NHL & Sweden come to new transfer agreement

Gustav.jpgThe NHL and Sweden came to a new player transfer agreement this week,
that is good through the 2011-2012 season.
Risto Pakarinen of The Hockey News reports:

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
that Forsberg).

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
club roster.

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

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Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.