IIHF apologizes to Crosby, NHL

Yesterday we covered an
article by IIHF communications director Szymon Szemberg
blasted Sidney Crosby and a number of other NHL players for declining to
participate in this year’s World Championships in Germany. It was a
scathing article that attacked the players for “forgetting what brought
them riches and fame” and that they have abandoned their countries for
not playing.

As expected, there was some fairly heated response to
the article. Hockey Canada, Gary Bettman and a number of hockey
officials were incensed with the tone of the article, one which
threatened to sour the good feelings between NHL, the players and the

I’m sure that hearing how bad a person you are for not
playing will certain make players want to play next year.

yesterday’s article made the rounds, including a heated retort by Hockey
Canada, the post has since been taken down from IIHF’s website and the
president of Internation Ice Hockey Federation
has personally apologized to Sidney Crosby’s agent:

“I sincerely believe that Rene Fasel was sorry for the inappropriate
comments made towards Sidney and the other players,” Brisson told The
Canadian Press.

Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson discussed the issue with Fasel
on Thursday, calling it a “very positive meeting.” He said Fasel
apologized for “the tone” of the article and the way it referred to

Crosby was one player who was singled out by Szemberg, but he was
just one of many attacked by the article. As I stated yesterday, I can
understand the frustrations associated with having so many players
decline to play this summer but this was by far not the right way going
about voicing that displeasure.

That Hockey Canada — the organization that decides who plays for the
national team — never expected Crosby or any other Olympic players to
take part in the World Championships this summer just shows how
different the expectations might have been between the national teams
and the IIHF. Or, at least, Szymon Szemberg.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin
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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.


Detroit places Datsyuk and three others on I.R.

Pavel Datsyuk,
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The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.

Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.

The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.

Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.

DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.

The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.

Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.

Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.

As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.

“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”