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Nagy Heads To Russia

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Left wing Ladislav Nagy views his decision to sign a $5.6 million, two-year deal to play in the Russian Super League as a temporary stop and not a long-term plan.

“Nagy fully intends to come back to the NHL if he can find a situation where he will be given the minutes in order to produce at the elite level he is capable of,” said his agent, Matt Keator….

“The level of talent in Russia is improving every year with top NHL players heading over there,” Keator said. “It has become a viable option for players to play at a high level and be very well compensated. As this league grows and matures, it will pose more and more competition to the NHL for players.”

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Is Soderberg Heading To North America

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Despite a report yesterday on a Swedish hockey website, the Bruins aren’t planning to see Carl Soderberg, their top European prospect, here in Boston when training camp opens Sept. 19….

Chiarelli said he spoke yesterday with agent J.P. Barry, Elefalk’s partner in North America, and Barry was unaware of any change in Soderberg’s plans. Barry, according to Chiarelli, said Elefalk was traveling in Spain and could not be reached immediately. Chiarelli said he left voice mail and email messages for Elefalk, but as of late yesterday afternoon, Elefalk had not responded.

“Right now, nothing’s changed; I don’t think he’s coming over,” said Chiarelli. “Who knows, maybe he’s changed his mind, but we’ve had no indication of it.”

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I am surprised Barry gave that response, I expected something like, “We are not even sure if he wants to play next season.”

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  Tags: carl+soderberg

Crawford Points At Bertuzzi

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Former Vancouver coach Marc Crawford claims that Todd Bertuzzi acted in “direct disobedience” to instructions from the Canucks bench during the March 8, 2004 NHL game in which he attacked Colorado forward Steve Moore, breaking his neck and ending his career, according to court documents obtained by the Toronto Star.

Crawford, in documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, pleads that the Vancouver coaching staff was trying to get Bertuzzi off the ice before his infamous sucker punch on Moore.

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  Tags: marc+crawford, todd+bertuzzi

KHL Wants To Pay Compensation For Radulov Contract

The KHL attempts to buy-out the contract of Alexander Radulov, Bill Daly says the NHL will not even consider it in a story from the AP via the Globe and Mail.

Update 3:07pm ET: More from John Glennon at The Tennessean

The NHL has no choice but to play hardball in the Alexander Radulov case, because of a couple of reasons.

First of all, one of its teams has taken a severe and unexpected hit, faced with the prospect of losing one of the more talented young forwards in the game. Second, the NHL has to fight precedent, because if Radulov is allowed to play in Russia this season, there’s no telling which young European star might next be tempted by a big offer while still under contract.

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  Tags: alexander+radulov

Reaching The Summit

from the Anaheim Ducks,

At the beginning of September, Ducks Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships Bonner Paddock will attempt a monumental feat: climbing to the 20,000-foot summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the largest free-standing mountain in the world.

The challenge is demanding for any human, notably for Paddock, who has battled with cerebral palsy his entire life. During birth, his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, and as a result he suffered damage to the portion of his brain that controls his equilibrium.

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  Tags: bonner+paddock

Teams Take Different Directions

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Teams typically follow the wave of success on the ice as well and retool and retrench accordingly. But this year it isn’t as clear as to what type of team will lead to the ultimate prize. The Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with a bruising, brawling style, while the 2008 Detroit championship team was all about skating, passing and puck possession. No one will deny that both teams had the requisite blend of skilled veterans and emerging stars….

So, plodding and marauding on the blueline is definitely giving way to passing and pushing the pace from the back end. But up front, teams seem divided. For instance, the Capitals pummeled their way into the playoffs with a group of big, bruising, banging forwards leading the way. The Flames got bigger and grittier this summer by adding Rene Bourque, Curtis Glencross and Todd Burtuzzi. And certainly the Stars believe in the sand paper approach to hockey success, adding grandiose grit-disturber Sean Avery to a team that already has up-ice edginess provided by captain Brendan Morrow and Steve Ott.

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Lyle Back In Business

Nice to see Spector’s Hockey has recovered and is back in business.  Over the next few days some additional tweaking will be going on, but it is functional now.

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Afternoon Line- Part 2

I’ve received a lot of emails from readers since Michael Nylander put his Potomac home on the market and that news hit the blog circuit. I’m hearing that it’s nothing more than Nylander wanting to purchase another home (yes, in the Washington area). I’m not saying that he won’t be asked to waive his NTC and get traded, all I’m saying is that there’s no connection between him selling his home and his current status with the team.

-Tariek El-Bashir of the Washington Post, where you can also read a feature on Caps goaltender Brent Johnson…

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  Tags: brent+johnson, michael+nylander

Tour Alaska

Take a video tour of Alaska with Scott Gomez.  Watch below…

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  Tags: scott+gomez

Afternoon Line

Marian Gaborik’s agent, Ron Salcer (via the Pioneer Press):

“I can tell you that no decision (about free agency) has been made, and that he’s not even thinking about it. He’s focused on coming in and having a great season. If you start talking about next year, I think you’re getting ahead of yourself.

“We’re not going to deny anything the Wild wants to explore. We’re certainly willing to listen, but at this point it’s a hypothetical because I haven’t heard from them.”

Gaborik did meet with Wild management yesterday, but there was no discussion of an extension according to Salcer today.

“I can only say the Wild went to speak to him and were very respectful and shared information with him, about himself and the organization, and their vision.  I think it was a very intelligent move on their behalf to involve him, but we don’t have any set plans (to talk).”

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  Tags: contracts, marian+gaborik, ron+salcer

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