NHL Players in the Olympics

01/07/2010
2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic - Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins

The title says it all.  This article will be no more than a comprehensive list of NHL (and some other players owned by NHL teams) players set to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Goalie Starters 01/05/2010

01/05/2010
Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs

Here are your expected starting goalies for January 5, 2010:

UPDATED @ 11:51 AM

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Goalie Starters 01/02/2010

01/02/2010
New York Islanders v New York Rangers

Please remember to keep refreshing this page or follow me on Twitter for the fastest updates. Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight:

UPDATED @ 12:02 PM

UPDATED @ 12:16 PM

  • Pekka Rinne starts for the Preds, says their official Twitter.

UPDATED @ 1:03 PM

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Goalie Starters 12/30/2009

12/30/2009
Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens

Please remember to keep refreshing this page or follow me on Twitter for the fastest updates. Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight:

UPDATED @ 1:24 PM

  • Pascal Leclaire starts for the Sens, as confirmed by their Twitter.  His opponent will be Craig Anderson according to Marc Moser, the radio voice of the Avalanche.

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Goalie Starters 12/26/2009

12/26/2009
Florida Panthers v Philadelphia Flyers

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday.   Please remember to keep refreshing this page or follow me on Twitter for the fastest updates. Here are your expected starting goalies for tonight:

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Goalie Starters 12/23/2009

12/23/2009
Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders

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Ilya Kovalchuk Going NOWHERE

12/21/2009
Atlanta Thrashers v Florida Panthers

Unfortunately this is not an actual news story but simply one man’s bold prediction.  Before you blast me for the headline, lets look at the facts so you can see my thought process.

The latest from Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal Constitution states that the talks between the two are currently at a stand still.  However, Kovalchuk went on record to state, “he would like to stay with the same team his whole career. However, he understands that hockey is a business.”

Yes Ilya, hockey is a business.  You need to see that the business of the Atlanta Thrasher is Ilya Kovalchuk.  This team lives and dies by the blade of his stick.  The signings of Nik Antropov, Maxim Afinogenov as well as the acquisition of Pavel Kubina directly correlate to this team wanting to succeed with Kovalchuk.

So lets go over some facts.  The consensus rumors cite Kovalchuk wanting the league maximum over a ten year span, a total he certainly deserves.  By the CBA agreement, the maximum allows for 20 percent of the teams cap.  As the cap currently stands at 56.8 million and looks to stay within that range with our booming economy, our Russian star stands to make at least 11.36 million a year.

By my calculations even if Kovalchuk does sign at this maximum contract at the maximum cap hit, the Thrashers boast over 20 million worth of cap dollars left on their budget.  How many other teams can say they have this much room? Better yet, how many teams already have surrounded Kovy with teammates he thrives with due to both nationality and chemistry?

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