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(Don) Cherry made it sound on Hockey Night in Canada like the story was solely Europeans crowing about their success, but the majority of those I talked to in the goaltending world this week were North Americans talking about what Finland, Sweden and other countries are doing so well.

They’ve taken note—and rather than burying their heads in the sand, are in favour of proactively working to get better.

-James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, discussing Don Cherry’s response to an article wrote on European goalies.  Read all about it here.

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Moq's avatar

“I believe strongly that 18- and 19-year-olds after being drafted should be allowed to go to the AHL instead of it being the NHL or the CHL and those being the only two options,” Korn said. “We’re losing those two years of development in goal.”

I assume the rule of either CHL or NHL for 18- and 19-year olds is foremost to protect the glorified Canadian junior system, but you occasionally wonder if a few youngsters wouldn’t benefit more from spending a year in the AHL. Then they might be NHL ready at 20 rather than just starting in the AHL.

On the topic of European goalies, I think Canada needs to take the problem seriously. It made me wonder about the World Championships. Instead of calling Crosby, had they no other goaltender phone numbers beyond 34-year old Chris Mason and the NHL inexperienced Chad Johnson?

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 05/21/10 at 04:04 PM ET

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It is indeed to protect the junior system.

Posted by James Mirtle from Toronto on 05/21/10 at 04:52 PM ET

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