Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/02/06 at 09:59 AM ET
...But now the leagues are locked in a pitched battle over players. Russia no longer wants to be just a stepping stone. And if it is, it would like to be better compensated by the NHL for the time and effort. On the other side, the NHL's salary cap now limits the amount teams are able to spend, and some Russians are returning home to cash in. In the same month that highly touted prospect Evgeni Malkin disregarded his Russian league contract to leave for the NHL, middling winger Evgeni Artyukhin left North America when contract negotiations with his NHL team stalled. The discord between North America and Russia may be rooted in money, but the conflict between runs deeper than dollar figures.much more... added 8:34am, also from the Natiional Post,
Ihnacak, who played 417 games with Toronto between 1982 and 1990, has not told his tale in a long time. People don't ask him about it much anymore, and the young players he scouts in rinks from Bavaria to the Black Sea wouldn't really understand, even if he did try and tell them what it was like. "They don't even know what communism is," he says. "They don't know how it operated." Secret police, phone taps, travel bans, burly men in ill-fitting suits banging on your door in the middle of the night -- such were the tools of repression favoured by the state in the Czechoslovakia the former Leaf grew up in.more
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