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from Terry Frei at ESPN,
The Old Guard attitude was that while college boys and Europeans are handy to have around, they must prove their talent is so exceptional or their grittiness so evident that they can be forgiven for not coming up through the ranks in Canada. In essence, those players were on probation their whole careers. Of course, that's completely behind us. Because members of the Old Guard now are such men as Lou Lamoriello, the former coach at Providence, and Brian Burke, his one-time captain.much more...
from the Moscow Times,
Hockey stars born, bred and trained -- at great expense -- in Russia are using a loophole in the labor law to get out of contracts with domestic teams and play in the National Hockey League. The growing problem of Russian players fleeing the country mid-contract to play for pre-eminent U.S. and Canadian clubs is costing the Russian Super League millions of dollars, hockey officials say. In recent days, the Westward flight of up-and-coming hockey greats has gained international notice with the disappearance of Evgeni Malkin, 20, Russia's hottest hockey prospect since Alexander Ovechkin, who plays for the Washington Capitals.continued...recommended reading...not just about Malkin
Evgeni Malkin is in Los Angeles with his agents JP Barry and Pat Brisson. Malkin is seeking counsel to determine how he can join the Pittsburgh Penguins. "It's been a difficult week", Barry told TSN. Barry has been with Malkin since the pair connected at an airport in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday, at which point they went into lockdown in a nearby apartment to await Malkin's visa clearance.continued
from the LA Kings,
from the Boston Bruins,
The Boston Bruins have signed center Phil Kessel to a multi-year contract, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli. Terms of the contract were not released. "Phil is a player with world-class speed and gifted offensive talents," said Chiarelli. "We feel he is ready to begin his professional development and we are looking forward to seeing him compete at training camp.”
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from the Prague Post,
"It's true that I insisted that I wouldn't play anywhere else but in Ottawa," Hašek said. "After the Senators' elimination from the Stanley Cup, I told my agent that if he received some offers from other clubs, he could politely reject them immediately." "At that point, though," he said, "Detroit was not at stake. I've got special feelings for the Red Wings, and I knew from the very beginning that it was a fantastic offer." Hašek spent one of the best seasons of his NHL career with the Red Wings in 2002, winning his only Stanley Cup. His goal is to get another one. "I'll be working hard to get in the best possible shape," he said. It's clear that the Red Wings are expecting a lot out of him.read on
from the Vancouver Sun,
Based on discoveries in 2003 by sport historians and CanWest News Service, the town of Deline on the southwest shore of Great Bear Lake has a strong claim to being the site of the world's earliest documented account of hockey being played on ice. References to the game 181 years ago on a small lake near a remote northern fort were found in the writings of John Franklin, the famously ill-fated British explorer who died while leading another Arctic expedition decades later. Overlooked for nearly two centuries, the 1825 documents were freshly interpreted in the light of a thorny debate in Canada about hockey's origins and hailed as important new records in tracing the game's evolution.more
from the Edmonton Sun,
Nearly 20 years after a debilitating lower back injury cut short his NHL Hall of Fame career, Mike Bossy still suffers chronic pain on a daily basis. Yet the 49-year-old legendary New York Islander, who stands at an even six feet, weighs a lean 190 pounds - roughly 10 pounds below his playing weight. So what does he do to keep himself trim and in decent condition - despite his painful flare-ups? "I do a lot of gardening. I do a lot of stuff at home, especially during the summer," says Bossy, who sat down with the Sun during a recent visit to Edmonton.continued
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
“When I talked to Dave Checketts and John Davidson, I loved everything that was coming out of their mouths,” Weight said. “They’ve done everything they said they were going to do. I don’t want to be a player that’s here just to get through two or three lean years. I want to be here to give you a chance to win. John said, ‘We’re going to have that chance.’ Those final four teams (last season) showed that if you sign guys and build momentum, you can win.”read on
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