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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Needing to replace both Malkin and Alexei Kaigorodov, their two top centres, Metallurg Magnitogorsk signed Jan Marek, the Czech league scoring champion, away from Sparta Prague. The cost: about $200,000 (U.S.) — or around the price that they may one day get from the NHL for Malkin's rights, assuming the two warring leagues ever do get a transfer agreement hammered out. "That's what makes it so interesting for us," says Dave King, the Magnitogorsk coach. "The NHL doesn't pay for any players leaving Russia — but we have to pay to get a player from the Czech Republic. We lose players to the NHL for free and then we've got to buy a player to replace them. I can tell you, the Russians are not a happy group right now."more
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Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced the signing of forward Andrei Taratukhin to a two-year entry level contract on Tuesday. Terms were not released. Taratukhin recorded 24 points during the 2005-06 season with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv on nine goals and 15 assists while also accumulating 85 penalty minutes.more from the CP:
The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Alexei Mikhnov and defenceman Mathieu Roy to one-year contracts. Mikhnov, the Oilers' first choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, joins the Oilers after playing the last nine seasons in Russia.more Evgeni Malkin, Andrei Taratukhin, and Alexei Mikhnov all sign with NHL teams on the same day...Does the NHL's legal department know something that we don't?
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
Do you think you can be ready for the start of training camp (on September 15)? “It’s hard to say, but I think so today even if it was just a scrimmage and easy skate. It’s 10 more days, and even if I’m not ready at the beginning of training camp, hopefully I’ll feel [well] enough to play at the beginning of the year.” Is this a test period? “A little bit. I have nine days to skate now before camp starts. If I’m not ready, I’m not ready. I’m not going to go out and try to hurt myself or anything. Of course, we’re going to do some strength tests on the foot, and see if it’s close to the other one. If it is, I should be ready to go.”read on
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Attention All Editors and Publishers: The following are new additions to Webster’s new 2006 Dictionary and Farm report. Many of these words now entering the lexicon are derived from the world of professional hockey, so never let it be said that the only industry the NHL helps considerably is the dental one. zherdev – v. to withhold something there is no little or no demand for. Eg. Apparently Oprah Winfrey is zherdeving Playboy for more money.more
from the CP via TSN,
Saku Koivu will start training camp with lingering concern for his injured left eye. The eye was red and still partly closed when the Montreal Canadiens captain arrived at the team's annual charity golf tournament at Laval-Sur-La-Lac on Tuesday. It was a lot better than the swollen mess of last April, when his eye was clipped under his visor by a high stick from Carolina's Justin Williams during an NHL playoff game. Koivu had surgery to repair a detached retina in the off-season. "It's going a lot better," he said, a touch of concern in his voice. "We'll do more tests next week. "We're hoping for the best."continued
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the salary-capped era, change is usually forced upon teams. As Anaheim Mighty Ducks' general manager Brian Burke so aptly put it last season, sometimes just have to be prepared to drive their ex-players to the airport and thank them for their years of service. A lot of those shuttles occurred this past summer, as more than 100 NHL regulars switched clbus. A look at how teams shape up, with training camps for the 2006-07 season set to open on Sept. 14:read on...good to have Eric back, and by the length of the column, we know what he has been doing this summer...
from the blog of Mark Cuban (bottom paragraph),
If we were really , really smart, we would work with the NHL,NFL , MLB, the USA Track and Field organizations, Tennis and other sports with strong professional bases and create our own games. Then supporting the international development of the games would make sense. Then we could have bidding to host the SuperGames. To provide TV coverage. To sponsors. A Winter SuperGames, A Summer SuperGames every 4 years.What do you think? Would it work on the NHL side? I know one thing, the game would get much greater exposure in this manner than it is now.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
So long Mike. But we won't be shedding any tears over your latest scorched earth departure from yet another NHL team because it says here we haven't seen the last of Mike "Man of a Thousand Lives" Keenan. The dust mites haven't yet settled in his old office in South Florida, the workmen still trying to pry Keenan's nameplate off the door to make room for the one bearing Jacque Martin's name, and surely Keenan is plotting his next NHL challenge, or is that victim?continued
Ever wonder how they create video game animations? Over the last decade, video game programmers have utilized motion capture technology to capture a subject's movement. Check out this video of the EA NHL 07 team working with Alex Auld to capture goalie movement. I have to say that the goalies look pretty impressive.
If you watch the NHL and play our game, there's not going to be much of a difference.Video via Yahoo Discuss at KK Forum
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