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Russia is Keeping Talent Home

From The Puck Stops Here on FoxSports,

So far this season, there have been 30 Russian players who have played one or more NHL games, down from 57 prior to the lockout. Talent is already being drawn away from the NHL.

The skeptics will argue that the elite Russian talent still comes to the NHL, which is clearly true when one looks at the scoring race. However, some proven NHLers are having good seasons in the Russian Elite League right now and would be able to contribute to any NHL team were they in the NHL. A quick look through the Russian Elite League shows there are teams with former NHLers Aleksey Morozov, Alexander Perezhogin, Oleg Saprykin, Alexei Yashin and Maxim Sushinsky all leading them in scoring.

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  Tags: international+hockey, russian+elite+league

Jamie’s World Tour

It was only the other day that I realized The Hockey News had Jamie McLennan blogging, and then I didn’t get around to reading his posts until today.  (Which was quite foolish of me—the guy’s hilarious.)  Here’s a sample from his most recent post, talking about his first round playoff experience in Seoul, Korea:

It was a chance for me to visit another country on my world tour and also an opportunity to see if yet another country’s immigration department would challenge the validity of Tyson Nash’s documents.

Although listed in his papers as somewhat human and standing just barely inches above an average countertop, Tyson’s appearance raised some red flags. The Koreans immediately took issue with our team’s approach of transporting him in his custom-made cage with an automatic feeder.

With the cage dimensions being equal to that of a golf bag, the only real issue was why his mouth guard, very badly decayed and barely recognizable, was traveling in a separate case.

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  Tags: international+hockey, jamie+mclennan, korea, tyson+nash

The NHL and the Olympics

From this week’s “Friday Faceoff” with Damien Cox and Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Scott: Hello, Damian. Everywhere I look, I’m reading discussions and debates about the Vancouver Olympics, which are just under two years away. I see you wrote on it earlier this week. I did as well. What’s the deal? Why are people so pumped about an event that’s some 730 days away?

Damien: Well, I can’t speak for the United States of America and how much interest there is there as of yet. But here in Canada, this will be, of course, the first Olympics held in our country since the Calgary Games in 1988.

more, and worth the read.  At one point Cox even remarks to Burnside, “I think you’re just not very bright.” 

I think these two are gradually morphing into a bitter, married couple.

Filed in: NHL Talk, Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: international+hockey, olympics

European Scheduling

From David W. Unkle via Slam! Sports,

“Personally would I like to do it again, no,” said Pronger who also played games in Nagano and Turin. “Do I think it’s good for the NHL? I think it is but personally would I want to do it again? It’s a long way to go for a couple of games…for us this year it probably wasn’t the right move with the short summer…we weren’t the right team.”

Agreeing with Pronger is Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin.

“If you look at Anaheim and the struggles they went through when they came back home, you have to do it a different way,” said Sedin, who feels that the NHL should give teams more than a few days to acclimate to the time change.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, chris+pronger, henrik+sedin, hockey+schedule, international+hockey, marketing

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