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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Coming off a surprising silver medal performance in 2010, Team USA will ice a competitive squad that is stacked in net, young and mobile on the blueline, and aggressive, if not particularly deep, up front.
Here’s how we see Team USA lining up in Russia.
Jonathan Quick (Kings): He’s off to a sluggish start this season, but at this point, the Conn Smythe winner is the presumptive No. 1 for his proven big-game ability.
Ryan Miller (Sabres): He hasn’t been the same player since the end of that 2009-10 season, but he doesn’t have anything to prove. The 2010 Olympic MVP is a lock to make this team.
Cory Schneider (Canucks): Craig Anderson of the Senators is lights out right now, but he’ll be 32 when the Games roll around. Schneider will be 27 and he has a future with the USA Hockey program, so he’ll get the call.
Bob McKenzie when asked by James Duthie if the NHL will be going to Sochi...
It's highly likely, just short of a forgone conclusion, that the National Hockey League will be shutting down for 16 days in the middle of next season...
What could stop the NHL from allowing the players to participate... Watch TSN's Insider Training show to find out.
Joining Duthie and McKenzie are Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun.
TSN witth the story on Sochi, including will Babcock coach Team Canada and will Brian Burke run Team USA.
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from the CP at the Globe and Mail,
An Ontario Hockey League referee’s controversial Twitter post has cost him a lot more than the hostility of some hockey fans.
The OHL announced Wednesday that Joe Monette has been suspended for the balance of the 2012-13 season as well as the playoffs for his disparaging tweet about the city of Sault Ste Marie.
Monette was in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday to officiate a game between the Greyhounds and Windsor when he posted “Soo Saint Marie, two words, Slim Pickens #noteeth #hicktown #allfaties.”
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr talked throughout the lockout about growing the game internationally as key to growing HRR. The NHL owners have often gazed across the Atlantic as an underexposed market for the North American version of the game. Under the circumstances of an Olympics nine time zones away, can the NHL game be helped by attendance in Sochi? Is it worth postponing the NHL schedule for two weeks to grow the game with little or no input to the process?
Something has to change to make it worth everyone's while. The talk will begin shortly and a resolution has to come quickly, because in terms of the Olympics, it’s not that far away.
-John Shannon of Sportsnet where you can read more on the Olympics/NHL debate.
from Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,
Mike Emrick’s vacation, otherwise known as the 113-day N.H.L. lockout, is about to end. Unable to call National Hockey League games, Emrick has not been fully idle. He has called some college hockey games for the NBC Sports Network and dabbled in calling figure skating for NBC. But his most unusual assignment came last month: play-by-play of a girls’ 12-and-under league game.
The idea came from Brian Williams, the anchor of the “NBC Nightly News” and “Rock Center.”
“I figured, ‘What is he doing?’ ” Williams said by telephone Thursday. “He must be driving Mrs. Emrick crazy. So we approached him and said, ‘The smaller the better — would you be willing to call a kids’ game?’ ”
Emrick, NBC’s lead hockey announcer, liked the idea of calling a game without a labor dispute involved, and the girls’ game was put on his schedule on Dec. 12 in Troy, Mich., about 45 miles from his house. Williams, a fan of Emrick’s, was looking for a segment for “Rock Center,” and sent a crew to the Troy Sports Center to shoot the St. Clair Shores Saintes-Troy Lady Sting game.
Coaching the Sting was Doug Brown, a former N.H.L. player, whose daughter Lily played right wing.
continued and watch a video below with Doc calling the game.
from The Voice of Russia,
Ice hockey legend Sergey Fedorov is mulling over a return to competitive hockey at the age of 43, says CSKA Moscow’s interim head coach Vyacheslav Butsaev.
Fedorov, who has not played a game since leaving Metallurg Magnitogorsk at the end of last season, is currently plying his trade as CSKA’s general manager.
“We’ve talked to him about it [returning to ice rink],” the R-Sport news agency quotes Butsaev as saying. According to Butsaev, Fedorov has been training recently and is now in “excellent condition.”
from SportsDaily.ru (rough translation),
- Alexander, you acknowledge that it is possible to leave the KHL some guys who "can not wait" in the NHL?
- Players are allowed to use the clause in the contract that allows them to complete the case to stay in the NHL lockout. And as far as I know, a number of NHL players or decide to stay in the Continental League, or it is treated.
- Do you know their names?
- Yes, well known. But let them not to call it - in order to avoid speculation and influence.
from the CP at TSN,
If NHL players are to continue participating in the Olympics, it's going to involve a delicate political dance.
The issue was not resolved as part of the tentative collective bargaining agreement reached by the NHL and NHL Players' Association early Sunday morning and will now need to be hammered out between those parties and two others with strong ties to Rene Fasel -- the International Ice Hockey Federation, of which Fasel is president, and the International Olympic Committee, of which he is an influential member.
It's been clear for some time the NHL is seeking to receive more of a direct benefit for closing its doors every four years in February and handing over its most important assets. The tension was evident when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Fasel held a joint press conference at the 2010 Vancouver Games and Bettman lamented being nothing more than an "invited guest" at the Olympics with no say in how the event was run....
Now the NHL is looking to get a little more out of that relationship. According to sources, the changes it is expected to seek range from smaller issues such as access to tickets, hotels and better hospitality for team owners to larger things like sponsor recognition and a loosening of the IOC's notoriously strict guidelines on images, video and media.
Who's ready to lace 'em up?
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