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St. James: if the Red Wings can’t land Parise, might Alexander Semin may be their consolation prize?
Given his incredibly inconsistent performances, never mind the fact that his agent is Mark Gandler (who’s insisted to ESPN’s Craig Custance that his client won’t bolt for the KHL), the prospect of the following “marriage” makes me cringe, but, via RedWingsFeed, the Free Press’s Helene St. James broaches the subject anyway: the Wings are not able to target Zach Parise this summer, their best bet in terms of an unrestricted free agent forward who can score goals is…Alex Semin:
Semin is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and there’s little chance he’ll be back with Washington. He has had three consecutive sub-par playoff performances, and that, coupled with the fact the Capitals continue to struggle every spring despite high expectations, is certain to prompt change in Washington. The 2011-12 Caps had one of the NHL’s highest payrolls, partly because of the $6.7-million contract they gave to Semin last summer. All that got Washington was 21 goals and 33 assists in the regular season and just four points in 14 playoff games.
For the record, CSKA Moscow’s website is confirming that their Board of Directors met yesterday, and have appointed newly-retired Red Wing Sergei Fedorov the club’s general manager.
As stated a few days ago, Fedorov’s retirement and the questions as to whether his number should be retired by the Red Wings…aren’t black and white, let’s put it that way.\
Update: Fedorov is confirming the news to Sport-Express.
Prior to taking a three-day break due to what I can best describe as the equivalent of post-concussive migraines, the World Championships’ round robin stage was still underway in Stockholm and Helsinki.
Today, the round robin portion of the tournament has wrapped up, and the top four teams from the Stockholm Group—Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Norway—will tangle in the Quarterfinals on Thursday before heading to Helsinki, where they’ll meet up with the winners of the Helsinki Group’s quarterfinal teams—Canada, the United States, Finland and Slovakia—on Saturday. [update/edit: And there’s good news for Sweden as IIHF.com’s Szymon Szemberg reports that Jonathan Ericsson will be playing for the Swedes]
In other words, out of the four teams that are still alive in Stockholm, two will advance to play against the two remaining teams in Helsinki for the Semifinals on Saturday, with the winners of those games playing for Gold on Sunday, and the losers playing for Bronze. Here’s how the schedule hashes out from tomorrow to Sunday (per the IIHF’s website):
My apologies for the lack of Worlds updates today…I’m worn out from lack of sleep and an aggravated light sensitivity issue (thanks, concussion in 2006), so I need to take the afternoon off. I’ll be back at the latest sometime tomorrow. Sorry for the interruption in service.
After the news came down that the IIHF suspended Russia’s Alexei Emelin and Dmitri Kalinin one and three games, respectively, for Emelin’s spear and Kalinin’s cross-check to Johan Franzen’s face on Friday—Franzen is OK despite suffering a broken and dislocated nose, and grumbled about the refereeing in Friday’s loss with the Swedish media…
Updated at 6:57 PM with a better translation from Yahoo Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov: As I was attending my pal’s graduation, the news came rolling across Twitter: my first favorite Red Wing, Sergei Fedorov, has chosen to hang up his skates. According to Sovetsky Sport and multiple Russian sources, Fedorov has retired at the age of 42 and will become CSKA Moscow’s general manager in short order, though he may play in one final game this fall (roughly translated of course):
Ice hockey player Sergei Fedorov has accepted an invitation to become CSKA Hockey’s general manager, a source close to the club told the agency “F-Sport.”
“Sergei came into the club office, where yesterday (Friday) evening, he met with club director Alexey Khudaykov,” and both were satisfied,” said the agency’s source.
“Most probably, the first game of CSKA in the next season will be a farewell for Sergei, it would be the end, and he would focus on the managerial work on the team,” said the source.
Fedorov left Detroit under incredibly acrimonious circumstances in the summer of 2003, with Fedorov and his father, Viktor, asserting via the Russian press and Sport-Express’s Igor Larin in particular that Mike Ilitch pulled a contract off the table, while VP Jimmy Devellano and various sources suggested that the opposite was true.
Updated 2x at 9:41 AM: Per IIHF.com’s Szymon Szemberg:
IIHF Disciplinary Decision: RUS Alexei Yemelin 1 game suspension, Dmitri Kalinin 3 games (1 automatic+2).
Here’s the dealy-o per IIHF.com:
Kalinin’s third period cross-check on Franzen (one that knocked the Swede out of the game with a broken nose) resulted in a match penalty for the Russian, which carries an automatic one-game suspension. Upon further review the Disciplinary Panel decided to add two additional games to the suspension. This means that Kalinin will sit out Russia’s final two preliminary round games and one game in the playoff round.
In the other incident involving Franzen, the IIHF Disciplinary Panel has ruled that Yemelin’s slash on Franzen in the first period, for which he received a two-minute penalty at the time, was in fact a spear and in violation of the IIHF rules. Yemelin will miss Russia’s next game on Sunday against the Czech Republic.
As noted in the overnight report, the Red Wings’ representatives at the World Championships are in action today and tomorrow, and while I’m going to miss today’s games due to attending a friend’s graduation, here’s the schedule…
The Red Wings’ players at the World Championships will engage in a weekend slate of games which will help determine their final rakings in the Helsinki and Stockholm group standings as round robin play slowly progresses toward its conclusion on Tuesday. Here’s what’s on tap for this weekend, per the schedule post and MLive’s Brendan Savage:
May 12: 5:15 a.m. – Slovakia vs. Belarus; 1:15 PM Canada vs. Kazakhstan : 2:15 p.m. – Italy vs. Sweden
May 13: 9:15 a.m. – USA vs. Finland [on the NBC Sports Network]; 10:15 AM– Russia vs. Czech Republic; 1:15 p.m. – Switzerland vs. Slovakia
Justice for the Mule? Russian players may be disciplined for spearing, breaking Wings forward’s nose
Updated with a completely unrelated Valtteri Filppula Nike commercial for the hell of it: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen was speared by Alexei Emelin and then had his nose broken on a vicious cross-check to the face by Dmitri Kalinin (the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that he’s going to be OK) in Sweden’s ugly 7-3 loss to Russia on Friday, but the IIHF’s website reports that, by the time Franzen probably returns to Sweden’s lineup for Tuesday’s game against Latvia, the players who angered an then busted the Mule might have sat out a game or two as well:
On the heels of Russia’s 7-3 preliminary round win over Sweden, the IIHF Disciplinary Panel will be reviewing two incidents that occurred during what was a heated match between the two hockey powers.
The first incident involved a slash on Johan Franzen by Alexei Yemelin, which occurred when Sweden scored its second goal to go up 2-1 in the first period.
The second incident under review again involved Franzen, who received a cross-check to the face from Dmitri Kalinin in front of the Russian net in the third period. The Swedish forward left the game following the cross-check, while Kalinin received a match penalty. Franzen later went to the hospital after the game with what is suspected to be a broken nose.
Via Andrew Johnson on Twitter, here’s the Emelin spear…
Updated 4x at 5:51 PM: St. James reports that Franzen will be OK: After Justin Abdelkader registered an assist in Team USA’s 3-2 OT win over Belarus, and Valtteri Filppula’s Finns imploded, dropping a 3-1 lead and losing 5-3 to Canada, I thought I’d take in a star-studded match-up between Sweden and Russia…
And instead, what I watched left me angry as angry can be. Sweden did indeed surrender a 3-1 lead and lose 7-3 to Russia in no small part because Johan Franzen, who scored a goal, got on the short end of the discipline department—after being speared after Zetterberg scored—first getting baited into pushing and shoving against Alexei Emelin, who dove like a soccer player after hacking Franzen and getting hacked back, and then getting 4 minutes for first going after Dmitri Kalinin and then slugging Evgeni Malkin (who registered a hat trick)...
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