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A continent away, Europe's season ending championship is taking place, with teams sourced by the 17th through 30th best teams from the NHL.
One player who is not from an NHL team is gathering some attention, this entry from the NYT Slap Shot Blog discusses John Gibson at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.
It is rare for the United States to use a teenage goalie at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championships, and John Gibson’s performance in his tournament debut was of rare quality.
Gibson, a 19-year-old from Pittsburgh, made 31 saves to backstop the Americans to a 4-1 win over Finland on Wednesday. The Finns are co-hosting the tournament with Sweden this year, but he was unfazed by the boisterous, flag-waving crowd of 12,484 at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena.
At 19, it is hard to tell how much seasoning he will need before the Anahiem Ducks have a goaltending logjam.
I'm an avid KK reader but rarely a writer.
I only really write anything when I'm fired up or angry about the Wings.
I am brutally honest and never sugarcoat anything. I can say that I watch every single Wings game without fail. I'm a stat and cap geek. I've been ganged up on and called names before for voicing my opinion by so called bigger fans on the DRW than I am.
A goaltending friend shared this Youtube video with me on a social media site.
I DO NOT know much about the Youtube author titled, ShootAllGoalies (I think he means with a camera).
I DO know the video has a playoff feel to it, and I hope the KK community enjoys.
As the eyes of the hockey world rivet themselves to the SC playoffs, a void in the world of amateur coaching has occurred. Two weeks after Yale captured the NCAA D-1 title, former long time Yale coach Tim Taylor lost his battle with cancer. While not an NHL coach, the name should be familiar to anyone who is a part of USA Hockey, particularly those who live in and follow the sport in North Eastern USA.
More on Taylor with additional links.
Although not a major league hockey city, Houston has supported a professional team since the 60's. It appears that this year's Calder Cup Playoff will end that run.
The story further describes the situation, and within that story is a link recounting hockey memories in the U.S.'s fourth most populated city.
A continent away, International championships are well on their way to being determined.
Most notable is the conclusion of the KHL, who yesterday crowned Dynamo Moscow champions for the second year in a row.
Story (in English) and 14 minutes of video highlights (in Russian) found here.
During the trade deadline, I think the Bruins counted Soderberg as part of their playoff run.
Then this occurrred.
It is also curious to me that this occurs at the same time as Olympic participation talks are taking place.
Here's the story from the local CBS station in Boston.
I think many of us anticipated this day would eventually come, but that anticipation does not mitigate the impact of the loss to the hockey world.
In light of his international presence, I've chose this account from the IIHF.
While the NHL regualr season is about 1/3rd compete (so to speak), the KHL wrapped up its regular season Sunday.
The Gargarin Cup is set to start tomorrow.
The link below is in English language tracker, starting with quarter round games.
In 2006, Rick DiPietro was poised to become the next great American goaltender. Just six years (and countless injuries) later, his fifteen-year contract has become a sterling example of the type of contract the NHL now forbids. Aside from absurd duration, under the previous collective bargaining agreement (CBA), teams could also aggressively structure these multi-year deals to circumvent the salary cap.
A player’s cap hit is calculated by dividing the entire value of the contract by the number of years it covers, and soon after the cap was installed in 2005, crafty GMs quickly realized a loophole by front-loading these contracts. In 2009, Marian Hossa penned a twelve year deal that pays nearly eight million yearly for the first half of the deal, before precipitously dropping to just one million over the last four years. Hossa will be forty-two and likely retired when the contract ends. Yet despite receiving almost eight million dollars annually for most of the contract, the cap hit will be fixed at a modest 5.3million/year.
Under the new Memo of Understanding, however, teams can sign players to a maximum of seven years, and a player’s salary cannot fluctuate more than thirty-five percent from year to year. The closing of this loophole is a welcome provision of the recent agreement. Albatross contracts like those inked by DiPietro are now a ghost of the past; meanwhile the integrity of the salary cap is also restored. Instead of front-loaded contracts being instrumental in creating winning teams, rosters will more accurately represent present value, allowing for a greater balance of elite players across the league. With hockey still attempting to gain a foothold in the United States, more competitive teams can only serve to broaden the fan base and create fans in non-traditional hockey markets.
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