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The IIHF Suspends Russian And Belarusian National Teams From Numerous Events

from rhw IIHF,

During an extra-ordinary meeting held on Monday, 28 February, the IIHF Council evaluated the impact of the current war. The IIHF strongly condemns the use of military force and urges the use of diplomatic means to solve conflict.

The IIHF Council has decided to take the following actions:

-Suspension of all Russian and Belarusian National Teams and Clubs from participation in every age category and in all IIHF competitions or events until further notice

-Withdrawal of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship hosting rights from Russia

These two actions have been initiated by the Council in order to enable the IIHF to ensure the safety of IIHF Championships and all participating players, officials, and fans.

Under the current conditions, this decision would have an impact on the following events:

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Hockey Topics Of Interest

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- While we’ve been told by several agents that their North American and non-Russian, European clients are seeking to leave the KHL immediately, the IIHF has a decision to make regarding Team Russia’s entry in the rescheduled 2022 World Juniors, now set for August in Red Deer and Edmonton following the Omicron-related winter postponement.

Of course, no organization within the international hockey community seemed to have second thoughts about going to Beijing, so there is no reason to expect too much from the IIHF in this regard.

- Two decades later, it still remains impossible to process.

But with Mike Milbury running the Islanders’ show — and under Charles Wang’s ownership, he ran things as a sideshow, to be more precise — in successive Junes at the 2000 and 2001 drafts, the team wound up trading Roberto Luongo, Olli Jokinen, Chara, either Marian Gaborik or Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza in exchange for Rick DiPietro, Alexei Yashin and Mark Parrish.

- t’s hard for me to believe that an Avalanche team that would otherwise be a clear-cut favorite to win the Cup is entrusting the goaltending to Darcy Kuemper.

- Is the bar to clear for the Maple Leafs winning four games in the playoffs or, more like 16? If the latter, good luck with Jack Campbell in net. Maybe applies to the former, too, and certainly so if they wind up in a first-round matchup with the Lightning.

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Orlando Solar Bears Release Sean Avery

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the club has released forward Sean Avery from his ECHL Standard Player Contract.

Avery, 41, signed with the Solar Bears on Feb. 23. He did not appear in any games for Orlando.

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Hockey Thoughts In The Middle Of The Night

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Right before the Beijing Olympics, the KHL cancelled the remainder of the regular season, going directly to the playoffs starting March 1. The official reason was COVID, but the possibility of an invasion into Ukraine was on everyone’s mind. 

I counted 23 Canadians and five Americans on playoff rosters. Several politely declined to discuss their feelings — even privately — knowing dissent isn’t tolerated, especially now. One agent wouldn’t allow a client of his to speak on or off the record. 

Two did agree to talk, with one saying simply, “I’m considering coming back (to North America),” although he hadn’t made a final decision. The other said, via text, that he will play.

“If guys decide to play, it is to provide for their families,” he said. “I hope people understand that. If they quit, they don’t get paid.”

- The Nashville Predators know that to re-sign Filip Forsberg, the AAV must be higher than Matt Duchene/Ryan Johansen’s $8M figure. Forsberg knows that, if he wants to stay in Tennessee, he’s going to have to come in lower than Roman Josi’s $9.059M. I wouldn’t be surprised if Forsberg initially asked higher — you don’t negotiate against yourself — but that’s where everyone’s got to get to: the sweet spot between those two numbers. (Plus structure and no-trade protection.) There’s time. I believe there is a will for both sides to get there. If we get to the deadline and the Predators don’t believe they can sign him, that’s when a trade becomes possible. GM David Poile could keep an unsigned Forsberg past March 21, but it’s not his preference, and won’t happen if progress isn’t being made.

- I can see Philadelphia in on Jeff Petry. It makes a lot of sense for them.

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The IIHF May Have Decisions To Make

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The Orlando Solar Bears Sign Sean Avery

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that forward Sean Avery has been signed to an ECHL Standard Player Contract. Avery will begin his tenure with the Solar Bears on the team’s reserve list.

Avery, 41, joins Orlando after last playing professional hockey during the 2011-12 season with the NHL’s New York Rangers and the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League.

A veteran of 10 seasons in the NHL with New York, Dallas, Los Angeles and Detroit, Avery brings 580 games of major league experience, collecting 247 points (90g-157a) and 1,533 penalty minutes. He twice led the NHL in penalty minutes during the 2003-04 and 2005-06 campaigns.

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Videos- 42 Years Ago Today Team USA Beat The Soviets

The last minute of play and below the game highlights.

 

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Hockey Notes On A Sunday Morning

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- The men’s tourney at the Winter Games was almost unwatchable and was certainly nothing to remember. The hockey wasn’t much to see four years ago in PyeongChang, but even that — planned in advance — seemed somewhat better, more interesting than this. This last-minute attempt featured rushed-together teams with a strategy of hope and produced roster after roster of excited indifference. The players involved were blessed to be chosen.

Those watching from home, not so much.

I kept watching and waiting and hoping for something good to happen — some play or game to remember, some moment to file away. Instead, a few lost NHLers, a few hopefuls, a bunch of minor leaguers and European professionals were put together and didn’t form teams as much as collections of unconnected parts that didn’t know how to do anything but trap....

- A quick bad trade update: Mason Marchment scored three goals for Florida against the Minnesota Wild. That’s nine goals in his past 12 games and 26 points in 24 games for the season. Denis Malgin, whom the Maple Leafs acquired in exchange for Bryan Marchment’s son, scored a goal for Switzerland, which finished 1-4, at the Beijing Olympics.

- In the NBA, you just don’t ask to be traded. You let them know what team you want to be traded to a la James Harden and Ben Simmons. The same might be working with Marc-Andre Fleury and the Chicago Blackhawks. Don’t be surprised if he winds up in Boston at or before the trade deadline.

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Gold For Finland

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

Finland won its first ever Olympic men's ice hockey gold medal with a 2-1 victory over the Russian Olympic Committee on Sunday in Beijing.

Finland forward Hannes Bjorninen scored the game-winning goal just 31 seconds into the third period. He added an assist on Ville Pokka's goal in the second period that tied the score after the ROC opened the scoring in the first period.

This was the 18th Olympic men's ice hockey tournament appearance for Finland, which was undefeated in six games in Beijing. The nation won silver in 1988 and 2006 and captured bronze four times (1994, 1998, 2010, 2014) before capturing gold.

"It is hard to put in words what it means. What a tough tournament. I felt like we played well the whole time, and this is the reward," said Finland forward Valtteri Filppula, who won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. "Hockey's a big thing in Finland. This is for all of us, for sure."

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Watching Team USA/Team Canada

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