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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
It might seem curious that Team Canada would pass over as gifted a skater, stickhandler and shooter as Subban for a tournament on Olympic-sized ice, but doing so would surely owe to a tag that has stuck to him since he was a junior player: risky in his own end.
The stats don’t bear that out – by any measure, Subban is an above-average defender, and has shown elite defending ability in his career – but how can Steve Yzerman and the other Team Canada selectors trust Subban to be steady and reliable when there are recent indications the Habs have their doubts?
Earlier this week coach Michel Therrien sent Andrei Markov, Subban’s regular partner, out with Francis Bouillon in the final two minutes of a 2-0 game at Madison Square Garden.
On Tuesday, with Montreal clinging to a 2-1 lead against Dallas, Therrien nailed Subban to the bench for the final 2:56, and threw the statuesque Douglas Murray on the ice alongside Markov.
Though Dallas generated a couple of quick scoring chances, the Habs held on.
But Therrien’s decision to keep his stud defenceman off the ice raised eyebrows, and voices, on Montreal talk radio and in fan forums – all amid the usual circumspection, which is to say borderline hysteria.
“I’m confident of Semyon’s innocence. I think it is sports and political move, as Varlamov is a candidate for the Russian national team. The main goal is to suspend him from training and games so that he loses practice and misses the Olympics.”
-State Duma deputy Igor Ananskikh, a member of Russia's most outspoken nationalist party, LDPR. A bit more at RSport.
added 8:30am, from Sport-Express (translated),
While the formal procedures were performed premises Varlamov in a prison cell business beginning to grow into the first details. It was learned that the statement made by the Russian goalkeeper girl, composed with him in "intimate relations."Name the possible victim was not called for a while, until the news has not appeared interview her attorney Robert Abrams, who presented the position of his client.
- Varlamov pushed the girl, she hit the wall. She informed me that the defendant was in a state of intoxication. In the end, the girl was taken to the hospital. After the injuries Ivy was hospitalized. Can you imagine that - a professional athlete weighing 95 kg against petite girl growth of 160 cm and a weight of 45 kg?
Abrams also said that her name is Ivy, but did not mention any name, any kind of activity.
- Evie says that Varlamov is not the first time applied to her physical strength. But this time, her patience snapped. She just told me that we put him in jail.
Ivey, according to ITAR-TASS, was model Eugenia Vavrinyuk that Varlamov with a long-standing relationship. Yesterday at 10:40 Moscow time she had left on the social network the following message:
- If a man raised his hand - he will repeat it. And no amount of persuasion and his oath should not dissuade women in it.Part with these men need not feel sorry for them! Giving men the last chance - it means to sign a verdict on repeat. "
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
One hundred days from now the Sochi Olympic Games begin. Here's a look at 100 storylines, questions and thoughts surrounding the Winter Olympics' marquee event: the men's hockey tournament.
1. What will things look like in Sochi? As in, will there will be roofs overhead and floors underfoot? Lots of work yet to be done on facilities, but most pre-Olympic visitors agree the facilities, especially in the so-called "coastal cluster" where the hockey tournament will be held -- many of which offer a view of the Black Sea -- will be spectacular.
2. The big ice. How many times will we hear NHL players, coaches and GMs speak in ominous tones about "the big ice" in Sochi and how it will impact the game vis-a-vis what fans are used to in North America? We put the over/under at 14,576 and take the over.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Each Monday, we’ll rank the top contenders to man the pipes for Team USA and Team Canada in Sochi based on their play to date.
1. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings: No surprise to see Quick make three stops in the shootout and preserve a win over the Hurricanes on Friday. He has a 70 percent save percentage in the skills competition, sixth-best among active goalies. That skill might come in handy in Sochi. (Last week: 4)
2. Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres: He returned from a minor injury just in time to have his defense desert him in a 4-1 loss to Columbus, but was exceptional in a 2-1 defeat by the Blackhawks that was played entirely in Buffalo’s zone. (Last week: 1)
1. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens: We’re starting to see the impact of the tinkering with his mechanics. He looked nice and compact in a 39-save performance against Roberto Luongo and the Canucks, and did a good job of swallowing his rebounds. He also enjoyed a nice tire pumping from Sidney Crosby who called him “the best goaltender in the game.” (Last week: 4)
2. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks: He looks like he’s back in form after a soft opening week. It’s not just that he’s making the stops he’s supposed to make, it’s his ability to maintain focus when the action is centralized in the other end that could really pay off for Canada. (Last week: 5)
the #3-5 spots are also listed for each country...
from Neate Sager of Buzzing the Net at Yahoo.ca,
If eliminating fighting in junior isn't at the very top of USA Hockey and Hockey Canada's agendas, then it's about to be after a scary scene in a United States Hockey League game on Saturday night.
Some would say that it's too soon to put Dubuque Fighting Saints defenceman Dylan Chanter suffering a "full-body seizure" after the 18-year-old bare head struck the ice during a tussle into the context of whether it's appropriate for teenagers to fight.
Watch the incident below and understand it may be hard to watch for some...
Stamford, Conn – October 11, 2013 – NBC Sports Group and Notre Dame announced a three-year agreement to annually telecast 12 Notre Dame Hockey home games on NBCSN. In addition, NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream all 12 games telecast on NBCSN and eight additional Notre Dame Hockey home games.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It is still undecided what form, exactly, the return of the Premiere Games in Europe will have. For five straight seasons from 2007 through 2011, the NHL held regular-season games in Europe to open the year.
One idea that seems to have the most traction is to hold the games around late October instead of at the beginning of the regular season, as had previously been done. Given that most NHL teams have already booked their preseason games for next season, it would make sense to delay the event later into October....
Meanwhile, there has been debate about whether the World Cup of Hockey -- not held since September 2004 -- would return either in the fall of 2015 or the fall of 2016, but as my colleague Elliotte Friedman reported over the weekend on Hockey Night In Canada and a source also told ESPN.com, it’s almost a given if the tournament returns that it would be in September 2015; the idea being that it would avoid going up against the 2016 Summer Olympics or the 2016 World Cup of Soccer.
more plus additional topics include more spin-o-rama talk and Craig Berube...
from the IIHF,
(Lucas) Aykroyd, who has covered every Winter Olympics and IIHF World Championship since 2000, is offering another long-range forecast for the 2014 Winter Games. History, current trends, available talent, and a little bit of intuition are all factored in. Just like last time, these predictions are solely the writer’s and do not reflect any official views of the IIHF.
Wednesday, February 12
Game 1: SWE 3, CZE 2: Zetterberg paces Tre Kronor with three points, Czechs limited to six shots in third
Game 2: SUI 4, LAT 1: Hollenstein scores twice, Ozolins earns first Olympic point since 2006
Analysis: Remarkably, the well-organized Swedes haven’t lost an Olympic opener since 1964 (3-1 to Canada), and that streak should continue here, with Tre Kronor taking the edge over the Czechs in goal and on defence. Switzerland, coming off a historic silver medal performance at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, should handle the Latvians with relative ease in their first-ever Olympic meeting. Latvia has lost six out of its last eight World Championship games with the Swiss, dating back to 1999.
read on including the All-Star team...
First this from Darren Dreger al litle earlier tonight...
Then this from TSN about 10 minutes ago...
Former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov appears to be Vegas bound.
According to reports, the 33-year-old Bryzgalov is close to signing with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL.
continue for career talk on Bryzgalov...
The Wranglers are noted for some of their promotions, I wonder what the would have in store for Bryz?
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