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The International Scouting Services released their final rankings for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft with little change at the top.
Sam Reinhart is the man the Florida Panthers will select with the first overall pick on June 27 in Philadelphia according to ISS.
Reinhart is a centre for the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League and tallied 36 goals and 69 assists for 105 points in 60 games last year. He picked up 23 points in just 13 games in the Ice's playoff run.
Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad is second on the list and may be on the Buffalo Sabres' radar. Ekblad had 23 goals alongside 30 assists for 53 points this past season in the Ontario Hockey League.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Of course, should Ovechkin decide to change leagues, he’d need to be extremely careful lest he come off looking like an even bigger villain than Ilya Kovalchuk did when he abruptly abandoned the New Jersey Devils last summer. There would be a sizeable contingent of mortified Washington fans no matter what Ovechkin said to explain himself, but life is all about framing and this situation would be no different.
Here’s how he should frame it: by pointing to other teams that have parted ways with their franchise player and discovered the devil they knew wasn’t always better than the one they didn’t. Take the Blue Jackets, for example. There was no shortage of angst-ridden Columbus fans when management traded their franchise cornerstone, Rick Nash, to the Rangers in the summer of 2012. That transaction benefitted the Jackets as much as it did Nash (who no longer had the full weight of an organization sitting on his shoulders). It was a classic short-term-pain-for-long-term-gain scenario.
Ovechkin leaving for the KHL would free up some $9.5 million in salary cap space for the seven years remaining on his contract. As we should know by now, that space would allow Caps management to acquire two or three high-quality talents and add balance to a roster that desperately needs it. Ovechkin could paint himself as making a sacrifice for the long-term good of the franchise.
There is some question whether the NHL would provide cap relief to the Capitals if Ovechkin returned to Russia, but the league would have an extremely tough time justifying a rejection of cap relief for one team after providing it to the Devils. As well, KHL president Alexander Medvedev recently gave an interview with Russian publication championat.com in which he said, “there is a legal way for any player if he decides to play in another league (to do so) without breaking the mutual (KHL/NHL) agreement to respect each other’s contracts.” Clearly, it’s technically possible.
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Here is a preview from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,
The statistics tell an eloquent story. The Soviet Union, known as the “Big Red Machine,” won 37 straight games versus Finland from 1954 to 1991 at the IIHF World Championship. It was no contest.
Finland didn’t face newly independent Russia at the Worlds until 1997. But in the last 17 years, the record between the Finnish Lions and the Russian Bear is seven wins, one tie, and seven losses. Dead even.
Still, funnily enough, Russia is almost always favoured to beat Finland. For the Finns, it’s like being the comedian Rodney Dangerfield with his “I don’t get no respect” routine.
"That was my last game for the Czech Republic. I'll be back to play in the NHL next year, but I won't play for my country again."
-Jaromir Jagr after losing to Sweden in the bronze medal game at the World Championship.
from Dan Robson of Sportsnet,
It began with a rink carved from a frozen sea, with white sheets of ice stacked side-by-side, giving shape to the game. It was played in a bay that was filled with white belugas every summer and traversed by polar bears through the long winters. They cleared the surface with shovels and flooded it with the truck used to bring water to the handful of nearby houses. They played almost every day, five to a side with no substitutions, in temperatures that regularly fell to -50 degrees Celsius—so cold that the plastic on a skate could be shattered by a slapshot. In the dark months, they’d pull their trucks up on a bank and skate by the glow of headlights. It mattered little if they could see the puck. Sometimes their feet froze or their cheeks turned brown with frostbite. But they didn’t care, because it was hockey.
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from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,
Finland put up a defensive wall and scored in all three periods. The Czechs simply had no answer.
Now, the Russians -- the only unbeaten team at this World Championship -- should be out for revenge after the ever-tenacious Finns stunningly eliminated them with a 3-1 Olympic quarter-final victory in Sochi in February.
The final also promises to be a great goaltending duel between Rinne, a two-time nominee for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best netminder, and Russian starter Sergei Bobrovski, who won the Vezina last season.
It will be the first time Russia and Finland have ever met in a World Championship gold medal game since the IIHF introduced the playoff system in 1992.
The gold medal game will be broadcast on Sunday at 2:00pm ET on NBCSN and TSN.
from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,
Major proposals that were accepted for the IIHF Rule Book 2014-2018 include:
- Moving the blue lines to 22.86 metres (old: 21.33) from the end of the rink to increase each offensive zone by one and half a metres and standardize the length of the offensive zone at all IIHF Championships.
- The dimension of the rink is adjusted to 26-30 on 60 metres (old: 29-30 on 60-61 metres) with other dimensions in IIHF competition needing IIHF approval.
- Hybrid icing will be introduced beginning in the upcoming season in all IIHF Championships and qualifications.
- Spin-o-rama or lacrosse type of moves in penalty shots where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal will be prohibited.
- The membership has agreed that goalkeeper equipment should be reduced and that the “cheater piece” on the goalkeepers’ catch glove is the first piece to be removed as a recommendation. This will be tabled for discussions with manufacturers. As such, it will not yet be included as a rule in the IIHF Rule Book 2014-2018. The purpose is to give the IIHF and manufacturers the opportunity to discuss this initiative along with other measures to reduce the size of goalkeeper equipment.
It is not only NHL players who at times do not feel like being interviewed.
Petri Kontioly of Finland after defeating Canada today...
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