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According to RIA Novosti Russian hockey clubs agreed with the position of the president of the Russian Hockey Federation Vladislav Tretiak regarding the IIHF-NHL transfer agreement. This agreement was achieved today at the meeting held by the Federation for the management of the Superleague clubs. The formal documents will be signed on June 16th.added 12:10pm, The only mention I have found at the RIA is this:
Vladislav Tretyak, Russia's top hockey official, said Friday a tax needed to be imposed on foreign players in Russian hockey clubs to improve the level of national hockey. The three-time Olympic Champion, who was elected in April the head of the Russian Hockey Federation, said many foreign players turned out for Russian clubs but could not play for Russia as they already played for own national teams. "I would like to say that we are only considering new regulations [for 2006-2007 Russian championship], discussing our proposals and plans, arguing the urgent need to train Russian goaltenders and players," Tretyak said. Tretyak is holding a session Friday with heads of Russian hockey clubs.update 12:35pm, via Reuters Canada,
Russia's ice hockey chiefs approved on Friday a transfer agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL), ending a long confrontation with their North American counterparts. Russian Hockey Federation Vladislav Tretyak said his country would soon sign a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the NHL. "With this agreement we can say we're back as full members of the international hockey community. Common sense has finally prevailed," the former goaltender told a news conference. Russia had been the only major hockey power not to sign the deal, which was approved by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) last year, calling it unfair.
The column by Al is really about the Oiler fans, but first a shot at Carolina... from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
The way things are going, Peter Karmanos, owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, is going to have to place a call to his hard-line buddy, Lou Lamoriello, in New Jersey. "Hey Lou! Could you give me a few tips on how to stage a Stanley Cup parade in a parking lot?" Like the Devils, the Hurricanes are a team without a town.more
via the NY Post (reg. req.),
It's tough to imagine that OLN could treat an exhibition game with greater disregard for viewers and a sport than it did the Stanley Cup finals, which now move to NBC. Game 2 found live play often, suddenly and indiscriminately covered by a series of large, flash-in graphics promoting shows such as, "The IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout." As the first goal was scored, OLN had diverted attention and squeezed the view with a bottom-of-the-screen graphic noting that OLN will cover the NHL draft. How about covering the Stanley Cup finals? OLN can't wait for a whistle?
from the Richmond Times-Dispatch,
With the Stanley Cup finals under way, it's probably time to announce the retirement of ice hockey as a major sport in the United States. There's a difference, of course, between retirement and disappear ance. Hockey's in no danger of extinction and remains a national obsession in Canada. In certain hockey-oriented areas - New England, Minnesota, Chicago and Detroit come to mind - the game still attracts participants and spectators in a very major way. It's not the game that's dead, it's the old idea that the "big four" major professional sports leagues are the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL.continued
from the News & Observer,
The Carolina Hurricanes did what other NHL teams usually do for the playoffs: They raised ticket prices. Was it worth it? Three groups of fans who attended Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals at the RBC Center on Wednesday weigh in: Tickets: $375 for two seats in section 304, purchased on eBay. The experience: "There were these overexcited fans sitting behind us that were commenting on everything that happened," said Meyer, 24. The best part? Watching Cory Stillman score with 2.4 seconds left in the second period to put Carolina up 3-0. "I'd say it was still worth it to go to a Stanley Cup game," Meyer said. Rating: Short of epic, but it was worth the money.more
from the Scranton Times-Herald,
Just a few short days ago, I was like a million sports fans who would rather get invited to a Duke lacrosse party than watch an NHL game. That was until three friends who aren’t hockey fans told me Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals was one of the best games they had ever seen. Not best hockey games. Best games, period.read on
Carolina Hurricanes fan Tyler Anastasi got a taste of how seriously Canadians take their hockey at the Stanley Cup finals this week. The 14-year-old, standing outside Raleigh, North Carolina's RBC Center, hung a stuffed toy buffalo from his hockey stick, a symbol of the Buffalo Sabres team the Hurricanes vanquished last week. In his other hand he held a sign, ``Edmonton, You're Next.'' A carload of Oilers fans ``wanted to cut him down, and one of them showed me his knife,'' a bewildered Anastasi said through his braces.continued
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
One wonders what name they might have for the Olympic-style mixed zone the NHL created to serve up selected players on either side of a media lunch at Rexall Place yesterday. It was the media equivalent of their 'Green Mile', except the players were stationary and the media made the walk from player to player. At the Michael Peca station, there was this exchange: "You lost one Stanley Cup with Buffalo and a second one is starting to slip away. What's going through your mind?'' asked the media man. "Just all the positive flow we're getting from reporters today,'' said Peca. "It's wonderful.''read on
from the Motnreal Gazette,
Way to go, Vancouver. In a single stroke, VANOC, the Vancouver organizing committee, has managed to kill the Olympic hockey tournament for the 2010 winter Games. NHL ice? For the Olympics? Might as well play in a boardroom. Or a phone booth. So much for the speed, grace, elegance and beauty of Olympic men's hockey on the big surface, the one time every four years when we get to see hockey as it can be, not hockey reduced to the corner scrum, chip-at-a-time ugliness of the National Hockey League.continued
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
It won't be dull, that's for sure. Whether the combination of Neil Smith and Ted Nolan will return winning to Long Island, or even coax a playoff series win out of the Islanders for the first time since 1993, will have to be proven on the ice over time. But Smith, the former Rangers general manager, and Nolan, the former Sabres coach, will undoubtedly make headlines, particularly within the context of the overall Islander picture.continued
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