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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.
from Rob Miech of the Las Vegas Sun,
The five Hunter boys unanimously decided to quit playing hockey a year ago to help their sick father with the family’s 11,000-acre farm in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan.
Planting wheat, peas and lentils, maintaining combines and other machines, hauling grain, shoveling bins, picking rocks and spraying chemicals—among other chores—demanded 18 hours a day.
Before reporting to Las Vegas to try out for the Wranglers, who opened camp Friday morning at the Las Vegas Ice Center, Luke Hunter again was called home by his father, Lorne.
“I got there at 10:30 at night, we worked until 1:30 in the morning and then I rose at 5:30 a.m.,” Luke Hunter said. “We didn’t finish until 3:30 in the morning. It’s harvest time. It’s a full-time job. A lot of hands are required.”
from Lightning Strikes,
Eric Assimakopoulos always has been generous with his employees. The owner of the HC Slovan hockey team, which faces the Lightning tonight in Bratislava, Slovakia, said he is trying to become the first league owner here to offer his players workman’s compensation. He has bought thousands of dollars in equipment for local kids, and he said his team was the first in Slovakia to give its players championship rings.
Now, Assimakopoulos, 38, a native New Yorker and real estate investor who said he still dreams of owning the Rangers, told the St. Petersburg Times that if HC Slovan beats Tampa Bay, he will give each of his players a 10,000 Euros bonus. That is roughly $15,000.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
The NHL says the IIHF has bowed to KHL boss Alexander Medvedev and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly goes as far as suggesting Medvedev and the IIHF are working together.
“There is a real concern that the IIHF as an organization has been co-opted by Medvedev and the KHL. There is no other explanation for their recent behaviour and for refusing to uphold their principles. It raises real questions about the type and nature of the relationship that exists between the leadership of the IIHF and Medvedev.”
from the Colorado Springs Gazette,
The days of Chris Chelios, Keith Tkachuk and other grizzled veterans roaming an Olympic-size sheet probably will give way to a youthful but physical crop of players capable of holding their own on an NHL surface.
“We’ve got to move forward,” said Burke, GM of the Anaheim Ducks and former GM of the Vancouver Canucks and Hartford Whalers. “The team we’re going to put on the ice in 2010 in Vancouver has to be a different team.”
Most consider the U.S., sixth-place finishers at the world championships in May in Canada, a medal contender for Vancouver because of an influx of young talent.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Jordan Sigalet, 27, a cat-quick goaltender, is in Tyumen, Russia, an oil city on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Jonathan Sigalet, 22, a smooth-skating defenseman, is trying to jam himself onto the Blue Jackets roster in Columbus, where 2 inches of snow brings the city to its knees.
They couldn’t be farther apart. They couldn’t be closer.
“I always thought that someday, when I looked back on my career, I might regret not taking the opportunity to play with my brother—especially after what he has gone through,” Jonathan said.
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