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from Lightning Strikes,
This news release just arrived from the Lightning. No confirmation on the ACL, but the fact that the team is acknowledging surgery is likely would seem to square with the early reports. Here’s the release:
TAMPA BAY - Tampa Bay Lightning center Jeff Halpern has suffered a right knee injury that is expected to require surgery, it was announced by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster.
added 8:10pm, from the CP via TSN,
Tampa Bay centre Jeff Halpern is expected to miss the next six to eight months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament at the IIHF World Hockey Championship, the Lightning announced Wednesday.
from the Sault Star,
Craig Hartsburg said Saturday he’s looking forward to discussing a contract extension that would see him continue beyond next season as the Soo Greyhounds head coach.
Speaking like someone who expects to enter the 2008-2009 Ontario Hockey League campaign behind the Hounds bench, the 48-year-old Hartsburg said he can’t totally rule out a return to the NHL, but “as of right now I’m assuming I’ll be back.”
About to enter the final year of a five-year contract he signed in 2004, the Stratford, Ont., native’s name has been mentioned prominently as a top candidate for, among others, the Ottawa Senators head coaching job.
from Reuters via the Guardian,
If Canada ends the tournament with a medal, Heatley will join goaltender Sean Burke as the most decorated Canadian at the worlds with four medals.
With his four points (three goals and an assist) from Canada’s 5-1 win over Slovenia on Friday, Heatley needs just four more points to pass Team Canada general manager and former NHL great Steve Yzerman (39 points) as the country’s all-time leading scorer at the tournament
added 7:16pm, via CBC,
Dany Heatley notched a goal and three assists to become his country’s leading scorer in the modern era of the world hockey championship as Canada demolished Latvia 7-0 Sunday in Halifax.
from the CP,
Tretiak says he’s hopeful that the NHL and European hockey federations can come to some sort of agreement on player transfers.
“I think there should be friendship between the NHL and the Russian leagues,” Tretiak said. “That is what I hope.”
Tretiak says his hope is that other Russian-born players are not denied a chance to play in North America as he was.
Sitting in Le Colisee Pepsi, where Tretiak played a handful of games, he says not playing in the NHL was his greatest regret.
From the Canadian Press:
A 17-year-old hockey player has been charged with assault with a weapon following an alleged stick-swinging incident during an Ontario Minor Hockey Association game in Paris, Ont., that ruptured an opponent’s spleen.
It’s alleged that on Feb. 22, a player on the Paris Wolfpack midget team took a “two-handed baseball swing” with his stick and struck a Caledonia Thunder player in the abdomen, causing him to fall to the ice and later be taken to hospital, provincial police Const. Larry Plummer said Friday.
• a lot of spleen talk this week…
from the Calgary Herald,
Finnish defenceman Joni Pitkanen pulled out of the IIHF world hockey championship with a knee injury, but he wasn’t getting a lot of sympathy from head coach Doug Sheddon.
“I wouldn’t put a gun to anyone’s head to play for their country,” said Sheddon, who is convinced the injury wasn’t all that serious.
“The commitment has to be better and I didn’t see a whole lot of commitment from him,” Sheddon said.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Kopitar will face two of his L.A. teammates, Dustin Brown and Patrick O’Sullivan on Team USA Sunday. Today he faces Kings’ assistant coach Mike Johnston.
“He’s a star player,” says Johnston, a veteran of seven world championships. “If you are looking for a player to build a team around, he’s that kind of guy. He’s a key guy to what we’re trying to put together in L.A. He’s already capable of dominating games. He has size, poise and maturity.”
Kopitar’s goal of holding Canada to five goals?
“Don’t believe him. He’s going to go out and try and control and dominate the game,” said Johnston
Canadian captain Shane Doan sees a lot of the young Slovenian playing against him with the Phoenix Coyotes.
“He’s big and strong and he has a great shot. Even though you have guys on him, he’s capable of beating them. He creates space for the guys he plays with.”
from Allan Hougaard at the Hockey News,
The Czech Ice Hockey Association has decided not to sign the IIHF’s player transfer deal with the NHL after the 14 hockey clubs in the Czech Extraliga voted in favor of ending the current deal immediately. This likely means there will be no regulations surrounding the transfer of players between the European teams and the NHL next season.
The existing NHL-IIHF player transfer agreement was originally supposed to last until 2011, but the Euro nations in the agreement demanded it be reopened in December 2007. In order to gain time to negotiate a new, long-term agreement, the IIHF and NHL have been working to arrive at a one-year extension of the existing agreement.
The Czech site iDNES has reported the following:
Some unnamed player from Omsk was told by the boss of the club that Jagr is gonna play there next year. “We dont know anything about length of contract or about money but they told us Jagr will play here. Thats fantastic news!”
Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer and the translation.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
It was the second practice for Team Canada when Pat Burns was out on the ice barking at the players.
Barking. Like only Pat Burns can bark.
If you weren’t sure what it was going to be like with the survivor of four years of cancer treatment joining Ken Hitchcock’s team as an associate coach, the answer was pretty much obvious right then and there.
“At the first practice he was barking at us,” laughed Hitchock of Burns shouting at himself and his other two coaches, Craig MacTavish and Mike Johnston.
“When a guy has been out of the game for four years, you think you’ll sort of ease him in. That lasted one day.”
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