uingz” once had a goaltender named “Dominik Ghashek,” they play at “Dzhoh Lewis Areena,” and former assistant coach “Beri Smit” coaches SKA St. Petersburg, for example.
George also discovers Mike Krushelnyski accepts a head coaching position in the KHL.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Of course, it could still be Martin Brodeur in net for Canada when the 2010 Winter Olympics open in Vancouver in 15 months.
But there were enough folks wondering about what age either has done to Brodeur’s game or will have done by Vancouver that he certainly wasn’t a lock to be the No.1 goalie for Team Canada when this season started….
Roberto Luongo, of course, is considered the heir apparent to Brodeur. But the Canucks missed the playoffs last spring and are facing a long, tough battle to make it this year, so there’s no certainty that Luongo will have the opportunity come April to make his case for ‘10 by taking his team on a long playoff run.
Then there’s Carey Price, still just 21 years old. The Canadiens started Jaroslav Halak in a 4-3 shootout loss in Columbus last night just to save Price for centre stage tonight at the Air Canada Centre on national television against the surprisingly potent Leafs.
from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
Peter Adler, the Euro-hockey expert, filed this report:
“In their inimitable way, the KHL has fallen down face-first with its salary payments ... especially those clubs that are in any shape or form connected to sponsorships by metal-producing companies and such have been hit hard .
from the CP via TSN,
While officials debate what jersey Team Canada will wear at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, it’s clear that player loyalty to the Hockey Canada Maple Leaf logo in question runs deep.
‘‘Simply put, a lot of us wore that jersey, wore that logo - we won a gold medal in that jersey,’’ said Steve Yzerman, executive director of the 2010 men’s team. ‘‘It does have some special significance to us.’‘...
For Eric Staal, seeing his name on a Canadian jersey at the world under-18 championship in 2002 meant that he was getting closer to achieving his dream of playing in the NHL.
‘‘I still remember putting it on the first time and seeing that logo and knowing that I was one of the elite players of that age in the country,’’ said Staal, now a forward with the Carolina Hurricanes. ‘‘It’s something I’ll remember forever.’‘
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
He stills remembers the Soviet system, which he calls “unacceptable,” and he’s outspoken in his praise of the people who allowed him to escape that system for the NHL.
The type of hockey that he and his teammates played was so effective that much of it was adopted by the NHL and for that, we all owe him our thanks. The game is a much more attractive spectacle today than it used to be and Larionov’s contributions in that regard would be hard to eclipse.
The Hockey Hall of Fame has no shortage of worthy inductees, but it’s hard to think of a guy who is more worthy — in a number of ways — than Igor Larionov.
from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NYT,
Q: ...As you show in your article, the Russian government considers the K.H.L. an instrument of foreign policy. Given the uncertain economic climate for Russia, are the league’s plans to expand beyond the old Soviet sphere still feasible? How about the newest talk from Slava Fetisov, on expanding into China, Korea and Japan?
Andrew Meier.: Europe remains the first target for growth. Above all, Fetisov, and others behind the founding of the K.H.L., fear that the N.H.L. is bent on a self-serving drive to preserve its market share. To Fetisov, the strategy is both myopic and ultimately detrimental to the game. “There’s no market there,” he told me. “North America’s too small. Europe is the future. That’s where the tradition, and the players, and the fans are.” Jagr, and a whole host of Europeans now playing in Russia, would tend to agree.
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