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Espo In Russia?

What folows is a rough translation of Phil Esposito being asked if he would have an interest in coaching the Russian National Team. Is it tongue-in-cheek? from Sovsport.ru,

- Phil, Team Russia seek a coach. If you get the offer , would you accept this position ? - No doubts. Who is responsible for this appointment? Tretiak? - Yes, Vladislav Tretiak. - Tell him make me an offer which I couldn't refuse. - Do you really ready to go to Russia, live in Russia and coach Team Russia ? - After appointment- I do. Definitely. It would be a my job! So ... I agree to coach Team Russia so ...tell Tretiak the news! - What will be your first steps? Whatever composition you did collect? - I know accurately - [Ovechkin] and [Malkin] would enter into my command. Let us have a talk on the rest, when me is appointed to this post. - You are ready to go into Russia, to live in our country and to train composite? - If would happen designation - I would go. Certainly, yes. The same would be my work… On the whole, my agreement I give. Now word after [Tretyakom]. - What you have relation to the fact that [Tretyak] did head [FKHR] and it does sit in the State Duma? They could occur 1972- m that Vladislav will become large state person? - I will answer by a question a question. But who could occur 1972- m that I to camp by the general manager of new hockey command in Florida - I do speak about “[Tampe]”? I know that [Tretyak] successfully works at the state posts. Successes to it. - As you do relate to the fact that Russia does reject to enter the agreement between [IIKHF] and [NKHL]? - This is bad for the hockey. Why not to sign agreement with the best league of peace - [NKHL]? Each player must have the right to appear in [NKHL]. No one forbids to Canadian and American hockey players to play in Russia; therefore there must not be prohibition, also, in the opposite direction. - Famous journalist [Red] Fischer in the interview “SS” noted that the best matches in its career Of [fil] [Espozito] conducted into [Superserii]-72. They are agreeable? - In no case! I drove in 76 heads in 1971! And after this Fischer it does laugh to assert that my best matches were against the Russians 1972- m? In my opinion he simply very old person forgets some details (it laughs).
Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer and the and the translation help...

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Sabres Reach Deal Wiith Afinogenov

The Buffalo Sabres reach a multi-year deal with Maxim Afinogenov.

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Hartnell Signs With Preds

from the Nasville Predators,

Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent forward Scott Hartnell on a one-year contract that will pay him $1.75 million.

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No Mandatory Shields

from the Hockey News,

The American League has made visors mandatory for all players starting this season, but for players in the NHL the wearing of visors remains a discretionary option. Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, any rule concerning use of visors must be agreed upon by the NHLPA. “The majority of our members feel that wearing a visor is a matter of individual preference,” said Mike Gartner, director of hockey affairs for the NHLPA. That doesn’t mean the NHLPA thinks the majority opinion is necessarily correct.
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Blogging Hockey

I see NHL.com added a new blogger. What an opportunity and it is much appreciated!

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Attend Any Game

Designed for concert tickets, but you can "hack" it to design any type of ticket you want. note: the server is getting hit hard today, so you may have to try it a few times. image

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Still No Decision

from the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette,

An NHL-imposed deadline passed yesterday with no immediate word on a response from or action taken by the Russian hockey federation. That leaves the status of Penguins prospect Evgeni Malkin -- who yesterday turned 20 -- uncertain. An NHL spokesman late yesterday said he did not know of any news from Russia or the IIHF, and a Penguins spokesman said the team had not heard anything.
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It Just May Work

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

I unroll my Joe Namath poster. I dig out my Mickey Lolich trading cards. "What are you doing?" my coworker asks. "Didn't you hear?" I say. "Dominik Hasek is back. He's the Red Wings' goalie again." "So?" he says. "So?" I say. "Who knows what's next?" I find my white shoes from the Billy (White Shoes) Johnson era. I pull them over my Fab Five gym shorts. I lift an old can of hairspray, Dry Control, by Vitalis.
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Good News For TV Viewers

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-The NHL’s most vexing officiating problem - Diving - is being examined and re-examined, in the hopes of producing a better handle on the penalty next season. Meanwhile, don’t expect any notable rule changes. League officials believe both fans and players need another year to fully digest and acclimatize themselves to the new standard. -Expect some startling improvements in team telecasts next season. We’re told the NHL’s pro-active, new TV guru, John Shannon, made an emphatic impression with team production people at the recent league-wide meetings. The results will be on screen starting in October! -John Davidson means business in St. Louis. He’s added Doug Weight, Jay McKee, Bill Guerin and Dan Hinote. Expect a vet goalie to arrive within the next weeks. How about Manny Legace?
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A Seinfeldian Theme

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Sportswriters are generally viewed as occupational hazards by front-office officials — disliked, tolerated, occasionally respected, but hardly viewed as the type you'd want to bring into the organization. That's why Doug Risebrough's decision to make Boston Red Sox beat writer Chris Snow the Minnesota Wild's director of hockey operations did more than raise eyebrows. It was a shocker. Risebrough, the Wild's president and general manager, laughed when he was asked whether his move was met with disapproval by his National Hockey League colleagues. “What I've found most amusing is the reaction from the media,” he said. “They're saying, ‘What were you thinking?' I'm saying, ‘What's the big deal?'”
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