Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Sunday Evening

After a nice long weekend off I'm back at the desk and back in action as several training camp invitations were missed while I was away.

*-> Wade Redden was told by the New York Ranger's organization he will not be attending their training camp this season further speculating that the Rangers have plans to buy the defenseman out sometime in the near future. After spending last season playing the the Hartford Wolves, Redden won't get his chance this season to prove his worth during training camp as due to salary constraints and the Rangers moving in a direction on the back end.

*-> Fernando Pisani has excepted a training camp invite to the Columbus Blue Jackets camp.

*-> Anders Eriksson is once again trying to force his way into the NHL as the Vancouver Canucks give the well travelled Swede another look.

*-> As well as Eriksson, Niko Dimitrakos of Adler Mannheim is attempting to make the Vancouver Canucks.

*-> Shaun Heshka of EC Salzburg has received an invite from the Los Angeles Kings as well as Ray Macias of the Lake Erie Monsters.

*-> Alexei Yashin's NHL comeback is still on going. He continues to skate with the Isles as he gathers offers from around the KHL. It's rumored he'll play with the Isle or no-one in the NHL according to reports now but as many as 5 KHL teams have made offers including Vityaz Chekhov who threw in a major offer this weekend.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Afternoon

*-> The Los Angeles Kings have invited former New York Islander Trent Hunter to a pro try-out.

*-> Brad Marchand has come to terms with the Boston Bruins signing a two year deal worth 5 Million dollars overall. 2 million$ the first year and 3 million$ the second.

*-> I'm hearing Sergei Samsonov has received several offers from KHL teams but is looking to remain in the NHL. It's reported that the Pittsburgh Penguins may have extended a try-out offer but his agent maintains that their still in talks with one team about a possible signing. I'm hearing the Islanders could be that team.

*-> While on the Islanders, Mr. Alexei Yashin is still trying to figure out his future while skating with the Isles. Yashin was leaning towards Russia but now that Yaroslavl has dropped to a lower div it's looking like a return to Long Island is looking more and more likely especially with the Islanders cap situation.

*-> I'm also hearing talks between Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings brass has picked up again but both sides are far apart still. The Kings are sticking with not letting his salary go higher than Anze Kopitar's 6.8$ million.

*-> Zach Bogosian whose in the same boat as Doughty maintains he's not concerned and will continue to train and practice with the Jets as he figures a deal with be done before camp starts. Some are saying the Montreal Canadiens are highly interested in Bogosian but the Jets are asking for an arm and a leg or according to some Scott Gomez which doesnt make sense.

*-> Finally fellow RFA Luke Schenn is all but done. The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to announce a deal by Friday. I'm hearing around 4 to 5 million per year.

*-> Yesterday the Winnipeg Jets confirmed the invite extended to Janne Pesonen of AK Bars Kazan to their fall training camp.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Late Afternoon

A few training camp invitations to announce today plus an update on the KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl situation.

*-> Bob McKenzie of TSN tweeted today that Brad Winchester has received a training camp invitation from the San Jose Sharks.

*-> The Philadelphia Flyers have invited tough guy Adam Mair to their training camp to try and fill the spot left by Aaron Asham's departure.

*-> Bill Thomas formerly of the Florida Panthers has signed an AHL deal with the San Antonio Rampage for the next season. The deal is rumored to include and NHL release clause.

*-> In Russia this morning the KHL has officially announced their plans for the club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. It was reported late last week that a league wide draft would take place but the club felt a year off would be best for the city and the club despite many fans and players fight to keep the team in the KHL for the 2011-2012 season. The KHL management reportedly felt it was best to keep hockey going in Yaroslavl so the mutual decision to allow the club to continue in the lesser level league the former Russian Super League aka RSL then next year bring the club back. Some players may be loaned to Lokomotiv from other KHL squads with the teams picking up the contract to help them stabilize and make a return next season. For now it's reported that Yaroslavl will use a combo of free agents and their farm team to compete at the lower level.

RIP Alexander Galimov

*-> This morning it's being reported through National news agencies that Alexander Galimov the sole suriviving player of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crash has passed due to his injuries from the crash. Galimov was a product of the Yaroslavl farm system and a native of Yaroslavl. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Monday Evening

A quiet Monday for most NHL teams except for the New Jersey Devils who were busy gearing up for their training camp with a few additions.

*-> The New Jersey Devils have invited Ottawa 67 Thomas Nesbitt to their camp coming up shortly.

*-> Kamloops Blazer and also undrafted free agent J.T. Barnett will also be attending the Devils camp in upcoming weeks.

*-> The Devils have also extended an offer to former Devil and former NHLer Petr Sykora. Sykora who played for Dynamo Minsk last season had recently signed with HC Plzen of the Czech Eliteliga.

*-> Another training camp invite was extended to former Columbus Blue Jacket defenseman Anton Stalman who reportedly turned down several offers in the KHL to try-out for the Devils.

*-> Finally Steve Bernier formerly of the Florida Panthers will be attepting to make the cut as well.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Saturday Afternoon

*-> Manny Legace has accepted a try-out with the Vancouver Canucks.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Friday Evening

*-> Around the hockey blogging world many are starting to say there's talks happening between the Colorado Avalanche and the Nashville Predators. Not much is known other than the two sides have been speaking. Some are saying the offense starved Preds may be looking at Paul Stastny, while the Avs may be looking at Ryan Suter.

*-> Bryan McCabe is currently sitting on a try-out invitation from the New York Islanders. Rumor has he originally shot down the offer but now is in thinking mode aboutit.

*-> Steve Staios is still maintaining that he's had offers but will wait for the right situation a.k.a a young rebuilding team to help mentor. He has turned down the Islanders however several reports have said.

*-> More news out of Russia, I've heard from a source Alexei Yashin is now leaning towards signing with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and not an NHL comeback as it's now been said several free agent players from around Europe would like to lend their services to the mourning club. Some are even saying the list of players approaching Lokomotiv could be 20 plus players. I've also heard that KHL management has confirmed a 1 to 2 player draft from around the league and the rest filled out by junior players and free agents.

Ice Scoopz: Friday Late Afternoon

*-> Former Carolina Hurricane Troy Brodie has earned a training camp invite with the Winnipeg Jets.

*-> The Colorado Avalanche have resigned defenseman Kyle Cumiskey to a 1 year deal.

Ice Scoopz: Friday Afternoon + Minor Trade

*-> Jarkko Ruutu has officially signed with Jokerit of the SEL as previously rumored on Ice Scoopz. The deal appears to be a one year deal. Word on the street had several try-out offers on the table for Ruutu but it came down to going into September with a for sure deal.

*-> TSN has reported that the Vancouver Canucks have resigned restricted free agent forward Victor Oreskovich to a new contract. It is rumored to be a 1 year deal.

*-> The Boston Bruins have also resigned a restricted free agent today by locking in Andrew Bodnarchuk to a 1 year deal on a two-way contract. Rumor has the deal around 625K$ for the season.

*-> TSN has also broke the signing of Kyle Wellwood to the Winnipeg Jets. The deal is a 1 year deal worth 700K$ for the season.

*-> The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired David Toews the brother of Jonathan Toews for future considerations off the New York Islanders.

*-> I'm hearing whispers out of the KHL that Lokomotiv Yaroslavl fully intend on playing through the tragedy and using some of their MHL talent as well as an "expansion draft" scenario the league has proposed. The rumored draft would consist of any players not protected by their club. I'm hearing nothing is official yet as most North American media are reporting.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Evening

*-> Former Boston Bruin and Buffalo Sabre Miroslav Satan has left the KHL this morning and will suit up for HC Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak Elite League.

*-> The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defensive specialist Richard Park to a 1 year deal worth 500K$ per season. The deal is a two way deal and Park is expected to start the season off in the AHL.

*-> I'm hearing Zack FitzGerald formerly of the Charlotte Checkers has received a try-out invitation from the Montreal Canadiens.

Trade! Phoenix -> Florida

*-> The Florida Panthers have traded Marc Cheverie to the Phoenix Coyotes for Justin Bernhardt.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ice Scoopz: A National Hockey Lea...Disgrace

A sad sad morning in the world of hockey with this mornings tragic events.

Gary Bettman and the NHL have reached an all time low this afternoon as well. While Russian emergency crews pull the charred bodies of their countrymen and National heroes to many, Sid "The Kid" and the Pittsburgh Penguins embarassed the National Hockey League with a 30 minute press conference. I'm pretty out raged by the fact the NHL still had the decency to go through with the conference after the horrific crash. Not only was it poorly timed it was 30 minutes of trash. Nothing the hockey world didn't already know ether or nothing that couldn't have been summed up in under 5 minutes. The NHL's latest attempt to market and exploit a star player by using his injury to get attention for the league. This isn't the first concussion that has happened. No-one held a live National televised conference for Marc Savard when he was recovering or even when now his playing future is in doubt. I've recently heard from a family member Savard struggles to even travel by any means because of his injuries. Does Mr. Bettman really care? No because he isn't marketable. Sidney Crosby should be embarassed by his actions today, and his rival Alexander Ovechkin who he is often compared to would have more decency and allow Nations to mourn instead of flooding the media and taking attention off a day many will remember for ever due to the pain, suffering and voids left on 43 families for the rest of their lives. Fatherless kids and a heartbroken Nation are not important as Sidneys poor head, and by the way according to his doctor he's at 80 to 90% and will play again. Ask the doctors if the players involved in the crash will ever play again, it's highly if the sole hockey survivor Alexander Galimov who suffered 3rd degree burns to 80% of his body will ever play again. Because of this senseless press conference many North Americans will be clueless to what happened in Russia and now will remember today as the day Sidney Crosby told the world he will play again and feels better not the day 43 members of Yaroslavl Automotiv died tragic deaths. Sidney Crosby should hang his head in shame after this embarassment to hockey. Mr. Crosby can now call up his NBA counterpart Lebron James and discuss the finer points of being puppeted by their leagues and to being embarassments to their sports with disgraceful press conferences. God have mercy on him if any money was involved in this conference. Oh and any Sports media or even worse regular media outlets covering the Sidney Crosby conference should also be a ashamed in their actions today by broadcasting it.

My deepest and most sencere condolences to all the friends and families effected by todays crash. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. For the rest of the day I will not report anything not Yaroslavl realated out of respect.

-Mike "Scoopz" Sharina

Ice Scoopz: Breaking News

Sad news this morning as the news has broke around the world that a plane carrying the staff and players of the KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl has crashed killing 35 people on route from Moscow to Minsk. Not much else is known at the current time. Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, and Josef Vasicek were all rumored to be on board.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the organization.


It appears the casualty number has gone up to 43 people. The plane was carrying 45 passengers so they now have two confirmed survivors. 37 passengers and 8 crew members are presumed dead. The cause of the crash has been ruled a pilot error. another press release out of Russia has said not all the players may have been travelling by plane but theres no confirmation of that.

The following players have been confirmed as being deceased.

#1 Stefan Liv (G)
#35 Olexander Viyukhin (G)
#57 Vitali Anikeyenko (D)
#39 Mikhail Balandin (D)
#37 Karlis Skrastins (D)

While #11 Alexander Galimov (RW) has been confirmed as the passenger survivor and the second survivor is one of the plane crew.

It's been reported the entire main roster has been confirmed among the deceased and it appears that Alexander Galimov has now passed as well. Also the league has said 4 MHL players were also on board.

#20 Robert Dietrich (D)
#74 Marat Kalimulin (D)
#4 Karel Rachunek (D) - Captain
#42 Ruslan Salei (D)
#3 Pavel Trakhanov (D)
#81 Yuri Urychev (D)
#21 Gennadi Churilov (C/LW)
#38 Pavol Demitra (C/W)
#28 Alexander Kalyanin (LW)
#83 Andrei Kiryukhin (F)
#23 Nikita Klyukin (C)
#15 Jan Marek (C)
#24 Sergei Ostapchuk (LW)
#91 Daniil Sobchenko (C)
#17 Ivan Tkachenko (RW) - Assistant
#63 Josef Vasicek (C/LW) - Assistant
#18 Alexander Vasyunov (LW/RW)
#72 Artem Yarchuk (F)
Maxim Shuvalov (D) - MHL
Alexander Karpovtsev - Assistant Coach
Igor Korolev - Assistant Coach
Brad McCrimmon - Head Coach

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Afternoon

a very busy day for myself so a little later than planned.

*-> I'm hearing that the training camp invite for former Columbus Blue Jacket Chris Clark is official now.

*-> Enforcer David Koci has received an invite from the Winnipeg Jets.

*-> I'm hearing that Washington Capital prospect Dmitri Kugryshev has taken off to the KHL (CSKA Moscow) from the Hersey Bears after not being assured a roster spot. I've also heard that the player does hold a NHL opt out clause so we'll see how this ends.

*-> Radislav Suchy has signed on to play in the KHL leaving behind HK SKP Poprad and signing on with Avangard OMSK.

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Morning

*-> The Vancouver Canucks have invited Steve Begin to attend their trainging camp. Rumors also have the Canucks interested in veteran goaltender Manny Legace, it's reported he's pondering a try out oppertunity with the "Nucks".

*-> Defensive specialist Jay Pandolfo has been invited to attend the New York Islanders training camp.

*-> A hot rumor has the Boston Bruins looking at Chris Clark. Could be something in the works.

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