new agreement will run through the 2011-12 season and according to
the deal, the NHL will compensate Elitserien teams $225,000 for players
signing with an NHL club. The compensation is up $25,000 from the
previous agreement. Players can sign before June 15 and players who’ve
been drafted into the NHL the same year can sign until Aug. 15.
“This agreement will generate millions for Swedish hockey,” said Peter
Forsberg, vice chairman of the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation (and not
Also, players under 22 who haven’t been drafted in the first round may
return to the Elitserien if they can’t make the NHL
It’s good to see the NHL continue to
work with Sweden and get this new agreement in place. The league has
been working well with Finland and it would have been a shame if things
didn’t work out with Sweden. Unfortunately the NHL and the IIHF can’t
get together on a unilateral deal involving all European countries, as
there are issues every season with players facing transfer issues from
the Czech Republic, Slovakia and others.
Also: How many Peter Forsbergs are there involved in Swedish
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.