IIHF to change rule after disallowed Russia goal

IIHF President Rene Fasel (center) will review rules after USA/Russia controversy. (USATSI)
IIHF President Rene Fasel (center) will evaluation guidelines after USA/Russia controversy. (USATSI)

Russia definitely felt like it had the rug pulled out from underneath them after Fedor Tyutin’s obvious aim was waved off within the late phases of the preliminary-round recreation in opposition to the U.S. The rule was properly enforced on the ice, as the web was off its line by mere inches, nevertheless it left followers and players confused.

The disallowed aim has been the source of a lot consternation within the host country and referee Brad Meier has drawn most of Russia’s ire after that disallowed goal. Even Vladimir Putin had thoughts on the call, saying “Even referees generally makes errors.”

Within the NHL, the web will be barely off and the purpose will count, which led to questions in regards to the rule the International Ice Hockey Federation employs in regards to the net being displaced.

In response to IIHF president Rene Fasel, this rule is about to change.

Here’s the translation of Championat.ru’s interview with Fasel through Puck Daddy:

What are you able to say in regards to the disallowed goal because of the dislodged net?

We’ll change that rule. To disallow a aim because of two centimeters? That’s nonsense. However that is the present rule, nothing may be completed. That’s why I believe that this rule must be modified and officiate the way in which it is carried out in the NHL. That’s what we’ll do.”

The rule itself might be too rigid and it has by no means been clearer than it was in that key situation of the USA-Russia sport. It’s an unlucky thing to have had happened on the biggest stage, however thankfully it wasn’t in an elimination sport (Scary thought, though: that rule may rear its ugly head but again in this match).

So the IIHF will bend to the intense outrage, and it ought to, because it’s a dangerous rule, however it’s too late to vary the previous.

T.J. Oshie is probably pretty glad about that.

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Canada 2-1 favorite to win hockey gold in Sochi

The Canadians are favored to repeat as gold medalists. (Getty Images)
The Canadians are favored to repeat as gold medalists. (Getty Photos)

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The last time we noticed the odds for the lads’s hockey tournament on the Winter Olympics, it was before the rosters had been introduced. At that time, Canada and Russia have been listed as co-favorites to win gold at eleven-5.

Now that everyone knows what the precise rosters are going to appear to be, it’s time to update the chances issued by the positioning Bovada. Let’s simply get proper into the odds to take residence the gold medal in Sochi, we could?

Canada – 2-1
Russia – 9-4
Sweden – four-1
USA – 6-1
Czech Republic – 10-1
Finland – 10-1
Switzerland – 25-1
Slovakia – 33-1
Norway – 200-1
Latvia – four hundred-1
Austria – 1,000-1
Slovenia – 1,000-1

In what should come as little surprise, Canada is now the lone favourite to win gold, though it is but the slimmest of margains over the Russians with their dwelling-ice benefit. All it’s a must to do is have a look at Canada’s listing of players that did not make the group and you can understand what they’re favored to repeat as the champs.

The People, in the meantime, verify in with the fourth best odds, which seems about right. They are absolutely a contender not just for a medal but for gold but Sweden is an awfully good wanting staff on paper and maybe is sort of even a little low at 4-1. Residence ice or not, I would like the Swedes over the Russians partly because they’ve a greater roster but additionally as a result of the home-ice advantage may not be so advantageous with the entire stress that country will face to win gold.

It is form of surprising to see Finland with odds at 10-1, identical as the Czechs. With Tuukka Rask, Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi all as choices in internet, the Finns could be scary good just because they will be robust to score on.

As far as the percentages to win each pool, Russia, Canada and Sweden are the tops there as well, each favored to win their respective pools.

The Olympics start Feb. 7 however the hockey won’t start until Feb. 13. That day cannot get right here quickly sufficient.

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Russian team adds Semin as injury replacement


Alexander Semin (center) will be headed back to the Olympics after all. (USATSI)
Alexander Semin (middle) will likely be headed back to the Olympics in spite of everything. (USATSI)


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Probably the most questionable snub from Russia's Olympic roster might be headed to Sochi in any case. Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin has been added to Crew Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Video games, the Canes confirmed today. Semin might be changing injured forward Sergei Soin on the roster in keeping with multiple studies.

The Russian staff made waves when it selected rookie Valeri Nichushkin and lesser recognized KHL players over Semin, a former 40-purpose scorer within the NHL. Semin has struggled this season, nevertheless, with just 21 factors in 36 games and had drawn the ire of head coach Kirk Muller recently.

Semin got his break when Soin, a ahead for Dynamo Moscow, suffered a concussion earlier this week, knocking him out of position for a spot on Russia's roster.

Now the former Washington Capitals star could have a possibility to be reunited with former teammate Alex Ovechkin and play for an Olympic gold medal on house ice. It is going to be Semin's second journey to the Olympics, as he had two assists in four games for Russia at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

It's still surprising he wasn't named to the roster initially, but now he'll be headed to Sochi and an already harmful Russian forward crop adds yet another proven scorer to the fold.

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Nichushkin Olympic selection opens rift in Russia

Valeri Nichushkin's inclusion on Russia's Olympic roster made waves among the team's staff. (USATSI)
Valeri Nichushkin’s inclusion on Russia’s Olympic roster made waves among the many group’s staff. (USATSI)

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When the roster for Russia’s 2014 Olympic workforce was introduced, it wasn’t a shock to see a reasonably even cut up amongst players from the NHL and KHL. It was, however, fairly stunning to see that 18-12 months-previous Valeri Nichushkin had made the team.

Apparently that shock would not only extend to followers and critics. Head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov did not sound too proud of the selection former NHLer and Group Russia’s basic supervisor Alexei Yashin made relating to the Dallas Stars rookie.

From R Sport:

When Nichushkin was chosen as the youngest participant on the Russian roster Tuesday, coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov said it was “an advance cost” that the participant “should justify,” but normal manager Alexei Yashin dismissed that idea in feedback to R-Sport on Wednesday.

“It’s onerous to talk about an advance cost. It’s the mistaken phrase,” mentioned Yashin, who played 850 profession NHL video games. “Nichushkin has earned the decision to the Olympics with his recreation.”

In line with Yashin, Nichushkin is “a very good participant and an emerging star of the NHL” and his rookie season is reminiscent of Canadian stars Sidney Crosby and John Tavares.

By “advance fee,” it appears that evidently Bilyaletdinov means Nichushkin is getting the spot without having performed sufficient to earn it at such a young age.

The strain on Russia to win in Sochi has to be immense. Hockey is anticipated to be the crown jewel of the Sochi video games as the Russians are very prideful a few sport they really feel is as a lot theirs as anyone else’s. So if the top coach and common supervisor aren’t on the same page, that’s getting off to a pretty rocky start.

Russia is in Group A with USA, Slovakia and Slovenia, in order that they’ll have their work lower out for them right out of the gates.

Nichushkin has been good for the Stars this 12 months with 22 factors in 43 video games including nine goals. That mentioned, it’s onerous to say he belongs on the workforce over a extra established player like Alexander Semin. Nichushkin has also never performed in a men’s national team occasion except for the World Junior Championship and World Beneath-18 Championship final year.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound forward did star in the KHL playoffs last 12 months, serving to get Traktor Chelyabinsk to the Gagarin Cup finals. He had nine factors in 25 postseason contests as a 17-year-previous enjoying a excessive degree of pro hockey.

It is in all probability not a lot of a shock that Bilyaletdinov is nervous about the choice Yashin made. In any case, it is going to be the top coach as probably the most seen Russian official, opening Bilyaletdinov up for the bulk of the scrutiny.

Russia has not medaled on the Olympics since taking bronze in 2002. Their embarrassing loss to Canada in 2010 nonetheless stings and because the host of the video games, they will want to give the nation one thing to cheer about. Yashin is actually taking a threat right here with Nichushkin and he higher easy things over together with his coach soon, too.

Gotta love Olympic hockey drama.

(h/t ProHockeyTalk)

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Russian coach makes obsene gesture at Americans

Russia beat Group USA in the World Junior Championships on Thursday morning, prompting a display of pathetic sportsmanship from each Russia’s players and coaches.

First, we have now this GIF following Pavel Buchnevich’s empty-internet goal, which sealed the 5-three victory over Crew USA. Not precisely a quiet show of celebration.

However that was the undercard for what ought to finally turn into bulletin board materials for the subsequent decade. A Russian coach felt compelled to make an incredibly obscene gesture in direction of the American bench.

Keep stylish, Russia.

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Putin: No discrimination against gays at Olympics (Yahoo Sports)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach meet at the Bocharov Ruchei residence at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Making his first trip to Sochi since being elected head of the IOC final month, Bach met Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin to inspect the host metropolis. Bach told Putin he was deeply impressed with the quantity of labor Russia has done for the Feb. 7-23 games. (AP Photograph/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) – President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that homosexual athletes and visitors at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel comfy, in search of to assuage fears fueled by a current Russian legislation banning homosexual ”propaganda.”

Speaking at a meeting with heads of Russian winter sports federations, which was also attended by visiting IOC President Thomas Bach, Putin said Sochi could be fully tolerant.

”Alone and in your behalf, I have assured Mr. President (Bach) that we’ll do our greatest, and our athletes and fans will do their finest too, in order that each members and friends feel themselves snug at Sochi Olympics no matter their ethnicity, race or sexual orientation,” Putin mentioned. ”I would like to underline that.”

Preparations for the Sochi Olympics have been overshadowed by worldwide criticism of a just lately enacted Russian regulation outlawing ”propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” Many worry that law could apply to homosexual athletes and guests to the video games.

The IOC has stated it acquired assurances from the Russian authorities that it’s going to respect the Olympic Constitution, which prohibits discrimination of any type at the games. Homosexual rights groups have accused the IOC of not doing sufficient to pressure Russia on the difficulty.

Bach, who additionally had a one-on-one meeting with Putin on Monday, voiced confidence that Russia will ship a profitable video games.

Making his first trip to Sochi since being elected head of the IOC final month, Bach instructed Putin he was deeply impressed with the quantity of labor Russia has achieved to organize for the Feb. 7-23 games. Bach stated he expects the games will likely be held on a ”magnificent level.”

Bach requested if there would be sufficient snow for the video games. Town of Sochi is a balmy, palm-lined Black Sea resort, whereas the snow events will likely be held in the close by Krasnaya Polyana mountains.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who is in control of preparations for the Olympics, said organizers have saved 24.7 million cubic toes of snow as a contingency in case of lack of snowfall.

”And more will come we hope,” Putin stated.

Putin and Bach opened a new railway station in Sochi that can function an important transit hub through the Olympics, linking the coastal zone with the mountain venues.

Russia is spending greater than $50 billion on the Olympics, Putin’s pet project. He mentioned Monday the Olympic construction is essentially full, with only some details remaining to be accomplished.

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By B.D. Gallof, Editor in Chief of HOCK.ly

So I’m just sitting right here consuming on trip when I get a call on the “blog telephone” that the NY Islanders League of Nations is up next.

So listed below are just a few photoshop-free musing on an Islanders League of Nations that may be bitched about in the remark part for an hour or two…


No, it is not John Tavares, and if he’s in your prime 2, you need to just cease studying now and persist with what you might do well…. Coloring.

This is a two participant debate that has nothing to do with any kid who has not led his staff to a cup. This is about two NHL legends: Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy. Trottier is the complete player, leader and working class hero. But to me, there is no better prolific scorer than Mike Bossy. It was a stage unto itself, only put to what-if as a result of harm.

Thus the choice is to be like Mike Bossy, eh?


This one is easy. There will be just one. The “Flying Finn” Mikko Makela helped pave the best way for future Finnish gamers like Teemu Selanne. He scored targets and accrued factors. However his profession was timed with the Isles decline within the late 80s and was eventually shuffled off to LA. For a lot of, with Bossy retired, the Finn was a last vestige on the hope of getting a sniper again and growing a expertise. Alas.


The NY Islanders would possibly try to faux he does not exist since his departure after the fiasco that went on between Neil Smith and Charles Wang, however not only does Pat LaFontaine exist, however he is the perfect US born participant of the NY Islanders palms down. Regardless of a profession cut brief by concussions, he’s a corridor of famer that the Islanders must be ashamed of their try to take away his influence and significance to the franchise.

Of course, we are NONETHELESS waiting for good previous Pat to buy and rescue the Isles.


Isles have had a couple of gems right here (Kenny Jonsson, anyone? Stefan Persson, anyone?), but thanks to it being his birthplace before heading to Canada on the age of 4, there’s an underneath-the-radar shoo-in here….

Bobby Nystrom was truly born in Stockholm Sweden.

Need we are saying more?

The guy was clutch, tenacious, scrappy, all coronary heart, and left it all on the ice.

Sorry, no person else comes even shut.


Ahh, Russia, comes the complex relationships that go away the guts feeling a bit less fonder. It is a robust name but there are not a whole lot of prolific Russians as part of the Isles tapestry so let us wade into the blended bag of emotions that will come as part of this…

Alexei Yashin was an excellent player who had an elite contract that he would never reside up to it, or the duty it brings. Period. But as Russian gamers go on the Isles, he stands as one of the more prolific, prefer it or not.

So there you go. Painless… Like a root canal.


Nothing hit the downtrodden NY Islander fan hearts tougher than when the miscreant ownership pressured Mike Milbury to aim to move Zigmund Palffy to the dreaded NY Ranger rivals. Fortunately for fans, it hit a snag and he was dealt to LA. But the ache never went away till perhaps when the Isles drafted Tavares.

Yes, Chara was a Slovak also, however he was only growing when he was dealt. Ziggy was more and was all that was left…. And then he was dealt away, leaving Isles fans with nothing else.

Czech Republic

Here is where underrated and simply being steady wins the race. Radek Martinek spent his profession being a gradual, however not incredible defender to chief a bunch of okay, however not stellar Czech gamers.

Robert Reichel scored a bunch but only for two seasons for the Isles. Volek scored one important one…and actually was much more necessary in seasons, so moves past Reichel.

But within the scheme of things, seems to me that gradual and regular wins this race. Radek was an essential piece because the Isles rebuilt, even when what is there now just isn’t quite the same.

Obviously, I am not exactly enthused about this bunch, but fact is, Radek’s significance and defensive ability-set earlier than accidents decimated him can’t be denied.


Sorry of us, Darius Kasparitus, essentially the most overrated over-hyped Isles participant who really did not do a lot of anything, won’t be on this list.

Lets instead checklist out two notables that equate in a tie on this class….

Steve Thomas: born in England, “Stumpy” had 4 key and nice seasons for the Isles in the 90s. Plus, extra importantly, regardless of having played hockey, had better enamel.

Mariusz Czerkawski: born in Poland. Wasn’t the most complete participant, however by god, was all we had throughout some horrific days. Offensively, the “Polish Prince” was our king.


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By Laura Astorian, St. Louis Recreation Time

Canada: Bernie Federko

This was robust, contemplating that ninety percent of the Blues’ all-time roster was Canadian.

Al MacInnis, Chris Pronger, Brett Hull (sort of – we’ll get to Hull in a moment), Craig MacTavish and fairly just a few different Good Canadian Boys have all performed for the Blues, but it’s subsequent to unattainable to not go with Corridor of Famer Bernie Federko.

In 927 video games with the Blues between 1976-1989, Federko had 352 targets and 721 assists. He holds the staff information for many games performed as a Blue, most assists in a Blues profession, most points, and is the longest tenured member of the all-time crew at thirteen seasons.

He at present is the “between the benches” man on FoxSports Midwest; and whereas typically you need to be drunk to grasp what he’s saying, it’s all the time an insightful expertise to watch a broadcast.

Finland : Esa Tikkanen

Tikkanen will get this as a result of he’s not Hannu Toivonen, the other “notable” Finn who suited up for the workforce. Tikkanen played only fifty four video games for the Blues, netting forty factors, but no less than he isn’t recognized for a monstrosity like this:

Getty Images USA: Keith Tkachuk

I could have gone with Brett Hull right here to troll Canadian followers. I really, truthfully could have, however I decided to stay with Large Walt. Who can overlook his many contributions to the Blues, like showing up to coaching camp chubby once, by no means residing that down, or scoring a objective together with his face?

Sweden: Patrick Berglund

Much like Russia, the Blues should not have a powerful Swedish custom. That isn’t to say that Berglund gets this title by default; Bergie has 188 points up to now five seasons with the Blues. He’s a little bit of an enigma sometimes, displaying flashes of offense then fading away from the limelight, but he’s an enormous body for the Blues to have.

Also, in the nice Swedish tradition of being lovely, he was named one in all Cosmo’s hottest hockey players in January.

Russia: Alexander Khavanov Vladimir Tarasenko

The Blues don’t have a robust Russian custom. They’ve solely had fifteen Russian players in franchise history, however Khavanov managed to play 284 games with them, so he gets the nod right here. In that many games he had simply 21 goals and 90 factors, so if Wysh would have requested me to jot down this list a number of years in the future I’m fairly certain that Vladimir Tarasenko’s smiling mug could be here instead.

Heck, Tarasenko has almost a 3rd of Khavanov’s targets in 246 fewer games.

Who’re we kidding? Vlad’s the wave of the long run, and he’s essentially the most thrilling Russian the Blues have ever had. This one aim is a greater spotlight than anything that involves thoughts from the opposite 14 guys.

Slovakia: Pavol Demitra

Pavol Demitra was an offensive powerhouse, and a key a part of some Blues groups that had been common-season powerhouses in their very own proper. He spent eight seasons with the Blues, scoring 204 objectives and holding franchise data for many time beyond regulation objectives scored with seven and the most assists by a proper-winger with 52. He and Keith Tkachuk have been good buddies, playing together on a line with Scott Mellanby.

During a recreation shortly after the Lokomotiv crash, Tkachuk was shown on the scoreboard in a Blues jersey and acquired an appreciative ovation from the group. That ovation became a roar when Walt stood up and revealed he was carrying a Demitra jersey, the number 38 on the back.

After the horrifying crash that killed Demitra and his fellow teammates, Tkachuk was known as on to pay tribute to his good friend throughout a pre-game ceremony.

Demitra ranks fifth on the Blues’ all time scoring record.

Czech Republic: Roman Polak

Roman Polak: helmet farter. Keep at dwelling defensive partner of Barret Jackman. Sufferer of the “Roman Polak Joke of the Day” in each situation of St. Louis Sport Time.

Sure, Vladimir Sobotka’s good with the laaaaadies, but can he pull this off?

No. No, he can’t.


Gotta give credit score to Phillippe Bozon, one of many choose few Frenchmen to play within the NHL. Denmark’s Lars Eller helped the Blues purchase Jaroslav Halak, Poland’s Nick Harbaruk apparently performed for St. Louis at some point, and who can overlook Germany’s Jochen Hecht who played 138 video games for the Blues from 1998 to 2001.

He was a real Mannheim steamroller, wasn’t he?

I’ll see myself out.


George Takei would like the Olympics moved

With six months till Olympics, some are calling for games to be moved. (Getty)

Russia’s continued stance towards the LGBT community has drawn considerable curiosity. The Olympics are scheduled to begin there in six months, and Russia has continued to stand sturdy on their anti-homosexual legal guidelines. Some supporters are calling for a delusional plan for the Olympics to be moved.

British actor Stephen Fry and George Takei, who’s best recognized for his position as Sulu on “Star Trek,” have each made a plea for the Olympics to be moved. Fry desires Russia “banned from the Olympics, while Takei gives Vancouver, which hosted the final Winter Olympics, as a replacement. He signed a petition with over forty,000 signatures.

With all regards to Takei, trying to move the Olympics to a different continent six months earlier than the video games begin is delusional. There may be not one other sporting occasion that is as massive or demanding as the Olympics. The logistics take years of planning. This is why the IOC awards a bid seven years upfront, and why a plan should be in place even when a bid is presented. With out the assistance of a transporter from the Starship Enterprise, the Olympics aren’t going anyplace.

The Olympics is not going to be moved, and if they were, that would leave behind the LGBT group in Russia nonetheless suffering below the nation’s legal guidelines. The smarter petition was one demanding the IOC stand as much as Russia and repeal their anti-homosexual propaganda and laws. It had 320,000 signatures and was handed to the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland.


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By Kent Wilson, Flames Nation

Canada: Jarome Iginla

Easily essentially the most contentious country for the Flames, Calgary has strong contenders in Al MacInnis, Theoren Fleury, Lanny MacDonald, Gary Roberts, Doug Gilmour and Joe Nieuwendyk, all whom can be justifiable selections.

That famous, one of the best Canadian Flame can also be in all probability one of the best Flame of all time – just lately departed captain Jarome Iginla.

The Edmonton native (irony!) played sixteen seasons in Calgary, led the staff in scoring in nearly all of them and at the moment owns lots of the franchise data, including targets, points and video games played. He is one in all only a handful of gamers in NHL history to attain 30 objectives in 11 consecutive seasons (all of them with Calgary) and although the cup eluded him throughout his time with the organization, Iggy is one of the most embellished Flames of all time with two gold medals, an Art Ross and a Lester B. Pearson trophy.

Beyond all that, Iginla is a sort of messianic determine in Calgary. He arrived at the onset of the organization’s darkest time back in the mid-90’s; a period the place the group had little hope of competing thanks to a mixture of incompetence, bad luck and a funds compromised by hovering league-wide spending and a weak Canadian dollar.

As I famous in my farewell to Iggy when he was traded to Pittsburgh close to the deadline:

Iginla grew right into a towering presence in Calgary, a figurehead who led the franchise out of its dark ages, establishing the Flames group as related in the eyes of its enemies and in the hearts of its followers again.

So, yeah…quick answer: Iginla.

Finland: Miikka Kiprusoff

Although I’d like to vote for Ville Nieminen here, it is clearly inconceivable to not go along with Miikka Kiprusoff. The only other Flame to win a major award except for Jarome in recent reminiscence (Vezina), Kipper was the the primary reason Calgary managed to Cinderella their solution to the cup finals in 2003-04. Past Iginla, Kipper was the opposite purpose the membership was thought-about a contender within the wake of the primary modern lock-out and put up some of the finest single season and playoff performances by a Flames goaltender ever.

Kiprusoff’s (possible) closing season this year was a disaster and an ignominious end to what was in any other case a storied profession, nearly all of it spent in Calgary. He’ll possible retire this summer season and disappear someplace in Finland, mercifully free of dreaded press conferences, nosy beat writers and the endless burden of carrying a complete crew in his again.

USA: Gary Suter

A few noteworthy Americans have donned the Flaming C, specifically: Gary Suter, Joel Otto, Craig Conroy and Phil Housley. Brett Hull was born in Belleville Ontario, however famously identifies as American. Sadly, he additionally solely spent a single season in Calgary earlier than being traded for Rob Ramage, in order that crosses him off my list as a result of he was never actually a Flame.

In absolute terms, Housley and Mullen are pure choices. Mullen gained a cup in Calgary as one of many staff’s significant contributors at the time. He also managed over 500 targets and a thousand factors throughout an extended and illustrious career.

Housley endured his fair proportion of slings and arrows throughout his two tours of obligation in Calgary, but he’s easily probably the greatest American hockey gamers of all time given his resume. The Saint Paul native scored 20-plus objectives five times and 40-plus factors sixteen times. He completed a 21 yr profession with over 1200 points, a formidable complete for a forward, let alone a defenseman.

That mentioned, Calgary was extra of a pit cease for each guys in each of their careers. Mullen spent simply as much time in each St. Louis and Pittsburgh as he did in Calgary, while Housley saw solely about 5 seasons a Flame, lower than 1/4th of his time in the league.

Otto was a helpful player in the Flames cup run and spent his greatest years in Calgary, but was never a excessive octane talent.

That brings us Conroy and Suter. Craig is the sentimental alternative – a Selke candidate who paired with Jarome during some of the erstwhile captain’s (and the staff’s) best seasons, Conroy is an executive with the team presently and still beloved by the fans, partially due to his enjoying days and partially as a result of he is only a really nice guy.

However, this one probably has to go to Gary Suter. A 9th spherical choose in 1984 (the very best draft season in franchise’s history by a large margin), Suter made the Flames as a 21 yr previous in 1985 and began skating with Al MacInnis to form a potent defensive pairing. He received the Calder trophy that 12 months after scoring 18 objectives and fifty eight in his unlikely and surprising debut. Suter would eventually peak in 1987-88 with a 21-objective, ninety one-point effort, a season before he would assist lead the membership to their first – and solely – Stanley Cup.

Suter spent his formative and prime years as a Flame and was one of the towering figures who helped the staff change into a dominant contender and eventual champion within the late ’80s. He played for an additional nine seasons after he left Calgary in 1994, however was mostly shadow of the player he was in Calgary.

Sweden: Hakan Loob

Kenta Nilsson was referred to as the magic man because of his ridiculously comfortable arms. He was also moved for the draft pick that ultimately turned Joe Nieuwendyk, so that you’d assume he’d be the easy selection.

But he is not because, effectively…Hakan Loob.

Funny, gregarious and extremely gifted, Loob remains one of the vital widespread gamers in Calgary to this present day. The one-time 9th spherical decide (the Flames have been pretty good at getting awesome players late within the draft again in the 80s apparently) stands as the one Swedish born NHLer to ever rating 50 targets in the league. After managing that feat (and topping out at 106 factors) he caught round for yet one more season to win the cup after which determined to pack issues up at the high of his sport and head back to Sweden, a hero on either side of the pond. It was the hockey equal of dropping the mic.

Most star athletes have bother knowing when to pack it in, however Loob was the alternative – he quot when he was ahead, spent another 7 years dominating the proceedings within the Swedish Elite League and is now the GM of the SEL workforce he performed for (Farjestad). As such, everyone who meets Loob in actual life ought to give him a high five as a result of he is superior.

Russia: Sergei Makarov

Not even a contest. Sergei Makarov. Full cease.

A twelfth round decide (!) and one of many first “defectors” from Soviet Russia, Makarov arrived as 31 12 months previous “rookie” in the league after being one of the vital celebrated players in his native nation and won the Calder 24-objective and 86-level season. The league changed the foundations governing the rookie of the yr afterwards in consequence.

A corridor-of-famer for his work each in Russia and in North America, Makarov is means forward in race the place second place would probably should go to German Titov.

Slovakia: Ronald Petrovicky

Uhh…Ronald Petrovicky I guess?

Czech Republic: Robert Reichel

Obviously the winner right here is Ales Kotalik…

Hahahah, but severely, it is a fairly short record so Robert Reichel runs away with it. Calgary hasn’t made a behavior of amassing players from Japanese Europe over the years, meaning Reichel and his dual 40-aim campaigns for the organization in the early ‘ninety’s is the one actual selection. Jiri Hrdina (chosen in that 1984 draft) was more of a support man in his 4 seasons with the membership. Roman Horak would possibly populate a list like this 10 years down the road, but that remains to be seen.

The different notable Roman in Flames history – Turek – is more of punchline and cautionary tale than anything.


Switzerland: Sven Baertschi

If Sven Baertschi becomes the player many Flames fan suppose (read: hope) he will, the Swiss born winger will probably be talked about in a list like this down the street. Otherwise, nobody else really warrants a mention.


Shocker: Ilya Kovalchuk retires from NHL, NJ Devils in favor of Russia

Ilya Kovalchuk, signed with the New Jersey Devils through 2025, announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday afternoon in perhaps the most shocking moment in the history of the franchise.

From the Devils:

Statement from New Jersey Devils President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello:

“After many conversations with Ilya over the past year on his desire to retire from the National Hockey League, Ilya’s decision became official today. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Ilya and his family all the best in their future endeavors.”

Statement from Ilya Kovalchuk:

“This decision was something I have thought about for a long time going back to the lockout and spending the year in Russia. Though I decided to return this past season, Lou was aware of my desire to go back home and have my family there with me. The most difficult thing for me is to leave the New Jersey Devils, a great organization that I have a lot of respect for, and our fans that have been great to me.”

Kovalchuk played 11 seasons in the NHL, including the last four with New Jersey. He retires with career NHL totals of 417 goals and 399 assists for 816 points with 516 penalty minutes in 816 games.

He added 11 goals and 16 assists in 32 career playoff games. Kovalchuk scored 89 goals and 112 assists for 201 points in 222 games, while adding eight goals and 11 assists in 23 playoff games with the Devils. He was traded to New Jersey by Atlanta on February 4, 2010. He was Atlanta’s first choice, and the first overall selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Born April 15, 1983 in Tver, Russia, Kovalchuk represented Russia at three Olympic Winter Games, nine World Championships, one World Junior Championship and the 2004 World Cup

Kovalchuk had $77 million yet to be paid on his contract. The Devils have formally terminated that contract, ending his tenure with the team.

The assumption always was that Kovalchuk would leave for Russia during the duration of his 15-year, $100-million contract; many assumed it would around 2019, when his base salary dropped from $7 million to $4 million.

No one assumed it would be just three years into a deal that, remember, costs the Devils their first-round pick in next summer’s draft.

We’ll have much more on this as it shakes out, but the two most immediate questions about this incredible moment: What does this say about the Devils’ finances, and how on Earth do they possibly replace the best goal-scorer on the team, and perhaps in team history?