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from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
The fact that troubled winger Chris Simon and backup netminder John Grahame won’t be returning to the NHL next season likely comes as little surprise, but what’s interesting is that the pair have signed with teams in the newly branded Continental Hockey League (formerly the Russian Super League) this weekend.
“We’ve got good players on the horizon and we all know the Olympics are the measuring stick,” Hitchcock said. “If you’re talking about world power and you’re talking about supremacy in hockey, you talk about the Olympics. They’re missing players for this tournament – there’s a player playing in Detroit (Pavel Datsyuk) who’s not bad - and we’re missing players in this tournament. When you get it together at the Olympics and everybody is there, that’s the measuring stick. We all know that.”
more on the WC from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News…
from the CP via the Ottawa Sun,
Speaking shortly after Rick Nash’s delay of game penalty led to Ilya Kovalchuk’s overtime winner in Canada’s 5-4 loss to Russia in the gold-medal game Sunday, Cherry ranted that the rule was ruining games….
“The National Hockey League, the reason they put this in, this goofy stupid rule, is because they said players were tired and they were shooting it in the stands,” an emotional Cherry said during his Coach’s Corner segment on the CBC. “If the guy knows he’s getting a penalty, would he shoot it in the stands? Some fool in the National Hockey League had nothing to do (but) come up with that stupid rule and it’s cost series.”
added 6:20pm, You can watch today’s Coach’s Corner segment here at CBC....
Fans of a certain age may take a moment to look back in wonder on Sunday afternoon when Canada and Russia take to the ice for the gold medal game at the world hockey championship in Quebec City (1 p.m., ET).
Has it really been 36 years since the 1972 series pitting the NHL stars of Canada against the pros of the Soviet Union in the most famous series ever?
While everyone’s wondering where the time went, give a little thought to where that type of game has gone.
Update 3:58pm ET (alanah): Russia wins in OT on a goal by Ilya Kovalchuk.
The Championship title is the first for Russia since winning the Gold in Germany in 1993. Despite the losing effort, Canada’s Dany Heatley was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Canada appeared to be headed to their second consecutive Championship as they led 4-2 after two periods, however Russia stormed back to even the score at four apiece thanks to third period goals by Alexei Tereschenko and Kovalchuk.
Kovalchuk snapped his first goal of the tournament past a screened Cam Ward with just over five minutes remaining in the third period to send this one to the extra period.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
These Sunbelt kids are part of a new wave, rising up from the bottom left corner of the continental United States, and infiltrating major junior hockey west of Ontario. They are taking a traditionally Canadian route to the NHL, skating beside tractor-strong Prairie boys and riding buses through the B.C. Interior.
The number of U.S. players in the WHL has doubled over the past five years, and the Sunbelt kids are behind that spike. They cut their teeth in Wayne Gretzky’s haunts, amid retired hockey professionals, with elite travelling clubs modelled after the Detroit-area youth programs founded by NHL owners such as Mike Ilitch of the Detroit Red Wings and Peter Karmanos of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca gets a 19-month jump plotting his Team Canada Olympic lineup for the 2010 games:
There’s still an NHL season and a half to play out, but as we sit here in May 2008, here’s who I would dress for the February 2010 Games.
Up front, these are my nine offensive guys at forward, in no particular order: Crosby, Eric Staal, Jarome Iginla, Vincent Lecavalier, Rick Nash, Ryan Getzlaf, Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton and Jonathan Toews. Don’t be surprised by the last name, he’s a stud and 19 months from now you won’t question Toews on the Olympic team.
And in other international hockey news…
Geraldine Heaney, Angela James and Cammie Granato made women’s hockey history on Thursday. The trio of pioneers became the first women players inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, along with former superstar Mario Lemieux, Russian great Igor Larionov and the first French player ever to skate in the NHL, Philippe Bozon.
more here with video
Update 11:10am ET: A conversation with Larionov on the occasion of his induction into the IIHF Hall of Fame, discussing everything from the NHL to the state of Russian hockey.
From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post,
Patrick Roy will not be the coach of the Avalanche. Not for next season, anyway.
Roy told The Denver Post late Thursday night he wants to stay in Quebec at least through this coming season, mainly to keep coaching his sons, Jonathan and Frederick.
But Roy said he does want to coach in the NHL at some point, probably when his younger son, Frederick, leaves junior hockey.
“When Fred is done, it will be different,” Roy said. “But this is OK with me for now.”
To clear up some conflicting reports and rumors, a quick note about Eric’s and Jordan Staal’s status in the wake of the unfortunate death of their grandfather.
Eric Staal has left Team Canada at the World Championships to join his family and will understandably be missing his game scheduled for Wednesday. Jordan Staal is said to be playing tonight for the Pittsburgh Penguins, then flying home briefly tomorrow to attend the funeral. He isn’t expected to miss any games.
Team USA’s loss to Finland yesterday has produced a hailstorm of criticism for the officials based on a goal scored by Finland that led to their late rally. For anyone who hasn’t seen the controversial non-goal—which was reviewed by the video judge and still declared a goal—it can be seen on the video below.
Both teams agree it was a major error, as can be seen in the post-game reaction on this TSN clip.
Update 10:23am May 13: From The Chronicle Herald,
The video goal judge was dismissed by the International Ice Hockey Federation after the botched call. The IIHF acknowledged the goal “should not have counted” on its website and stated the goal judge will “not be working for the rest of the tournament.”
“It’s a mistake,” Esche said. “The guy made a mistake and you have to live with it.”
U.S. head coach John Tortorella wasn’t as forgiving on Monday.
“Did they sack him? They should,” Tortorella said. “I don’t know how they handled it but as far as dismissing him, yes I support it.
From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun,
It’s believed the Wild and Canadiens have held talks with Yashin’s agents.
The 35-year-old Yashin, a former No. 1 pick of the Senators, had 43 points in 56 games this season with Yaroslavl. He returned to his homeland after receiving a $17.6-million US buyout from the Islanders last summer.
“Some teams were asking me about (Yashin) at the under-18 championships in (Kazan, Russia last month),” said agent Todd Diamond. “We had a few teams that were inquiring. He had a great year over there. He was the MVP of the league and he was the leading scorer in the playoffs.”
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