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As the World Championship’s Quarterfinals begin bright and early at 6 AM EDT with Canada and Slovakia kicking off the day’s festivities (on TSN and the NBC Sports Network), and my migraines haven’t gone away, I’m gonna tuck in early while warning you that the headaches mean that you might not see as much translated Swedish, Russian, Finnish, etc. as usual (sorry), and also warning fans who aren’t used to what has now become a two-week grind in Helsinki and Stockholm to prepare…
To witness hockey that will resemble the shot-blocking, trap-happy stuff we’ve been watching NHL teams play as opposed to what has essentially looked like successful Red Wings playoff hockey when the top teams have tangled. The Quarterfinals in particular tend to involve low-scoring, chippy and sometimes shootout-decided hockey for a very simple reason:
Among the many news items in the catchy-uppy post, the Left Wing Lock’s Sarah Lindenau posted the schedule for this summer’s Red Wings prospect development camp, which will take place at its usual time, the second week of July, at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, MI:
Per USA Today’s Kevin Allen...
The NHL Players Association has notified its players Wednesday through a memo that the NHL has sent written notice it plans to “terminate and/or modify” the collective bargaining agreement when it expires on Sept. 15. This is a formality because it was well understood by the NHLPA that the league wanted to negotiate a new deal.
Under CBA Article 3.1(a), according to the memo, had no notice been given by either party, the existing CBA would have remained in place for another year.
In the memo, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told players they would be notified when negotiating sessions are to begin. He said all players are encouraged to attend as many of the bargaining sessions as possible.
“There is no better way to send a message to the league that players are engaged in the process of bargaining for a fair new contract,” Fehr said in the memo.
And the Hockey News’s Ken Campbell:
Updated 2x with TONS of stuff at 5:27 PM: Here’s a round-up of the English-language news I missed due to my post-concussive equivalent of migraines, and just as the first catch-up post talked about future events before getting down to brass tacks, this post will follow the same format:
• First and foremost, Pavel Datsyuk and John Tavares will face off in the semifinals of EA Sports’ NHL 13 Cover Vote from Friday, May 18th until Wednesday, May 23rd;
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.
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