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Houston, We Have a Problem

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.

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Repeat Champions in the KHL

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.

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Swedish Federation Blocks Soderberg to Boston

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.

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Remembering Wayne Fleming

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.

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Gargarin Cup set to Start 02/20/2013

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.

http://en.khl.ru/standings/223/playoff/

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End of an Era: NHL’s New CBA Closes Player Contract Loophole

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.

-Itrusteddrrahmani

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This Is SportsCenter - Henrik Lundqvist

Hank has been getting a lot of air time lately. 

But this commercial combines two of my favorite things, Hockey and the Muppets.  In a twist of irony, some of Sports Center's best commercials are hockey based. 

And for the record Linda Cohn is a goalie too.

 

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It is Good to be King

King Henrik was rockin on Jimmy Fallon Friday night

 

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The AHL gets it right honoring Sandy Hook

As the NHL ego parade continues, the AHL took the time to honor Sandy Hook victims in a unique way

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NHL Fans Should be Having This Much Fun

In this season of a no-season, a 5 minute escape from reality.  Jokerit fans travel to Turku for an SM-Liiga game.

This is why I love the Finns!

And 81 is a popular jersey number for Jokerit fans.

Watch below.

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